JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Brown to copper in color with a taller taupe head. A few spots of lace. Aromas of spicy rye and citric to piney hops. Light fruity start along with a bit of sweet toasted malt. Spicy rye is right behind. Quite bold and unforgiving is a way. I can respect that. Grains and toast bread look for attention between the spice. Smooth but still a bit prickly on the tongue. A spicy brew with a rye and holiday twist to it. 6/10
travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Rating from my backlog from a tasting like 3 years ago. Bottle thanks to somebody. The smell is rye, hops, fruits. The look is clear, amber in color, and has a whitish head. The taste is fruits, hops, rye, and ok. conway (2210) - - MAR 20, 2013
Uploading old ratings that were missing comments. Really nice prominent spicy rye note and a smooth and sweet caramel malt backbone. Very nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2012
12oz bottle. Amber pour with an off white head. Aromas of rye, earthy, spicy, and pine. Tastes of rye, caramel, spicy, some bread, and a little fruity. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.
Appearance: Deep, rich mahogany with off-white head and lacing tendrils down the glass.
Aroma: Spicy rye, caramel malts and grapefruit.
Taste: Rye galore - very spicy, slightly smoky and earthy. Nice blend of caramel and toasted malts complement the rye. Ends with a mixture of grapefruit bitterness and rye spiciness.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, strangely dry finish typical of a rye heavy beer.
Overall: Wow! This is simply an impressive beer, whether its worth is being measured in terms of rye character, overall complexity or simple drinkability. Please, make this a year-round beer!
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2011
"Featured at the Malt House right now on tap, and it sure is pretty nice! Really digging the Unchained series. Pours a reddish colour with a nice beige head. Aroma has that distinct rye character (you know what im talking about) with lots of hops. But balanced all the way. Taste is full, creamy and dry. Slightly bitter, fruity and astringent." crossovert (12937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
12 oz twist off brown bottle.
It pours a dark reddish amber/brown with a thick, foamy slightly off-white head that leaves some decent lacing as it dissipates.
The smell is killer, tropical fruits and candied grapefruit peel are the main scents. There is light sweet bready scent form the malt underneath.
The taste is decent, the bitterness isn’t too high up there. There is a distinct biscuity bread character that dominates the flavor. the hops are much more piney and herbal than they were in the nose.
Overall it is a decent brew, one of the better ones form this brewery.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-12-2010 02:32:54 gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Had this one bottled thanks to Wyl! Very dark but clear reddish brown pour with a two-finger foamy tan head, raisin, plum and spiced rum in the nose. The flavor is sharply florally bitter, but dampened by a chalkiness that is a bit offputting. Strong and sweet alcoholic finish. Not bad, but not one I could drink many of. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Appearance: rubies and garnets, deep and dark, polished browns reminiscent of old gentleman’s clubs. Khaki head is rich and luxurious, fading with layers of lace, lingering with a decent puddle of a head.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Nose: rye breads, oak, wood, firewood and a finish of gentle smoke. Tons of raw rye seeds crunch and burst in spicy flair. Rainforest greenness with underbrush plays second fiddle to the massive amounts of rye. Spiced peach, apricot, and nectarine skins.
Palate: fanfreakingtastic. Spiced, sweet, bitter, and dry all at once and yet all unique and individualistic. Full mouthfeel and a touch sticky. Super dry finish highlights raw rye and tree bark. Rye breads are infused with apricot and nectarines, more skin than flesh, while rye seeds wrap it up with a spicy bite. Cinnamon is subtle. Continually dries palate creating an endless thirst. Grassy notes underneath and along the edges. Rye spice and fruit skins linger in the breath. Flavors work together seamlessly.
Final Thoughts: part of Summit Brewing’s Unchained Series, their India Style Rye Ale is my favorite so far. I’m a huge fan of rye in beers and this particular beer is like no other rye beer I’ve had. Superfantastic.
Poured into a pint glass. Batch 03 if that means anything. Thanks to either Buebie or davedahl for this one.
4.0 A: Nearly dark amber/brown color. One and a half fingers of thick creamy off white head with average retention and plentiful lacing.
4.0 S: Spicy, earthy rye gives off an almost coffee like aroma. Also a bit hit of graininess. Simple, but nice.
4.0 T: Taste is just like it smells. Earthy rye foremost with a graininess equally powerful. Medium bitterness. I thought the "india" thing would translate to "hoppy" but that isn’t the case. Other than the bitterness, there is just a slight touch of herbal hops. This isn’t a problem as the beer still tastes pretty good, but why make it look like something it isn’t?
4.0 M: Medium body. A touch too much carbonation. Otherwise, fairly smooth and moderately creamy.
4.0 D: A straightforward rye beer. Tasty with no flaws.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-13-2010 03:45:57