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Gramarye - Heretic Brewing Company

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86
very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Zorro on 08-25-2012

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mhaugo
2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber. Decanted into a pint glass.
Appearance: Almost perfectly clear deep amber/copper color. Thin, fleeting head that clings to the side of the glass.
Smell: Extraordinarily faint. Really have to hunt for it. There’s a bit of bready rye in the nose. I also get a bit of mineral water. When I really dig for it, I get a very faint citrus smell. The hops are almost absent in the aroma.
Taste: Very nice. Bready. Dry with a peppery rye finish. Maybe a bit of honey. No bitterness to speak of. Leaves almost no lingering aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Thin. Sharp carbonation.
Overall: Very nice session-able, rye pale. I really want to like it more considering its credentialing, but it seems like someone turned it’s volume down. Muted, I guess. To be fair the label says “Bottled 07.30.12”, so it likely has already passed its prime. I’m going to look for it on draft.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bnes09
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Transparent copper color. Descent head on the pour with weak retention. Some lacing.

Bready malt and pine scent.

Solid rye bread malt character, grainy and spicy. Assertive hop notes of pine and herbs. Very well balanced.

Light to medium bodied with a sharp carbonation. Feel really compliments the flavor profile.

Good brew. Interesting flavors and easy to drink.

Photo of scot959
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a clear, deep golden colour, almost turning a burnished copper, with a full, frothy and pretty persistent head of off-white. Solid lacing and fine carbonation completes the picture. Good stuff.

Nose is pleasantly clean with bright citrussy hops, mangled with a bit of wine cork. Some light spice and earthiness comes through, possibly from the rye, but equally likely from some slightly brusquer hop characters. Hint of booze and some rich bread dough. Overall, it's a nice aroma.

Taste is clean and clear, with a crisp grainy character on the back. Hops provide a fragrant sweetness throughout, but only moderate bitterness, leaving the palate light and buoyant. Some clementine and pithy orange mid-palate, with a very pleasant crispness on the finish. Feel is very smooth and light, providing some basis without overwhelming anything.

Overall, this is a damn drinkable brew. The rye is subtle, but broadens the palate nicely, which is very nice. Often rye can make a beer sharper and spicier, but here it provides additional width of character. Very nice stuff, probably one of the best of Heretic's I've had.

Photo of ADZA
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden bronze hazy hue with a creamy three finger head and lacing here and there,the smell is quite light with aromas of spicy rye,herbal hops and a touch of passionfruit,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied with high carbonation and has tastes of passionfruit,peaches,spicy rye and finished with a spicy dryness and overall its abit of a let down and is pretty subdued on all levels but nice for a session ale cheers.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive shade of bright orangey amber in the Affligem chalice. A lot of foam at first, but it settles down to a fine sudsiness. This has a little more body than you would expect, which is nice in a low-alcohol beer.

Pleasant grainy flavor. Not all that bitter, which, heretic that I am, is fine with me. Still, there is a nice hoppy tang to go with the scratchy rye taste. Just a hint of the buckwheat weirdness and some crackers, the Stoned Wheat Thins to be precise. Some perfumey malt notes, though not much aroma. Beery, sudsy, and dry without any drama. Totally drinkable, which is the idea. I'm hoping the Utah four-percenters will check this one out.

From the 22 oz bottle. Bought this at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego, which had several Heretic brews all of a sudden. $6 for the Rye.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heretic Gramarye rye pale ale is a gold/orange colored beer with a small level of foam that still manages to leave some lace as you drink. The nose on this beer is one of rye and light malt, but it is not very pronounced and much lighter than the other beers in the Heretic lineup.

This beer offers the flavor of rye, as expected, along with flavors of citrus, toasted malt, and earthy notes. The rye and pale malt keep returning to the forefront and the overall taste makes it a very good session beer. It isn’t intimidating in any way, but it is still full flavored enough that most will find it to their liking.

One thing I find interesting about this beer is its tendency to offer a good deal of taste without going to extreme levels in the alcohol department. I was actually surprised when I learned that this product has only 4.4 percent alcohol by volume. It seems fuller in taste than that, which shows that Heretic has done well in the production of this beer, using the basic ingredients to pump up the taste without pumping up the alcohol.

Overall, this is a good session beer with nice rye and malt notes and a good deal of balance. It isn’t as heavy as many of the other Heretic products, but it is still good and flavorful in its own way and it’s a product worth trying if you like the taste of rye.

Photo of Philousa
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear deep amber, like the color of cedar bark. Aroma is distinctly rye influenced. Sour lemon followed by spicy rye, some oak and earth aroma. Some grassy hops finish it out. Taste starts with very little crystal malt, mostly an absence of flavor. You can tell this is a session beer. I get some bitterness after the lull, with some pungent herbs such as tarragon. I take back the lack of flavor. As the beer warms the flavor opens up. The rye earthiness carries this over to the aforementioned bitterness. Some barky, peppery flavor with a steel/metal tinge. Feel is a bit thin, very drinkable. Finish is balanced, if a hair sweet.

This is a great example of a session beer. The rye flavor really fills in the gap most session beers have due to a lack of grain/malt. There is a good amount of hop flavor and aroma without being too bitter.

Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1567th Review on BA
Bottle to Nonic Pint
22oz

Bottle on 7/06/2012
Purchased at Mission Liquors, Fremont, CA

App- In the glass this poured out more like a deeper sunset orange like an IPA vs. a pale ale. Was very deep like a wood stain. Had a big and frothy 2 finger head with some good cling. Head did fade rather quickly though.

Smell- This was very light. I can imagine why at only being a session pale with tinges of rye. It was there but just needed more. A bit of caramel malts with a spicy rye and a little bit of the bitter from the hops. Clean.

Taste- A very nice small session beer. A lot of flavor packed into a little beer. The rye was a nice addition to a pleasant small hoppy beer with some good flavors. It did have just a bit of dish soap flavor behind it, but was okay. Didnt affect it too much.

Mouth- A thicker medium for a small session beer. A little too thick. It was okay on the feel. Taste made up for it. The carbonation is a good medium with some slick malts and a bit of a lush rye flavor. Residual bitter hop/rye combo.

Drink- A nice beer. I like rye and have been looking for new rye beers when I can. This was a good beer to unwind on a Sunday with.

Gramarye from Heretic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.