kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Immediately the aroma is good. Spicy hoppiness balanced by the smell of good brown beer. Then there’s the appearance, rich brown with a tan, foamy head. The taste is light cocoa, chalky, barley malt that isn’t allowed to be to sweet because the hop bitterness smacks that would-be sweetness in the face! Brown ales are rad and this one is a bully. bhensonb (15993) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with a beige head and orange glints. Aroma is uncertain. Near med body. Flavor is mostly roast malt with rye spice. Finishes decently bitter. Certainly a very good brown. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
Sampled at the home brew mart. Nice, dry, flavors of spice and a little rye and some corriander. Interesting and very tasty. Sort of unique and unlike anything I have had lately. StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2011 Pint glass at Urge. Pours a translucent roan brown color with a medium beige head that has fair retention and ample lacing. The aroma is mild with spicy grains and sweet malts. The flavor is big with sweet and spicy grains, molasses, pecans and toffee. The palate is full and malty with soft carbonation. Finishes short and clean. Overall: very tasty. emacgee (4712) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Draught at Milltown. Pour a soft copper brown with one finger of sandstone tan head. Nose shows rye upfront, spicy and bready for sure with hints of spice and citrus. Lightly sprucy/piney and medicinal. Bready and spicy flavor, coriander, rye, and citrusy hops play well of one another. Very well defined rye character in here. Medium body and spicy palate.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2013
In short: Rye beer crosses Brown Ale crosses IPA. Good beer.ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2013
How: Tap at La Taberna Lupulo, San Juan, PR.
The look: Clear light brown body topped by a large off-white head with good retention.
In long: Nose has a lot of spicy rye, toasted tobacco leafs, a light smoky character bordering burning cigarette. Taste has a good mix of caramel and spicy rye, toasted peanuts, generous leafy and citrusy hopping. The clean and sharp bitterness is quite assertive. This is a bastard beer that is as much a rye beer as it is a brown ale as it is an IPA. I liked it. And btw, I don’t know if soberphobia is actually a thing, but if it is not a thing yet then guess what guys, I have invented soberphobia!!!
I’ve been looking forward to a rye from Ballast Point, and am very pleased that this is a rye brown... what a great idea! It’s pretty dark brown in color with garnet hues and a thin, off-white head. It looks deep, complex, like a very private person completely unwilling to share anything about themselves to the outside world. But then you smell them... I mean, it. And it’s surprisingly refreshing! A bright, rye-ridden sweetness shows a little robust chocolate in the nose. It’s really damn-good in the nose for as (relatively) unattractive as it is.
It’s more of the same in the mouth, with chocolate and roasted (but not bitter) malts ruling. There is an herbal, rustic spiciness about it that really brightens the palate. It’s effective similar to how coffee grounds would be, but not. Good job, coriander! There’s a slight mintiness to it, especially in the finish. It’s light on the tongue, but thick on the mouth, heavier on the palate, and full in the gut, despite its light, inviting nose. Wow... it’s different and wonderful. The best brown ale ever. It’s closer to a porter in flavor. Love it! Coriander + rye = happiness. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2013
On tap at Untapped Dallas. Brown with a tan head. The aroma has some toffee and chocolate notes as well as some rye. The flavor is more of the same. The spicy rye notes in the flavor complement the chocolate, toffee and caramel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Palme (4861) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
On tap @ Rattle N Hum. This is a kinda dark almost murky brown one with a small but lacing kinda brownish top. Not to extreme on the nose initually. I get some some dark sweetness, a little chocolate and a fair amount of bitter hops Quite smooth in the mouth and it’s really easy to drink. Has a soft oily smooth feeling in the mouth and it’s gentle and small pricing on the carbonation. Brown chocolate paper, some rye break and it ends a little spicy. Quite delicious. 14.06.2013 chinchill (5397) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2014
On tap at the Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen.
Clear, dark red-brown with a good tan head. Decent lacing
Feel: near medium body; Soft, medium carbonation.
Smell: Nice mix of hops that is about equally fruity and herbal.
Taste: this is a rathe hoppy brown ale, although some of the spicines no doubt comes from the "rye and coriander".
O: a refined spiced brown.