Truebrews: Pt 3, Steel Reserve
Steel Brewing Co, Irwindale, CA
Abv: 8.1% | Price: $1.99/24oz can | Malt Liquor
You may be asking yourself, “If you’re trying to be a legitimate beer connoisseur, why are you reviewing such a terrible beer?” The answer isn’t that we think it’s funny to drink forties of malt liquor out of champagne flutes and scoff at the brewmasters of Steel Brewing Co. (although we entertained the idea). We review any and all beers because no beer is too good or has a reputation too bad not to be worth our time. It also gives our palate a sense of scale. What good is a rating system of 1-100 if every score is over 80? We’d be no better than the video game reviews that give every AAA title a 9.5/10 (we’re looking at you PC Gamer).
Our journey into the abyss began with a $1.99 twenty four ounce can of Steel Reserve split into pint glasses. Its color was surprisingly clear, with a touch of yellow and a light froth on top that faded as fast as my hopes of enjoying the glass. But let’s not forget, this is malt liquor. It’s made to be a cheap, high alcohol drink that’s just barely palatable. That being said, this was the worst beer drinking experience we’ve ever had. The aroma was more akin to a white wine than beer and the taste wasn’t too far off. Ice cold, and exploding with carbonation it attacked our tastebuds with a vengeful arsenal of sweet malt, fruit and a boozy finish laced with regret. It was a challenge to finish.
So we encourage you to get off your high horse, crack a can of Steel Reserve and give your taste buds a harsh taste of reality.
We encourage you to get off your high horse, crack a can of Steel Reserve and give your taste buds a harsh taste of reality.