ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013BREWMUSKCLES (2671) - New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2016
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear copper color. There isnít much head - not even a fingerís worth of white-shaded head - but whatís there tries its best to retain well. Some lacing is left behind.
S: A good amount of rye malt on the nose, with just a kiss of sugar cookie sweetness. An herbal touch of hop bitterness blends beautifully with the rye aroma. Perhaps too well, though: itís a bit one note aromatically.
T: This has a nice rye-forward nature. A pleasant spiciness opens the flavor profile nicely, with the earthier rye tones closing it well. All of this is accentuated by subtle hopping that provides a good flavor with low bitterness. Some of the fruity sweetness in the middle goes away once it warms up. This is exactly what I expected it to be, and thatís a good thing.
M: Most rye beers seem to prick the tongue slightly, but this does a good job of retaining a smooth texture, partly thanks to restrained (if not low) carbonation. The finish isnít really that dry, so itís not amazingly drinkable. Itís not suffocatingly sweet either, so itís not hard to drink, either. Basically, itís about as drinkable as youíd expect a good 8.1% brew to be.
O: If the whole modus operandi was to showcase the rye flavors first and foremost, Iíd definitely say they succeeded. While not the most complex, itís definitely a very good rye ale, and one where I wouldnít have regretted picking up a 6-pack of this.
nice fruity essence in there with the citrus hops and rye. a bit of caramel and little alcohol to sense. a bit of sugar. what you can expect from this brewer really good beer. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Pours a clear, dark golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.
Slightly earthy aroma with resinous hops and grassy pine along with a strong malt presence and a decent amount of spicy rye. Soily with wet earth, grass and pine needle followed by caramels malt, toffee, biscuit and subtle dark fruit. Rye begins to stand out as it warms with a peppery spice character. Three different hop varieties but the hop profile in the nose is sort of one dimensional and the malts begin to overpower the rye after a while.
On the fuller end of medium body with a stronger rye presence than the nose hinted at. Spicy and peppery rye dominates the flavor up front but is quickly complimented by dry, earthy hop bitterness that lingers through the finish. Dry, sticky hops are very bitter with grass, pine needle and spruce tip flavor. As it warms, the malts become more prominent with caramel sweetness, toffee, dark fruit, bread and biscuit. The high ABV is well masked making this beer easier to drink than it should be. Complex and well balanced but the hops interfere with rye spiciness a bit too much for my preference. I would have preferred if it was heavier on the rye with a subtle earthy hop presence. Unfortunately it was the other way around. Still, this beer was interesting and an enjoyable drink. I havenít been a big fan of the 2X Series but this one was decent. DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle. Hazy deep coppery pour with tan head. Nose is rye malt, resiny hops, earthy. Tastes of rye, hops, earthy, smooth amd complex flavor and dense finish. obguthr (6296) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Honey and fresh split wood nose, grapefruit highlights. Cloudy copper, medium yellow head. Honey, thistle, wood. Medium body, easy carbonation. Rustic with great balance and personality. Cybercat (5738) - Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Comes out of tap hazy, barely translucent honey-brown with a thin buff head. Aroma presents crisp malty, rye, and brandy-ish notes. Strong flavor has quite a brandy-like bite, with woody, rye, malty and hoppy tones in attendance. Texture has firm body and decent fizz. Get onto this tier rye now!
chinchill (4928) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2015
12 oz bottle. No date found.
Pours clear copper in color with a nice head that has very good duration, Nice sheets of lacing are left on the glass.
M: smooth and full, with excellent, lively carbonation.
Aroma: sweet malts, including caramel, with plenty of multi-grain bread and a little spiciness from the rye.
T: could be adequately described as a malty American PA with an additional spicy rye component.
O: A malty and spicy PA. Well crafted and easy to drink. pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle: Reddish brown with a tan head. Wonderful aroma akin to a barley wine. Rye in the flavor but with a nasty aftertaste. IndianaRed (4544) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle nice Carmel barley wine aroma malty and sweet Rather sharp and soapy bitter flavors yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle. Lighlty hazy in the glass, dark golden in color and with a small, dense off-white to light beige head. Itís lightly rye-peppery on the nose, with pine cones and a resiny touch. Some pale malts too, but itís mostly on the hoppy side. The flavor is on the hoppy, bitter side, with grapefruit peel and pine cones. Some peppery maltyness in the back. Full body, nice carbonation. Lasting hoppy finish. Not bad this one. 150622 Meilby (11366) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle 355ml @ Hotel room, The Latham Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
Pours hazy copper with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, rye, citrus and herbal. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long malty, caramel, rye and floral finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.