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Hank On Rye - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 18.77%
Wants: 15
Gots: 1 | 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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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2009 13:33:20 | More by Deuane
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-16-2013 13:30:45 | More by Sean9689
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-06-2014 00:37:56 | More by smartassboiler
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Florida9

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-13-2012 01:18:23 | More by Florida9
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 15:24:48 | More by GbVDave
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-30-2014 04:23:38 | More by ZEB89
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2014 02:59:24 | More by cbutova
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mcallister

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-13-2010 23:42:37 | More by mcallister
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-11-2012 16:32:22 | More by Tyrawlings
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-12-2014 23:26:33 | More by threedaggers
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-17-2011 15:18:18 | More by thewimperoo
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 19:11:28 | More by DIM
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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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nrbw23

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +4%
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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Sparky44

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-23-2013 19:37:24 | More by Sparky44
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jampics2

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

02-20-2014 03:33:46 | More by jampics2
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crossovert

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Phelps

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +8%
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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alleykatking

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2010 05:40:54 | More by alleykatking
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

07-26-2012 15:06:31 | More by cadaugherty
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-14-2012 21:11:12 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had no clue what to expect with this one.. But... Yeah

Pours a amber brownish with a tint of red hues, no head to spak of but well carbonated. Looks pretty decent.

Smells.. Like ham on rye. Im impressed honestly. It's not off-putting.. Just smells like ham on rye.

Tastes .... Like ham on rye. Im amazed. Smokey, meaty, lots of rye spices. So weird yet good

Such an odd brew but really tasty. I'm shocked and amazed!

Serving type: growler

03-10-2011 00:32:47 | More by Urbancaver
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pixieskid

Germany

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-30-2012 16:24:56 | More by pixieskid
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htomsirveaux

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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
Hank On Rye from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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