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RATINGS: 463   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2009
On tap @ Beachwood BBQ. Hazy orange amber with a small off-white head. Not a huge aroma, but I pick up some red wine, banana, and some lactic acid. The flavor adds some caramel notes and a tinge of funky leather. Not really picking up on any rye, though some vanilla does show up. Sourness peaked @ a 3, semi-dry. Light to medium body with light carbonation. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2009
pours a hazy muddy light brown with a small white head. aroma is apple cider rye malt spices and acidc. flavor is apples tart sourness yeast funk rye. finishes puckery and sour. fantastic and unique sour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - AUG 26, 2009
On tap at Beachwood. Pours hazy banana gold with not much head. Aroma is mildly tart, horsey, with some lemon. Not too strong. Flavor starts with Brett and lemon citrus, a bit muddy in flavor. To be honest, if you hadn’t told me there was rye in there I wouldn’t have been able to tell. I suppose the finish was a bit more “spicy” than other sours, but that flavor is generally muted in favor of overall acidity and funk. Pretty good, but there are more interesting blends out there.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2009 Tap at Stone 13th Anniversary Celebration. This pours a hazy golden orange. Nose is bready with a little funk. Flavors are bready and malt, a good sour tone, perhaps some sour cherry, and some oak edges to it. Pretty good, but I need to resample with a fresher palate. Resampled at DTJB. Fabulous brew. The sour is on the front edge of aggressive but tame compared to some. The rye malts are great with oak additions. Glad I got to retry on a fresh palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
On tap at Stone 13th Celebration. Color was hazy gold orange. Grapefruit on the nose. Medium to light bodied. Medium tartness and flavors of sour lemon orange. Wine characteristics are there for sure. Moderate levels of sourness. Very good and tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Appearance: Pours a papaya red with a line of white foam at the top.. The body is rather cloudy, and looks almost like a juice cocktail. Aroma: Wine and grape skins and funky yeast. I did not get much wood in the aroma, although the beer felt like it was in the mid 40’s temperature wise. Taste: Sour fruit, some woodiness and rye malt. I think the wood and the rye lent the beer bitterness, which balanced out nicely with the sour. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and puckering. Overall: Not extremely sour and funky, really quite enjoyable and balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
draft at the tasting room. nice copper pour. aroma is lightly sour fruit and some wood. flavor is the same, sour cherries but not too sour. some fruity sweetness in the back, very good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
m4rest88 (381) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
On tap at the Bruery Pours with a hazy amber hue with a small light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is of funk, rye, yeast, and come molasses. Flavor is sour through - but not harshly so - I think i would have liked this beer more if it were harshly sour actually :) Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
The color on this beer is amazing. Blood orange almost. Very interesting flavors. The cherry is muted but the sourness is still strong. I could have used a skosh more spice and vanilla notes.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011 On tap at Blue Palms. Hazed amber with a small tan head. Caramel, funk, spice and grape skins. Very nice tartness-acid, grape and rye, a bit of barnyard, light oak and vinous qualities. Medium mouthfeel, tannic. Looking forward to trying more tomorrow at the Bruery. Surprisingly well hidden alcohol on second take. Less vinous, and tannic at the Bruery, spicy and sour.
7/4/8/4/15:3.8
Simply not the same beer in the 2010 release bottle. For starters this is 8.7% vs. 10, and my lord, the flavor is phenomenal! Huge vanilla and oak notes counter balance the sour flavors and aromas. A very much American sour that is super acidic but has a strong vanilla and oak backbone. Is miles better than the draft versions that I have had in the past! 8/4/9/4/18:4.3


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