dchmela (3008) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at RnH. Dark Brown pour. Spicy hoppy aroma. Nice rye bite in the taste, well blended hops and a good malt base. Good all around brew.
keepersj12 (3058) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love the good ryes and this is a good one. Rye in the aroma along with malt and some hops. Pours a dark amber with a thick head. Great flavor with a malt sweetness, the rye and a hop end. Finishes very dry.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Cloudy amber brown with lacy white head. Aroma has lots of caramel and rye bready notes. Taste is earthy hoppy bitter in front of big rye bready backbone. Big and flavorful yet simple and refined. Dry finish. Really Good!
ben4321 (5646) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: I had this twice in the last couple months:
On Cask at Swift Hibernian Lounge, 4/24/10
Sampled at the NY Brewfest on Governor’s Island, 6/19/10
Aroma: The nose has some rye to it, earth, caramel notes, some hoppy notes, citrus, spice, and grains
Appearance: This one pours a caramel color into the glass
Flavor: The taste is relatively dry, not too much sweetness, some earthy and grainy notes
Palate: A medium bodied beer, the mouthfeel is sort of cereal-like
This is a pretty decent rye ale. A good feel to it, and it’s pretty drinkable. It has that good cereal-like feel to it, which works pretty well with the flavors. I actually gave it a slightly higher score on tap then on cask, but both were fairly similar score-wise.
mansquito (5208) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Hot Bird, Brooklyn ($6):Pours a hazy bronze color with a thin white head. Aroma of rye, some sugar, citrus fruits, and beautiful hops hops hops. Upon tasting it, there is are huge doses of hops and rye delivered straight to your face. A good amount of bitterness that culminates in a moderate aftertaste. Almost lemony at times. This is pretty much a slightly altered IPA with a whole bunch of rye in it, but that is most definitely a good thing.
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours a medium brown with a white head. Smells sweet and fruity - some apple - with a decent amount of hop aroma to go with it. Medium-bodied, bitter, and grainy with more fruitiness.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - MAY 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
dark brown color topped with thin white head, it has caramel aroma with hint of fruit. an ok brew.
Nickls (2363) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Old BA rate - tap)
Hazy brown-copper color that poured with a frothy white head. Fantastic lacing throughout the sample. Sweet maltiness followed up with the very present rye. Solid hop bitterness that was kinda earthy followed by fresh fruit aromas. Smooth maltiness to start off followed up by the rye, and then a smack of hop bitterness. Really dry hoppy finish that polishes off the smooth sweetness in the beginning. Medium MF, and it was both pleasantly palate coating and rich. I could easily drink this all night long given the range of flavors and the fulfilling MF. The dry finish really made another sip very necessary in a great way. Overall, this is lovely stuff.
Jow (3384) - New York, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bridge View Tavern. Pours standard brown and is slightly hoppy with some spice and cirtus but not a whole lot going on. Enjoyable but forgettable
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Pours a very dark copper/mahogany red with dark golden amber hues when held to a light source and a one finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing are left behind.
Sweet caramel malt aroma with lots of rye and slightly earthy hops. There ls also a bit of pine to go along with the orange and grapefruit notes. The malt backbone is a bit too prominent in the nose with hints of biscuit ,caramel and rye.
Medium bodied with a lot of dry earthy pine hops which are quickly balanced but a very dry earthy pine bitterness that lasts throughout over a sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Hints of caramel malt with biscuit and rye. Very hoppy for the style and not very well balanced with a lot of dry bitterness completely overpowering the sweet rye malt. The ABV is decently masked and this beer is pretty drinkable but the hops outshine the sweetness from the malt too much for my liking.