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Batch #1000: Bryeian - The Bruery

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 269
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 6
Gots: 32 | FT: 6
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mhaugo on 08-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Join us in excitement as we release the winning brew from our Batch #1000 homebrew contest - Bryeian! Hard to believe that we've brewed 1,000+ batches of beer and for those who have been with us throughout the years, probably surprising to see that the winner is a hoppy ale! A cascadian, dark rye ale to be exact. Brian Pramov and Bryan Keas, a pair of homebrewers from Denver put together this winning recipe for us and it shined brightly in our competition. The roast of the dark malts, the spice of the rye and the intense hop character combine for a fantastic experience.
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Photo of mhaugo
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle decanted into a curved imperial pint glass. Bottle stamped 8/7/13.
Appearance: Liquid obsidian with a leather cap. Beautiful lacing down the glass.
Smell: Aggressive, piney hops that track down my nose from eight inches away. A deeper investigation reveals charcoal and molasses.
Taste: So damn fresh it’s unbelievable. The hop character is sharp and brilliant. Pine so dense it makes me feel like I’m camping. There are also waves of spent coals, peppery rye, and sweet burned sugar. The lingering astringency is more roasted grains than it is hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, easy carbonation.
Overall: The bottle says, “We don’t often make hoppy beers, but when we do, they taste something like this.” The tragedy is that they don’t make more hoppy beers. This beer comes from the “Batch 1000” homebrew competition The Bruery hosted a few months ago, and after tasting this I’m glad I didn’t win. Black IPA is not generally a style that I am particularly fond of, but this beer is unreal. It is now my new gold standard for the category. Well done.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8/8/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours an extremely dark brown that verges on black throughout the body with only tinges of brown on the outside edges. A gigantic, 4 finger's tall, thick tan head quickly forms as you start to pour. The head offers fantastic head retention and leaves incredibly thick lacing behind as it gradually dissipates.

Aroma: (4.5)
Juicy, piney centric hops burst forth from the glass and slap your nose as soon as you begin to tilt the glass towards your nose. The hops offer aromas of grapefruit, pine, peach and faint tangerine. Beneath these bright hop characteristics are some more dank, lightly earthy hops that sync up perfectly with the surprisingly aromatic spicy rye that is in the malt bill. Layered underneath the rye are some subtle impressions of slightly roasted coffee and creamy chocolate.

Taste: (4.5)
Just like in the nose, big juicy hops character upfront; grapefruit rind, ripe peach flesh and pine. Just as the bitter hops begin to coat your palate, a big spicy wave of grainy rye malts interjects into the mix. Underneath this rye assault are some chewy notes of chocolate malt. The beer finishes very dry and bitter with long, lingering notes of grapefruit rind, pine, spicy rye and faint baker's chocolate.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Robust, medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
A fantastic example of both a black IPA and a rye IPA; It truly is difficult to tell where the hop bitterness ends and rye spiciness begins. Both of the ingredients really play well off of each other and the malt bill while being dark, still allows the crisp, bright hop character to really shine. This beer is fantastic, rightfully so as the Bruery's 1000 batch. Great stuff. Highly recommend while the beer is still fresh!

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip, in two stages. The head on the first pour was huge, so I let it settle a few minutes then poured again. The result resembled a chocolate frappe with a thick, bumpy tan head over a dense black body. Super long head retention and gobs of lacing.

Aromas of rye bread, dark chocolate, roasty coffee, pineapple fruit, and earthy, arboreal notes of pine/juniper and forest floor.

This tastes complex with a lot of different notes of bitterness--dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, burnt toast, pepper. It also has a strong rye tanginess that comes across a little fruity and an evergreen hop character that rounds it all out. Tastes delicious.

Body is medium and the carbonation is just right. It is a bit of an assaulting ride on the palate that finishes with a peppery burn on the tongue and a lasting bitterness.

I am liking these dark rye hoppy beers like Wookey Jack--whatever you want to call them--and this is another good example. An odd-ball in The Bruery's repertoire, it is a well-made beer inspired by good home-brew. It is tasty yet just 7% ABV, and is not so expensive--just under $10. This bottle is 3 months old now, and the idea was to consume it fresh. While some hop character may have attenuated, this is still drinking great right now.

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Photo of Wolfrd24
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm bummed that I only purchased one bottle of this elixir. Wow!

I was surprised at the flavors and complexity of this brew. I'm normally not a Black IPA/Rye beer drinker, but this bottle pleased from the first touch on my palate, until it settled into my gullet.

If you can find a bottle, I highly recommend it!

