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Rowdy | Atlas Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Atlas Brew Works
District of Columbia, United States | website

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jtladner on 09-07-2013

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 132
Photo of jspaner
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium brown color, slightly hazy, but not opaque. Moderate tan head, which leaves some lacing as it dissipates. The smell is piney with rye, spices & caramel. Taste is sharp, with rye, hops, and caramel malts. Bitter and dry at the end. Mouth feel is crisp, thin, with adequate carbonation. Nothing lingers except the piney taste. Overall, its an average beer, but it is true to its description on the can: Hop-Forward Rye ale. The hops & rye are prominent here.

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Another beer courtesy of the captain of the canship, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy, dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of rye, hops. Taste is of sharp rye, piney hops, a bit of an unusual aftertaste, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a slightly better than average beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a deep amber color.

The aroma offers rich nutty malts, spicy rye bread, caramel sweetness, toasty bread, hints of floral.

The flavor hits of tea like bitterness, pine, deep earthiness, along with a spicy rye character, with an underlying medium plus toasty bread and malt base.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a little darker than expected but quite clear, with good sustaining creamy head, significant lacing.

I couldn't get much from the nose, but the beer starts off a little bitter, tending towards my thought of an ESB. But it doesn't turn that way, and instead the initial taste lingers steady on the tongue. There are maybe some berry notes in the tart-tending bitterness, but balanced by an earthiness the turns into the rye-beer taste I expected. This taste is subtle, though, making an appearance but fading in the back.

This beer grew on me a bit as I drank it, but didn't jump out as anything special. I'd have it again and will try another of their beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. Its creaminess is excellent, while the retention is good. A thick ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: I pick up lots of rye spice, unsurprisingly. The caramel that augments its spicy tone is very rich and defined. Not only does it branch out into notes of caramel and toffee, but also into brown sugar, earth, and even mild chocolate. Touches of piny, floral hops also appear to balance the sweetness. A decent nose without being earth shattering. (3.25)

Taste: More bitter than the nose suggested. It starts off with some caramel and brown sugar, at least, with the rye spice augmenting the malt flavor some. The finish is fairly bitter, bringing tobacco, grass, earth, and pine. There's even a touch of roasted grain floating around. Normally, this beer would be far too bitter, but the malts do a great job of holding the back-end bite at bay. A likable beer at the end of the day. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Because it's bitter, it's a fairly clean and dry beer. The malts are prevalent, yet never linger sloppily on the palate. Somewhat strong carbonation also helps it go down easily. (3.75)

Overall: This could have been a bitter mess, yet it isn't. Honestly, the interplay between the bitter hops and the malt backbone just works. I won't seek this out, but I'll drink it again. (3.5)

3.48/5: Similar to being beat up by "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey: it's like being hit by a truck, yet it's oddly pleasurable

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Photo of dexterk1
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was dark amber or reddish. Head was pretty solid and lasted a while.
Odor was a little on the lighter side as far as rye maybe. Hops, green and floral mostly.
Taste was good. More balanced than the odor. Rye was noticeable and added a lot to the beer. Hops making up the rest with green and floral(like odor). Some pine/resin as well, but not overdone. Mouth feel was medium bodied and present.
Overall a pretty good rye beer. Definitely worth a repeat.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Meridian Pint, Washington, DC, March 2014:

The menu noted that whole cone Simcoe hops were added to the cask.

The beer appeared to be a clear red color with a light, foamy, white head that had decent retention and produced some nice lacing.

The beer gave off a slightly pine hop aroma. I was expecting more rye than hop.

After smelling the beer, I expected a more hoppy taste, but did not get it. The beer had a nice, but not overpowering or excessive rye flavor to it. Reminded me more of an ESB or and English Bitter, but it was still enjoyable.

The beer was extremely smooth and easy to drink. I warmed up to the beer the more that I drank it.

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Photo of thebeers
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut color with thin white head. Decent lacing. Caramel and rye on the nose. Medium-bodied with caramel-tinted malt sweetness, some rye spice and hop bitterness in the taste. Quite hoppy, actually. It's okay.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Deep mahogany colored, and slightly red but a bit of a hazy dark rust body color up to the light. Slightly clear but also a bit lifeless. Barely a one finger head forms, very tan with little lacing but manages a thin collar and puck. Basically looks ok, but nothing great.

Aroma gives to some dry grains, and a faint hint of spice. There seems to be a small sense of chocolate but it's very faint. Not particularly hop forward it seems as the can proclaims, but comes off decent enough.

