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Rusty Chain - Flying Bison Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BuffaloTapHugger on 01-11-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  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.

Sammy, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

oberon, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -26%

beernads, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
3/5  rDev -11.2%

ZEB89, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +18.3%

pathman, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Darkmagus82, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of tommyguz
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

tommyguz, May 08, 2013
Photo of hollywood_15063
4/5  rDev +18.3%

hollywood_15063, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

GreesyFizeek, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

DonFrap, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -11.2%

cfalovo97, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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...

dogfishandi, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of jpd7374
3/5  rDev -11.2%

jpd7374, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

herman77, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
3/5  rDev -11.2%

BeerOps, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

rorjets, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.65/5  rDev +8%
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.

vette2006c5r, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

deonreds, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of rydev24
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

rydev24, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of sliverX
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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

sliverX, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of match1112
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

match1112, May 04, 2012
Photo of Domingo
2.43/5  rDev -28.1%
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?

Domingo, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +18.3%

spark3148857, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +18.3%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 23, 2011
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Rusty Chain from Flying Bison Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.