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Photo of hopsputin
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

a: a thick, solid flat black color - no light. largeee 3 finger rocky frothy white head. looks delicious

s: i love black ales. dark fruits, tropical hops, juicy apricot, roasted malts. so much ripe mango and passion fruit. the kind of smell that makes your mouth water. dank earthy hops - like smelling a columbus pellet.

t: right away the roasted malts and ripe passionfruit are fighting for dominance. they then blend together and fade to a nice smooth chocolate note. then we taste some of the sweet malts - light toffee. finishes with a hint of earthy pine bitterness - just the right amount.

m: medium mouthfeel, that feels a little fuller with all the carbonation. slightly syrup-like

o: super impressed with this. such a nice blend of malts, roast, and hops. tropical fruits and roasted malts and chocolate all harmonized so well. just enough bitterness to add a nice crispness to this and make it savory and refreshing at the same time. i highly recommend this. only complaint is i think it would benefit from a lighter mouthfeel, perhaps

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Photo of ISmith87
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a stout/porter glass
Bottled 8/8/2013

A - 5 - Quite possible the best looking dark beer I've seen. Pitch black beer with a nice khaki colored head that's super smooth looking, almost like a nitro tap. As it dies down it leaves great lacing and has little peaks and valleys in the head (believe it or not) that make you want to just stare at it for hours.
S - 4 - Pine is the first thing you notice when smelling this beer, followed by the roasted malts and a little bit of grapefruit. Citrus zest. Rye malt.
T - 4.5 - Great tasting beer. Taste is actually a little sweeter than you'd expect with the smell. Grapefruit, pine and orange/nectarine from the hops. Roasted malt and coffee in the background. A bite from the rye malt that keeps the flavor complex and earthy/woody.
M - 4.5 - Nice medium-thick mouthfeel. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is grapefruit/pine/roasted malts.
O - 4.5 - This is a beer deserving of a better rating than it has IMO. For the price it's debatable whether or not it's worth it. $10 for a 750 ml of what's basically a 7% black IPA. 2 Wookey Jack's for $10 at BevMo is probably a better deal, but it's worth it to try it once!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

definitely the best black ale ive had in a long time, well hopped and very light for the color, clean even on the finish, uncommon. I know the bruery didn't originally create this one, but the sure executed it well. jet black on the pour, huge off white head, milkshake thick and lasting with ring lacing at every sip. the nose is bitter almost burnt malt and all the west coast hops that the nostrils can handle. hints of dark chocolate too beneath the twofold bitterness. the flavor is just like the nose, not a rich or decadent beer, but something drinkably bold. love the highly hopped black malt flavor, pungent and distinct, dry in the finish but a lasting hop flavor stays with me. the complexity of this is tremendous, as is the feel, its somehow light despite its color and depth of flavor. a great addition to their lineup, I would love to see this available all the time. the rye adds a nice touch without being dominant. just an all around world class beer, the best example of the style I can remember ever having.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery has promised from the very start NOT to brew an IPA, though they have come close to crossing the line, especially in their Humulus Series. Bryeian is another beer which dances at the line, though technically it's not a Bruery beer, but a homebrewer's concoction. Served on-tap at The Bruery, on to the beer:

Black bodied and topped with a small head of decent retention. The lacing show is a good one as it decorates the glass. Aroma hits the mark for a rye India dark; it's spiced, a little dry, cantaloupe, honeydew, and a hint of roast. To my surprise, the hops are relaxed and not in your face. In this case, I like that.

Very hoppy with a kiss of malt backbone. The hops are oily and bring the flavors of cantaloupe, mixed fruits, passionfruit, mango. The malt doesn't make much mark on the beer until the aftertaste, where a roasty aftertaste takes place. But throughout, there's a dusting of bitter chocolate on those hops. Very tasty and surprisingly easy to drink, and that texture is soft and luxurious.

An Rye India Dark Ale which is also easy to drink? Certainly one here. And probably one of the best one's per style I've had, rye or no rye.

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Photo of Brianofthemarsh
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, borderline black. Thick fluffy tan head.
s - A bit of piney hops and roasted malt. A wee bit of rye.
t- Oh goodness! Lots going on here. Grapefruit, maybe some tropical fruit and pine, roasted malt, chocolate, rye toast. More earthy hop notes came out as the drink warmed.
m- slick on the mouth but with moderate carbonation
o - An excellent beer. Bold , complex and drinkable at the same time.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml capped bottle. Bottled 8/7/13.

Served chilled into a goblet.

Batch 1000 is a very dark brown ale with thick bone white head. It has great retention, settling very slowly, and leaving some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is a very enjoyable combination of citrusy hops and a sweet vanilla.

