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Brewer's Alley 1634 Ale - Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery

Brewer's Alley 1634 AleBrewer's Alley 1634 Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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50 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%


Brewed by:
Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"1634 Ale" was created by Tom Flores, master brewer at Brewer's Alley, following research of historic recipes and raw materials available in centuries past. "We used ingredients that would have been found in the austere conditions of early colonial Maryland," said Flores of his rye-based ale recipe that also includes malted wheat, molasses and caraway. Flores says caramel and dark malts round out the flavor of the "lighter bodied ale."

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 05-30-2009)
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Reviews by obrendano:
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obrendano

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

new to this brewery, and will probably come back for more

A - 1634 pours with a very short lived fizzy head. beer is dark amber colored and clear

S - nice toasty malt nose to this, a little yeast to back it up

T - semi dark malt front gives way to a roasty toasty finish that saved this beer. not nearly as harsh as most ryes. a welcome change from the barley world. slight twinges of hop is noticeable throughout various sips, but this is rye malt through and through.

M - nothing out of this world, but solid. slightly sticky and smooth

D - no true complaints here, this is a good one from a Maryland brewery, which means it gets double support from me

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 21:52:30 | More by obrendano
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ConradKenney

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-18-2014 15:08:19 | More by ConradKenney
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Nlawrence301

Maryland

1.5/5  rDev -57.7%

02-09-2014 21:19:27 | More by Nlawrence301
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-19-2014 23:30:41 | More by Lehighace06
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours reddish black with a decent size off brown head. Smells of sweet grain, a tad of fruitiness. Tastes of watery sugar, kinda like an adjunct, but with a little more flavor. Beer is light bodied, drinkable, lightly carbonated. Overall an above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 00:46:53 | More by cyclonece09
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-29-2013 05:22:51 | More by BillRoth
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This has an almost sherry like appearance as the color is clean light and cognac brown with only a collar of fizzy film.

The nose holds a strong alcohol scent that needs to disappated before it subsides to a rye, barley and chocolate malt.

The flavor has a lot of diversity with a black licorice, pumpernickle, rye and barley malt an then a spicy peppercorn.

The feel is a bit abrasive with a spiky carbonation in the throat but it's not too off putting.

I found this to be a different and interesting beer that is a good example of a Rye.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 00:22:31 | More by KYGunner
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

11-10-2013 14:10:57 | More by justintcoons
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Dcunicelli

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.5%

10-30-2013 23:55:38 | More by Dcunicelli
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12.7%

09-20-2013 03:33:06 | More by JamieDuncan
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Jame515

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-12-2013 02:29:10 | More by Jame515
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -15.5%

08-28-2013 00:32:02 | More by ROGUE16
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-22-2013 22:51:47 | More by Boone757
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-01-2013 23:29:01 | More by LXIXME
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rturn2

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-14-2013 18:18:51 | More by rturn2
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bconsidine

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-14-2013 17:24:55 | More by bconsidine
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JakeDebus

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-13-2013 00:27:17 | More by JakeDebus
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

04-09-2013 02:45:21 | More by Jspriest
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bmur112

Maryland

3/5  rDev -15.5%

01-14-2013 20:11:00 | More by bmur112
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Cbrazbox


2/5  rDev -43.7%

12-13-2012 04:27:56 | More by Cbrazbox
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KMcG

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-09-2012 01:50:32 | More by KMcG
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yankhawk

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

10-26-2012 00:05:14 | More by yankhawk
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WynnO

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-08-2012 05:24:03 | More by WynnO
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DKHNOVA

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this quite a bit. The molasses and spices were enough to make it interesting, but without being too much. The taste was complex and had a good development from first sip to aftertaste. Worth a try. Something I'd like to have from time to time, but not every week.

There was initially the possibility that this was going to be a limited production for a temporary period ( http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2009/05/28/nearly-400-year-old-maryland-beer-finally-available-in-stores/ ) but it's still around three years later.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 04:42:27 | More by DKHNOVA
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a slightly reddish copper color. There are tiny little yeast particles in the body, but don't hurt the clarity too much. The head is pretty poor, a one finger eggshell color that fades to a light collar in no time flat, but leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel, toffee, faint wheat, brown sugar, molasses, and a little bit of spice. The rye isn't particularly evident in the aroma.

T: Sweet and lightly nutty to start, before finishing with a touch of savory spice and rye. The initial flavors are stronger than the finishing ones, but the balance between sweet and savory is pulled off decently. Not an intense or terribly interesting beer, but easy to drink.

M: Textured well enough, but it's a little chalkier than I prefer. The dryness the rye malt imparts is a nice touch that aids drinkability. Carbonation is medium.

O: Decent, no more, no less. Basically the kind of beer you either A) buy to fill out a mixed six pack with, or B) get at a bar because you don't want to have Fat Tire for the 439th time. It's different and drinkable enough to be worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 20:39:15 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Brewer's Alley 1634 Ale from Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
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