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Batch #1000: Bryeian - The Bruery

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very good

255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
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:
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 notchucknorris
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

notchucknorris, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of Chuggernaut00
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Chuggernaut00, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7% ABV, 08/08/13 etched into the bottle.

A - The giant dollop of mouse-like khaki head takes it's sweet time to reduce to a clumpy pile of foam, all the while leaving heavy sheets of lace on the tulip above the dark black beer.

S - Sharp American hops prick the nose with pine needles and sap-caked pine cone while grapefruit rind pleasantries and a rubbery new tire smell floats amidst the spicy rye and moderately roasted barley malt.

T - Tasting like a hopped-up porter, Bryeian is heavily roasted with notes of chocolate and molasses feeding into the spicy rye malt bill before American hops take over with overtones of pine and subtle citrus notes on the finish.

M - Between the roasted malt astringency and piny hop profile, Bryeian is slightly acrid, leaving the medium-bodied beer finishing quite dry and bitter.

O - The addition of rye malt to a Cascadian Dark Ale is a logical and welcome progression of the relatively new style but, Bryeian doesn't strike me as either the type of beer The Bruery would choose to produce (had they not held the competition) nor one that would win an award out of 200 entries. While Bryeian is a good beer, I find it to be a little overly roasted and underhopped; roasted malts rise above everything else rather than being complimentary but by no means is it a bad offering.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Williaar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Williaar, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Gobzilla, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of thegerm87
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

thegerm87, Feb 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

beernads, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Samuel906
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with some dark khaki tinge and a fluffy off white head with great retention. Smell is rye, malt, and hops, very rich nose. Taste is hoppy and bitter up front with some grains and bread finishing it off leaving a distinct rye flavor on the aftertaste. Taste gets a bit muddy with all the different bitter flavors. Mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth, moderate to high carbonation. Overall, a good dry dark ale, but nothing extraordinary. What this beer has going for it is tons and tons of rye which is great, and where most rye beers unfortunately fail.

Samuel906, Feb 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

imperialking, Feb 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

sendsilk, Feb 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

jegross2, Feb 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

gspeer711, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of blindtiger24
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

blindtiger24, Feb 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

nmann08, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

williamjbauer, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from CraftShack
Pours a fairly dark brown with a huge creamy tan head that that sticks to everything, glass, mustache, etc. Aromas of pine, resin and spice with hints of green onion and citrus. Bready caramel and light roasted grain round out the nose. Bitter resinous spice and pine flavor dominates with a fairly high level of bitterness. Mild caramel, bread, and chocolate provide hints of balance, but this one skews heavy to the hop. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick ashy resinous mouthfeel. Nice Black IPA I really enjoyed this.

johnnnniee, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Skunkdrool, Jan 29, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

OnWisconsin, Jan 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

hbchrisg, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

mfield14, Jan 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Callmecoon, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

simoen, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

lakeylake, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jsanford, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

WynnO, Jan 20, 2014
Batch #1000: Bryeian from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.