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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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96
world-class

1,922 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,922
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 264
Gots: 531 | FT: 62
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
We brewed this ale with around 40% rye as a base malt and let our sour yeast and bacteria eat away at it in oak barrels for over a year creating a sour ale with a complex character of rye spice, oak and a subtle funk.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-09-2009)
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Reviews by Pinknuggets:
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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle to ommegang flute wine glass

A:burnt orange colored with hints of amber in there too. There is lots of bubbles but almost no head or lacing. It is a little bit cloudy but basically transparent.

S: surprisingly there isn't much funk in here but on the other hand the rye comes out here in a spicy way but not a powerfully one. There are fruity notes in there too and faint hints of oak.

T:upfront it is pretty sour in a few ways: it has a nice tart acidity too it but not overwhelming, it also has a sweeter more fruity sour taste and the two blend together very well. Outside of the sour flavor there is some fruity juiciness and some spicy rye notes along with some oak flavor in the finish that balance the beer out while letting the sour flavor be the show case.

M: the feel is smooth and despite being really sour not overwhelmingly puckering so it is easy to drink. The sour flavor does stick to your mouth throughout the finish. It is also juicy in the feel that adds to its drinkability which is impressive considering its high abv and power flavors.

O: this probably the second most sour beer I have ever had (behind motherfunker) but that is a good thing. It is also extremely easy to drink as it has a sweetness to balance the sour to make it like candy and rye to make those flavors all balance out plus the feel adds to it. Overall I'm very impressed and highly recommend despite the high price tag in some markets

Pinknuggets, Apr 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks to Jeff for splitting his bottle. Now that this is available in Michigan, I can decide whether or not it's worth dropping 17-18$ on a few bottles for myself. Super clear and clean amber body with a fuzzy and fizzling, off-white cap. The head sparks up like foam from a soda and is gone in just a few moments. I've gotta say... I wasn't expecting this kind of clarity from a wild ale, but it looks really nice.

Whew... crazy tart aroma. The kind of aroma that stings your nostrils and gets jettisoned into your brain cells, sending your saliva glands into sprinkler mode. Lots and lots of vinegar, lactic acid and wet oak, accompanied by lighter fruit reminders like lemon flesh, peels, and wet cherry skins. Tannins abound with some woody dryness at the end. This is going to be tart... I just know it.

First sip causes immediate puckering of the lips, cheeks touching, glands sweating, etc... Super tart up-front, no holds barred type of shit here. Wincing white wine vinegar, soaked oak, acidic and lactic acid, prompt stone fruit skins, a touch of lemon juice, and the most faint appearance of dry rye in the finish. Perhaps my senses are tricking me with the rye dryness... it could be a quality of the oak-aging as well.

Sour in the Rye is a sourheads dream, but be warned - while there is plentiful vinous presence here, white grapes, oak, and the like, the vinegar aspect outweighs it by quite a bit. I know many sour fans who aren't too keen on the heavy "vinegar" flavors, but luckily - I am, and so Sour in the Rye floats almost every boat that I have. Thin, wet, crispy and sharp mouth feel with a gum line receding dryness in the finish.

Very awesome stuff, if you're into puckeringly sour and vinegar-laden wild ales. This brew isn't for everyone, but it's certainly for me. Although it's sometimes hard to justify spending nearly 20$ for a bottle of beer, I think I can easily make a case in my mind to keep a few bottles of Sour in the Rye stocked at all times, when I'm in the mood for something white wine-y and sour.

tectactoe, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

MadScientist, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

jono0101, May 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

abeerdude, Nov 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

tbryan5, May 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

RebeccaMB, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

Ben7773, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

supa0525, Dec 24, 2013
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4.99/5  rDev +16%

MIND-BLOWING. I've drank around 10 bottles of this beer, and each time I have it, it's the same reaction; brilliant.

A: Striking orange-gold combo.

S: Vinegar-citrus awesomeness. Super tarty smell that sets you up for what you're about to drink.

T: BOOM. Huge hits of tarty goodness and citrus. So well rounded and beautiful your head may explode.

M: Perfection in the carbonation department. Well-balanced all the way through. Each sip gets better and better. When the end of the bottle comes, you want to cry.

D: Usually too many sours in one day will upset my stomach, but if I had a large supply of this beer, I could probably clean it all out. Soured perfection.

If you haven't had it, GET IT NOW.

Kjanisch7, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

joel66, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

freshflesh, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

Sam_Gladieux, May 23, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%

Bottle into a Bruery tulip

A - Pours a beautiful clear copper with one and a half fingers of white head. Head has pretty good retention before fading to a collar. Surprisingly high amount of lacing left behind. Slow but steady stream of rising carbonation.

S - Smell is somewhat subtle, but contains some tart lemon, mild funk and oak.

T - Initial tartness is quite mild, with a pretty high malt presence, though more tartness does eventually come out. Tartness is on the lemony end of the spectrum. There is a bit of earthiness and faint spice, but I am struggling to pick up much in the way of rye. Pretty good though.

M - Medium mouthfeel with some earthy dryness and a tart finish.

O - Definitely brings something different to the sour arena. While it isn't my favorite sour, or even favorite sour from the Bruery, I can appreciate that they were doing something a bit different with this one.

warnerry, May 17, 2012
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4.76/5  rDev +10.7%

Afroman, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Todd, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
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3.94/5  rDev -8.4%

On tap por into tulip
Appearance is copper like/wild ale looking..smell is funky with alittle sweetness, somewhat subued, not complex aromas. Taste is strickingly sour all the way through, (what i expect from a sour) nice citrus and like rind flavor, woth the barrel pulling this through..mouthfeel is light..carbonation is medium..leaves a nice feeling on the toungue from the dry fruity flavor and sour appeal..not sweet at all. Overall a well executed beer with enough sour notes and barrel influence. Nice for a sipper on a hot summer day/night. Refreshing for a sour..pair with dried fruit, stinky cheeses, watermelon/fruity salads..

Beerswag, Feb 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

BillKuhnel, May 05, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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A: Orange to amber with creamy white head of foam which settles to a thin island with a corresponding ring on the glass.

S: Big sour tartness with a significant dose of fruity sweetness and lemony zest.

T: A swift, sour tartness shocks the palate. This is followed by some funk and mold. The sweetness is minimal but notes of lemon, banana, and peach bring contrast to the puckering opening. The wood comes out intermittently in the middle which, along with grain, crackers, and honey sweetness, brings smoothness to the palate. The finishing is puckering dry with notes of earthy spice.

M: Syrupy linger but manages to keep nice and light with good supporting carbonation.

O: A great sour brewed without the addition of fruit. I am partial to the sours with added fruit, but Sour in the Rye manages to impress me with the breadth and harmony of its nuances.

ElSid, Apr 10, 2013
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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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