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Redhook Sunrye Ale - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Sunrye AleRedhook Sunrye Ale

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277 Ratings

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 04-11-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At the Old Toad. I like the taste of rye, and like it normally in beer, but it did not work out in this case. This beverage had head, lace, mouthfeel was creamy as if wheat, and good hops. Cloudy wheaty appearance. Just not all that tasty nor drinkable.

Sammy, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of brentk56
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale, golden yellow color with a fluffy white head; some lacing

Smell: Earthy, wet dog, grain and a touch of lemon - yuck

Taste: Rather one dimensional; lemony and tart

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well-carbonated; refreshing on a hot day

Drinkability: OK when it is very hot outside; not a brew I would seek out again

brentk56, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright sunshine yellow with an eggshell colored cap that has a quality look about it. At the several minute mark, I'm beginning to see a nearly solid sheet of lace from the top edge of the glass downward. Let's see if it has the tenacity to keep the beer looking good throughout the entire bottle. Note: it doesn't.

The nose is no great shakes. It smells like Sunrye will be a pale malt-dominant, mildly sweet, mildly herbal hoppy ale with little or no rye character. In short, it smells like an American blonde ale or even a cream ale. Points off for a lack of distinctiveness.

Take everything that I said about the nose and apply it to the flavor profile. Unfortunately, this sucker has no zip, no zing, nothing that would make me want to buy it again. If a brewery is going to call a beer Sunrye, the least they could do is make sure it tastes like rye. On a completely different note, maybe a little lemon zest would help. At least it would make me think of summer.

The mouthfeel gets the 'easy drinking ale' job done, but, it too, lacks any sort of presence. At least it isn't watery. I don't often say this, but I'd like to see a brighter feel to the carbonation. Any excitement at all, no matter the source, would be a good thing at this point.

Redhook Sunrye Summer Ale is a forgettable little seasonal whose biggest selling point is its inoffensiveness. If you're looking to quench your thirst after several hours of yardwork or if you want to wash down a burger, a few of these might hit the spot. Otherwise, I'd pass.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried it out of the bottle the other night and thought it was ok. On tap, I didn't like it as much. A moderate rye flavor and slick / firm texture was evident in the bottle, but not so much on tap. The tap didn't really help with the creamy carbonation or meldedntess like I had thought. Tasted and felt much more grain-ey, metalic, and bite-ey than even the bottle. Tasted similar to many sub-par Blonde Ales

BEERchitect, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
2.13/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am a huge fan of rye beers, but this was just not good. Poured a pale dull golden yellow with no head or lace.Smell was practically non existent, what was there was a musky kinda smell, not at all enticing. The taste was way over the top with a rotten lemon bite that drowned out any hope of getting something redeemable out of this watered down lager. Overall no thank you I have had enough.

mikesgroove, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -5.7%

jaydoc, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled on: 04 23 09.

Appearance: Pours a brilliant, bright yellow body with just under two fingers of white suds.

Smell: Soft, mild nose of light pale malts, herbaceous, spicy hops and just a mere hint of lemon.

Taste: Sweetish, simple maltiness with maybe a slight wheat character to it. A drop of two of lemon juice. The one really lacking component is the purported rye grain. Heck, the spicy hops are providing more spiciness. Finishes dry, vaguely spicy, but nicely crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly light, easy-drinking, refreshment apropos to parties by the pool or grueling yard work. I'm sorry, Redhook, but when it comes to my refrigerator, Oberon has already booked that summer gig.

ChainGangGuy, May 27, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well it was one of the few beers I havent had at the supermarket so gave it a go,pours a straw yellow with not much head but this beer is pretty fizzy.aroma of toasted grain and a light sour note but its really light,taste is toasted and not much else a little lemon tartness but not much.Well ur run of the mill Redhook ale not much there but easy to drink on hot days like today.

oberon, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 04/09/08

A - Poure out a highly carbonated, golden yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head that did not last long nor leave any lace.

S - It smelled of rye and grains. Also faint caramel malt aromas.

T - It tasted sweet with weizen-like spices. Rye and grains were very present.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an easy-drinking summer beer. Nicely priced and very sessionable.

zeff80, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy golden body reveals tiny particles of yeast and proteins in suspension. The head retention is quite good, and the inch and a half or so of creamy bright white froth slowly settles to a thin cap that lasts throughout most of the glass. Additionally, it leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose is limited but suggest some very lightly sweet wheat malt, a bit of lemon, and a touch of hops. In the mouth it caresses the tongue with a very fine bubbled, gentle carbonation that I assume is from bottle conditioning. The body is light and it slides across the palate effortlessly. There is a bit of rye character in the flavor. It's quite mild, but it does lend a very low-key spiciness and flavor. Otherwise it's clean and well balanced with some grainy, wheat character. The label says "light and refreshing", and that's what it is. There's some interesting character from the rye, but it's very limited. An decent summer beer, but not much more.

NeroFiddled, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at a local Irish Pub in Boston ... they served it ice cold which to my surprise it was a little better. The spicy rye and hop jumped out and the crispness held true. Other than that it is still a middle of the road summer brew. After two I was looking for another brew to fill its place.

Jason, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 7/19/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains light malts, some citrus, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is light but very bready with a hearty malt character up front and sweet flavors of citrus and a little spice. I didn't get much of the rye aspect of it though. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, this is just a mediocre beer at best. There are several other beers within the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off the coolest thing about this beer was the tap handle it was a garden hose attachment and it was either sunrise or sunrye. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a white full creamy head along with a nice amount of trickled lace lining the pint. The aroma consists of mild sweet lemongrass tones with subtle hop aroma thrown in there. Flavor is a malty crispness not amazing, but it works, definitely a lawnmower beer or yard work (the tap handle). Very refreshing, but I didn't get any rye, so I will also call this one sunrise ale. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a decent carbonation this beer is definitely a crossover beer not a real micro. I will say it was enjoyable and it serves it purpose to drink something with no off flavors that you won't have to think about. I could also throw down quite a few of these without feeling it, so whatever floats your boat I think it's worth a try.

