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Ballast Point Reef Rye Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Brown ale with 27% flaked rye. After fermentation, is dry hopped and coriander is added.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Iíve been looking forward to a rye from Ballast Point, and am very pleased that this is a rye brown... what a great idea! Itís 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 itís surprisingly refreshing! A bright, rye-ridden sweetness shows a little robust chocolate in the nose. Itís really damn-good in the nose for as (relatively) unattractive as it is. Itís 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. Itís effective similar to how coffee grounds would be, but not. Good job, coriander! Thereís a slight mintiness to it, especially in the finish. Itís light on the tongue, but thick on the mouth, heavier on the palate, and full in the gut, despite its light, inviting nose. Wow... itís different and wonderful. The best brown ale ever. Itís closer to a porter in flavor. Love it! Coriander + rye = happiness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Immediately the aroma is good. Spicy hoppiness balanced by the smell of good brown beer. Then thereís the appearance, rich brown with a tan, foamy head. The taste is light cocoa, chalky, barley malt that isnít 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2013
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 donít know if soberphobia is actually a thing, but if it is not a thing yet then guess what guys, I have invented soberphobia!!!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mensch (259) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Appearance: 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.
Nose: 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.
Palate: 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.
Final Thoughts: 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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BHeart (72) - - SEP 26, 2012
Smooth, rye, tastes a little under carbonated. Overall not too impressed, decently bitter and hoppy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2012
(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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Tap at Urban Solace in San Diego. Pours a clear amber. Thicker tan foam. Stickier lace. Nose is moderate cherry dessert. Taste is typical ballast Point vegetal oddities at the beginning moving to sweet dark cherry dessert. Silkier palate than expected from the rye. Great palate. Malt forward but not really sweet. Appearance is dull. Nose muted. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skmikeg (1000) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Pours a nice dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, spicy rye, and some nutty character. Taste is of roasted malts, spicy rye, corriander, caramel, bakers chocolate, and some roasted nuts. Has A medium body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a dry, subdued finish. Overall, a very nice rye brown that tasty and drinkable.


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