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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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96
world-class

2,071 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,071
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 292
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.

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3.48/5  rDev -19.1%

Matthew123, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Holmes698, Oct 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

lysergicdream, Oct 13, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

Johntomk, Oct 12, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%

DeadWalkerAir, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Alextricity
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$18 750ml or something like that. Bottled 11/05/13. BUT I had $15 off in-store and Bruery beers were all 20% off, so I basically got this for like a buck... hm. Not bad!

Appearance: Poured slowly as recommended on the bottle and got a modest, short-lived, super effervescent head that went away after a few short moments. The laser etching in my glass has a lot of bubbles coming up from it. The color is about copper brown, and there's a very slight haze as well. Wasn't expecting a great looking beer, and this one isn't, as it has no head or lacing, but it does have a very nice color.

Smell: Mm.. that cravable funk that sour lovers enjoy. Major "barnyard" funk dancing with rye notes, some caramel malts, and some fruits -- a good amount of red apple in there. Solid depth in the aroma here. A little oaky characteristics from the aging, but really pretty mellow.

Taste/feel: Pucker up, phew. This one'll make your mouth water. Like the smell, dat funk tho. The rye isn't as there as I was expecting it to be, but it's definitely got a rye-y bit of flavor. There's a lot of sour (that comes off as vinegar-like, really), some of that oak barrel woodiness, and also that apple note as well. The feel is very good, with a moderate-to-high carbonation and moderate feel. Aftertaste is a bit of that rye with loads of sour funkiness.

This is an excellent sour ale ... surprise, surprise. Very nice feel, puckering sourness, and some good complexity. I'd like to get another bottle some time and age it for about three years and see what happens to it. My bottle was relatively "fresh" at just 11 months old.

Alextricity, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Damian
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drink from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
2014 edition
10/31/13
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a brilliant, crystal clear, orangey-amber color and was topped by an inch tall, foamy, off white crown. Odd shaped patches of lacing trickled along the glass. The head faded to a thick, lasting ring.

The aroma was amazingly tart and complex. Almost lambic-like. Super oaky and musty with loads of funk. There was an intense dry yeasty quality as well. Notes of brett were apparent. Some fruitiness came through as well. Cherries were detectible.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose, except perhaps a bit fruitier. Sour, funky and slightly musty with intense sour cherry notes. Touch of raspberry perhaps. Loads of brett-like tartness and oak/barrel character. The beer was anchored by a bready malt backbone which lent the beer a subtle sweetness. Lemon notes came through in the center. Crisp with a touch of vinegar-like acidity. The beer finished quite dry with notes of oak and tannins. All in all, really interesting and balanced.

The mouthfeel was impressive. Medium bodied for the style. Creamy, slick and smooth. A super fine, moderate effervescence gave the liquid a plush suppleness.

While some reviewers felt that Sour in the Rye is an overwhelmingly sour and acidic wild ale, I found it to be remarkably complex and amazingly well balanced. In fact, this is definitely one of the best wilds I have tried in quite some time. I would love to lay down a bottle or two and see how the beer ages, but my guess is that it peaks after only a year of cellaring.

Damian, Oct 11, 2014
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4.69/5  rDev +9.1%

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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 2,071 ratings.