Permagrin Rye Pale Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Permagrin Rye Pale AlePermagrin Rye Pale Ale

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 29
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kingcrowing on 11-12-2009

This special brew incorporates malted rye in the grain bill lending a spicy character and complex flavors. Generously hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial. This hoppy pale ale has a sneaky bite that will creep up and leave you smiling!
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Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden ale with bronze hues, decent head with a nice lace. Bit of chill haze is evident.
Spicy taste, hints of butteryness to the beer
Clingy mouth feel, and finish that lingers on a bit after the swallowing. Hints of spice
Highly drinkable beer fabulous in fact. Rye seems to be very well balance. Shines through just right, not under powering or overbearing. Well made beer

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of a few of Lawson's beers I have gotten my hands on.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear rich copper/bronze with a large two finger white head that left broken chuks of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Fruity esters,citric hops,and light sharpness from the rye in the nose,flavors are crisp with herbal and citric hops dominating but not overpowering,a decent shot of lactic-sharp rye in the finish.A nice hop driven rye ale like I like them,a good introduction to Lawson's for me.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap @ the Common Man in Warren after alot of fussing around trying to acquire a Lawson's beer - not worth the fuss IMO.

Small pour for the price in a branded Lawson's glass, which set me in a bad mood to start. Dark golden look with a good head that stayed for a while.

Aroma was very pine-ey...not really my bag.

Pine flavor dominated the taste...though the malt and hops managed to wipe it away at the end of the sip (thankfully) to finish clean.

Disappointing given all the hype surrounding the elusive beer from this brewer.

Photo of tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, gold in color, 1/2 inch head

Smell: citrus hops and rye

Taste: citrus hops and rye with some honey

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, slightly bitter with a very bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: An excellent rye beer where the rye is pronounced. It mixes beautifully with the hops. I could drink this all day and am thrilled my buddy let me split his bomber. One of the best in this style.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at American Flat Bread.

Pours a deep golden amber with a small sticky white head with a lot of nice lacing. Has a nice bitter nose, a bit hoppy.

Taste is very bitter! A nice combo from both the hops and the rye bitterness. A Hint of maltiness brings it all together. An awesome Rye beer, keep um comin' Sean!

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz gold foil topped bomber into a tulip glass. Rare Batch # 220. Bottle # 40.

Pours a deep clear copper, with several fingers of foamy off-white head. This settles down into a creamy ½ finger, which soaps the sides of the glass with rich sticky lacing. The aroma is fresh, leafy, piney, and a bit earthy in the nose, with underlying notes of rye, toasted grains, caramel, and citric fruit all combining to give this a ripe and spicy tanginess in the nostrils. This definitely has some aromatic flavor to it.

The taste brings it as well, with the dry grainy spiciness of the rye and the fresh green citric bite of the hops bouncing off of each other beautifully. Sweeter notes of caramel, bread, and even some light tropical fruit notes offer up some good underlying balance to the more assertive character of the rye and hops. The finish is very dry on this, with earthy pith and pine mingling with more rye, which is probably coming out the strongest here than it does in any other aspect of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp prickly feel to the carbonation that is undercut by a smooth creaminess that keeps this flowing nicely in the mouth. This combines with a well hid 6% ABV to really make this much more quaffable than I initially thought it was going to be.

This is another well done beer from the LFL, with a great balance of aggressive flavors from the rye and hops here, yet this was still very smooth and approachable as a whole, to point where I would almost call this borderline refreshing on the palate. Sign me up for a bottle of this anytime.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at the Warren General store this afternoon. Poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A: It pours a deep amber color with burnt orange/red hues, magnificent. There is a thick two finger off white head that displays good retention and coats the sides of the glass in sticky lacing.

S: The nose is full of citrusy american hops. There are notes of oranges, grapefruit, and some pine needles to round it out. The Rye is also detectable with a dough-like spiciness wafting from the glass.

T: The hops assert themselves first in a pleasant bouquet of citric fruit. Mid-palate the beer shifts gears and the malt takes over; spicy rye, and carmel toasted grains. It finishes dry with a healthy kick of earthy pine cone hops.

M: Medium to thick in feel, the rye gives the beer a hefty body. There is a good level of carbonation as well.

O: Great rye beer in my opinion. The hops manage to balance the spiciness of the rye and the dry finish keeps me coming back for more. My travels through Vermont are only re-enforcing what I already thought about the beer scene here. Great, creative brewers putting out some high quality stuff.

Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint. Color was a nice darker medium amber, slight reddish hue. A nice 2 finger creamy slightly off white head formed, didn't last long, but stuck a bit to the sides. After the initial pour, next to no carbonation rose from the depths. Aroma was nicely hoppy, with a small hint of sugary sweetness. Flavor was spicy hoppy, not overly so, and was well balanced. Felt good in the mouth. Slightly over tingly, but coated nicely. Overall a respectable beer. Well balanced and pleasant.

Photo of JoshVandy
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes:


650mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead long stemmed tulip.