Flavor is hoppy but balanced with a sweet roasty malt body. It has great bitterness from the abundant hopping but also from the dark malts. The rye provides a pleasant spice and pumpernickel bread character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Balanced and enjoyable.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Cheers to the home brewers in Denver who one this prestigious competition. They deserved it.

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Photo of Ruderaven52
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Two and a half finger head. Some light lacing - not that stick to the glass lacing, but some tiny bubbles that eventually drink back down.

The smell is fresh hops. Piney with some rye. This is a very fresh brew at just over two weeks. The bottle says to enjoy as fresh as possible. This beer smells great.

The taste is dead on with the smell. Fresh hops and pine. Good rye flavor on the finish. There is some orange peel flavor that helps with the bitterness the more I drink. There is something burnt-like or ash. Maybe burnt orange peel?

Another great brew from The Bruery. At 7%, I think you could session this beer. Why couldn't they wait for football season to really start. Great Black Rye IPA. I would love to taste this against Firestone's Wookey Jack, which is one of my favorites in this style.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 8/8/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours dark cola brown with a huge three and a half finger light tan head. Nice retention and quite a bit of thick lacing. A good lookin black ale for sure.

Nice piney aroma with rye, roasted malts and a little cocoa.

Bold, well balanced flavors. Bursting with piney and citrus hops up front, nice lingering rye mid sip then mild chocolate malt on the back. A great mix with no alcohol presence.

Medium body. Creamy yet slick with moderate carbonation. Long bitter hop and spicey rye aftertaste.

Nothing too rich or over the top, just a well constructed rye based black ale. A pleasant surprise to see such a tasty hop infused ale from The Bruery. This is one of the best black ales I've tried and definately worth a shot for any fan of the style.

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Photo of PalatePilot
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured about 10oz into an Avery strong ale glass

A- Murky, almost black, opaque brew. Giant head. Tan and really frothy!

S- so much hop. It has gotten way more hoppy on the nose as it has warmed. Also a little cocoa. I can smell rye if i really try. not prevalent though.

Taste: Roast and sweetness in the front and then a nice hop finish. Cleansing almost, its a really cool beer. I like the mix. Chocolate and rye slide into a slight citrus hop flavor. It works well. I have had a hard time with this style but this beer pulls it off nicely.

M: Creamy.Thick but not chewy. the hop finish allows this beer to stay very drinkable.

O- a great beer. Rye spice really compliments this style. like I said, have been having a hard time getting behind the cascading/ Black IPA style. Havent found too many that do it for me. I really enjoy Odell Mt Standard, and this beer reminded me of it with a little Rye spice.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Stellar looking beer. Thick black body with a deep khaki colored head. The creamy foam towers over the glass and has outstanding retention and lace.

S - Dried resiny hops, lavender. Honey, molasses, light toast and a big, inviting rye bread note.

T - Brewed, dark roasted coffee grounds from the bottom of the press: dark chocolate, bitter char, and an oily acidity. Burnt rye toast, resiny hops, bright wood, and black pepper through the finish.

M - Medium light body with great staying power.

O - Big, hoppy, and char forward.

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Photo of travolta
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost pitch black, light brown head with excellent retention, lacing and volume. A rocky and voluminous head, like a whipped cocoa cream puff..

Sweet carmel, raisin, fig, vanilla, ash, and dark chocolate.

Crisp and perfectly balanced. Crispy and dry in the middle a bit surrounded by sweetness. Figs, carmel, and piney hops bitterness. Some rye dryness.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large 4 finger tan head with nice retention and lacing on a very deep amber brown head with red tint. Aroma follows with tart grapefruit, roasted malts, earthy hops, brown sugar, rye and confectioners chocolate. Flavor of dark breads, roasted malts, earthy and citrus hops, minimal resin, wood. Moderate to full body and moderate carbonation. Nice balance between the hops and roast styles.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a footed glass at Ale Arsenal.

Completely black. Opaque, with a rich, tight, brown head more suited to a stout than a CDA (Black IPA, whatever). Great lace.

Lightly fruity. Kinda tropical. Hint of chocolate.

The taste is similar - fruit and an undercurrent of chocolate. Orange, zest, dry hops. There is a weird off-taste of something...it's a little, plasticy? I'm not sure.

Dry and sharp. Rich.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Recommended!

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you're into Black IPA's pick this up. Tons of Rye and the hops stand up to it nicely. Darker than I anticipated.. I would like to try this again in a tasting setting... it was pretty late when we cracked this.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

23.4 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Obsidian darkness with noticeable single chains of carbonation. Frothy, bubbly, tall mocha head that is sticky, lacy, and retains it's presence through most of the drink.

