Rye'd Piper - Ale Industries
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3.55/5 rDev -3.8%
Bottle I brought to share at drewone's tasting.
Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spicy rye, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and rye flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a rye presence that is slightly better in the aroma.
10-20-2013 00:25:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.35/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
10-22-2011 00:04:44 | More by GRG1313
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
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
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
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
02-16-2012 03:45:14 | More by russpowell
3.25/5 rDev -11.9%
Nice head but a little coarse in the carbonation. Amber brown in the wine glass. Quite hoppy but really rye'd up with the harsh cereal taste. A slight warmth of malt. A hint of something scorched. Long bitter aftertaste. Light body. Not much in the nose. Maybe it needs to be really cold with a hot pretzel.
Bottle (22 oz) from Beer Revolution in Oakland.
08-30-2011 05:30:11 | More by mactrail
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
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
3.89/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
12-28-2013 04:43:57 | More by LiquidAmber
4/5 rDev +8.4%
The tap list called this one a red, but I could see it going as a Rye Beer or an American IPA.
Draft, City Beer Store. This beer is all about rye and hops. It has a ton of rye spice and a ton of pine/citric hop flavor. There's some good caramel sweetness to back it all up, but this is a rye-hop bomb. It drinks a lot bigger than expected. The mouthfeel is quite thick for the abv. They really packed a lot of flavor into this package. There's also brown sugar, molasses, caramel and toast from the malt. It pours a murky auburn color without much head. Not too much carbonation. Good beer and not at all what I expected.
06-15-2010 04:59:33 | More by popery
3.33/5 rDev -9.8%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.
A: Incredibly dark. Opaque. Light white head fades quickly.
S: Cheesy and citrusy. Smells like a English cask ale.
T: Decent, but not great. Smoothish, with some citrus and that same strange cheesiness. Lightly dry aftertaste, but bland maintaste.
O: Drinkable, pleasant beer. Still, wouldn't have again. Unrecommended.
05-16-2012 06:32:53 | More by AgentMunky
3.8/5 rDev +3%
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
12-31-2011 03:23:56 | More by Reidrover
4.33/5 rDev +17.3%
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
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
Rye'd Piper has a reddish brown colored body with a slight haze throughout. The head is short and white, and it doesn't have much going in the carbonation and lacing departments.
The aroma has a ton of spicy rice, citrus from the hops and a bit of caramel.
The name leaves little doubt that this one is going to have some rye in it, so that isn't much of surprise. I was a little bit surprised by just how much rye it actually does haze. Rye is the strongest flavor, followed by a punch of citrus from the hops. The rye is spicy, seedy, and bready while the hops are a mix of grapefruit and blood-orange. The finish has a caramel backbone, so this one isn't all rye.
Mouthfeel could use a little bit more carbonation, but is OK overall.
Heavy on the rye, liberally hopped, worth a shot if you like rye beers.
08-23-2011 23:29:24 | More by Hojaminbag
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
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
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
A-red amber color with a decent off-white head and some lacing
S-pine, caramel malt, rye, slight grassy
T-caramel malt, rye, pine, slight fruity, little grassy, moderate bitter finish
F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp
O-decent rye ale, easy drinking
06-28-2014 04:07:03 | More by MDDMD
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
On tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash, Danville, CA, 8.14.2010.
Less than half a finger of white head, no dissipation or lacing to speak of due to full to the rim of glass pour. Dark brown/amber body, no visible carbonation due to opaqueness. Big rye hit in the nose, balanced with floral hops and a bit of grassiness. Taste mirrors the nose, this is a real rye beer. Mouthfeel is medium/full with good effervescence. Drinkability is pretty good though the big dose of rye is fairly unique. IMO more of a schwartzbier with rye. Worth a try.
08-24-2010 13:40:21 | More by jdense
Rye'd Piper from Ale Industries
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