OwenBytheway (6) - Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2012 does not count
I mean how do you evaluate the past? (not pabst). Back in the 1960’s 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 didn’t 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 80’s)..
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 "2’s".
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 (9) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2012 does not count
Chose for St. Patrick’s 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 (30) - California, USA - APR 16, 2011
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.’ milewide (2249) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2011
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
Rainier Brewing Company--Miller Brewing Company Rainier Ale--2004 40 oz. Bottle. 7.30% ABV--25+ IBU’s. (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 80’s & 90’s before being taken over by ? Stroths, Miller Coors Pabst. 1995 was a 4.5!
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
clean body with some corn,malts,and a slight hop finish.very smooth for 7.3%.id call this the west coast version of private stock. IrishBoy (4198) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
16 oz can a gift from Odeed. Sure doesn’t look like the old Rainier "Green Death" from the early 70’s from the old Blitz-Weinhard guys that I often drank in college.! Nose a combo of malt and ricy pastiness, light alcohol and a hint of bubblegum.Clear gold with a big, lightly lacing, pale yellow head. Flavor is light caramel with a hint of alcohol like it has a touch of a cheap sake mixed in. Finish a touch of alcohol warmth. Not nearly as offensive to drink as most macro stuff even though this is a Miller brew. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
I got this after scanning the isles at bevmo for the cheapest and high abv. And this beer doesnt disappoint. Pours a piss yellow, thin white fizz. Taste is malt liqour.. rotting corn, bad malt, and horse piss. It’ll get you drunk. Orion1800 (53) - Piedmont, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
A good basic ale. Nothing poarticular stands out about this beer, aside from the can it comes in. But it’s not bad, and is clean and crisp. hammsolypabst (12) - Redding, California, USA - SEP 22, 2009
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.