Brewed by Kaimai Brewing
Style: Specialty Grain
Mt Maunganui, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Rye in beer is technically more difficult than traditional barley - this beer comprises 40% rye! Brewer Andrew Larsen is introducing NZ palates to the delicacies of rye textures and flavours in this and his Porter Rye Ale. Golden Rye Ale is tinged with flavours of passionfruit and citrus. It is refreshingly smooth and silky and the rye produces a unique aroma and texture.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer4eternity (226) - Tauranga, - AUG 15, 2011
330ml bottle. Opaque, golden amber hue with cracked pepper like sediment and a massive long lasting off white pink tinged sea foam head, good lacing. Looks great in a Duvel glass. Light aromas of yeast ; spice, bread, leather, light malt, citrus - sour grapefruit. Pleasant aromas just lacking in intensity. Tastes bitter and light to moderate sweet, the stand-out here is definitely the grapefruit like sourness, nice. Average carbonation, medium body, long sour and dry finish. I enjoyed this beer much more than its middle of the range percentile rating would have suggested.

heyden (137) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 15, 2014
Mainly malt and rye bread aroma. Cloudy amber colour. Slightly sour, rich and spicy taste. Minimal hops; the rye is the showcase. Warm bread like mouth feel

skortila (5905) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2014
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has toasted maltiness, some rye, some fruity hops. Clear, golden-copper coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is light bitter with rye, toasted malts, flowery hops. Nice.

madmitch76 (25009) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
23rd October 2011
Very hazy amber beer, decent off white head. Nose is a little bretty. Crisp dry palate. Creamy malt, some rye spice. Tangy citrus, lemon slightly dominant. Bretty minerals. Dry finish with a carbonated sting. Pleasant little beer and interesting.

petergaynor (137) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 13, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours golden amber with a thin head. Smell is faint citrus hops with plenty of yeast and a wee bit of alcohol. Taste is some bitter sour spices with lavender hints. Nice mouth feel

JDBaker11058 (2254) - Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Appearance: cloudy amber/orange; huge, frothy/creamy head that shrank but lasted for the life of the beer. Aroma: slightly spicy, slightly dirty, with definite notes of rye, grains, dust, char, cardboard, and twigs. Taste: pie crust, black pepper, citrus, mango, kiwi, orange peel, caramel, and must. Finish: quickly fading malty notes, with a bit of heat and some dank, earthy hop notes. Notes: Bottled on 14 July 2010, so maybe a little past expiration? Appearance was pretty cloudy and the flavors were awfully muddled, leaving a darn-near homebrewed flavor. I didn’t get a ton of the rye character I was hoping for and that other reviewers noted, further leading me to believe it was just too old a bottle.

Strangebrewer (1315) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
bottle. Poured clear dark copper with an off white creamy head. Malt aroma with a woody caramel tone. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy with a warming sensation. Toasty malt flavour, a touch pepery with a tart finish. Beer feels like it’s full of alcohol.

Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 16, 2012
Clear coppery amber in colour with a thinnish white head. The aromas are of spicy malts. There is very little hop aroma but I don’t feel that this matters or detracts from the beer. Cool on the palate with good silky mouthfeel and then there’s an almost peppery flavour that invites second and third draughts. What I like about this beer: The novelty, the spicy rye twist and the generous golden flavour. I could happily have a few pints of this. What I didn’t like: Seeing the bottom of the glass.

BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2012
Bottle and served in Duvel snifter right next to the Porter’s Rye Ale from the same brewer: Slightly hazy golden hue with a fading head and minimal lacework. The aroma has notes of lemon drops and grapefruit. biscuity malt, some spicy rye, and a American yeast profile. Twangy and refreshing with a nice acidity over layers of pale malt and slight plastic finish. A bit tea-baggy as well but the sharpness of the acidic nature makes up for it... which brings up the question, is this actually as intended? The mouth feel is vibrant and very approachable but the acidic nature of the brew got to be too much without the depth of palate. An okay beer that was head and shoulder better than the Porter’s Rye which is just the opposite of my expectations.

omega (900) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 30, 2012
Ours a dark golden colour. Has a nice full bodied aroma. Not much carbonation with this beer, but it is nice and smooth.

arone12 (929) - Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Pours a hazy light orange color. Smells pretty sour almost similar to a lambic. Has some sour grape tastes with some bitter hops. Pretty good beer.

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