Ruddy Rye - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev +14.3%
This beer, mostly clear but with a slight haze, is beyond amber, definitely a red but working toward a light brown. A small, compact tan head fades to a sturdy foam that remains on top and drops spotty lacing.
The aroma offers a bit of spiciness, a good floral and pine hops bouquet, and something akin to zucchini bread. There's also something that gives off a note of creamy milk chocolate.
The flavor showcases the hops, again mainly floral and piney with a leafy edge into the finish. This beer is as hoppy as any amber I've ever tasted, breaking the bounds of what's often a mediocre style. There's a nice balance between the hops and malts, though, as an amber ought to have, and just enough caramel and toffee to take the edge off the hops. Plenty flavorful, plenty balanced and pretty complex as well, this is a great beer.
The feel is crisp at the front of each sip and pretty smooth, but tends to be inconsistent in the body; it's medium, but there are flashes where it goes thin. Otherwise, it's a good feel.
09-11-2012 11:51:28 | More by Brenden
3.8/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours hazy orange, just like expected. Very sticky white head. Hops, rye, and caramel in the aroma. Spicy, hoppy, and a very long grapefruit finish. Big flavor and very well balanced. Definitely hoppier than I expected and the rye doesn't come through as much as I had hoped, but it's there.
Very nice beer from The Brew Kettle. The flavors all work together well, but I would prefer more rye flavor. Love the label.
10-13-2012 00:35:23 | More by McNealc31
3.93/5 rDev +8.3%
A: A beautiful dark amber with a one finger tan head that is leaving some nice lacing.
S: A touch of sour yeast and caramel malt on the front. bright citrus in the middle. spicy rye comes out on the end. there are some spicy earthy hop characteristics scattered throughout the aroma as well.
T: Right up front there is a spicy rye. A bready maltiness that definitely brings the rye. It morphs into some earthy hops next. Big pine and some dry grapefruit. The finish is more spicy rye bread. Dry.
M: This is a bone dry beer. Lighter bodied with a small amount of carbonation. The finish is long and dry.
O: Holy Rye! there is alot of rye spice and dry bread in here. It is well made and i can't stress enough how dry (yet drinkable) this brew is. Has a real bite to it that i'm loving. Would pair great with food. / 89
07-18-2013 19:15:26 | More by schwemjw
3.53/5 rDev -2.8%
A - I could tell this one is brimming with carbonation since the neck got some bubbles even before the pour. The pour itself is a strong full inch of sticky head atop of a rustic dark amber brown, very clear and bubbly.
S - Grapefruit hops, spice of rye timid but there, and a decent amount of amber lager malt sweetness.
T - Very dry and somewhat bitter. It sticks to the palate with that clash of rye and grapefruit. Seems balanced enough as any more and it would be overbearing. Not getting much sweeter flavors one would get in an amber so this one is all about the bittering rye and hops.
M - Medium and oily. Resinous and dry.
Overall I don't really see the point in getting this again. The rye is really dry and the hops are more bitter than I hoped. Like their IPA it could use more balance.
11-12-2012 21:22:13 | More by DrDemento456
3.7/5 rDev +1.9%
Described as an Amber Rye Pale Ale.
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a very nice transparent amber/burnt orange. Nice white head which fades, but leaves really nice lacing. The aromas are full of orange peel and orange zest. There's a very subtle blast of pine blended with lots of caramel malts. The flavors match the nose, with an added spiciness from the rye. The rye is very present in the flavors. The malt is present, but blended well with hops. Very earthy and rustic. The mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the fuller side of light-bodied or the lighter side of medium-bodied, whatever you prefer. Extremely light, smooth, fluffy and creamy. Carbonation is active and there's the perfect amount. Alcohol goes unnoticed.
Okay, so this might not be my favorite hop profile, but this is a really well-crafted beer. It's very reminiscent of an IPA, Red Ale, Pale Ale and an Amber. So it's a very nice little hybrid. Pretty bold for such a small beer. I know this beer should satisfy alot of people and it's much better than my score might indicate.
07-15-2012 22:20:26 | More by BB1313
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
Thanks to Markinithar!
Poured out of a bottle into a trusty old Pint glass.
A: A nice copper color with a solid head
S: Not as much here as I was hoping for. Bits of spiciness and rye.
T: There is the rye I was looking for. Much bigger on the tongue and full of spiciness.
M: Light and easy drinking, can't really complain about this one at all.
O: A good beer and one that I would have again if offered. Looking forward to more things from this brewery.
07-31-2012 23:38:00 | More by Shagtastic
3.78/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a deep copper with a slightly off white tan head. Nice lacing.
Didn't get much aroma, a little malt and spice. Good carbonation and medium mouthfeel, appropriate for the style. Taste is strong on rye spice with malt lurking underneath and a nice crisp hop finish, hints of citrus and grapefruit, but just hints, not enough to to fight with the rye or overwhelm it.
Definitely a good take on an amber with plenty of flavor for fans of hops and/or rye. Another solid offering from the Brewkettle.
01-19-2013 05:26:27 | More by 5thOhio
3.96/5 rDev +9.1%
Consumed on July 24th, 2013. Bottle purchased in mid-June in Cleveland metro area.
Beer pours a clear amber/copper hue. A one finger yellow/tan head forms then fades, leaving a thin crown and some sticky sheeting.
Aroma is peppery rye over a bed of melanoidin-y malt. Dashes of herbal, earthy hop fleetingly appear.
Flavor is nice; it starts as a smooth caramel flavor, then segues into a lightly peppery finish. Bitterness is low but still noted, mainly on the aftertaste between sips, accompanied by some dryness. "Juicy" flavor character (so called because I didn't want to use "melanoidin-y" twice in a review). As beer warmed, the rye began to assume a more dominant role in the flavor. As glass drained, the dryness and bitterness became more pronounced.
Mouthfeel is a little thick and a little creamy and this makes it a lot nice to drink.
Very nicely executed; there's nothing here worth shouting from the rooftops over, but that doesn't mean this isn't a well-done beer that I would happily drink again. The rye really helps set this apart from all the other ambers out there.
07-25-2013 00:34:52 | More by charlzm
1.4/5 rDev -61.4%
Poured into an Allagash glass on 8/14/12
I wonder if we have uh-oh. The foam is easily four inches and is overly vigorous. The head takes a long time before reaching a manageable height - one finger's worth and with a domed center. It doesn't even leave much lace.Well, the color looks nice - a deep, rusty brown. It's mostly clear.
The aroma is dicey at best. Rye, caramel, and mild citric hops are barely noticeable underneath a blanket of soap, metal shavings, rotten fruit, dirty bark and cooked veggies. Lots of butterscotch as it warms. Bubblegum. Scratch that first sentence; the aroma is awful.
The feel is mauled by over-carbonation. I can't get past it. When the carbonation dies, all that's left are off flavors and a soapy, coating feel.
I also can't get past the wretched, dirt and medicinally bitter taste. I mean, this is a mean, long-standing bitterness. Only through persistence am I able to keep at this long enough to pick out some rye malt and piney hops amid the cavalcade of off flavors.
Aw, shit man. I'm hoping this is a bad bottle because, if not, this stuff is putrid.
08-15-2012 02:57:00 | More by Ryan011235
Ruddy Rye from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.