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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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1,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,948
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 265
Gots: 536 | FT: 63
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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Photo of GuzzLah
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a hazy amber with a short ephemeral head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - lacto sour, oak, apricot, bubblegum and soft rye.

T - is similar to the aroma. The rye isn't a big part of the flavor, but it adds a little spiciness to the finish.

M - light-medium body. Mouth watering sourness. Creamy carbonation. Dry finish.

O - another great sour from The Bruery. Not super complex, but quite tasty with a very pleasant aroma.

GuzzLah, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev -7%

Braz, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of hansblitz
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I'm a sucker for sour beers, and this may be the best one i have ever had. I am currently enjoying a 750ml bottle, but i have also had thison tap at the porter in atlanta.

Ruby/rust in color with little head.

Tart in the best way, sort of like unripe fruit. Lots of wood, vinegar, berry aftertaste.

I use this site often but rarely review beers, i love this beer.

hansblitz, Apr 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

bertram, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of drgonzo2k2
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

schnarr84, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a nice amber-gold with a little haze and a finger of off white head.

Smell. Sour and fruity! Strawberry and peach, some nice oaky vanilla, fresh barrel, and sweet funk. A little caramel in there too, but not getting much from the rye.

Taste. Nice and sour! Peach and cherry jump out at me, there's a little rye and caramel as well but all of this is kept in check by the big sourness and that's okay with this guy.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe on the lower side, medium carbonation, also on the lower side.

Overall. A really nice sour, better than I was expecting for some reason. Probably because the rye wasn't so pronounced and there was a ton of fruit flavour.

Rutager, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of nollie77
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

nollie77, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of sludgegnome
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

sludgegnome, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of mobius387
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mobius387, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ShemRahBoo, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of BAsbill
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BAsbill, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of haazer
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into my tulip a big, condensed head with an orange hue forms. Some really huge bubbles form at the top as it starts to break down. The beer is equally as bubbly, and well filtered. The color is very pretty. I can only describe it as a mix of orange and pink.

S - Quite a strong nose here. Sour fruits, and a definite rye spice presence. I detect some cherries, and grape. Oak is there from the barrel to. Smell is wonderful.

T - The description on the bottle sums this up. Deliciously sour? check. Spicy rye? check. Hints of oak? check. The rye and oak are extremely necessary to add balance to this. The sour/tartness of this beer is right up there with RR Supplication. Theres a bit of stone fruit in the flavor also.

M - The body is light to medium with high carbonation, just as a wild ale normally is. No alcohol felt, but the sour punch this packs demands this a sipper.

O - I'm quite mad at myself. I picked this up at the Blue Dog in Chalfont, and this has been on their tap list for some time. It's probably done now. Had I known I'd of stopped every day after work and had 2 or more. One of the best sours I've had, and I will certainly be ordering this whenever and wherever I can.

haazer, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of bb8189
4/5  rDev -7%

bb8189, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of TastyIsBeer
4/5  rDev -7%

TastyIsBeer, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of MighHighBrewer
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been waiting six months to drink this bad boy. Hope it's worth it. Bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours a copper/bronze color with an orange tint. The beer looks relatively hazy but without visible sediment. Decent head with big bubbles that (unfortunately) disappates within 30 seconds after pouring. Good lacing around the glass, however. Overall, it looks like how you expect a brown sour ale to look.

S: This beer has a powerful nose that you an easily smell from a good 6 inches away. Initial smells primarily of stone fruit - apricot and cherries mostly. There is a good background of citrus fruit with some earthiness/funkiness one would expect from a sour. Not an overpoweringly sour nose though. I dont get any rye and very little oak, but I expect that to come through in the taste. Overall, the beer has a fruitier nose than expected.

T: I always find sours hard to give an accurate taste profile to since the tartness seems to overwhelm some of the more nuanced tastes. However, I can tell you that this is one exceptional tasting sour. Initial taste is what you would expect: sour apple, citrus fruit, etc. Subsequent sampling reveals the more nuanced profile of the beer: cherries, chardonnay grapes, a definite rye background, and a tinge of oak (like the smell though, not much oak). I'm most impressed with the malt background of this beer: big and robust, it holds up well against the sour Brett. I attribute that to the rye.

M: Dry in the beginning, but surprisingly robust the more you drink the beer. Some sours are like drinking fermented fruit juice - they have no body. Not this beer. It has a robust mouthfeel that really holds up well during drinking and lingers nicely on the tongue.

O: This is one of my new favorite sours. It holds up really well against the more well-known sours from producers like Crooked Stave and NB. It has a unique, fruity flavor profile that is propped up by an excellent malt base. Great job Bruery - I'll be purchasing more if I see it again.

MighHighBrewer, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of JOrtt
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

JOrtt, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of cp45
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

cp45, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy tawny brownish orange color, compact head of off white foam leaves behind some spotty lace in the glass. Trails of tiny carbonation feeding into the head around the sides, decent retention.

Sharp acidic aroma, sour fruit, namely grapes.

Lots of tannic grapeskin in the taste, bracing acidity that gets the salivary glands into overdrive. Fruity and sour with some acetic acid and malt character in the middle. Dry and puckering, medium bodied with balance carbonation. Overall nice to try, though not overly complex, it fills the sour fix.

emerge077, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes:
Copper penny with a 1/4 inch of head. Pretty nice lace. 4.5

Oak, pale malts, sour grape and a hint of rye. Lactic sour in the finish. 4.25

Pale malts and the sour lactic and grape taste blend well right up front. Very slight, tiny hint of rye. 4very sour, but still slides down the throat very easily. 3.5

Don't get me wrong, this is a super solid sour beer, just don't expect very much in the rye department. If you like sour beer, it is still very worth a shot.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Ak555667, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Phillyz, Apr 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

SourAddict, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of BeezNeezy22D
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BeezNeezy22D, Apr 17, 2013
Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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