Hayride Autumn Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a deep, dark, almost opaque ruby-copper coloring with a tall, frothy, dense, off-white head that starts around an inch and a half and slowly settles into a half an inch that remains for the duration of the brew. Slightly hazed body gives the appearance of opaqueness. Aromas of a malt-bomb. Rich, roasty caramel and nut, with a subtle grainy underlying character. Smells pretty good. Flavors are hop forward, surprisingly, with a resiny and bitter backbone that supports the grainy and malty profile. Tangy and sweet caramel with a roasting characteristic, blended with some pepper spices from the hops. The malt profile is a bit restrained compared to the nose, providing a little more breathing room for the hops presence. Resiny and peppery aftertaste, with a touch of sweetness at the very end. Slick, rich finish, with a clean, slightly drying feel. The body is a bit lighter/watery compared to what I was expecting on the pour, but the flavors are interesting and tasty. Easy to drink.

Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew shows a murky haze of rusty brown with a stout tan-ish head and goodly gobs of lacing. The aroma offers a malty mulled apple with hints of light lemon hop. It definitely sets the stage for those October days. The flavor brings more bright yeasty bread over the same cider malt with woodsy-leafy characteristics and a dry grass finish. I get some ideas of nutmeg and tea and hints of orange clove. It's medium bodied with delicate but purposeful carbonation that provides a good bit of tongue tingle and refreshment for those football afternoons and brisk autumn winds. Very woodsy, crisp and flavorful. Nice job Baxter!

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. can. 2014 batch. Sampled on September 1, 2014.

Chestnut-reddish amber pour with a tremendous cream colored head that sits on top for ages.

Aroma of roasted malts and a solid floral, resiny hop sensation.

Medium body.

The taste also has those malts and hops but there is an added minor spice bit. If the label did not say Autumn I would have thought it was a standard pale ale.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a turbid brown with orange hints. Head is thin and creamy. Very interesting color.

S-Lighter tropical hops. Lightly spice with the rye. Oak is very mellow. Almost hard to pick up. Caramel malt. Nose is of minor intensity. Almost smells like Dr. Pepper.

T-The oak comes out more in the flavor. The rye is not very intense. Hops are milder too. I get some metallic flavors unfortunately. The hops are fruity and even a bit soapy. Well malted.

M-Medium bodied with tingly bubbles. A bit creamy. Goes down easy enough.

O/D-Cool set of flavors to put other for an Autumn brew. May be a bit too ambitious because none of the flavors really stand out. Baxter has some interesting brews and this one fits in with their collection. They just didn't really nail it with this one.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of SadMachine
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- An amber-brown beer with a pretty large amount of murky haze pours out of the can into a can-shaped glass. A massive light tan head forms to several fingers in size and has great retention. A large, puffy thick cloud stays along with a big bubbly ring leaving nice coats of lace.

S- Not quite what I expected but I suppose what they list on the can is represented. I get a mix of citrus, brown sugar malts, rye spice and very light malt.

T- Citrus is once again highly present. It seems the dried orange peel lends the citrus and grapefruit hints I get. Ginger is also pretty big here. Rye, brown sugar, cracked grains, raisin, spice and bitterness (spicy, floral, lemon zest hops) make up the rest of the flavor. Oak is extremely subtle here and I didn't notice it in the aroma.

MF- The body is somewhere between light and moderately thick. It has a fairly creamy texture and a medium level of carbonation. A nice, clean bitterness in the finish.

Not what you might expect but it hits the spot. The ginger, citrus and spicy flavors on-top of a amber-brown malt profile make for a nice Autumn ale.

Photo of Florida9
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Darker shade of orangey chestnut brown in color. Forms a very large off-white colored head that slowly reduces to a thick surface coating. Moderate lacing. Aroma is rye malts, piney hops, and a slight metallic quality. Taste begins with a good dose of toasty caramel malts along with a mild sweetness. A blend of woodsy and piney hops and a fairly appreciable rye spiciness. Full bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness.
A nice beer. Very autumnal. Appreciate that, while this is a full flavored beer, the oak aging and spices aren't overdone.

Photo of Boto
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can @ Duckfat: This one pours a cloudy, amber color. There was a large frothy tan head on it. Almost no lacing. It has a nice nose. Spice, pine and rye notes. The taste is very good. Rye, spice, hint of pine. Perhaps a touch of orange and ginger. A touch bitter. Very Nice!

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a glass of apple cider with a beery head on top. Hearty skim of retention. Poured into a mighty Pamola can-glass because appropriate glassware rocks my socks. Pretty can.

Bright yellow grapefruity citrus with a gentle oak and honey overtones. Smells "fuzzy," but in a good way.

Very bold grassy citrus hop and rye spice run right over an underlayer of mellow vanilla'ed honey sweet malt Balanced bitter. No caramel, contrary to what the color indicates. This was aged on peppercorns, ginger and orange peel and while I can't pick any of those flavors out it does taste...exotic? There's a lingering dish soap after taste that once I noticed it that flavor quickly became overwhelming.

I really liked the first can. I didn't like the second can (the dish soap aftertaste got to me). I had cans three and four at a BBQ yesterday and those were alright. I gave away can #5 so I guess it's up to the final can in my fridge to determine how I feel about hayride.

A beer of ostentatious vs. mild: bright, vibrant hops vs. mild and mellow oak. Spicy rye vs. subtle honey sweetness. It's a bit messy but I like it. Most of the time.

Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of WanderingFool
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hayride pours a hazy dark amber with a big, frothy, light tan head on top. The foam fades away slowly leaving behind clumps of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with some spicy rye notes mixed in. It's also bready with a touch of ripe fruit.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy, slightly water with mild carbonation. The flavor is malty with tastes of rye, bread, caramel malt and toast. It finishes mildly bitter with some citrus notes. Once gone the rye and citrus bitterness lingers on the palate.

An easy to drink beer with lots of flavor. Very malty.

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of PatGreer
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of Flounder57
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy amber color with a little clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank

Smell: Spicy rye, caramel, toasted malts, spices, and a little fruitiness.

Taste: You get some citrus in there, bitterness, spiciness from the rye, pepper, chewy malts, caramel, and orange.

Mouthfeel: A little smooth, chewy, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a little spicy.

Overall: Pretty solid rye beer that I have enjoyed a bunch this year and last. The can aspect is good for those warm and cool fall days.

Photo of mpalestino
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Rekrule
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy and hazy mahogany color with 2 fingers worth of tan fluffy head

S: Get a nice bit of rye malts along with some spiciness, citrus, and oak

T: Follows the nose with some spicy rye along with a spiciness from the ginger and peppercorns. Also has a very slight citrus note at the very beginning. Finishes off with the oak, earthiness, and light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with soft moderate carbonation

O: This is a nicely complex brew that captures the season well. Perfect for the cooler weather, and as always with this brewery, easy to transport in the canned format

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Hayride Autumn Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.