Hermitage Ryetopia
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
Ryetopia has been, literally, a year in the making. This beer is the first, of hopefully many, beers that will come from our barrel aging program. Ryetopia was brewed with a generous portion of malted and crystal rye, which lends a spicy complexity to the beer. To balance out the malt flavors, Ryetopia was hopped with Bravo, Apollo, and Cascade hops. Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, this is a smooth sipper of a beer that will age well in the years to come. According to HBC Head Brewer Greg Filippi has this to say about the beer. Ryetopia is our homage to the delicious yet often overlooked rye malt. We started with a big bold barley­wine style ale, then beefed it up with a healthy dose of rye malt and crystal rye (about 16% of the total grist). Rye is known for its dry, slightly spicy flavor in beer. Crystal rye goes through a different malting process which converts some of the starches in the grain into simpler sugars before we add it to our mash. This results in a sweeter flavor, adding hints of licorice and toffee to the finished beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (11786) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours caramel malt tan head. Nose/taste of rye, bourbon, oak, caramel, maple syrup and touch of spice - medium/full bodied for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle pours medium brown with ruby highlights, thin off-white head. Aroma sweet malts and bourbon. Taste sweet malts, caramel, toffee, bourbon, slight oak. Finish mainly bourbon and very slight hops/oak. Thick palate with nice alcohol tingle.

OK everybody puts "caramel’ in their deScriptions of malty beers but with this one the caramel is REALLY pronounced. Very nice effort from a brewery I’m not familiar with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Had at the Great Arkansas Beer Festival 2014. Pours dark brown. Lots of malt and caramel on the nose. Rye is prominent. Slight roast. Heavy mouthfeel. Very nice beer. Probably my favorite at the GArBF.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (837) - - MAY 18, 2014
2014 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a clear brown amber color with a small tan head. Taste is a perfect balance between a toffee/vanilla sweetness and a spicy rye graininess. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (926) - Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Pours a clear dark copper with hints of garnet, a small off white head and decent lacing. Aroma has a sweet toffee and cookie flavor, raisin, vanilla and some rye graininess. Taste is very similar to aroma with initial sweetness of molasses and toffee with a rounded rye spiciness, some bourbon character, prominent vanilla and only a slight bit of alcohol. Finishes with some sweetness and alcohol spiciness. Mouthfeel is soft and medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Interesting and more drinkable than I would have expected. Like the nice balance and blending of flavors and the different tastes that the crystal rye brings to it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (819) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2014
750 bottle. Deep Chestnut. Dark Fruity malt nose with big Bourbon aromas. Lots of rich flavors, malts, Bourbons, followed by chocolates. Very smooth! Hops and Rye take a back seat but, still support the flavors, making them not too sweet. Burn in the finish. Overall, very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12952) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Capped 750 from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours dark brown with a slight creamy/fizzy beige head. Aroma is bourbon and med dark fruit. Med + body. Flavor is bourbon, chocolate, hint of rye. Fair amount of alcohol. Which blends with the flavors. Oak comes forth with time. Heat develops in the gullet. Nice sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with an attractive tan head and a chocolate and bourbon aroma. There is a hearty chocolate and rye flavor with a warming alcohol trail.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robbeebobby (55) - newark, Arkansas, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Pours dark amber with a small white head. The aroma is bourbon and maybe raisins. The taste is sweet and boozy with a dry feeling after its swallowed. Moderate carbonation and overall not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2014
750mL bottle pours with a muddy amber body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up all boozy sweet whiskey and such and then running headlong into boozy fairly rough heat. Well beneath the booze notes are light whiffs of malts and maybe molasses. The taste is similar with smooth sweet boozy whiskey smoothened and sweetened by a modest level of sweet malts and molasses notes. This is rich and malty and with some toffee and molasses coming to the surface here and there. There’s still a good deal of whiskey from front to back and I guess it is a good thing it is so smooth. A little less barrel time would be nice to try.

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