cheap (4204) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2008
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2008 Thanks goes out to riversideAK for this really cool 40, a big green bottle of ale. Code 04078 E60713. Looks like it should be hidden in a wrinkled brown paper bag, heheheh. Not the same rude aroma as the 40s I get around here, its olfactory is much cleaner and even almost pleasant, smell is sweeter than cream corn. Lots of continuous rolling carbonation within the glass once poured into my Bios sniffer. Taste is, woooooo, strong unrefined alky impact. Rather uncouth, somewhat like a high gravity beer or malt liquor from Melanie’s City Brewing. Coarse strong American lager flavors are startling findings. It says ale, but I have a hard time believing it. This stuff provides disturbing spatial dimension sensory experiences. It gets a little smoother after the first glass, probably because it’s numbing up my palate. Even with a sense of smoothness, rolling in like heavy fog, it remains ill tempered. Finish is big alarming alky malt liquor 7.3% shock which is buzzy, impolite and crude. You’d never drink a growler of this stuff! So this is what the west coast is all about, wew. Alex, I owe you one for this. Love it, just love it!! Quite an experience. There is a significant risk that drinken rainer ale may have unintended consenquences which could ultimately result in the destruction of our planet. I’m surprised those west coasters didn’t pass a tree hugging law about this stuff.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
16oz can From BevMo! Carmel Mountain. Not half bad! The 7% was a nice touch.......
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2008
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
i remember my grandpa prune sitting around the camp fire drinking this stuff back when i was just a wee lad and god hadn’t invented micro-brews yet.
the 40 ouncer pours a clear pale yellow with a orange tint, lots of bubbles, small white head, lacing is present.
smell is faint, grainy, silage, plastic.
taste is grain, sweet malt, a semi-creamy texture, some citrus, ends sweet & a touch of sour.
absurdist (8) - Davis, California, USA - MAR 29, 2008 does not count
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
"You’re down with a case of the blues,
And you’ve got a face that refuses to smile.
Here’s how you get up off the ground,
You keep some Rainier Ale around,
And every little old part of you will wail!
Go get that Rainier Ale!!!
This is the greatest ale, oh what can I tell you, honey?"
God bless you, Pearl Bailey.
spikester (604) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2014 From a 24 oz. can brewed in Irwindale, CA. Huge white head that lasts about ten minutes and as the head recedes it leaves foamy rings of lace. Clear gold body.
Smell is where we drop below the 5 level. Usual corny grain husks some spice and then a pungent aromatic that reminds me of nail polish remover. Faint but there.
Taste at first it was way too sweet. Second sip reminded me of a cream ale. A slight bit of spicey hop bitterness shows up on the back of the tongue. Some apple skin starts creeping in as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation. If tasted from the can the carbonation is really big. Overall this is the first time I have seen this beer in many years. The 24 ounce can is really handsome.
I used to drink this on occasion back in the 1960s. I can’t be sure but this reminds me of the "Green Death" of old. I didn’t think it was that high an abv. But that might explain the crazy behavior of the young folks that drank it! 7.3% abv.
Serving type: can
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2008
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’m actually amazed at how good this beer is. I was afraid to pour it into a glass, since that usually brings out the worst in a cheap malt liquor, but the aroma is actually reasonably appealing, and there’s no metallic or fishy nastiness to it, as there are with some other malt liquors I’ve rated. Certainly better than, say, Molson XXX. Cheap buzz. I’ll probably buy this again when I’m strapped for cash.
mmmbeer (1252) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2008
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
16 oz. can poured into lager glass- "Green Death" poured transparent solid golden yellow, medium carbonation, huge white head quickly faded away after a minute. Aroma of corn and malt. Hits the mouth with a thin body, corn taste is heavy, some sweetness which is to be expected, finish collapses. What was I thinking?
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2008
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Sixteen ounce aluminum can- color of pale yellow, with a thin white head - nose of skunk , and metal – taste of bile, and skunk- body is watery, and with high carbonation – aftertaste of bile- just horrible I could not finish this “beer”
sickassmick (227) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
2.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 20/20
I cant find this anymore.. I just remember getting way drunker off of a six pack than I should have at 18.. we nicknamed it RAIL. I don’t remember it tasting half bad. I bought it from a really expensive supermarket and probably thought it was microbrew at the time. Ouch.
TheLeadDog (101) - Kent, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
We here in Washington call this the Green Bottle Blues. When you wanted a buzz quick it was either a Mickey’s or Rainier Ale. Skunky and weak with a pale yellow color with no head, lacing, or body, but after 5 or 6 at a party when you are still 18 who cares.