Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another gem from Willibrew. This is a great roggenbier, filled with cascades. This has a great full body, and is very juicy on the palate. The taste is filled with grapefruit juices and flowery hop flavors. This shows how David Wollner can’t help but to pack every one of his beers full of hops. And no, I’m not complaining. This is made exclusively from cascades and uses 25% rye malt. Excellent stuff, highly recommended.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Enjoyed a pint of this one on draught at the brewpub in Willimantic, CT. Pours to a hazy, deep golden color, with a thick, creamy, white head that fades, and a good carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent, with lots of good citrus hop aromas, paired with some spicy rye malt aroma. The palate is crisp, with good biscuity malt, paired with some good, spicy rye malt flavor. This beer finishes with more good pale and rye malt flavors up front, then ends with a nice burst of citrus/grapefruit hop bitterness that lingers. Another excellent beer from Willimantic, my favorite brewpub of all times.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light apricot esters, orange/floral hops and spicy rye aroma. Hazy orange-tan with decent white head that recedes to ring and partial cover with some nice lace. Flavour is ripe with suggestion and innuendo - floral hops, spicy rye, a fair bitterness that never overwhelms, and many other notes flying just below the radar. Soft carbonation is effervescent on the tongue. Medium-light body. Sampled on tap at the brewpub with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
ClarkVV (4218) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask 4/27/2005 at NERAX
Pale-copper-gold colored beer, foamy white head, good retention. Aroma of juicy fruit, pears, nectarines, peaches, cherries, oranges. Honey and dough and a bit of spiciness. Flavor is juicy, medium-full bodied and lightly creamy. Hoppy, but not overly bitter and even the large amount of rye in the bill, 25%, does not dull the maltiness. Cascade hops I adore and these are done to perfection, with all of the citrus fruit and floral flavor. Only a light spiciness from the rye. Much like Founders Reds rye, though I would propose it better, with no astringency, less bitterness and, due to being on cask, a softer, creamier mouthfeel.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at the brewpub. Hazy orange pour with a white head. Cascade hops are the dominant aroma, Floral hops, bitterness, hint of sweetness - this is good. Very tasty, nicely hopped, and I like the rye very much.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Murky gold with a dense white head. Citrusy hop nose. Flavors of grapefruit and grainy rye. Finish is mildly bitter, with a nice flavor of rye bread crust. Ni
Travlr (15912) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the source. Hazy amber color, bright white head, solid lacing. Aroma of nicely spiced toast. Taste is rich rye bread.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper and cloudy with a thin white head. Smells of citrus, rye, peaches, grapes, apples, some doughy yeast. Tastes of citrus, roses, lots of pepper, rye, some spice. Finishes thick and spicy with more citrus. Well done!
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Willimantic. Pours amber=/range with a medium white head. Aroma of earthy hops and grains of medium strength. This beer has A LOT of flavor for 5.5%. Medium high carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. Nice combination of caramel malts, cereal grain, and piney/grapefruit hops. Has a medium finish with a noticeable cereal grain character. The star of this beer is its flavor, which as strong and robust as I’ve ever had in a sub 6% beer. Took home a growler.
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours a mostly clear light copper body with a small wispy off-white head. The nose is a great mix of earthy rye and citrusy hops. A touch of caramel sweetness. The flavor strikes the balance perfect as well. The spicy rye plays off the bright citrusy hops really well. Lingering rye bread finish. Light bodied, yet packed with flavor, soft fizzy carbonation. Really great drinkable beer. IPA level hops, but with the interesting twist of rye malt.