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Line Dry Rye - Oakshire Brewing

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 83
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 07-14-2009

IBUs: 35
OG: 12.0° Plato
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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 83
Photo of bumpqua
4.54/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Line Dry Rye is the third Oakshire I've tried, and like their Watershed IPA and truly amazing Perfect Storm Imperial IPA, it too is excellent. My first taste of LDR was at a Hillstomp concert on a warm Sunday afternoon at Papa's Soul Food Kitchen and Blues Joint in Eugene, OR. The only thing bland about this summer seasonal, which was served in a plastic compostable cup, was the iced tea color. LDR is made with 10 percent rye malt and 10 percent flaked malt, which gives it a refreshing dry flavor that is balanced by the moderate hoppiness and malt finish. My tongue must be scorched from too many hoppy beers because I could not taste the touch of blackberry honey used to make the brew. It could have been the music or it could have been Papa's fried catfish, but Oakshire's Line Dry Rye is one tasty hot weather antidote. (829 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler into a nonic glass

A- Poured a very clear light orange color, huge fluffy off-white head that left tons of dense chunky lace. No visible carbonation

S- Big cereal malt notes, some spiciness, pretty big lemon and grassy notes

T- Very bright tasting, burst of lemon, grassy, and spicy hop character. Nice backbone of cereal, bready, graininess and caramel malts. As it warmed up some green apple and almost chocolate like flavors developed.

M- Soft/low carbonation, very smooth, semi-dry finish, medium to lighter bodied

O- A really nicely balanced and sessionable summer beer. Different from you average pale ale or even rye pale ale. The flavor profile is well-balanced and pretty unique. Really digging this one. (740 characters)

Photo of cbarrett4
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass at Nano-brew festival PDX.

Pours a clear amber/copper hue with a nicely persistent head and fine lace. Aromas of clean citrus with malts, hop oils, and a faint hint of rye waft out. On the palate are more hops with softer citrus notes and a good dose of bready yeast and very faint malt. Not much rye on the nose but it comes through on the palate.

This beer is nicely textured with good bitterness but well integrated with the acids and body. Finishes long and smooth. A very good beer, but lacks the overall punch I expect (and receive) in most rye ales. (591 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium blonde color with a huge effin' head into my glass. I like that it uses rye and I've noticed a slight uptick in the amount of rye beers coming out. This also has honey.

Lots of spicy rye with a touch of sweet honey in the nose. Very invigorating in a sense.

Wow. Sweet, spicy rye mixes with a touch of honey to create a very drinkable beer. There's both flaked and malted rye. Hops aren't specified but they lean more toward pine.

Lingering spiciness dominated the back the of the throat.

I like this beer. It's easy to drink and would quench my thirst on a hot day. It's a good alternative to the usual spring seasonals. (642 characters)

Photo of ChrisPr
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a pure white head. Aroma is spot on for a pils and taste is incredibly reminiscent of a northern German pils, with maybe 50% more IBUs. The rye is quite subtle and I think adds nice to the hop profile. Living in the PNW it's rare to see fresh pilseners, and even though this is a rye pale it really almost reminds me of a pilsener until the yeast profile appears as the beer warms up. This is quite a nice, light summer beer. (436 characters)

Photo of 2BDChicago
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pure gold with slight haze. Soft off-white foam.

S: Note are faint, some bread and a touch of lemon citrus, and then way in the background a very distant belgian spice....maybe.

T: Very drinkable. It's dry and not sweet, and not bitter. In the after-taste there's faint flavors blended together. Maybe low grapefruit, a little breadiness. It's got a nice full mouthfeel.

O: Nothing out of balance in any way. It's smooth and interesting in a low key way. It's billed as a summer seasonal, which is exactly what it is. It's got rye and honey, which is probably what makes it interesting, but it's hard to say exactly why. (626 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle, poured to a pint. A glorious Sunday afternoon respite in the backyard, spent watching bees buzz around the out-of-control clover patches and birds splash in their bath.

Oakshire's 'new' summer seasonal; released for the first time in bottles in late spring 2010. "Pale Ale brewed with Honey"

A: 'Bread crust' best describes this pour, a tawny/orange that's just hazed enough to blur my fingers through the glass. Plenty of carbonation rising to a finger+ cap of whitish foam. Look away a minute and the head is mostly gone, leaving a mottled veil but plenty of sticky lace in fractured sheets.

