rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap. Brown with small head. Interesting combination of a brown ale with substantial hops and rye. This works quite well. Quite tasty.
BillKismet (3860) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown-amber with a decent head. Nice Centennial hoppy nose with some rounded chocolate notes massaged in and then flecks of rye on the end. The body has some leafy bite to it with a strong rye presence. Sourish chocolate malt notes. Medium to full-bodied with a lingering floral hop and rye aftertaste rounded out by some dry, sweet chocolate dust.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve been looking forward to a rye from Ballast Point, and am very pleased that this is a rye brown... what a great idea! It’s pretty dark brown in color with garnet hues and a thin, off-white head. It looks deep, complex, like a very private person completely unwilling to share anything about themselves to the outside world. But then you smell them... I mean, it. And it’s surprisingly refreshing! A bright, rye-ridden sweetness shows a little robust chocolate in the nose. It’s really damn-good in the nose for as (relatively) unattractive as it is.
It’s more of the same in the mouth, with chocolate and roasted (but not bitter) malts ruling. There is an herbal, rustic spiciness about it that really brightens the palate. It’s effective similar to how coffee grounds would be, but not. Good job, coriander! There’s a slight mintiness to it, especially in the finish. It’s light on the tongue, but thick on the mouth, heavier on the palate, and full in the gut, despite its light, inviting nose. Wow... it’s different and wonderful. The best brown ale ever. It’s closer to a porter in flavor. Love it! Coriander + rye = happiness.
kidmartinek (4688) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Immediately the aroma is good. Spicy hoppiness balanced by the smell of good brown beer. Then there’s the appearance, rich brown with a tan, foamy head. The taste is light cocoa, chalky, barley malt that isn’t allowed to be to sweet because the hop bitterness smacks that would-be sweetness in the face! Brown ales are rad and this one is a bully.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: Rye beer crosses Brown Ale crosses IPA. Good beer.
How: Tap at La Taberna Lupulo, San Juan, PR.
The look: Clear light brown body topped by a large off-white head with good retention.
In long: Nose has a lot of spicy rye, toasted tobacco leafs, a light smoky character bordering burning cigarette. Taste has a good mix of caramel and spicy rye, toasted peanuts, generous leafy and citrusy hopping. The clean and sharp bitterness is quite assertive. This is a bastard beer that is as much a rye beer as it is a brown ale as it is an IPA. I liked it. And btw, I don’t know if soberphobia is actually a thing, but if it is not a thing yet then guess what guys, I have invented soberphobia!!!
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Memory of taster @ the brewery. I wanted more rye character, or any flavor out of this one. Smooth and drinkable for sure. Low ABV, low IBU, low flavor, so low rating.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy browns under a soft khaki head which fades into a thin layer with random arcs of lace crawling up my glass. Swirls creamy and thick.
Pumpernickel toast and pumpernickel crackers. Whole rye seeds. A gentle dusting of milk chocolate powder. Raisins in the middle kissed with melted milk chocolate. Sunsweet prunes. Touch of cinnamon sticks and burnt caramel along the edges. Rye seeds and rye bread on top.
Chewy, sweet, and bready followed by rye and fruits. Tannic meatiness thanks to prunes and raisins. Whole loaves of pumpernickel and rye bread. More raisins and prunes, dried and chewy. Apple skins join the tannic tartness, this time along the sides. Sweet and dry at the same time. Pumpernickel toast underneath. Spiced apricot and peach skins.
A delicious new take on the brown ale thanks to the fine folks at Ballast Point Brewing out of San Diego, California. While this was on draft at my local establishment, I enjoyed multiple glasses before it was gone. Good stuff.
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bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Mahogony beer with a cream head. Light cocoa and light darker malt aroma. Malt and light darker malt flavor with light citrus. Medium bodied. Malt and light darker malts linger with light citrus.
BHeart (72) - - SEP 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smooth, rye, tastes a little under carbonated. Overall not too impressed, decently bitter and hoppy.
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bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a clear amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of cocoa, roasted grain, pine, and coriander. Flavor of cocoa, roasted rye, coriander, bread, and light citrus.