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Salmon Fly Honey Rye - Madison River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of rickards9


3.5/5  rDev +7%

04-04-2012 05:07:16 | More by rickards9
Photo of ryanclicks

4.28/5  rDev +30.9%

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.

03-31-2012 21:01:18 | More by ryanclicks
Photo of GoodOmens1986


3.5/5  rDev +7%

03-31-2012 16:40:49 | More by GoodOmens1986
Photo of confer


3.4/5  rDev +4%

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.

03-31-2012 04:15:33 | More by confer
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +4%

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.

03-31-2012 00:53:42 | More by bonkers
Photo of Chopman50


2/5  rDev -38.8%

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


2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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

Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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


3.5/5  rDev +7%

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


2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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

New York

2/5  rDev -38.8%

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

New York

3/5  rDev -8.3%

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

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +7%

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

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


3/5  rDev -8.3%

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

4/5  rDev +22.3%

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


3.5/5  rDev +7%

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


3/5  rDev -8.3%

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


2/5  rDev -38.8%

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


4.28/5  rDev +30.9%

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.

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


3.43/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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


2.63/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

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

New York

3.15/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

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


3.13/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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


3.28/5  rDev +0.3%

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

09-27-2011 23:52:16 | More by alpinebryant
Salmon Fly Honey Rye from Madison River Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.