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RATINGS: 474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Hazy amber pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma is lactic sourness, vanilla, spicy earthiness. Flavor is tart, very dry, spicy, slightly woody, a really nice twang, but with a lot going on in the background. Excellent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Hazy amber pour. Sour, slightly spicy aroma. Flavor is relatively straightforward, but refreshingly tart. The rye doesn’t come through as much as I was expecting but this is still a great sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2013
(Draught) clear medium amber/orange, fine offwhite bubbles. Nose of sour cherries, fresh bread, yeast, orange peel, lightly spicy rye. Taste is very tart, lemon, rye, citrus zest and pulp, seriously puckeringly Tart beer, just how I like it. I’d almost call it tongue numbing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3349) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Pizzeria Paradiso, Alexandria tap ($10): Pours a reddish color with off-white head. Aroma is cherry, vinegar. and wine. Taste is rather sour. Ain’t the most sour thing I ever had, but it don’t skimp. Nice vinous flavours. Sustained aftertaste. Sourness, but doesn’t have too much bite. I didn’t really get too much rye out of this. Wood was there too.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Warped_Silver (63) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
On tap at Pangea. Golden color with short lasting head. Mild sour and malty smell. Intense sour taste, but well balanced. Amazing beer. One of the best sours I've had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (741) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle from 16 Tons, Eugene. Pours a golden orange, no head. Aroma is tart and warm, hints of cherry/sweetness. Body thicker, rye and wood become much more prominent as beer warms. While certainly good, this beer somehow strikes me as an exercise in extremes, as opposed to a well-balanced ale. It is sour, no doubt about that.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Tap at Beer Study. Pours super cloudy orange, looks kinda similar to the last pour/yeast of a fou foune or similar colored sour. Nose is big and acetic, some wood and balsamic vinegar, light peach/apricot fruit. Flavor is similar, heavily acetic, light lactic character. A bit out of wack, but they’re a Bruery.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Expensive-ass pour at the otherwise cheap Beer Study in Chapel Hill. Hazy, about the color of the label, a little darker. Modest white head. Nose of acetic lemon and cherry, oak, some vanilla and lactic notes that are more pronounced on the tongue. Bit of sharp spice from the rye. Little pucker on the finish. Solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReggieDunlap (3052) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Pours a hazy light amber with a medium white head that dissipates immediately. Aroma has nice tart/soury candied fruits...cherry...and mild spicy/earthy rye. Flavor follows suit and adds an oaky/vinous winey layer that works well. Mouthfeel is light/medium and silky with a dry sour cherry/vinous finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1505) - Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2013
750 ml. bottle- Pours hazy dark orange with a two finger head that slowly reduces. Aroma is in your face tart, spicy from the rye, bready too, oak, this beer has so much going on, very complex. The taste is mouth puckering sour, rye bread of course, spicy, cherries, oak, again massively complex. Body is medium, carbonation is medium high. Overall I loved it, one of the most complex beers I have had.


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