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

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 419
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 18.7%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | 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

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Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-30-2009

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Photo of gskitt
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright reddish hue, clear, with a thin head, some lacing. Smell is very impressive, sweet honey, whole grain, earthy scent. Taste is not as impressive as scent. Hops is there, rye? Not so much. Has some nice nice qualities but has a bad aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin, even a bit watery. Overall, not my favorite.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a slight reddish brown with a foamy white head.

S: Brown sugar and sourness with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

T: Rye is barely perceptible. Hops are present, but there is a major metallic aftertaste.

D: Easy to down and the alcohol is hidden. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Overall: A simple and forgettable rye beer. Nothing really pops out here and the rye seems too toned town to make an impact on the flavour. This is too bland for my tastes.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Amber color with 2 fingers of off white foamy head.

Smell: Sweet maltiness with a slight citrus hop scent.

Taste: Sweet malty flavor with a little bitterness to balance the sweetness. There is a little bit of an alcohol taste in the background.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Toronado. The bartender almost spat in digust when he realised they had a Sam Adams beer on tap (I think his words were "I knew this place was going to shit").

Pours a deep amber hue, almost brown, and very clear. Good fine head of white. Looks very much like a standard draft beer, for want of a better description. Body is light, but holds the fine carbonation like jelly. Looks decent.

Grainy on the nose, mostly generic roasted characters, but there is a bit of that slightly sour rye character. It's subtle though, and you only look for it when you know it's there. Rather bland otherwise.

Taste is quite similar. A little sweetness, and a bit of rye bite with that touch of odd sourdough acidity. Minimal hop character, although the bite may just be laced with a hoppiness. Very dry finish, and the body is very light. Not bad, but not that exciting either.

Eh. It's not that bad, at least it's crisp and rather refreshing, but it doesn't have a lot to offer in terms of complexity or uniqueness.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale is a very clear and very sparkling amber ale with a foamy, yellowish, off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has an aroma of rye, lemon, grapefruit and grass. It has a smooth, lively, medium-light body with a crisp, dry finish. It's a simple, well balanced flavor that's pretty dry with rye flavor throughout. It seems like there are American hops complementing the rye, but there's also something pretty grassy going on in there. It's amply bitter and it leaves me thirsty enough to need another sip. This is really easy to drink. I could have a few of these and not blow my palate.

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Photo of EricCioe
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours textbook amber with a two finger tight white head that dies down to a ring leaving no lace. On the nose there are caramel and bready malt notes backed up by rye and fruity esters, berries and what have you. It's well integrated but requires work to pull out much of anything. In the mouth the caramel bready malts sit well with a subtle rye spice that shows up more in the medium finish than right at the front. The body is medium, a little oily.

Overall, this beer is okay but lacking the big hit of rye that I wanted. The berry esters kind of bury everything other than the caramel and bread for me.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with label notched August

Sam Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale poured a clear dark amber color producing a nice off-white 1 ½ finger head that faded slowly leaving behind nice lacing. The nose is of roasted malts, caramel and a touch of spice. The flavor is a little toasty, of light pine and citrus note with a light spiciness and a moderate bitter finish. Mouth feel was crisp, to the smooth side with a good amount of lively carbonation.

Revolutionary Rye Ale is a decent Rye Ale – not “earthshaking” however, worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of brewemstrong
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: After a strong pour, it's a 2-finger creamy head that leaves a great lace. Visible carbonation rises through an amber base.

S: Still fairly malty with some citrus. A spicy touch and a fair hop bite. The rye seems to have lightened the smell for the darkness of the beer.

T: The rye has helped to lighten the beer and it, accompanied by the hops, leaves a dry finish. Bit of clove, bit of vanilla. Comes across as a cream ale.

M: Pretty creamy but still really dry. The carbonation is also obvious and I think it helps the overall taste.

O: Not a ton of flavors blending together but not bad. It's light enough to drink a few but differentiated enough to keep you curious.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into the Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass out of respect...I actually use this glass for lots of beers. Respectable two finger head that lasted quite a while, with some fine clinging lace. Color is a 11 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is mostly of hops, lots of them, with a little wheat, and a touch of rye. Flavor leans to the hop side with flavors of grapefruit and lime, with a wheat bread taste next, and a faint hint of rye. I thought I would taste much more rye. Good full feeling in my mouth, smooth like cream with cling, and just about the right amount of zing. I was hoping for a little more rye flavor, but what I got from this beer was good, but not quite what I was hoping. Good flavor anyway, and if I see it again, I will get some.