Batch 213, Bottle 53

A- Pours a deep amber/mahogany color with a 1.5 finger cream colored head that looks like foam on a latte. Absolutely unbelievable retention and sticky lacing down the side of the glass that stays for 45+ minutes.

S- Strong floral and citrus hops up front, with a subtle spice note from the rye. Simple and effective.

T- Nice citrus hop presence in the beginning. This is quickly bombarded by a great rye bill that dominates the flavor, with nice spice notes that turn to a malty sweetness. Really different and surprisingly refreshing.

M- Medium body with medium carbonation. Very clean and crisp, leaving me wanting more.

O- A very refreshing and delightful Pale. Not as hard to get as other Lawson's beers, so I suggest people seek this out. Well worth it.

Photo of Etan
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Sent to me by valdieu2.

A: Pours a murky reddish-brown with a nice off-white head. Some decent lacing.

S: Rye, spicy hop character (black pepper, pine, sticky grapefruit).

T: Mild rye, carraway, caramel malt, pleasing earthy hops. Smooth grapefruit, grass, wheat character, apricot, toasted bread, black pepper. Just a hint of dark alcohol.

M: Nice, full mouthfeel. Creamy.

O: This is a very balanced, relatively mild rye beer. Very drinkable and tasty, but not the best rye pale I've had.

Photo of aasher
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle was courtesy of the infamous Adam Jackson. Thanks Adam!

This beer pours a medium bodied dirty amber in color with moderate cloudiness and just a very light off white lacing around the glass. The nose is just spicy malt and little else. There isn't any hop presence at all. It's just sweet malt and rye spice.The flavors are ok but there isn't much hop presence. The malt bill is nice however, featuring light caramel and light toffee with that trademark rye spice. I just wish hops were present. It drinks with slight residual sugar and on the upper end of light in body. It unfortunately llacked proper carbonation. This beer was pretty middle of the road for me. It is nowhere near Rye'd Da Lightning or other hoppy rye pales.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Prohibition Pig. Pours a dark brownish Amber color with over an inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is a good amount of spicy rye with lots of citrus and floral hops. A bit sweet. The taste is spicy rye combined nicely with the citrus hops. Some caramel and dark fruits as well. Finish with more floral hop flavor than expected and some spicy bread. Medium bodied and slightly boozey. Overall, very good rye.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a good sir for the chance to try this brew. Served in a tulip.

Pours a nice, clear copper color with a thin white head and a good dosing of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some light bready malt along with some spicy rye. Following that, there's a pretty good amount of hops, mostly citrus and pine. Orange and grapefruit standout, and there are some slight floral hops there as well. The flavor bumps this up and offers a nice experience, combining the rye and hops quite well. Medium body and moderate to heavy bitterness. Solid brew.

Photo of jlindros
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light fizzy head of 1/2 finger, fades at a med pace with no real lacing, light clear toasty almost mahogany brown colored.

Nose wow, awesome hops with great rye kick. Hops bring fresh tropical fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, light passion fruit, just a hint of musty guava, as well as light floral hops, and fresh light musty resin. That all blended hint of fruity and spicy rye. Slight peach as well.

Taste starts bitter, with a nice fresh resinous slight musty hop. It quickly turns to tropical fruit, juicy guava, light grapefruit and passion fruit, and a bit of floral light citrus hops. Then malts, a light copper toasty reddish malt with a light caramel, and hint of bready malt. Rye is there but fairly faint, light spicy rye and just a hint fruity. The finish dries a bit but stays a bit sweet and sticky, quite bitter, spicy and tropical fruit hops, light caramel all linger.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, slightly syrupy.

Overall nice, great nose, bit syrupy and malty, but the hops are awesome and add nicely to the rye.

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT

Clear pour, chestnut brown in color with a small off-white head; moderate retention and nice soapy lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, pine, a bit of earth, wood. Taste of toasted grains, bready, with a nice herbal hoppiness, a touch of orange peel, slightly nutty and woody, nice and well-balanced overall, slightly bitter in the finish. Medium body, smooth and drinkable.

Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Deep copper color, faint aroma of citrus, dough, and rye, ...taste is similar with a strong malt presence-- but with mild hop flavors and medium dry finish its not the cloying malt that I dislike in many ales. Nice spicy quality as well...Enjoyable.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a LA teku. Fresh.

Appearance- Slightly hazy amber/red with one finger of off-white head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Loads of piney hops and spicey rye notes. Light malt backbone but piney and earthy hops dominate this one.

Taste- Tons of peppery rye mix with super piney hops. Fruity malts light vanilla and coffee notes. Malts and hops balance each other nicely.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated with a medium mouthfeel. Crisp and eay to drink.

Overall- A nice well-hopped pale with a lot of rye spice. A pleasure to drink.

Photo of abriggs1
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one great rye beer. It reminds me why I increasingly seek out ryes, and motivates me to up my level of obsession in finding more beers that features this very underutilized grain. Very much like Hop Rod Rye, but smoother on the end. Also, there are some nice Pale Ale flavors going on behind the rye. While pouring, it appears thick and syrupy and develops a creamy looking head. The tastes is less sweet than it looks, but the creaminess comes through at the end along with a complex mishmash of the different ingredients peaking at different moments. The rye is the dominant taste, but it's balanced very nicely. This is the first Lawons's I've had and I'm impressed.

