Salmon Fly Honey Rye - Madison River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Madison River Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005

Madison River Brewing Company presents Salmon Fly Honey Rye. The malted barley used in this unique brew is complimented by the subtle spiciness of rye. Bittering and flavor hop additions help keep this brew extremely balanced. In addition, there is a mild sweetness that dulls any overwhelming rye or hop flavor derived from the pure local Montana honey. These ingredients blend together to create a lighter bodied drinking experience for all kinds of beer drinkers.

23 IBU
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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by beergoot:
Photo of beergoot
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%

Review based on a bottle I picked up in Bozeman two weeks ago...

Golden body; thick, creamy white head. Spice and cereal grain aroma; dried apricot. Smooth and tasty. Flavor is rather light but satisfying, grainy with a mild hop bitterness. Medium body with a dry finish.

A decent thirst quencher but won't knock your socks off...There's a definite lack of rye flavor. It tastes more like an amber ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a brandy snifter.
Yes, it has a salmon on the label. How appropriate.
Pairs wonderfully with the salmon I had today.
Nice pale color - deeper than a lager but lighter than an ale.
Noticeable effervescence from the first sip. Very pleasant taste.
I enjoyed this beer very much and could easily have another.
Update a year later:
Is this the same beer I had last year that I enjoyed so much?
Very thin and boring. Either they changed or I have.
Gotta knock it down a few pegs.

Photo of elliot23
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice label on the bottle of fly fisherman floating under a steel bridge.

The beer poured a pale amber in color with almost a 2 finger head that faded rather quickly.

The nose emits scents of earth, lemon, honey, and some grain. Almost like standing on a farm in the summer time.

Taste is mildly refreshing. It is an easy to drink beer that has hints of spice and a small dose of honey sweetness. Hops can be detected which help to balance out the sweetness of the brew. Lemon can be sensed on the back of this drink as the finish is fast and clean.

A good summer drink.

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. More typically rustic Montana imagery on the label: a river, fishing, and a railroad bridge - could be my hometown in southern Alberta all the same (pre-annual flooding, that is).

This beer pours a somewhat cloudy pale golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of weakly puffy, anemically foamy, and generally soapy dirty white head, which falls away quickly, leaving an ethereal trace of soap-scum lace that even the Mantracker would be hard pressed to follow.

It smells of mildly honeyed grainy pale malt, a faintly spicy rye breadiness, a touch of dry yeast, and leafy, earthy, and floral hops. The taste is lightly biscuity, bready pale and caramel malt, an echo of semi-sweet field honey, and some moderately spicy, weedy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is a bit on the low, ineffectual side, the body medium-light in weight, generally smooth, and perhaps a tad mineral-esque in its bearing. It finishes off-dry, the waning indeterminate bready malt continuing to play off of the earthy, leafy hops.

An enjoyable enough, um, pale ale, as both the honey and the rye do their utmost to stay pretty much under the radar - the expected malt spiciness going duly unrewarded, and nothing overtly beehive-worthy manifesting at any particular point. Easy enough to drink, however, despite these minor disappointments - just pay little heed to the name of this offering - there is no salmon, very little honey or rye, and well, as for the 'fly' - there really is no 'hook' here to make me want to seek out more.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Bacchus Pub in Bozeman, MT

Appearance - Served up in a pint glass with a thin, white head. The brew itself is relatively clear and golden yellow in color. A fine, spotty pattern of lace is left around the glass with good stick.

Smell - Big cereal grains with a light peppery spice and honey sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose to an extent. Cereal grain is the predominant flavor accompanied by a sweet honey undertone. The rye spice picked up in the nose is nigh vacant in the flavor, save a faint trace found in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - On the heavier side of light with moderate, bitey carbonation. Crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - If ever there as a beer that evoked thoughts of Honey Nut Cheerios, this would be it. Not sure the rye made its presence felt enough to justify it being in the name of the beer. Good, and might make for a nice summer sipper, but nothing truly outstanding.

