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Prologue - Relic Brewing Co

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20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Relic Brewing Co visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Rye Lager with New Zealand hops.

(Beer added by: Gambrinus1184 on 03-24-2012)
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Photo of kevinpetruzielo
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

kevinpetruzielo, May 13, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

JTomczak, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of slim2043
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

slim2043, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy copper color and a very nice head that leaves a few strands of lacing behind

Smell: Earthy fruits with spicy rye

Taste: A bit of shortbread and earthy fruit, up front, with the spicy rye emerging; crisp, dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A style that is not often found but here, it is well executed

brentk56, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

PEIhop, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

PoppyParthenonE, May 01, 2013
Photo of abriggs1
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Relic is a new Connecticut brewery that hasn't wasted any time in brewing crazy, high end stuff.

Pours a beautiful reddish blond with a nice head that dissipates quickly.

You can really smell the rye and the floral/citric hops.

The taste is dry with a wonderful rye spiciness, but it's still very refreshing. I feel like they held back on the malt a bit on purpose to let the rye come through, which wouldn't work if this was super hoppy. With a hop presence I would describe as "balanced," it works very well. Dry on the front, and also dry at the end when you get some yeasty goodness. The mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer. I find myself licking the roof of my mouth with every sip to enjoy this beer's tannic like quality. Dry to the bone and still refreshing; that's tough to pull off.

abriggs1, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

polishkaz, May 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Durge, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of sailorastro
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall: Relic's offering in Prologue is a bounty for fans of rye ales. The flavor heavily leans on the rye for character, but rewards the drinker with a funky intracacy.

Appearance: Unfiltered, rusty gold body that's as hazy as breath on glass. Pours a two finger head that sinks back into the depths of the brew, and leaves a slippery lace benind.

Smell: Fresh hay; rye; black pepper, bread dough; soap.

Taste: Its first impression is of a malty ale... then the rye appears. Its taste is intense at first; however, layers of complexity grow pronounced as each sip is consumed.

Mouthfeel: Finishes dry, with a chalky burst of rye left on the palate.

sailorastro, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

oriolesfan4, Dec 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

braican, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Relic Brewing in Plainville, Conn.

A: Medium, reddish copper color with a thin, bubbly head of ivory foam that settles out quickly, leaving a thick ring of sudsy lace behind.

S: Bitter, floral and fruity with hints of sweet baked breads and fennel seeds. A true mix of spice, funky twang and bitter fruits.

T: Very malt forward with plenty of fruity, sweet bready esters blended with a fine, citrusy, pine-needle blend of hops. The grainy, malt bitterness levels out in a very carbonated, tangy rye malt finish with a trace amount of herbal booziness.

M: Medium bodied and well-carbonated, this brew drinks pretty smooth, as the malts are in the spotlight, but there is a heavy enough hand of hops to keep things smooth, balanced and bitter in the finish.

O: For those who have grown weary of Rye IPAs, try this local, nano-rye lager. The sessionable ABV should please fans of rye not looking for a burnt our palate or big beer strength while still allowing you to enjoy the nuances of rye malt. More interesting than good, but still worth a shot.

Gambrinus1184, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
3.5/5  rDev -3%

CliffBrake, May 31, 2012
Photo of nebula1999
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Initially tried a sample or two of this beer at the brewery from a bomber bottle. It was too warm. Too much of a malty rye punch.

Bought a bottle and chilled it under 40F, drank it a week later.
Here we go...

Poured into an oversized "Relic" Stange glass. The beer has a light copper color, hazy. Great off-white head that fades to a 1/4", but is revived with an easy swirl. Some lace.

Aroma is all rye, musty, earthy. Almost has the odor of an old storage chest or wet towel, or...something. Piney, with some faint citrus hop.

Taste & mouthfeel still have that powerful spicy rye punch, but is smoother in this colder serving. More hops come through too, and are very drying. This is a lager, but has some IPA qualities in the huge flavors and aromas that come out. The massive rye presence almost has a bittering, chalky appeal.

After about half a glass I wasn't sure I'd be able to finish it, due to the huge rye flavor. But I did refill my glass and drink this entire bottle. The beer grows on you as you make your way through it. I found myself reaching for it to explore the unusual flavors. All around, much more bold than a typical rye brew.

nebula1999, Apr 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

CTJman, Mar 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

JKV96, Dec 21, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

DonFrap, Jul 16, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

Kataco16, Mar 24, 2014
Prologue from Relic Brewing Co
83 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.