Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye AleSamuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale

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415 Ratings

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-30-2009

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sam Adams in the C terminal of the Tampa airport.
In a plastic cup the beer was a red/brown color with a thick tan head.
Rye aroma, herbal hops.
Subtle rye taste, some piney hops.
Fairly bitter.
Would drink this again, but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of mikechance
2.36/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I normally don't drink much Samuel Adams --- I feel they should concentrate on a few great beers than produce dozens of mediocre ones. The Revolutionary Rye Ale was part of an intriguing 12-pack which also including Noble Pils, Irish Red and Scottish Ale. I also wanted to compare it to the Bear Republic Hot Rod Rye which is one of my favorites.

The Revolutionary Rye Ale just lacked anything and everything. It had a very slight taste which faded very quickly. The aftertaste was stale and hollow. I really wanted to like it, but it just didn't do much for me.

Photo of Jason
2.92/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Reddish brown, a bit hazy with a creamy tiny bubbled head on top. Hint of spicy bready rye with cooked oranges in the nose. Very smooth and creamy, that trademark oily feeling and slick thicker body is there as with most beers from Boston Beer Co. Oily hop, faint alcoholic esters, sweet maltiness with a spicy kick from the rye and hops. Orangey herbal hop flavor is pretty substantial but the toasted grain and rye are still able to break through.

A decent Rye Beer but it has all of the same Samuel Adams bells and whistles which just does not make it original at all ... just a few dials of flavor moved around.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear amber body with a small almond head that is long lasting and leaves behind some creamy sheet lacing.

Aroma has citrusy and spicy hops, toasted caramel, and earthy rye.

Mouthfeel reveals a medium body and carbonation and a smooth creaminess.

Taste opens with some citrusy grapefruit hops that are complimented by a toasty caramel malt backbone. The spicy rye is understated but definitely apparent and adds a nice earthy edge.

I really like rye beers and don't think I've ever met one I didn't like. With that said, this one is far from spectacular but very solid and highly drinkable.

Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: big rye hops, floral hops, and small caramel

Taste: big rye, floral hops and light caramel malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderately bitter, high carbonation

Overall: This strikes me as the Boston Lager with a touch of rye. I like BL and could have several cause of this. That said, this is a typical Sam Adams beer with a small twist--of adding the rye. Drink up if you want a different take on you SABL.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of bready malt as well as a lot of rye. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of rye and toffee, as well as some bready malt and a little bit of orange citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not the best beer from Boston Beer Company, but I am a sucker for rye beers and I found this one to be very nice.

Photo of MattyG85
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Deep reddish amber with light carbonation. Head quickly fades.

Smell: An IPA like hoppy scent with hints of rye, malt, and spices.

Taste: A mix of bitterness and sweetness with a strong hint of rye and some malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth, and creamy.

Overall: A decent version of a Rye.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red and brown, good clarity, low head and retention. Aroma had nothing to indicate rye, just smelled like boston lager.

Taste, ok, good rye introduction, quaint spiciness. Wouldn't call it revolutionary, tastes like a lot of their more popular stuff, with just a component of it rye based malt. Definitely easy to drink, a little curve ball for you. Could definitely be something really appreciated by people moving up from BMC.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly pale copper hue with a bright off white head froms fine speckled lacing scattered around the sides of my Sam Smith imperial pint glass. The rye gives it a bit of girth the head holds together really well and has a dimpled rising bread dought appearance. Aroma has a nice spicy rye with hints of pine/citrus in the American hop additions. Overall presence of caramel malt and breadiness makes for a nicely balanced beer. Spicy rye assertive bready malt character with hints of caramel malt, pine and citrus hops bursts but doesn't kill with bitterness just a nice complementary hop/rye combo, not overdone in anyway. Medium bodied ale, a bit of extra girth from the rye additions, carbonation was mellow and smooth on the palate. Nice change of paced from the typical beers that Sam Adams has been putting out, Coastal Wheat, Blackberry witbier, Summer Wheat, and White many mediocre wheat beers do you have to have.

Photo of OStrungT
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly orangish brown color with a thin tan head. the creamy head fades slowly, leaving decent lacing.

This beer has a grainy aroma. Some peppery notes are present. It has a slight biscuit like aroma as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Peppery and grainy hops, with some rye like flavors as well. Some biscuit malt flavor too.

