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Red Rye Returning - Carton Brewing Company

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Reviews: 15
Hads: 156
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bonbini26 on 03-27-2012

There is no doubt variety is the spice of life and we love going off in all kinds of directions looking for new flavors. Like all travel though at some point your heart turns back toward home. Home, robust American ales. This route travels along a path of piney American hops, Simcoe, Cluster, and Horizon their natural course coaxed toward spicy by a touch of rye. Drink Red Rye Returning because home is where the hops is.

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 156
Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was served on tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, New Jersey. It arrived in a generic pint glass at the bar, showing a rich ruby amber coloring. Crowned with a two finger head of thick, sand colored foam, retention was excellent. Bubbly spotted sheets of lacing were left around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave massive citric and floral hoppiness, herbal plantiness, green twigginess, rye grain grit, bitter rye bread bake, very crisp and drying pale and amber malts, cloying nectary tropical fruitiness of mango and papaya, tin, magic marker phenols, buttered wheat breadiness, plantains, and black olive brine. To follow, the flavoring came with oily and bittering citric and soapy hops, toasty and biscuity rye grain, copper, clover honey, marigold florals, soured lactic powders, ale yeast, vanilla cream, crumbly butter cookies, light pretzel doughiness, sea salt, and wisps of caramel sugars. The body was medium to full, and carbonation was active, but soft to the touch. Nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth accompanied each sip, and the mouth was left feeling the brush of crisp floury dryness, without overt pucker or astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily enough to facilitate a repeat order.

Overall, there were so many beautiful things about this beer. From the look to the nose, it introduced itself and presented itself well. The first whiff brought crashing imagery of Nugget Nectar to the forefront of our minds, although the flavoring showed much more bitterness from both the hops and the big rye grain inclusions. The hops became frankly soapy, and when mixed and indistinguishable from the malts, gave a doubled bitter blend that was cleaner, but equally as robust as your west coast bitter hop bombs. Very,very tasty. The only negative thing about this one was its heavier feel and flow, but we suppose that is seasonally reasonable, and only minor given the wonderfully fresh ingredients, aroma, and taste.

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Photo of njtmayhem
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer surprised me. I got it in a taster out of curiosity and wasn't let down. This beer is very good. I picked up a growler along with a growler of Regular coffee.

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Photo of leantom
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Kind of surprising for a red rye beer. I'll explain. Here goes:

A: Reddish-brown with a large head that leaves adequate lacing. Looks pleasant enough, but somewhat murky.

S: Good, but not what I as expecting. Mostly hop forward - very herbal, flowery, and citrusy. There's also some grapefruit which is characteristic of a lot of WC IPA's. Some caramel malt, but this is a muted scent relative to the hops.

T: Good, but still hop forward. Some sweet caramel and amber malt, but these quickly give way to very grassy, floral, and grapefruit-laden hops. Good, but more like an IPA.

F: Very good. Well-carbonated, glides down the tongue.

O: Good beer. Not what I was expecting, but still good.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.4%

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a slightly murky burnt copper hue with a half finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an earthy burnt caramel with moderate esters.

The taste offered an earthy and slightly sweet toasted malt, with a potent rye spice and herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was found and full with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty rye driven ale.

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Photo of Gavage
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: mahagony red in color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: malt sweetness is what you can detect with the nose.

Taste: light grainy malt profile with toffee, soft spiciness from the rye, dark fruit sweetness, some mild nuttiness, and a moderate bitterness which brings it into balance.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish.

Overall: for those that enjoy red ales, the rye kicks it up a notch and creates an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the bar in the Renaissance Hotel in Iselin, NJ:

Pours reddish copper with a thin head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, rye and alcohol.

The taste is sweet and minty with balancing hops. Strong on rye and caramel. It has a boozy finish.

An interesting red rye. Not bad.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Carton

Reddish-brown pour, with a lasting white head that left some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted bread, caramel malts, citrus pith and piney hops. More of the same in the taste, toasted bread and grains, malty, with notes of citrus and pine, dash of cracked pepper, and a notable apple skin finish. Mouthfeel was crisp and quite drying, body was medium. Decent beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very dark amber/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head.  Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick, lasting cap/ring.  Glass is left coated with sheets of soapy lacing. Looks great.

Slightly spicy sweet malt aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, bread and biscuit.  Subtle hops and strong spicy rye character after it warms up a bit.  Still a little bland smelling though.

