hammsolypabst (12) - Redding, California, USA - SEP 22, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The west coast version of Ballantine Ale, only Rainier Ale has a much higher % Ɨ.3%) An ice cold 40 of RA will do two things, give you a great buzz and make you think you are drinking some high dollar micro brewed ale. It does not get any better then Ballantine or Rainier Ale.
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 7, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Still one of my faves, despite the closure of the Rainier Brewery. Serve it ice cold and wait to get drunk!
GrainBeltMan (24) - 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
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 5, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Green yummy! Found a can of this under the seat of a truck that was parked for years... I opened it up and I was hooked ever since! Good warm or cold.
ajmceachern (4) - Albany, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2003 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love this Stuff. It is the best 40 you can buy. The green Bottle is just so cool. These things are a buck fifty each, what a deal.
GreyHipster (12) - Hemet, California, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful dark dark red color. Strong hoppy aroma and bitter hoppy taste. I love it! Beats the hell out of BMC anyday and the best 40 ouncer you can get. Great with food!
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 I had long seen this in stores, was curious, read about it, and just tried it, not expecting much. Surprisingly, I like it quite a bit. It is deep golden with a thick, dense white head that lasts and slowly dissipates, leaving some weak lacing. The aroma is sweetish malt & grain, a bit flowery with a hint of hops. The taste is lightly malty and lots of grain, a light, fruitiness and a grain finish. It is predominantly lightly sweet with a hint of the alcohol mostly in the warm feel rather than the taste. The flavour is reminiscent of a typical American pale lager but much stronger, sweeter, and more warm. It is very smooth and quite satisyfing and the flavours hold up very well with food.
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.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Green Death! Tastes ok and a 40 or two will get you nice and green... Too bad itís not brewed in Washington anymore. Itís just not the same as drinking the locally brewed stuff on a cold, rainy Seattle evening.
Orion1800 (51) - Piedmont, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good basic ale. Nothing poarticular stands out about this beer, aside from the can it comes in. But itís not bad, and is clean and crisp.