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RATINGS: 500   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2011
bottle at ccb tasting. poured amberish with a white head. aroma and flavor were lots of berries, oak, vanilla, and spices like pepper. body was light with decent carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (11586) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2011
Bottle. Amber-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sour, berries, malt. Flavour is sour, berries, oak, peppary, cherry, spices, alcohol. Very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle short sample at a tasting. Pours a bruin body with an off white head and little retention. Aromatically sour and rye body. Sour cherry and red wine notes. A mild spicy oakiness, woody, splintery wood, and a pepper note. Rye seeds, whiskey sour mix, tacky body with a mild nuttiness and hint of lemon acidity. Alright.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36929) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 3, 2011

Bottle 750ml.

[ Trade by JohnC ]. Clear medium to dark amber color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, oxidide, sour fruit - berry, red wine, wood, aceton, light vinegar. Flavor is heavy sweet and light moderate acidic with a long to average duration, wood, oak, red wine, dry, vinegar - acetone. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feelis light alcohlic. [20110318]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip as a Valentine Day sour... The body is bright dark brown, hint of brown. A really nice tope head that is thick and full. A very thin cap survives, but very nice lacing on the side of the glass... The aroma is very strong and waifs toward me from several feet away. The nose is very tart, vinegar, oak, and a little spice. I like it a lot, especially as it warms so give this some time. Reminds me of an oud bruin... The taste has some of the same notes as the nose, but doesn’t come off as strong, missing some of the strong vinegar and tart notes that I was expecting to really attack my senses. Oak with vinegar throughout, light spice finish that I think is from the rye. Has a bit of biting vinegar that reminds of a much lighter and better executed Santa Fe Wild 5. The vinegar doesn’t taste strong but the mouthfeel and sensation of it is very acidic... This is incredibly drinkable, no clue this 9%.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
This went in to the fridge a couple days ago brilliantly clear, it is now hazy when looked through the bottle (textbook chill haze). Wow, this looks quite viscous as I pour it into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. A really vigorous pour is only able to summon up two-fingers of tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a murky, hazed amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of whole grain up front, followed by some tartness that is followed by a rotting fruit note in the finish. The rotting fruit note gets a bit more fresh fruit focused in subsequent draughts of the aroma; the tartness provides some lemon-like notes and the fruitiness takes this towards a grapefruit and overly ripe plum like character. Somehow this reminds me of a fresh, spicy ginger ale at times, but really there is a lot of spicy, toasted whole grain and brown bread richness in the aroma. Some of the rotting fruit character seems to be a byproduct of a muddled, toasted graininess, and there is also some clove like phenolics to this beer in the finish. The nose can seem a bit bland at times somehow.

This is incredibly rich and viscous feeling as it hits my mouth for the first time. It is nicely tart with a clean lactic acidity that reminds me of lemon, or perhaps a bit more characterful grapefruit. Despite being incredibly viscous this is not sweet, which is a testament to the influence that rye has on the body. The texture is quite weird (at least if you haven’t had experience with lots of rye in a beer before), it is not heavy like in a beer with a lot of barley malt, instead it is viscous with a texture that I can best describe as slightly watered down snot; you almost expect the beer to start to clump together. The acidity is quit nice here, up front it is definitely all lactic, but there is a spiciness to the finish that might suggest at some acetic acidity, but this might just be the rye interacting with the lactic notes. There is a spicy, whole grain character that lingers in the finish along with the lactic acidity; ultimately the lactic acidity wins out in the long finish (though I can still feel the viscosity of this brew some how), but there are some toasted grain notes and just chewy brown bread like flavors that linger on the palate for a good bit after each sip.

After my second pour I am realizing that a lot of the spiciness comes from the oak. The spicy, fresh cut wood like character is even quite noticeable in the nose. The oak is actually quite well integrated though & plays a supporting role here.

Very interesting, the texture is something completely else; luckily I knew what to expect from the rye, but it certainly threw my wife for a loop (she really likes light bodied lambics, and so this beer definitely doesn’t really appeal to here). I am definitely enjoying this beer, if for nothing else than its unique texture then so be it. There isn’t really a whole lot of complexity here; I would have expected that the rye would have added more wild graininess and spiciness to this brew and even the funkiness is focused on the lactic acidity rather than more wild notes from Brettanomyces or other wild-bugs that can produce a lot of “off” flavors. If there were a lot of sour, heavily laden rye beers out there this wouldn’t be much of a standout, but as it is there is not, so this is enjoyable for its relative uniqueness if nothing else; it is indeed an experience.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4675) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Draft at the brewery. Slightly hazy orange/red pour, thin off-white head. Vinegar, rye bread, sour red cherry, light berry, and some oak. An interesting sour ale, I like it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle. Dark hazy orange pour, no carbonation and an aroma of acidic sour apples. Flavor is tart right off the the bat, then mellowed into creamy malt and berries with a good balanced aftertaste. This was outstanding!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (7030) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Pours hazy orange with no head, not a very good looking beer. Aroma has big tart notes, some funk and barnyard. Taste is some subtle spice, rye notes, leading into big tart, but subtle funk notes, finishing slightly sweet but delicious. Great beer, with notes of berries and sweet vanilla at the end.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (1979) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Hazy light brown pour with a off white collar. Aroma is funky sour bitterness. Taste has a sweet sour start and Leeds into a sweet malty bread and maybe some fruit as well. Palate is fizzy and caulky with a slick chaulky finish.


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