nealblind (701) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - DEC 12, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Clear gold pour some head. grapey diesel aroma. tastes sweet malty. alcohol well hidden.
BeerFunGuy (616) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer has a very generic ale aroma and flavor. Not bad but nothing special.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from the pounder can. A finger and half of head on a golden colored body.
The aroma is honey mixed with metal and lemon.
The taste is super sweet without a hint of bitterness. A long sweet finish too, in case you hadnít had enough.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation.
Just a really sweet ale with no redeeming quality.
pepsican (1440) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Might as well get this over with. 16oz can. Yellow pour with a big white head. Strong grape in this one. Lots of fizz, a good amount of tootsie rolls and just a touch of hops to stop this one from getting too sweet. Not bad.
greenhorn1 (803) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Ok so how does one rate this? It is really more about memories than taste. When living in the PNW this was a staple. Today I saw a 6 pack of 16 oz ale and had to buy it. Yes it is not good, but much better than its counterparts e.g. Coors, bud, miller. So yes it flooded my memories hence the higher rating then it deserves.
OwenBytheway (6) - Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2012 does not count
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I mean how do you evaluate the past? (not pabst). Back in the 1960ís the only place you could buy this beverage (lovingly known as "Green Death") was from a state liquor store because the alcohol content was too high for ordinary retailers sitting next to the Country Club and Colt .45.. In the mid sixties there were only three places you could buy this stuff on tap in Seattle. Rainier didnít promote it. The competition hated it.
How many beers have had nationally ranked bicylcle racing teams named after them? ... and they proudly wore green death jersey when they raced (up into the 80ís)..
But Rainier was promoted by an advertising agency that had won many awards for their ad campaigns for the "nicer" Rainier brews. Green Death, to them, was an enigma.
I knew a teamster who drove truck for Rainier, and, at the end of each week, they were given their choice of a case or a pony of their favorite Rainier brew.. And, about once every five weeks, because he was a close friend of my old mans, I would get a case of Green Death.
And there was nothing like it.
And this is not at all like that brew.
So it gets nearly all it points from nostalgiac memories ... I close my eyes and take a slug and smile, back those forty plus years, and that is worth a ten.
But,, otherwise, now it barely gets "2ís".
It is fun to kick the cans around after they are empty, and think of those draft 14 ouncers less than a mile from the UW campus and the end of classes on Friday afternoon.
R.I.P., But Thanks for the memories.
Kellerstein (7) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2012 does not count
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Chose for St. Patrickís Day for can color. Clear yellow, light head, lively carbonation, not very good. Head-shaking alcohol, anything but smooth. A sad state of a past icon. [1014,3]
GrainBeltMan (28) - California, USA - APR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a rather pleasant winey profile that seems to distinguish it from other malt liquors. At 7.3 abv and $3.99/sixer at BevMo, gets the job done in a nice way. Obviously, it ainít really an "ale"....but, hey, it IS good for what "AILS" YA.í
milewide (1474) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Loved this "beefy" ale on my many trips to the Pacific Northwest. More hops, richer amber color---and more alcohol---than micro brews!
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Rainier Brewing Company--Miller Brewing Company Rainier Ale--2004 40 oz. Bottle. 7.30% ABV--25+ IBUís. (2.0 / 5.0) Malt Liquor--Dissappointing dumbed down from rich Amber Ale to a Malt Liquor. Foamy head. EtOH hop front. Crisp hot thin Pils adjunct sweet thin body. Hot EtOH mild hop end. Smooth tasty crisp Malt Liquor. Sampled 9/7/2004. Rainier Ale & Rainier Beer were Great Beers in th 80ís & 90ís before being taken over by ? Stroths, Miller Coors Pabst. 1995 was a 4.5!