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Hank On Rye - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Hank On Rye
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BA SCORE
85
very good

165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 18.93%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer, created in honor of Henry Chinaski, was a collaboration between Three Floyds and Jonathan Cutler of Piece Brewery. Its delicate, spicy, smoked character is derived from a portion of smoked and rye malts. Formerly known as Ham On Rye.

(Beer added by: jeonseh on 03-07-2008)
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.51/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It flies in the face of all logic, but I love this beer. I wish it was bottled. I wish FFF would at the very least would make it annually again.

Appearance - The beer was a darker golden color served with a bubbly white head. The barkeep at FFF served the beer in a pilsner glass.

Smell - The rye is the most impressive note, but I am pretty sure I can also actually smell salt. This one smells like it tastes.

Taste - I think the 2014 batch is a little weaker than previous years. The initial impression that comes to the front is the tang of the rye. But then, the smoke and the saltiness (like ham) balance out the rye. The main drawback of the beer is that it finishes a little weak. The aftertaste veers in a sour direction, with the salt losing its flavor.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is pretty straight forward. The carbonation is pretty average and the beer goes down smooth, leaving a nice coat on the tongue.

Overall - I like this one a lot, but even I start getting bored by the end of the glass. I think the beer itself gets bored with me because it loses interest in tasting the same.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2014 13:06:47 | More by JohnnyHopps
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koutkid41

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Darker gold in color and nice white head that shows medium retention.

S: Big time rye in the front of this. Smokey aroma later on, pretty nice.

T: Rye up front with some smokiness up front. There is a underlying sweetness to this but only in the front half. Very much reminiscent of a ham on rye.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Tastes were smokey and left everywhere from the palate and long into the aftertaste. Nice dry rye to it.

O: A nice change of pace, not something I would crave however.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2014 02:02:25 | More by koutkid41
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Binny's South Loop.

A: Pours a clear burnt orange with a nice egg-shell head.

S: Meaty smoked malt. Moderate Canadian bacon, a bit of hoppiness.

T: More smoked malt - bacon, sweet smoke, sweet grain, a slight bitter note. Sweet bready malt in the finish.

M: Medium carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Not bad, but not as interesting as the rauches of the motherland.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2012 02:52:07 | More by Etan
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The inquisitive and provocative taste of smoke seems right at home with curred pork, mesquite smoked poultry, and cedar plank salmon. But the beach wood smoked malts seem oddly compelling in beer. Unusual in the cold and carbonated beverages, yet satisfying as a culinary art, Three Floyds further surprises the palate with this refreshing, yes- refreshing, meat flavored beer.

Pouring a tawny bronze color that shows several metal hues from gold to rust and with light haze gives the beer a gentlemanly appearance. A very airy and frothy foam stance exudes but then falls apart midway through the session. Very light on lace, the beer's carbonation seems very fleeting.

Although all those meaty aromatics are from the smoked malts and not actually any swine, it doesn't keep away the distinct scent of prosciutto. The aromas of sweet game meets a hony-baked support and balance to complement the scent very well. Obvious overtones of campfire and barbecue allow for an almost-floral, mouth-watering savory to rise to meet the nose of scorched earth.

The savory, meaty flavor of smoky sweetness balance each other with flavors of salmon, canadian bacon, and barbecue that actually takes a mild backseat to the thin caramel, bold honey, and spicy grain flavor of rye and crystal malt. Dry pumpernickle character of cardemom seed, celery seed, and rosemary can be seen peeking through the smoke- all making me think that the smoke character is largely aromatic and not playing out so much on the palate but the suggestion of the nose is too high to dismiss. Lowly hopped, the spicy grain character carries the beer's balance, besides the beer needs no further complexity.

Medium bodied, at least at first. The fast fleeting carbonation leaves the beer relatively light, even thin during mid palate but finishing spicy-dry and lighly snappy. A minty wood character carries a refreshing texture with light alcohol allows for a thirst quenching effect with savory overtones.

At first, the brain tells the palate that this will be a slow session to weather. But the 16oz glass is empty within fifteen minutes. The savory aroma and taste of the beer coupled with medium-light textures make it highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 17:44:03 | More by BEERchitect
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sidetracked

Illinois

2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at Revolution.

Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head that lingers around the edge.

Aroma of smokey campfire mixed with medicinal cherry throat lozenges. Not good.

Upfront taste is light smokey malts with a slightly sweet fruitiness. Malty middle with some caramel sweetness and piney hops. The finish is a unique combination of pine, smoke, and citrus. Lingering smokey flavor.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Clean finish.

