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 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 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 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 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 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 leaddog
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.13/5  rDev +24.4%
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. (1,208 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 ryanclicks
4.25/5  rDev +28%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of confer
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks great. Bright gold and crystal clear with a small white head that leaves its mark down the glass.
Smells fruity like a sweet pilsener.
The taste isn't bad and isn't great it reminds me of 70's ale. The crisp rye is there in the finish.
If I was a local I would most likely make this a regular, but I'm not going out of my way to track one down. (350 characters)

Photo of bonkers
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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 (733 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.25/5  rDev +28%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Better Beer glass.

Poured a thick head which died down to a small head, that hasn't gone away. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very grainy. A little sweet, despite the label, which is a bummer.

Taste is fine. As others have stated, it's like what a good adjunct lager would taste like. Kinda citrusy, kinda bready. Overal, not that bad. No real hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice. Lightly carb'd, and it's not very heavy at all. No alcohol bite or hint.

Overall, if it was the only thing around, sure! I bet this is way better on tap though. (583 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 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 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 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 tavernjef
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (974 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 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 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 mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (489 characters)

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