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 (30) - 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 ain’t really an "ale"....but, hey, it IS good for what "AILS" YA.’
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.
ffbot (278) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank this straight from the can.
I didn’t know if this was a "true" malt liquor or not, but indeed it is. Given that information this might just be second runner to Mickey’s in terms of smooth and regular tasting malt liquors. Also, this is a higher percentage so that gives this beer more credibility that it is drinkable.
Nice blond coloring with light carbonation. Smell is hay, sweet, some metal and tiny bit alcohol.
Taste is good, has a nice mouthfeel and feels like a true beer going down. Highly satisfying, I drank this on a warm pleasant day in my back yard and I felt like it was the perfect beer for it.
I like this beer, I might like this more than Mickey’s actually....
adnielsen (10374) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ the pussy palace. Pours a Gazza gold ale appearance with a thin off white head. Spritzy corn candy, apple, lemon aroma. Nice body. A touch papery but really an otherwise good corn flavor. Nice to pete.