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Salmon Fly Honey Rye - Madison River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Madison River Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005)
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Blumstein, Aug 23, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

beergoot, Aug 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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JVan, Aug 02, 2014
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3.39/5  rDev +3%
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.

cbutova, Jul 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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cgman1985, May 23, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

archyquaffer, Apr 29, 2014
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2.94/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: pours a thin 1/2" head that recedes rapidly. Some lacing on the glass. Color is a somewhat cloudy gold. Moderate carbonation bubbles streaming.
Aroma: rye bread, yeast rolls, a slight floral presence also.
Mouthfeel: light, watery, fairly refreshing. Somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: combination of tangy, peppery rye, some citrus and floral hop flavor, sweet toasted malts, the honey is detectable but not overwhelming.

Foyle, Apr 27, 2014
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WDJersey, Jan 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Beer Revolution in Calgary, a relatively pale gold/just shy of amber rye beer with minimal white froth on top. I was immediately struck by the fruity nose, which features assertive but nondescript orchard fruit notes, citrus, and floral vanilla overlaid on a sweet white bread and cereal malt base. Not much in the way of rye character on the nose. As is so often the case, the taste follows the nose. Indubitably the fruitiest rye beer I've yet to encounter, the orchard fruit carries over onto the taste buds (pear!), there's some vanilla and sweet honey, violets, graham cracker, and some characteristic rye spice thankfully, although this latter element is still downplayed compared to most examples of the style. There's some rye enhancement but not much; someone apparently did not wish to alienate too many palates and the result is a rye beer that comes off like a high-end cream ale. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, thinnish body, and some pleasant lemon-lime citrus in the finish, which lacks in the bitterness and spice departments. Rather difficult to rate this one, as while I enjoyed it on the basis of its own merits, it is missing much in the way of rye character.

CalgaryFMC, Jan 05, 2014
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Salmon Fly Honey Rye from Madison River Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.