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Charlie In The Rye - Westfield River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Westfield River Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MCG on 03-18-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

PekaMcD, Feb 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

PatGreer, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of MCG
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite offering from the young Westfield River. If this is any indication of what the future holds it will be a bright one.

A: A cloudy orange beer, with a bright white head. The head didn't dissipate much when drinking, and it nicely laced the glass on the way down.

S: A terrifically hoppy nose with a hit of sweetness and rye. IPA lovers are going to dig this one.

T: The hops battle with rye in this beer. Rye jumped out to an early lead, but they tie at the finish. A well balanced Rye IPA.

M: There's a lingering dryness from the rye and there's also a certain sweetness from either the malt or honey. It's enough to be noticed, but elusive enough not to be pinpointed.

O: A great well-balanced offering. Cheers!

MCG, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Carolvs
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just moved to Wilbraham, MA and picked up a 12-pack bottle variety case at a local beer/liquor store; the beer was brewed just a few miles west of here.

Appearance - Wow. Nicest head of foam I've seen in years, persisted close to half an hour and left its heavenly trail all the way down the glass.

Taste - Tangy, refreshing hops and prominent rye.

Overall - Since this was probably bottled no more than a few weeks ago and traveled about ten miles, that might explain the freshness of it. If that's the case, I say: Go local! If it's as good 300 miles from here, this is a gem man.

Carolvs, Aug 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

petermethot, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of joesmithrealname
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @MAXBURGER Longmeadow, MA.

Beer is so great, and, food is so necessary.
The preceding beer was a Belgian Strong Ale that was on the weaker ABV of the spectrum.
Told Mike to pour me another. His choice, again.
First sip and a lifetime of detective novels told me this was CHARLIE.
I was a fan of RUTHLESS, And was pleased with Mike's choice.
If you've experienced Rye beers, it's unmistakeable.
The slightly sour reaction your tongue has, the pucker.
Nicely done, IMO.
I'm psyched this is from Westfield, MA.
Onto dinner, I had a Kale Salad earlier with the BPA, and am now onto a Jerk Chicken Soup with CHARLIE.
The jerk spice (which i love immensely) opens up my tongue to the lighter side of this beer, and I find the mouthfeel is more to my liking WITH food.
Looking forward to more from this brewery.

joesmithrealname, Jun 14, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can > Pint Glass

A - Very cloudy, milky orange color with two fingers of big fluffy off white head, medium lacing.
S - Lots of lemon, some rye and pepper, light grassy tones.
T - Good balance of flavor, really nice citrus notes, very floral tones as well and just the right amount of rye.
M - A little watery, but goes down smooth.
O - One of the better rye beers I've had, definitely sessionable.

Omnium, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Mo_fro
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a solo can from the store in Mass on my way back from Tree House 3-1-14.. Poured in a tulip on 3-2-14

A: Nice, somewhere between copper and rust red, also hazy and non transparent. Giant off white head that quickly over whelms the glass then disappears in under a minute.

N: Sweet with a strong caramel and malt notes along with a slight soapy smell.

T: Lemon grass and soapy (Soapy in a good way) flavors are gone quickly

M: Very light and crisp with medium carbonation

O: A decent rye, seems to missing some balance though. I would probably try it one more time to confirm my review. If it was the same again I would probably pass from then on.


Mo_fro, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of 57md
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy copper with more than a finger of healthy head that retained for a long time. The nose is a delectable combination of hops and rye. Sadly, the flavor leaves much to be desired. Like other offerings from this brewery, the taste is flat and thin. There are only mild hints of rye and a semi-dry finish that leaves me wondering how a beer can appeal so much to my sight and smell, but leave me so disappointed in the taste department.

57md, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head. It is a hazy pale orange color with bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy, caramel, bready, and citrusy.

Taste: Spicy, peppery, little citrus, and lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A little chewy, smooth, light to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: Not a bad rye pale/IPA. Needs a little work, but still worth a try.

Flounder57, Jul 12, 2013
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3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Somehow never heard of this brewery before, saw some cans at the local store and wanted to try it, and canned, hopefully it's good.

Pours a huge creamy thick 3 finger head that forces me to stop pouring, fades at a med pace but leaves lots of soapy lacing, a hazy auburn tan brown colored beer with a little light getting through.

Nose is lighter, some rye, earthy spicy rye, a bit of a raw yeast like aroma, a bit of a sweet caramely malt, mild toasty malt, into grassy spicy hops, quite earthy spicy hops, just too yeasty.

Taste starts with more copper malts, little caramely and candy like, mild sweet, fluffy candy reddish malts, little toasty. Then some yeasty flavors, a little fresh yeast that's meh, grainy crackery, and a mild coppery tinny like yeast character. More earthy spicy hops, chewy hops, fair to bigger bitterness but not a ton, a mild spicy chewy fruity rye note comes through. Finish is dry and spicy, chewy hops, little yeasty again, mild spicy rye, long spicy hop.

Mouth is med bod, light fluffy carb.

Overall meh, it has some interesting profiles, nice spicy earthy hops, rye is decent, but so yeasty, malt bill is meh, OK beer but nothing too special.

jlindros, Feb 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

somelikehops, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

CTbrew32, Mar 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

collino, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of SBXLII
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rye mmm...good smell, lot of sediment in the bottle. Taste is considerably dry, nice amber hue, solid lacing. Bottle conditioned. Backbone's fairly thin, but hey - don't want too sweet with a rye. Interested to see what else Westfield has in store.

It's a nice afternoon beer for the rays.

SBXLII, Jun 17, 2013
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3.36/5  rDev -2.9%

oakaged88, Oct 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

pisano, Aug 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

zahara15, Oct 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

BRYeleJR, Jun 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

kneary13, Jul 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

DomingoOrtiz, Nov 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

OriolesFan1008, Aug 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

PEIhop, Oct 25, 2013
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Charlie In The Rye from Westfield River Brewing Company
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