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Batch #1000: Bryeian - The Bruery

Batch #1000: BryeianBatch #1000: Bryeian

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BA SCORE
86
very good

219 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%


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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flayedandskinned

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 21:53:28 | More by flayedandskinned
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hard to tell but I think it says bottled 08/07/2013 so almost two months old.

A: Pours a dark brown with a tall and fluffy light light brown head. Head fades very slowly; fantastic head retention. In fact there is still an island of foam 20 minutes after pouring it. Very dense and heavy lacing. Excellent presentation.

S: Decent roasted malt with quite a bit of spicy rye. Not as hoppy as I expected but has a decent pine presence as well.

T: Yup, definitely piney up front. Loaded with rye immediately following, quite sharp through the middle and finish. Not a whole lot of roasted malt but a mild chocolate presence. Another burst of bitter piney hops in the finish. Rye spiciness accentuates the bitterness. Drying spicy rye aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, quite dry.

O: Not a bad black IPA. Rye stands out here, it's quite dominant. Maybe a little too dominant. Very little roasted malt character and even the pine is buried a bit under all the spice. It's quite good, fairly complex but a little unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 04:42:55 | More by Dope
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 19:14:06 | More by inlimbo77
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rand

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From 750 mL bottle to oversized wine glass

The winning entry for The Bruery's Batch 1000 Homebrew contest, Bryeian forms a sudsy, marshmallow-head on a gentle pour, and reveals a rich, deep, dark brown color. Earthy, floral hop-essence combines with nutty, toasted notes to provide the brew's rather dry and subdued bouquet. More pronounced on the palate, the modestly oily complexion supports rather bitter, astringent roasted notes, with tinges of black coffee and tannins along the edges. Bitter hop oils and wood accentuate the brew's surprisingly dry palate. Interestingly, its long finish reveals most of the beer's nuances; honeyed squaw bread, earthy tea, a subtle hint of citrus zest.

An interesting beer, unlike a lot of the black ales floating around the local market, but I'm not sure it would win many competitions outside of their homebrew contest.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 07:32:12 | More by rand
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: very dark brown, almost black. A half finger tan head that slipped away. Not much lacing.

S: Hoppy and smokey. What a strange combo.

T: Roasty, hoppy. Smooth, sweet. Chocolate arrives to settle among the hops. Sticky resin. A dry finish.

M: Light to medium with medium dry carbonation.

O: Oddly tasteful. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 23:15:51 | More by brewskifan55
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark black with great lacing on the beer. Lots of chocolate colored head

Smell - rich malt flavor and lots of hops!

Taste - chocolate with a hop finish

Mouthfeel - ends quite bitter but nicely carbonated

Overall - this was a fun novelty beer by the bruery. Nothing special, but stil tasty

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:41:24 | More by beatenbyjacks
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 01:05:48 | More by JoEBoBpr
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 05:27:46 | More by HuskyinPDX
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PalatePilot

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 03:52:59 | More by PalatePilot
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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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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 03:30:21 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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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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AgentMunky

California

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 03:54:18 | More by AgentMunky
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 22:13:58 | More by rudzud
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottled on 8-Aug-13
Poured into stemless wine glass on 29-Aug-13.

Intense and dank piney hops in the aroma with some rye and hints of citrus that comes off as a little bit smokey.

The taste is more roasted rye than piney hop, but the bittering hop takes over in the last half. Some burnt orange peel's there as well. As I continue to drink, it gets quite salty.

Overall a decent brew, but hard to grasp that this was chosen as homebrew competition winner for Batch 1000. Was there not that many stellar entries? Batch 300... now that one was worthy.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 02:48:22 | More by Rollzroyce21
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Ruderaven52

California

4.24/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:36:58 | More by Ruderaven52
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mhaugo

California

5/5  rDev +30.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 06:28:13 | More by mhaugo
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Batch #1000: Bryeian from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.