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Rusty Chain - Flying Bison Brewing Company

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | 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 vette2006c5r

South Dakota

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 03:22:12 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of dseiters


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

04-02-2012 09:06:06 | More by dseiters
Photo of rjpetrizzo

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

03-30-2012 03:52:20 | More by rjpetrizzo
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.73/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruity aroma, sweet malts and apricot. Pours bright copper amber body with nice slightly beige head. Head lasts a goodly time and lacing of glass is fine. Tastes well balanced, just the right bitterness in the finish with a very pleasant aftertaste. The lable states "smooth enough to enjoy as a session beer" and they are quite right!

P.S> The website states the ABV as 5%.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 00:13:32 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of wastedrockranger

3/5  rDev -11.2%
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."

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 13:36:36 | More by wastedrockranger
Photo of RKel888


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

03-19-2012 18:22:29 | More by RKel888
Photo of buffalobeerfan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

03-18-2012 23:24:03 | More by buffalobeerfan
Photo of electtodefer

New York

4/5  rDev +18.3%

03-04-2012 22:29:14 | More by electtodefer
Photo of sdj5

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

02-27-2012 16:22:33 | More by sdj5
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

02-27-2012 01:17:59 | More by ng85
Photo of timbobandit

New York

3/5  rDev -11.2%

02-16-2012 23:13:54 | More by timbobandit
Photo of spark3148857


4/5  rDev +18.3%

02-13-2012 11:32:03 | More by spark3148857
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

01-13-2012 01:01:04 | More by jpd7374
Photo of disemgrowler

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -11.2%

01-05-2012 17:32:43 | More by disemgrowler
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.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2011 01:08:46 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of ehnesandrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12-19-2011 03:50:13 | More by ehnesandrew
Photo of GoSabres87

New York

4/5  rDev +18.3%

12-17-2011 04:41:58 | More by GoSabres87
Photo of bluntedboywonder

New York

4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-23-2011 21:43:47 | More by bluntedboywonder
Photo of corylew


4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 01:09:02 | More by corylew
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 21:57:16 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 00:53:14 | More by riversider76
Photo of gabedivision

New York

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 02:18:27 | More by gabedivision
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 01:54:20 | More by Sammy
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2009 18:02:39 | More by sliverX
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 01:31:23 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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Rusty Chain from Flying Bison Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.