S: Baked bread with a toasted nut/seed skew. Sweet (cut) grass or hay then that sneaky herbal honey. Nothing too strong, everything good-smelling.

T: No mistaking the grain used here: the rye is rich and zesty, almost peppery. Hops aplenty, lending a grassy greenness. Then there's the honey - maybe my favorite aspect; LOVE the clover/flower it provides, an underlying 'graham cracker' sweetness.

M: Once the initial shock of RYE spiciness wears off, a smoother ale emerges, one that's a little on the thin/watery side. Carbonated feel really mellows after no more than 5 minutes. Dry and grain/bitter finish. Earthy bittering ends the sweetness rather abruptly.

D: Oh, so very drinkable on a warm July afternoon...perfect for sipping in the shade or (I suppose) pairing with anything from a crisp salad to something spicy or grilled...pale ales don't usually excite my much, but the deft balance of hops, rye and honey in this one make it memorable and earn it a spot in the 'need to have more this summer' category. (1,637 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orangey-copper, slight haze, spongey off-white foam that collapses to a thin cap

Aroma: ethereal notes of blossom honey, rye, malt, eucalyptus, and strawberries

Flavor: dryish malt profile let's the rye poke through a bit; hints of fermented honey and grassy hop notes; finishes dry with a lingering, throaty bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, crisp, sparkley carbonation

Other comments: The rye definitely comes through, which is nice because it is so often shunted behind overly heavy hops or just not present enough to cut through the malt. (559 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to sdawson for the generous extra! 22oz bottle into a Sam Adam's perfect pint.

It takes a fairly vigorous pour to muster up much of a head atop Line Dry Rye. Eventually, though, a quarter inch of sticky light-custard foam forms and retains well. Lots of carbonation rising up from the laser etched bottom as it moves through a hazy, golden honey- & tangerine-colored beer. Nice blend of sweet clover and spicy rye bread in the nose with some yeasty funk. The hops balance nicely with piny resin and C-hop greenery. Foresty and earthy are the malts, with a big presence of caramel sweetness to go with the honey.

The flavor holds back some of that initial rye spice suggested by the nose and replaces it with a grainy, mineral-rich malt huskiness. Not much hop flavor to be found, but they do supply a nice dose of herbal bitterness. Rye finally kicks in on the finish--dry and crisp, but it's a bit too little too late. Mouthfeel is uppity in its carbonation, but still maintains a creamy feel to the medium-light body. All in all, a serviceable rye beer and a good choice for the summer heat. Thanks again Scott! (1,127 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Attractive orangey amber in the Affligem chalice. A little hazy with a nice white foam that renews itself with every sip. Tangy and silky mouthfeel with lots of creamy carbonation.

Rich and mellow grainy taste followed by a hoppy bitterness. I forgot about the honey, but it does seem to mellow the scratchy rye a little. Not a bad combination, and I''m not a huge honey fan. A little murky at the finish.

Refreshing watery taste along with the grainy maltiness. Thoroughly drinkable and flavorful brew. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene. (576 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Clyde Common. The rye flavors isn't expansive and deep, but it is distinct. This is a dry, spicy rye ale. A legit rye beer, and worth a try for rye lovers. It's average weight and reasonably drinkable, a standard American craft ale. The flavor has a mix of malty, toasted bready rye with a dry grapefruit hops kick that blends right into the rye malts. (366 characters)

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

Appearance: Pours a clouded, though bright yellow-orange body with a bubbly, white head.

Smell: Notes of lightly malted barley, light rye, light lemon, light florals. Nice enough, just light.

Taste: A good bite of French loaf bread accompanied by a light sweetness. Pinch of lemon zest, some slight floral accents and a medium level of bitterness augmented by the piquant rye. Drying, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Fairly enjoyable. A light beer, but a nice beer. (519 characters)

Photo of chumba526
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears medium bodied gold with a small white head.

It smells a bit sweet, a bit of grassy hops, and a bit peppery.

It tastes of mild sweet malt, slightly spicy rye and grassy hops. There is a mild sweetness but it pales in the face of the nice spicy rye quality of the beer. I get mild floral hop flavor also.