Not a fan of this at all. Really hard to drink, even for a smoked beer. The aroma of cough syrup throws the taste off before it even hits the tongue. Comes across as a malty IPA gone awry with smoked malt. Disappointing.

3/10/2012

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 23:11:24 | More by sidetracked
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Durge

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Revolution Brewpub in Chicago this unique brew is a slightly hazed copper color with a thin but very sturdy light oatmeal colored head that leaves a perfect wall of lacing! The aroma lives up to the billing with heavy grilled, smoked ham idea with wheaty-malt rye. Easily worth the price of admission. The flavor gives me sweet smoked ham and herbal hops. I pick up on some pineapple and sprucey hop qualities. This is solidly medium bodied with light carbonation for a somewhat sticky feel. The hop infusion here is just awesome and this is a true keeper. Three Floyd, ya dun it again!

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 04:00:04 | More by Durge
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at owen and engine. The restaurant has a great old english pub feel, and this beer is very appropriate for that setting. Pours a burnt orange color with a short head that has great retention. Leaves great lacing. Could use a bit of a larger head, but this beer is very good looking. Aroma is mild, but it is very reminiscent of smokey beef jerky and rawhide. Flavor is bacon all the way. Dry smokey bacon rind. Pretty much exactly what I was hoping for. There is a mild fruity quality to the smoke which is pleasant. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy but the carbonation is pretty on point. Very nice smoke beer from FFF.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 23:20:45 | More by Agold
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VagabondHops

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass in Arlington Heights, il. Tuscan Wine Shop does it again.
Light amberish look, not too dark.
Not much head and a little lacing to speak of.
Smells smoky, as it should! And honestly without the name being known, ham on rye is a comparison I would give it based on smell alone.
Tastes smooth! Which wasn't expected.
Beat smoked beer I've ever had, bar none....
Yum!!! Would have again! And again!

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 22:51:10 | More by VagabondHops
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really can't think of a better smoked beer. This look is deep golden, clear, with a small head.

Smell and taste are smokey malt of the finest kind. Silky smooth mouthfeel rounds out the experience. The smoke taste does rival a good ham, and the backbone of rye gives it a perfect offsetting spiciness that lingers. It does have a sweetness that seems like dark brown sugar, but that only gives a note that you want more, not cloying but not dry in any sense.

I have seen this on draft only twice, would put it in my top 10 of all time and wish it was around more. My score is higher than most since smoke beers are among my favorites, not for all, but if you like the style this is the bomb.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 16:35:10 | More by robbyc1
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crossovert

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap.

It is a lighter amberish brown.

The smell is smoky, I guess smoked ham isn't too far off.

The flavor is sweet and smoky. Not the best smoke beer I have had but decent. IT is sweet with a brown sugar hint going through it along with a nice smokiness.

A good one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 00:23:48 | More by crossovert
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tedsox31

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Poor Phil's in Oak Park. Served in a 20 oz tumbler.

Poured a brownish-gold, with a two inch head that stuck around. Decent lacing throughout.

Smell is somewhat bready and spicy, with a strong but not overwhelming presence of smoke. Actually smells quite similar to ham and less like smoke.

Taste is spot on for a ham and rye sandwich. I'm not sure how they did it, but it tastes exactly like the name. There is a nice smokey/honey flavor from the malt that tastes like ham, and a spicy contributor from the rye malt. Eminently quaffable, and the taste does not linger too much in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy, and has a slight slickness to it. Medium carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable beer. I would definitely come back to this beer again. Everything is balanced and seems to fit well together.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 16:46:28 | More by tedsox31
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

Plenty o' hullabaloo surrounding this beer...let's hope it's worthy. It pours a clear copper-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light beech smoke, honey, molasses, ham (straight up), brown sugar, and light black pepper. Damn, does this smell tasty! The taste holds notes of honey-baked ham, very light smoke, rye bread, and a touch of what seems like Swiss cheese at the end. Honestly, this thing tastes very similar to a ham sammy on rye. Wow. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and an oily, greasily slick feel. Overall, this beer lives up to its name. If it weren't for the kind of awkward feel, this would be a truly exceptional, enjoyable brew. Get some!

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 19:53:17 | More by TMoney2591
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Local Option

A - It pours a copper-amber hue, and is capped with an average-looking white head with notsomuch retention or lace.

S - The nose is unusually devoid of campfire, or *burnt-out-campsite*, as in the case of Fastenbier. The nose is more honey-glazed ham than smoked ham, no doubt. Still, there is actually something hammy about this, which is commendable fakery, in and of itself.

