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
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.
DiarmaidBHK (3138) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
DocLock (7445) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
mike67 (724) - , 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.
Dacrza (448) - 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...
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.
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.
SudsMcDuff (5649) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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..
kramer (4589) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.