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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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1,874 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,874
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 252
Gots: 519 | FT: 60
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 angrybabboon:
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New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 1/14/13

Note: 2011 bottle

Appearance: Medium amber, with some copper and orange tones when held to the light - lightly hazy - pours with a medium, beige head, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Nicely, nicely sour - some rye, but the most interesting aroma here is really the funk - tart, acidic sour, with some lemons - a touch of lactic sourness, but mostly it's straight-up acid - some other sour fruits as well (I realize there are no cherries in here, but it kind of smells like there are) - some wood and some pale malts

Taste: Sour, sour, sour, and some rye - really nice sourness, very acidic, with some serious tartness - some lactic sourness - lemons and some sour cherry-like sourness (again, no cherries) - some nice rye flavor - some general spiciness - tartness, and then more tartness - some nice oak as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth, finishes tart

Overall: Sour in the Tart

This is an exceptional sour from The Bruery. It's unexpectedly sour, extremely tart, with some genuinely interesting fruit flavors. Arguably, unlike some other Bruery offerings, this is legitimately worth the price of admission.

01-15-2014 04:57:15 | More by angrybabboon
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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.

09-22-2013 18:58:05 | More by tectactoe
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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04-24-2014 04:12:31 | More by RebeccaMB
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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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New Jersey

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.

07-08-2013 19:23:43 | More by Kjanisch7
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

08-28-2013 04:09:31 | More by joel66
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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

05-23-2014 16:20:23 | More by Sam_Gladieux
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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.

05-17-2012 04:09:07 | More by warnerry
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4.76/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-07-2012 01:40:53 | More by TimoP
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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..

02-26-2014 17:24:26 | More by Beerswag
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New York

5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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Bottled Date: None

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.

04-10-2013 03:34:25 | More by ElSid
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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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