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Sassy Rabbit Rye Ale - The Tap Brewing Company

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Sassy Rabbit Rye AleSassy Rabbit Rye Ale

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82
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The second we looked at the grain bill and said “That’s enough rye” -- we immediately doubled the amount. A peppery bite from the malt, and plenty of alpha acid from the Chinook and Glacier hops. They all come together into a brew that we’re ecstatic to share with a certain type of people; people who love things that are awesome.

(Beer added by: smcolw on 07-14-2012)
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly, but leaves miles of lacing, a bit darker colored than I expected, but very clear coppery dark apple cider looking beer.

Nose starts with fruity aromas, the rye really gets fruity on this one and less spicy, light apple and pear like fruit, the kicks in the hops, a fresh hop but quite earthy and a bit spicy and a touch of a fruity hop, with a nice darker malt underneath light caramel and toasty sweet aromas, there's also a fresh mashed malt like aroma, and hint cereal.

Taste starts with plenty of malts, chewy caramel and a bit of a nutty toffee, and bit more brown sweet malts. Then cuts in with hops big time, not super bitter at first but plenty of spicy chewy hops, a bit earthy, etc. That fades back into the creamy malts, a light creamy caramel cookie like malt flavor. The rye is mostly background this time, with a light fruity flavor, and what could be spiciness that seems to be drowned out by the spicy chewy hops. Faint hint of baker's chocolate in the back as well. Finish gets a bit more bitter as it dries, mostly dry slightly sticky, lingering spicy chewy hops, little bit of the spicy rye in there that almost presents itself as booze and esters but I know better, as well as some lingering creamy brown malts with caramel and hint of mocha toffee flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, slightly creamy, decent carbonation but a bit lighter than I expected.

Overall an interesting beer, nothing done wrong, interesting flavors blended together to a nice flavorful beer, and balanced well. The hops drown the rye just a bit though so that could have been balanced a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 03:17:20 | More by jlindros
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Sassy Rabbit Rye Ale from The Tap Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.