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Zeno's Rye Ale | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Ratings:
50
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
16.03%
 
 
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Zeno's Rye AleZeno's Rye Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jsbrendle on 09-20-2008

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 50
Reviews by Darkmagus82:
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance - A very dark red color,almost brown. A off white head formed in pouring and faded fast giving way to some nice lacing.

Smell - Hops hit you up front. Citrus and pine really take hold. Can pick up a faint hint of caramel, but the hops really dominate.

Taste - Sweetness of caramel and malty bread like flavor hit the mouth right when the beer meets the tongue. This is quickly overshadowed (but in a pleasant way) by the hoppiness of the beer. The citrus hop flavor stands out, but a bit of the pine works in with the citrus. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel - I would say just about a perfect level of carbonation and a nice smooth body. This is one beer that is both easy and enjoyable to drink.

Overall - The best Rye I have ever had, and high on my overall list. In terms of greatness/price ratio it is likely the highest beer of all I have ever had.

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Photo of nstroup
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of dacrza1
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: October 18, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: another booty of beer for beating Ryan in fantasy baseball--prosit, friend!... APPEARANCE: medium-dark brown body that cascades upward thoroughly; head is almost as white as Santa's beard-- thick and frothy with thick lacing... AROMA: bright rye scent reminiscent of vanilla and clove; some cinnamon and cookie dough as well; nicely complex..PALATE: full-bodied, big in the mouth and substantial in its aftertaste; nicely balanced...TASTE: an ale that retreats at its impact; actively citric at the throat but easy-drinking with a doughy exhale...OVERALL: a slap of something heavier hits at the glass's bottom; a winner in the sense that most pales occupy the same space on the tongue, while this beer--and Otto's is a great place to enjoy beer, BTW--engages in a slightly nuanced way with some extra ABV to boot...

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Rizzy17
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akorsak
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 650 mL bottle purchased at Zeno's To Go, the only place to get this epic rye ale.

A: The rye ale is a full brown hue, darker by a few shades than the bottle that it came in. A finger and a half of head, an off-white color that looks just a little dirty, is trying to lace around my mug.

S: Citrusy hops stand out, sweetly bitter, against the caramel and rye malt body. Peppery, darker fullness comes from the rye.

T: The first sip reveals the depth of the rye, a dark bready taste that offers just a bit of caraway. Matched with the rye is an in-your-face hop profile, citrusy in nature. The flavors alternate, rye-hop-rye before settling in with a pleasantly hoppy finish. An awesome rye beer.

M: The rye is spicy and the hops are alive with bite. Easily one of the best rye beers I've ever had.

D: I can't rave enough about this beer. I'm happy to report that I'll be in State College next weekend and will stock up on a few more bottles.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours amber with short lived white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, fruit jam and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy hops, ripe fruit, caramel malt and spices fill the mouth. Finish is long and slightly bitter. Tasty, nicely balanced brew.

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Photo of N8dogg44
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first in a new line of brews made especially for Zeno's by hometown micro Otto's.

A-Brilliant deep copper with a medium light tan head that reduced a bit and left spotty lace.

S-Citrus hop pop up front with a substantial biscuity malt profile. A bit of extra spiciness with the rye malt addition.

T-Really nice, like a "poor" mans Founder's Red's Rye. Plenty of spiciness, citrusy hops and a solid biscuit bas makes this one a tasty brew.

M-Medium-light, crisp with a nice astringent kick. Hop flavours linger throughout.

D-A most inpressive house brew. Plenty of flavour and crispness. This one is an easy drinking and eminently sessionable brew. If this is an indication of what's to come from this series I welcome more additions!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jsbrendle
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New draft brewed by Otto's for Zeno's Pub, casks also forthcoming I've heard. Not all that much head. Nice reddish hue. Grainy/spicy flavors from the Rye. A bit of hops to balance and a nice finish make this one an easy drinker for the rest of the Fall until the kegs run out.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ajm5108
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty straightforward, fairly pedestrian beer. The spice & heft that you'd normally associate with rye is mostly absent, it plays as a nondescript pale ale with some medium hop bitterness being the only thing that really stands out.

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Photo of Scourge07
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, deep amber color with about a finger of white head.

S: Hops, hops, hops! Very piney and citrusy.

T: Follows very closely from smell. Great hop and mild citrus flavor with only a mild bitterness.

M: Awesome - moderate carbonation and very smooth/drinkable despite the hoppiness.

D: I'm not a huge fan of hoppy beers, but man, this was good. It was perfectly balanced and extremely enjoyable to drink. Something that I would definitely pick up again.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Zeno's Rye Ale from Otto's Pub and Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.