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Rusty Chain - Flying Bison Brewing Company

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Bison Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BuffaloTapHugger on 01-11-2009

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Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 28
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Photo of oberon
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint a clear amber with a 1/2 finger white head that held for awhile.Aromas seemed to be of a lager yeast with mild fruity notes,there seemed to be a tinge of grain and iron in there.Again lighter lager-like flavors with its grainy notes,a little dryer than what you expect for the style.A Vienna style beer?Like a Vienna lager?I'ts pretty average but Iam interested in what this really is...kinda.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this and a few other flying bison beers were just recenly released in bottles. bottled on date is blank, but im assuming its pretty fresh, just hit the shelves. 12oz. refridgerated bottled into a pint glass.

a fairly fast pour results in a good clear deep bronze, amber color, almost the color of rust, a skim 1/4 inch of creamy slightly off white head. lots of carbonation bubbles and just traces of lacing on the glass.

clean smelling. lager yeast with some toasted, biscuity grains in there. traces of caramel.

toasted biscuity grains, minerally lager yeast with just a hint of an extra little chocolate or something, hard to pinpoint, but a pleasent taste.

smooth, airy, light body. crisp, high carbonation.

truly a staple of buffalo beer. so easy drinking. craft and non craft drinkers alike can enjoy this, glad to see it in bottles. similar to yuengling.

edit: this is a lager, not an ale, despite what the picture says...

Photo of Sammy
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Compliments of Mike at Cole's, and fresh. Decent beer with Lots of malting, some above-average mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation. Brewery has produced better, drinkable nevertheless. No head or interest to look at, basic aroma, not complex.A good 1990's craft beer.

Photo of E-Mission
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great local brew I recommend trying it if your in the buffalo area.

Photo of gabedivision
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty Chain, always good out of the tap, now in bottles...way cool. Poured to a SA Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a nice amber chestnut color clear with a two finger head that clears to a thin white tight bubbly lace. Caramel malts on the nose with touches of lemon and spice, a fair amount of grain on the scent as well. The taste is all on the malt side, with a good hop balance, with a clean lager feel. Light on the mouthfeel, creamy, smooth, very drinkable. Overall this is a decent beer, glad to see it in the bottling line.

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Draft served with dinner at SoHo Burger Bar in Buffalo.
Served in a standard pint glass. Clear, amber color with a short white head. Thin lacing and good retention.
Aroma is quite mild, grainy and malty, not a lot of hops.
Light grainy flavor but pretty simple. I guess I was expecting more complexity or flavor.
Smooth, dry finish, easy to drink.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Limited release from Flying Bison to help raise funds for local bicycle parking within the city. Available in local establishments late, 2008. Consumed at Mr. Goodbar.

A: Very light in color for an amber, some darkness in tint form, little head to be found. No lacing.

S: Malt, some light citrus notes

T: Very dismal flavor. Little carbonation and flat on the outtake. A typical amber beer that is massed produced is mainly absorbed in this one.

M: None. Refreshing is best the quality.

D: Worth the price of admission for a pint. Think local.

Photo of weller1js
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear brown-amber, with antique-white foam, fair carbonation.

S: buttery/toasty malt scent, light sweetness--caramel and hops, even lighter essence of spices.

T: begins clean, malt notes are buttery, toasty, and sweet, well-complemented by the sweet floral hop notes lingering into a lightly spicy, but very mild finish.

O: Well balanced and easy to drink, definitely will be looking to have this again soon.

Photo of mikeg67
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with long lasting white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of Noble hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Grassy hops, bready malt and some caramel combine on the palate. Long finish becomes dry. Overall this is OK brew.

Photo of Thads324
2.05/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear dark golden color. Very thick off white head, dissipates very slowly.
S: very faint toasted grains, absolutely nothing else...fail
T : Starts light, watery. A super sweet bread and corn syrup flavor. no hops at all. Pretty damn terrible really. Way way too sweet with nothing else there. Finishes skunky and smooth.
M : medium bodied despite the early wateryness. Carbonation is all right, carries the flavor nicely.

Way too sweet. No depth or character or anything in this beer. Fake sugar taste and no aroma. No thanks, never again

Photo of Hey_schmidty
5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My new favorite go to beer.

Photo of corylew
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a sample of this during a "tour" of the brewery. Let me just say the taste of the beer was seriously improved after having a conversation with one of the smartest, most down to earth craft brewers I have ever met.

Pours clear golden brown, little white crown of head that settles slowly with time.

Smells malty and slightly toffee-roasted, mixed with the CO2, essentially covering all hop aroma

Mouthfeel is what really pulls for this one. It's the kind of beer that caused me (and the rest of us) to keep going back for more samples. Heavy enough to back some nice roasted malt flavor, light enough that it I feel almost refreshed drinking it.

Overall if you have access to this beer, grab it. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of Domingo
2.46/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this from a friend who didn't care for lagers and got it in a BOTM package. Funny enough, it doesn't appear to be a lager and is just a "Vienna Style Beer"
Pours a standard amber copper color with a decent head. Kind of fizzy, though.
Smells a little astringent? A little like a bad homebrew.
Ugh. Tastes just like a bad homebrew, too. A little rubbery with a bitter plastic note from the yeast. Not good, as this covers up anything the malts tried to offer.
Got about 5-6 sips into this and couldn't go any further.
It doesn't taste old, unfresh, etc. but instead reminds me of something with yeasts gone awry as I don't really get the"extract tang note some have. Not sure how to describe it except - "tastes like bad homebrew"
Nothing about the bottle seems off and it's not showing any signs of being mistreated. Maybe this just isn't good?

