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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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2,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,073
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 293
Gots: 554 | FT: 64
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 ehammond1
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

(Aged for 1 year)

Darker than anticipated, even after having this beer a number of times. I simply don't remember it being this dark: a hazed dark amber and an off-white head of creamy foam. Leaves the glass very messy with irregular spiderwebs of lace. A gorgeous American rye sour ale. I can't mark this down for anything.

Sharply sour aroma, definite citrus, some white pepper, and a bit of a rye spice, though I probably wouldn't name rye without the obvious steering. There's just a touch of funk and some white fruit elements in the aroma. Wonderful. As the beer warms, a very nice vanilla character emerges. Surprisingly delightful.

Very sour, lots of complementary fruit flvaors (citrus, pear, and juicy green grapes), some white pepper, and vanilla combine exceptionally well.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I always held off on reviewing this one because I didn't actually believe it was as good as I thought it was. I wanted to sit down with a full glass of this beer and really contemplate it before giving it such high marks. A year after release, I'm finally doing just that, and this beer is exceptional. It's one of my favorite American sours. I suppose if I had to find a flaw, I'd want more funk, but the flavors that are here are just too extraordinary to worry about complaining about anything.

ehammond1, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

smarcoly, Jan 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

FunkyMacGroovin, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

jsilva, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

extra, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of monkeymagic72
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
Pours a really attractive deep gold. Frothy head that disappears pretty quickly leaving little to no lacing or head. The initial smell is of apricots and sour mash. The apricot smell weakens as it warms. Tastes exactly as it smells; slightly funky with a bit of apricot. I can barely detect the oak. The rye is also faint. Mouthfeel is medium. I really enjoyed this sour and look forward to getting more.

monkeymagic72, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BeerThursdays, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

caguiar, Jan 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

thewimperoo, Jan 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

olympuszymurgus, Jan 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ScottO, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Kmccabe33, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

QCABeerTour, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle graciously extra'ed by leschkies (thanks so much man!) poured into wine glasses with the wife...

A: Murky dark apricot appearance...off-white head recedes at a moderate pace, which is actually pretty good for a sour. No lacing.

S: Moderate sour and lacto upfront, with a touch more malt presence underneath than I was expecting to find...though its not sweet or bready. Lemon and a hint of tart berry, stone fruit, apricot and virgin oak.

T: Really follows the nose, there is a malty base but it isn't necessarily identifiable as 'rye' to me as its buried under a decent layer of sour...lemon...lactic bite...apricot again, and oak underneath it all. Nice and refreshing and not overdone.

MF: Lighter medium body with some puckering sourness...creamy tones, with proper carbonation.

O: A pleasant, enjoyable and balanced sour - something I would call an 'everyday' sour. Boy the wife loved it too. Good beer!

Scotchboy, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

tobelerone, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

rowingbrewer, Dec 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Hugonaut13, Dec 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the generous lurchingbeast, who sent this bottle along as an extra in a BIF. Big 750 ML bottle split with my wife.

Pour is cloudy dark orange with ample carbonation. Nose is an oversize kick to the post of sour...there might be a touch of rye, but that might be my imagination. Or that is said "rye" on the label. In big font.

Sour in the Rye suffers from the shortcoming of most sours - where's the variety? Big lemony bite in the forefront wrapped around an acidic edge; pretty standard issue stuff. There's a tiny edge of spiciness, & a nice splinter of oak on the end. Not as mouth-wringing as some sours, pretty easy to take down.

Fairly standard issue stuff, & a pretty good brew. I'd have liked the rye to see its shadow more than it does. Can a brewery please make sours with some other tastes in them? That would great. 'Kthxbye.

maximum12, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

nas4atu, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

ms11781, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Poured a hazy orange with a small off-white head on top. Minimal head retention, leaving a small cap on top. Small wisps of lacing.

S: Nice tartness, some vinegar and light fruit. The rye comes through in the middle a little bit, but it is sort of drowned out by the tart aroma. Some lemon and a little bit of cherry.

T: The flavor profile is similar to the aroma with a touch more of the rye coming through. nice, strong lemon flavor and a little bit of oak.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation with a nice level of sourness.

O: Another solid wild ale from the Bruery.

mdaschaf, Nov 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 2,073 ratings.