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.
cheap (4130) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2014
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
From a tap. Nice clear smelllin fruity aroma with no contemporary BO ipa smells. Clear orange color with a thin a creamy head. Pretty much flat on the palate. Taste is high impact bitter IPA hops fer sure with that rye wrinkle in there. Not my style but better than most IPA Iíd say.
scottw86 (1114) - Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deep clear amber color with almost no head. Aroma has lots of malts and rye but a touch of light fruit as well. Taste is very crisp with great rye flavor. Some slight resin and pine balances everything out. Finish is nice and dry with grain and cereal. Very nice.
crossovert (7609) - Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
335ml bottle. Clear amber pour. Aroma is heavy rye, citrus hops. Flavor has spice notes, citrus, pine, herbs. Decent dipa.
jkwalking05 (3827) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Hazy deep amber red with an average sized off-white head. Aroma is of malt, spicy rye, caramel, toffee, and herbal hops. Taste is of eye, caramel, toffee, earth, herbal, spicy notes.
kaser (2904) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured as part of a flight from draft at Haymarket Pub. Hops and fruits on the nose. Big carmel hoppy fruity and mild flavor. Super easy drinking and ABV well hidden. Really good.
evergreen0199 (2083) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum, New York, NY. An amber/golden coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Hoppy, malty, rye aroma. Tastes similar, hoppy, malty, rye, slight bitterness.
paintedmaple (430) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nicely spicy rye with some floral hop overtones and bitter undertones. Refreshingly dry with a bitter bite on the finish. Very good.
ebone1988 (247) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is nice, sweet hops and definite rye presence. Appearance is beautiful orange rust but lighter than Iíd like. Taste is sweet grapefruit, hop presence and rye presence. Mouthfeel is great, thick enough to offset the dry hoppy presence. Overall, real real nice.
Darkmagus82 (1743) - - OCT 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 11-1-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance Ė The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger of white foamy head. The head has a great level of retention, fading over ~5 min and leaving a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell Ė The aroma has a big dose of rye and citrus hop. Along with these aromas are some pine and a grassy smell giving a more resinous aroma to the brew. Some other smells of a light caramel sweetness and a bit of an oaky/woody smell round out the aroma making for a nicely hopped rye smell overall.
Taste Ė The taste begins with a bready flavor and a little bit of caramel sweetness. Rye flavors are present upfront, beginning more mild, but getting quite a bit more potent as the taste moves on. Hop flavors, quickly come to the tongue, being of an earthy and light citrus flavor. As the taste moves on the caramel loses some strength while the rye continues growing more potent. Like the sweetness and rye the hops transition as well with the citrus largely disappearing and the earthy growing stronger and being joined by some other hop flavors of a grassy and pine nature. The rye, grass, pine, and earth take the taste to its end, where a light amount of wood enters the taste with a bit of caramel returning to the tongue as well, leaving a slightly resinous hopped but still rather present and smooth rye flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is average to slightly below average in terms of its creaminess and has a carbonation that is on the lower side. The thinner body isnít the best for the combination of rye and hop flavors but the lower carbonation is actually quite nice for the rye flavors of the brew really allowing them to stand out.
Overall Ė A quite tasty and easy drinking moderately hopped rye. At 8.1 % abv and being so easy drinking and enjoyable, this one is a bit dangerous but regardless is very nice overall.
skmikeg (946) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a amber-orange with. One finger off white head with pretty nice lacIng. Aroma is of spicy rye, pine, toasted bread, sweet malts, caramel, citrus, and some peppery noted. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma and rye, pine, sweet malts, caramel, tofee, bready malts, pepper, and some light citrus. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a pretty tasty rye ale tha is a nice fall seasonal.