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RATINGS: 517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sour in the Rye is an American wild ale. A challenging beer to brew due to the substantial amount of rye malt, but you’ll be glad we took the time. The character of the rye asserts itself with clove and pepper in the aroma and flavor, and contributes a full body not generally found in sour beers. Pleasantly sour with notes of tart cherry, rustic earth and vanilla notes from a year-plus of barrel aging.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (4284) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear amber with faint off-white head. Aroma is sour fruit, light malt, and caramel. Flavor is very sour; mostly sour fruit and light malt. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (16429) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle. Murky brown color, small off white head. Aroma of sourdough and rye bread. Taste is soft sourness, but without complexity or character.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2012
hazy tan, thin white ring, small bubbled. Nose is light grain (rye without spice), acetic in cherry, playdoh. Flavor is more candy, cherry, acetic through the finish, thin sticky end.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9410) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
750mL thanks to MrChopin. Pours a tepid, clear, glowing amber. No head formation really. Acetic vinegar nose with hints of sweet tamarind and candied orange sections. Tate is hot acetic. Hot hot. Small tamarind and orange peel. Mild tropical notes but so hot. Sweat inducing ultra acetic character. Tough to get through this one.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Big sweet and heavy acetic acid nose. Taste is similar. Heavy and goaty. Bleh.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vandemonian (32) - USA - JAN 7, 2012
Sour aroma with some carby aroma. Sour kinda vinegar flavour. Too sour for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10836) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with no head. Aroma is sour spicy rye, citric fruits and cookie malt. Flavor is malt, light hops, sour fruits and spicy rye and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (8348) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle shared by Sean, thanks! Pours a hazy amber yellow with a grayish head that dissipates to the edges quickly. Aroma has a good amount of acid with some backing acetone and a decent amount of backing funk. Flavor starts with sweet grains backed by sweet bread and some sour fruits with a hint of backing rye. A bit of acetone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle generously shared by sournotes. Pours pale caramelly with a complete haze. Nose is funky oak with some malts and strong lactic and slight acetic sour qualities. acidic beyond the first sip. A good sour even though I didn’t get much rye character. Glad to try this one.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10142) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours murky and caramel-colored with a small, fluffy, off-white head. The bouquet is just bursting-at-the-seams with toasted oak, funky sock acidity and caramel – just a hint of rye spiciness. Full-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. This baby is sour as Hell – totally unexpected from a 10% abv whale of a specialty grain beer. There’s some spiciness from the rye and silly yeasts, but really, it’s all about the s-o-u-r. Finishes (you guessed it) sour and caramely with just the slightest trace of butter at the wee end. Totally wowed by this world class beer. Thanks go out to giarcsr for shipping this baby my way!


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