Photo of KTCamm
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light gold, minuscule foam. Hazy. Honey nose, with hints of rye. But more of the sweetness. Smooth taste. Opens sweet with honey and closes that way too. Barely get a touch of bitter in the middle. Low carbonation in the mouthfeel. An ok brew, certainly too light on the signature rye flavor.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pouring this into my glass didn't produce much of a head, and what there is quickly disappears into the night, leaving only a small trace layer and foamy ring over the brew. The color is an ever so slightly hazed light amber and lacing is modest, leaving a thin line of foam clinging to the glass. Hopefully it is better than this unexciting look starts it out.

S- This is a first, but this is also my first Rye beer...there is a moderate soapy, spiced aroma that reminds me of a weak saddlewood soap....interesting! After this initial surprise, there is some malt and honey detectable, however these smells are mild. There is also some decent fresh leafy hops present to help balance the profile out.

T- Slightly spicy/sour is my initial reaction...kind of earthy. The bittering hops used are definitely present on the finish, however, before this, the honey used does help sweeten out the sourness, which I liken to citrus zest/rind. Quite pleasant to the taste!

M- Not real thin so I guess it leans towards towards medium bodied. The carbonation is there, but it isn't palate scrubbing and actually compliments the spiced flavors. It is refreshing, yet flavorful at the same time.

D- This is a nice beer to enjoy several of in a sitting. The refreshing nature keeps me coming back for another drink and it has a unique flavor that clings to the palate for quite awhile after the swallow. It's a nice change of pace from the usual and I recommend giving this a try.

Photo of emerge077
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pastoral scene of fishermen under a train bridge on the red label.

It pours a hazy amber tone, true to it's honey namesake. A good finger of foam off the initial pour, that recedes into skim and irregular lacing. Very tiny amount of unfiltered sediment is visible.

Slight grassy and malty aroma, fairly subdued...more earthy rye bread tones when agitated. Whiff of sourdough is apparent too. The aromas don't really add much, and are pretty mild overall.

Mild rye presence, with subtle sweet spiciness in the finish. Light bodied, sort of wimpy, it could use a touch more body. Needs more hops and spicy rye flavor. As it stands, it's very light and sessionable. It showcases balance without flying the extreme flag.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

RB

12 oz picked up somewhere in Montana about a month ago.. this is I'm pretty sure the last bottle left.

Poured into my shaped SA glass... 2 finger head with nice lace... the brew is just slightly hazy and a tad shade darker than straw.

Nose is only mildy malty.. some background honey essence .. a mild amount of earthiness..

Flavor is like a mild American Amber with a touch more sweetness... and I guess I'm getting a little bit of rye spiciness, but I am pretty suggestible when it comes to these things...

Body is on the light side with a fairly abundant carbonation.. overall I wouldn't turn one of these down... but I would get bored fairly quickly.

Photo of ShanePB
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from a gifted "beers of the month" club. Poured into a standard pint glass. I've never heard of Madison River Brewing Company before, nor have had a basic, non-IPA Rye beer.

A: Pale and clear light golden colored body with an initially small bubbly white head. A thin retention ring remains along with a touch of lacing at the top of the glass, nothing trailing. Somewhat dull in appearance but there's worse out there.

S: Bland and faint is the gist - sweet malts, honey, wheat, grains and maybe a hint of lemon. Honestly, it's not overly aromatic at all and this perhaps is the worst part of the beer. I had to search quite hard to come up with those aromas.

T: Sweeter pale malts are up front, followed with nice honey accents and some brown sugar. Apple is towards the end, but other than that it's fairly simplistic in its flavors. There is no real showcasing of the rye that I could find, aside from a lingering quality after swallow. Hops? Nope, none here.

M: Light bodied, bubbly although not necessarily watery. It is fairly thin in nature but there's nothing dry, off or stale about the linger; something I get periodically with thinner paler style beers.

I mean, let's be honest, this isn't breaking molds with innovation and creativity but it's not a bad effort for an easy drinking beer. I really wish there was a lot more rye showcased in this beer, especially considering it's plastered in the name of the beer. Lawnmower, football, etc. type of beer. Okay but nothing special here.

