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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,877 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,877
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 252
Gots: 520 | FT: 60
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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tectactoe

Michigan

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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ArdyExfor

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-28-2014 07:24:51 | More by ArdyExfor
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Shawn_Money


4.92/5  rDev +14.4%

08-28-2014 04:25:23 | More by Shawn_Money
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misterrobot

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

08-27-2014 19:09:52 | More by misterrobot
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kvnheet


3.44/5  rDev -20%

08-27-2014 03:55:11 | More by kvnheet
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srudow11

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-26-2014 23:48:01 | More by srudow11
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ianw87

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-26-2014 02:39:50 | More by ianw87
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Corson

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-26-2014 00:32:32 | More by Corson
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Hutch517

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-25-2014 19:19:04 | More by Hutch517
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SirElton

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-25-2014 05:23:45 | More by SirElton
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nataku00

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy burnt orange, reddish hues with a mostly hazy color. Minimal head quickly dissipates but plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is acetic acid heavy, sour red berry, old oak, warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, brown sugar sweetness.

Taste follows nose well, hit of tart berry and cider vinegar, mellowing into spice, oak, and brown sugar sweetness. Dry finish, bit of lingering acetic acid and fruity tartness.

Medium body and heavily carbonated with fine carbonation that is very gentle on the tongue, keeping the beer very drinkable.

08-25-2014 01:29:45 | More by nataku00
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Skud

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-25-2014 01:24:53 | More by Skud
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JamesH

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-24-2014 22:21:18 | More by JamesH
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Celtics17

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

This is a world class sour. I get sour, sour, and more sour, with a slight vinegar aftertaste. The vinegar is very mild, and not the taste stealing the show. The rye comes in slowly, but it's there providing a great layering. Faint lemon juice, but this is a puckering masterpiece.

08-24-2014 05:54:56 | More by Celtics17
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AlienSwineFlu

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +1.4%

08-24-2014 02:33:01 | More by AlienSwineFlu
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thumperskibum

Indiana

3.92/5  rDev -8.8%

08-23-2014 23:49:45 | More by thumperskibum
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kylemckinnis

Oregon

4/5  rDev -7%

08-23-2014 22:44:52 | More by kylemckinnis
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Rich1818

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7%

Not a huge fan of sours...

08-23-2014 17:45:36 | More by Rich1818
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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-23-2014 16:14:53 | More by KCBeerNerd
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halo3one

Georgia

4.37/5  rDev +1.6%

08-23-2014 05:49:11 | More by halo3one
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Afroman

Pennsylvania

4.76/5  rDev +10.7%

08-23-2014 01:32:29 | More by Afroman
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tastesogood

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

08-23-2014 00:05:55 | More by tastesogood
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Desp59

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

08-22-2014 20:08:04 | More by Desp59
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nathanmiller

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

08-22-2014 20:06:55 | More by nathanmiller
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MikeAndrews

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%

08-22-2014 14:38:54 | More by MikeAndrews
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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 1,877 ratings.