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Rio's Rompin Rye Beer - Epic Brewing Company

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Rio's Rompin Rye BeerRio's Rompin Rye Beer

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BA SCORE
82
good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Think freshly baked rye bread in a bottle with just a hint of lemon and spices from the hops and yeast. Both wheat-y and spicy with a light silky texture.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 02-17-2011)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Release # 11. 5.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky light brown with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small foamy streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty subtle with some grain, rye, and corn tortilla aromas. Taste is of grain, rye, and a slight herbal hop flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average rye beer with some pretty weak aromas and flavors. One of my least favorite Epic beers so far.

Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Release #6,5.2% ABV per bottle label.Poured into an imperial pint glass murky bronze with anice tight formed 1/2 finger white head atop that clung well to the glass.Aromas are really muted with just a faint shot of sharp rye,really other than that nothing.A nice meary creamy mouthfeel makes for a rich feeling if not flavored beer.Light citrusy hops along with light lactic rye flavors,again light is the main word used here,faint toasty grain rounds out an uninspring palate.This beer has things going on for it but the aromas and flavors just dont pack any punch in my opinion.

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with a batch # on the label:

LOOK: Clear brassy hue, excellent lacing

SMELL: Bread, spicy rye, treacle, taffy, plums, broth, herbal, yeast

TASTE: Extremely smooth, creamy, medium body, spicy rye, toasted bread, modest hopping, sorghum, earthy, vague citrus, peppery, faint alcohol, semi-dry finish

A malt bomb that has more than enough rye in it to make its mark on the palate. Very well balanced and still pretty quaffable. Sometimes simple is better.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #2 in the great Utah Brew Hunt.

I feel like I want to say that this beer is a rye pale ale. It has the rye tones to it, but it's mellow and smooth and not overly obnoxious, as many ryes tend to be. Easy to drink, and a nice low abv make it an easily sessionable ale. I could have dealt with a bit more punch from the rye, but I'll take this as it is.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dark amber in the glass like a Hefeweizen. Handsome foamy lacing and a nearly creamy mouthfeel. Lots of malt, though a bit murky, and plenty of hops. The rye seems to give it that special tangy graininess and enhances the bitter hops. A sharp taste like sourdough bread. A little malty sweetness in every sip followed by the long bitterness. A pleasant quaff and a good example of adding some rye flavors without tipping the boat over.

From the Salt Lake state liquor store along with several other Epic brews. I think it's Release No. 5 at 5.4% ABV.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, solid lace.

S: Cracked bread, rye spice.

T: Nice rye flavour, spicy with hints of citrus. Quite bready, nice mix of flavours, coriander on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied, lush at times, creamy, good overall feel.

O: A very solid rye beer from Epic and very inexpensive. I'll certainly buy this again. A rare sub-$4 bomber.

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy chill hazed red colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells strongly of rye and very spicy. Spicy and faintly sour there is a substantial earthy rye aroma. Sweet malt with a strong caramel scent. Faint cookie dough scent.

Starts out a little sweet a spicy with a big rye flavor. Slightly earth rye taste the after taste is the sweet part. Slight mushroom taste. Bitterness level is low.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty rte beer for sure, a recommended beer.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a thin lacing of off white head that quickly fizzles away

S - faint bread and citrus

T - apples, faint bread, faint citrus, faint pepper

M - crisp, medium bodied

I bought this in the discount section at Bestway in Greensboro so it may have been a bit dated. The rye was not very pronounced. The flavor wanted to be complex, but it each element was rather faint. I'll pass next time.

Photo of Brenden
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color is a brown-hued dark orange, essentially bronze. This beer has a creamy light tan head , dense and tightly bubbled. It's a full finger tall and falls slowly, but never very far. There's a thick pillow resting on top the entire way, and creamy, clumpy lacing is left in plenty well down the glass.
The smell is pretty unusual to begin with. considering how well that translates to the flavor, it's a little unusual in general. I get the rye, with the peppery bite and the earthiness. I also get fruits, not quite estery, with some herbal notes and a little bit of chalkiness. I think it might be the yeast, and I don't know if that's typical, but it's what's going on here. The herbal note might be from the very light hops, which also impart a little floral bitterness.
The mouthfeel is good, imparting both crispness and creaminess in a body that's medium or close to it. It also takes on a bit of dryness and an interesting minerality.

Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a tasting an the Ale Jail in St. Paul (thanks, by the way!) I was excited to see Epic bombers arrive in Minnesota. Seeing them at Zipp's, this was my first choice, being a rye freak. Evidently batch #3 brewed 4/22/11 per the website; like that, would like a date on the bottle better!

Poured into a couple New Holland glasses as an after-dinner brew post brat/corn. Looks like Lake of the Woods water after a strong wind, like muddled brown tea. Odors are unadultered rye & a bit of damp hoppiness.

Rio's Rompin' Rye is a shot of rye bread. That distinct rye spiciness kicks the snot out of any other subtlety that might be lurking in its depths. Trying harder, there's a spritz of lemon-lime, those gentle muddy hops trying to stave off the rye tide, & that's about it.

A simple, straight-up rye beer that's easy to swig & in the sessionable range, & doesn't sting the wallet like most bombers? Sign me up. A very good beer, & I'm looking forward to more Epic Brewing here in Minnesota.

Photo of blackie
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber purchased at the brewery

a: into an avery snifter, the pour produces a finger deep, frothy head of khaki colored carbonation, receding to a complete layer and ring around the glass and spotty lace, good retention, conditioning yeast spilling from the neck of the bottle, the beer itself a hazed, medium maple-amber in color

s: nose heavy on the rye, with a pleasant sweet/spicy character, lots of bread, some toasted and nutty caramel, hops earthy and grassy, a solid yeast aroma, fruity esters with notes of apple, grape and a touch of green banana, I like it

m: carbonation low-moderate, smooth and creamy on the tongue at first, with a lighter medium body that finishes a little watery

t: opens with a big hit of spicy rye on a backing of bready pale malts, nutty and toasted grains, quite dry from the midpoint with some very metallic (especially when cold) hop flavors growing towards the finish, moderately bittered with lingering flavors of grain and metal

o: the nicely done aroma sets up the slightly less moving flavor experience, which lacked the depth of the aroma where the unpleasantly metallic hops take over midway, not a bad beer but could use a little reworking in parts

Photo of KarlHungus
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber color. The head is one inch of eggshell white foam that recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and spicy rye. The taste is similar to the aroma. There is a lot of toffee and caramel with the rye playing a secondary roles. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer, but it is more of a typical amber ale than a rye beer. I prefer rye beer to showcase the spiciness of the rye, and this beer falls short of that. I can see how people would like this beer, but personally I can't see myself drinking it again.

Photo of mhaugo
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of warnerry
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release 4, bottle lists 5.5% ABV

A - Pours a hazy, almost murky, burnt orange with one finger of off-white head. Head doesn't last too long, but leaves decent lacing.

S - Aroma is relatively subtle, but contains a nice amount of spicy rye, toasted malt and a hint of citrus. Enjoyable smell.

T - More citrus in the taste than the aroma, along with toasted bread malt, crisp rye and maybe a touch of caramel malt. This is well balanced and very tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with crisp rye and hop bitterness.

O - This is a really solid brew all around. Nice balance of malt, hops and rye, with nothing really dominating.

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of flexabull
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy orange color, with some floaters, and a small head. Not very appealing to look at.

Aromas are bready, spicy, and doughy with some earthy tea like hops.

Tastes like an amber ale. Light tea, spices, and creamy caramel malt sweetness. Finish is earthy, crisp, and dry, slightly bitter as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with nice body, not heavy.

Overall, this beer redeemed itself after the bad pour. But still, kind of a middle of the road offering.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep amber, with massive reds and slight oranges around the edges. There is about a half finger of foam that settles quickly into a thin film along the top of the beer.

S: The nose is rusty, metallic, malty, and spicy. Honestly, that's exactly what I am picking up form it. This beer smells like it's been sitting in a tin can for quite awhile.

T: It's sweet and buttery to start, with solid kick of rye coming in after. There is a subtle heat, and a definite rust bucket quality to this beer. The finish is sweet with mild spice.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to start, gets spicy and metallic in the middle, and backs down to mild spice and more sweetness in the finish. Caramels linger on the palate.

O: Mehh. This beer is middle of the road. I kinda like it, but it's nothing I'd ever buy again.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It has an amber to deep amber body with three inches of tan head.

S - It smells like a loaf of marble rye on the end of a fishing pole (Seinfeld reference).

T - I taste all malt, but it is not too sweet. The rye does a decent job of balancing it out.

M - Thin to moderate

O - When I think of rye beers I guess I think of rye IPA's. This is not an IPA. It is a solid beer and a steal for the price, $3.99.

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Rio's Rompin Rye Beer from Epic Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.