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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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

smartassboiler, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of ffejherb
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap on 12/24/09.

A - Deep amber with an almost bronzed copper-brown body and sparse off-white head that diminished, leaving spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Smoked malt notes are apparent right off the bat and impart a meaty character. This, combined with a bready maltiness, a hint of salty bacon and lots of toasted grains, results in quite an authentic aroma.

T - Wow, this tastes like a liquid ham sandwich on rye bread. Mission accomplished! All of the ingredients really work together quite nicely, giving this brew a characteristic smoked meat quality with a tinge of earthy hops, some peat and a rye bread character. Finishes with a distinct toasted grainy charcter.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture, although the mouthfeel is slightly oily. Smokey finish with a hint of dryness on the palate.

D - Aptly named, Ham on Rye is an awesome smoked rye beer that virtually duplpicates eating (drinking?) a sandwich. FFF manages to push the envelope yet again with a beer that could have been simply a novelty, but turned out to be fantastic!

ffejherb, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Florida9
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Florida9, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Deuane
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With some research I found out that this brew is a collaboration between the folks at FFF and Piece Brewing. A rye beer brewed with smoked malts, how can you go wrong?

A-Deep copper body with lustrous, golden highlights. This beer practically shimmers in the glass. A thin, light tan head reduces to a thin ring and leaves spotty lace.

S-Light smokiness up front with a backing of malt sweetness and a pronounced spicy kick. Similar to a local meat product called Lebanon Bologna.

T-Wow! Super interesting--Ham on Rye is no lie! Smoky, but not crazy so, with a spicy dry finish. A tangy touch in the end too. This combination works really well.

M-Medium-light bodied sharp and tangy. LONG lingering smoke and spice combination lasts for minutes after I have taken a sip.This one has some serious longevity.

D-Well, I am not going to lie to you--I am a devotee of smoked beers and this one does not disappoint in any way! Mmm, mmm....The spicy aspect works really well and turns this rather mundane smoked amber into a work of art! Ham on Rye--true that! Well done FFF and Piece!

Deuane, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Sean9689, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour earlier today at the brewpub in Munster. Notes taken at the time.

A- Light amber bodied pour from the tap to a pint glass. One finger frothy white head with fairly good retention. One big web of lace at top with spots forming below that.

S- Smoked and Pilsner malts. Not overbearing with smoke but prominent for sure followed by spicy and herbal fruit tones with cracked light grains. Not meaty to me, more like a wood fire.

T- Smoky and spicy are the key words here. Smoky campfire grains with spicy and herbal noble hops. Not much of a bacon character as burnt wood. Slight sweet grains and yeast esters.

MF- Foamy and creamy medium body with carbonation that is medium-high and smooth. Finishes with smoke coating the palate.

Smoky and spicy with some yeast esters and fresh cracked grains.

cbutova, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of GbVDave
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at FFF 1/16/10. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a clear, dark brown. Capped with a tiny, off white head that immediately evaporated to a thin skim that left no lace.

S: Aroma, of well, smoked meat. Some roasty malt and rauch malt, too.

T: See above with more ham.

M: Smooth with subtle hints of prickle.

D: Good, but not earth shattering. I've been wanting to try this for a while, and I'm glad we were able to, but I'll probably pass on it next time I see it.

GbVDave, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev +7.5%

threedaggers, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of mcallister
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear chestnut with large carbonation bubbles and no head.

A little smokey with caramel malts and spicey rye notes. Hints of pine and herbal hops.

Nice smoked meats. Ham ha on the finish spicey rye aspect with a carmalized malt sweetness that really balances out the drying smoke.

Mouth is a little light and thin yet good carbonation. Easy rinker.

mcallister, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev +7.5%

thewimperoo, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer for novelty purposes, turns out its really good!

a: This was a clear dark coppery color. It was served to me with a thin off-white head.

s: Gentle, meaty smoke, spicy rye notes, and just a touch of something sweet.

m: Great balance from the smoke here, it doesn't take over at all. It nicely compliments the prickly rye flavors.

m: Silky smoothe viscousness.

d: Not something I would reach for often, but I would like to come across this again.

DIM, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Sparky44, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of ktrillionaire
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
Photo of nrbw23
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
Photo of jampics2
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

jampics2, Feb 20, 2014
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
Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

crossovert, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub...review from notes.

A- Pours a brownish cola color. One and a half finger whtie head that shows medium retention. No real lacing on the beer as I drink it down.

S- Big time rye in the front of this. Smokey meaty aroma in the middle of this combines the two aromas and makes my mouth water. This smells like well....ham on rye!

T- Smokey flavors right off the bat. There is a underlying sweetness to this but only in the front half. A light rye becomes the background but pops up for the middle for a second and stays through the ending. This tastes like a ham on rye through and through.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little lacking I thought. Tastes were smokey and left everywhere from the palate and long into the aftertaste. Flavors blended well together and matched up evenly. No real alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This was a couple and done beer. I enjoyed it a lot for the fact that it tasted like it was suppose too. Smoked beers I like but only a couple pints please.

alleykatking, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of jplopez21
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jplopez21, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of cadaugherty
4.5/5  rDev +21%

cadaugherty, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of MbpBugeye
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
Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jschott75, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of spointon
5/5  rDev +34.4%

spointon, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

coreyfmcdonald, Feb 14, 2012
Hank On Rye from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.