maltdog (617) - Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Oily-looking, hazy copper pour produces a steady ecru froth and seafoam lace. Attractive nose of sweet toasty malt, tart citric hops, oregano and parsley spiciness, and a touch of butter. It just keeps getting better… toasty malt and sharp lemony hops compliment the peppery rye flavor. Intense and perfectly balanced. Wow! Smooth, substantial mouthfeel, fruity finish, and a mild but deep bitter afterglow. Now this is beer, and probably the finest rye ale I’ve sampled. Very, very nice.
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice hoppy and fruity aroma. Great aroma. The palate is nice but doesn’t linger. This is a great tasting beer with a very dry finish. A good session choice. My favorite beer so far from French Broad River Brewing Co.
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at Brewery. Pours hazy amber with nice head. Aroma was grassy but more on the floral/citrus side then pine. Taste followed. Had to double check this with an additional pint.
nearbeer (3718) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2012 650 ml. Clear copper-amber with a huge, sticky, Belgian-like head. Nutty, toasted whole grain aroma with a caramel undertone. Flavor is similar, with more caramel and the addition of peppery notes from the rye, light coffee roast, and some resin and citrus hop on the finish. Near-medium body has low, smooth carbonation and is very well balanced by a crispy, dry finish. One of my all time favorite session ales.
blukarma (17) - Rocky Face, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome Rye Ale. Amazing head and lacing. Nice bitter Ale taste with enough malt to make it nice.
jstraw (1920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber with modest, foamy beige head / Delicate, sour malt nose / Medium body, somewhat sour, very hoppy but with good malt balance and dry, bitter finish / Delicate, crisp flavors of sour malt, caramel, apple, cherries, chocolate, and spicy rye / Very nice with an appealing sour character.
HopInMeBeer (11) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy burnt orange/brown - nice head retention
Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice
hops, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg - similar to an American Wild Ale - very tannic
My favorite part Very tannic, Smooth - the rye dries the palate out so you’re ready for another sip or another bite of food. The hops add a nice bitterness.
Sipper by far, this beer has a lot hidden within. A stellar beer from a growing beer company. I highly recommend.
ketchepillar (1073) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to CanIHave4Beers. Quite nice. Overcarbonated. Pine and citrus all the way through. Soap nuts. Summit?
philvil (174) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Tribeca Tavern. I knew I was going to like this because I’m a fan of RIPAs and French Broad brewery. The rye hopper was even better than I expected. Delicious malty flavors and a perfect hoppy aftertaste.
Rustyham (1724) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge Head (growler), translucent light brown. Aroma is hops and toast. Flavor is like a spicy brown mustard, with a hop stinging palate. Crisp and easy to drink, but sweet and bready, too. On tap at J Barleycorn, Nashville.