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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 9.3.13

A - Pours a hazy dark brown with a huge fine mocha brown head with great retention.

S - Sublte hoppy-orange citrus, roasted rye malts, subtle.

T - Roasted rye malt with hints of orange zest and hoppy bitterness.

D - Tons of carbonation with a medium body.

O - A typical Cascadian dark, different for the Bruery. Light and enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of PalatePilot
4.19/5  rDev +10%
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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3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hire with a think almost the finger mocha head that left a thin blanket and sticky lacing that hangs around.

S - Aromas of nice chocolatey malts, light roast, super dank hops, light bitter earthy spicy bitterness. Super wet. Nice rye on the finish.

T - Taste is nice spicy rye, earthy bitter hops, creamy chocolate, roast malts...very light though. Not super bright but solid tasting, alt darker than I'm used to with my black ipas. Lingering bitterness that is pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, I like a bit more citrus with my black ipas though. Solid offering. I like the rye, a lot, but just don't really care for the hops they used.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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