Photo of megahurts4
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Madison River Salmon Fly Honey Rye

Appearance: gold-yellow, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: nice apple and faint grain.

Taste: hops, pleasant malts, slight grain-rye, and a faint apple sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

Overall:
This is a nice brew. You should save this for a warm day. It goes down easy and still has plenty of flavor.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.13/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is new to me and I have to admit that I am rather pleased with this one and that it was available locally.

The beer pours a cloudy blonde with a light amber tinge. It is a very attractive color for a beer. The head is thin and white and settle quickly with almost no lacing.

The nose is subtle with malt, light hops and some vanilla giving it a almost floral essence reminding me of bergamot or lavender.

The taste is the best part of this beer. While the mouthfeel is a tad bit more watery than I would consider the flavors more than make up for it. I was drinking this straight from the bottle the other night and I was really just savoring how good it tasted as it got a little warmer. As the beer warms the complexity of the flavors really come to the surface. The malts and the hops are as close to perfectly balanced as you can get in a beer. The beer is slightly dry with undertones of fruit that match the aromas. The flavors are complex and rewarding with sweet and bitter competing on the palate and are like a party on your tongue. Subtle flavors of caramel, vanilla, bread are nicely blended with the hops.

Overall I really like this beer and I would like to be able to buy it again.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to have this beer just outside of Montana while is Yellowstone National Park.

The beer is a nice light orange color that is bright and clear.

There is not much to the aroma of the beer but there is a very subtle rye bread smell.

The body is fairly watery which is probably the biggest downfall of this beer.

The beer is sweet with a nice honey flavor and a spicy rye finish.

Overall this was a good beer that I would happily partake of again. It had some draw backs with the lack of body and neutral aroma but it was more than made up for in the taste of the beer.

Photo of cbutova
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at the Watchman Campground, Zion National Park, UT.

A- Pours with a pale golden hue into my glass from the bottle. A small white head rises up on the beer to one finger with decent retention and a frothy texture. Lacing is spotty.

S- Malt forward with rye, caramel and pale cracked grain aromas coming in with the honey mentioned in the name. Slight light fruits and spicy hops. Honey shines here.

T- The grains and sugar sources are once again the key ingredients that lend most of the flavor with spicy rye, cereal grain, biscuit, honey and light caramel sweetness. Slight herbal and spicy hops as well as some yeast bread and fruits.

MF- Light bodied overall and the texture falls between frothy and creamy. The bubbles are packed in at a moderate level.

Having a rye and honey centric ale is good for a change considering all of the IPAs and hoppy Pales on the shelves. I like how the rye and honey are prominent but some yeast flavors creep up and take away from that later on in the experience.

Photo of womencantsail
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a pale golden-orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Smells almost spicy. There is a sharpness to the aroma which is strange, it smells a bit like alcohol, but this can't be very high ABV. A little bit of bread and grain, some perfume notes, too.

T: A little bit better on the flavor. Sweetness from the malts comes through, but there is a strong perfume character to it. A little bit of fruitiness and some grassy hops and bitterness.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Pretty lackluster. Not really much going on here that I enjoyed.

Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear yellow color with a 1" head that lingers around a bit.

Smell: very soft aroma as only some honey sweetness can be detected.

Taste: grainy malt base with some honey, lightly spicy rye, some lemon citrus, and a mild bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Refreshing.

Overall: I didn't expect much from this beer, but is nicely refreshing and has a good flavor, even though it is on the light side. Easy quaffing.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No stamped date. Poured into a Trois Pistoles snifter.

Appearance - Cloudy pale yellow body. Half finger white head with decent to low retention.

Smell - Light honey. Mild to moderate grain.

Taste - Almost identical to a witbier like Hooegarden, but with more grainy musk to it. Minty. Clean. Refreshing. Light honey finish. Good for the style, though I've only had Blue Moon's take on it so far.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied but with a light, clean finish. Good effervescence. Very refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - Mild, though flavorful, and very refreshing. Great at what it sets out to do.

