Huhzubendah (3625) - Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer is golden with clusters of carbonation bubbles. Thick off white head that leaves lace ringlets cascading down the pint glass. The aroma offers citrus, toasted grain, light pine & hops. The flavor is more aggressive / bold than the aroma. Nice showing from the rye malt. Well balanced and drinkable. Toasted grain with some bitter hops in the finish. A tad sweet. Overall, pretty good.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Reddish amber color. Small thin white head. Hop, citrus and rye aroma with a little citrus. Tastes much the same with bitterness that lingers a bit longer than I would have preferred.
Hophaze (192) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Wheatberry, Buchanan MI
Pours a gorgeous darker orange with medium head and thin lacing. Taste is very balanced with ample malt but the hop presence still rings through. Solid finish that does not linger too long
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle dated 2/18/13 through trade. Pour has a golden color and a thin coating of white head. Aroma has spicy rye, sweet malt, citrus, and perfume. Mouth feel is medium and the carbonation medium low. Flavor starts with rye spice, some bitterness, citrus, perfume, and a lingering finish.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks to umich03jm. Bottled 2/18/13. Poured into my spiegelau IPA glass (first time using this thing). Mostly hazy orange color. Good thin off white head. Nice spread of lace. Medium body. Good, smooth lighter carbonation. More dry in the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. Lightly spicy rye malt aroma. Light toast. Good citrus hop aroma, light grass. Nice, balanced drinkable rye IPA. Sweet taste, little bitter. Nice light rye toasty spiciness. As it often happens with Shorts brews, I finished this way too quickly and I wish I had more still to judge it on. That’s a good problem to have.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Aroma has notes of spicy rye malts, caramel, citrus hops. Medium amber orange hue with an average white head that left good lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily with an average carbonation. Overall a very good rye brew. Loved it.
auerbrau (3204) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Hop aroma that leans lightly citrus, but more spice infused, a la cilantro, lemongrass, and fennel. Flavors produce a similar profile, a little more controlled and subdued, extra fresh and juicy. I like this. I’m imagining some earthy spice from the Rye is contributing to the overall zesty complexity of this beer, but it’s hard to tell. Whatever case, the emergent flavor profile and accompanying dry texture works. It’s fresh, full of juice, and delightful.
574deadzone (1384) - North Central, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange-gold with a thin eggshell head that settles to a ring and leaves some clingy, soapy lace. Nose involves some dust and rye spice, citrus and tropical fruit notes, a touch dank, but mostly subdued on the aromatics over all. Some sweetness, but more toward the bitter side. Lighter bodied, average carb, vibrant, with a lingering drying and spicy bitterness. Extremely easy to drink, quenching, refreshing. A little more out of the nose would make this more enjoyable, but nice as is.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Super hazy orange color. The beer simply glows when held up to light due to the amount of haze.
Aroma: Citrus-y rye, and that’s pretty much the best way to describe it.
Taste: Most definitely a rye beer. It should sound absolutely disturbing, but since the beer as a whole is quality it forgives it, but the initial taste reminds me of vomit -- very acidic. After that, tropical hops mix with the rye to make for a pleasant-to-drink rye.
Feel: Decent amount of carbonation here, and a nice, smooth feel to it. Nothing too spectacular, but it works very well with this particular rye.
Overall: Rye Not? is a beer that I’m glad to have tried. I’m not a HUGE fan of rye beers, but I like to try them every now and again. This beer looks good, smells good, and tastes pretty decent. Not the best rye beer in the world, but no doubt one that’s drinkable.
bwa5879 (911) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: solid orange to tan pour with quarter inch whitish orange head. Super cloudy, almost does not pass light.
Aroma: simple but good: strong juicy citrus hop and floral hop aroma.
Taste: sweet citrus hop with a ton of malted rye bitterness. Perfect blend.
Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy and oily mouth feel, just slightly dry on finish.
Overall: 12oz bottle from Kalamazoo MI drakes party center. Fairly awesome rye IPA, high recommendation.