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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Red with hops and rye – oh my! Aggressively hopped with a healthy blend of citrus- and fruit-forward hops and balanced by the unmistakable bite of rye, allow this brew to tame your thirst.

Liberally hopped with Centennial, Columbus and Amarillo hops and balanced nicely with an unmistakable rye malt character.

Formerly Ringmaster Red Rye.

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3.6
Lowe1983 (1605) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2017
Pours a darker amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is rye with some floral hops and caramel malts. Flavor is a decent amount of rye up front with a bitter finish from the floral hops.

3.6
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2017
Mahogany pour. Aroma is cites/resiny hops and malt. Sweet malt start then a dry rye. A solid grapefruit zesty hop finish. Medium body smooth nice bitter. From a bottle that had it been fresh I would have scored it higher. solid

3.8
Travlr (25188) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2016
Draft at Common Market. Clear golden yellow color. Light spice aroma. Taste of floral spice lightly bitter and nicely dry finish. Very tasty.

3.6
Suttree (6415) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2016
Nice looking copper, clear, with thin white foam. Smells like sweet caramel and rye toast with some piney, resiny notes. Taste is sweet toffee and caramel, with a resiny, rye-ish crisp finish. Pretty good.

4.1
nearbeer (5454) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 17, 2016
12 oz. looks like it may have been bottled 07 25 16. Reddish-copper with a thin film of foam. Nose of spicy whole grain bread, toffee and a jot of fish sauce. Tastes of earthy toast, citrus zest, resin and toffee. Medium-plus body has smooth low-medium carbonation and a big healthy dose of rye and hop to counter the rich malt. Very nice.

3.7
chinchill (5071) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2015
12 oz bottle of an unfiltered IPA (not a red ale) "aggressively hopped with ... Citra & Amarillo hops". "90 IBU" I’m not sure how the formulation differs from their Hi-Pitch India Pale Ale, which I had just yesterday, but this is clearly different. The Lion Tamer ("Red" not part of the current labeling) is a bit more bitter, has a darker and redder body, and is markedly more hoppy, especially in the nose. Altogether, it is as different as one might expect from an entirely different brewer. Both, however, have a similar and very good mouthfeel, with ample but soft carbonation, a medium body, and light dryness.

3.6
jtclockwork (16685) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish amber off white head. Nose/taste of rye, toffee, sap and caramel. Medium body.

4.3
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Tap @ Hi-Wire. Copper color. Danky hops nose. Amber Ale flavor. Caramel malts. Hints of rye tingle. I love this beer. (4178)

3.6
jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours an amber color with white head. Caramel, piney, slight bark aromas. Pretty strong up front flavor of fresh pine, wood, bitter, caramel. Pretty solid, fresh beer. A lot better than the last 3 beers I’ve had by Hi-Wire.

3.3
Lutz2jm (277) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Out of a bottle this pours a amber color with a light white head. Very complex flavors with rye being the leader. Tastes of toasted grains, bread and straw. Very bitter finish that leaves you really wanting another sip!


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