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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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1,786 Ratings
THE BROS
95
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Ratings: 1,786
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 241
Gots: 510 | FT: 59
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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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tectactoe

Michigan

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for splitting his bottle. Now that this is available in Michigan, I can decide whether or not it's worth dropping 17-18$ on a few bottles for myself. Super clear and clean amber body with a fuzzy and fizzling, off-white cap. The head sparks up like foam from a soda and is gone in just a few moments. I've gotta say... I wasn't expecting this kind of clarity from a wild ale, but it looks really nice.

Whew... crazy tart aroma. The kind of aroma that stings your nostrils and gets jettisoned into your brain cells, sending your saliva glands into sprinkler mode. Lots and lots of vinegar, lactic acid and wet oak, accompanied by lighter fruit reminders like lemon flesh, peels, and wet cherry skins. Tannins abound with some woody dryness at the end. This is going to be tart... I just know it.

First sip causes immediate puckering of the lips, cheeks touching, glands sweating, etc... Super tart up-front, no holds barred type of shit here. Wincing white wine vinegar, soaked oak, acidic and lactic acid, prompt stone fruit skins, a touch of lemon juice, and the most faint appearance of dry rye in the finish. Perhaps my senses are tricking me with the rye dryness... it could be a quality of the oak-aging as well.

Sour in the Rye is a sourheads dream, but be warned - while there is plentiful vinous presence here, white grapes, oak, and the like, the vinegar aspect outweighs it by quite a bit. I know many sour fans who aren't too keen on the heavy "vinegar" flavors, but luckily - I am, and so Sour in the Rye floats almost every boat that I have. Thin, wet, crispy and sharp mouth feel with a gum line receding dryness in the finish.

Very awesome stuff, if you're into puckeringly sour and vinegar-laden wild ales. This brew isn't for everyone, but it's certainly for me. Although it's sometimes hard to justify spending nearly 20$ for a bottle of beer, I think I can easily make a case in my mind to keep a few bottles of Sour in the Rye stocked at all times, when I'm in the mood for something white wine-y and sour.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 18:58:05 | More by tectactoe
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Acuity

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

09-22-2013 03:39:09 | More by Acuity
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Dawkins

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-21-2013 04:06:51 | More by Dawkins
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EZEKIEL_F

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-21-2013 02:39:38 | More by EZEKIEL_F
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mdidonat

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-20-2013 21:48:56 | More by mdidonat
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque amber. Not much head. Minimal lacing.

S: Citrus, lemons

T: Tart, sour, sweet. Light malts with a backdrop of Belgian yeast. A dry finish. Lemons come through with a flourish. A dandy Sweet/Tart confection treat.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

T: The perfect summer treat. Sip and be soured.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 17:38:08 | More by brewskifan55
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Evan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-19-2013 01:38:56 | More by Evan
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Matt_Ortiz

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

09-18-2013 21:19:00 | More by Matt_Ortiz
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pharts

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

09-18-2013 19:18:39 | More by pharts
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primrose54

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

09-18-2013 02:03:44 | More by primrose54
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dedbeer

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

09-18-2013 01:24:32 | More by dedbeer
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KajII

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy brownish orange with a small (1-2 finger) off white fizzy head that receded down to a very small collar with super light spotty lacing.

The aroma was of grain and bread malts and a funky cheesy yeast with a note of fruit (apple, cherry and apricot), a light spiciness, a mild vinous scent, a hint of oak and a definite tartness.

The taste started off sour and acetic with a light wine presence which lasted throughout with the finish mellowing slightly, having a mildly sweet fruity taste along with a light spiciness towards the end. The flavor lasted a good long time following the swallow, with the bold sourness giving way to a mildly sweet-tart fruity taste that lingered on the taste buds for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was a few steps above light in body and dry in texture with a solid medium carbonation.

Overall this was a very tasty and enjoyable brew that possessed a nice tart flavor which blended so well with the fruity spicy taste, that it allowed for a smooth and easy drinkability. I have to say that there is no surprise here, just another exceptional beer from this brewer...

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Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 17:06:55 | More by KajII
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collino

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-17-2013 05:04:46 | More by collino
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Gsantollo

New Jersey

4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Sour that started it all!!!! For me at least. This is the beer that opened my eyes and has made me want to try all the sours in the world. I have travel the sour world around and still have no problem paying through the nose for this one. It's always a good night with one of these guys.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 22:02:02 | More by Gsantollo
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mjohnson17

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-16-2013 16:52:59 | More by mjohnson17
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

09-15-2013 21:14:38 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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Jslay013

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

09-15-2013 17:37:42 | More by Jslay013
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thegoon55

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.8%

09-15-2013 08:46:17 | More by thegoon55
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Hellpop65

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

09-15-2013 04:11:08 | More by Hellpop65
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12owls

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

09-14-2013 11:25:23 | More by 12owls
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smithj4

New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

09-12-2013 23:37:01 | More by smithj4
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -30.1%

09-12-2013 18:37:39 | More by CityofBals
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.8%

09-12-2013 16:59:43 | More by Powderhornphil
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-12-2013 16:42:30 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured an almost light brown with one finger tan head that died quick without much lace on top of an aroma that has a touch of sweet or tropicalesque fruit but also a large sour and tartness to it (want to say cherry b/c that's first thing that comes to mind). Medium bodied, not chewey but a little filling, the rye helps smooth out as well, this beer has a crisp feel and dry finish that perfectly complements and balance the sourness of the beer, and the spiciness and very mild sweetness of the beer helps round it out. A complex brew that I can't really get a handle on but know I like and a great beer for all to try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2013 14:54:28 | More by clayrock81
Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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