T - Full disclosure: I am double-fisting with a Schlenkerla Fastenbier, so this tastes like a Light Lager in comparison; still, I think I can discern the basics, and nuances, of this brew. The taste reveals about equal parts naked malt syrup, (perhaps this was purposefully underattenuated,) and a just-short-of-campfire smokiness; it is within this balance that the hammy-ness is acheived. Overall, the flavor is quite mellow, relying on nuance and suggestion; a rare thing for a smoked brew.

M - About medium, and soft in carbonation.

O - This beer is a very sublime entry into the Smoked Beer canon. I actually prefer the more obtuse versions (like the Fastenbier in my other hand) but I respect this brew for its rare sophistication in a very blunt genre.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2011 03:12:19 | More by ktrillionaire
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at SMBDC growler tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Light fizzy head with light lacing, crystal clear amber orange color.

N: Honey glazed ham like aroma, light spicy rye, light spicy hops, touch of malty syrup, light herbal hops and a bit estery.

T: Herbal hops, spicy rye, light smoky honey ham, semi sweet malty syrupy flavor, earthy hops, reddish malts, bit bitter, juicy malts, finishes with a touch of bitter hops, malts, light syrupy finish, touch of rye and spicy hops, and a smoky ham flavor.

M: Med bodied with decent carb.

Interesting. Lots of interesting flavors, rounded, nice smoked ham, light rye, herbal hops are a little iffy though.

Serving type: growler

05-06-2011 02:33:39 | More by jlindros
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Local Option. Served in a pint glass.

A - Finger of off-white foam that settles to a thick collar and partial cap, leaving behind no lace. Transparent dark amber body.

S - This is more ham-forward than it is smoked, although there is a bit of smoke. Some sandwich-like bread notes, and a bit of light honey sweetness.

T - Taste is a bit sweeter, with more of a honey-glazed ham character and a lightly smoked finish. Rye is understated.

M - Smooth, medium-full body that is surprising for the listed ABV. Medium carbonation, lightly smoked dry finish, with a touch of residual stickiness.

D - This is a very enjoyable and easy-drinking smoked beer. Alcohol is well-hidden. It's less intense than the Schlenkerla beers which makes it easier to have multiple glasses.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 19:22:45 | More by MasterSki
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Imperial Pint glass from the pub...

A- Pours a deep orange copper color with about an inch of light tan head that settles and leave minimal lacing.

S- Haha... wtf?! This smells just like a honey baked ham. There is a lot of sweet caramel and honey with a nice smoke to back it up. Craziness...

T/M- WTF?!?! This tastes just like a honey baked ham! I just don't get it. There is a spice component from the rye that took over as the beer warmed up a bit, but it was predominately a very sweet beer with some nice smokey undertones to balance. Great medium body with low carbonation that really sits on the tongue and makes you think you are drinking your dinner.

O- Wow... This beer is out of this world. The only downfall of this beer is that a full 16oz is a bit much. At first this was my dads favorite beer of the night, he couldn't believe it- so I traded him for his Gumballhead. I noticed after awhile he wasn't drinking it much anymore. I asked what was up and he said he loves it, but it was just too much. So we traded back and then it was hard for me to finish! Anyway, its a great beer, but a sipper and something to enjoy in small quantities. I really appreciate what FFF did here and the score is fairly high because it is one of the best specialty beers I have ever had and think it truly is masterfully crafted to taste how it does.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 12:34:48 | More by TheGordianKnot
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oline73

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really nice clear amber color with a half finger of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: The first thing I notice is that this beer smells like a freaking ham sandwich. Some sweet malt and smoke, but the name is the best description I could give.

Taste: Smokey bacon/ham flavors, some spice from the rye. Sweet malt with some caramel and a mildly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation. The finish is a bit slick.

Overall: I was really surprised how much I liked this beer. Tastes kind of liked smokes meat, just what you want out of a good smoked beer. The sweetness complemented the smoke well.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 14:34:06 | More by oline73
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Phelps

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap at the Three Floyds brewpub, inside a nonic pint.

Pale amber, perfectly clear. A 1.5-finger head of dense, creamy foam hangs out for a long time and deposits sticky, full walls of lace when it finally recedes.

The nose: rye bread, anise, salt, cocoa powder, brown sugar.

Very subtle salty meatiness in the flavor, blended with a lot of bread. Cocoa, toast, salty bacon, light campfire smoke, hints of caramel. A meaty, smoky brown ale with perfect balance.

