TheBear11D (365) - Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2013
The smitten rye pours golden orange yellow with a decent off white head that leaves some lacing. The smell is hops and rye. The flavor is rye with some citrus hops and a hint of malt. Overall this is a decent beer
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Light in the glass with a hearty palate, the rye in this beer sings. It is lightly presented, and carries the orange and lemon notes of the hops to perfection. Pine finish, lots of rustic bread flavors and aromas. Nice, nice example of the use of a specialty grain that is seldom given such a fine treatment by the brewers using it today. GTAEgeek (2217) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pale, hazy gold with a small, offwhite head. The aroma is honey, apples, rye bread, and hard cheese. The flavor is sharp bitterness up front, with a fading metallic twang through the finish. Light to medium body, crisp, and clean. Overall, this is a good pale ale, but the flavor is slightly off. Not bad, though. BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours light orange with a slight citrus aroma. Some hops in the body but finishes very light.
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Light golden color with a thin lacing of white head. Aroma is pine hops with just a hint of rye. Flavor is a little one note. Strong hops with a bit of rye. Not much malt to balance, makes the finish a bit thin. It’s a little average overall.
Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2013
This poured a darker golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma was definite rye, citrus hops and pale malt. Flavor was spicey and earthy, lightly bitter with a clean finish. Decent for the style. yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours hazy pale gold with a lasting, frothy white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of lemon peel, earthy hops, black pepper and spice. Taste is clean and fairly dry, with some caramel up front but mostly dominated by citrusy, spicy hops. Medium-bodied with a pleasant, long hop finish. Very drinkable and a great all-around pale ale. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle. Fresh and springy with citrus notes. Murky orange with lots of flotillas. Thin off white head. Initial mouthfeel is pepper and alcohol. Most unexpected. Harsh finish. Not sure what I think about this beer. Pepper is pervasive. Different. BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Draft at Zip’s Cafe. Really a nice IPA that blends in the spice of rye very well. Clean and easy to drink with a moderate level or sweeter, citrus hop bitterness. Refreshing. viverlee (18) - - FEB 23, 2013
It starts, as it usually doesn’t, with something special. What the hell are these little pollen dusts doing in my glass, and why are they turning me on? Am I drinking beer today or chicken stock from a Michelin starred kitchen?
These Rye Beers have put me on full tilt. Like Emmy Rossum, I can’t stop thinking about them.
So I let this brew with the IPA nose sit for a few weeks before granting myself the privilege of tasting it. The moment had to be right, as it is now. A near Spring day, momma bear and little b napping, and little ol’ me with nothing to do except relax with a pint that smells like cantaloupe, coriander and pine.
It’s not my favorite in this style, no. But it is a decent effort, highlighted by a refreshing weight. It’s rare to find a cool-your-mouth brew with enough body that you have to be reminded to swallow. Maybe I’m overreacting to last night. Or maybe not. I think it really does have that balance.
When the lips meet the glass there’s also rye bread (more obviously than with others in this style), bitter honey, dried leaves and mostly there roundness that’s sullied only by the absence of a citrus, ideally tangerine, note.
Beeradvocate Rating: 85
ratebeer Rating: 87
Hayward Abbey Rating: 85