badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Copper color with a thin head. Strong, spicy rye aroma. While you can certainly pick up the citrusy hops in the flavor, the rye is more than a little overpowering. While a spiffy idea to mix rye and IPA, the result tasted like a compost heap for flowers. Not kosher.
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle 6/6/09 (Binnyís Naperville)-Pours a clear amberish orange with a small tight off white head. Aroma of rye, hops, malt, and grains. Rye, hops, citrus start the flavors off then followed by a bit of malt and it finishes with more rye and a dryness. This medium bodied brew is a different twist but well balanced and another great BGW.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Samís Wine. Pours a clear ambery-orange with a fizzy head. Nose is pretty spicy and rough with some strong resiny notes jumping through as well. This is a very different beer that is super interesting. On the taste, it carries through with pepper and bitter grain notes, some mild cardamom and a nice dryness. the hops are nearly overshadowed in this one, as you know that it is definitely a Rye beer. Finishes with a pumpernickel bread note and clean bitterness. Very nice.
WisconsinBeer (711) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a bright orange color with a lingering head. Flavor is initially toasted earthy rye, followed by a nice balanced hop presence toward the end. The rye serves to dry this beer up quite a bit, which is a nice change from the cloyingly sweet maltiness of so many IPAís. Well done, a nice twist on the usual style.
tmoreau (2578) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle share at Lunar Brewing. Poured a clear amber with a modest, off white head and spotty lacing. The aroma was citrus, resin, and spice, with some definite acridity and the slight presense of an off, stale hint. The flavor was mainly dry and earthy, yet pleasant notes of sweetness, and caramel came through. A strong hop bitterness lasted through the finish.
HonkeyBra (3530) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burnt orange pour with thick white head. Aroma of orange peel, rye, some bread. Flavor is well-balanced between very bitter hops and rye, but no characteristic dominates the beer. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, Spicey rye finish. Pretty good beer.
Ughsmash (7185) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured clear, brighter orange with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma was bright and assertive with orange zest and floral hoppage first and foremost joined by dirty, dusty, spicy rye.. soft, supple caramel supported. The flavor had caramel and lighter fruits at the core supporting juicy oranges, pine, and peppery rye around.. heavy, lingering bitterness and a splash of warmth on the finish. Medium-bodied in ideally carbonated on the palate with excellent balance.. sweetened up as it warmed.. very good offering!
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a glowing clear amber with a nice thick frothy peachy head. Aroma is strong but interesting, pungent, lots of bitter piney hops, resin, a nice whiff of lovely rye, however, some funky cheese/feet smell that is mucking it up. Flavor is quite sweet, very chewy, lots of bitter resiny hops, quite earthy, toffee maybe diacytel, spicy rye, a bit too sweet, caramel. Nice medium body with a full sticky glassy hard-candyish mouth feel.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft in a pint glass. I expected a hoppier aroma and finish. The rye was not overpowering. I will have to sample this one again.
madvike (2907) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - I canít say I was too psyched out this beer since Iím not really a fan of rye, but I decided to give it a try anyways. Itís about what I expected -- a sweet bready smell mixed with generous amounts of both citrusy and bitter hops, as well as the dry, spicy rye in the background. Taste is roughly the same, though itís a bit more caramelly and the citrus hops leave the building. All thatís left is the bitter hops and just a bit of rye. The best part for me was the smooth, creamy, and oily texture -- I love the way it felt. Iíd like to acquire a taste for rye, but after having this and several others, Iím going to say itís not for me.