County Line Rye Pale Ale - Surf Brewery

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County Line Rye Pale AleCounty Line Rye Pale Ale

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: augustgarage on 10-05-2011

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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by Jayli:
Photo of Jayli
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from Mthomas84 via SS '11 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 2/2 after a long two weeks in GA, poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger of white head. Head retains at a decent pace leaving splotches of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is caramlized malts, a hint of rye, a good deal of grain and grassy hops.

T: Taste starts with an undertone of rye and a big amount of grain. Caramel malts begin to come through, a good deal of breadiness and just a hint of citrus hop notes. Finish is grain, bread and earthy grass hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly chewy body, with a slick finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, decent representation of style. All in all a good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of augustgarage
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse - served in a nonic.

Lovely amber with good clarity topped by an even stand of off-white lather. Creamy lacing, good retention.

Restrained malty aroma, biscuity with a touch of grain and grass.

Very refreshing, light yet full flavored palate entry. Pure pale malt, faint toast, white pepper, thyme, and rye blend in a subltle union. Dry crisp finish that invites another dram. Bready, cream-kissed finish. Just enough hops for interest, but only mild bitterness at any given time.

Light-bodied with good carbonation and an active zesty quality on the tongue.

Very well crafted pale ale, offset with rye which only adds to the drinkability. Best with food, though flavorful enough to enjoy on it's own...though it seems a bit flat flavored if you compare it right away to a stronger IPA for example.

Photo of mactrail
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The best sort of sweet, grainy, and tangy Rye Beer. Clear dark orange-tinted amber in the tall Maredsous glass with a very nice fine-grained and persistent foam. Smell is a little musty with a cereal note. Quite spritzy in the mouth.

The flavor is full of the zingy rye flavor with a pleasant resiny hop taste. Moderately bitter, in fact I'd say it's quite nicely balanced between the sweet malty base and the hops. More floral and less grainy than some Rye brews. The hoppy tang and bitter aftertaste are right on the glide path.

This is a richer and more complex Pale Ale than most. Somehow these guys have hit on the right dose of rye to make the unpretentious style stand out. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at The Bottle Shop in Santa Barbara.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some rye and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly soapy flavor as well. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not something I would seek out again.

Photo of lsummers
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has some great color, it's an amber orange, fairly clear with some fantasic lacing.

Smell isn't the best, kinda reminds me of the smell of an inside of a pizza hut.

Tastes good though, it's definitely got some nice flavor for a pale ale. The rye and a touch of caramel grains and fruitiness comes through. Mouthfeel is nice, it stays light, there's a touch of a medium body but I'd like a touch more stickyness for the color.

Overall, glad I tried it, I wouldn't mind trying it in a bottle sometime.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a reddish amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head of the brew has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave some streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is of a somewhat sweeter aroma overall being a mix of some lighter fruits of apricot and peach as well as having a showing of some caramel. Along with these aromas comes a light toasted malt as well as a hint of rye and some hop of ca citrus and pine nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a mix some of the sweeter fruits that were present in the nose. These tastes are mixed with a doughy and light rye taste upfront, which give it a nice smooth feel. The sweeter fades just a hint, but remains rather strong and is joined by some hop of a citrus nature toward the middle of the taste. These flavors take the taste to its end, where they are joined by a bit of pine and some caramel to leave a rather smooth and somewhat more sweet but balanced taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer on the slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that was on the more slightly higher side. For the mix of rye, fruit and lighter hop the chewiness was rather nice as it accentuated the lighter hop and rye rather nicely all while the carbonation was nice for the fruitier taste of the beer.

Overall – This was a brew I rather enjoyed. While somewhat fruitier then I would have anticipated, it was balanced nicely by some hop and a doughy rye taste. A good one to give a go to.

Photo of BaronRogue
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A local brew! Had plenty of these before so it was time for a review:

Pours a hazy deep amber with lots of carbonation and a head that frothed over the side of my mug with ease. Plenty of lacing and a head that sticks around for a long time.

Smells of muted apricots and rye, almost that sweet smell that some IIPAs have.

Tastes of raisins and rye, lots going on and definitely not a toned down pale ale. Lots of delicious hops and the bitterness to match. Mouthfeel isn't as chewy as you would expect, after you get over the initial wash of flavors it seems almost light.

Overall I'm impressed. Lots going on and definitely not pale in intensity. Light in the mouth (which isn't bad if that's what you're after) but sharply bitter for a PA.

Photo of maximum12
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to analogchainsaw for this extra, one in a growing cadre of fine fellows across the country who send me stuff with rye in it. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Over goes the bottle, out comes the beer, dark orange, with enough carbonation to qualify as beer. Nose is playing hide & seek: several lungfuls of air yield light rye, a little grain, with an almost burnt quality to it. Faint, but odd.

Country Line Rye Pale Ale is like eating toast crumbs. Moderate toastiness comes to the fore immediately. Beyond is a light earthiness that might be rye or shy hops, whole grain husks that have been baking in the California sun. Rye spiciness finally shows in the finish, along with moderate bitterness. Easy breezy to drink.

It's the finish that really sticks with you & salvages the beer from quiet mediocrity. Nothing ground-breaking, but an understated beer that one could drink out of trough. Good beer & I'm going to enjoy the rest of my glass.

Photo of pkalix
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark golden honey color, minimal head. some carbonation and better head on the subsequent pour. head looks creamy.
smell is sweet, bready. maybe some rye?
taste is definitely rye. not a bitter rye, but a semi-sweet, slightly bitter and almost pepper-y kind of flavor accenting the rye. I really like the subtleness of this one. I like rye, but most of the rye beers I've tried are bitter and nasty. this one is nice and flavored well by the rye. i'd recommend this one to others... maybe it's even time for a trip to ventura....

County Line Rye Pale Ale from Surf Brewery
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