Batch #1000: Bryeian - The Bruery

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Batch #1000: BryeianBatch #1000: Bryeian

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BA SCORE
86
very good

260 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: mhaugo on 08-14-2013)
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Photo of mhaugo
5/5  rDev +31.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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!

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of hopsputin
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
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

Photo of ISmith87
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Photo of Brianofthemarsh
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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Batch #1000: Bryeian from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.