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Redhook Sunrye Ale - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Sunrye AleRedhook Sunrye Ale

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BA SCORE
74
okay

276 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 276
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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 02:04:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
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froghop

Washington

2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a very clear pale yellow with medium size white foamy head, and active carbonation, some lacing.

smell is faint, grass, grain, malt, a touch of honey, and some citrus.

taste is light, watery yet crisp, rye bread, honey, grain, malt, and a touch of citrus.

really not much to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 16:39:27 | More by froghop
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albern

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a light, refreshing summer time beer. If you don't expect complexity or a full palate of flavor, you won't be disappointed. The beer pours a fairly straw yellow with a touch of haziness and very little head. There is a corona of white around the glass but it is thin. Zero lacing too. The nose isn't much to write about. There are some citrusy lemon notes and some husky type grains maybe some weedy grass notes.

The taste is odd in that there is a very oily mouthfeel, even though the beer is quite light. The taste is zero hop, some husky grassiness and graininess, some lemony notes, maybe some carbonated up slight corn flavor. It is refreshing beer, light, not challenging on the palate, with a very thick oily mouthfeel that is unusual for a beer with of this type. The beer dries out a good deal towards the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 22:09:41 | More by albern
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rgrholmes168

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to admit, I drank this beer not know what to expect and rated it a C+. I was not surprised to see the rest of the BA community had too.

The beer was of medium carbonation with a very straw color to it. The head was gone by the time that I threw the bottle away and there was no lace.

I did pick up a citrusy smell from the glass, with no hops.

The beer was simple, but presented a very thick mouthfeel. I did get the citrus taste that I smelled and possibly some spice???

The beer is very light bodied and nothing to write home on taste.

I do think that if you like the taste, I can see where this would be a good beer that is highly drinkable.

I am not trying to knock it, but this beer was just average. Worth trying to say that you did, but to me, that is about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 01:20:25 | More by rgrholmes168
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A bright, clear goldenrod yellow color, with a considerable amount of active carbonation. The head is slightly off-white, dense, and creamy/frothy. Retention is solid, with some decent lacing.

S: Some moderately sweet pale malt aromas. Considerably herbal in the nose. A bit of slightly spicy rye, but a touch disappointing given the name. Surprisingly metallic as well.

T: Vaguely sweet pale malts up front. Some grassy/herbal hop flavor with minimal bitterness. A slight hint of spicy rye flavor is present. Again, meek and uninspiring. A touch lemony and a bit metallic as well.

M: Soft, medium-light body. Carbonation is bland and somewhat mild.

D: A disappointingly boring summer ale from Redhook. I wasn't expecting anything earth-shattering, but this is thoroughly underwhelming. Drinkable, but in the sense that there's just not much going on here.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 03:17:22 | More by Clydesdale
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treyrab

California

1.63/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bad mistake. Picked a sixer of this up and ended up drinking 6oz. and giving the rest away.

A: Pours a hazy yellow copper with a small head. Very hazy and no lacing.

S: Very macro-ish with tons of very light cereal grains, some tin and a very, very slight hint of rye qualities.

T: Pretty pathetic. Incredibly light with cereal grains, very grainy taste, hops are nowhere in site.

Overall, I would avoid this one. There are way better summer beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 14:51:13 | More by treyrab
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a stange.

Pours a straw color with a moderately active head that quickly settles to a cap. Very light cloud is present.

Aroma is of husky malt and light roast. Sweet honey and citrus with a touch of wheat.

Flavor is husky grain and citrus with an adjunct corn like flavor that must be the rye. Dusty yeast is very present along with a wheat like flavor. The middle and finish of this beer is all metal. Blood and copper followed by a hint of aluminum. Very metallic tasting and I can't get over the flavor. Might be the way rye tastes in a malted form, but I don't remember rye whiskey being this metallic.

Mouthfeel is medium with a fair carbonation.

Strange flavor. I hope that I just don't understand it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 00:00:56 | More by wheatyweiss
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5/8/2006 (Pint on tap @ the Brewery, Woodinville, WA):

Pours a body that is golden yellow in color, with a smallish head, white. Has a malty aroma, light, but not much aroma overall. Light malty taste, citrus, nutty aftertaste. Light, crisp taste. Similar to a wheat beer, probably the graininess.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 03:55:23 | More by jujubeast6000
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colts9016

Idaho

3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A light golden yellow with hues of orange. There was a one in a half finger the is foamy, it dissipated to a quarter inch. There are a lot of effervesces coming from the bottom of the glass.

