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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
83
good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.16%
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 Pugs78
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Pugs78, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

freduardo, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of RussBecker1
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To me this was a classic example of a beer that tries far too hard and accomplishes far too little. For a rye base, the rye was remarkably faint which was not welcoming whatsoever. If I buy a rye beer, I intend to appreciate the complexities in the rye, but with this flavoring it was simply not possible. The intentionally numbing of the rye was intended to sharpen up the palate so it could appreciate both the citrus and earthy bready components. The other flavors however do not mix well with each other creating very separate unpleasant flavors. I was unimpressed here and will skip it next time.

RussBecker1, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

RblWthACoz, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

mhaugo, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of LoadedSchells
3.75/5  rDev +3%

LoadedSchells, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

tdm168, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

trxxpaxxs, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Jason, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Halcyondays, May 20, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Tyrawlings, May 16, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

DerwinWentworth, Mar 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

doucmehu, Jan 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

bluetrevian, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

warnerry, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

mactrail, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Travisnin, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

loupap, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

oberon, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

KarlHungus, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

maximum12, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of kagent777
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from the cold cases of Epic, release 1 (brewed Feb 24, 2011) poured into s standard pint glass.

Appearance: A vibrant golden with a slight haze. This beer had a longish lasting pillow of a head that left clumpy lacing down my glass.

Smell: Almost nutty with a very mild yeastiness. I also sense some earthy hoppiness. I only smell a little of the rye bread smell.

Taste: The rye flavor comes out a little more. Still pretty reserved. The malt bill is pretty complex and I get a sense of that complexity, my palate is just not good enough to describe it yet.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a solid mouthfeel. The beer seems to be partially filtered of the yeast. The combination of the malty taste with the presence of the yeast and solid, but not assertive carbonation, is really nice. Finish is not particularly long, as you might expect.

Overall: This is a solid beer. Like the Pfeifferhorn Lager, it is a really tasty brew that will not standout only because it has a lower ABV. It is well worth picking up.

kagent777, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of rickyhansing
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A touch hazy with a nice bronze color. Could use a little more carbonation.

S: You can smell the Rye, a bit yeasty and very pleasant.

T: I really love the taste of this beer, smooth and subtle. The flavor matches the smell, but with a very slight citrus and spice element. With the low bitterness, it is very much like bread.

M: Smooth and perfectly good.

Overall: I've made this a standard session beer for me. It could use a bit more spicy rye character and just a slight bit more carbonation, but others may disagree. I think this beer is a total success for a session beer.

rickyhansing, Mar 29, 2011
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Rio's Rompin Rye Beer from Epic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.