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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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1,950 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,950
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 265
Gots: 537 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

nickhiller, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

CP20, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

claytong, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottled batch poured into a sniffer.

A: pours a murky/hazy dark golden brown. about 2 fingers worth of head that fades within 2 minutes of the pour. leaving behind a film of white head.

S: Aromas of major sourness, with some rye and oak qualities right behind the sour tones.

T: Initially there is a sour burst, but then it mellows down quickly into some lovely rye after tones, with oak notes.

M: Nice carbonation on this one, no big bite, and by no means flat either. The after taste on this one is mellow rye just lingering.

O: Not a bad offering, very curious to see how thing one progresses with age.

GrumpyJunglist, Feb 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

waltonc, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.08/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby red color with a thin off white head that immediately disappears. Some visible carbonation bubbling up but no lacing.

Slightly funky aroma with a decent barrel presence and lots of sweet rye, dark fruit and malt. Earthy with subtle barnyard character, funky bugs and toasted oak. Subtle acetone presence but nose is dominated by funk and spicy rye.

Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with a balance of oak, funk, spice, rye, dark fruit and sweet malt. Slightly tart and puckering but more funky than sour. There's more acetone than the nose suggests but it isn't too overpowering or vinegar-y. Dry, toasted oak and lots rye flavor. This beer would probably be terrible if it wasn't for the rye but it counters the funk and acetone with a nice sweet and spicy character. This is complimented by some dark fruit and sweet malt. Finishes dry and tart with a touch more acetone. Overall, well balanced and flavorful but the acetone turns a beer that could be amazing into slightly above average.

corby112, Jan 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

domtronzero, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

nmann08, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

clarkenstein, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

furthurgone, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

javincik, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

biggied, Dec 18, 2011
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2/5  rDev -53.5%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

EasyReader, Dec 12, 2011
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2.05/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750 ml. bottle poured into my CCB tulip.

A: It really looks like rye whiskey in the glass. Very little head, no lace, and really just a flat quality.

A: Not only does it look like whiskey in the glass it smells like it too. I am getting very few sour notes. The rye is dominate.

T: This is not good. The rye is overbearing, and there is very little sourness. There is also a cloying sweetness that is not pleasant.

M: This is not carbonated, it is slick and oily, and the body is lighter than expected.

O: This is not a good beer. The lack of carbonation and the overpowering rye, did not make this drinkable at all. We had quite a few beers to get to, and I didn't want to waste my time or my palate on this train wreck. It went down the drain.

Gtreid, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

bstyle, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

xraided81, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

dragonWhale, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

VAbdoyan, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

cadaugherty, Nov 29, 2011
Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 1,950 ratings.