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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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Ratings: 2,072
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at John J Jeffries in lancaster served chilled in a tulip.

The color is peachy with lots of haze and thin white cream cap with fine bead. The smell is very tropical with lactic sour odor and light citrus zest with nice amount of wild yeast esters. The feel is extremely sour almost enamel degrading with a mild sweet accent and medium carbonation with subtle spice and dry finish.

The taste is very lactic acid infused with a saliva starting taste up front with some lemon and greek yogurt like tangy flavors with a slight citurs juiciness and mild grain tinge in the back with interesting spice quality and dry finish. Overall this is a super sour wild beer which is not for the timid - it is pretty easy to drink considering how sour it is though.

Slatetank, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

cdmillard, Jun 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Pecan, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BeerForMuscle, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle date, but its the old bottles that say "For sale in CA only."

Appearance - Deep orange. Hazy. Nice white head. Chunky floaties.

Smell - Quite malty. A slight acetic acid aroma. Slight aroma of rye, but it's faint. Oak is more prominent.

Taste - More sour than the nose implies. Malty still, but a bit of acetic sourness mixes in. More oak up front and the rye is almost gone.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Not all that sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's a good beer, but simple. Clean sourness, although it's more acetic than anything else.

Alieniloquium, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ber12, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

MarkJBurch, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

twelveinches, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jl28r1, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

animal69, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Rudy, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Jeckel, Jun 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

ajzy, Jun 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

rjholcomb, Jun 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

freduardo, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Anonymous1, Jun 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Eighty, May 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

AndrewScottPentland, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

sendbeer, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

themilkman87, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

spark3148857, May 28, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Back label says 112812 Lot

A- Pours an orangeish amber color with a 1/4 inch beige head that doesn't retain long before subsiding to a bubbly ring around the edge of the glass with a patch of wispy surface foam in the center. Thin semi-resilient lacing cascades down the glass.

S- Medium-high sour smell brings about notes of cherry and mild vinegar. Moderate amount of rye is detected after a few short sharp sniffs.

T- Taste is more sour than the aroma lets on. Acidity is pretty high and overpowers the mild fruit notes. Alcohol is well concealed but still is a sipper due to the intense amount of lactic acid.

M- Very dry with a pucker that's nearing intense. Medium carbonation with a light-to-medium body. From the last pour when the sediment is introduced, the feel becomes more chalky.

O- Just a tad too sour for my taste, although it does remind me of a more fruit-forward sour like a Flanders Red. I also was hoping for more rye in the flavor. Still, quite drinkable and appropriate for the style.

Immortale25, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Soneast, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

SocalKicks, May 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

JohnQBeer, May 27, 2013
Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 2,072 ratings.