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.
Cavie (3754) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Carolina Ale House. Pours a clear amber orange color. White head. Aroma is light hops, rye, not much else. Flavor is sweet malts, spicy rye, bitter hops.
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BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap Skep & Skein - Great Rye beer terrific hops and malt additions. I was impressed and Southern Tier does it again.
Blairgus (2563) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
20 July 2014, bottle. light orange, clear, some steady bubbles. nose is spicy rye, sweet malt, noticeable alcohol. med/thin body and mildly fizzy. spicy rye, sweet alcohol, some pink grapefruit, granola malt. i actually like this rye ipa.
lb4lb (2495) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell malt light sweet. Taste smooth fruity malt not overly sweet or hoppy. Mild fruity malt. Pretty tasty
generallee08 (617) - New York, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: It has a deep honey amber color with a very slight haze. There is some visible carbonation and a tall thick head on top. Head retention and lacing is very good.Smell: The nose is big has some solid malty sweetness along with some deep citrus hop notes.Taste / Palate: There is a big full bodied malty base with a good mix of bready sweetness and spice up front. This is quickly balanced with solid hop bitterness and orange like citrus hop flavor notes.
BeerdedDave (265) - - JUN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
amber color; citrusy hop aroma with hints of rye; great rye and piney, citrusy hop flavor with mild alcohol notes; dry bitter finish
Aurelius (4062) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, intense medium orange-amber beer. Filmy head. Nice citrusy malt aroma -- gel-like. Woody bitterness up front some vegetal notes, lightly sweet and toasty. Lingering bitter finish. Light but starchy-feeling body. Some off notes in the finish. Nice malting, generally. On tap, Baby Proof, upstairs.
williamstome (843) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruddy brown pour. Aroma and flavor both have great toasty rye character. Really quite good.
Enwiebe (110) - - APR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
3/17/14. Draft at Mateos. Pours with a nice two finger head. Wonderful hop nose with piney notes. As expected, nice thick mouthfeel with deep complex malts and hop profile. Finishes strong.
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Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 8/21/13. Poured 3/21/13... yeah, thatís kinda old for my liking. $2.19 single bottle poured into a shaker pint.
Appearance: Aggressive pour gave a "frothy" (mm.. lovely word) white/sandy colored head. Very slight haze. Copper color.
Smell: Spicy hops and rye, but mostly rye. Maybe a little bit of caramel malt, but the rye dominates.
Taste/feel: Hm. Gotta assume itís past its prime by a decent bit. Nice body with a slight carbonation. A slightly spicy sweet rye flavor. Then a caramel malt aftertaste. Somethingís weird/off about this beer though. Maybe itís the sweetness Iím getting? Itís a bit artificial or something. For some reason, a bit watery. Itís hard for me to explain. Itís definitely not bad, but it seems... light. 8% ABV isnít there in any way, so thatís a good plus. The rye profile is nice, but itís not completely coming together for me.
Iíd try this again on draft or in a fresher bottle maybe, but Iím not all that impressed with this beer as it is now.