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

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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Buggies on 07-14-2010)
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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into pint glass

A: Amber with a big, sticky white head. Excellent head retention.

S: Spicy, citrus, pine?

T/M: Medium body. Strong citrus and pine hop notes in the middle with a spicy, slightly bitter finish. A bit sour underneath all that, too. Almost a rye bread-like flavor, which is not surprising.

D: It's, essentially, an amber ale with some extra complexity of flavor. Of course it's drinkable. Watch the "unknown" ABV turn out to be, like, 7%, though...

MurphyMacManus, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of iRoy
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured straight from my growler, nice thick 2-finger head. Drinking it now actually and it's surprising that the ABV is what it is. It's 5.5% ABV btw. I thought it was a bit higher. Mouth feel is good, very drinkable. It tastes a bit sweet going down but with a slightly bitter aftertaste though. I'm enjoying it, not as much as the Sleigh Ryed (Great South Bay Brewery, NY) I had 2 days ago, which is also a Rye Ale. I think it's just Sam Adams but I do enjoy this one a lot more than other beers I have had by them. I expected a bit sweeter taste this being a Rye Ale but I'm not disappointed. Definitely can't see it being a session beer though might have it again.

iRoy, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale copper with great clarity and leisurely carbonation. A rocky cream cap has nice retention and leaves good lace.

S: The nose is rather light. The caraway aroma of rye is the center point. It's surrounded by straw and pepper.

T: Starts out with toasted grain, followed by a caraway sourness. Bitterness is mild and carries a pepper quality that compliments the rye flavors nicely. Finishes with lingering rye and sourdough bread flavors. The flavors gets more and more interesting as the beer warms.

M: The medium body is both dry and sticky. The carbonation feels about right.

D: This is a nice beer that didn't blow me away. Still, I'm glad I grabbed it.

Rayek, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Kinsman, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of JDew
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pretty dark reddish/brown, tan head is one finger and is nice and frothy, leaves a good lace on the glass

S - Smells deeply of malted barley and sweet spices, hops are hidden in there somewhere

T - Has a mild quick taste, the spices are easy to taste in the bitter hop aftertaste, not too bad, but nothing really special

M/D - Medium bodied beer that i could drink one or two of, but not several.

JDew, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale and crystal malt scent along with a hint of rye spiciness. It's not as pronounced as some. The taste is decent as well. It has a standard amber/red ale composition; pale and crystal malts, moderate hop bitterness. The rye is present, but basically adds a touch of spiciness that compliments the hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's not overly complex, nor heavy on the rye. It is, however an excellent session ale that's accessible to those new to rye beers.

WesWes, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a surprisingly awesome brew from SA! I can surely see right off the bat why one wouldn't find this at all appealing - it's freakin' kicking with rye goodness top-to-bottom, inside-and-out. I thought they were going to pull some crappy flavor cluster@#$k by adding some unwarranted adjuncts or whatever, but they let rye do it's thing. The hopping is superb - almost smells and tastes IPA-like in a way (in my imagination).

Depending on how you decide to pour this it'll either have a super-high-rise head or a lil soft blanket. Either way, the bubbles are tiny and tight and a cottony cap retains til the very bottom. Generous lacing. Underneath, it's (as someone else on here alluded to) essentially a red rye color and quite clear.

Zippy rye zang zings out instantaneouzly as you pour, and as you shove your schozz in the glass (poured into a Euro pint, btw - the best glass around?), the German hops mix with the rye and the bustin' biscuit malt in ideal harmony. Nuff said. The malts push forward in the taste, gaining a hair of nuttiness, with the rye zing thing scaling back to a perfect position in line. I don't know if it's the rye or whatever American hops they used (or both), but the vaguely piney/spiced-orange notes compliment it all so well.

Mmm...drinks as clean and smooth as their Boston Lager. Nearly perfect balance of malt flavors and body. What's the point of putting a ton of rye in a beer if you're just going to obfuscate it with darker/roasty/bitter malts and/or bushels of cones?

Why can't they, SA, make more beers of this quality? Not that (I'm only now finding) all their other offerings are all that lame. They have some good stuff. But this is a fine recipe, untainted by misguided musings or palate-ine dalliances. I'll echo the feelings of a few here and suggest they should put out 6-pks of this. But what's the point?

Bouleboubier, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of malty
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

May 2011 notched on side label. Bought this American Originals 12 pack for $13.99 today.

