Jan 20, 2009

RJ Rockers Bell Ringer

I’d never seen, let along heard of, RJ Rockers before this weekend. A quick run to my local beer shop allowed me the opportunity to snag a bottle of their American Strong Ale. After letting the brew chill in the fridge for a few hours after purchase, I cracked it open.

Beer Label: Brooklyn Winter Ale


The Bell Ringer pours a dark amber in color with an off-white head that faded to a clinging lace.


I was rather underwhelmed with the aroma. It smells like your standard pale ale with light malt and hop notes.


While the aroma did little to entice me, the taste revealed a bit more about the brew. Bell Ringer is a pretty well balanced product — never leaning too heavily to one side or the other of the malt/hop relationship. There’s a slight hop bitterness in the finish and the brewery did a wonderful job masking the 8.5% ABV.


I expect a bit more from American Strong Ales, but what the Bell Ringer lacks in robustness it more than makes up for as a highly drinkable beer, and dangerously so. It’s subdued flavors, balance and well masked alcohol make it a pretty decent session brew.

Rating: 3/5