Beer 339/365 – Short’s Rich’s Rye

Shorts Richs Rye

Style: Rye Beer

ABV: 4.9%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: Pretty decent for a rye beer!

Will I be drinking this again: Wouldn’t go out of my way for it, but wouldn’t turn it down if someone handed it to me.

Grade: B+

10/13/2010: Apparently this beer is named after one of the brewery dads? Not sure about the entire story behind this beer. On that note I wish there was an area on beeradvocate/ratebeer where you could put a bit more of a back story about the beer itself. I see that a bit on ratebeer, but not as much on BA. Oh and check out the head on this beer… Good stuff!

The nose is pretty hoppy for a rye beer. The flavor is a nice citrus hop, some nondescript spice, with some nice caramel malt to balance it all out. A bit of a resin type this going on as well. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy for the style, finishes a bit dry. Overall a pretty good beer!

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Published in: on October 13, 2010 at 9:24 am  Comments (4)  
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Beer 294/365 – Smuttynose Ry(e)an Ale

Smuttynose Ryean Ale

Style: Rye Beer

ABV: 7.7%

Purchased at: Sent to me as an extra by Jared.

What makes this beer different: Walks a fine line between too much/not enough bourbon flavor, but ends up being the perfect amount.

Will I be drinking this again: I wish.. I really hope they brew this again.

Grade: A+

8/29/2010: Jared always sends me some awesome extras, but this one has definitely taken the cake. I love barrel aged beers, but most of them over do it, or the bourbon just goes undetected all together. Smuttynose Ry(e)an is an Imperial Red Rye Ale, aged in bourbon barrels hand-selected by Julio’s Loch & Key Society. Turns out Jared was one of the lucky few to go to Kentucky to pick out the bourbon barrels (what brand of bourbon barrels were used in this beer Jared?).

The nose is boozy as all hell, but its a sweet/clean type of bourbon boozy. Sweet smelling as well. The flavor is amazing. Lots of caramel malt, and just a perfect amount of smooth bourbon. Sweet cherry type flavor, semi woody with a good bit of vanilla. Might be some maple syrup in this too? Mouthfeel is a little heavy/syrupy, but the aforementioned is needed to help keep the bourbon in check. Ended up drinking the whole bomber myself. This might be the best beer I have had yet this year outside of stout/belgian styles. Thanks again to Jared for being so gracious in sending me this beer.

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Published in: on August 29, 2010 at 10:53 am  Comments (9)  
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Beer 264/365 – Summit India Style Rye Ale

Summit India Style Rye Ale

Style: Rye Beer

ABV: 6.3%

Purchased at: Extra in a trade

What makes this beer different: About the only Rye beer thus far that I actually liked!

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I still have another bottle in the fridge

Grade: A-

7/30/2010: I thought Surly was the only decent brewery in the land of 10,000 lakes? Apparently I was wrong because it seems as if Summit knows what they are doing in the brewing department. Okay this is my first beer from Summit but it is pretty damn good, especially considering rye beer isn’t one of my favorite styles.

The nose is very spicy, with a charred caramel hint. The flavor is burnt caramel, roasty malts, some spice and a nice punch of citrus hops. This beer is actually pretty complex. Creamy and much smoother than anticipated. Light flavors but mix together nicely. The sum is better than the parts on this beer.

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Published in: on July 30, 2010 at 9:05 am  Comments (5)  
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Beer 218/365 – Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Style: American IPA

ABV: 8.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Why is this a rye beer, yet in the IPA category?

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not, I haven’t had a rye beer that I liked yet.

Grade: B-

6/14/2010: Figured I might as well take out both of my Bear Republic IPA’s right in a row. The first was really good stuff, not so sure how I feel about this one. I’m not sure I rye in beer is really my thing?

The nose of hop rod rye is straight hops. Mostly Citrus, but I smell the dreaded piney flavor hops in there also. Yup there it is in the taste.. Pine hop flavor. FYI; if you are a new reader I like IPA’s, but hate piney hops. Thankfully there is a good bit of sweet caramel malt in this to save it. Citrus hops are there also. Did this beer seem undercarbed to anyone? That kind of killed this beer for me as well. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy though. Wouldn’t go out of my way to drink this again.

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Published in: on June 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 185/365 – Founder’s Red’s Rye PA

Style: Rye Beer

ABV: 6.8%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Its like a spicy IPA

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: B+

5/12/2010: Okay so time for some honestly. I never took the time to read what a “rye beer” technically is. To me they always just tasted like an IPA. Well turns out they are supposed to have IPA qualities, but with some spicy notes.

Red’s Rye smells a lot like a DIPA, a lot of malt and hops going on, somewhat sweet smelling. The taste is mostly sticky caramel malt, grapefruit hop flavor, and an “earthy” flavor I can’t quite put my finger one. It also does have a pepper (spicy) type of hint to it. This beer is thicker and has more malt than a typical IPA, but not quite a DIPA. Other Rye beers I have had were a bit dry, but this one is not. Overall a pretty solid beer.

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Published in: on May 12, 2010 at 11:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 166/365 – Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale

Style: Rye Beer

ABV: 7.5%

Purchased at: One of my winnings from the superbowl poll

What makes this beer different: Crisp, light, but flavorful

Will I be drinking this again: Not sure if I can get it here in the burgh? I would if we did though.

Grade: B+

4/23/2010: Ya mon! I actually listened to some Bob Marley while drinking this. Reminds me of when I spent two summers in Ocean City Maryland. There was a band that always played down there that sounded a bit like Bob Marley, called SOJA. If you like that type of music check out that link.

I gotta be honest in saying I have no idea what “Rye Grains” taste or smell like. Is it like rye bread? I do know this beer smells “fresh”, and hoppy. The taste is mostly fruity hops, some light malt, and a bready/grainy type flavor (No idea if its rye grain I am tasting but I am assuming thats a yes). I get some kind of pepper flavor too. It has a lot of flavor for as light as it is. Overall a good beer, it just had a weird bitterness afterburn that didnt taste completely right to me.

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Published in: on April 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Bonus Beer – Arcadia Sky High Rye

Style: Rye Beer

Purchased at: Arcadia Tavern

What makes this beer different: Grapefruit hop flavor

Will I be drinking this again: Hard to find in PA so probably no

Grade: B+

1/02/2010: Had this on tap at the Arcadia Tavern in Battle Creek. This is actually my first beer from Arcadia so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. They had a lot of other stuff on tap, but most of them actually didn’t rate very high on beer advocate. So I decided to go with this one because it rated a B+, and I am trying to be more open to hoppy beers.

Very nice golden color as you can see, and it smells like a barnyard to be honest, very raw. Citrus and Grapefruit hop flavors are the first thing to hit you, but they fade a bit after drinking about half of the beer. Then the rye malt kicks in and ends up being very smooth, a bit dry, and well balanced. Mouthfeel was a bit heavier than I expected, but still about medium. I am starting to crave hoppy beers every once in awhile, and this one hit the spot. Would have ranked it higher if it would have been more balanced from the start.

Published in: on January 2, 2010 at 11:50 pm  Comments (1)  
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Beer 7 – Cane & Ebel

Style: Rye Beer

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Tons of different flavors all in one beer

Will I be drinking this again: Probably yes

Grade: A-

11/15/09 This beer is complex as hell. About 15 different flavors going on at once. I am not the best at picking out individual flavors but it almost tastes different everytime you sip it. I can taste vanilla, cherry, sugar, bitter hops, and brandy. For sure the most complex beer I have ever had. Also one I think everyone should try once just because it is so different.

Published in: on November 15, 2009 at 9:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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