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Christian Moerlein Helltown Rye-OT - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Reviews: 4
Hads: 38
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: mentor on 11-06-2013

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3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fine and fluffy light brown head over a clear dark brown mahogeny liquid. Smells strongly of rye, some clean alcohol, oranges, grassy hops.

Tastes chocolate with rough rye edge and dry hazelnut. Hop grassy is amplified due to the strong rye. Hop flavor is piney resin with a dash of lemon. Mineral bite, strong sharp carbonation, drying astringent in the mouth, medium-light viscosity, and lingering rye grassy bitterness. A bit of lacing on the inside of the glass and a thin layer of head hung to the bottom. Really strong rye...likely entered into the wrong category at GABF. If you want to know what rye tastes like, this is a beer that will show you. Judged here by me on BA as a Rye Brown Ale.

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LOOK: Dark brown with a slight off white head that recedes to a fine layer. Traces of lace are left behind. Soda like carbonation bubbles rise busily. Dark but free from sediment and shows a good clarity.

SMELL: Toasted malt, pine and tropical citrus fruits. Interesting aroma, both hoppy and retaining a profile you would expect to find out of a brown ale. Intense swirling reveals the bourbonesque scent from the Rye, but I had to search for it. Good nose.

TASTE: Pine and pith upfront quite hoppy falling back on a nutty, toasted malty flavor. Bright citrus notes and pine upfront, giving way to bitterness and brown malts that neutralize each other. Rye additions add a slight spice and grain backbone. Hop flavor is strong throughout. Hardly any alcohol flavor.

FEEL: Full bodied and ample carbonation. A touch on the thin side but still more depth than some other brown ales on the market. Very drinkable and the hop and rye flavor lingers into the finish for a lasting impression.

OVERALL: One might call this a Texas Style Brown Ale (which has since became Hoppy Brown or even Black IPA in style categorization). Has good character and is certainly a refreshing twist on the American Brown Ale style. Basically, its a brown ale that is spicier with rye, and hoppier with West Coast hops, than it should be. No one is sorry about it, and no one should be.

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Christian Moerlein Helltown Rye-OT from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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