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Photo of Pencible
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark copper with a good amount of tan head.
S: It smelled like copper hops and bready yeast, with some spicy rye and a bit of lemon.
T: It tasted like bready yeast and light caramel malt and copper hops, with a bit of spicy rye. It had a clean and mildly bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with some carbonation. Nice body.
D: This had a pretty weak scent and taste, but at least it was clean and really easy to drink. Like the Sam Adams Pale Ale with a hint of rye. I wish there was more rye and less breadiness. Kind of disappointing...now I want a Hop Rod.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle. Pours with a significant off-white/ecru colored head that persists quite nicely. Beer itself is an attractive amber/medium copper. Aroma is pleasant, but is overly dominated by hoppy/citrus notes. The anticipated malty rye presence is barely detectable. In and of itself, the taste is solid and enjoyable, but once again, I had hoped for a more significant rye flavor. The rye is realy only to be found in a pleasant but not overpowering sour aftertaste. Mouthfeel is typically SA, which is to say moderatley full-bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer, but I certainly would have appreciated more rye character throughout.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of bayougutter
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour from 12 oz bottle to snifter and it poured a dark copper color with a moderate head of tiny bubbles that didn't hang around very long. On the nose were orange citrus with spicey rye. The first taste was sweet malt and then the citrus hoppy rye. A little thin. An OK beer, I was just wishing and waiting for more flavor to burst forth.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear copper with a moderate, soapy looking head.

S - Nose has some solid hops, a bit of spicy rye, hints of grass and metal.

T/M - Dry with smooth body. Bready, light anise and a bit of astringency. Clean bitterness in the finish. Seems to lack depth.

D - OK drinking. Could use some more sweetness.

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Photo of vilago
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe I'm just not good at reviewing beer. I like it all! The thing with sam adams though is recently i feel the quality has gone downhill. I think they have weakened the taste of their beers to appeal to the masses...or maybe my taste has just gone to the stronger beers :) anyway, this beer is above average as far as sam adams beer goes. at least 30% stronger than the boston lager. maybe that's why i like it. i expected an average rating from BA though so not surprised the bros gave it a C.

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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice red hue with no haze. Creamy head forms to about two fingers and retains pretty well. Frothy cloud and ring leave a very nice coat of webbed lace.

S- Nice citrus, floral and pine hops up front. Some malt and yeast hints in the background.

T- Solid hop profile consisting of floral, pine and citrus notes that all come out distinctly. Malt backs this up well with that rye spice and caramel hints. Some dark fruit.

MF- Light body with a creamy feel and silky carbonation. A hint of bitterness.

Pretty much what I expect from Sam Adams. A solid beer again, the hops here are a bit better than other SA products. Easy to drink and enjoyable, a nice price as well.

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Photo of argock
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Enjoy by Oct 2011 notched on label. Purchased as part of SA American Originals sampler for $13.99 at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Pleasing red-amber with thick, creamy 3-finger light beige head with decent retention and nice drapes of lace.

S: Smells malty and sweet with a touch of pine and citrus hops. None of the signature grassy, spicy rye aroma is detectable.

T: I am not sure how much rye went into this beer, but probably not a lot, as there is none of the rougher, spicy rye character to this beer. It is enjoyable, but in a sweet, slightly hoppy, session beer way. This does not really fit the rye beer style at all --- none of the spicy, grainy rye character is there at all.

M: Creamy body with medium carbonation and sweetness rather than harsher pine or spicy notes in the aftertaste.

O: I enjoyed drinking this beer but it has little to no rye character. If you want rye beers, turn to Bear Republic for Ryevenator and Hop Rod Rye. Revolutionary Rye is an inobtrusive, sweetish beer that would work as an outstanding session beer, but it misses the mark as a rye beer in most ways.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle picked up in the american originals mixed twelve pack. this is probably the reason i picked up this case to begin with. pretty excited about it. drank from a snifter, which is the best i could do at the time.

