Rye'd Piper - Ale Industries
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3.5/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
05-05-2013 22:22:25 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
This pours a cloudy, nay, murky coffee brown color with tight cocoa tinted foam. Visually the beer is not appealing, something I don’t often get to say.
The aroma has a candied cherry & lightly piney aroma. It’s an understated smell, with a subdued rye character and something akin to a harsh vermouth note on it.
Piney resiny flavor dominates. It has an upfront bitterness and a pleasing rye kick. While it didn’t blow my mind I enjoyed the pint in good company.
02-26-2013 07:04:20 | More by elNopalero
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
Center poured from a 22 oz bottle into an etched pint glass. No freshness date.
A nice deep amber color with a thick, creamy 1/2" head. Leaves thick clingy lacing. Good retention.
Smells of pine and dark bread, a little dry toffee. Nice but a little faint.
More pine and dry toffee lead on the taste, a touch of baking chocolate, nice rye spiciness, a little pepper. Ends with some roastiness and grapefruit zest. A little more rye and citrus comes out as it warms, less pepper, along with more hop bitterness. Comes on with just a little caramelly sweetness and ends clean and dry. Quite bitter/hoppy overall, but with some nice malty flavors.
The texture comes on creamy and full, ends light and crisp. A bit too light maybe. Gets a little softer on the finish as it warms.
Nice complexity and a great appearance. Love the rye notes too. It's a bit too hoppy for the style to me, could use a touch more malt, but it's well made and interesting. Would buy again.
12-31-2012 22:49:33 | More by busternuggz
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
A- Peachy brown with a head that had a nice look but fell quickly
S- Coppery banana bread
T- Strong rye, very straightforward bitter rye flavor compared with other ryes ive tried. Some malty goodness in there too.
M- Soft, doesn't stick around too long but leaves feeling clean and with a nice bitter pucker
O- Not the best rye i've had, much more straightforward and less balanced than others. Cool label if that counts for anything.
I'd recommend giving it a try. It definitely was much more what I expected ryes to taste like. Seems to be a lot of new ryes popping up in the bay area. If you like this definitely try to find speakeasy's scarlet and bear republics hop rod.
10-11-2012 00:27:31 | More by seagullbeer
4.33/5 rDev +17%
A - Pours a just barely clear ruby-orange with a finger of frothy khaki head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, spicy rye, some bready malts, grapefruit and citrus hops, and a touch of pine hops.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops and mild bitterness. Through the middle, the spicy rye comes through with some bready malts, and a bit of pine hops and more bitterness. The finish is a mix of spicy rye and caramel malts with grapefruit hops and some bready malts.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a spicy, dry, and lightly bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice rye beer with some good earthy and spicy rye flavor and great overall balance.
09-13-2012 06:30:25 | More by ngeunit1
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
Been wanting to try something from AI for some time now. This is a good one to start on, I say.
Blast of hops all up in your mouth in a hearty, rye kind of way. It's not an obliteration, but quite a full ride. Mild burn from the rye's spices. Fairly thick body. This is a nice ale. Hearty and robust. If you like rye beers, you'll enjoy this one I'm sure...if you can find it. Heh.
08-05-2012 23:17:45 | More by RblWthACoz
Rye'd Piper from Ale Industries
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