ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
GSH1976 (187) - Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light, copper with fluffy off-white head and decent lacing. I know people have said this is really an IPA but I am not getting that at all in the aroma which is rye and malt. Taste is sweet at first with caramel notes but then there is some rye but it is not as intense as I had expected. There is also a hint of spice and then there is some hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and very easy to drink considering the 8.1% abv.
shadey (1845) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Bright orange pour with some red highlights. Thin, splotchy head. Aroma includes rich malt, complex hops, and grainy rye. Flavors are equally complex and interesting. Earthy notes that are really nice. Great job from a brewer that knows how to handle extreme beers.
zvikar (2568) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - FEB 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
BBOTMC. Pours bronze with a huge beige head, aroma of chocolate, tangerine, and mango, flavor of tangerine, chocolate, malt, some bitterness, relatively sweet, slightly alcoholic, medium bodied
coyforce (461) - Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice flavor. Taste is rye and smooth. Pour is amber with a thin white head.
Bebum (190) - - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light amber, tall head, little persisting lace.
Beautiful and faint floral nose,
Medium body but higher flavor strength, low heat for alcohol strength,
Bittersweet, low acidity, balanced and long finish.
Enjoyable but nothing special.
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Mastelefish (44) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, has some surprisingly roasty malts for a rye ipa. Medium body and medium bitterness.
metalhead0043 (126) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle for 1.99. Pours clear copper with a white head. Aroma is huge rye and malt with a little grainy backing as well. Taste is pretty similar with a smooth bitterness on the back end. Above average body with a creamy texture. Overall a very good rye IPA and another great beer from Southern Tier.
dlihcsnatas (217) - Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber brew with thin head that fades fast. Smells of Rye and caramel. Can taste the malty sweetness but the Rye takes over the taste with a nice pepper spice that makes this brew very good. This one has a thickness that coats the toungue but doesnít leave a syrup finish, rather leaves the lingering taste of malts and spice. Excellent brew.
beerbill (3248) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a mostly clear gold with a moderate off-white head that lasted until the final sip and laced the glass completely all the way to the end. Pleasant aroma of malt with some rye grain, a bit of caramel, and a few wisps of citrus. The flavor is malt with again a bit of caramel and some mild spicy rye grain. Mild bitterness at the finish. Fairly well rounded mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. Enjoyable.
jredmond (4847) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared with ken. Pours a clear amber body with no head. Aroma is sweet grain and malt. Mouthfeel is medium with not too much going on flavor-wise. Some light notes of malt, sweet grain and a faint bitterness.