Salmon Fly Honey Rye - Madison River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 137
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 8.43%
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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Photo of malcontent
2.14/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Dangerously pale gold considering it's an ale. Slight chill haze teamed with paltry head certainly does not help things.

Well, now I'm utterly confused. Mostly apples on the nose with undercurrents of honey and grain chaff. So far I'm yet to detect anything that says "rye."

This is a poor man's Lienies Honey Weiss. Initially lemony, then sloppy malt sweetness laced with honey. Aftertaste is flat and vaguely chemical. Not even a hint of rye.

Ugh. I hate slamming craft brews but this is awful. Listless, sticky on the finish and a stale taste that lingers. It could be a bad bottle but there's nothing to indicate anything but poor brewing. (646 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.2/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Think this coulda been a good one, but it seems to be turning. The sour dominates all else. But hidden in there is a pretty good beer. I do pick up some good grainyness, a little honey, a bit chewy. Some head and lace. Decent body. Honey finish. Be interesting to try another. Maybe someday. (291 characters)

Photo of loren01
2.54/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First beer of the month. Certainly something I would otherwise never have.

App- Light gold, very thin white head. Adjunct lager looking. A very thin ring.

Smell- Bready, no real hops. Sort of musty. Eh.

Taste- Follows nose. Sweet bready malt. A hint of spice on the rye, but not much. No real hops.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation. Nice.

Overall- A pretty eh beer. Like an adjunct lager, but slightly more interesting. Pretty sweet. Grainy for sure. Goes down easy, an I'd have a couple on a hot day. But I'd rather have something else. (543 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Light golden/amber color with slight foamy head. Faint nose, not picking up much rye like I expected. Picking up mostly the honey. Light rye taste and other grains. Honey more prominent on tongue than nose. Acidity and carbonation lingers. Smooth, lighter feel blends well, somewhat foamy texture. Overall, not bad. Not as tasty as I'd like it to be. Would recommend for a session style beer on a warm summer day. (413 characters)

Photo of Duff27
2.74/5  rDev -17.5%
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! (466 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.76/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The final specimen from my Yellowstone haul. I haven't had many rye beers before so I didn't really know what to expect. Well, I've had plenty better

It's a lightly-cloudy copper with a small amount of carbonation. The aroma and taste were a small amount of rye. Nothing much there but a small amount of sourness. The honey seemed absent. It didn't make me wretch, but I'm not going to go looking for another one. (415 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a fairly clear, some slight chill haze going on, "Pilsener" yellow with a fine layer of foam and some decent lacing.

The smell is weak; tough to pull anything out...I'm guessing some sort of bread going on, slightly sweet, a hint of must.

The taste does have a honey like sweetness to it, a wee bit of a hint of spice, some light bitterness that seems to be of the citrus type. An inoffensive beer overall but I'm sure that wasn't the brewer's intention.

Light bodied, lightish carbonation, this has a very thin mouthfeel and frankly, not a beer I could drink back to back. It will take me a while to drink the other 5 bottles... (644 characters)

Photo of Foyle
2.94/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
2.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - First off, I could barely get half of this in the glass before overflowing, due to the billowing out of control fluffy white head. I've never had this issue in the hundreds of beers i've poured before. Pours a hazy straw gold with jet-like carbonation. Head stays intact all the way down the glass, leaves behind a wall of lacing.

S - A bit musty with the faint smell of caramel malt and sweet honey when opening the bottle. Could fool me for being JW Dundee's Honey Brown.

T - Light malt upfront with some Honey Sweetness. The body doesn't have any rye flavor, just more of a musty taste with some astringent honey sweetness. A bit of refreshing hop kick as the beer passes back of the tongue before a slightly stale honey nut cheerios finish.

M - Light bodied, but with enough substance to be able to distinguish it from soda water, but would give it a run for its money in terms of carbonation level.

Overall Salmon Fly Honey Rye was heavily over carbonated and had a flavor profile that barely beats out higher-end macros. Part of this may be my fault as I purchased this bottle in August of 2011 on a research trip to Yellowstone. However, I think a majority of the faults are inherent to the beer itself and I don't foresee myself ever purchasing this again. (1,318 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

a clean golden color pour with a slight amount of white foam around the rim of the glass. smells of honey, bready malt, yeast. a slight bitterness up front, a tiny bit of rye next, then straight to a bready backbone. there's a sort of acidic trace in the aftertaste. medium to light body with low carbonation.

this is not that great of a beer overall, but is decent enough for a session ale on hot summer months. i'll save the other 2 bottles for then. (454 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (1,518 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straw- colored and approachable, Salmon Fly Honey Rye starts off with a nose that features honey, apple, and light floral hops. The foam level on this beer is minimal and doesn’t last for long.

This beer offers a taste that emphasizes the flavor of honey, light pale malt, some light apple and biscuits, light rye, and mild spice. The body of the beer is medium to light and it finishes with a slight bitterness that switches back to the taste of sweet honey and pale malt.

Salmon Fly Honey Rye is a little disappointing in some ways. Not only is the body lighter than I prefer, but the contributions from the rye are minimal. In fact, if rye were not on the label, I may not even realize I was drinking a rye- enhanced beer. With rye in the name, I expect a greater presence of rye, but it just isn’t happening here.

This isn’t a bad beer, but it may disappoint some who try it and expect something different/better. I find it okay, but other than drinking it on a hot day by the pool, I am not so sure I would buy this beer again. (1,042 characters)

Photo of Tschnab
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light orange with a head that dissapears pretty much right away, no lace.

S- definetely getting light spice, probably the rye. Toast and hops, light honey sweetness. Mostly malt though.

T- Just a little bit of hops go with rye and some honey, the rest is just messy malt.

O- Pretty bland beer. Nothing fatally wrong with it, just no pop here. (357 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%

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. (404 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pour is a very light orange with a small head and relatively strong lacing.

S: I pick up mainly pale malt aromas here, not much hop presence at all and a bit of rye spiked malt .

T: A slightly sweet pale ale with extremely minimal hopping. All this beer really does is highlight the malt flavors of rye, which is to be applauded as it is a Rye Beer. This is not a Rye IPA as many or I should say Nearly All of the top rated Rye Beers are. None of those beers from what I have seen highlight what a real "RYE BEER" should taste like. In any event most reviewers are not BJCP and neither am I but I feel that Rye Beers have been served an injustice by this mockery of the rating system not having RIPA as a style.

M: Very Light in body and medium carbonation.

O: This is not a great beer, but it would be a good beer for summer time, mowing the lawn or just sitting at the beach. It is better than many macros and is not too complicated (943 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.32/5  rDev 0%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades very fast leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is light overall with just a hint of a wheat bread and honey smell. Along with these are some very light rye smells. Some caramel is there as well, but overall the aroma is very light.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor with some hints of rye mixed within. The rye gets slightly stronger in intensity as the taste moves forward. All the while some honey and a little bit of a caramel taste comes to the tongue. Other flavors of some grain and a light spice come to the tongue as well, leaving one with a semi-dry and moderately ryed flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the rye flavors a little thicker body may have been a bit better for giving them more impact, but with that said, the lower body and carbonation were good for the honey and spice, so overall the feel was pretty decent.

Overall – A decent brew overall that is fairly easy drinking. Good, but nothing super outrageous. (1,267 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,098 characters)

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Salmon Fly Honey Rye from Madison River Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.