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Rusty Chain - Flying Bison Brewing Company

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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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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

jayschares, Apr 10, 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 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
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

dseiters, Apr 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

rjpetrizzo, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
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%.

CaptJackHarkness, Mar 29, 2012
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."

wastedrockranger, Mar 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

RKel888, Mar 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

buffalobeerfan, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

electtodefer, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

sdj5, Feb 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

ng85, Feb 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

timbobandit, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

spark3148857, Feb 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

jpd7374, Jan 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

disemgrowler, Jan 05, 2012
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
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

ehnesandrew, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

GoSabres87, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 23, 2011
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.

corylew, Oct 18, 2011
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 riversider76
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.

riversider76, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
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.

gabedivision, Aug 16, 2011
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
Rusty Chain from Flying Bison Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.