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Rye'd Piper - Ale Industries

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Rye'd PiperRye'd Piper

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 83
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 22.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: popery on 06-15-2010

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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 83
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a murky reddish-brown colour, with a thin filmy head of yellowed off-white. Lacing forms in grid-like patterns, quite intricate. Body is light, but holds quite fine carbonation. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Nose is heavy with rye. Big sweet-spicy, slightly grassy grainy tone runs this quite strongly, with a slightly sweaty green fruit character providing the only counterpoint. It really smells quite malty, but the rye malt seems to be dominant, which gives it that spicy, grainy, bready note. It's certainly different, and certainly interesting. That's worth a lot.

Taste suffers as a result of the heavy rye load, however, with a significant lightness leaving most of the palate feeling rather empty. The malt is nowhere to be seen, just that reedy rye spice that hides behind the hops and doesn't provide much balance. As a result, the hops (which are much more noticeable on the palate than on the nose) dominate here, leaving a thin, sharp bitterness racing through the centre towards the back. Even though it's not a particularly hoppy beer, it feels much more so than it is, due to the lack of balance. It's a bit disappointing.

Feel is actually not as bad as the taste might suggest, it has a crispness which is quite pleasant, and it works with the lighter flavours in the body. However, a fuller feel and more breadth in the body would be a better combination overall, I feel.

Overall, it's actually pretty interesting, even though it doesn't work as well as it might have. The rye is certainly noticeable on this beer, which makes it a novelty, but it lacks the balance and craft of a truly great beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JupiterJesus
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of rob133
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is rich with rye, wood and spice.
The taste starts with a nice malt sweetness, then turns a little lemon bitter, rye spice finish.
The texture is soft and airy with a little fizz.
An outstanding ale. Great balance and flavor.

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Photo of SamuelR
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Bbothen as pay off from a Fantasy Football BIF!

Pours amber/caramel with 3+ fingers tan head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Faint bready scents

T: Peppery spice, herbal & tea hoppyness, along with some biscuitty malt up front, plus nice piney notes. As this warms I pick up orange peel, then woody hop notes. again much bitter tea notes. Finishes crisp, semi-dry with more woody hops, a touch of caramel & pear fruittyness comes through as well

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, crisp, nice balance

A flavor pack amber that delivers rye crispness & plenty of hops complexity

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Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark clear cranberry with a short but firm off white head. Nice looking.

Nose is big fruit esters of sweet pears, peaches and plums; pleasant and inviting. (Served cool room temperature which just shows the nose and flavors perfectly when tasting).

Medium/full mouthfeel that is medium rich and medium creamy with light elegant carbonation.

Flavors just dominate this one. Big assertive roasted grain and full hop bitter flavor. Really nice balance of the big hops and the big malt. A hint of sweet wooded coffee on the very front palate gives way to a big roasted red ale. Big yeast/malt and bitter roast. Rye flavors come through on mid palate and come through very big on the finish.

Finish is all bitter rye bread and tones of burnt coffee. Develops more of a carmel malt character as it warms but retains complexity, body and character.

This is a really nice beer that I came across by surprise at City Beer. Nice job. This is a good one for big rich meals and grilled meats. It just cries out to be consumed with a meal. I like it.

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Photo of TruePerception
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of DrunkenMonk
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a fine, rich two finger vanilla colored head (looks just like a vanilla milkshake). Aroma is strong caramel malt, rye, cherries, faint hops, inviting. Flavor is caramel malt, yeasty rye bread, dark dried fruit, more muted than the aroma. Finishes with pleasant light caramel malt, rye and light grassy hops. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. A quite nice rye ale that also has the light fruitiness of a red ale, they make a good combination. Flavor is a bit laid back and is balanced enough and tasty enough I wish it was bit more aggressive. Looks and feels good, flavor is light but enjoyable. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash in Danville.

Appearance- dark brown color, thin head

Smell- rye

Taste- rye, hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. I would like to have it again sometime. They have done well with this one.

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Photo of Spaz7
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Jdevoss
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of afrokaze
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of allstar255
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ilovebeer1549
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of natemort13
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nearly opaque amber with khaki head that sticks around as a nice cap. Decent lacing.

Nice caramelly bready notes. As it warms some nice piny hops come out.

Taste follows the nose with some dry rye notes lots of caramel, lots of bready malts. finish is rye and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium light with medium high carbonation. Very soft on the palate.

Overall, nice incorporation of the rye with a solid amber beer. Very drinkable, i'm a fan.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from "Lifesource", Salem Oregon. $4.95 Dark chesnut brown with a really impressive thick,creamy light tan head. Mostly hoppy/fruity type aromas..floral and slightly resinous. touch of rye but it isnt great Hmm a strange one mostly malty coffee type bitterness.. resiny hops..and again a spcy rye backing..but again its very slight. Quite nice mouthfeel to this one..very smooth and rich. A very nice beer but i feel cheated at the lack of the rye aspect Id be willing to consign this to the CDA category

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Photo of andidsaywhat
4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of krl2112
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of cmontoyas718
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Rye'd Piper from Ale Industries
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