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Moab Brewery Desert Select Hopped Rye

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.59%
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This hearty red ale is malt rich and has serious hop character. Hopped Rye pours ruby red with a thick tan head. The citrus and floral aromas are from the four varieties of hops. The ruby red hues and peppery flavors are a result of using some red rye malt in the mash. We hopped it up with Columbus, Centennial, Chinook and Willamette hops for an aggressive hop finish. We made our Hopped Rye with the finest Two Row barley and red rye malt, plenty of hops, pure Moab water and house ale yeast. This beer is not filtered and is still alive- a process called bottle conditioning. Other than the natural carbonation produced by bottle conditioning, it also helps to preserve the beer. Expect a small amount of yeast in the bottle and please do not overheat- temperatures above 75°F are damaging to the sleeping yeast. The Hopped Rye pairs well with gorgonzola, cambozola, rich artisan blue cheeses, strong spicy dishes with curry, smoked beef brisket and grilled lamb. Brilliant with caramel apple tart, ginger spice cake and crème brulèe. Store upright, chill and serve at 50°F to 55°F. Use wide mouth glassware to allow the vibrant malt and hop aromas to escape. Please, drink with others, so there is someone else to blame.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cstuartj (930) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle, pours a cloudy rusty red with a thin head, laces well. Nice nose, hops, spice, malt. clean attack with a bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6719) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and earth aroma with light malt. Grapefruit and pine flavor with caramel and earthiness. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel and grapefruit linger with light pine and light spice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (938) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Very very nice. I always have a hard time describing rye ales, but this is a good one. With the hops, you get a nice extra twist, with surprisingly not overwhelming bitterness. I like it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottw86 (1070) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Poured a muddy looking brownish color with a medium-sized off-white head. Nice aroma with lots of rye, molasses, spruce, and resin. Taste is full flavored with lots of good hoppy notes. Good malty backbone with a slightly nutty flavor. Honey and rye blend well with pine and caramel. Overall very nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2489) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2013
500 ml. swing top bottle. Pours a medium, well retained ivory head, withh some lacing, over a slightly hazy dark amber (SRM 15) body....nose is rye, light dried fruits including fig, light pine, hints of citrus....taste is rye, lightly sweet with toffee/caramel tones, hints of floral honey, finishing with a lingering pine,resin, citrus peel bitterness....mouth feel medium, soft, light alcohol warmth, carbonation low. with a mildly acid finish. This beer is nicely balanced and well made. The rye and various hops add a nice complexity to both aroma and flavor. BJCP 8/2/14/5/7

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2042) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Humongeous swing top bottle. Dark amber color with a white head. Caramel, sweet malt and fruity aromas. Good balance and a nice hoppy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derek881 (952) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Poured from a large, tall bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a cloudy deep, hazy amber color with a big foamy and creamy deep off-white head that had great retention, and very good cling and lacing. Its aroma featured a blend of rye, pine, floral and citrus hops, along with some grainy and earthy hops and lighter bits of caramel malt and spice. Its taste was a mix of bitter hops and rye, with a significant amount of spice, and a bit of sour characteristic. It had a somewhat wet and watery body, but a very full and thick mouthfeel with ample carbonation and life, and a dry finish. Thank you Scott & Tab for the great birthday present!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle from Whole Foods P Street. Clear amber color, medium white head. Aroma of citrus, light pine, subtle toast. Taste is malty and fruity with a bit of spice. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheBeerWenchGA (5) - Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2013 does not count
Pineapple and toffee entice the nose of the drinker. Although caramel and toffee dominate, there is a nice hop balance finishing surprisingly dry with spicy rye notes.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2013
50cl swing top bottle (8.59% ABV) pours with a dark clear amber body that supports a tan head of foam. The modest aroma offers up sweet malts and then faint levels of musty brown sugar covered prunes and then some vague resiny hop notes. The taste is smooth sweet and then more and more resiny bitter hops. The more I drink I think the more I like. It has smooth sweet soft malts, a dash of prunes, raisins and booze and toward the finish a resiny hoppiness grows and grows and dominates at the end. This is pretty darn nice.


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