Salmon Fly Honey Rye - Madison River Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev +11%
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.
09-07-2010 22:34:03 | More by NWer
3.9/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
04-15-2009 04:25:42 | More by elliot23
3.55/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
08-22-2010 04:00:39 | More by biboergosum
3.28/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-05-2013 11:43:47 | More by KTCamm
3.68/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
12-10-2010 00:22:34 | More by ChrisCage
3.48/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
02-06-2008 01:41:20 | More by emerge077
3.38/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
08-07-2009 06:56:57 | More by JohnGalt1
3.13/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
10-02-2011 19:21:46 | More by ShanePB
4.1/5 rDev +25.4%
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.
This is a nice brew. You should save this for a warm day. It goes down easy and still has plenty of flavor.
06-05-2012 05:24:16 | More by megahurts4
4.18/5 rDev +27.8%
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.
04-25-2012 01:15:02 | More by AtrumAnimus
Salmon Fly Honey Rye from Madison River Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.