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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jsbrendle on 09-20-2008)
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

SteelCityHops89, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

ShanePB, Oct 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

lunarbrew, Jan 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

HopHeadRyan, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of jsbrendle
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

jsbrendle, Sep 20, 2008
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

SmellsofMahagony, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

petewheeler, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

tdm168, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

KMcG, Jun 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

kurt5316, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

BuxMontBeerLover, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

hopstermonster1, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

mikeg67, Jun 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

brez8791, Mar 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

efrank, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

jra173, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

billmayo, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber on 10/18/09. Thanks to akorsak for sharing.

A - Poured a slightly hazy orange/caramel-colored body with a finger's worth of creamy beige head that retained well and deposited some stringy lacing around the glass.

S - Huge spicy rye presence with lots of perfumy hops and some citrusy notes in the background. Malt character suggests burnt caramel.

T - Initial flavor is a well-rounded balance of spicy rye notes and assertively bitter hops. Hop character incorporates perfumy, citrusy and floral notes. There's also a heap of caramel malt sweetness to balance the load.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Dry, spicy finish with moderate hop bitterness that lingers for a while on the palate.

D - Very good rye IPA that's specially brewed by Otto's for one of PA's best beer bars - Zeno's. This is just a really good hoppy rye beer that I'm happy to see in bottles.

ffejherb, Oct 19, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Coreynezy4, May 01, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always nice to come across a new rye beer.

Overall, a pretty decent ale here. Consistent hop influence with mild resin and some pine on as well. Mild spice tones from hops also. Smooth. Pretty easy drinking. Certainly not bland and not trying to obliterate your palate. A nice beer.

RblWthACoz, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Deuane, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of treyrab
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night at Zeno's pub. Glad to see that this one will be available in bottles soon. Poured into a pint glass by Dave.

A: Pours a rusty copper with a nice one finger light khaki head. Pretty hazy and one of the best lacers that I have ever seen.

S: I didn't realize this was a Rye IPA so I was caught off guard with the vast hop scent. A nice blend of citrus, cascade I would assume, but a nice pine characteristic as well. Some nice rye bready scents and caramel come through as well.

T: Taste is spot on for the style. Very nice hop aspects to this beer with great orange, lemon and light fruit characteristics. Those are all balance nicely with a pine and rye bready quality.

Overall, another great offering by Otto's for the great pub that is Zeno's.

treyrab, Apr 05, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm getting repetitive thanks syndrome from all the good beer dropping out of the sky from my good friend beerisheaven. Add another brick to the wall. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife while re-watching the first couple episodes of 24. The first potential black presidential candidate, David Palmer. Hah!

Pour is clear-filtered copper tubing, fairly still. Nose is a winner, heavy rye mingled with a citrusy tang, echo of pine. Very nice.

Zeno's Hoppy Rye Ale is a slick little doppleganger. The first taste reveals layers going back to the Plessianic Era. Big sweet malts threaten to make this too too much, but the rye asserts itself like a WWW wrestler; handful or earth & spices jar the back of the tongue. Then the hops. The hops! They show up & stick. Nice bitterness with a dose of pine, orange. I could slurp this like river water after the canoe capsizes.

Tons of flavor, nice layers, & the tastes all feed off each other in that way that truly good beers do. Is there anything better than having an excellent rye beer in your glass? Well, yeah, but this is niiiice.

maximum12, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

DrKennethNoisewater, Jul 29, 2014
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Zeno's Rye Ale from Otto's Pub and Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.