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Salmon Fly Honey Rye - Madison River Brewing Company

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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Chopman50

California

2/5  rDev -38.7%

03-30-2012 23:26:20 | More by Chopman50
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

03-30-2012 22:07:24 | More by Riggsy
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Horbar

Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

03-29-2012 00:16:11 | More by Horbar
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Bubbalito

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-24-2012 02:12:53 | More by Bubbalito
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cbyrd4088

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

03-22-2012 01:46:26 | More by cbyrd4088
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shopsis

New York

2/5  rDev -38.7%

03-21-2012 03:38:52 | More by shopsis
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mfigueroa713

New York

3/5  rDev -8%

03-18-2012 00:17:21 | More by mfigueroa713
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 19:09:02 | More by Gavage
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 19:10:43 | More by wordemupg
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EricCioe

Montana

3/5  rDev -8%

03-09-2012 23:30:57 | More by EricCioe
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GeoTravel


4/5  rDev +22.7%

02-28-2012 23:28:42 | More by GeoTravel
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ShwarzAl3r

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-16-2012 07:24:00 | More by ShwarzAl3r
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8%

01-13-2012 20:24:39 | More by Jspriest
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Timmah11

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -38.7%

11-16-2011 00:59:36 | More by Timmah11
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +31.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 03:13:33 | More by ZenAgnostic
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KingPuuChuu

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 02:29:25 | More by KingPuuChuu
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:37:49 | More by callmescraps
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Tschnab

New York

3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 16:14:50 | More by Tschnab
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 19:21:46 | More by ShanePB
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 23:52:16 | More by alpinebryant
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 00:08:15 | More by tavernjef
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womencantsail

California

3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:25:02 | More by womencantsail
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 19:54:54 | More by Bitterbill
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 23:28:42 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 05:17:34 | More by mikereaser
Salmon Fly Honey Rye from Madison River Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.