Very light carbonation inside the creamy, medium-full body. Some alcohol numbs the tongue before a slightly dry finish.

I’ve enjoyed few beers with names as descriptive as Ham on Rye. It’s just as flavorful and tasty as the sandwich.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 23:31:27 | More by Phelps
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Three Floyds on the day before Dark Lord Day. Served in an imperial pint.

Appearance
This has a nice color. Its a deep, rusty red with browns interspersed. The head is a very light tan and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma
Indeed, very smokey. It does smell a lot like ham, but at this point I didn't even know what I was in for. The smoke isn't all that roasty. Its more of a cured meat type of smell with a nice rye snappiness to it.

Taste
I was taken aback as soon as I tasted it. Its very big on flavors of baked ham. The ham is perceivable throughout the whole taste but really comes out strong on the aftertaste. It really blows my mind. I keep picturing the glazed rind of a baked ham. I'm not entirely sure I like it. Its not totally gross, but it does come close.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied and kinda slick. The carbonation is soft and pillowy.

Overall
Very interesting. It blows my mind how much like ham this stuff tastes. Well worth a try, just for the experience, but I wouldn't buy copious amounts of this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 19:36:20 | More by MbpBugeye
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a reddish brown color with a pretty thin tannish colored head.

S- Ok I was warned via text by Mbpbugeye about this one. Man he was right on. This brew some how smells like a ham sandwich on rye just like the name go figure. Pretty amazing and confusing.

T- This ham taste totally dominants this brew. Some smoke, very light coffee, and rye spice.

M- Medium in body with a pretty good amount of carbonation.

O- This is a very interesting beer. Its not bad by any means just very very different. I had no problem putting this one down and laughing my ass off about how it tastes like a ham sandwich. I don't think I'd drink this one on a regular basis though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 19:32:19 | More by nrbw23
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htomsirveaux

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on 26 Apr 2011 at the Brewpub. Served in a nonic pint glass.

Small light brown head. Lightly carbonated. Clear light brown color. Aroma is smoky with just a touch of meatiness. The flavor starts with a lot of smoked bacon. Moderately sweetly smoky. Then more smoky meatiness. Nicely malty sweet underneath the bacon. Just a very light bitterness in the finish. Medium body, moderate alcohol.

Definitely the meatiest tasting smoked beer I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 04:28:03 | More by htomsirveaux
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark, brownish amber color with a finger of white head. Some fat lacing and spots left on the sides.

S - The wife was convinced this beer was actually made with ham. Very smokey with a great bacon/ham smell to it. There is some slight malt backbone there besides the smoke, but you have to strain to smell it. I think it smells fantastic.

T - Tastes like bacon or ham on rye. Really awesome, and a great change of pace if you've been drinking something sweet. A little bit of malt sweetness with a tiny pinch of hops complete the flavor profile.

M - Medium bodied, if carbonation gets any higher it will lose points for it, but it's fine.

O - I really liked this beer, maybe I'm just on a cured meat kick, but it tastes like a sandwich. A nice change from anything sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 19:17:07 | More by AgentZero
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/05/11 notes. Growler shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike!

a - Pour a murky amber, orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smoke, roasted malts, rye, and wheat.

t - Tastes of rye, smoke, roasted malts, toasted malts, and smoked meat.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty interesting smoked beer. I thought there was more smoke and meat in the flavor than the nose. Not the smokiest I've bad, but pretty enjoyable and glad I got to try it.

Serving type: growler

03-14-2011 23:51:45 | More by mdfb79
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler provided by Thorpe. Thanks. Beer is kind of amber with a thin head of bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass, evidence of carbonation, looks like beer.

Aroma is quite smokey, I suppose it smells like a meat smoke house.

Beer is thinner than expected, not getting much in the way of rye though. It has a nice smokiness to it, decent but ultimately flat one note flavor. One of my least favorite Three Floyds beers to date but I would have it again on draft if possible.

Serving type: growler

03-14-2011 18:00:45 | More by drabmuh
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aasher

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at the brewpub. This pours a translucent brownish, dirty amber with a one finger off white head. The smell is of weak ham. For a smoked beer I expected a little more. There isn't much pork to it and the smoke is really subtle. It tastes of a ham sandwhich on rye, as I guess it should but it's not really that impressive. I expected the flavors to be more bold. It drank smoothly and was pretty light in body. This beer wasn't anything too special but I'm glad I could try it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 16:46:41 | More by aasher
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Hank On Rye from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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