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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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2,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,126
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 299
Gots: 555 | FT: 61
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-09-2009

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.
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass. Bottle looks to be marked from the 2012 batch, so it's had a little time to develop.

Appearance - Deep cider-looking brownish orange with moderate clarity and a finger of dirty white sparkling head. The foam clears after about a minute, leaving almost nonexistent lacing.

Smell - Vinegar, green apple juice, with some musty funk and faint notes of cinnamon candy as well as some hints of oak.

Taste - Initially tart, but fades away smoothly into some spiciness and notes of yeast. Subsequent sips reveal oak notes and lemon juice acidity..

Mouthfeel - Crisp and puckering, but not overwhelming. Causes some moderate salivation. Finishes dry and clean.

Overall, a wonderful sour. The spiciness from the rye isn't as present as I'd hoped it would be, but it's there if you hunt for it. I would drink this quite a bit if I lived in the San Diego area, but there is a local wild ale that reminds me a great deal of this one that is much easier to get.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dar482
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The color is amber/peach with a big head.

The aroma is very tart and vinous qualities. That hits you first and then citrus and berries. Then there is also a slight bready rye. There’s some funkiness too.

The taste follows with tons of vinegar and citric sourness in the front. The fruits are in there, but are quite hard to pick out. The sourness really does smack you. There’s a good malt rye backbone. There is a Flanders style in there too because it reminds me of a less sweet Cuvee de Jacobin.

There is a super clean finish, which makes it refreshing. It also reminds me of a very sour Berliner weisse because of the drinkability.

This beer is really delicious, but it really did not blow me away as it lacks some complexity. It has issues with its value. I paid $12 for 12 oz. on draft and it’s about the same with $1 per oz. if you buy in the bottle.

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4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, date unknown.

Appearance: Rusty blonde unfiltered cloudiness with nice carbonation. The small white head that formed quickly fades to the perimeter.

Smell: Sour funkiness to the umpteenth degree. Some Rye spiciness is definitely present, along with some sour apple and pear notes. I'm also picking up some wheat and honey sweetness.

Taste: Pucker up...wow! This beer is just amazing in how you think it's sour at first, but the sourness just continues to crescendo on your palate long after the drink is done, on the back end of your tongue. Definitely getting sour wheat, with a bit of spiciness. The Rye barrel pizazz lasts into the finish and leaves an impression on the tongue along with the sour raunch. The way this beer attacks your tongue is just incredible; the booze is hidden masterfully.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is lively and the body is just right; this is drinkable as hell.

Overall: Haven't been let down by a Bruery sour yet. Not much to dislike about this; and thus, my rating.


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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 2,126 ratings.