matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Damn, this is a Fact: Real Ale Beers pour Real BIG Head!
A pale golden / amber body with a freaking huge cream colored head, lots of tiny partials floating around in the brew. The nose is fairly floral, smells more like English hops, notes of spruce, caramel, and …. steamed squash?
The flavor is a bit metallic and astringent, notes of musty grapefruit, very nice flexible palate though.
Overall it's different, and it is rather enjoyable.
Thanks again FLY, it was very excellent of you to give me this brew to sample.
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I enjoyed this Texas brew. Didn't appear to be filtered. A distinctive rye ale that had a substantial dose of Cascade hops accented with a full malt body. The flavor comes on strong and fast and lingers for a while. Good enough for a second look. I'd buy this again in a heartbeat. Well done.
Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 Pours a dark amber color with a medium thin beige head. Thin lacing as well. Aroma of rye (surprise) and a little malt. Medium body, with a fairly strong mix of hops, rye and malt in the flavor. The finish is dry and a little citrusy. Fairly good overall.
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Have had plenty on tap and in bottle. I often wonder about my ability to distinguish certain elements, but always seem to get the rye in beer. Not sure if it is a variation in batches or my taste - have had varying opinions from fair to good to better over this beer. Most definitely worth trying.
................................................ more I drink this, the more I like it - and vice versa. A session beer for sure. Simple, full bodied with a slight butteriness to the whole and well balanced hops coming over the top.
TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nicely balanced ale with a grainy rye kick. Aroma is very grainy. Beer color does resemble tea, but has nice head and some lacing. Flavor is initially lightly malty then finishes dry/rye. Pretty tasty.
Aurelius (4524) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Very nice fruity aroma, with good caramel and a little vinegar. Overcarbonated. I got a 100% foam pour out of an ice-cold bottle, and the buff colored foam wouldn't quit. Flecks of brown (orange peel?) in the foam and sinking to the bottom of the glass. A pinky-orange, new penny color with a very slight haze. Lightly sweet, with a medicinal/vegetable quality to it, over grapefruit. The CO2 spoiled the mouthfeel, and made it more acidic than I think it would be under different circumstances. I agree with bigbadbear, this is a different brew, and although not stellar, it ought to be tried. One other note, my label was 100% different than one pictured -- it had a woodcut courthouse on it. Rerate a little warmer this time. This grows on you. Nudging the rating up.
BBB63 (6343) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Flying Saucer Ft Worth Texas. Amber hue with a small white head head and little lacing, medium-bodied. Aroma of toasted malts, flowers, earthy yeast. Just a hint of smoke, spice and rye. I expected the rye to be more pronounced. Good balance in flavor with a clean and crisp finish. Mostly oily ans soft mouthfeel. This brwe is different, the rye style adds a new diminsion, slight recommendation.
joet (2285) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 8, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Medium heavy bisuit aromas and flavors, new beer yeastiness, worty, unfinished, long flat finish. Has nrightness but way too much young character.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I'm not crazy about most rye beers which is why I really liked this one. It's a decent pale ale with a rye flavor that's not overdone. It's still got the dry rye finish but the grainy rye tones augment rather that overpower the other malts.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I guess I'm missing the Rye end of this Pale Ale, but what the heck, I really like it. Piney hopped, medium bodied (which is full for a pale). Nice brew, hopped as well as some IPAs. Many Thanks go out this Fly for this one. It was a pleasure meeting up with him and his significant. Cheers