There is a medium mouthfeel to the beer.

Overall a flavorful refreshing summer beer. (400 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a much better beer than its ratings i think. quite a lot of rye in this pale ale, and well hoppy too, pushing the ipa realm i think. some color to it from the tap, not quite amber, but some copper low lights for sure, and less than an inch of persistent just off white head. great aroma on it, heavy rye is immediately evident, and the hops are bursting fresh northwest C types, pungent and intense. the flavor is as bold as the nose, but there is a strange grain flavor in addition to the rye that i dont love. its bready and thick and it clashes with the rye a little and makes the beer feel too heavy. the rye is strong though in taste, almost peppery for a moment before all the hops kick in. bitter as can be on the tail end, but also quite flavorful, woody and lush at the same time, oily too. hints of pine and green pepper as it goes down. fuller bodied, especially for the low abv, and finishing bitter but dry. a well made beer, could use a few tweaks, but i would happily drink this one again. nice to see these beers coming in kegs now to colorado! (1,060 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oakshire describes Line Dry as a "rye pale ale with a touch of Oregon blackberry honey" brewed with 10% rye malt and 10% flaked rye. It is warm yellow with a plump body and an exuberant white head. The honey lends an unexpected yet intentional sweetness, while rye elements point to a crisp, dry terminus. Personally, I prefer a grainier rye beer as a summertime thirst quencher and palate cleanser. But conceptually I "get it" and the honey is ultimately a nice flourish if that sort of thing appeals to you. (509 characters)

Photo of Elimination
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oakshires very fun rye summer release!

Pours a murky, golden, orange amber light shines through pretty well. A bit of head, but not much, and vanished fast

Smell is malty mix of rye bread, grains, wheat, a bit of orange, and some spice, but I cant put my finger on what kind

taste is a very balanced rye and hops, rye in the front and then a bit of northwest citrus hops at the end, not to much just a presence. Cinnamon toast, but very light on the cinnamon, some whole grain pasta as well, very unique.

Mouthfeel is a very drinkable pale ale, actually is not to light on the tongue, but just has a weight that makes it perfect for summer drinking

Overall, this is a wonderful beer, A great well rounded brew, for a style I dont usually go straight for, this is one of the better commercial examples that puts it self forward as a 'straight up' rye beer. (860 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is honey in color supporting a fair but thin head leaving spotty lace. Smell of citris, honey and floral hops. Taste has a honey breadiness, caramel malt with the rye and a bitterness that makes itself known but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. not a bad brew being a borderline summer session for me. (340 characters)

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super aggressive pour only yields a one finger head in my standard pint glass. The head in completely white and has mostly big bubbles, some small ones, but for the most part the head is pretty lame. Good lacing throughout the glass is nice, and the head never completely disappears, but it's still not too great. The body is a very cloudy, dark orange color. The color isn't nearly dark enough for it to be this non transparent, so there must be a cloudy factor in here as well. Carbonation looks extremely low, very few bubbles rising to the top. Overall the looks is good, the fact that the head leaves a nice layer of foam on top of the body really saves it, and the lacing helps a lot too. The body is solid, so no problems there. Overall a good look but the head for sure could use some improving. The smell is interesting, because you can for sure pick up on the honey smell, that aspect is there. The pale ale smell is a little hard to clarify though. I can't tell if it's going to be all malt, or a mixture of nice malt and nice hops. Obviously it's not going to be all hops because it's a pale ale, and hopefully it's not all malt, but the smell kinda indicates that it might. All over the beer doesn't smell bad, it smells good, but I'm going to give it a 3.5 because I'm pretty sure it's going to be a very heavy malted pale ale. The taste is very very interesting because the honey and malt are very small. Frankly all the flavors are small, it's really just a mix of malt, hops, honey, and water, not one flavor is much more prominent than any others. I'm shocked at how small all the flavors all though, it's really just very watered down. I mean it almost works for the style, just because it is supposed to be a light summer ale, but it's just too light, it's supposed to be a pale ale, and it doesn't meet that criteria. It does have all the necessary flavors, they are all there, which is good, and the hops are there, and I was afraid there would be zero hops. It's just too watery all around. It's not a terrible beer, but I will say that it is barely getting a 3.5 on taste. The mouthfeel isn't terribly thin, it's for sure thinner than I would like, but it's not as watery as the taste is, it's a decent mouthfeel for a pale ale. The carbonation is pretty damn low, but it's not really offensive, it works for a summer beer I suppose. Drinkability may be it's best factor, not an offensive beer, and it's very light, and somewhat tasty. Overall though, this is just another disappointing beer from Oakshire, I remember all of there beers to be much better than they have been when I have reviewed them. Not a terrible beer by any means, and frankly one of the better brews from Oakshire. It has all the necessary weapons, it's just firing a little short on all of them. We will see if the flavors pump out more potency when the beer warms, but for now, just coming short on all the flavors. (2,913 characters)