This beer is highly carbonated, maybe just a little too much for the style. It leaves a peppery aftertaste.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It isnt high in alcohol, and the flavor is not overly aggressive.

Overall: this beer was decent. Nothing outstanding, but I would drink it ahain. I like rye in my beer, and it is nice to see it going around.

Photo of wmtxbb
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into chalice

Appearance: Amber with very light lacing.

Smell: light malt scent, can't identify if it is rye or amber... maybe it is both. After a few whiffs I finally get more of the sharp rye scent.

Taste: Moderate levels of rye and malt. Low level of bitterness and a little spice, probably from the rye.

I love SA's lager, but this brew is just another repackaged Sam adams' ale in a different label with a little variation in ingredients. I need more than this.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sparkling mohogony color, with a rich, off-whie 2" head with a whipped look and major sticky lace.

A bold hoppy aroma, pineapple, with a spicey tingle, dark wheat or rye, slightly sweet malt.

A toasted, bready maltiness stands out first with a kick of slightly dry rye and wheat flavor's. The rye gives a dark wheat flavor and smooth but dry and crisp body feel. Earthy and piney hops adds more complexity and decent balance. A medium to full, lush slightly dry feel. I like my rye beers to be very crisp and dry,this one almost nails it.

Rye beers are fun and easy and I'm all about it.

Photo of BennyL1
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another offering from the American Originals pack. Best before August 2011 notched on the label. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - This rye beer pours a nice clear russet color with about a finger and a half worth of off white head. Nice lacing pops up along the glass as well.

S - A bit of spice from the rye is fairly noticeable up front. Some toasted malt in there as well. Decent, but nothing exciting.

T - A bit of caramel with a nice rye kick. Touch of hops in there as well make for a very balanced beer.

M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Crisp finish.

O - Another nice offering from BBC. I would have this one again, but I don't think I would seek it out.

Photo of Snow81
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish amber clear tint

Head: Big tan head

Smell: Malty grains with subtle grassiness and hoppyness in the background

Taste: Hard rye up front then moves into a nice hop that gets covered with grass then a layer of hops comes back onto the palate at the end

Weight: Medium to light body and medium to low carbonation

Finish: Grass with a light citric hoppyness

Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I kinda like this beer, it is a good transitionary winter to spring the lable boasts. I like the red/amber start followed by a subtle (very subtle) piney finish. The beer poured into the glass quite nice, nice amber/red color with foamy white head. Nice carbonation as well. I did not smell to much, so rated it low in that category. The taste is what was described above andit is very easy on the pallete. Another strong beer from Sammy A!

Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. This 'Revolutionary' Ale pours a coppery amber in color with half an inch of light tan foam. Decent retention and light lacing follow.

Touch of caramel and hops are quite subdued and virtually impossible to gather, perhaps some rye and grainy spice. Nothing negative in the nose just not a lot there, and in fact a bit 'stuck' in nature, opening up only after extended exposure.

Taste is a bit brighter yet quite similar with a light buttery caramel flavor coupled with a coarse and spicy finish which helps embolden the feel a bit. Pretty full bodied for a Sam beer yet not overly malty either, making for a simple yet quaffable brew which improves with some warming. Though not likely to start a revolution anytime soon, this is a good offering from Sam, lacking only in the hops department on the aroma.

Photo of Soccerski54
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown with a red tint. Not sure what some reviewers were saying about a lack of head. I poured into a Seidel, an their was a good one inch head

Smell: Somewhat of a neutral smell, nothing distinctive

Taste: Slight bitterness with a hint of malty, and a little nutty

Mouthfeel: Great after taste.

Photo of nickthetick
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours mahogany into an American pint with a finger of tan head that thins out to a skim of bubbles and leaves a nice lacing.

S: dark roasted malt and rye is the most noticeable smell but there is a little pine like hop presence.

T: rye bread is a good way to describe the first taste to arrive to my tongue, there are other malt flavors but the rye is overpowering. Pine hops is the other big taste that is there. It leaves a very woodsy flavor lingering.

MF: good carbonation, not to sweet and a medium body.

D: I'd buy this in a sampler and be happy getting it but wouldn't buy it alone.

Photo of negroobserver
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C: Medium brown with tones of yellow and red. Reminiscent of Mahogany. FIltered crystal clear. Looks really good. Pours with about 1/2 inch of cream colored head, which lingers for a bit and then dissipates.

