deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from the tap at the 15th annual MBGSF. Pours a clear amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has bitter pine hops with a hint of grass and grapefruit backed by a nice rye note. Flavor has a nice combination of rye and grapefruit with some pine up front and more of the rye coming out in the finish.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks to umich03jm. Bottled 2/18/13. Poured into my spiegelau IPA glass (first time using this thing). Mostly hazy orange color. Good thin off white head. Nice spread of lace. Medium body. Good, smooth lighter carbonation. More dry in the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. Lightly spicy rye malt aroma. Light toast. Good citrus hop aroma, light grass. Nice, balanced drinkable rye IPA. Sweet taste, little bitter. Nice light rye toasty spiciness. As it often happens with Shorts brews, I finished this way too quickly and I wish I had more still to judge it on. That’s a good problem to have.
Pailhead (6404) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy citrus (orange and lemon), light-moderate herbal notes, rye, grass, and light woodiness. It pours a mostly transparent orange with a touch of haze. It has a one finger orange-tinged off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film. There is some tiny dotted lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate orange and light lemon. The finish has light-moderate grapefruit, rye, herbal notes, and some light floral/grassiness. It’s light-medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. I’m generally not a huge rye IPA fan, but this one is pretty solid.
rumproasts (5050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. amber with small head. big rye and even bigger hops. really excellent rye ipa.
superspak (4672) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 2/18/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a small fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a tin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, floral, spicy rye, honey, light caramel, and bread. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of hop notes with good malt balance. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, spicy rye, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, spicy rye, honey, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice hop flavor complexity with a good malt balance; only a moderate rye presence that is nice; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent rye IPA. Very nice hop flavor complexity and balance of malt with moderate rye; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy apricot with a quickly fading white topper. Aroma of rye, citrus, caramel, pale malts and mild noble hops. Taste is on the grainy side with rye, caramel and pale malts, Kinda bland with a middle of the road bitter finale.
umich03jm (3493) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden orange a small head that fades quickly. Aroma is very spicy and bready with some grapefruit and oranges too. The citrus comes out much more in the taste and matches really well with the spicy rye. This tastes a lot like Short’s Rich’s Rye, did they just change the name? Finish is very bitter and dry, a little too much. Really tasty rye beer that takes rye to the extreme.
Huhzubendah (3480) - Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer is golden with clusters of carbonation bubbles. Thick off white head that leaves lace ringlets cascading down the pint glass. The aroma offers citrus, toasted grain, light pine & hops. The flavor is more aggressive / bold than the aroma. Nice showing from the rye malt. Well balanced and drinkable. Toasted grain with some bitter hops in the finish. A tad sweet. Overall, pretty good.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Hop aroma that leans lightly citrus, but more spice infused, a la cilantro, lemongrass, and fennel. Flavors produce a similar profile, a little more controlled and subdued, extra fresh and juicy. I like this. I’m imagining some earthy spice from the Rye is contributing to the overall zesty complexity of this beer, but it’s hard to tell. Whatever case, the emergent flavor profile and accompanying dry texture works. It’s fresh, full of juice, and delightful.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Murky orange-brown body, medium-thin creamy buff head. Grapefruit and citrus nose. Malty, toasty body, rich with herbal and citrusy hops and a bitter leafy, somewhat catty finish. Fair complexity; tasty. Quite good.