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.
njnut (277) - 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 (32113) - 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 (1630) - 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.
nathan30533 (688) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Out of a bottle. Still enjoyable. Wish this could have been a fresh draft but the rye really holds true through the bottle.
BrewBoxer (2141) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at stone street tavern. Pours an amber brown color. Sweet sticky boozy flavor. Decent profile with a nice flavor
60minuteman (863) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown pour. Not a whole lot of head or any lace. Aroma is rye, bread, malt, trees, leaves. Perfect for a fall beer. Taste is as earthy probably more so with a rounded out malt backbone that brings the rye and cereal and bread with it. Texture is pretty chewy and substance is medium.
DCLawyer (1554) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle->SA. Bright copper with moderate frothy offwhite head. A: pine hops, rye, wet malt. T: bittersweet malt, rye, pine and floral hops. Good, well-balanced.
legion242 (2270) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very pretty brown with nice head. Nice lacing around the glass. Spicy rye well used.
zizzybalubba (1503) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Dark orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma of citrusy hops and sweet rye. Wonderful taste as the piney and citrus hop taste is the perfect companion to the rye flavors of bread, toffee, and brown sugar. Very well done.
TattooJack (162) - Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a coupla bottles into the pint glass, this is only the 2nd rye ale I have tried and itís very good. A little sweet, kind of dry finish, a lot of flavor. I liked the fun fact in the commercial description about George Washington, big fan of education. Another little known fact: Thomas Jefferson once ate a ham on rye, so there you go.