drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old Review from back in 2010 - Zeno’s Rye Ale pours a hazy dark amber color. A huge fluffy head is poured initially but quickly calms down to the picture up above. Spotty lacing throughout the glass. The smell is definitely the smell of a fantastic IPA. Nice caramel malt background, citrus with a slightly piney aroma. Mixed in there is the spicy rye. It’s not huge at all. Not like the latest rye beer I had, Founder’s Red’s Rye PA. This one just mixed in perfectly. Lovely smell. I couldn’t take my nose away.
Taste is just fantastic. I really hope Otto’s eventually puts this out full time because as soon as I finished my glass I had thoughts of calling Jeff and asking him to get more. Once again the rye is there but it just sits perfectly with every other ingredient. Nothing really stands out. Everything meshes together into an almost perfect taste. Citrus, bready, caramel malt, and the spicy rye. Fantastic IPA with a slight amount of rye and bitterness. What makes it even better is the mouthfeel. It’s full, smooth, and really creamy. Coats your mouth.
johnmeier1 (13) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I had this beer while waiting for another one I really wanted. Not much of a Rye Ale fan.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On-tap at Zeno’s earlier this afternoon.
A- Body is a nearly transparent red/amber hue. Served with a 1/2 finger or so slightly rusty foamy head. Head fades to a thick collar but has great retention from there. Some lacing left behind in the glass.
S-Nice hoppy smell, lots of grapefruit and other citrus (lemon, orange) upfront but a good bready backbone with a hint of caramel.
T- Taste is similar to the smell. Nice hoppy flavor with a good dose of citrus hops upfront and a substantial bready rye and caramel malt backbone. Finish is more hoppy as the bitterness begins to kick in but a sweet breadiness lingers to balance out the bitterness.
P- Medium tingly carbonation and medium weight body that is full,smooth, and somewhat oily.
O- This is awesome and one of my favorite rye beers-2nd only to Cane & Ebel. Well put together and very drinkable-I’d like to try other offerings from Otto’s pub.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 05-08-2010 23:04:46
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Zeno’s. Pours a clear, red-orange colored body with a finger-width, frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is solid. Citrusy florals and grass with a light rye, peppery spice. A bit oily and resiny with a light bready caramel. Flavor is nice. Lots of citrus grass with some resin and peppery rye. Plenty of fruity florals with a light, balancing malt. Finishes a bit resiny and oily with a good amount of bitterness and very crisp. Lengthy, rye citrus aftertaste after a light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid rye beer. Lots of hops and a nice balanced make this very enjoyable and sessionable.
Nate (3531) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Zeno’s. Nice hoppy aroma with some noble hops perhaps, musky rye grain. Fresh and grassy. Drak brown clear with mild haze and creamy light tan lacing head. Medium watery body with medium-high carbonation. Starts fairly dry and hoppy with light rye-wheat sweetness. Nutty hoppy finish with light bitter grassy after. Good rye flavor but not overly astringent. Good stuff.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4466) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s this beer poured a dark red-chestnut color with a medium sized orange-tan head. The aroma was dry and had floral and fruity hop elements. The flavor was sweetish, fruity, floral and lightly spicy. The finish was long bitter and fruity.
3fourths (7769) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 Draft at Zeno’s. Mostly clear dark rusty copper. Wet, sticky nose of oily old oranges and honey and with a small note of fresh, wet c-note hops. Wet, oily texture, nice and calm and smooth. Rye character is moderate, some caramel and toffee, heavy toffee in fact. Mildly astringent and rough, but overall a nice beer.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Zeno’s Pub. Aroma is a rather juicy Cascade-like hop punch. Pours a darker copper-sienna, clear, with a rocky head in off-white. Flavor is crips. It’s almost like a hoppy Rye Octoberfest. The flavors are restricted to an American ale yeast profile, calm alcohols, and some faint rye bread. I never really get rye beers. They’re never that complex or different, just a bit spicy. A fair hand of hops here. Crisp. Balanced, with decent alcohols, sugar, yeast, hops and rye spice all combining nicely. What remains is a solid, sessionable ale.