TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Pours a nice amber color with off-white head. Rye spice, caramel malts, and some pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some rye spice too. Nice. MrPickles (571) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Back to some old ratings. On tap at the brewpub. Golden pour with a taste that just seems a bit not my thing, almost a bit metallic. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2010
On tap at Vintage. Poured medium coppery-golden with a creamy beige head. The aroma picked up sweet caramel, nutty notes, and bread, plus a bouquet of fruits as it warmed up.. spicy rye and fruity hops accented.. intriguing. The flavor found honey and pale malts at the core with spicy rye, white pepper, and floral bitterness around.. too much sweetness and tacky sharpness for my liking, but not bad. Heavier carbonation on the palate, and it was spicier as it warmed up.. again a bit sharp in the end, but aiight overall. madvike (3306) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at the brewpub - Pours amber with a small white head. Light grain on the nose, with some lemon notes. Taste has some light nuttiness and lots of roasted grain. A light metallic note is noticeable on the finish, but aside from that this is a pretty good beer. It was very easy to drink--light, but with enough flavor to be pleasant. Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2010
On draught at the Vintage brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-hazy golden orange colored brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that has some minimal lacing and a thin white ring. Aroma is fruity, caramel malt, some dry roasted malt and a touch of tart apple. Taste is where the rye malt come through. Medium to full bodied, a little slick texture with both caramel and spicy rye malt flavors with a hint of toffee and dry floral hops. Finish is a touch on the sweet side with both caramel and rye aftertaste that quickly disappears.
cbfobes (2888) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
On tap at Vintage, pours amber/gold with a white head, has a nice sweet malt aroma, you can really taste the rye in it with the malt, very smooth finish. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2010
On tap at brewpub
Before the final big beer of the afternoon I had to try this rye beer. This seems to be one of the latest trends sweeping the Midwest. As an alternative to going big with crazy barrel aging or intense sourness I like it. Maybe the next step is to try to make a black rye based IPA (if such a thing is possible).
Aroma / Appearance - Yet another deep bronze beer this one is immediately distinguished from the Rhine Heights by the spicy rye punch. Caramel, malt, traces of vanilla, and hops introduce a bit more depth.
Flavor / Palate - Rye seeds, caramel, chocolate flakes, and then a warm bitterness contribute to a healthy profile. A bit more aggressive than previous beers the rye provides a super kick. It would be difficult to knock off more than a pint without something to absorb the spicy finish but I would be up the task. Here’s hoping that Vintage continues to stay on top.