maxwelldeux (2223) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark amber with hints of red to it. Despite being on draught, I get a slight metallic smell coupled with a lot of grains. Slight bitterness to it, like it was overmalted.
emacgee (3445) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Harris Dist. Craft Expo. Soft light amber pour with one finger of sticky off white head. Nose shows diacetyl and some bready notes with a mildly spicy character. Diacetyl shows in the flavor as well. Light astringency with some citrusy notes.
devilben02 (249) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from my home tap, this one looks great in the glass, with a deep mahogany-amber color and a thick, creamy, foamy, sand-colored head. The aroma is light and fresh albeit usual, with a light citric acidity (primarily lemon) being complemented by some bready malts. The light bready sweetness and subtle bitterness again balance each other in the flavor, but there is also an ashy, almost smoky earthiness, which presumably is contributed by the rye. The contribution isnít substantial, however, and only provides some nuance to an otherwise common flavor profile. The carbonation is a bit high initially, but the texture also gets a bit syrupy in the finish, although not terribly so. Overall, this is a light and pleasant amber that is plenty drinkable, but only the subtle earthiness from the rye addition sets this apart from any other solid amber ale.
Lubiere (8243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A copper ale with a thin off white head. A sweet nutty caramel malt with light herbal hops, nice and smooth. In mouth, a nice caramel malt with British hops, nice and balanced. On tap at Twin City Brewfest, August 13 2011.
jtd6628 (349) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at twin city taps. Good beer has some rye dryness to it taste a little bitter.
Suttree (4452) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange and cloudy, decent sized white head. Smells like rye bread and pine resin, in a good way. Flinty, rye-ish flavor and a dry, clean finish. Nicely full bodied. Brewgrass 2010.
freekyp (1412) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aggressive spicy rye notes jump from the amber body, made crisper by the grassy hop character. Full bodied but very drinkable.
OldGrowth (2107) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pint at Horniblows Tavern. Ok aroma, sweet, spicy, kind of caramel, rye mix, little nutty yeast, not overpowering. Clean brownish red color, ok head spotty lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Meh, dulled as it warmed, particularly aroma, flavor held up, rye had zing about it, caramel malty base.....just didnít grab my attention....
ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber pour. Frothy off white head and spotty lace. Tropical fruit aroma. Hoppy flavor with a zesty rye finish
Drake (6497) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the brewery. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is hoppy with strong rye notes and a grainy finish. Spice rye notes in the taste with a hoppy finish. Medium bodied.