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Riot Rye - Monocacy Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Monocacy Brewing Co. visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bubseymour on 02-04-2013)
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Reviews by Titans77:
Photo of Titans77
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

6.4% Rye Pale Ale bottled in April.

A - A golden hue with a finger of bright white head that dissipates rather quickly for 6.4% abv. I was expecting the rye to give a darker coloring. Looks like a standard IPA.

S - Lemon and slight pine hop aroma. A little bready and grain character on the nose as well. Smells interesting and much different than anything I have ever had.

M - The lemon zest is the most powerful taste. Some hops come through with an earthy taste that is balanced by the rye finish. Very surprising good!

M - rather average here. The carbonation is on the lighter end and the rye makes it a smooth drink. No alcohol presence. Rather lackluster, but it is ok.

O - I think I will be drinking this as a "sessionable" drink for this summer. I haven't had anything like it, but it is different in a good way. Can't wait to see what else Monocacy decides to bottle in the future.

Titans77, Apr 22, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.72/5  rDev -7.9%

cnagle28, Oct 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

jtladner, Oct 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

dcbeers, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

earlholman, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of Mongrel
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at a pub about 3 miles from where this stuff is brewed. Pours a hazy amber-orange with frothy head and lace. Good looking beer if not for the haze.

Big, juicy nose on this one, bursting with super fresh, clean hops, lemon and pink fruit - guava and watermelon.

Taste mirrors the nose - tons of fresh, grassy hops, abundant rye spice, and juicy fruit. Meyer lemon, guava, watermelon and grapefruit. Much more hops than I expected from what looks almost like an amber ale. Bright and clean, but the rye steadily reminds you it's there, bringing peppery, slightly abrasive notes that aid both the taste and mouthfeel.

Medium body that feels a little fuller thanks to the rye. Good mouthfeel.

Overall, this was a hell of a nice surprise. It's like they took a really solid Rye PA like, well.. Founder's Red Rye PA, and combined with 21st Amendment's watermelon beer. I can see myself picking up sixers of this stuff all year round.

Mongrel, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Swift989
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was on draft and advertised as 5.5%

A: light bronze light head that occasionally laces if left for awhile.

S: malty and tangy

T: rich and hoppy the malted grist really comes through with a strong tart finish that is crisp then lingering bitterness in the back of te tongue and throat that is plesant but also slighty medicinal.

M: mild carbonation slightly syrupy but really medium body. Slightly
Dry after the finish.

O: this is fantastically different and tasty pale ale that borders ipa drinakability and hop strength.

Served in 16oz nonic pint at Meridian Pint in Washington DC

Swift989, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of dexterk1
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Have had this beer a couple times on draft in DC.
Pours a bronze color with a minor head.
Odor is of fruit, hops and maybe a little malt.
Taste is a nice combination of rye, hop bitterness and some fruitiness. The hops are present a little more at the beginning. The rye adds a nice balance overall and helps with a nice finish.
Mouth feel is somewhat light. Overall and very good and well balanced. Worth checking out for sure.

dexterk1, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Meridian Pint (March 2014), served in a 16oz pint glass.

The menu indicated that it was 6.4% ABV. It also indicated that locally grown and malted grist was used, along with Meridian, Nugget and Chinook hops added to cask.

The beer appeared an outstanding opaque darker orange hue with a light, but thick, white head that was fairly well retained and left some nice lacing on the glass. Perhaps on tap you might get a better, more retained head.

The beer gave off a nice, robust rye aroma, but not much else, except for a very slight earthy hop.

The taste of the beer is great…a nice rye flavor with hints of apricots and biscuit. The beer finished with a nice and dry aftertaste, slightly bitter aftertaste.

The beer had a moderate body to it. The beer was extremely smooth and extremely drinkable. I actually went back a few nights later just to have this beer again.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer.

PhillyStyle, Mar 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Rhettroactive, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of bubseymour
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A - nice brown coloring with small head and decent lacing.

S - decent aroma of fresh grains, hops. You definitely can smell the rye and freshness of ingredients.

T- Like the smell, you can definitely taste the freshness of ingredients used in this beer. Very flavorful and well balanced.

M- Only flaw I could find is this beer is a little thin in the body and slightly watery.

O- A very flavorful rye ale from new upstart brewer. Well done.

bubseymour, Feb 04, 2013
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Riot Rye from Monocacy Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.