Darkmagus82 (1939) - - SEP 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-12-13-
Served on hand pump in a pint glass
Appearance – Served a hazy orange color with a one half finger just off white head. The head fades very rapidly leaving a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is mainly of a rye and bready nature mixed with grapefruit hop. Lingering with these aromas is a very light tangerine and a small amount of floral hop and almost spicy aroma.
Taste – The flavor begins mainly of a bready and moderate rye flavor. These more malty flavors create a base for the brew and remain relatively constant throughout the taste. Upfront the taste is rather dry with a moderate grapefruit hop taste at the start. As the flavor advances the grapefruit hop grows stronger in nature and is joined by a lighter tangerine flavor that brings a light sweetness to the beer. The grapefruit hop maximizes more toward the middle of the taste and remains strong till the end. The tangerine fades a bit however and is replaced by a caramel sweetness more toward the end. Along with the transitions of the lighter sweet flavors, a pine hop and lightly spiced flavor comes to the tongue at the end of the taste, with the combination of flavors leaving a bready and rather bitter grapefruit hop flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level (as would be expected for a hand pump brew) that is a bit on the lower side. The thicker body and lower carbonation suit the hoppier flavor as well as rye quite nicely really giving those flavors a chance to be appropriately sensed by the tongue.
Overall – A pretty nice Rye PA. A little dry and quite grapefruit hop heavy (possibly a bit more pine or earth would helped level it a bit more) but rather flavorful and quite nicely drinkable. Not bad and one to try if you have the chance.
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at Otto's Pub and Brewery.
Cloudy dark copper pour. A fair amount of lacing after a fast fading tan head.
Fresh grassy hop aroma with some rye spice.
Flavor is slightly citrusy, grassy hops. Spicy rye accented malt backbone.
Very nice on cask. The hop character is fresh--dry hopped?--and the ale is well balanced. Very flavorful, with a fair amount of carbonation for a cask ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light hop aroma, with some malts - a bit sweet. Caramel-dark brown clear with small off-white head (lacing not apparent in sampler glass). Smooth palate, easy carbonation (hand pump) in nice medium body. Starts rather acidic with good bit of malt. Finish is dry, lightly acidic, and a touch of sweetness, though also has a pronounced sourness. Still, nicely balanced.
DocLock (8346) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orangish amber with a good head. Aroma of malt, rye, and some hops. Slightly bitter, rye finish.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First rye ale I have had. Very subtle grainy aroma, mixed with hay and spicy hops. Firm body with hints of oak and maybe rice?? Finishes kinda flat. Interesting. Definitely worth a try.