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Hayride Autumn Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
As days get shorter and sleeves get longer, Baxter Brewing releases its fall seasonal, Hayride Autumn Ale. A generous portion of two rye malts give the beer a full body, bready flavor, and subtle spiciness; while toasted malts provide a touch of sweetness and a rich, almost reddish hue. New Zealand Pacifica and Pacific Jade hops balance Hayride’s maltiness and suggest notes of oranges and tropical fruit. Finally, we cold-condition the beer on oak, with light additions of ginger, black pepper, and orange peel, bringing out the spiciness of the rye and rounding out the soft sweetness of the beer. Hayride will give a touch of warmth for those cool fall nights, while remaining deliciously drinkable.

(Beer added by: BeerKangaroo on 09-09-2012)
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Mia_S, Oct 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

kscaldef, Dec 11, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

jmmy3, Sep 05, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

From: Extra from trade with jshusc
Date: Canned 2013-08-07
Glass: Tulip

A definite miss as an interesting experiment, Hayride's Autumn Ale is a strongly floral and herbal beer that dilutes, somewhat, its malt and hop ingredients due to apparently an overaddition of spices and herbs when aging. While I appreciate the brewer's experimentation, this is not a beer I'd seek out or even want to try again as it is far too cloyingly herbal and floral.

Pours a >3cm tall head of off-white foam, made up of medium and large-sized bubbles, rather sponge-like in appearance with retention of slightly over one minute. Head falls to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a large island of thin foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, thick and complex webs cling to all sides of the glass. Body is a dark orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange-yellow hues. Carbnotion visible along the sides of the glass as the body is very hazy (70-80% opacity), carbonation moderate in number, but seemingly quite active.

Aroma features slight fruit, citrus, and malt sweetness, but most strongly emphasizes a floral, potpurri-like scent (including lots of lavender) with hints of yeast, ginger, and orange peel. Not disgusting, but unappealing as this becomes like inhaling too deeply from a dried flower/herb arrangement.

Flavor is a fairly strong, reminiscent of floral incense and potpurri with some pale and light caramel malt sweetness and lightly fruity, citrusy, and bitter hops. Front of palate tastes of potpurri and incense (references to ginger and orange peel, together with floral hops are probably most appropriate for ingredients). Mid-palate tastes continued potpurri and incense (still lavender, ginger, and orange peel), with light to light-moderate hop bitterness and an equally mild pale malt sweetness. Back of palate detects stronger, fruity hop flavors and bitterness, with a mildly sweet pale and light caramel malt background and just hints of ginger; I imagine the beer was intended to taste like this from the outset, but the herbal selections simply overwhelmed the other flavors. Aftertaste is of modest pale and light caramel malt sweetness, moderate hop bitterness, and light orange peel and peppercorns in the background.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is strongly foamy (9/10) and slightly smooth (1/10). Seems a bit foamy for the beer and style, a bit more smoothness would benefit this ale. Closes dry, with light stickiness coating the palate.

falloutsnow, Jan 20, 2014
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2.63/5  rDev -28.3%

Appears a murky brown with lots of floaties. Head recedes fairly quickly.

Aroma gives off strong notes of bread, caramel, and a little of that fall spice bouquet.

Flavor is a muddled. Syrup soaked brown bread. Chewy toffee. Some faint rye. A little booze and a cloying sugar note on the finish. There's supposed to be pepper, orange peel, oak treatment and tropical fruit notes in this according to the brewer's notes but I sure don't get them. If all of those elements are really in this beer, I think that's adding to the beer's confusion.

Mouthfeel is fuller bodied, both a bit slick and chewy.

Overall this beer lacks definition. I can't say it is off style because it's merely a unique take on the general fall-beer theme. But it does seem muddled and confused. And some ingredients that are supposed to be in this beer are not distinguishable. It doesn't taste bad and I will finish the 6 pack, but I sure wont buy it again. I say its best to drink this with a hearty meal, rather than on its own.

jbertsch, Sep 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

SunDevilBeer, Oct 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

666_MPH, Feb 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Canti4341, Dec 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

dcp27, Dec 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Mikeypnh, Nov 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

trotnixon, Apr 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

redfox405, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy rust color with a small tan head. There was a little bit of lace.

It had a spicy malt aroma. There was a bit of citrus.

A lot of rye in the taste. Really a lot. It ended up being very spicy. There was a little bit of citrus, which tasted more of grapefruit than anything else.

This was way too sharp for me. I think a little bit of rye goes a long way, and this was a bit over the top.

lordofthewiens, Oct 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Sinnian, Jul 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

liquorpig, Mar 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Cheld, Nov 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

DerekMorgan, Sep 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

DrinkingDrake, Jul 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

AndrewDeci, Nov 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

tb4475, Friday at 02:11 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Khutso, Nov 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Screper, Oct 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Murky orange red body with a white head. Smell has piney and citrus-like. Taste was not really what I was expecting. The can says it has all these spices in it, plus it's aged on oak. I didn't get any of that. All I tasted was a hoppy amber ale that tasted like all their other beers. Mouthfeel was sharp and crisp, which was on par for a rye beer. It's not a bad beer, but it was just kind of a letdown because I wanted more flavor.

morebeergood, Oct 28, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear chestnut brown with a three finger light khaki head.

Spicy rye malts in the aroma with some grapefruit hop characters in the background. Hoppier than I had anticipated this to be with a nice spicy edge to it. Mild flavors with less of a hop bite than the aroma indicates. Mellow spice with a bit of a bitter finish.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall this one is alright. Nothing super special but surely not bad. I'm sure there are other seasonals I'll enjoy more though.

Bendurgin, Sep 25, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

Missed an autumn beer, but at least it's a can so hopefully held up well. And Yay cans!

It's sure carbonated as a huge fluffy head rises over the top of the tulip glass before the can is even finished, over 3 fingers, before fading semi slowly with tons of messy lacing, a super hazy murky mahogany reddish brown color.

Nose has light spices, almost apple pie or mulling slices like but light, light toasty reddish malts with hint if caramel and candy syrup, light yeasty spices and bready aromas, faint hint if toasty oak. Overall fairly light on the nose.

Taste starts with caramel toasty reddish malts, light candy flavor with that, and a distinct buttery toasty American oak flavor. Earthy slightly spicy hops come through with some spicy bitterness, almost chewy. Hint of apple cider flavor with a touch of the warming apple and mulling spices, but faint mostly. Finish is drier but a bit sticky, lingering earthy spicy hop bitterness, light toasty reddish malts, and hint if vanilla oak.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of carb.

Overall ok but nothing special. More like hoppy American red ale with hints if mulling spices and touch of toasty oak. But still more of an average craft beer, and very light nose, spices orish could have cut in more, maybe mix up the malts a bit, something to at least bring a specific character out rather than a mundane American red ale with hints if something that could have made it more unique.

jlindros, Dec 31, 2012
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Hayride Autumn Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.