hershiser2 (2984) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2015
$2.60 bottle from Wine Warehouse, CHO.
Pours reddish-brown with a small beige head. Smells of malty pine. Tastes of funky wet paper, strange fruit, and pine. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a semi-hazy copper color. The headís about a finger high, with a pale khaki shade. Itís also wonderfully creamy, though retention isnít fantastic. Good lacing is left behind, though.
S: Immediately, I pick up hints of grapefruit and berry from the hops. The malt backbone is fairly evident with its healthy dose of toffee, caramel, and rye. Aromatically, itís straight forward, but does a good job of showing off the rye, the Mosaic hops, and the red. Whatever that means.
T: It opens pretty malty, with toffee and rye notes intermingling with some piny dankness. Iím not getting much grapefruit, but there is a subtle suggestion of berries near the back end. Similar to the nose, it doesnít really blow me away, but the balance is nice and the Mosaic usage is fairly evident.
M: Good crispness on the feel, and good body, too. Maybe a bit too much body for me, but thatís nitpicking. It goes down - if not quite as effortlessly as I like - pretty easily. Carbonation is gentle.
O: Subjectively, Iím not a fan of this style. Having said that, this IS a good example of a style Iím not particularly fond of. Itís well balanced and shows off its advertised components well. geologyguy (1583) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Mix of citrus and vans house growing up, lol, taste isnít too hoppy, fairly smooth...grapefruit finish hopscotch (11043) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle... Pours dark, clear and brilliantly copper with a small, creamy, white head. The nose presents caramel mingling with both spicy and earthy grains and hops. Medium to full-bodied with dancing carbonation. The well-balanced flavor offers sweet, caramelized rye malt with a healthy ration of earthy, Mosaic hop bitterness as well. Finishes moderately bitter and dry. Arcadia (61) - DeLand, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Pours cloudy with a thin, frothy head. Body is on the thicker side. A somewhat heavy and nutty aroma with hints of caramel, bread, and toffee. Flavor is vaguely bitter throughout, with a short and unmemorable finish. A bit too oily for me. Definitely not one of the better ryes Iíve had. Avoid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tmoreau (4290) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a hazed, coppery amber color, with a modest layer of off white/light tan head foam, and light spots & strands of lacing. The nose was not altogether expressive, as it offered some light grain, fair malt, a hint of artificial raspberry, and just touches of citrus & tropical fruit. Light to medium bodied, the taste presented a low hop bitterness with some lingering ability. Low carbonation, and some thinning & watery texture were not helpful in promoting the flavor, which washed out a bit, but finished pleasantly dry. A Mosaic fan, but not thrilled, and expected more. jgb9348 (6187) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Crisp ruby and crimson tinted deep copper coloured body with a very thin, half a centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of rye, grain, wood, oak, caramel, toffee, raisins, nuts and a touch of alcohol. Medium-bodied; Deep rye flavour with a lot of grain and dry alcohol notes following and not much hops at all - very minimal. Aftertaste shows some caramelised sugars, a bit of grain, some oak and dry herbal flavours and a subdued hop character that only shows floral and perfumey notes. Overall, a rye beer for sure, but no hops to speak of and a rather simple taste. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia on 30-March-2014 for US$2,99 sampled at home here on the ílast day of summerí on 01-September-2014. snoworsummer (5614) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2014
From a bottle shared by jheath99! Pours hazy copper with a fizzy bubbly off white head. Tastes like mild hops, bitter roasted grains, nutty, caramel. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like nutty, dry grains, sweet dough, roasted. sonnycheeba (5961) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle shared by jheath99. Pours clear reddish amber with creamy beige head. Aroma is bready and cookie malts, fig, dates, raisins, spicy and floral hops, and faint toast. Flavor is medium hop bitterness, dry malt base, faint toast, and faint dark fruit esters; dry finish with some lingering bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours copper, tan head, some retention/lace. Aroma of spicy rye, citrus, pine, earth, caramel. Taste is moderately bitter, spicy rye, earthy, some sweetness. Palate is average carbonation, slick, light bitter finish. Iím guessing an older bottle.