Nose: A nice rye with a maltiness followed by citrus and esters. There are hints of grass and some kind of sweet/sourness.

Taste: A maltiness with a nice rye overtone. There are notes of citrus, esters, corn, and grass.

Overall: The rye it this is nice, it is not to overpowering but rather nice complex. There are some sweet/sourness from the rye but it rather nice. I think it would be better if the hops could stand up to the rye/malt. I rather enjoyed drinking this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 00:19:33 | More by colts9016
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yesyouam

New York

2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Redhook Sunrye is a slightly hazy pale yellow ale with a thick, soft, bone white head. The head retention and lacing are excellent. There isn't much aroma here-- possibly lemon, maybe lemon cleanser. It is quite thin, bubbly and a bit alkaline. It has a unique flavor. I'm getting fenugreek here. There are notes of rye and lemon. It's lawnmower beer.
(rated Aug 17, 2008)

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 03:12:00 | More by yesyouam
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 05:29:08 | More by barleywinefiend
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BlackBearForge

Florida

3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a quickly fading frothy white head and very little lacing.

Nose is not too bad, refreshingly crisp and lemonlike.

Taste seems balanced between sweet and bitter, with citrus and rye. Not complex, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated.

All in all, perhaps not a remarkable beer, but very drinkable. In fact it dissapears very fast from the glass! One thing, it seems to change little with warming which makes it great to drink cold from the fridge or cooler on a hot day here in the South.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 21:09:10 | More by BlackBearForge
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Head goes from fizzy to nearly nothing in a matter of seconds. Pale yellow in color.

S. Nose has a bland maltyness. Mildly grass hops in the background. Rye MIA.

T. Some light roasted malt, a pretty subtle hint of rye goodness. A bit of astringent funk surfaces once in a while, I kind of like that. Not a world beater, but its light, drinkable and unoffensive.

M. Crisp carbonation, a bit watery around the edges. Very light. Imagine a light version of your favorite rye beer.

D. This is not a bad beer. This would go fine with a meal or to begin a session. One or two is all I would partake in a sitting, then on to other things. If I was on the beach or something I could certainly pound a sixer of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 01:35:18 | More by Stinkypuss
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everetends

Alabama

3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Crimson Tiger in Anniston, AL. Served in a standard pint.

A: Poured a very light, golden yellow. Had a good finger of head, but it didn't last long. Lacing was weak, lying on the glass and quickly slipping back into the glass. I was expecting a bit more sediment in the glass and I would have like it to be bit more hazy. Average at best.

S: Smell is of rye, malt and a touch citrus. All of this is weak, but it is there. Can't really say anything else.

T: Yet again malty rye flavors come in first with just a kiss of citrus on the back end. It does well for what it is, but is nothing special.

M: Very thin. Watery feel that has some high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing is the best thing it has going for it. No aftertaste to mention, nor any amount of lingering flavors. Just very watery.

D: This is a thin, easy drinking summer beer. I can respect that, but it needs more. Maybe a touch of spice and thickening it just a bit. It pours like water and goes down the same. if I am on the lake all day, I will consider this if I am in a bind.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 07:14:03 | More by everetends
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evanackerman

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 19:39:15 | More by evanackerman
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changeup45

Florida

2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing too complex here. Hazy golden colored topped with a thin white head but left a pretty good amount of lace. A little fruity, somewhat sour taste to it. Neither flavor is at all strong as the beer in general is a little bland. It is kind of refrshing and is a decent enough sun beer but essentially just an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 21:18:47 | More by changeup45
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 bottle to a pint glass the liquid is light gold with ok carbonation. The head is smallish white and leaves little lace.

The smell is ok a bit of rye bread.

The taste is good, this is a nice twist on the summer ale style, a hint of lemon as well.

