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RATINGS: 513   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 youíve 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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle. Musty basement, sour orange/lemon and light vinegar aroma. Sweet-sour orange-lemon, rye malt and light clove flavor. Extremely smooth and tasty. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Draft. Cloudy orange great lacing down the glass. Very nice sour aroma. Great tasting sour. Typical Brett like palate experience. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1971) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Draft at Moriartys. Cloudy orange copper pour. Foamy white head. Strong pungent sour. Only tasting the rye at the very end. Tart vinous flavors. Feels like a lambic. Powerful, but good stuff!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11821) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bottle. Poured a hazy ruby copper color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark pepper, spice, sour and tannic wood aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & tannic flavor with a medium to heavy tannic wood dry and sour fruit finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (8353) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2013
750ml bottle, latest release - brewed 11/23/12, lot 55, 7.8% ABV. Thanks to tmoney99 for sharing. Peachy golden color, kind of darker with the complete haze. Thin off-white head. Little loose lace. Awesome tart oaky nose, light influence from the wine barrel in the nose (vinous red grape). Delicious bigger sour taste, some super-sour cherry, yeah. Big body. Kind of viscous and sticky. Lighter, smooth carbonation. Light spicy peppery notes in the finish, along with the big sour. Delicious, complex sour. Normally the lingering syrupy finish would bother me, but in this case I donít really mind it, it seems.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2013
poured a dark amber color with a fizzled white head. Nice retention. Nose was extremely sour with an herbal quality. Flavor was super sour, clove, lemon rhind, with a peppery rye aftertaste..

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Very sour, mainly lemony notes with unripe berry, and just the slightest rye-like graininess. The high alcohol serves to exacerbate how sour this beer is, and the result isnít exactly pleasant on the palate. But the flavor itself is pretty nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
A very solid amber gueze-style sour with a really delicious rye kick. Dry, sour and then a rye pepper spice with a little soft oak in the background. Really unique and delicious, wish I hadnít missed out on it last year.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4160) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a very small white head. Nose has a hint of red wine in there with a fair amount of sour fruits in there. Taste is smooth and a bit tart and walks up to the line of "too sour" without crossing over. Interesting brew...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1538) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2013
750 ml bottle, ABV says 7.8%. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a cloudy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around for a while. Thereís also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and tart, the brew smells like lemon, peaches, oak, some funk and an overall tart fruity aroma. The brew tastes like lemon, sour cherries, peaches, apricots, and some vinegar, vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. I donít pick up any rye in this beer, but maybe itís overpowered by the tart/sourness thatís in it. I think itís a good sour brew, Iíd like to try this again. Itís pricey at $19.99 a bottle, but Iíd buy it again. Definitely worth trying!


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