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Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Specialty Grain
Dublin, Ireland
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler

bottled
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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A group of enterprising brewers on a quest to explore new recipes, reinterpret old ones and collaborate freely to bring exciting beers to life. First brewed as a gift for friends, Rye Pale Ale offers a rustic peppery bite, balanced with citrusy grapefruit notes from Mosaic and Cascade hops.

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4.4
MrJamesMcEwan (248) - SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2017 Cloudy, amber, white head with lots of very fine carbonation. Taste of citrus orange and grapefruit with a black pepper tang. Refreshing and non drying finish.

4.2
ronaldtheriot (1981) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 22, 2017
Guinness Rye Pale Ale has a rather thin, soapy, white head, a sediment-filled, cloudy, copper-gold appearance, which really clouds up, following the swish & pour. Aroma is odd- lots of mild citrus, with sourdough bread and sweetness, but not too much rye. Taste is the same, with a very low profile rye note. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Guinness Rye Pale Ale finishes mostly dry. RJT

4.1
Braudog (6804) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle. I’ll admit to being pleasantly surprised here ... Guinness’ recent ventures into anything other than stout haven’t been that good. But this pours with a nice appeal ... rusty orange, huge head. The aroma is another very pleasant surprise, full of delicious outdoorsy hints and an almost American hop draw. The beer’s flavors don’t quite live up to that aroma, but is still pretty tasty ... malty sweet, with a nice outdoorsy hop flourish. Well done! (#6480, 12/28/2016)

3.9
superspak (5891) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2016
330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/28/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, rye, light honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready/rye malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, rye, light honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel bitterness and rye spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, rye, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready/rye malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice pale ale! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready/rye malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Still surprisingly vibrant on hop complexity for being bottled over 4 months ago. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
thejackpacker (587) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle at home. An interesting flavour of rye to this light and drinkable ale that was surprisingly tasty.

3.8
cazort (567) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2017
Surprisingly hoppy, the hops are not overbearing but are very evident in the aroma, herbaceous and slightly skunky. The rye is also very evident in the aroma, reminds me of whole-grain rye crackers, it’s a stronger rye flavor than most rye bread. Quite bitter mid-sip but very clean aftertaste. Carbonation is crisp. Light body relative to the strength of the flavor and aroma. Somewhat subdued and controlled, like most of what S. Jame’s Gate produces. This was by far the most interesting beer though that I’ve tried from this brewery in some time, and one of the better ryes that I’ve tried from any large brewery. I’d buy it again...is this a one-time thing or is it going to be regularly available?

3.7
Patrickctenchi (6693) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Bottle: Hazy amber with a thick beige head. Toffee, rye, earthy fruit aroma. Taste is a little orange/tangerine malt, rye malt. Slightly peppery.....a bit of mild tea. Quite different, but I really enjoyed this one....very tasty.

3.7
bhensonb (15624) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle from Wine & Cheese. Pours very hazy gold with a slight white head. Aroma of sweet pale prunus fruits and I think rye. About med body. Flavor is rye spice, pale prunus fruits, and perhaps some citrus, grape and floral. I think it could stand more rye. It’s certainly not dry, and it’s only moderately bitter. But the combination of flavors works very well for me. I think it’s quite nice.

3.7
odannyob (153) - Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Poured from a chilled 11.2 oz. brown glass bottle into a freshly washed pint glass. Aroma: solid breadiness w/a hint of floralty afterwards. Pours a nice cloudy light brownish orange. Tasty, tasty, tasty, ’tis. A good experiment, Guinness. Enjoy!


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