Salmon Fly Honey Rye - Madison River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | 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:
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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Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Timmah11
2/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.28/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of callmescraps
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of Tschnab
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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

Photo of tavernjef
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.88/5  rDev -13%
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...

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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.

Photo of Duff27
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
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!

Photo of ChrisCage
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of NWer
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.75/5  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.

Photo of loren01
2.55/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of elliot23
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of drpimento
2.13/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Photo of malcontent
2.1/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Salmon Fly Honey Rye from Madison River Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.