BeerGeekconz (22) - Auckland, - JAN 8, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours copper with a short lived head and some lacing. Aroma is malt, rye and a decent punch of citric hops. Flavour is mellow malt and rye grist wit some spice from the rye and a dry minerally character. Body is quite thin. Finish is dry and bittersweet. A nice beer for the price.
chinchill (1375) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle consumed in Christchurch NZ.
Pours an attractive red-amber color with a decent cone-colored head. Excellent clarity.
Aroma: an enticing smell of sweet varamel malts and some medium roast grains. The hops, which come out clearly upon tasting, are largely hidden in the aroma.
Flavor: A finely crafted mix of a sweet malty ale with a zesty touch of spicy rye and enough NZ hops to lend a mildly bitter herbal hop presence.
O: complex and flavorful but easy drinking. Recommended. Goes well with spicy Thai food.
Pictish (4) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddy amber colour with a thin head. Aroma is fruity hop with bitter taste. Consistency is a bit thin but I do like to drink this ale.
Theydon_Bois (6994) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Endo’s house, 25/05/13, thanks to DW.
Clear reddish amber with a thin off white head.
Nose is caramel, sugars, light spice, rye.
Taste comprises toasted malt, rye, biscuit, toffee, sugars.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry finish with a little bitterness.
DylansDad (295) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good hoppy bitterness, which returns as a grapefriut/marmalade finish. Maybe it’s the style, but I’d prefer a bit more fat around the middle of this one. Nice, though.
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A brown beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of caramel, bread, citrus fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, bread, and citrusy hops, leading to a bitter finish.
brew_man (1) - - DEC 24, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
For the price ($14 a six pack) packs plenty of flavor , i like the amount of rye as not over powering. bitter is nice quite balanced overall if not a huge amount of aroma but it is there.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Abmbere red in colour with big white head. Fruity hop aroma. Grassy hop flavour with nutty finish.
Jimthechap (1482) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This review may just be a touch biased as there’s a warm Westerly wafting through the window, I have a ham and three mustard sandwich with mayo and a glass of this beer. In terms of a time and place, lunchtime in this setting will take some beating. This beer is a gorgeous red amber with a skin of off-white head with a greenish tinge. Aromas of resinous hops, cracked amber malt, poached apricots and a dusting of nutmeg. Flavours of dehydrated papaya and apricot, grassy herbaceous malt and even a peppery note along with excellent puckering bitterness. A lengthy fruit finish that has really hit the spot. Pecans? Anyway, this is a winner in my book.
omega (639) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Of all the Spike’s range this to me is the most drinkable of the range. More balanced and not as bitter as the other two. No doubt it will also be the worst seller as we can’t comprehend "Red Rye Ale" as a style.