Photo of Jebus
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite Duvel Tulip and the color is a nice golden amber with a slowly dissipating half inch white head! A nice faintly sweet malt aroma is first with a linger of bitter hops. The taste is roughly the same with a hint of spicy rye quickly being covered up by the bitterness of the hops. The malt doesn't stick around as long as it should, and the rye isn't nearly as strong as I'd like.

Overall, at $4-5 a bomber, it is nice to try and a great offering from Oakshire and a great choice for a hot summer day. However, a little more rye would make the beer a real winner and a repeat choice. (606 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light golden color, sordove thick for a pale ale, with a nice white cap

S: Sweetness and rye

T: A bit of rye, the breadiness is felt in the taste and the body, a hint at citrus and perhaps a dab of caramel. I really had a hard time finding honey in this.

M: Bigger body

O: Pretty good (300 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served cold in pint glass. Beer is a very pale amber, crystal clear, and forms very little white head. Aroma is not awesome, lagery and even a little bit skunky, with a hint of residual malt sugar. Flavor is more mellow and pleasant. A gentle dose of hops complements the natural grainy bitterness of the rye, which is itself pretty tame. Pretty fizzy, which works out well for the summer ale style, and helps bring forward the spicy and lemon flavors.

I like rye beers quite a bit. This one is pretty OK, but totally sessionable -- in stark contrast to the usual hop wallop of ales from America typically featuring rye. (633 characters)

Photo of IllNate
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light amber with a shy amount of off-white head. Didn't stick around either. Aroma is light as well. Pale malt, touch of rye, and some hops. Spicy and floral with a bit of citrus. Comes out of it's shell a bit on taste. Follows the nose with light malt, bit of rye, and spicy floral citrus hop. Beer is smooth with good balance on the bittering. Overall a decent brew, but not stand outtish in any way. (415 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass.

Pours a golden color with a creamy white head that never fully dissolves and leaves a nice layer atop the glass and has nice streaming carbonation lines. The aroma is sweet hops, rye and caramel malt. The flavor is more sweet caramel malt upfront followed by and earthy bitterness and ends with a sweet, spicy finish. Its light to medium bodied with a pleasant carbonation. This is a very subtle beer and makes for easy drinking. Highly recommended for a hot summer day spent on a patio or outdoors. (552 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Capital Market,Salem. 5.3% alc now. Dull brown, clear beer, with a small light tan head. Aroma, bready, cereal, some chocolate( that may be the rye)..some slight earthy tones. Tasste is the same except the rye is more noticable near the end..and some sweetness from what i expect is the honey..though it seems arfificial. Palate is OK it gets a bit cloying as this goes on. Not a bad beer overall but not a great rye..McMenamins make a really nice rye PA that would blow this out of the water. (505 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out of a bomber into a tulip glass. Golden color, moving to a little more orange. Nice head, 1/2 inch dirty white.

S - First, honey then lots of citrus, grapefruit, stops just short of a typical IPA smell. I surprisingly like the honey smell.

T - The honey is evident but in no way overpowering. Light bitterness at the end.

M - Light body, medium carbonation, bubbly.

D - The carbonation could be a little bit less. The use of honey was done very well. It is the perfect amount to balance the rest of the beer. The rye does not seem to be coming through though, which is why I wanted to try this in the first place. So if you are looking for a distinctive rye beer this probably is not the one, but it is still a good beer nonetheless. (751 characters)

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Line Dry Rye from Oakshire Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.