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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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very good

910 Ratings
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Ratings: 910
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 25
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009)
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

RoryOMoore, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

mhenson42, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of iSip
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager: This one is worth a try! The color has a tinge of red and a fair amount of carbonation. The head is off-white, about a finger thick and multidimensional. The head does fade, letting the beautiful beer color shine through, but is does lace the glass nicely. Aroma is subtle and yeasty, and as you near the bottom of the glass, a scent of iron filings comes through. The flavor is well balanced, the malt and bitter nicely cancel each other out. The finish is very dry, and it is only in the aftertaste that you get the rye. Very easy drinking beer that goes well with food.

iSip, Dec 02, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

joelBfrasier, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Meshuggah135, Nov 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

wo87810, Nov 22, 2011
4/5  rDev +6.7%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

cfinch2, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

jrutigs, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of brewsclues
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful reddish/amber-copper hue with a good amount of foam that stayed the whole glass.

There is a very distinct nose to rye lagers - I haven't had too many of them, but this runs along-side of the best of what I've had (Hop Rod - Bear Republic). Plenty of malt and toasted grains (obviously the rye-bread stands out), but there is also plenty of fruit tones (most distinctly, cherry and watermelon). The more you smell it, the more sweet it gets.

Taste is solid - definitely plenty of malts, but the hops jump out at the end for a nice, hoppy-bitter finish. The hops don't overpower this one, but they are distinct and kind of sneak up on you. A lot creamier than I expected. Not a summer beer, but a decent choice for Octoberfest season.

Overall, a nice take on the rye lager. I wouldn't turn this one down if offered, but a bit too much on the sweet-cherry side for my liking.

brewsclues, Nov 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jeffthepony, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%

RichBeer, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

modernartblues, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

ElGallo, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

nickfl, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mckajd03
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden-red color topped with a nice head. Fairly clear, but not crystal.
S - I can't tell what it is about the smell that's unique, but it probably has something to do with the rye. It's sweet, but also has a deep caramel characteristic that boarders on chocolaty.
T - The sweetness continues onto the tongue and is clearly meant to be at the forefront, but the hop character isn't lost by any means. Sweet on the front, bitter on the back.
M - I would like just a tad more carbonation, but other than that, I would change nothing. The finish is clean and crisp from the hops, but the most interesting part is the juxtaposition of a light body with so much flavor.
O - This award-winning beer can only be classified as a lager on technicality- I'm sure it used lager yeast (which results in the light body), but the complex malt character and hop support place is firmly in the ale category based on what I expect to find in an ale. A very interesting recipe.

mckajd03, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of StoneTSR
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: As with most Great Divide beers, the head retention and lacing are remarkable. The penny red-copper color of beer is gorgeous as well.

SMELL: Medium strength smell of rye and a touch of hops.

TASTE: The Hoss is very sweet. A little overboard in my opinion. The malt bill is intense and there is not much to balance it out. Although, as it warms, the malt mellows and makes it a bit easier to drink.

MOUTHFEEL: The sweetness is just too cloying for me. A small amount of hop balance comes through by the end of the glass, but it is also oily and viscous when it probably should be a little more crisp and clean.

OVERALL: This is a rare miss for Great Divide in my opinion. Which is too bad, because I had high hopes for a rye lager.

StoneTSR, Nov 05, 2011
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.