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Riot Rye - Monocacy Brewing Co.

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89
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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Chvck1

Maryland

5/5  rDev +24.4%

07-05-2014 15:27:19 | More by Chvck1
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groovy24

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

05-30-2014 00:33:44 | More by groovy24
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

06-08-2014 22:30:10 | More by jjboesen
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one came out of the cooler at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop.

From the bottle: "Proudly Brewed in Frederick, Maryland"; "A ruckus of complex flavor is carried in on the amber glow of torchlight. As tension builds between hop bitterness and the malty tones delivered by locally grown and malted grist, a perfect balance is achieved. The robust texture of rye allies itself with the flavors from specialty malts and hops to rebel against preconceived notions of beer. Unseat the crown. Start a Riot. [undersigned] Tom Flores, Brewmaster".

I know that I constantly contradict myself, but I am much more of a fan of AIPAs than APAs (generally), but second only to hops is rye, IMHO. I really dig what rye does for beer and rye whiskey is my Achilles Heel. I considered biting off the cap just to expedite matters, but then I sobered up, however briefly. I began with a very heavy-handed pour, resulting in over three fingers of dense, tawny head following a pseudo-cascade. Color was a coppery-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of peppermint, black pepper and caramel. I was ready to swoon! The peppermint and some of the black pepper were directly attributable to the use of rye while the sweetness was from the malt. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. The taste was minty, peppery, slightly sweet, but not by much. The finish was breathtakingly dry with the cool mintiness simply lingering following the swallow. This was a perfect example of why I love rye in my beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 20:41:04 | More by woodychandler
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-06-2014 18:19:23 | More by PhillyStyle
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bugbear

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-22-2013 02:35:24 | More by bugbear
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-12-2013 16:59:51 | More by nmann08
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BradStokley

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-29-2013 01:33:09 | More by BradStokley
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Smoke and Barrel - Washington D.C.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden-orangey color with good head and good lacing. Pretty beer.

Aroma: One of the more unique smelling beers I've encountered. Really nice hop and malt balance. Some spicy rye. And a really nice fruit, almost watermelon-like hop aroma. Quite aromatic.

Taste: Nicely balanced interaction between rye spiciness, malt sweetness, hop bitterness, and hop flavor. Drinks exceptionally easy while being very, very flavorful.

Feel: A little thin, but not out of place for the style. Carbonation is on point

Overall: A very good beer at a very good price. Definitely grab one of these if you see it on tap in the MD/DC area.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2013 05:57:04 | More by jacewg
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-25-2014 01:01:15 | More by JamieDuncan
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DC_Brah

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

09-19-2013 23:25:45 | More by DC_Brah
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gsteele77

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-10-2013 19:39:08 | More by gsteele77
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Shatter

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

09-02-2013 00:02:34 | More by Shatter
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MattSharpless

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-17-2014 12:17:51 | More by MattSharpless
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Aubs723

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-20-2014 22:04:20 | More by Aubs723
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Magslikesbeer

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-24-2014 23:05:22 | More by Magslikesbeer
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rturn2

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-14-2013 19:28:55 | More by rturn2
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JandJMD

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-06-2013 19:06:18 | More by JandJMD
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-26-2013 13:32:58 | More by DRBiser
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Mongrel

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2013 13:07:30 | More by Mongrel
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Swift989

District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 04:04:51 | More by Swift989
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Titans77

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 23:58:01 | More by Titans77
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 11:58:09 | More by bubseymour
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-07-2013 23:49:47 | More by jtladner
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earlholman

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-21-2014 16:19:19 | More by earlholman
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Riot Rye from Monocacy Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.