Banner American Rye - Banner Beer Company
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by jlindros:
3.71/5 rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Uh oh... terrible reviews... but since all of them were "hads" I have no idea why they were so low. Is it infected? Burnt? Wrong beer altogether? Oxidized? What is it man?!
Pours out dark, which I was not expecting, I was expecting a pale ale color, but forms a light foamy head that hits 1/2 a finger before fading fairly quickly, maybe the head was afraid of the darkness too, no real lacing, very dark mahogany brown color with barely any light escaping its clutches, but it's not thick or black.
Nose brings dakr malts, black patent malt, some mocha, a bit of a molasses chew like possibly caramel syrup, a slight earthy root like aroma slightly root beer like, very faint earthy hops perhaps, and slightest hint of a spicy rye.
Taste is pretty much a porter, spot on with a porter, not sure if there is any rye in this at all... well maybe a faint touch of an earthy character with spicy profile that could be the rye, or it could be from the light hops. Black malts are present, a little bit of a creamy mocha as well, cocoa powder like, touch of caramel but not sweet at all, quite dry, and somewhat like a dry Irish stout in some ways. Hops are light but there, again that earthy slightly spicy hop that seems to either play off like a rye character or overpowers it. Later I get a bit more rye but barely. Finish is dry, very quick finish, little more powdered cocoa and mocha like, hint of rye and spicy hops, then nothing, gone like a distant memory from high school.
Mouth is med bod, a bit creamy and dry feeling, decent carb.
Overall not bad. I wasn't expecting a porter at all, but the label does say "dark ale" on the side, so if I read it I would have known what to expect. Rye is barely detectable, but the malts are nice otherwise, and hops add a decent touch. More of a spring or fall beer than middle of a hot muggy summer day, but drinkable, very sessionable, decent, dry finish but too quick on the finish. Really don't know why the three "hads" before this were so bad. Maybe an infected batch, or they had it at some festival and it was overpowered, or not what they expected and they bashed the beer for it.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2013 23:02:38 | More by jlindros
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3.13/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Thanks to womencantsail for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.
Pours a clear brown a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with watery malt, rye, and roast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with some subdued and watery flavors.
Serving type: can
01-21-2014 02:54:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.98/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2
A-Pours a dark, rusty color. Wasn't expecting this beer to be so dark. Solid head.
S-Yeah I get a bit of rye. Sweet with some spiciness. Some decent citrus hop character.
T-Flavor is agreeable. There are some darker malt flavors here. Caramel and some feisty citrus. Rye is not very bold.
M-Like the other beer I had from Banner. Its offensively carbonated. A bubble bomb in my mouth. Bad.
O/D-If Banner's game is to be light in booze and session able, why am I having such trouble with their egregious carbonation levels? What's the point of a session beer that is mildly torturous to drink?
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2013 01:52:27 | More by VelvetExtract
Banner American Rye from Banner Beer Company
77 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.