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Steel Reserve (Alloy Series) Blk Berry
- Steel Brewing Company
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American Adjunct Lager
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(Beer added by: woodychandler on 09-15-2013)
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Reviews by tone77:
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a purple color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of sweet berries. Taste is very sweet, lots of berries, high carbonation, alcohol is very well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and considering the brewer and price point, my expectations were pretty low. This was a pleasant surprise, not bad at all.
Serving type: can
09-21-2013 03:39:22 |
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look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Appearance: Deep Purple (sorry, I could not resist) body, crowed by a coarse, light lilac head, which slowly fades to patches of foam. A thin ring of lace adorns the glass walls.
Aroma: A strong punch of artificial berry flavoring surges forth during the pour. I am reminded of the Crunch Berries cereal of my youth.
Taste: Strong blueberry flavor from start to finish. In fact, the flavor seems less artificial than the aroma. Somehow, it manages to taste a lot like blueberry pie. Its quite illogical, but I keep expecting to encounter blackberry seeds. Finishes with a strong, lingering blackberry note.
Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, soft.
Drinkability/notes: Better than I expected. While its far from world-class, its cheap and refreshing.
Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-four ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
Sourcing: Purchased in Austin, TX in October of 2013 for $2.19 plus tax for a twenty-four ounce can.
Serving type: can
10-19-2013 00:02:44 |
More by Pegasus
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75
The "Alloy Series" eh? Oh sweet Jesus. Expectations could not be lower; this stuff sounds dreadful. 8.0% ABV confirmed. 24 fl oz purple/white aluminum can acquired at me local corner store for $2.19 USD about 3 minutes ago and served into a Spaten bierkrug in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live.
Served cold - straight from the store's fridge. Side-poured with below average vigor as overcarbonation is anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a purple-grey head. It's about two fingers in width. Pathetically thin. Poor creaminess and frothiness. One could argue it's vaguely redolent of certain hues of vomit. No lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about two minutes.
Body colour is a disconcerting weak purple-brown. Nontransparent; quasitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible.
I'm withholding judgment. I did expect it to look worse, in fairness.
Sm: Oh boy. Artificial grape syrup, artificial blackberry syrup/extract, cane sugar, heavy caramelization, cola (think one of those Mountain Dew monstrosities from the mid 2000s), and raisin. No hop character, yeast, character, or really malt character is present. To be fair, it's fake as shit. I'm definitely turned off and am dreading trying this.
A foul aroma of moderate strength. Awful in a style that constantly finds new ways to be awful.
T: Artificial grape extract/syrup, artificial blackberry extract/syrup, cola notes, heavy sugary sweetness, and notes redolent of one of those discount fruity fortified wines (cisco, 20/20, buckfast). Lightly tart. Aside from the crisp carbonation, there's next to nothing here to suggest that this is actually a beer; I get no hop character, no malt character, no yeast character, and frankly very little alcohol - which is easily its strongest selling point. This would be a great beer for a high school junior's post-homecoming party, and might get one the favour of the Dirty Debbie therein. But it's not cut out for us beer folk, and while it isn't repugnant per se, it's quite terribly built. In its defense, it could easily be more medicinal and cough syrup-esque than it is. I think many reviewers will trash this beer merely because of the concept, but it isn't as downright offensive as something like Budweiser Chelada. We've got to give credit where credit's due.
Horrible imbalance, horrible build. Zero complexity, zero subtlety. Shallow depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour for the style.
I definitely wouldn't say I like it, but I think I'll be able to finish the entire 24 fl oz - which is saying something. Remind me to take my insulin shot at the halfway point.
Mf: Overcarbonated. Overly thick and viscous. A biteen coarse, but mostly smooth and wet. Abysmal presence on the palate. Poor body. Doesn't suit the style well at all, but I guess it's an okay match for the flavour profile. It could certainly be worse - sludgy, harsh, boozy. In fairness, this "beer" does hide its 8.0% ABV well.
Dr: Oh boy. It's diabetes in a can, but it's stomachable. I'm not promising I'll finish it, but I'm confident that I could with effort - that's more than I can say about a couple beers in this style. Ultimately, its biggest problem is that it tastes nothing like a beer and more like a fratboy alcopop. I definitely wouldn't buy it again, but it's good to see Steel Brewing (i.e. Miller) trying to experiment with some variety. As a guilty fan of regular Steel Reserve, I think I can actually say this was disappointing.
Ultimately, it's a terrible concept for a beer in the first place, and the shudder I felt when I saw it forced me to buy it just to see what we were dealing with. Yes, it's garbage, but it's not quite as garbage as it sounds. Let's be fair: it hides its ABV pretty well. Might do well mixed with a plastic bottle vodka brand if you're looking for a cheap dirty buzz and a mean hangover. Let's be polite and say it has its place.
Serving type: can
10-06-2013 03:59:09 |
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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75
I have been disinvited and ousted from New Beer Sunday so this is New CANned Beer Sunday (Week 0001) and will CANtinue for as long as I see fit as the creator of The CANQuest (TM), an ongoing, misguided attempt to review EVERY CANned beer that is commercially available. Welcome to the madness!
From the CAN: "Brewed for extra gravity & exceptionally smooth flavor".
The Crack revealed a deep, dark liquid lurking within. I waited for one or more of the Kraken's tentacles to reach up and drag me in, but when nothing happened, I initiated a Glug. It looked like Grape pop going into the glass with one profound difference - grape pop does NOT create a dense finger of purple-pink head with good retention. My uncle is a home-winemaker and it reminded me of the froth on an initial batch of Zinfandel many years ago. Color was a deep reddish-purple (SRM = N/A) with NE-quality clarity. It looked like a fresh bruise. Nose was very CANdy-like. I was reminded of a lollipop, a Charms lollipop, in fact. How utterly charming! Mouthfeel was lacking, kind of watery and thin with only a tartness really making any impact. The flavor was ... OMG! ... like a liquid lollipop! It was hiding its high gravity well, like a fan dancer or a classic striptease artist. It was back there, in there somewhere, but I was not seeing it. Finish was an odd melange of sweet, tart, fizzy, and berry-like in the sense of CANdy as being representative of fruit. Now to the basics - Would I drink it again? Probably not. It was simply too sweet for me to enjoy. Was it gagging, like some of its brethren? Not at all. It was tasty in a nostalgic way as I have not partaken of CANdy in years. Was it pretty to look at? Yes, that was its most appealing aspect. Would I share some out of a paper bag with my neighbors in the alley some sweltering summer night when no one CAN sleep anyway? Hell, yeah! Maybe spark up while we're out there, too. Make it a party. Namsayin?
Serving type: can
09-15-2013 16:08:24 |
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Steel Reserve (Alloy Series) Blk Berry from Steel Brewing Company
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