The mouthfeel is good medium body and ok carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, not bad in fact good but not a brew I wood get more of. Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 05:36:01 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

a light golden, coarse carbonation. head leaves as fast as ginger ale, which it closely resembles, or slightly carbonated apple juice.
s stale grain, hint of rye. the assertive stale beer smell turns out to be this beer's best attribute.
t sweeter than i recalled from last summer. when eaten with mildly spicy food, the sweetness becomes overwhelming. it's almost exactly like drinking an alc spiked soft drink that's rapidly turning flat. but if you concentrate you can imagine a bit of rye.
m texture of soda. the giant bubbles can't be natural. awful
d wish i hadn't bought a whole six pack. last year i was apparently more willing to look beyond the flaws in search of the ghost of rye. would have been better off drinking almost anything else while eating a slice of rye bread.

another bottle the following week:
when drunk without food, this is significantly better in the taste and even mouthfeel departments. while the enjoyment of any beer is enhanced or diminished by what, if any, food accompanies it, this concoction drives home the point in extreme fashion.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 01:25:36 | More by brewmudgeon
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MTNboy

Germany

3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- This is a very thin beer the body is a light yellow. The head is light and so is the lace.

Smell- It has a very grainy/grassy aroma with faint malt tone and even fainter hops tones.

Taste- It has a good rye taste to it almost wheat like in natural spiciness.

Mouthfeel- Light and some what refreshing.

Drinkability- The lightness of this beer mixed with the good flavor make this beer refreshing. Overall a good summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2008 13:54:00 | More by MTNboy
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain pint glass.

A: Poured a golden yellow color with a scarce amount of sediment, leaving a lazy flow of carbonation and a thin veil of carbonation.

S: Smells faintly sweet and grainy, with a touch of sweet and sour aroma and a slight hoppy citrus zest.

T: The taste is dominated by a grainy, sweet and slightly tart malt flavor which gives way to a slightly bitter and dry hop finish. Nothing spectacular.

M: Mouthfeel is dry and crisply carbonated.

D: Could have had another, but moved on in search of bigger and better flavors. It's a sturdy summer brew, on par with some others from big names like Sierra Nevada's Summerfest, but not dynamic enough to warrant a session.

If the rye had been more pronounced and I could gather a sour spiciness from the brew, it would have fared better. Nonetheless, not a brew to avoid all together.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 04:58:21 | More by Gambrinus1184
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peck95

Washington

2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a yellow color little lacing but a decent amount of carbonation.
smells similar to nothing a little bit of lemon zest
taste is pretty good a nice rye flavor with a good citrus taste
mouthfeel is good and fairly crisp, a good rye feel on the front of the tongue but no feeling in the back of the tongue which brings down the overall mouthfeel.
this beer is relatively smooth a little aftertaste, nothing special a good "summer" brew but some others i'd rather try probably won't bye it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 01:37:30 | More by peck95
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kinger

Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Boy can looks be deceiving. This blonde ale pours a vibrant hazy golden yellow with a moderately thick head, tons of lacing, and a strong steady flow of carbonation. This beer looks impressive and delicious, and that's about where the positives end. Aroma is a close to non-existent blend of malts with a faint hint of rye, I can't believe how weak the scent is. Anyway time for a taste and...not bad, rather bland not at all what I was anticipating. After a few more tastes and a few more bottles the flavor is slightly more present than the aroma. Now it is a decent taste and really does come across as refreshing, but for all of the lacing I assumed there would be a nice hearty malt presence here. Slightly dry and the rye does make itself faintly known. Overall a disappointment, I will PASS next time.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 20:01:54 | More by kinger
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srrn

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer smelled and tasted like a skunked lager. Very much a macro lager taste and feel I don't know if I got a bad bottle or not but this was not particularly good. In their defense, and I didn't have it under circumstances I could review it, I did enjoy their Porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 22:25:52 | More by srrn
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ljbrisson

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was on tap at Cavanaugh's in West Philly.

Pint glass; very thin head that dissipates quickly, with negligible lacing. Very clear in the glass, and the colour is light amber. Aroma is fruity with a hint of citrus and little hops. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and refreshing, though not watery, with medium carbonation.

Everything about this beer was average. I could see myself ordering it again, though, on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2008 23:14:29 | More by ljbrisson
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Cavalier92

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2008 21:02:46 | More by Cavalier92
Redhook Sunrye Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.