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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This style of beer is classified as an American Pale Ale or APA. The focus is obviously on the hops and grain used during the brewing process. Our version uses a considerable amount of rye grain (30%) and a considerable amount of hops. The color is rich and the taste is flavorful with very firm bitterness.

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beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a large tan head that lasted until nearly mid-glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of malt, caramel, and rye grain. The flavor is malt, caramel, and rye grain with a bit of rye spiciness to it. Fairly well rounded mouthfeel as the caramel is really well played in the beer. Mild bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied. Solid.

jb (3499) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2014
On tap at McColley’s in Spencerport. Very enjoyable. Sweet grainy dominated stuff. Distinctive taste from the rye. Lots of body. Decent balance with the nice hops addition, liked it a solid beer.

ben4321 (6951) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Found some old rating notes from TapNY 2013 that somehow never got entered. (I’m keeping this a little shorter than my normal rating style to help catch-up my backlog a little faster.)
This was a solid example of the style. A nice mix of earthy hops and rye bread/spice gives this one a pretty good flavor. The spice balances the hoppiness nicely and keeps the flavor balanced overall. It has a medium body with a lengthy finish.

Jow (4235) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear orange with small head. Nose is some spicy grains and German malt. Tastes of spicy rye, toast, butterscotch, small hop bitters, and earth. Zesty clean palate.

adrian910ss (2610) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Bomber courtesy of Tim. Pours a clear copper with a medium light cream colored head. Aroma of rye, hops, candied malts and dried packaged fruit. Taste of rye, hops and candied malt.

Slipstream (2745) - USA - JUN 2, 2014
Dark amber/brass pour with a decent lid of foam. There is a fine northern aroma of pine, rye, and malty sweetness. This is a first rate rye ale - nicely balanced with fresh, green, peppy hops and some nice sweetness in the background. Very impressive, and my favorite so far from Horseheads.

jtclockwork (17914) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with white head. Nose and taste of rye, fruit, grain and malt. Medium body.

j12601 (13610) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Pouring at TAP-NY. Pours a clear orange gold with a thin white head. Spicy rye on the nose. Medium bodied, spicy rye, nice toasted malt, crisp. Earthy hops, pungent and spicy. Earthy long bitterness.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date on the bottle, though the brewery’s website indicates it’s available September through January leading me to believe this bottle is probably 3-4 months old.

Appearance: Beautiful dark orange/copper hue. Seeming opaque from a distance but actually transparent when viewed close up. Forms a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains extremely well.

Smell: Mild aroma of rye and some hop flowers. A touch of pine.

Taste: Using rye in pale ale and IPAs is a pretty common thing these days. It gives a nice spice and additional bitterness to an otherwise standard style. That’s a perfect description of Horseheads Rye P.A. - pretty standard for the style, but a bit of rye to make it a little more interesting.

It opens with a smooth, gentle bitterness. Slightly dry, but at the same time there’s considerable malt character. I do notice the rye riding shotgun throughout the entire swig. There’s a slightly bready character that imparts a touch of spice and helps out with the balance. I’m not going to guess at the hops used because they’re not all that prominent here. I get a familiar piney/earthy character, but it’s tame. Tamer than the 56 IBUs would indicate. There’s a nice bitter bite at the top of the swig and some starchy, cracker-like flavor in the aftertaste but it’s not distracting and easily tolerable. Perhaps a fresher bottle would have more pizzazz, but what’s here isn’t bad at all and is plenty enjoyable.

Drinkability: With a nice calm mouthfeel that’s on the heavier end of the spectrum and a remarkably smooth finish, Horseheads Rye P.A. is easily and highly drinkable. Though not exactly refreshing (not that I think it’s meant to be), it doesn’t drink like the 7% ABV beer that it is. I could see this pairing well with brewpub fare or any light to medium meal. I had no problem drinking the entire bomber by myself.

redpooba (411) - Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2013
A red ale with a frothy white head. Hot rye on the nose, hot rye on the tongue, hot rye-hops on the aftertaste. This needed to sink in the tanks for a month on oak barrels and then it would have been awesome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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