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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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History of the Beer Style
This is a unique beer style so there is no history. Rye is used in brewing as a substitute for malted barley. It gives a very distinctive aroma and flavor to the beer. The flavor is proportional to the amount of rye used in the recipe. Honey is usually used in brewing to give a drier finish and more alcohol. There is usually minimal flavor impact from the honey as well. Rye is used to give the distinctive flavor and aroma, but we used a special honey that added some aroma and sweetness to the beer.

The Abita Selection: Honey Rye Ale
Abita Honey Rye Ale is made with pale, wheat and rye malts. It also has a blend of four different caramel malts. We used 20% rye malt to give the beer a very good rye flavor and aroma. The extra rye also gives a fuller mouthfeel to the beer. We added a generous amount of wildflower honey as well. This gives the beer a sweet aroma and flavor. Willamette hops are used, but the beer is not very bitter and has very little hop aroma. This allows the flavors of the rye and honey to come through. The result is a full-bodied, sweet and malty beer.

Food Pairings
Abita Honey Rye Ale is very versatile and complements a number of dishes quite well. For starters, it can go well with a plate of select nuts, cheeses and breads. It pairs well with almost all red meats, and is mild enough not to overpower all seafood dishes. It is excellent with New Orleans favorites such as trout meuniere and trout amandine. It also complements almost any barbecued dish.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Tap, NOLA International Beer Festival 2012. Pours a slightly hazy orangish copper body with a frothy off-white head. The nose is very barrel driven, very rye whiskey heavy. Some honey sweetness, reminds me of Bulliet Rye! The flavor is honey sweetness and oak with some rye whiskey and vanilla notes, short but satisfying finish. Medium bodied with a rye whiskey laced finish, soft gentle carbonation. Pretty nice in a sampler size, not sure I’d want a bomber of this though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2011
On tap. Cloudy amber brew with some tan head. Nose of honey sweetness, rye spice, and grains. Flavor has a good amount of honey (bordering on too much) and malt with a spicy rye finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Draft sample at the 2011 Fall NOVA Beerfest, 10/22/11. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of honey, grain and a fruity finish. The taste is sweet honey malts with a spicy rye bite. Medium bodied. Sticky texture. Balanced too much in favor of the honey.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (5794) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Had on draft @ the Abita brewpub in Abita Springs .. . Pours a deep orange .. low to medium head .. very nice lacing .. . light honey, light maple, and a just a smidge of rye .. . great aftertaste, better beer than i thought it was gonna be.. . . i’m gonna order a burger and just eat the meat ..

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
piscator34 (1949) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 11, 2011
On draft at Avenue Pub. Amber in colour with medium carbonation. Somewhat muted aroma of pale and spicy grains, along with a bit of fruit. Somewhat sweetish flavour, but the spicy rye and extra dryness from the honey balances things up a fair bit. Tastes ok, but it’s a bit on the bland side.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Loved this beer. I thought that the honey and lemon taste might be too much but the rye really balances it out. Fantastic.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Pour is light copper decent nice lacy head. Smell is honey light fruit lots of wheat. Taste ok more wheat light grape mild honey decent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
9/24/11. On tap at Peg’s. Clear amber pour with a small khaki head that fades but laces a lot. Very bready aroma, sourdough, with a spicy kick. Light bready flavor as well, not as spicy, with sweet honey notes as well. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3387) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Tap. Pours brown with a small head. Nice blend of honey and malt on the nose. The honey gives the beer a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Nice blend of honey and rye on the tongue with a hint of hoppiness as well. Clean finisher. Nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adam42381 (375) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Review from notes at Peg’s Cantina on 9/10/11. Draft poured into a pint glass. Appearance: Poured a medium amber color with orange highlights and a 1 finger creamy light tan head. Nice lacing. Smell: Sweet malt with a touch of sweet apricot. Taste: Apricot and sweet malt up front followed by a touch of spicy rye before a light bitter finish. Aftertaste is fairly bitter. The flavor reminds me of a much better version of Magic Hat #9. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Good drinkability. Goes down easy. Overall: Very good beer overall. I like what Abita did with this one. Definitely worth trying.


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