markwise (4427) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to mikey711 for this one. Pours an opaque orange-amber with a small off-white head. Nose is caramel, spice, sour citrus, and prickly rye. Flavor is similar with tart citrus and hop punch in front and in back. White grapefruit all over. Medium mouthfeel and bitter-finishing IPA.
badgerben (4386) - 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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from my Secret Santa - thanks, Santa! Amber pour with a moderate carbonation. Sharp and grassy aromas, with the rye not too detectable in the aroma of sharp hops and bread. Decent mouthfeel and overall a solid IPA, with the rye much more modest than in, e.g., Terrapin. Cool, bitter session beer.
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Terminus for picking this up for me on a recent trip. Pours clear copper with a soapy beige head. The aroma has light cardboard / oxidation notes, spicy rye, woody hoppiness, mushy malt and some nuttiness. Medium smooth body with quite a bit of semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with some rye spiciness, mushy toasted malt, light cane sugar sweetness and woody / spicy hops. The finish has a linger hop bitterness with some maltiness that seems to have some ago one it. Even though this doesn’t seem all that fresh it is still enjoyable. I’ll rerate if I get a fresher bottle at some point.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Suspended particle laden amber with a medium taupe head that slowly fades away and a few light bubbles. Aroma of rye, citrus, malt and some vegetal notes. Taste of rye, mild citrus, caramel and light sulfur. Palate is a bit oily and it finishes up only mildly bitter. For some reason, this one doesn’t seem hoppy enough.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. pours hazy gold with off white head. nose of lime, citrus, earth, grass. flavor of citrus, grapefruit, earthy with touch of rye in the finish. not worth the price tag.
Cavie (3750) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Light orange on the pour. Some amounts of hops on the aroma. There might be flavors of hops as well present. Proud to say I have shared a beer with the guy who’s likeness is on this label.
Nate (3648) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle courtesy of dpjuart. Hoppy nose, herbal with pine resin, caramel, buttery. A little oxidized? Diacetyl. Deep golden amber clear with thin white head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet with apple, butter, and light oxidation notes. Can’t detect any rye, however. Not bad, but not that special. I was expecting more. Bitter finish and after.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear dark orange color. The head was tall and off white with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma profile that included the likes of hay, bready malt, raw malted barley, and light citrusy hops. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. There was mild bitterness, but less than I had hoped for. A combination of dry grains and subdued orange citrusy hops dominated the flavor. There were also a hint of pine resin. Not a bad rye IPA, but not as good as the one that firmbuttstone brews.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sam’s 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.