Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
auerbrau (3182) - 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.
merc7186 (2468) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Grainy Malts, Rye
Appearance: Dark Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Rye, Grainy Malts
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying
Darkmagus82 (1952) - - MAY 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA -
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance - A very dark red color,almost brown. A off white head formed in pouring and faded fast giving way to some nice lacing.
Smell - Hops hit you up front. Citrus and pine really take hold. Can pick up a faint hint of caramel, but the hops really dominate.
Taste - Sweetness of caramel and malty bread like flavor hit the mouth right when the beer meets the tongue. This is quickly overshadowed (but in a pleasant way) by the hoppiness of the beer. The citrus hop flavor stands out, but a bit of the pine works in with the citrus. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel - I would say just about a perfect level of carbonation and a nice smooth body. This is one beer that is both easy and enjoyable to drink.
Overall - One of the best ryes I have ever had, and high on my overall list.
dpjuart (1093) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown red with white head out of bottle from brewpub. Butterscotch and grainy nose with some fruity hops. A bit sweeter than expected for a rye, but the rye bread presence is there, along with some brown sugar and mild hop flavor, mild bitter. Pretty tasty, but not at all what expected.
mike67 (892) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours amber with short lived white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, fruit jam and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy hops, ripe fruit, caramel malt and spices fill the mouth. Finish is long and slightly bitter. Tasty, nicely balanced brew.
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
Dacrza (593) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
DATE TASTED: October 18, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Howard’s Pub pint... OCCASION: another booty of beer for beating Ryan in fantasy baseball--prosit, friend!... APPEARANCE: medium-dark brown body that cascades upward thoroughly; head is almost as white as Santa’s beard-- thick and frothy with thick lacing... AROMA: bright rye scent reminiscent of vanilla and clove; some cinnamon and cookie dough as well; nicely complex..PALATE: full-bodied, big in the mouth and substantial in its aftertaste; nicely balanced...TASTE: an ale that retreats at its impact; actively citric at the throat but easy-drinking with a doughy exhale...OVERALL: a slap of something heavier hits at the glass’s bottom; a winner in the sense that most pales occupy the same space on the tongue, while this beer--and Otto’s is a great place to enjoy beer, BTW--engages in a slightly nuanced way with some extra ABV to boot...
OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a slight brown head. Nice spicy rye/ hop nose. The flavor was an interestingly earthy, rye, spicy, dark fruit adventure. The hops only just come through in the beginning a bit. The rye presence if huge.
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.