kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear bright copper body with a small fizzy white head that faded to a thin film. Light visible carbonation. The nose is very spicy with tons of rye malt and and a bright tropical fruit quality from the fairly heavy handed hoppiness. Smells a lot like Nelson hops, but the label doesn’t state what was used. The flavor is an interesting mix of the rye and the fruity hops, the combo yields an almost papaya like flavor that is pretty interesting. There’s very minimal bitterness to the hops, it’s all flavor. A little bit of caramel sweetness makes it past the rye, but it’s not overly sweet. Medium bodied with fizzy prickly carbonation. Lingering tropical fruit notes that last forever. Quite an interesting beer, I was not expecting the hop profile that I got with this beer. I was expecting something very citrusy and resiny with lots of bitterness to enhance the rye, but it’s 180 from that. Certainly a beer to seek out and give a try if you have the chance. merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Aroma: Grainy Malts, Rye
Appearance: Dark Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Rye, Grainy Malts
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying jbaker67 (23) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2013 Poured a clear dark amber with a two finger white head.Smells like citrus and aromatic hops. A little caramel malt comes throughCitrus and a little earthy pine in the taste. Perfectly balanced. Slightly bitter aftertasteLots of carbonation in this beer and lots of flavor. alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle during a Jackie O’s bottle share (notes). Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is spicy rye malts, crisp citrus with a hint of tropical fruit and some sweet notes. The flavor definitely favor the spicy rye, some sweetness early with more bitterness setting in late. Lightly toasted, caramel and some citrus hops. radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Draft at Zeno’s. Poured a dark ruby brown color with a small white head. Aroma was tasty rye spice, lots of citrus. Flavor was nice rye, citrus notes. Delicious!
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2008
On tap at Zeno’s Pub. Aroma is a rather juicy Cascade-like hop punch. Pours a darker copper-sienna, clear, with a rocky head in off-white. Flavor is crips. It’s almost like a hoppy Rye Octoberfest. The flavors are restricted to an American ale yeast profile, calm alcohols, and some faint rye bread. I never really get rye beers. They’re never that complex or different, just a bit spicy. A fair hand of hops here. Crisp. Balanced, with decent alcohols, sugar, yeast, hops and rye spice all combining nicely. What remains is a solid, sessionable ale. FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s this beer poured a dark red-chestnut color with a medium sized orange-tan head. The aroma was dry and had floral and fruity hop elements. The flavor was sweetish, fruity, floral and lightly spicy. The finish was long bitter and fruity. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
If I had to sum this beer up I would call it a reuben in a glass. With the mixture of rye and other flavors playing against each other well I thought about trying to get myself a bomber to take home and share. If you are in State College be sure to not miss this gem.
Aroma / Appearance - The opaque body masks about a third of the light of the dark basement. Coppery bronze with a yellowed eggshell head it looks like brittle paper. Rye bread wrapped around a warm reuben sandwich makes the mouth water. The vague sweetness adds even more depth.
Flavor / Palate - A chewy pairing of rye and licorice tickle the palate. Black anise lingers in the back of the throat. Filling and robust it is a great local release. If I could have tried more beers in this vein over the few days in town it would not have been a waste.
Pours brown red with white head out of bottle from brewpub. Butterscotch and grainy nose with some fruity hops. A bit sweeter than expected for a rye, but the rye bread presence is there, along with some brown sugar and mild hop flavor, mild bitter. Pretty tasty, but not at all what expected. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2008
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 Draft at Zeno’s. Mostly clear dark rusty copper. Wet, sticky nose of oily old oranges and honey and with a small note of fresh, wet c-note hops. Wet, oily texture, nice and calm and smooth. Rye character is moderate, some caramel and toffee, heavy toffee in fact. Mildly astringent and rough, but overall a nice beer.