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Redhook Sunrye Ale - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Sunrye AleRedhook Sunrye Ale

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280 Ratings

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Reidrover on 04-11-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of billybob
4.3/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a straw yellow with a half inch head that fades to just the beer. slightyly fruity, spice aromas. lots of bready malt slightly sweet with lemon grass sour rye finish. crisp, light, lots of carbonation. great tasting beer, great session beer. wish i had another right now.

Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +34.1%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.13/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mmmm....probably my favorite summer refresher.
The 6'er I picked up today at BevMo was bottled only 10 days ago (April 12, 2006) so we are talking really fresh.
Pours cloudy like a wheat with the spicy, peppery aroma that only Rye can give.
Mouthfeel is creamy and full of tiny bubbles.
The taste Is sweet malts followed by a peppery bitterness from the Rye.
I don't know if it is just because this batch is so fresh or not, but I really think there is more rye (thank you) being used this year than last.
I love this stuff. I can easily drink the whole six pack...especially when it is this fresh.

Photo of steveh
4.12/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Rye? Can't discern much rye character, nonetheless this is an easy drinker; grainy without being harsh, mild citrus in the finish -- yeah, maybe the slightest bit of sourness as in sourdough bread, not overwhelming in any way. Just what it promises in a summer seasonal. Might have to get another sixer before the 2007 season passes.

Photo of donchata
4.1/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head was light and thin with a crisp gold coloring threw out the glass. The bartender added a slice of lemon which was a welcome touch. The smell was heavy with bitter figs, apricots and refreshing citrus amplified by the slice of lemon.

Taste was excellent, dominated by fruity tones and wheat on the way down. I found this beer to be a proper finish to 18 holes on a hot day.

Photo of pweis909
4.07/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with thin white head that doesn't persist. This beer is simple but well crafted. There is a smooth malt aroma, reminiscent of German pils, accompanied by a light sweetness and a crisp rye finish. The hops are light and noble - it's a smooth-drinking thirst-quenching beer that is accessible to everyone.

Photo of HardTarget
4.07/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. twisty, raised numbers list bottled on 04/2005 (opened on 06/2005), no abv listed

Aroma: First sniff I thought “pilsner” for some reason, now a great slightly sweet fruit smell is going. Fruits seem citric, orange, banana, with a good yeast background.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, almost looks like a wit, with a fair cover of white head that left a few traces of lace.

Flavor: Very yeasty, rye/sourdough bread flavors, some mineral aspects, and that pilsner taste that I smelled. Can’t put my finger on why I say that, it isn’t Saaz hops. A bit of the fruity character comes out, but only as a ghost of a taste toward the finish. Great flavor profile, starts balanced with a bit of the minerals and yeast, the fruit comes in a quick flash at the swallow and fades out to a sweet malty finish. Wow, I’m impressed.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a rich texture, low carbonation that makes the glass drain quickly, and a long slow fade in the finish.

Overall Impression: Wow. Great complexity, wonderful flavors complimenting and melding, refreshing, massively drinkable, all in all this is a high quality beer. I’m getting a case of this stuff for summer. For a lighter beer, it has enough complexity to make a great session. I just plain like the taste. Best Redhook I’ve had.

Strongly recommended

Thanks to Pegasus for the bottle.

Photo of Reidrover
4.03/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok new beer from Redhook one of my "fridge" brewers..it was brewed on March 26th 2003 so its pretty darn fresh
Says it has roasted barley, delicate hops and a touch of rye andd is "slightly unfiltered" whatever that means.
Any way when i pour it into my pint mug it certainlly looks very attractive..nice bright golden yellow..with a small amount of haze..it took a slightly vigorous pour to get a small head..but it soon went to be replaced by a ring around the glass.
The aroma is pretty average..very clean and subdued but still pleasant.
Wow this beer has a great crisp , fresh tase then i can certainlly taste the rye especially in the after taste. Nice and not too bitter..but certainlly the rye sems to make all the difference..excellent..I am enjoying this.
Very nice on the tongue its dry at the start but doesnt finish dry at all..good stuff as far as I am concerned.
This has to be among the most enjoyable summer brews I have yet to encounter..happy I bought a few..very good.

Photo of evanackerman
4.02/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This peer pours a light golden color, not much head even with a pretty stiff pour. wispy lacing as beer is consumed.

aroma is grainy and malty, not much hop presence in the nose.

taste is light malt with a slight fruity character, very dry finish, not much hop prevalence at all, slight grain taste, this pretty much tastes like a refined American macro w/o the corn/spent grain component.

mouthfeel is thin, but appropriate for a summer beer.

this beer is extremely drinkable, overall nothing either outstanding or offensive, I feel that it accomplishes what it was supposed to, an easy drinking hot-weather beer that is far better than Bud, Miller, Coors etc.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.01/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The hazy yellow gold with a clean white head on top is visually appealing to me. This beer has a mild rye and hop aroma. The body is light and the flavors are faint though very clean and refreshing. Lite herbal notes and hints of lemon zest are present throughout. This summer beer will be perfect while I'm BBQing...I'll reach for something a little more substantial while I'm eating the BBQ.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of Tuey13
3.98/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a cloudy golden color with a small head that dissipated rather quickly but left lacing that stayed the duration of the drink. I thought this ale to be to be very refreshing and smooth. A little sweetness and almost no bitterness at all with a light hint of citrus. Could definately drink these on a steamy afternoon while standing over a hot grill.

Photo of Cavalier92
3.98/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice summer offering from the gang up in new Hampshire that has a nice rye scent on the nose and very smooth drinkability.

