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.
Sregnar35 (987) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at WOB. pours brownish red with a strong boozy aroma. Flavor is sharp bitter and grainy, finished surprisingly clean.
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TheBear11D (333) - Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.
The 2X Rye pours a mostly clear copper with a one finger champaign like head that lasts about 30 seconds. The aroma is rye, caramel, floral and pine hops and bread. The flavor is floral and pine hops initially with rye and caramel as well. Overall this is a nice brew.
umich03jm (2234) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Clear amber pour with a small rocky head that fades to a nice ring and leaves great webbing. Aroma is sugary caramel malt, rye, herbal hops, and citrus juice. Tastes weird. Very sugary, lots of rye bread, lots of herbal hops. Not a combo I enjoy very much. Not my thing.
bubblehouse (546) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good. Rye beers take some getting used to for me. This one grew on me quickly. like it
Pailhead (5210) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: The aroma moderate caramel, light-moderate rye, aged citrus hops, and faint herbal notes. It pours a transparent amber with a one finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thick soapy ring. There are some thin sticky rings of lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy caramel and lighter toffee. The finish has aged citrus hops, light-moderate rye, and some light earthy/herbal. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, the more of these I try, the more it becomes obvious that barring a ton of hops, I just donít dig rye beers.
PapaSkeetSkeet (925) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber with a thin egg-shell head that disappears immediately, even though effervescence is visible. Aroma is orange, grapefruit, rosemary, flowers, some light yet rich earthy notes. Body is syrupy, moderate heaviness with light carbonation that dusts the palate. Flavor is a touch of dark caramel, grapenuts, touch of sap, green tea, and a bitterness with an almost salty sensation in the finish. OK.
fattybladdy (626) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, medium copper appearance. Rye and bready malt in aroma. Taste is big on rye, with bready malt and grapefruit.
njnut (290) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddy Amber just slightly hazy but mostly clear. Wonderfully malty with a little spice. Just a solid Christmas beer loved it
yespr (33066) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From tap. Pours hazy orange with a small off white head. Aroma is fruity, toasted malty to breadish. Bitter, pine and light grapefruity hoppy. Bitter and crisp hoppy into the finish.
HonusWagner (1632) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweeter, rye-dominant IPA. Spicy, a bit citrusy, a touch of caramel malts. Pretty solid and exactly what the label would lead you to believe.