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Batch #1000: Bryeian - The Bruery

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Batch #1000: BryeianBatch #1000: Bryeian

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BA SCORE
86
very good

248 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | 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:
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, rye, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with rye and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium body mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid rye presence but nothing too remarkable for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2013 03:12:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

02-09-2014 02:39:35 | More by nmann08
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-01-2013 15:47:16 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-21-2013 14:41:00 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:32:36 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

08-30-2013 11:04:44 | More by GRG1313
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-21-2013 02:38:01 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-22-2013 04:32:34 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-27-2013 04:29:03 | More by nickfl
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

03-13-2014 15:47:21 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Split with rudzud as usual. Again American Black Ale not really my fav style, but we'll see how this goes.

Huge creamy head of 2 fingers, foamy, fades semi slowly with lots of soapy lacing, pretty much pitch black semi thick beer.

Nose nice dark malts, little roasty and tin, hint bready yeast, caramel and dark choc. Hops are a plenty, floral, fruity, little citrus, bit earthy spicy, candy hops, green grassy wet hay hop, dank, then some rye, lots of rye and pumpernickel bread.

Taste starts with more rye and bitter hops, earthy spicy hops, little fruity with hint citrus. Rye and dark bready malts bring pumpernickle bread, light spicy rye and spicy hop. Some sweet malts, light caramel, little roast, hint choc, little bready dough. Finish is dry and sticky, long semi bitter earthy spicy hop, fair bitterness, little dark grainy malt and rye. 3

Mouth is fuller bod, little syrupy, nice carb.

Overall not bad, decent malt and hop balance even for a black ipa, nice rye component that really shines through, hops aren't the best but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 15:00:11 | More by jlindros
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-31-2013 01:47:25 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 21:34:46 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

4.01/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 14:53:19 | More by mdfb79
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mactrail

Washington

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 06:44:29 | More by mactrail
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-07-2013 23:57:18 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.5%

02-15-2014 23:37:18 | More by beernads
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

07-08-2014 20:06:36 | More by GClarkage
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imperialking

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

02-14-2014 18:22:40 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-03-2013 05:00:08 | More by MarkyMOD
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a Bruery snifter. The brew appears black in color with a khaki head. Some stringy patchy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

This is very roasted and earthen with notes of tobacco, minerals, citrus and pine coming forward. I enjoy how the roast of the grain is seemingly the first thing noted and while the hops are a big player, they fall secondary to the roast of the grain.

The taste is earthy with tobacco, leather, roasted almost chocolate-like grain feel that blends into the aftertaste with almost a smokey appeal. The hop flavors are strong with notes of pine before getting more herbal and dank.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall quite decent but nothibg id want to buy multiples of. I enjoyed that the grain aspect of this was able to stand up to the assetiveness of the hops. Worth a try if you like black ipas.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 13:22:29 | More by stakem
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DoubleJ

California

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2013 23:07:49 | More by DoubleJ
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-25-2013 06:11:45 | More by zestar
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-01-2013 15:48:29 | More by duceswild
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 19:37:35 | More by Huhzubendah
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Batch #1000: Bryeian from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.