ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear copper color. There isnít much head - not even a fingerís worth of white-shaded head - but whatís there tries its best to retain well. Some lacing is left behind.
S: A good amount of rye malt on the nose, with just a kiss of sugar cookie sweetness. An herbal touch of hop bitterness blends beautifully with the rye aroma. Perhaps too well, though: itís a bit one note aromatically.
T: This has a nice rye-forward nature. A pleasant spiciness opens the flavor profile nicely, with the earthier rye tones closing it well. All of this is accentuated by subtle hopping that provides a good flavor with low bitterness. Some of the fruity sweetness in the middle goes away once it warms up. This is exactly what I expected it to be, and thatís a good thing.
M: Most rye beers seem to prick the tongue slightly, but this does a good job of retaining a smooth texture, partly thanks to restrained (if not low) carbonation. The finish isnít really that dry, so itís not amazingly drinkable. Itís not suffocatingly sweet either, so itís not hard to drink, either. Basically, itís about as drinkable as youíd expect a good 8.1% brew to be.
O: If the whole modus operandi was to showcase the rye flavors first and foremost, Iíd definitely say they succeeded. While not the most complex, itís definitely a very good rye ale, and one where I wouldnít have regretted picking up a 6-pack of this.
gringo332 (563) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, medium copper appearance. Rye and bready malt in aroma. Taste is big on rye, with bready malt and grapefruit.
closey22 (1093) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Amber thick foamy beige head; aroma is slightly malty and hoppy; Flava is hoppy bitter with maltyish grainy backbone; feels medium and foamy creamy; finishes mildly bitter and sweet
crajun (1047) - , Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
didnít think I liked rye; but this was great. aroma had some citrus and rye. nice chewy palate. Taste was rye, pine and hops with caramel. well blended. will pick up a couple more of these
Doofgoblin (402) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
For a specialty grain, itís pretty darn good. Aroma is notes of grain with little or no distinct hop character--not that great. Taste picks up the slack with an infusion of cereal, brand flakes, rye, toasted malt, hints of hoppy goodness, and maybe corn? Finish is nice and clean--wasnít expecting that. For the final gravity, itís an interesting, well executed brew and something off the beaten path...Iíll forgive you for the grammatical error in your commercial description.
Hair6a11 (1419) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; Pour is fairly clear, golden / copper with a two finger, fine bubble off white head into this glass - its sticky on the lacing front - with average retention here. The nose is yeasty - floral , bready, with some spent grain notes and feint caramel presence. Thereís some spicey elements here with modest hop presence as well. The flavor profile is something else entirely , however - it doesnít lean towards a positive experience. Heavy grain weighs the experience down - peppery spice, moves to a strong grass presence - theres a touch of lemon zest here - while it moves to cereals and ends with more of that yeasty note. I could do without more of this one -
tennisjoel (1195) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma and appearance are pretty non descript. However, the bready malts and rye really shine in the flavor and palate. I really enjoy this beer. Have been impressed with this one and the 2XIPA as well. Good for ST which is really a hit and miss brewery for me overall.
Slipstream (2164) - USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweetly aromatic rye ale. Plenty of rye taste, some nice sweetness, and a little warmth in the close. Another goods one from ST.
GTAEgeek (1394) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Fred. Copper color, with a small, beige head, and some good lacing. Nice nose of caramel, juniper, sharp rye, and syrup. Flavor is sweet, with some savory spice, and a nice, mellow bitterness. Medium to heavy body, very creamy, a little astringent, and sharp. This is a nice, well balanced, flavorful, and interesting beer.
AdamJackson (3341) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark orange pour, no head. a little orange, some spice, bread yeast. very oatmeal like in the aroma. very intense bitterness, rye spice adds a nice mouthfeel and itís crisp finish. Itís nice but wish it was more balanced.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clear copper body with an off white head that had some mild retention. A slight presence of carbonation. Aroma had a nice peppery rye note upfront. Some caramel and bread malts where mildly present. A nice blend of citrus and pine hops. Rye hops really seemed to pair well with bitter hops on the flavor. Bread malts and the sweetness from caramel malts seemed to add some balance. Finish was slightly dry. Carbonation was elevated, but not a problem.