Medium bodied with a prominent rye spiciness that adds another dimension to the slightly roasted and sweet malt flavors.  Peppery and spicy with nice rye flavor countered by sweet caramel malt, toffee, hazelnut and slightly roasted coffee.  Subtle hop bitterness compliments the rye before a dry finish.  Not overly complex but there's a nice spicy rue presence that's stronger than most beers in the style.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill.

Carton red rye. Pours a reddish light brown. Sticky foam. Clingy. Bready nose with rye thrownm in. Light open with a firm caraway hop flabor. Pushy bitter close. Open softer with a tight close. Good. Certainly lops of hops to please. 4 4 35 35 375

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler filled at Spirits, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a reddish brown color with a cream colored 1-finger head, some rings of lacing left as it goes down. The unfiltered look has plenty of bubbles.

S- A nice hop punch of citrus and pine. There are dark bready malts, dark fruits, and notes of alcohol.

T- Big malt backbone, dark and roasty. Grainy, dark fruits, some sweetness, then the hops drive the back end. Citrus, grapefruit, and pine make up the bitter end.

M- Medium feel, good carbonation and lots of body. All the flavor easily masks the 6.5% abv making it easy drinking. Very smooth for a hearty ale.

O- Smooth, hearty, drinkable, and just enough hop bitterness. Balanced.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 1/2 growler filled at the brewery

Appearance:- Pours an amber color witha very light and fluffy 2 finger head. Thick lacing

Aroma: A nice blast of resin and some citrus along with some bready malts.

Taste- Roasty spicy malt up front. Followed up with piney resin and some citrus. The pine and citrus linger on the tongue. Alcohol taste is present, more than you would expect for 6.5%

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation and a complex body. The alcohol is there but it is still easy drinking and enjoyable.

O- Good balance, easy drinking, a real nice beer

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Photo of tobelerone
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Whole Foods. Another nice brew from the guys at Carton. Pours a murky reddish-brown with a finger of quickly falling cream-colored head and some light lacing. Aroma well balanced between assertive hops both piney and citrusy and a big malty note; rye is faintly detected underneath, and there’s a suggestion of sweet and syrupy fruits as well.

Taste follows the nose, but the spicy rye flavor comes to the fore a bit more. Otherwise it’s a blend of the pineapple, grapefruit, and resinous hops and a walloping caramel malt body. Sweet and fruity as implied by the aroma. The hops are bright and fresh but don’t provide a lot of bitterness or a long aftertaste. Rather, the malty sweetness lingers in the finish so this isn’t the one for you if you’re looking for something dry. Bears a passing resemblance to both Founder’s Red’s Rye and Nugget Nectar but is maltier and sweeter than both and has a heftier body. Medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty tasty rye beer, although something of a stylistic hybrid.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

32oz growler from Whole Foods. Faceted whiskey glass.

Very slightly hazed, cola brown body. Inch of sunken, off-white head.

Smells of brown bread, alcohol, & rind. Not very attractive so far.

Gritty/chewy, slightly charred malt. More dry then bittersweet. The beer is really dominated by a pithy, herbal bitterness that just lingers. Works better in their IPA then it does here. Toasty, tannic/tea-like finish.

Probably the weakest offering from Carton that I've had so far. Several other awesome beers in their limited portfolio though. I could drink BOAT or Monkey Chase till I vomit down . Just a bump in the road.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/13/12 notes. Had on tap at The Gate in Brooklyn, NY.

a - Pours a deep reddish mahogany color, with one to two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of rye, sweet dark fruits, bready malts, citrus hops, and light pine hopes. Rye is strong up front, and a nice mix of hops and malts in the nose.

t - Tastes of rye, strawberries, sweet dark fruity malts, citrus hops, grapefruits, pine hops, bready malts, grains. Berry flavor is nice, and a lotof rye again, but it works well together.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, no bitterness from the hops.

o - Overall a very good rye beer. Reminds me a lot of Founder's Red's Rye PA, though I like that one a bit better as it is a bit hoppier than this one. This one has more sweet dark fruits, which is a nice touch though. Would certainly have it again.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Barcade Jersey City.

Pours a nice amber color (SRM of 12), with a foam white head. No real nose to speak of, which I've noticed for some reason that some of Carton beers lack. It is listed at 50 IBU,
Hoped with piney simcoe, cluster, and horizon hops, with a spicy touch of rye. Overall a very nice rye ale, comparable to my favorite, Founders Red Rye. A great option for hop heads and I continue to look for more great beers from this local brewery.

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Red Rye Returning from Carton Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.