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RATINGS: 507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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This American Wild Rye Ale was brewed with a substantial portion of rye malt, and the spicy character of the grain asserts itself with clove and pepper in the aroma and flavor. Add in sour cherry notes from our special blend of micro-organisms and vanilla from the red wine barrels and you’ve got a mouthful!
ABV varies from year to year.
2010: 10% ABV.
2011: 8.7% ABV.
2012: 8.8% ABV.
2013: 7.8% ABV.
2014: 7.6% ABV.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keepersj12 (2878) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Oh my, so sour and so sweet. Pours amber with a thin head the aroma is sour with hints of wood and fruit. The flavor is quite sour but not overpowering. The oak comes through with some fruit. Extremely smooth for the style. Thirst quenching like a lemonade on a hot summer day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2013
750 shared with beer homies... Pours a dark orange with a decent off white head that reduces to almost nothing. I can pick up hints of oak, tart sour astringency. Taste really shines, pleasant sour tartness, a bit of oak, and a slight rye spice. Carbonation is just enough to light up your taste buds. Great beer, I wish I had another.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
750 capped from Malt and Vine. Pours hazy orange amber with a creamy beige head. Aroma is tart/sour red berry. Med body. Flavor is tart/sour red berry - maybe even cherry, though I swear the barrel must have had cab in it. There’s a periodic burst of sweet fruit, then back to oaky astringency, red berry and tart/sour - which is how it finishes. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (4156) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; hazy orange pour with medium white head, wine like aroma, big sour lip puckering taste with grapes and some woody notes.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1695) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 It’s weird that this once seemed so impossible to find, and now it’s on the shelves at Total Wine. I’d buy it frequently, except it’s 20 bucks. Damn tasty though, a refreshing sour with some nice grainy spice qualities that make it stand out a bit from the crowd. Nice lemony spritziness makes this one even better than I remembered.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABeerVixen (17) - - MAY 29, 2013
On tap @ Acre, Chicago. Hazy amber color. Thin head that quickly dissipates. Sweet vinegar/ketchup aroma. Grassy/funky nose as well. Light, cleansing palate, minimal carbonation. Sourness channels through center of tongue and hits in the jaw. Lingering aftertaste. We were eating something fried, and this cut right through the dish’s heaviness--nice pairing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3692) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2013
Version 2013. Une bière ambrée ou cuivrée, c’est selon. Une tête mousseuse de bière sûre : belle pour les premières 20 secondes. Un nez capable de créer un petit choc invitant : des choses intéressantes comme des parfums boisés, des fruits vraiment aigres, un bouquet poivré et des arômes plus ou moins surets. Les papilles ne sont pas en reste. Elles aiment ce jus aigre de pêches, de citrons et de pommes. Elles sont aussi bien contentes d’être touchées par des microbes et par des touches boisées. Elles apprécient les malts qui viennent légèrement contrôler et assaisonner le tout. En bouche, le corps est de moyenne densité. Les bulles sont posées et la texture huileuse augmente le plaisir éprouvé. La finale n’est pas trop puissante. Elle est complète, acide, astringente, aigre et laisse une empreinte fruitée indélébile. Cette bière est une bombe de bon vin aigre. Certainement facile à boire.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbaker67 (23) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
2013. Sour white grape rye and vinegar scent. White head and sunburst body. Nice crisp tart rye and sour dry apple taste with slight berry flavors. Tart and carbonated on the palate. Delicious

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (757) - - MAY 24, 2013
2013 bomber to a snifter. Pours a cloudy orange/brown color with a filmy white head. Aroma is predominantly sour with some malt. Taste is tart and sour lemons and grapes with a cheddar cheese quality in the aftertaste. A little funk like a farmhouse. Thick mouthfeel with good carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (863) - Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2013
A murky butterscotch color with a small head and decent lacing. Tart aroma with some caramel malt and grapes. Taste is highly tart with some lemons and grapes. Oaky character mid palate with a hint of spiciness and funk. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice sour beer that is really sour but well blended with nice flavors. Could have used more rye.


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