Moab Brewery Desert Select Hopped Rye

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.59%
This hearty red ale is malt rich and has serious hop character. Hopped Rye pours ruby red with a thick tan head. The citrus and floral aromas are from the four varieties of hops. The ruby red hues and peppery flavors are a result of using some red rye malt in the mash. We hopped it up with Columbus, Centennial, Chinook and Willamette hops for an aggressive hop finish. We made our Hopped Rye with the finest Two Row barley and red rye malt, plenty of hops, pure Moab water and house ale yeast. This beer is not filtered and is still alive- a process called bottle conditioning. Other than the natural carbonation produced by bottle conditioning, it also helps to preserve the beer. Expect a small amount of yeast in the bottle and please do not overheat- temperatures above 75F are damaging to the sleeping yeast. The Hopped Rye pairs well with gorgonzola, cambozola, rich artisan blue cheeses, strong spicy dishes with curry, smoked beef brisket and grilled lamb. Brilliant with caramel apple tart, ginger spice cake and crme brule. Store upright, chill and serve at 50F to 55F. Use wide mouth glassware to allow the vibrant malt and hop aromas to escape. Please, drink with others, so there is someone else to blame.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (2173) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2017
Bottle from brewery. Caramel aroma. Spicy taste, herbal hoppiness. Dry finish with caramel notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (6014) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 29, 2016
Torn on this. The flavor is quite good, some caramel mixed with hops, but the alcohol is very very noticeable. Too much so to be truly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (5171) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 26, 2015
This was a joint tasting with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. This was purchased at Pauls Market in McCall, Idaho. It seemed to have been on the shelf for a year so was well aged. It poured a dark amber color with big creamy long lasting off-white head that left thick lacing in my Stone Old Guardian goblet. Nose is is rich caramel malts with floral hops. Medium plus in body with a smooth creamy mouth feel. Some alcohol detected but not objectionable. The flavor is like a barley wine that seems mixed with a DIPA. There is lot rye but it blends perfectly with the malts and hops. Lot of complexity here with fruit, and some bitterness. The finish shows every thing and this just is a shame to come to an end. It is just so drinkable. Overall this is a a very well crafted beer. I give Moab high marks for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (7252) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bomber from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. The beer is amber in hue and cloudy. A big beige foam that leaves thick and cool looking lacing. A really nice aroma of caramel, fruit, and rye. The flavor has rye, floral and fruit plus caramel. So much richness here. Rich fruit that doesnt really fit into a citrus description. Some tropical fruit that includes pineapple. Ron informs me he let this set on the shelf for at least a year. It does have barley wine flavor with a little oxidation. But it might have found a sweet spot. Everything worked so well together. Perhaps the rye brought everything out. This was a delight to drink!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9315) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Its an American strong red ale made with rye, but really it sits somewhere in the common set of Barley Wine and Double IPA. Aroma is apple crumble and maraschino cherry, touches of alcohol but without any hot ethanol notes. Gingerbread, seeds, hay, pepper and caramelized sugar. Rich and full body with fine natural carbonation. Sugar is braced by hop acidity / bitterness, while carbonation gives a proper burst of life. Sugar is in that sweet spot, providing ample juiciness without any fatiguing unfermentables... it does quickly dry out in the finish and finally shows its forceful hop bitterness. From bottle, with orange-ruby tones and a fine and lasting head. Theres a lot more depth here than you typically find in Barley Wine-strength hoppy red ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (4836) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Pours reddish/amber with small head. Rye grain adds some nuttiness to the flavor and overall presentation. No grain sourness detected, overall very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernest (7627) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, creamy/frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (caramel, cookie, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers), with notes of dried mango/papaya, dried pineapple, gum, toffee, fruitcake. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Ladies and gents, we have a winner! This is my first experience with Moab and they certainly knocked this one out of the park...enticing, clean, and balanced, you really couldnt ask for much more out of this style (an ASA heading towards Barleywine, or Imperial Red for trendy folks...Ive never liked our Specialty Grain "style" since since its not a style; it tells you absolutely nothing about the beer character). The aroma is an enticing explosion of rich sweet malts and tropical fruit galore, with no trace at all of icky resinous/raw hops. Think Green Flash Barleywine or Eel River Triple Exultation or Humboldt 500 BC. Its almost perfectly balanced in the mouth (for this kind of beer) and thus extraordinarily drinkable...the alcohol burn is a touch strong, but honestly that is my *only* gripe with this (otherwise it might be a 5 for the mouthfeel). It starts lusciously sweet, but finishes with bone-dry bitterness (without astringency or strong acidity, this is ginsu-blade bitterness here). And most surprising of clean! No husks or off notes whatsoever to my nose...really well-made. And despite the alcohol burn, it is insanely quaffable due to the extraordinary flavor balance. This is one of those occasions where I could hardly write a review before drinking two full glasses. Major kudos to this brewer for making me like something in a style that I usually hate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle, pours a cloudy rusty red with a thin head, laces well. Nice nose, hops, spice, malt. clean attack with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (9109) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and earth aroma with light malt. Grapefruit and pine flavor with caramel and earthiness. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel and grapefruit linger with light pine and light spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Very very nice. I always have a hard time describing rye ales, but this is a good one. With the hops, you get a nice extra twist, with surprisingly not overwhelming bitterness. I like it.

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