Palate works out kind of surprisngly. Good sense of malt density as a milk chocolate like angle comes out in the mid palate. Finishes very spicy as the rye angle really starts to kick in, with a tannic grainy bitterness but it's a good contrast to counter a bit of the sweet malt that comes over. Hints of twiggy and bark like almost woody character, with some biting down dried grain sensations. Good density even if slightly milky.

Overall a rye beer I can kind of easily enjoy and no think over too much.

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Photo of ksimons
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is a dark mahogany with two fingers worth of khaki colored head. Aroma is of caramel malt, rye, some nuttyness, and a very light chocolate presence. Taste is a malty backbone with spicy rye and a moderate amount of hop bitterness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall nice amount of spices, enjoyable easy to drink beer.

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Photo of gopens44
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This dark coppery brown beer managed to leave nice beige lacing on a plastic hotel cup, so that's pretty cool. Smell of stone fruit that fades off to grainy, bitter aromas. Taste has decent bitterness that lay on top a nice tobacco thing. Finished dry, on the thin side but not watery. All said and done, it's better than the overall rating.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

On draft at the brewery, pours a dark cola brown, almost opaque, no head, very thin and oily looking.

The nose is earthy, pine, rye, and grain. Lots of toast, straw and malt. The flavor is earthy hops, toasted bread, sweet pepper, and rye. This drinks very smooth and balanced. It is full in flavor, but not heavy and drinkable despite the time of the year.

I like this, but prefer more rye and grass to be present than this one lets on.

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Photo of jtladner
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a sample of this beer on tap at Meridian Pint on Labor day, the debut for Atlas. The aroma was bright, fresh hops and the flavor was also dominated by hops with a little bite from the rye. Basically a rye IPA, in my opinion. Very drinkable. I would definitely try this one again.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep cloudy brown with with a nice cap of creamy taupe head with good retention, nice small sticky lacing. The aroma is sweet, fruity and bready, with just a hint of pepper. The taste is very similar with a hint of earthy hops to balance out the barley and rye. The body has a nice lighter weight to it and as well as a smooth finish.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a moderately dark ruby amber with a moderately sized tan head. Lacing remains as you enjoy the brew. Bite of the hops intermingled with the rye flavor makes it an interesting brew.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour: 12oz can into a nonic pint. Appearance: Deep amber with a slight head. Lacing present. Aroma: Pungent amount of rye with a backbone of malt and hops. Taste: Bready and earthy. Aftertaste: Clean and crisp ryes notes. Some peppery elements as well. Overall: Easy drinking and solid offering. Good: 3 out of 5.

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Photo of farrago
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid two finger head of dense foam with a large aggregation of bigger bubbles at the point of pour, eggshell white in color, leaves a continuous ring around the glass as the head recedes, like a ring of bath water. The liquid is murkily opaque with copious amounts of particulate floating inside, mostly brown with a fade to orange near the rims and glass bottom, hard to gauge amount and activity of the bubbles. The nose features spicy rye and burnt bread crusts, a touch of metal before softened by carob, cocoa and caramel notes, surprisingly sweet as it warms, slice of white grapefruit but not getting discernible fruit presence. Medium-bodied, the carbonation gives it a thick churning sensation, doesn’t scrub enough to prevent a drying layer from forming on the tongue. Here too it is the spicy rye which dominates, grainy the whole way through. The cocoa and caramel puts up a struggle to match the spiciness. The grapefruit notes here joined by pine cone and brown dirt type of earth. While it has roast in its profile, lots of malty residue at the end. This brew offers sufficient complexity without letting its reach exceed its grasp and does wisely in sticking to the promised script.

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Photo of MattXT
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can, poured into a 4oz sample glass. Dark amber color, with a long lasting head. Nose is spice from the rye along with some caramel maltiness. A little bit of that rye spice is noticed along with the cereal and some toffee. A light hop bite finishes off this reasonably enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SimonBRosenberg
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a good beer from Atlas. Easy to drink, clean all the way through. One of the best ales made in the DC region. Deserves another look from this community.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, rye, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, rye, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of rye bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great rye forward presence that comes through especially well in the smell.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of austintouhill
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a dark color with a tinge of caramel with good head retention. Smells sweetly of grain with a sweet initial sip and a strong dry taste of rye at the end of the swallow. Reminiscent of Lagunitas Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, though not quite as sweet. Very easy beer to drink.

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Rowdy from Atlas Brew Works
83 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.