S: Sweet. Light scent of malts and hoppy
earthiness. Good balance, no one aspect or ingredient dominates here.

T: Hint of sweetness. Malts. Nutty. Not much going on in the middle. Light bitter finish.

M: Smooth body and texture. The carbonation gives a little bite on the tongue.

D: Highly drinkable for a rye beer. Generally, this particular style of beer is heavy on the bitterness, but the excellent balance in this beer makes it very enjoyable. It may not be true to the original style of the rye variety of beers, but its a well crafted beer which does not dissappoint.


Photo of BeerMeInMS
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking Date: 2/23/11
Best By Date: June 2011

Glassware: Chalice

Appearance: burnt orange with off-white head; clear with only a little bubbling. Head retained fairly well.

Smell: clean, floral, and refreshing. A nice and present aroma.

Taste: I honestly thought rye bread as I tasted this brew. It had the dry, sour flavor of rye. It was not a powerful rye flavor but present and clearly evident. Other than that, it tasted balanced overall with bitterness matched by some roasted flavor; leaves a floral and bitter (hoppish?) aftertaste. Reminded me of Boston Lager...but with more bitter, earthiness and the rye flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied; moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: fairly light but tasty. good brew for repeated tastings.

Notes: Recommended. This is the only rye beer I have had, so nothing in the style I can compare to, but...I liked it and would drink again. The rye makes an interesting twist in taste.

Photo of Gmann
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a short khaki colored head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is bready with a touch of caramel and a hint of hops. The aroma is a bit disappointing for the style.

The flavor is quite bready with caramel and honey sweetness. There is a little bit of peppery spice but it is hard to distinguish if it is from the hops or rye. Not much else from the hop profile. The flavor seems quite light or misguided from others that I have tried of the style.

Moderate body with active carbonation. Great balance between the malt and the hops. Though not much for the flavor, the hops do add the needed bitterness for this beer.

As a rye beer, this is a disappointment. I don't pick up much rye and the hops don't show in the flavor. That said, it is not a bad beer, no off flavors, just more of an amber ale.

Photo of Kinsman
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored body, a mix of copper hues and some lighter orange headlights. Light tan colored head, about a finger thick to start and leaving behing a slightly sticky lace.

Aroma has a nice hop aroma but not a lot to suggest a rye ale. Some malty toasted notes remind me of a hoppy amber ale.

Taste has a bit more of the rye spice that I like so much, but not enough for my liking. Hop flavors provide some piney and herbal notes with some bitterness backed up by a familiar malt presence similar to Boston Lager.

Mouthfeel has a slightly dry feeling to it and is rather light but pleasant overall. Not a bad offering from BBC, but I want more rye.

Photo of nimrod979
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a delightful red/copper color with a small white head. Aroma is subtle rye notes. Caramel and bready malts. Taste is sweet rye malts. Some grassy hops towards the finish. Exceptional smooth and creamy mouthfeel and extremely well balanced.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with an amber color, eggshell head that dissipates slowly and leaves decent lacing.

Smell - Bready malts, spicy rye, caramel, slight hops, white pepper.

Taste - Sweeter than anticipated, the rye comes through up front. Caramel/malty backbone, nice and spicy. Not bad.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good - the highlight of this beer. Very creamy, decent carbonation. Very nice.

Drinkability - Goes down easily, but a style I don't particularly like. However, I did enjoy this.

Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly mor than a fingers worth of whimsical pillow-like tightly packed audibly fizzy off-white colored head... Excellent retention... The color is red with amber and caramel undertones... Bursting with small bubbled carbonation that is sluggish towards the bottom of the glass and picks up a lot of speed as it heads to the top of the glass... Some lacing clings to the glass...

S - A mix of pale and crystal malts to start... Some very faint sweet citrus hops linger way beneath the surface... Some cotton candy sweetness... A whiff of wheaty grains and a touch of rye...

T - Malty to start with pale and crystal malts dominating... A bit of a sweet citrus hoppiness... Bready malts... Caramel... Some wheat notes... A bit of spicy rye on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Quite sturdy... Perfectly carbonation... A bit of lush creaminess... Very well rounded with no sharp edges... A bit of a dry finish...

D - Quite the sessionable offering from folks at Boston Beer... A solid beer for any occasion... Unfortunately, a beer named Revolutionary Rye should make much more a rye punch... The rye is quite timid, but otherwise this is a solid offering...

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Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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