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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:
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(Beer added by: bubseymour on 02-04-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

nmann08, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very nice head that provides good lacing action

Smell: Biscuity malt, with a tinge of caramel; fruity and spicy

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a growing caramel presence; at the same time, fruity, in the middle, with earthy and spicy tones (the hops and the rye) developing; well-balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An easy drinker, with good flavor; but not particularly distinctive

brentk56, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Brass Rail, enjoyed chilled from a tulip out of the 12oz bottle.

The color is hazed apricot with 3 fingers plus of off white head with rocky topography, lace clings ok and bead is average sized with decent retention. The smell is very fruity almost yeasty with some strong citrus aromas from the hops with both lemon and grapefruit notes. The feel is good with moderately high carbonation and slightly higher than medium bitternsess with mild sweetness and mostly dry finish.

The taste is both fruity yeast with moderately bitter hop flavor almost grassy taste with light astringency from a citrus dominant hop profile. The taste of rye is pleasant but supports the hops mostly with a light sweetness in the taste. The alcohol is noticeable slightly in the taste but only as it increases in temperature with a mild tangerine taste of the hops combined with yeast. Overall this is an interesting beer it filled th glass with foam so I had to back off as I poured but intense with hops and a little warm for the strength. I consider this a decent rye beer as it is pretty quaffable and straddles the line of RYE pale and IPA.

Slatetank, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

drabmuh, May 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

oriolesfan4, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

wrightst, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

woodychandler, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Rhettroactive, Jun 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Boone757, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Duff27, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

AngusOg, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Gatordaddy, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

bigred89, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

IdrinkGas, Apr 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Jspriest, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of egrace84
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

egrace84, May 25, 2014
Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-biscuity malt, fruit, rye, earthy

T-biscuit, rye, fruit, slight caramel, earthy, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a nice rye ale, good flavors and easy drinking

MDDMD, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Lehighace06, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

DRBiser, Nov 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

khargro2, Sep 01, 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
Photo of jacewg
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

jacewg, Feb 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

bacher468, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

JamieDuncan, Jan 25, 2014
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Riot Rye from Monocacy Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.