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.
dmac (3994) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Spirits Manahawkin. Poured a medium density sun burnt orange under an average sized frothy light beige head. Aroma is spicy, bread crusts, fresh orange zest, medium toast. Bigger body, full mouthfeel average carbonation and a lingering citrus aftertaste. Flavor of spice, orange zest, toast, dough, tea. Good stuff ST.
TheJester (1860) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 mL bottle. Really tasty, spicy, smooth creamy beer. All about the rye, but nicely balanced with barley malt. Hops add a note of interest. Nice colour, but no head. Decent mouthfeel and body.
puboflyons (2120) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Medium amber pour with a modest head that does not last long. I get more hops than rye grain on the nose. Some of the hops have a grassy feel so that is close to what I might have expected. Medium body but acidic. OK, maybe I pick up a little more rye grain in the flavor but other than that the hops take center stage. It was mildly enjoyable but I wanted that rye grain to jump out at me.
hockeybeerguy (1931) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass. Why? Because itís just a Rye beer. Letís not make this one out to be more than it has to be.
The appearance was a nice hazy golden orange to yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was a tad of light foamy lacing that trickled for the most part.
The smell had some light Rye malt with just a tad of bitter citrus hoppiness in and out of a slight bearing of the flavors.
The taste was sweet and bitter, not at the same time but still showing a nice sweet to bitter and yet ultimately still having a slight Rye flavoring here and there all around.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat smooth and subdued.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good Rye beer worthy of having again.
boto (1844) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle: this one pours a clear, lighter amber color. There was a small off-white head that didnít linger long or leave any lacing. Surprisingly lighter aroma for an 8% beer. Some sweet malts, a hint of rye and a hint of spices. The taste is good, but not too exciting. Malts, with just a hint of sweetness. A touch of the rye and spices. Good, but could be better.
Cavie (3785) - 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 (4890) - 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 (2589) - 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 (2530) - 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 (641) - 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.