Strong honey and malt flavors dominate, with a touch of hop bit to finish. The bighter notes of the beer may have been clouded a bit by a bar that seemed to have rather dirty lines.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitley a summer brew. Light body, good foamy head at first. Smells of citrus, milkweed and grass. A bit light for my taste, but on a hot day it's refreshing.
Citrus and grass dominate the palate, but not overwhelming. The hops give it a crisp taste and the sweet maltness adds to the character, again not overwhelming. Can easily drink a lot of these.

Photo of gumphood
3.93/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What I will never understand is why some people are against the lighter summer offerings. They are very popular, and very drinkable.

I had this beer first at the Red Hook Brewery in NH, and I found it very flavorful and very drinkable for the Summer Beers.

We recently had a blind taste testing at my house of four of the summer beers, and this one finished neck and neck with the Sam Summer, leaving the Anchor Summer, the Harpoon Summer, and the Pete's Rally Cap far behind.

I would say to those out there who enjoy Sam Summer, this is a great one to try too.

Photo of RBorsato
3.92/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellowish gold with lots of suspended sediment and a nice white head. Grainy and lemon zest aroma. Nice refreshing grainy and lemon flavor but not sure the rye stands out much ... As it says on the label "light and refreshing"; a nice summer thirst quencher.

A bit pricey for what you get but I prefer this over the Sam Adams Summer Ale (tasted side by side) .. I know they are diff styles...

Per R.H. website:
Hop Variety: Hallertau and Tettnang hops (16 IBU)

Bottled: 03/28/03
Tasted: 07/15/03

$6.99 / 6-pack)

Photo of Troy518
3.91/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Crystal clear with almost no head. Non-existent lacing and a very thin texture. Smell is of cereal as is the taste. Flavors of grain, cereal, light rye, and bread, with minimal hop bitterness. Even though this beer is viewed as cheap, it is still one of my favorite summer beers. It is certainly my favorite Red Hook beer and I look forward to its release every year.

($1.95, 12oz, Oliver's Bev., Albany, NY)

Photo of MrSeth
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App. Pours with a hazy golden body, tons of carbonation rising throughout the brew. A clingy white head is kept alive with all the bubbly.

Sm. Surprisingly fresh citric hoppy goodness. Not a big nose though, maybe some malt aroma.. but basically low-key.

Ta. Way more intense than the nose would have you think. Explodes with fresh citrus flavors, mild oranges, bitter peels and bready malt.

Mf. The ever-present carbonation fits the style just fine for me and helps make this a very refreshing brew.

Da. High. I'd go back for a six of these.

Photo of bill93063
3.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my new fav summer brew. I have never gotten overly excited about warm weather brews but this one is far beyond your garden variety Ubiquitous German lagers or Pilsners. It possesses nice lemon notes that are perfect for a summer ale. It is fairly unique as it is an ale that does not hit you over the head with bitter notes or too many flavor mixes which in a summer brew is more desirable. It is very drinkable and one of Redhooks best brews IMO. It may be a little on the weak side where flavor is concerned but overall summer beers/ales should be drunk between 40 and 45 degrees and to include large complex numbers of flavors is defeating the purpose of a thirst quenching warm weather brew.

Photo of ecoboy
3.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin head on a yellowy pour... this might frighten you, but press on. Especially if you are looking for a cold one that you will not need to savor, this is not a pale ale in the strict classification. Metaphorically this is like a good romantic comedy: no it's not The Matrix, but it is interesting in its own way, and is a pleasant way to zap a little fun into your belly on a hot day.

I thought the Red Hook guys got the Rye note just right. I have had other non-barley, non-wheat, non-oat beers (non-rice) that felt they needed to scream the presence of their non-traditional grain. The rye is but one essential component here. It is an essentially indescribable taste without comparing it to much rounder barley and wheat. The citrus quality of the beer is another essential component. The fact that this is "Sun Rye" leads me to believe that the crafters were elbow deep in a dishpan full of "Sunrise" lemon dish soap when they formulated the beer and the marketing. It has a zippy aroma, and a zippy flavor with a very short finish and a good quick burst of rye and citrus. (No, it's not soapy.)

I think of this as a good gateway beer for the Heineken and Amstel Light lovers in my circle. Being in Maine, I can't see drinking it before May or after September.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a cloudy light orange shade with a moderate level of carbonation. Head is short and lasts for what seems like only a few seconds. The aroma is a strong and spicy citrus smell. A light sweetness lingers throughout. The flavor is also full of spicy citrus flavor atop a light sweetness. Rye flavor makes itself present midway through a sip and becomes stronger in the finish. The mouthfeel is very crisp and assertive, which really gives the beer much more character. This is a great summer session beer, with dead-on thirst quinching ability and enough flavor to keep my taste buds at attention.

Photo of enfield249
3.86/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden. Light sediment, no head at all, no lacing.

S - Can't get much off this, but I have a bad nose.

T - I know it says ale, but this has a certain lager quality. Not bad, in fact much better then the lagers I've tried. As far as flavors, maybe some light fruit and just a bit of rye.

M - Good mouth feel. Clean, not to thin.

D - I could kick back and drink a few of these on a hot summer day out on the pontoon. All around a fine beer.

Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow-orange color with massive white massive head. Much particulate matter to be found. Smell is fruity and citrusy with profound lemon notes. Taste is a slightly tart lemon flavor with a firm dryness in the background. Finished with a strong dry taste that is somewhat pleasant. this was a pretty good beer with easy drinkability.

Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very small, white, filmy head over a hazy, corny gold beer. Major fine suspension. Fruity, citrus, buttered corn nose. Nutty, lemony start; medium-bodied, tingly, tangy middle; nutty, corny finish, with nice bitterness and a touch of rye sourness. It's not bad. A tasty, nutty, nice, bitter, lemony beer.

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Redhook Sunrye Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
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