WVbeergeek, May 29, 2003
Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this at a foodlion near Kure Beach NC in mid-july. Review based on notes

Poured golden with 1+ finger of white head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Tart wheat malt

T: Wheat, lemons, & a little white pepper up front, with more of the same in the middle. Finishes with some honey notes & a little crispness from the rye.

MF: Light in body & carbonation

Drank easy, but fatting out the malt bill would've resulted in nice versus boring offiering, what happened to rye hook???? A so-so summer sipper, yawn

russpowell, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: perfectly yellowish color, with a thin, white head.
Aroma: soft, yet somehow deep, citric, a bit sour, yeasty, feeling like a hefe weizen in some ways.
Taste: surprisingly complex flavor, with tingly hops, forward fruit, orange and lemon, some malt for balance, but not sticking out. Grain aspect is particularly prominent.
So, I can taste the rye, but where's the sun? Here it comes. And it's alright.
(Okay, got that joke out of my system!)
"Light and refreshing" says the label, and that's exactly what this is. Though I post this at Halloween, the notes for this review were written in 90-degree August weather, and the beer did it's work, it was light and thirst-quenching. Crisp, tasty, unassuming, easily downable, and utterly inoffensive. Easy to toss back by the 6-pack on a sweltering day. It works. There ya go!

feloniousmonk, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Slatetank, May 20, 2013
Photo of WesWes
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt scent with a bit of lemony zest. It also seems a bit musty to the nose. The taste is average as well. It has a slight rye flavor mixed with some lemon for quenching that summer thirst. It goes down smooth, but I'm not a real big fan. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medum bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks decent. It has a summer feel, although it's winter. Maybe I should review this when the weather breaks.

WesWes, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed yellow thin head that immediately becomes a disappearing patch.

The smell is of subtle grassy/grainy notes. Nothing offensive, but not much going on in the aroma department.

The taste is of light lemongrass. Very subtle rye (maybe "Some Rye" would be more appropriate for its name). Although - it is meant to be a light summer brew, so I can't complain about its mild nature. It is somewhat dry and smooth, but not much going on, and flavors are rather bland and muted. Was thinking of a slightly lower score for the mouthfeel, which is rather thin, but not too watery and not fizzy, so it could be worse. As a summer refresher it might be okay, but it is boring. I do think it was good of this brewery to put out something other than a wheat or a fruit wheat beer (or a misnamed Kolsch), etc. but a bit more flavor would be nice, too. This one didn't do much for me.

jwc215, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of smcolw
2.35/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden in color, seemingly made to compete with other light summer microbeers, but comes across non-descript. Non-existent head; cloudy haze. Mild aroma that features some citrus notes Very crisp for an ale, reminiscent of a cream ale. Unfortunately, the beer is thin and has a very tame aftertaste. Drinkable if you're looking to quench your thirst.

smcolw, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/19/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottled date stamped on the label. Poured into my Moose Drool pint glass.

Appearance- At first it was a cloudy golen yellow pour with a creamy 1/2 inch head. Then, the beer cleared up, the head evaporated and left no lacing. What a beer tease!

Smell- Smells of lemon scented grain. Maybe a bit grassy.

Taste- Heavy lemon taste. Background of some nice bitter hops. A bit sweet in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Average mouthfeel, might be a bit cloying.

Drinkability- I kinda liked this one despite it's low rating. Extremely quenching and tasty. Taste kinda like a combo of a blonde ale and a pils.

GClarkage, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy light orange color with a thin light white head. Nose is grainy and toasted, hints of rye bread characters. No hops to speak of, slight citrus. Taste is of grain and citrus, taste the heavy rye upfront followed by a sour lemon zest. Overly grainy and average. Medium bodied, not bad but probably won't try again.

barleywinefiend, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft in a chilled (boo) goblet. Light, clear and abit fizzy. Tiny bubble head, leaves nice, wispy lacing. Mild malt nose and boring malty flavor profile, faint hint of rye in the background, became abit more noticable as this one warmed. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Pleasant, if light flavored, summer quaffer.

Billolick, May 04, 2004
Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle of Sunrye, poured into a Lancaster Milk Stout tumbler. The ale has warmed a bit since being removed from the fridge.

Appearance: The ale has a pale yellow, almost goldenrod color to it. There is a definite presence of particles that are both suspended mid-beer and clinging to the sides. Very interesting...

Smell: The aroma is more soft muted wheat than tangy sharp rye. A bit disappointing in that regard.

Taste: Again, wheat takes command. Why rue the rye? Give it a chance to stand out, as there aren't a ton of roggenbiers available. The wheat is pleasant, with slight lemony flavor but it is no rye.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is great for cleansing the palate. And you can't really go wrong with a wheat beer.

Drinkability: I could drink this on and on and on. While it is no rye, the ale is perfect for the summertime.

akorsak, May 06, 2006
Photo of DoubleJ
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rye beers are not easy to find, but I found a mainstream one at Town and Country. Part of a mix 6-pack, on to the beer:

Pale blonde in color with great carbonation action at first glance . The smell hints a light airy biscuit, not much here. This is probably what I was expecting in the flavor, only a half-effort with thoughts of trying to appeal to everyone. The rye flavor is there, but it's pretty weak. A touch of lemongrass and a dry finish wrap up the beer. I wouldn't mind having another of these, but don't expect this to turn your head.

DoubleJ, Oct 04, 2007
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Redhook Sunrye Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
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