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Hank On Rye - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 18.55%
Wants: 15
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of tedsox31
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

tedsox31, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

TMoney2591, Jun 26, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

ktrillionaire, May 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

jlindros, May 06, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

MasterSki, May 05, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

TheGordianKnot, May 04, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

oline73, May 03, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Phelps, May 03, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -14%
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.

MbpBugeye, May 02, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

nrbw23, May 02, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

htomsirveaux, Apr 27, 2011
Hank On Rye from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.