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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,074 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,074
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 293
Gots: 554 | FT: 64
Brewed by:
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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 schmoopsbeer:
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured in to Bruery Tulip
Big Thanks to EricMc513 for this big want

Color: This beer pours a golden brown with little to no head. A thin white color ring forms on the edge of the top of the beer. Light to minimal lacing is left around the glass after you give this beer a twirl in your glass.

Nose: I love it! Quickly the scent of the rye hits your nostrils, after that you get the funk from this beer and a nice woody aroma comes out as it warms. Hints of vanilla also rise from from your glass. This beer offers great complexity here.

Palate: The mouthfeel of this beer is so wonderfully layered and delicious its makes this American wild ale extremely drinkable. The Carbonation is not as good as it can be, but that doesn't really hurt the overall quality of the brew. The rye coats the tongue giving this beer a sweet beginning just to be washed away by the wonderful sourness of the beer. Sour in the Rye is multi-dimensional, making this beer a total experience.

Finish: Dry, yet very drinkable. Sour,sweet, and complete. The Bruery scores with this one. The addition of rye makes this take on the wild ale style refreshing and new.

Rating: 95 out of 100

schmoopsbeer, Nov 08, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very few beers strike the palate with the perfect complement of sour, earth, fruit and spice. But its good news that one such beer is made in California and I'm fortunate enough to taste a sip from now and then.

Its turbulent pour leads to a quick separation of hazt golden-orange beer to anchor and a frothy and airy eggshell-white foam.Its retention is strong as is its intricate lacing patterns.

Piercing sharpness reaches the nose with lime, white wine vinegar, sour grapes and crab apples. As its mere scent locks up the jowls, other musty wood, cork, sweaty, cellar and sea air scents waft about to deliver savory and earhty impressions heading into taste.

Its raw earthiness is spicy and rustic as the rye grains complement a dry, lighlty toasted crouton taste, but with all that acidity building above. Just into the taste, the lime, apple skin and sour grape flavor takes hold and easily topples its early malt complement. Quickly developing into dries lemons, limes, apple and spiced pear, its the sourness of apple cider vinegar and light must that stems from the clean lactic sourness that finishes its taste.

Only a whisper of attic wood and lime extend, even though the ale starts out light and obviously acidic. As the malt support fades, the ale prances on with wine-like balances and textures, until a quick finish is mineral-rich and with earthen spice.

The taste of rye and sour is a challenging attempt as both types are highly polarizing and not widespread just yet. But its added complexity is undeniable taste that's salty, briney and deeply earthen.

BEERchitect, Nov 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

DanGeo, Aug 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

MadScientist, May 12, 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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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

SkiBum22, Sep 17, 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
Photo of Kjanisch7
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jamato3000, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

StoutFox, Nov 22, 2014
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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 2,074 ratings.