Zeno’s Rye Ale
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle from Otto’s. Pours chill hazy dark straw, looking ruddy medium brown through direct light, and a finger of uniform, creamy off-white head. Nose is heavy rye malt, caraway seed, brown sugar. The flavor is assertively, awesomely, and singularly rye, a lovely rye that permeates the palate and the senses. Some earthy and caraway seeds creep in at mid-palate, and late hops, but the rye rules here, and the rye rewards are ruthlessly refreshing, Ralphie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7461) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle during a Jackie O’s bottle share (notes). Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is spicy rye malts, crisp citrus with a hint of tropical fruit and some sweet notes. The flavor definitely favor the spicy rye, some sweetness early with more bitterness setting in late. Lightly toasted, caramel and some citrus hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (7283) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Had on draft @ Zeno’s Pub, in State College, PA, USA .. i was the only person there .. . great nose .. deep gold .. sweet sap and a touch of rye spice .. clean brew . .. pretty girls don’t hangout in mcdonalds..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5505) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear bright copper body with a small fizzy white head that faded to a thin film. Light visible carbonation. The nose is very spicy with tons of rye malt and and a bright tropical fruit quality from the fairly heavy handed hoppiness. Smells a lot like Nelson hops, but the label doesn’t state what was used. The flavor is an interesting mix of the rye and the fruity hops, the combo yields an almost papaya like flavor that is pretty interesting. There’s very minimal bitterness to the hops, it’s all flavor. A little bit of caramel sweetness makes it past the rye, but it’s not overly sweet. Medium bodied with fizzy prickly carbonation. Lingering tropical fruit notes that last forever. Quite an interesting beer, I was not expecting the hop profile that I got with this beer. I was expecting something very citrusy and resiny with lots of bitterness to enhance the rye, but it’s 180 from that. Certainly a beer to seek out and give a try if you have the chance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2014
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Big rye aroma in the nose along with some light hops. Flavor is a lot of rye with just a mild hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK (3861) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Draft at Zeno’s. Pours dark brown with an inch of white foam that leaves some lacing in the glass. Big rye on the nose. I could smell this beer all day. Nice rye notes on the tongue as well but there’s balance. It’s not overpowering. Finishes clean. This beer is worth the trip alone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
On tap
If I had to sum this beer up I would call it a reuben in a glass. With the mixture of rye and other flavors playing against each other well I thought about trying to get myself a bomber to take home and share. If you are in State College be sure to not miss this gem.

Aroma / Appearance - The opaque body masks about a third of the light of the dark basement. Coppery bronze with a yellowed eggshell head it looks like brittle paper. Rye bread wrapped around a warm reuben sandwich makes the mouth water. The vague sweetness adds even more depth.

Flavor / Palate - A chewy pairing of rye and licorice tickle the palate. Black anise lingers in the back of the throat. Filling and robust it is a great local release. If I could have tried more beers in this vein over the few days in town it would not have been a waste.

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