Christian Moerlein Helltown Rye-OT - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by mentor:
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3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BennettBeerGuy
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Dark and spicy yet remarkably creamy and smooth. I had a pint in their taproom and had to pick up a 6 pack while I was there.

Photo of barczar
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%

Resin, pine, rye, chocolate, dank cannabis, and catty hops form the aroma. Notes of caramel malt, toasted nuts, and mint add complexity. Strange combo! Flavor reveals roasted malt and peppery rye at the base, providing bitterness throughout. Notes of chocolate offer respite, along with pine and mint. There's a muted hint of citrus, which is overwhelmed by bitterness in the finish. One of the more unique offerings I've had, of memory. A little too much rye and bitterness for my palate, but it's worth trying! Nutty, toasted malt lingers in the aftertaste.

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Malt House Tap Room, pours darker than I would have guessed, a beautiful looking beer. Smell is of spicy rye with a floral hop balance and a slight malt nose. Very complex from the rye. Taste is the same as aroma. Floral hops up front rounding out through the malty center with a drying rye spice in the end. This beer will warm you up. Overall I really enjoyed this and would seek it out again.

Christian Moerlein Helltown Rye-OT from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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