Photo of randjuke
2.46/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle pours medium copper with persistent foamy white head. Aroma fruity with adjunct tones. Taste OK, kind of weak malts and a bit metallic. Palate watery. Finish slightly prolonged mild hop bitterness. Alcohol not apparent.

Just not a lot going on with this beer. I can't even call it a good session beer since there isn't anything about it to make me want another, and it borders on unpleasant.

Photo of match1112
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: crystal clear dark copper body. four fingers of off white, thick and creamy head, slowly settle (i'm talkin four minutes here) into a rocky cap that leaves loads of lacing.

s: malty, light fruit and hop presence.

t: sweet malts up front.a little lemon and herbal presence on the finish, getting this with many of their beers.

m: great carbonation, body seems to thicken on the finish. low hop presence.

o: very drinkable, but not exciting. dont think i could drink more than one in a row, maybe with some hot and spicy food to wash it down.

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber orange with a fluffy head. Not much retention and just a bit of lacing. Aroma is of bready malts, and grain. Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is sweet and grainy upfront. Smooth, with a good balance of hops in the finish. Nice fall beer.

Photo of horshack7
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A fairly dark amber with a head about one finger thick.

Aroma: Caramel malts, light citrus, a few piney bits, slightly biscuity and buttery.

Taste: Malty in the front, crisp mouthfeel, traces of sweet fruits. Piney and some citrus.

Notes: There is not too much to this one a straight forward drinkable beer. Cheers.

Photo of PhantasIPA
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a classic red amber color. My beer poured with no head or lacing at all...(glass not as clean as it should be?)

The smell is very nice. A well balanced, toasted malt scent that dominated the brew. It is followed by a mix of subtle spices and a hint of hops, but nothing bitter.

Taste is well balanced between the sweet, toasted malt, the spices and the hops which create a soft, easy to drink brew.

The mouthfeel is good up front but as the drink continues the carbonation takes over and is too heavy. Too much for me.

Overall the beer has a good smell and taste but still needs some refining in order to get the wild aspects in check or to run with them completely...still better than most. Above average brew.

Photo of wastedrockranger
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not a bad beer, but nothing really stuck out with this one either. the appearance of this beer was probably the best thing about it. it poured a nice amber color into a 16oz mug, with the remainder of the mug getting filled up with a nice cream colored head. nothing really special about the smell. just a hint of a malt. the taste is average. nothing special to make this stick out over any other vienna style beer, however i had worse. it left my mouth feeling dry and my thrist not quenched. overall all rating for me is just "average."

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from growler into pint glass

Appearance - A golden - orange color forming a white head upon pouring.

Smell - A warming toffee and malty aroma. Fits the image of the beer to a T.

Taste - Some maltiness first meet the thong. This gives away to a bit of unexpected hoppiness. At the end a nice sweetness ends off the experience.

Mouthfeel - A nice level of carbonation and body. Very drinkable and suitable for the style.

Overall - Quite a nice beer for sitting and continually sipping over and evening.

Photo of Pylon_Johnson
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bold, but easy drinking. Body is a nice amber color with a medium head. Bitey, yet smooth and drinkable, and doesn't get too heavy if you drink more than one or two like many similar beers.

Not overly hoppy, full flavored, hints of caramel, above average bitterness but not too bitter. Mass market beer most similar to in my opinion is New Castle brown ale. Label says Vienna style lager, but tastes more like an English brown ale to me.

Photo of BeerAngela
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Enjoyed with a light dinner, still had taste without being overpowering.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rusty Chain pours a clear brown color, with not much head. There is a nice subtle smell, with hints of a cinnamon like aroma. The taste at first is awfully watery, and harsh, balanced flavor, but then it finishes a bit bitter and very dry. Pretty easy to drink, and that dry aftertaste is nice. Overall a slightly beefed up yuelninging look a like, so its not bad.

Photo of sliverX
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this during The Village Beer Merchant's 1 year anniversary sample fest, which of course the local guys were pooring a bit more than the 2ozs they were supposed to was more like a half glass, was told its intended to be a Vienna lager in the vein of Great lakes Elliot Ness but not as "big"
poored an orange amber a few bigger bubbles hung around to make a film around the edge of the glass
Smell was just sweet maltyness
taste is sweet and tart coming across in a very similar way like yogurt would
mouth feel was a thin to medium and a bit dry
Very sessionable just like pretty much everything else FB puts out

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first beer from these guys and i am not unhappy with it. on tap at mr. goodbar in buffalo. the pour is clear and coppery, lighter than an amber, but not quite a pale ale in looks. not much head either. the aroma is a little metallic, brassy or something, minerally, but with a nice dose of american amber malts and buttery toast. the flavor is rather balanced, with some bittering hops complimenthaning the aromatic profile. i find just a little more sweetness than i like in an amber, but it appears to be from so well roasted english caramel malt, so i cant complain. the feel is a tad flat for me, a few more bubbles might make this beer really pop off. but the body is working at a nice medium clip, and it doesnt change much as it warms up. i could session on this for awhile. good to see the buffalo beer scene improving so dramatically, this is a more than tolerable amber ale brewed for a good cause. i can get behind that and put a few pints back every not and again.

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Rusty Chain from Flying Bison Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.