JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2013 On tap at The Federal, Durham, in the company of durhambeer. Very nice pour, a handsomely gleaming red with a very thick creamy head that recalls a fine So Cal DIPA. The aroma is very pleasantly malty, with just a hint of the sassy grain. Full mouthfeel, very flavorful with the hops coming through in a way they don’t in the aroma, and with a nice finish. The crisp hops blend very nicely with the spice of the rye. Good stuff, compares favorably with the Terrapin. Drake (13635) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Sampled from a growler from the brewery. Pours a clear brown color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Bitter aroma of citrus hops, rye and caramel. Taste is bitter as well, also with citrus and rye. Medium bodied. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009 ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Date: February 07, 2009
Appearance: clear copper, fine off while head, sudsy lace
Aroma: dry caramel malt aroma, lots of floral hops, earthyness keeps it dry
Flavor: rich malt flavor, very dry rye, earthyness, lasting bitter finish
Date: December 12, 2009
Score: 3.0 to 3.2
Aroma: touch of citrus plus sweet crystal and pine in the aroma
Flavor: flavor is still very dry but a touch of crystal sweetness brings in the needed balance, touch of citrus
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
On tap at Brixx. Good shit. Pours out a brownish color with a tan head on it. Smell is full of rye and some hops, little bit of caramel sweetness too. Taste is kind of bitter, nice hop kick, smooth, and easy to drink. Pretty good beer really, one of the better ones I have had from these guys. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
This is really good. Pours a dark copper color with a dense tan head. Of course I pick up some rye bread in the aroma but there’s a nice citrus dose in there as well. The flavor is bitter with the rye and has a nice biscuity taste as well. There’s some caramel at the finish. Good stuff.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Draught at Tyr na Nog in Raleigh. Pours dark copper, with medium white head, nice lacing. Aroma is quite hoppy, with citrus, grass, soap. Flavor is hoppy as well and has a grain, bread, toasted grain flavor. Very dry, but nicely balanced. NachlamSie (3462) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2008
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nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2008
On tap at Cornerhouse. Pours a dark copper with a very nice head. The first thing I notice in the aroma is a very strong rye presence which lends itself nicely to the American hop profile. Grapefruit-leaning bitterness combines with an assertive biscuit aroma all with the twist of a rye addition. Taking a sip confirms my suspicion that this is a very dry beer, and well done at that. Between the rye, citrus, and wood flavors, my palate becomes parched. It seems that French Broad had a robust American styled amber ale in mind when they made this. The biscuity malts and strong hops are present in superb balance and again the obvious use of rye does nothing but enhance this beauty. When I see the French Broad name I don’t expect bold American-styled beers, so this was definitely a delightful surprise.
Sampled at the Knoxville Brewer’s Jam. Poured a dark amber color with a two finger white head. Aroma of citrus and malt. Flavor was bitter, with a good malt balance. SpringsLicker (3612) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Sampled at the 2008 Knoxville Brewers’ Jam.
Pours a clear deep amber with an average sized white head.
Fresh citrus aroma.
Bitter,with good malt balance, but there is a metallic aspect to this that detracts from the overall in a big way. BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Sampled at the 2008 Knoxville Brewers’ Jam. Amber to light brown in the glass with an off-white head that settles to a ring and left light lace. Nice rye and citrus hop aroma with a hint of caramel. The flavor finds sweet malts mixed with a hoppy pine backing. Medium body, medium bittersweet throughout. Nice!