S: Powerful citrus and pine hop aroma and slight hints of anise, roasted malt, and toffee.

T: Sweet grapefruit and piney hop flavors provide a big bitter flavor that melds with a smack of charred rye. Some earthiness and biscuits under the hop flavors. The end is more on the peppery, bitter side but not too much bite.

M: Smooth drinking, not quite velvety, but there is a richness and stout like quality to the mouthfeel. Bitterness is there, slightly drying the tongue, but tempered enough by sweetness and creaminess. Warming on the throat and slightly boozy.

O: This beer is atypical for The Bruery but it provides a legitimate hoppy option that rounds out their their predominantly Belgian / Wild portfolio. A visually appealing and smooth on the palate beer. There is a lot going on from flavor and smell perspective, but these qualities do not stand out as much as appearance and mouthfeel. Still you combine all of them together, and you have an impressive beer.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Seriously dark color, near black, with a lovely sudsy appearance in the Duvel tulip. A rich mouthfeel with lots of creamy carbonation.

Aromatic flavors and a great example of the spicy rye flavors. The hops are a little over the top but it's not insanely bitter. Gummy, grapefruity hop flavors. Pleasant sweet mouthful of hops to go with the bitterness.

I guess it doesn't matter what style this is, but since Black Ale is a category based on nothing but color, I'd rather call it a Rye Beer, which is what the Bruery folks call it. Even the name has rye in it. In any case it's very tasty, and my favorite Bruery beer.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice dark mahogany almost black. A vigorous pour yields a 2 inch head that is dense and has some amazing retention. Very very sticky head that leaves some amazing light tan lacing as it recedes slowly.

Aroma starts off wow. Hoppy, hoppy goodness. Slight notes of citrus hops with some mild resinous notes. The hops then are slightly balanced and blended with some nice slight roast notes. Notes of herbal and grassy hop flowers as well as some nice spicy rye notes in the nose. Very earthy. Seems like a palate wrecker. Upon further inspection there is some slight caramel notes mixed in with some pine and definitely some nice chocolatey notes.

Flavor starts off with some hoppy notes typical of an IPA. Citrus grapefruit notes with some tangerines. Here they are balanced with nice roast and dark malt notes. Grainy and earthy with some good rye spice present. The rye accentuates the spicy and herbal character of the hops and shines on its own as well. The brew has a lighter mouthfeel to it and I typically enjoy a bit of heft with these Black Ales. However this is a well crafted hoppy beer with some good roast.

Overall. Nice hit by the Bruery and the Homebrewers. Great hoppy notes and spicy rye notes that make this brew shine. Mild roasted notes that help balance it out. Well done.

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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hoarders Society bottle. The beer is dark brown with a towering beige head. The aroma offers pine, resin, hops, roast. Definitely smells true to style. Well balanced and flavorful. Healthy amount of pleasant bitterness. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, a tasty beer and fine example of a black IPA.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours out black with a really nice, slow to build 2 inch head. Huge gobs of lace stick to the glass forever.

Chocolate, citrus and roasted coffee start the smell off. Pine resin and rye spice make up the middle, more roasted malts at the finish. Very inviting.

Very smooth flavor. Milk chocolate, light pine, cumquat, roasted rye malt spice, hint of booze near the end with a hint of cold brewed coffee at the finish. Thick and smooth going down

I'd reccommend this. Probably even be good with a bit of age. I know it says consume fresh, but it tastes like you could do both.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/22/13 notes. Bought 1 bottle of this in the RS this year. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one finger of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cascadian hops, dank pine , rye, citrus hops, and some roasted malts. A nice mix of a lot of pine hops and roasted notes, they work well together.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, pine hops, light rye, spices, toasted malts, light citrus hops, and some earthy malts. More roasted notes than the nose and less pine hops, but I like it.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel has no bitterness at all and it is pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one. Not my favorite Black IPA and not the hoppiest, but plenty of pine and roasted notes, and the rye is noticable and works well with it. Easy to drink.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 8/8/13
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours a deep dark brown. Some light reddish hues coming through. Looks black in glass when all is filled.

S: Really nice spicy rye character mixed with the pine. Some roast, which I like. As it warms, more chocolate notes up up mixing with the earthy hops.

T: Nice splash of pine bitterness up front. There is some bitter grapefruit character. Roasted malts and that spicy rye come in mid palate. Finish is really dry. Lingering hop bitterness that is intensely earthy.

M: Big medium. There is some body here from the rye.

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Batch #1000: Bryeian from The Bruery
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