SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 25, 2010
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. One of the uglier beers I have seen. A pale cloudy yellow with hints of orange and a musty white head. Nose is a dry rye note, light pepper and clove. Palate is very stingy with a very dirty and acidic feeling. Flavor is lemon, dirt.
BroSpud (1693) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Not at all what I was expecting but not bad. Similar to a white beer in look and taste. Pours cloudy golden white with very little head. Has a nice spicy bite to it. Amazing that it is this good for such a low abv.
thornecb (4398) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy pale lemon into a shaker. Bright white head recedes to skim surface. Wheat and rye aromas. Crisp, sharp rye from front to back. Lasting bitter rye finish. There certainly is rye in this beer. A bit of a one trick pony, but if you’re in the mood for a flavorful low abv beer, this certainly packs a flavor...rye.
halfonit (1164) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2010
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
On tap at Battleship Brewhouse. Pours a cloudy yellow color. Aroma is of cat piss, lemon peels, slight rye, and citrus. Flavor is nothing impressive. There’s alot of rye up front with a light lemon peel and coriander. It’s seems to be a little skunked. Leaves a bitter unpleasant finish. This one is definitely a swing-and-a-miss.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BCTC 09. on tap at the mayflower campsite. Pours a nice clear blond crackery yellow with a modest white head. Aroma is fresh crackery malts, bready dough, light spicy nutty rye, and some light floral hops. Flavor is clean refreshing, bready crackery malts, some rye, earth and herbs with a clean crisp finish. Real nice- esp for the alcohol- good summer camping beer for sure.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: Far from thin despite the 3.8%, this is a pleasant mix of a rye beer with grassy hops. Nice session beer.
How: Tap at Red Bones, Boston
The look: Clear yellow-blonde body topped by a long-lasting small white head
In long: The pleasant nose displays grassy hops (almost Saaz-like) and rye. Taste is very satisfying for a below 4% brew. Enough cereals to make for a surprisingly full body (considering it is a below 4% brew). A light-moderate rye presence, some meringue, a citric touch, dry spicy grass, herbal notes. The hops dominate. Finish is a mix of dry spicy bitterness and lemony tartness. This was full and satisfying enough to pass as a 5%+ beer any day. At Red Bones the beer was described as being 3.8%, not 3.7% as the ratebeer entry. Youhou! I got the Imperial Mayflower Summer Rye Ale!
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another tap in the Mayflower and homebrew tent area at BCTC. Pours a barely hazy yellow with a medium white head. Touch of grain on an otherwise spicy nose. Thin to medium bodied. Finishes with an almost wheaty aspect. After the Audacity of Hops, this just couldn’t compare.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at BCTC 2009: Glowing yellowish pour with a dense white head that retains well. Spicy aroma in both it’s pale rye character and the zesty (centennial?) hop notes. Light crisp body with a grainy flavor. hearty for it’s low ABV with a peppery citrus (light lemon) hop character. Simple but solid.
drmachata (7) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 10, 2009 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clean light brew that comes on easy and ends with a desire for more. Golden color with a short head. Flavor alludes to the bite of rye. An uncommon delight.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Crisp hay-like malts and balanced herbal, citrusy hoppiness compliment this low gravity rye beer’s lean, effervescent body.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the hazy pale golden.
-This is as effervescent as their Pale Ale, but it works better here (their PAle felt thin and empty whereas this one is supposed to be light).
-Is it me or this has a clove-like weizen yeast touch?
-The hops provide a decent herbal bitterness.
On tap in Cambridge.