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RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
750ml bottle into a pint glass. What better way to treat myself on my birthday? A: Pours a hazy reddish-orange color. I’m VERY impressed with the head this pours - it’s about one fingers high (off-white shade) and superbly creamy. Granted, getting such head to form requires an aggressive pour, but even still, its retention is quite good. S: On the nose at least, the sourness is more acetic than lactic to me. Beneath this assertive tartness lies some nice fruit esters - cherry, peach, and apricot come to mind. Even if it’s not really deep, I usually enjoy these vinegary sours a lot, especially when they have a level of balance to them. I don’t pick up much rye, though. T: A good puckering bite starts this one off (in addendum, the sourness seems more lactic than acetic, unlike what the aroma suggested to me). The fruitiness reveals itself after the sourness leaves the palate, with some pleasant cherry notes to go along with tart crab apple and lemon juice qualities. It’s in the finish and aftertaste where I notice the rye malts; they both provide a subtle spiciness and a palate-scrubbing sensation. It’s actually fairly complex: some sips accentuate fruitiness, others accentuate the oak barrel (even providing a distant flavor of vanilla on occasion), while others bring out the rye notes. The only thing for me to really complain about is a slight lack of balance...as excellent as this is, it’s perhaps a half step blow La Folie or Rodenbach Grand Cru in terms of delicacy. By the way, in the name of contrarianism, I decided to pour the yeast in about 2/3rds of the way in, and I’d reckon it’s made the beer a bit harder to drink. Keep the yeast in the bottle, trust me. M: For about a half second on the palate, it’s fairly creamy...and then the oak tannins, rye malts, good carbonation, and sourness give it a slight roughness to it - which is nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Not the easiest drinking sour, but the moderately high ABV is hidden flawlessly. O: On these kind of occasions, I can totally justify spending $20+ on a bottle of sour ale (because YOLO ’n’ shit) only for yours truly to consume solo. Thankfully this is good enough where I could easily justify doing such a thing again. Actually, it’s pretty fantastic where I’d purchase this somewhat commonly...goddamnit, I’ve been suckered in by another sour ale. STOP DRAINING MY WALLET DRY, DELICIOUS YET EXPENSIVE STYLE!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (1197) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle, pour is orange low head. aroma is tart bruery sour, taste is tart with a slight spice and oak finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
toxichop (437) - South Gate, California, USA - MAY 31, 2015
P: A hazy red orange with a white lacing. S: Oak, vinegar balsamic, limes, blueberries and some greek yogurt. T: Oranges, vinegar, oak, lime peel, rye, with a hint of lacto in the finish. M: Light with medium carbonation. O: Rather sour and acidy but tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (1792) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Strong sour cherry notes with a tart finish. Smells like cherries. Not very boozy. Pours orange with no head. Hat at feezors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1120) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Pours a golden color with a white head. Tart, fruit, funk and biscuit aroma. Tart, fruit, spice, yeast, funk, oak and rye flavors. Medium light body and average carbonation. Tart and fruit finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (829) - California, USA - MAY 17, 2015
This beer is cloudy and has a slight orange color. Sour aroma is powerful and hit your tongue hard lemon and grapefruit. Very well done!!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (2522) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 8, 2015
On tap at the source. 2015 version. Pours a hazy orange. Lots of lemons. Super tart. Really nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2015
Sour oaky lemon tart aroma. Very lively carbonation. Flavor of wet rye and sour mango tartness. Finishes of many light dried fruits and a lingering tartness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
McCarty23 (53) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
Smells like a very dry Chardonnay not buttery just light white grapes. Flavor of some cherry tart flavor and champagne like finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfishho (656) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
Mild citrus tart notes with a bit of spice in the background. Well balanced with a clean finish. Could drink this all day.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LapinMalin (11) - Nancy, FRANCE - FEB 27, 2015
Superbe nez toasté, vanillé. En bouche, attaque avec une acidité franche. On retrouve les arômes grillés / toastés du nez. Sensation fruitée, sur fond caramélisé et vanillé. Le bois reste bien présent également. Finale longue et acide, sur des notes de cerises...


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