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Line Dry Rye - Oakshire Brewing

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Line Dry RyeLine Dry Rye

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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 84
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 84
Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of blackc5
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Spikester
2.29/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark amber with a modest off white head. Fair amount of lacings. Aroma is rose petals with some soap. Taste is apple jack, soap, and rose water. Never tasted the rye. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation and moderately bitter. Finish is just cider, soap, and mild bitterness. As a fan of other Oakshire products I will try to find another bottle from a different store to try. This came very close to being a drain pour for me and I don't do this very often.

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Photo of beagle75
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with a thin layer of foam residue. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Stale bread, faint honey, faint grass.

T: Begins dry and spicy. Faint pilsner malt emerges next but vanishes soon after. Fruity esters appear late, alongside a very restrained bitter finish.

M: Medium viscosity, light carbonation, cleanses the palate rather than sticking to it.

D: This beer is mediocre among extra-pale ales. It is effortlessly consumable, but unremarkable at the same time. Considering that it is a summer seasonal, this seemingly unflattering description may actually be a selling point. Still, a more dominant hop aroma/flavor profile would do wonders here.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of ChrisPr
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Jebus
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of bumpqua
4.54/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

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Line Dry Rye from Oakshire Brewing
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