BrewDad (5120) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber in color, clear with a thin head. Super hops and rye aroma. Nice malt backing flavor was filled with hops, rye and awesome hops floral and fruity flavors. This was a super beer.
piscator34 (2178) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample from JL Beers in Grand Forks. Copper in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas are of spicy grains white grapefruit, and quack grass. Sort of an off-putting grain husk flavour going on, but backed by more pleasing notes of citrus fruit salad and peppey spice. A bit lighter than what I would call medium bodied, with a solid bitter finish. Drinkable enough overall, but the overly husky grain character was a real letdown for me.
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy copper color with thin off white lacing. Aromas of lemon grass and hay present themselves predominately. The palate is fairly full bodied with the rye subduing the hops in a very well balanced way. I love this beer and could certainly recommend it in nearly every type of weather. Great beer from start to finish.
scooter520 (185) - - FEB 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: copper brown orange color, frothy white head. Aroma: a kind of floral orange smell, sweet bready malt, some pine. Taste: sweet malt up front, with an almost pepperiness, then finishing more with the hops and bitter pine aftertaste. Mouthfeel: medium body. Overall: pleasant ale with a relatively complex character as the flavors kind of morph on the tongue.
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aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very similar to their pale ale. Piney aroma with a hint of rye spice making an appearance. The bitterness is more prominent in the taste. Id like for the rye to be more prominent.
MattH (660) - California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Aroma is floral, pine and sweet malt. Taste is mostly pine and not much else. Body is light and level of carbonation is medium.
jefcon (1519) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rye generally brings a natural rich, slightly tangy malt to beer without smoke or tree bark or whiskey barrels having to play a role. As a rye beer, the special ingredient in this version lends fine aromas which are balanced with hops, but leaves a lot to be desired in the quantity and assertiveness of the rye. 6.6 is a little heavy-handed on the alcohol to my thinking, as well. The astringency of the beer tastes a little like a cheap trick.
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark copper pour with an off white head. Nice citrus and pine hop aroma, but there is a strong malt presence as well which does give off a rye bread smell right at the end. Excellent flavor, well balanced sweetness from the malt with just the right hop bitterness. Another great IPA style from Sierra Nevada.
KajunAkkordion (9) - Detour, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good rye IPA. Peppery, citrusy, pleasant hop kick for a Nevada IPA. Very drinkable, feels like a good 6.6. I will admit, my experiences with the "rye-PAs" are limited. I love a spicy IPA that isn’t overwhelmingly floral-y. Very very surprisingly tasty offering from the little Packers town of Chico, Cali. Go Sierra.
O5Harley (7) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2012 does not count
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle #1362 108 41
Bottled in 2012
Purchased @ Somersworth Village Market, Somersworth NH
Price - $8.40/sixer
An absolutely georgeous looking beer. Pours a deep transparent amber color with a massive three fingered creamy white head. Heavy lacing adorns the glassware and sticks thick. Add a gentle swirl of the glass and bam, another creamy layer appears. Lots of bubbles too.
A soft aroma of earthy hops combined with the spicey rye is dominate. Very faint smell of citrus fruit.
The flavor starts out big with an unmistakeable rye peppery taste followed by a hint of citrus in the middle and ending with a pine hop bite. Sweet caramel malt adds some sweetness but the rye flavor is pretty much in your face from start to finish.
This beer has a medium body with a creamy feel. I really dig the balance between the malt and hops. Finishes slightly dry with a pleasent bitter tingly feel.
Overall quite drinkable for my taste buds. I spent quite a bit of time drinking rye beer in the 90’s, so this kind of takes me back. The appearance was the real highlight for me.