Photo of archyquaffer
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The label on the bottle brings back fond memories of working on the Madison River near the old bridge, which I believe is the very same one depicted on the label, which also includes a couple of old-timey fishermen in a wooden boat.

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces a billowing one inch white head with a tinge of golden. The beer itself is a golden color with ample carbonation.

The aroma is grainy with some light floral hops, with a modicum of spiciness apparent in the aroma-flavor. A light honey taste settles on the back of the tongue, but is not too noticeable. The malt flavors are strongly of white bread after you've squished it together in your hand (ever done that?). You get a little bit of a watermelon flavor in the burps.

This seemed like rather a dull beer to begin with, but as it warmed, its character shone through. The rye is not highly noticeable, but neither is the honey overdone. I give it better than average scores all around.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No clear freshness date.

A: Spritzy head that drops quickly without significant lace.

S: Not much. A little honey and subtle, earthy hops.

T: Honey comes through. Light bready malt and a touch of sourness. Hops are pretty subtle. Very clean finish. I don't pick up any rye.

M: Decent.

O: A lightly flavored and fairly uninteresting beer, but not an offensive beer. Not something I'm likely to drink again.

Photo of leaddog
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a golden topaz with a half finger width of bubbly head.

Smell- Sweet apple, rye malts, honey, floral hops, grains

Taste- The sweet apple hits initially with slight floral hops followed by the rye malts and a touch of honey. I expected this to be more biscuity but it has some pleasant fruity notes.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Overall- A sessionable rye beer by Madison. The fruity notes were pleasant but I was wanting the traditional biscuity flavours that are reminiscent of a rye beer. Other than that, an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Duff27
2.74/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Two inch white head atop a pale, cloudy gold with lots of effervescence. Moderate lacing and decent head retention.

S- Lemon zest. Not the most peasant.

T- Not sensing the rye. Not offensive but just not much tastes there. Some bread, some grass...hints of citrus (lemon).

M- Nicely carbonated but somewhat thin mouthfeel.

D/O- Very crisp, very refreshing. At 5.5%abv, would be a good lawnmower beer in the summer. First Montana beer reviewed. Thanks fdkayti!

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Lightly hazed amber color with a flash head, no lacing.

Smells only vaguely of a lightly spiced malt, and that's about it. I certainly was expecting a more aggressive nose than this on a Rye Beer.

And the flavor follows suit. Light and wispy rye, a dab of honeyed malt, nothing more to report about.

Thin and light, a touch watery.

Not going to be revisiting this one. Not enough flavor to make it worth my while.

Photo of ryanclicks
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Very transparent honey-like coloring which was very nice, not as pretty as the lovely Torpedo though. Smells like honey and hops which is a lovely combination. Very little head that fizzed away quickly. Slight lacing on the glass. Tasted like honey at first, then hops, then honey.

Super smooth beer that really just drank well. Nothing too complex, but I would totally buy again.

Photo of wordemupg
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 12/3/12

A some tiny suspended particles in a golden yellow body, decent amount of tiny bubbles feed a short lived thin film of foam that leaves some random lace

S sweet spicy malt and some honey and lemon

T not overly sweet from the honey so I like that, not a whole lot going on but I do like the spicy hops? or maybe it's the rye malt? either way I like the spicy honey mix

M pretty light bodied with a good amount of tiny bubbles, faint aftertaste lingers for a while

O I'm not blown away but there's no reason to be offended either, pretty basic but decent brew

not going over the top with honey is a plus, I don't think I'd go looking for a second but I'm not upset there was a first

Photo of loren01
2.54/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slight hazy golden color, good sized white head, slight lace down the glass.
S: Not much here, slight hop scent
T: Slight honey flavor with a little bit of rye aftertaste
M: Moutfeel is good. Beer is fairly light bodied
D: Nothing too exciting here at all, not much smell or taste with this one.

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Salmon Fly Honey Rye from Madison River Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.