My much anticipated post is back four days early… or three days late if you’re a pessimist. This is the first of three beers I picked up at Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield Rd. Go there some day. You won’t regret it. So, here goes…
Brewery: Rust Belt Brewing Company, Youngstown
Beer: Rusted River Irish Ale
Rusted River Irish Red… doesn’t sound too palatable. Though, few things from Youngstown do. But, I say trust in the post-industrial brewing cities. I think the economic depression adds to the flavor, or at least they can make a cool looking bottle label.
Upon the first pour, the beer was a deep amber. It was a tad bit darker than I expected, but its smell wasn’t as strong as the color. I had some light caramel hits, but I nearly had to inhale the beer to grasp them (but maybe its those damn allergies). The initial taste was reminiscent of a mild stout along with the bitter bite and mouth-feel from the dark roasted malt. As my tastebuds became acclimated to the rusty bite, the sweeter caramel tastes came out with very little hoppiness. The finish left a pleasantly bitter taste on the palate. Overall, it was not my top Irish red and slightly underwhelming, but it was at least satisfying and the taste grew on me as I downed the pint bottle. It would be worth ordering a pint while watching the Gaelic Games… or at least a Irish Springs commercial.