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.
skmikeg (921) - 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.
matthewjk (912) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
S.T. will always be one of my favorites, but I canít say Iím a huge fan of this number here. It falls a little short in that spicy bite I would except from the rye. Nice malty backbone, but Iím just not buying in on this one. Serving size: one, 12oz bottle
S_Side_Smitty (463) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a minimal white head. Aroma is beautiful rye malts and hops. Taste is sweet rye, rye, rye with a hoppy long bitter finish. Another great Southern Tier blast of flavor!
sean6120 (2) - - SEP 19, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
decent beer good body and flavor aroma is ok and lacks head retention and lacing, although very smooth for a 8.1% beer.
bkurtz (805) - PERU - SEP 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours copper with a white head. The taste is malty, toasty, earthy, a bit dry, but good. Well made beer, but I like rye beers on occasion.
MadRobin (1964) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap half pint at Gilly's Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD.
Clear, medium-dark amber with a ale khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of caramel, bread, rye, peaches, pine and a touch of citrus.
Taste of pine, citrus, peaches, caramel, rye, bread and a touch of cloves.
Medium/light body and high/medium carbonization.
A fruity IPA with a good balance and enough rye to add interest.
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RyanK (204) - Rhode Island, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pretty clear amber though I believe I see some sediment, off white head dissipates fast. Smells of spice and pine, hoppy for sure, reminds me of Sierra flip side and founders reds rye. Light bodied almost watery which overshadows the small amount of carbonation. Has a spicy rye taste that is met by a pale malt balancing this out and making it really easy drinking. I certainly taste the rye, was hoping for more complexity but its good. Leaves resin/pine and spicy aftertaste that isnít great.
tillmac62 (200) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOD 8/31/13. Clear light amber pour with a slight dark ruby cast. Massive head with exceptional lacing and retention. Nice, but somewhat subtle, nose of caramel and rye over a spicy background. Heavy medium body with a nice oily creamy texture. Well carbonated with a nice effervescent finish. Even at one year of age, the flavor profile is outstanding with a complex balance. It begins with a spicy character that flows to nice rye notes. In the middle, caramel sweetness flows into a light hop flavor blend (dank, pine and citric) and light bitterness. The finish is long and leaves you with a nice rye spiciness over hop notes and bitterness. Even aged, this one is up there with the best.
SSSteve (3774) - - AUG 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. mostly clear orange/amber with a small cream colored head. crystal malt and robust base malt aroma with a peachy and citrus hops. tea, peaches, crystal malt, tropical fruit, melanoidin burnt sugar note and rye bitterness rounds out the flavor. maybe some victory malt or special roast in there. full bodied.
TXBadger (1398) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear light brown with off-white head. Rye, bread, biscuit, and some pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Not as much rye spice as I was expecting, almost not present, somewhat disappointing.