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Gramarye - Heretic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 08-25-2012)
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Swervine44

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

10-29-2012 22:25:37 | More by Swervine44
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

10-29-2012 16:52:38 | More by rkcrozier
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mactrail

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 03:24:31 | More by mactrail
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 03:40:04 | More by BryanCarey
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Philousa

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 20:59:55 | More by Philousa
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FosterJM

California

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 15:13:26 | More by FosterJM
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popery

California

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice lower abv beer. Packs a good amount of flavor into that 4.4% abv. Pours a pretty orangey amber. Quite clear, minimal haze. Aroma is mild but juicy citrus hops on top of some rye spice and some caramel maltiness. A little bit of a floral quality in there somewhere. Very tasty stuff. For me, this has perfect balance for this sort of low abv amber ale. It starts with rye-spicy caramel sweetness and sweet orange hop flavor and then dries out and finishes with a refreshing bitterness, packed with pine resin and rye bread. Very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is light, creamy and smooth. It compliments the flavor very well and is surprisingly full-bodied for the beer's strength. Great stuff. I've been a bit disappointed in Heretic, so far (to be clear, I had my expectations very high), but this beer is excellent. Also, I'm happy to see another tasty, low abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 03:19:38 | More by popery
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some sweet caramel malts, spicy rye, and a touch of bready malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and some spicy and earthy rye. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops, bitterness, spicy rye notes, and some sweet, lightly bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and earthy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hopp rye pale ale. Great overall balance with some good rye character.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 06:02:23 | More by ngeunit1
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Nage37

California

3/5  rDev -21.5%

09-08-2012 03:00:48 | More by Nage37
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the COOP Sunday night... poured into my slip tulip tonight... the brew is very clear orange/amber... decent white head... 1/2" head.. spotty lacing.

Nose is very promising.. toasty malt... rye is there and my buddies will give me shit, but honestly a bit of a dry "spicy" note... very dry brew with a bunch of malty background essence.. no real "caramel"... very malt centric with just enough citrus to balance.

Flavor mirrors the nose with some dry toasty elements.. citrus hops... the rye is present and helps to add some structure to the maltiness... rye malt is above present and the citric hops finish forever.... with warmth, a bit of perfumy floral hoppiness...

Surprised this one has a great finish for such a low ABV.. very VERY drinkable.. Loving it.

3.5/4/4/3.5/4

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 05:30:51 | More by JohnGalt1
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Zorro

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Brewery Website:

"Gramarye (GRAM-uh-ree)

Gramarye is the practice of learning magic. For thousands of years, people have used a grimoire (book of magic) to cast spells and summon spirits. Of course, magic fell out of favor over the centuries, the same as brewing with rye. Interest in magic seems to be on the upswing these days and so is the interest in brewing with rye. A coincidence? This is our take on session pale ale made with a dose of rye malt to give it that luscious feel and snappy finish. We think it is magical.

abv: 4.4%
ibu: 28
srm: 10"

Dark amber colored beer with a small white colored head. The color borders on being brown.

Smell is rye with that slightly sour scent that rye has. Mild hops that are mostly citrus with an little pine to it. Toasted bread, tea and some woody scent.

Starts out dry with a mostly woody flavor and a slight rye after taste. Dry and slightly bitter this is a solid pale ale. Rye flavor is there and very user friendly.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good pale ale made with Rye. No faults, a good easy drinking ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 23:50:55 | More by Zorro
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Gramarye from Heretic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.