A- the beer pours out a translucent brownish red colored body with a small off-white head on top. the head is very fast to fall and leaves behind little to nothing as far as lacing goes.

S- The smell isnt all that i was hoping for. it starts out with some sweet caramel malts. the rye malts arnt showing up nearly as strong as i would like but still add a slight spiciness to this. some raisin like fruitiness. can be smelled also. a small amount of spicy and piny hops at the end.

T- the taste begins with some sweet caramel malts which add an underlying sweetness throughout. after that i get a little (read weak) spiciness from the malted rye. some raisin and apple fruitiness in the middle. light spicy and pine hops at the end.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation seems a little on the high side.

D- i was really hoping for more out of this one. they should have used more and stronger hops. i really like rye/IPA hybrids. i dont think ill seek this one out again.

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Photo of Jmamay22
2.39/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was excited to hear that Sam Adams would be offering a rye beer and picked up the mixed pack as soon as I saw it.

The beer pours a clear amber with a full fluffy red tinted head. The scent is a bit disappointing and fairly nondescript. There is a slight wift of the spicey rye and a flat scent of citrus hops. The hops come off as weak rather than a subtle allure.

Taste is similarly disappointing. The rye is bairly there and it is difficult to determine if the toasted malt or hops are weakest. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Altogether this is a disappointing effort. It fails to insult or impress.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during my long weekend in Tampa. I had the chance to meet some great people and try some new and some amazing new things. Had a lot of fun, but glad to be home. Enjoyed on 4/11/2011.

Never heard of this one to be honest, but it was on as a guest tap so I figured why not. Poured into a pint glass it revealed a nice copper hued amber color with a head that was maybe an inch or so high and balanced out well along the walls of the glass. Aroma was heavy hops at first, citrus and pine, but as it warmed some balance is brought forward by bready malts and hints of caramel. Nice and smooth, clean finish had a nice bite to it but mellowed tremendously as it went down leaving a semi dry, semi sweet finish in its wake.

Overall this was pretty good. Again I don’t really know too much about it, but it

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Photo of ZeroSignal
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Coppery reddish pour with a dense, creamy looking off-white head. Good retention and a thick, sticky lace

S - Light pine and citrus scents in the nose with hints of a malty sweetness.

T&M - Lighter medium body with a defined crispness. Hop profile contains pine and citrus, and is a bit bolder then I would expect for a rye. Malt is also boldly present with a balancing sweetness. Finish is clean with just a hint of bitter and sour. I'm finding the rye character to be lacking...there is maybe just that hint of sour in the finish. Throughout the course of the drink a spicy character occasionally appears, but not enough to make me think "rye".

O - Even though there was not enough rye character for me, I still found this to be quite enjoyable, and very easy to drink. Negative points for being away from what I want for a rye, but bonus points for being overall tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of rowew
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical Sam bottle with the best by date notched.

Appearance: Amber/red in color, thin off white head, fades to just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Malty with just a bit of spice - can't tell if it's from the hops or the rye.

Taste: Fairly typical pale ale flavors with just a slight spiciness that I associate with rye beers.

Overall impression: Drinkable and decent - but nothing overly exciting here.

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Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper in color with bubbles racing up it and a creamy 1 finger off white head that faded slowly and left good lacing with rings as it goes down; good looking beer in the glass.

Smells of rye, grains, sweet malt, citrus hops, light caramel, grass and other earthy tones like moss or hay; mild spices come through after the earthy tones fade.

Tastes sweet like rye, grains, sweet malt, citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel, grass, pine cone, hay, light pepper and other mild spices which trails off crisp with a sharp bitter finish that's on the dry side. Pretty tasty and sweet overall, with the rye and hops working well together.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a light body, a light, crisp feel and an overall subtle sweetness that flows down easy. A real nice beer that has just enough rye to make it different, yet is still close enough to a "standard beer" that this could make a good session beer.

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Photo of Chaney
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear reddish-brown in appearance, with about a half finger head that melted down to a mere froth.

S: Fruit, hops, and SA hop profile... that's it.

T: I got the rye only in the sense that the hoppiness became muted. Other than that, it tasted like an old, faded, IPA.

M: The carbonation was fine, but I didn't care by that point.

O: My least favorite SA brew from the spring Variety pack.

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Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.