Line Dry Rye - Oakshire Brewing
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3.53/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
06-24-2011 07:54:06 | More by MaltsOfGlory
3.48/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
07-31-2009 04:21:39 | More by DiabolikDUB
3.55/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
06-29-2011 02:21:53 | More by Elimination
3.05/5 rDev -13.1%
A - Likely the best aspect of this beer, a clean and crips orangish copper that is refreshing to behold. Good initial slightly offwhite head, with medium retention and lacing.
S - Mild notes of toast, sweetness from the honey and a bit of hops. Pleasant but quite faint.
T - Pretty forgettable overall, the rye is nearly absent, and if it wasn't for the label I wouldn't have known it was there. Same for the honey actually. A pretty mediocre ale by and by.
M - Medium in body and carbonation. Somewhat crisp and dry finish - perhaps the only hint of the rye.
D - Pretty disappointing overall, and one I would pass on completely in the future.
09-20-2010 05:46:16 | More by blackc5
British Columbia (Canada)
3.48/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
08-24-2012 03:17:32 | More by IllNate
2.7/5 rDev -23.1%
Poured from a 22 oz. into a standard pint glass a rich amber color with very little head. Not much carbonation, even with a hard pour. Does not bode well.
The aroma is dominated by bready malts with just a whiff of citrus hops. Did not pick up any rye in the nose at all.
The flavor is better than the aroma. Sweet malt arrives first, followed by some rye kick, and finishing with a dry hop bite. Not bad but nothing that blows my hair back.
Thin mouthfeel with no carbonation.
Overall, I think this is a subpar beer. Based on the label description, I had hoped for more. Probably won't try this again, unless I got a bad (under carbonated) bottle. Might try on tap if I see it.
08-15-2011 01:50:01 | More by BuckeyeOne
3.9/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
08-26-2011 01:26:47 | More by 2BDChicago
3.9/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
07-20-2010 01:13:00 | More by ChrisPr
3.53/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
07-02-2010 07:07:43 | More by Jebus
4.6/5 rDev +31.1%
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.
07-28-2009 02:15:04 | More by bumpqua
Line Dry Rye from Oakshire Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.