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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sour in the Rye is an American wild ale. A challenging beer to brew due to the substantial amount of rye malt, but you’ll be glad we took the time. The character of the rye asserts itself with clove and pepper in the aroma and flavor, and contributes a full body not generally found in sour beers. Pleasantly sour with notes of tart cherry, rustic earth and vanilla notes from a year-plus of barrel aging.

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3.7
reebtogi (6267) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
750ml bottle pours a light amber orange color with a finger and a half of white head that settles to reveal some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is light fruit with some yeast and a hint of lemon. Taste is a bold lemon tartness with a fruity sweetness and a dry yeasty finish. My bottle states 7.8% so is the 2013 edition. Definitely fits the style and is quite tasty. Highly recommended for lovers of sour ales.

3.9
SDalkoholic (2386) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
On tap @ Downtown Johnny Brown’s: Poured with a thick 2-inch pillow of foam head in a snifter glass. Liquid was a light peach hue. Aroma was sour and has a scent of lemon zest and wood barrel. Palate is well refined with the tiniest of tiny carbonation bubbles which went down easy. The flavor is sour, of course, with intense taste of lemon or lime juice paired with an earthy taste of wood. Yeast is much stronger than some other sour ales I have tasted. One of the sourest sour ales I’ve drunk. Impressed.

4.3
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2013
On tap at Barcade for beer week’s Bruery event. Aroma is sweet and citrussy like peaches and lemons. Pours hazy orange with minimal head but decent enough carbonation. The taste is incredible. Mouth puckering underripe nectarines balance out a solid barnyard funk. This is a great and intense American sour. I now see why it’s $20 a bottle. I kind of want more.

4.2
vvesside (256) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
The rye malt works nicely in this sour/wild ale. Now I’m interested in trying the version with kumquats.

4.1
keepersj12 (3117) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Oh my, so sour and so sweet. Pours amber with a thin head the aroma is sour with hints of wood and fruit. The flavor is quite sour but not overpowering. The oak comes through with some fruit. Extremely smooth for the style. Thirst quenching like a lemonade on a hot summer day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2013
750 shared with beer homies... Pours a dark orange with a decent off white head that reduces to almost nothing. I can pick up hints of oak, tart sour astringency. Taste really shines, pleasant sour tartness, a bit of oak, and a slight rye spice. Carbonation is just enough to light up your taste buds. Great beer, I wish I had another.

4.1
bhensonb (15190) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
750 capped from Malt and Vine. Pours hazy orange amber with a creamy beige head. Aroma is tart/sour red berry. Med body. Flavor is tart/sour red berry - maybe even cherry, though I swear the barrel must have had cab in it. There’s a periodic burst of sweet fruit, then back to oaky astringency, red berry and tart/sour - which is how it finishes. Excellent.

4.1
RichTheVillan (7850) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; hazy orange pour with medium white head, wine like aroma, big sour lip puckering taste with grapes and some woody notes.

4.3
HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 It’s weird that this once seemed so impossible to find, and now it’s on the shelves at Total Wine. I’d buy it frequently, except it’s 20 bucks. Damn tasty though, a refreshing sour with some nice grainy spice qualities that make it stand out a bit from the crowd. Nice lemony spritziness makes this one even better than I remembered.

3.8
ABeerVixen (17) - - MAY 29, 2013
On tap @ Acre, Chicago. Hazy amber color. Thin head that quickly dissipates. Sweet vinegar/ketchup aroma. Grassy/funky nose as well. Light, cleansing palate, minimal carbonation. Sourness channels through center of tongue and hits in the jaw. Lingering aftertaste. We were eating something fried, and this cut right through the dish’s heaviness--nice pairing.


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