lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Dark caramel, orange-red with a very loose beige head. Aroma is a light peppery rye, but overall thin and metallic caramel. Spicy hops. Taste is again a pepper bite of rye malt, but it is overpowered by either a metallic caramel malt or a harsh spicy hoppiness, hard to say. Doesnít help that it is very thin bodied. jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours reddish-brown with a fizzy beige head. Smells of caramel, corn and rye grains, and a straw hoppiness. Tastes overly caremely, some burnt rye, and a sweet maltyness that overpowers the bitter hoppines. Some spice notes present. Although not bad, I have had better ryes. Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2009
A red beer with no head. The aroma is very weak with some bready notes, but missing a nice hoppy aroma that you expect from IPAís. The taste is a basic malty taste with some rye that does give it a touch of spice. This is not much of an IPA at all. Now before I pick it apart let me say Iím sure the brewers at AB are good at what they do & Iím sure they know a lot more about beer then I do. Then why can they not produce a good IPA when given the chance. This is them trying to get a cut into craft beers essentially & what better style to do that than an IPA. I just do not understand why they could not make a solid IPA that is on par with some of the great IPAís being produced in America. It just goes to show the macros will never do it or get it because it is not really about what they produce but the money. If money always comes first then quality comes second. Cybercat (5745) - Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Color is a fairly average amber with a decent white head. Aroma is not strong but fairly hoppy and has a firm malt/rye component. Flavor is only somewhat hoppy, mainly malty and rye-ish, not really like an IPA at all, and only slightly bitter. Texture is fairly tingly. OK, but not worth seeking out. Braudog (6676) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle. Presents a reddish-amber with a familiar airy head of off-white foam. Pretty interesting aroma, hinting at a little woody spiciness. Moderately sweet, the foundation of this beer is indeed a little bit of a barky outdoorsiness, with a sharp tangy finish. Bit thin, and thereís something not quite balanced with this, but drinkable enough. (#3685, 9/27/2009)
slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Bought a mixed 12 pack just to try this beer. Poured a light brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of rye, malt and yeast. Flavor of rye and burnt caramel with little noticable hops. Fairly long dry finish. A drinkable beer, but not anywhere near as good as the Rye P.A. from Founders. Not a bad effort from AB though. Tmoney99 (14377) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle from Samís Club mixed case.
Poured clear dark ruby color with a large frothy light brown head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate caramel malt and earthy rye aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium malt bittersweet flavor and a medium smooth bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
Solid drinkable beer. ben4321 (6417) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Location: 12 oz bottle from Gillyís, 9/25/09
punkska101 (2002) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2009
Aroma: I got some sweet malts in here, a good amount of rye bread/yeast, and a bit of spice
Appearance: This is a clear amber colored beer with a slightly bubbly, thin white head
Flavor: The taste is mostly the bready malts, on top of that I get the same spice as the nose, and some sort of strange flavor that flows through the relatively long palate. This unpleasing, and slightly off wheaty flavor does two things: it overcomes the slight semblance of hops that are hiding way in the back of this beer and it carries an unpleasant aftertaste through the long duration.
Palate: This beer has a decent amount of body, a long palate, and a solid mouthfeel as well.
I didnít ever realize Michelob made this beer, and now I know why, as Iím only the 4th rater of it. I really donít think Iíd call this an IPA, I didnít get a lot of hops here, at all. What hops are here are not really able to sneak out from behind the over-bearing and slighty unpleasant bread flavor that dominates the middle and end palates of this brew.
**Just submitted a Photo for this one as well, as it was missing one.
Bottle from a friend thx JC shared with my dad on 09.09.18 : Dark copper, soft carbonation OK lacing. This one isnít spicy and bitter. Good filtration job itís crystal clear. Not bad but quite boring USCBeerMan (109) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle from the Fall 2009 Michelob sampler pack. The pour is warm copper colored and carbonation is ample. The first take on aroma is pleasant and then the you realize the rye, hops, and piney faint citrus aromas. note: I agree with heemer77 about the yeast. respectable beer from a macro.