As far as I know, this is the first time this beer has been brewed.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes taken from early 2012 (March?) from a bottle share i hosted with the local crew.

Thanks kindly to jbuddle for the trade.

a - deep amber with yellow white head. spotty lacing. great rye smell. some good sweet malt. a bit thin, very rye. water like malt bomb. overall, expected a bit more, but not bad, just not great.

Photo of scottfrie
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Batch 209, bottle 56.
Thanks to SneezyAchew for both the beer and the glass!

A: Pours a dark rustic orange, that reminds me of autumn, beneath a huge dark cream colored head that receded into a thick film. Tons of sticky lacing was left down the glass.
S: Big perfumey notes of floral and citrus hops with a spicy hint of dark rye. Very hoppy and inviting.
T: Follows the nose with perhaps more of the rye coming through than the hops. It’s still very hoppy with notes of citrus and pine, but the spicy rye really dominates. The finish is bitter and citrusy and full of a dark bready spiciness. Aftertaste is bitter and lingers long after the swallow.
M: Medium-full body with a clean, crisp and bitter mouthfeel with soft, smooth carbonation.
O: One of the best examples of rye in a beer there is, and another great brew from one of my favorite breweries. Another huge thanks Michael!

Photo of Rheaume17
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice and fresh. Poured into a Lawson's tulip. Deep amber color, not much of a "pale" ale. Smell is fantastic. Citrusy, little grassy, with subtle spice notes. Taste is great. Lemon, some earthy notes with a slight rye spice to balance it out. Very drinkable and delicious.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa aka Dan for bringing this one to Ffej of July IX

A - Pours copper orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of spicy rye, slightly dulled citric hops, pine, and biscuit malt. I can already tell this is going to be one chewy beer.

T - Starts off with a nice citric hop kick quickly giving way to a mix of chewy malt, spicy rye, and some pine tree. It isn't as chewy as I was expecting, a welcome surprise. The finish is mostly chewy with a tiny bit of hop bitterness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - I liked this one. I am not the biggest fan of overly chewy beers and I was afraid this one might go along those lines but I am glad it didn't. Can't wait to try some of the other Lawson's offerings.

Photo of FFreak
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the Lawson's Beer Lovers Market in Waitsfield for $7. Poured into tulips and shared around the campfire.

A slightly cloudy red tinted light-brown with about a finger of white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving minimal lace.

Nice floral and citrus aroma with some pilsner character and slight spice and yeast.

Taste is really good. I'm not usually a fan of rye, but it's subdued in this, contributing just a bit of spiciness to balance out the floral and fruity hops. Finishes with a good bit of bitterness.

Mouth is just right, medium body with good carbonation, refreshing.

Overall, I liked this a lot, especially at the price. Another great ale from Lawsons.

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with this bomber. Thanks Heath! Rare Batch #220 bottle number 34.

Poured into a standard pint glass this brew appears a hazed color of amber with a vibrant color of orange around the sides. Across the top sits nearly 2 fingers of creamy yellowish stained fluff. The cap retains quite well, only very slowly creeping down the glass leaving patches of lace sticking to the glassware.

The smell of this brew is brightly filled with fresh hop scents. Grapefruit and citrus notes meet grass and herbs with a touch of floral to fruited sweet inclusion. Even a note of some stinky cheese is evident which I find to be common in aggressively hopped brews. There is a toasty malt character across the back which is a pleasant sweetness/backing to the bold hop inclusion.

The taste of this brew is brutally bitter. Holy goodness I was not expecting that. The hops come across quite oily and sticky with a resinous cling that hits the tongue and refuses to go away. It leaves the mouth with a sharp grapefruit-like pulp flavor, a touch of herbs included as well. Beyond the aggressive bitterness there is a backing of toasted grain which provides some mild sweetness that gets dominated by the bitterness. More tastes bring out a slight fruited element as well as floral notes.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol is well incorporated here. Rye beer? Pale Ale? Ohh I dont think so, this brute is hopped to the perceived IBUs of something more in line with a DIPA. Overall quite good stuff but a bit of a surprise with how hopped it was. Worth a try for sure. Thanks again Heath!

Photo of HopHead84
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Bomber poured into a snifter while watching game 2 of the Lakers-Thunder series.

A: Dark reddish orange with a head that fades in the blink of an eye after a hard pour.

S: Pungent orange, mango, and grapefruit with balancing caramel and lightly spicy rye notes.

T: Dominating bread and caramel with a light spiciness. Soft orange and grapefruit flesh makes up the hop profile with lesser tropical notes. There's an assertive moderate level of bitterness balancing the malty sweetness. The finish is dry, balanced, and lightly spicy.

M: Medium body with upper low to lower medium carbonation.

Overall: A malt forward Pale Ale done right. Assertive hop presence with complimentary malt character. Higher carbonation would have improved this quite a bit.

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Permagrin Rye Pale Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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