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RATINGS: 491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
UXO (402) - CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
(2013 vintage re-reviewed after a year’s cellaring) Pours a clear copper amber with one finger of loose light beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim and no lacing. Nose is sour and funky, with lemony citrus coming to the forefront and dominating over the rye bread tones that were previously more noticeable, vanilla and spices coming through as it warms. Taste has become almost lemonade-like citrus and sour cherries, with low but sufficient sweetness. Medium-bodied and moderate residual carbonation despite the lack of a head. At least as good as it was at the time of the previous review, perhaps slightly better. The sourness has developed more, with slightly less sweetness apparent. The flavours are more of a cohesive whole, but still leave a complex finish, with vanilla and cloves gradually becoming apparent as the citrus and cherries fade. Really, really good, with only some very minor aesthetic issues preventing a perfect score.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UncleKorm (887) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2014
On tap, poured a cloudy orange hue w/ a small white fully diminishing head. Moderate fruity aromas. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a bold sour finish. Tastes are apricot, oak, and funk. Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle at Gaasa, june 10th 2014. Hazy orange body with a thick white head. Funky aroma with citrus fruits, cherry, rye. Taste on the sour side, tart fruit, funk, yet with a noticable caramel and rye presence. Fresh sour finish with peach, an amazing beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle, 112712, lot 5. Poured a hazy orangey straw color with an ok head and weak lacing per the style. Aroma of sour lemons, horseblanket, tart apples. Flavor followed, tons of tart and sourness, faint rye spice in the finish, but nothing prominent. Some barrel oak in the finish. Might as well have been Joe’s super sour puckering killer lambic if you ask me. Definitely a strong sour brew, but mouth puckering and acidic finish for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leveejr (109) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Pours a nice red/brown. Smells awesome. Spicy, oaky, and sour. Taste is similar and not overly sour. Incredibly pleasant and drinkable beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1443) - Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2014
On draught during Bailey’s Taproom’s Seventh Anniversary Barrel-Aged BeerFest. Dark golden sunset corn color. Aroma is funky lactic sourness, rye, and plum. Taste also has cherry, tart yeast, and a woodsy note.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
2011 Bottle. Pours cloudy amber. The nose is red wine vinegar and sour berries. The taste is salt water, vinegar, lacto and light funk. 4.1

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RumRunner101 (807) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
2013 bottle. Hazy copper pour with quick dissipating white head. Aroma has apricots, pineapple, tart cherries, oak. Quite sour up front with some unripe blackberry and cherry notes, wet wood. Not much sweetness. Tart and dry through the finish. Slight funk as well. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1105) - Nevada, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Clear red/orange with a small off-white foam. Sour and spicy aroma, dried red fruit, and some straw. Musty funk flavors from this one without any rotting spoilage. Cherry flavors with a full body make this a nice sour ale! Actually gets better as you drink. Tartness lasts well into the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
falco242 (291) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2014
First off - damn good beer. I love sours and this is impressive. Aroma is a bit of barn and funk as expected, but the spicy woody moldy fruity sour (very) tart flavor is just fantastic. Complex and full bodied despite being very tart upfront. Highly recommended if you are a sour person!


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