wxman (1323) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Used to drink this stuff back in the late 80s in Montana. I’m originally from the midwest and had never heard of Rainier Ale. I was amazed at how good and faithful to the ale style this brew was. It was a dark amber with a decent head for a macro brew and quite malty, and it was dirt cheap. I understand it was a favorite back in the day with college students in the NW. Unfortunately, I haven’t had it since Rainier went out of business. I suspect it found the same fate as others that fell to the contractor’s ax during a macro takeover. It’s been 15 years since I last tasted Rainier Ale, I’m certain that it has been reformulated into some weak image of it’s former self. That would account for the recent negative reviews. Too bad, it truly was good (see 1st rater’s comments).
UPDATE: I recently had a Birzieciu Alus (Ale) brewed in Lithuania. This IS the Rainier Ale of 20 years ago! It tastes the same as the Green Death during it’s prime.
Ratman197 (8830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2005
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Pale industrial swill, beats AB budweiser but thats not saying much. Would be a great beer for couch potatoes who watch football all day.
rajendra82 (927) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
The cream of the crop (pun intended) among the constituents of the BIF 13 – From Hell package from BeerAdvocate drewbage, this baby came in a green 16 oz. can that broke the record for overuse of a word by mentioning that this Quality Brewed Rainier Ale is a Mountain Fresh Ale and that the can holds One Pint Ale, and then repeating this on the other side of the can just for good measure. Pouring it in a standard Pilsner glass revealed an ultra pale straw colored body with a fizzy artificial head. The aroma was sugary sweet, and the taste confirmed the adjunct laden origin of the alcohol here. Taste was basically fermented sickly sweetened water passed over corn flakes. This thin and mineralized tasting malt liquor had a mouthfeel like a bad headache waiting to happen. Thank God, the old college days of drinks like this are a distant foggy memory thanks to the blackouts induced by the alcohol. THIS IS NOT AN ALE.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2004
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Okay, Jordan had a six pack of this on poker night. I find this to be an affront to all of my senses. The aromas were horrible with a sickly sweetness like overripened ass fruit. The flavor on the other hand was like licking a used bandaid caked in blood, dirt and neosporin. Ugh.
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
What an utter dissappointment. I got a can of this at the "general store" in Yanke Hill; since they’ll sell you any single for about 1.29, I thought I’d try it.
About the only good thing I can say about this crap is the appearance. It poured dark yellow with a very thick foamy head that hung around for a while leaving decent lacing. The carbonation started out with massive bubbles, but quickly diminished to near flat tasting. Very smooth and Un-satisfying mouth feel and the taste not too good - reminding me of sweet corn, as you might imagine by smashing Green Giant Niblets into a paste and carbonating it.
IF it was Free, I might; and i stress the word "might" drink it again if I was Really Really Thirsty, Had a " have to drink a beer - any beer thirst", it was Ice Cold, and was miles away from another selection,
Trust me, this is one of those beers you want to pass up.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 11, 2004
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Can: If you could put a glass under the drain of the drunk tank and collect all the liquid from the passed out drunks soiling themselves after a night of drinking swill then you’d have what this looks like. Nose of sawdust, that fart in a can spray, rust, and spam and corn salad (with the spam can included). The flavor is harsh with isopropyl alcohol and unbalanced sweetness. Finishes like a shot: exhale thoroughly. This is more medicinal and would come in a spray can than in a can of beer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2004
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Very pale yellow body with little head or lacing. Damn! The same ole malt liqour aroma and flavor, sweet corn and malt. Light to medium bodied and slightly watery.
Shag (2531) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Golden color of course. Smells like adjunct city and sulfur. The taste is more bland than anything. Some sweet and malty notes. Its a doable malt likka!
mjg74 (2454) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 21, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours gold in color. Sweet aroma. A bit of the malt liquor alcohol aroma. Grainy flavor combined with alcohol. Tastes like a fairly typical malt. It is drinkable, but really only for the buzz.
hanker (12) - USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was in Trout Lake Tavern drinking this green death I learned to love. Bush park was my first time and I ended up in boot camp some how in 71. Good beer in my 49 ford flathead doing 70 on a logging road back to Mill A was one of my greatest experiences. I woke up in my lean-2 and was still alive.