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Salmon Fly Honey Rye - Madison River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 141
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 28.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | 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:
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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 141
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this beer is appallingly under rated. i mean, yeah it could use a little more carbonation, and sure, it might not be the most delicious beer in the whole world, but to score this so low is offensive. the beer is aweomse, its a clear golden color, dim in the radiance, but bright in aroma and taste. honey is raw and not all that sweet, but real authentic, and something pretty unique in a beer, as its flavorful and not fermented out, but yet pretty dry. the rye is what makes it though for me, honey and rye together, they almost act to offset one another, but instead join forces and make it distinct. mellow but bold, real hard to do, but really well done there. again, a little flat, and thats my main knock against it, but this is a great sixer of beer, one of my favorites from montana, and a cool fusion of ingredients that dont always get paired together. excellent beer, drinkable for miles, and im craving another as i type this. way better than the other(s) i have had from madison river...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.31/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


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.

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Photo of Duff27
2.74/5  rDev -17.2%
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!

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.86/5  rDev -13.6%
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...

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Photo of wordemupg
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of drpimento
2.2/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bold goldenrod lemony yellow color with a good amount of effervescence action going on within. Capped tall and lush with a lovely foamy white sponge of creamyness. Keeps a hefty amount always present and curtains of lace stick well.

Clean aroma with a bit of cereal grain and light oatmeal to it. Some bits of dryish hop and honey bread dusted with bakers flour emerge lightly as it warms.

Taste is lean and light with a feathery yet tight gripping breadyness of French bread twisted with a touch of snappy rye thrown in. Somewhat sweet most of the way with a touch of drying complexity within its bready attributes and plain hop balance.

A decent drinking beer, a bit crisp and bold in its carbonation at first but once it warms its sweetness and firmer mediumish body becomes more welcome.

Overall a pretty plain brew without too much "Rye" things going on to really push the flavor buttons. But its well made and decent enough for perhaps some warm weather drinking.

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Photo of cbutova
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

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Photo of bonkers
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this as part of a BOTMC. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, hazy yellow pour, medium white head, some lacing. The aroma is light, not much going on. The flavor is light, sweet, don't really detect the rye. The finish is sweet. The body is light, easy drinking. Drinks like a wheat beer, good summertime brew. Would have liked to see more rye in the taste.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.68/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.07/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear golden orangish color with an inch of white foam that quickly faded leaving a little bit of lacing on the glass

S - I'm picking up some lemon zest and floral hops, not much else, maybe a bit of honey sweetness as well

T - just a hint of rye, lemon, a bit of honey sweetness, overall a nicely pleasant taste with just a bit of hop bitterness

M - smooth and well carbonated. light to medium bodied overall

D - not the best flavor but still enjoyable and very drinkable.

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Photo of leaddog
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Salmon Fly Honey Rye from Madison River Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.