Pours a brilliantly clear into my scientific Sam Adams Boston Lager glass a russet-copper color. The dense & creamy off-white head settles to 1/3" after a few minutes. Nice kinetic visible uprising carbonation, thanks to the etched halo at the bottom of the glass, no doubt. Gorgeous smatterings of broken and drooping lace rings all the way down.

Clean, slightly caramely, slightly fruity nose. Quick, faint smells - then it drops off to really nothing.

Interesting earthy hops going on right up front. The rye malt is present, but not that spicy as I've tasted in others ales with Rye being listed in the title. Still, it's noticable and rather subtle - but tasty nonetheless. A little asparagus flavor detected within this interesting earthy, herbaly, kinda savory concoction. Very clean and open with lots of room for interpretation.

Mouthfeel is closer to medium, but not quite medium bodied. Carbonation is masterfully fine and playful. The finish is herbal, sorta bitter/prickly and very clean.

Drinkability is great. Not at all intrusive with a nice balance of hops and clean and tasty malts.

Overall a toned-down rye malt bill where the subtle European hops were showcased nicely against the rye malt. A slight toffee-like backdrop with a delicately spicy middle ala the rye malt and earthy hops. Beautifully balanced and dare I say a wonderful springtime beer.

malty, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Jacobob10
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored ale with a medium creamy white head. Slight roasted malt aroma that gets taken over by a fruity hop presence. Coppery flavor with a slight bitterness from the rye. A little bit too heavy on the citrus from the hops. I would really like a bit more of the malt to come through in the flavor. Medium bodied and not too dry with good carbonation. Very drinkable despite the slight dryness. A good beer and something I would drink again, but could benefit from toning down the hops a bit.

Jacobob10, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 1/30/11

A - Pours a clear copper with a 2-inch fluffy white head. Nice retention, leaves some sticky lacing.
S - Sweet malt and earthy hops. Very subdued, but basically smells like Boston Lager with perhaps some slight spicy rye characteristics. Unimpressive.
T - Same as the nose. Typical SA beer. Caramel malt and earthy noble hops. Snooze.
M - Medium-thin body with medium carbonation.
D - Not bad, went well with the burger I had. Still, same old, same old.

jsanford, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of tbern007
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red/gold, clear with large head and lots of lace.
Smells like citrus, hops, sweet malt. Very fresh scent.
Tastes like sweet malt, changes to bitter rye and citrus/pine of the hops.
Pretty smooth, slgihtly sweet aftertaste. Mild presence of alcohol. Decent beer overall. The rye makes it's presence known but isn't overpowering.

tbern007, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, honey-like amber color with a one-finger, khaki colored, creamy head. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of pine and rye bread.

T - Lots of pine and citrus with rye and a toasty quality. Mild sourness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a drinkable rye beer. I won't seek it out again, but it was worth a try.

zeff80, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a Samuel Adams glass, this beer is a very clear medium amber color. Modest head, with just a little lace. The aroma is a bit lacking, with a slight spiciness and a grain scent. The taste is very nice. Lots of malt and grain flavors. The beer is very well balanced, with a framing sweetness and firm bitterness. Firm and semi-full body. Nice beer.

Suds, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hmm didn't even know Sam Adams came out with a new beer. Part of the new spring mixed sampler pack. Pours a light amber color, faint bready aroma to it. Taste is pretty light bodied, some nice spiciness to it. Breadiness and rye definitely come through, pretty decent taste for such a light bodied beer. Nothing too big here, but definitely drinkable for sure. One of the better rye beers I've had, but it's generally a boring style in my opinion.

oriolesfan4, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal-clear amber color with a very tiny white head that is gone with the blink of an eye. Scent is hoppy with hints of rye bread. There are also some piney notes with spices and caramel malt. Taste is exactly how it smells...Very interesting tasting beer. It tastes like a pale ale with a German backbone. The rye flavors and bready notes are definitely there with some strong malt and gentle hops. It ends with slightly bitter and very sweet/spicy flavors that aren't very appealing...not digging the finishing flavors. Mouthfeel is quite light with very clean, crisp finish. Drinkability is fairly high, despite the unattractive finish.

DovaliHops, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Fantastic glowing orange color with some bright golden notes to it. Decent sized white lace head.
S: Nice rich sweet malt aroma with some bitter hints of rye.
T: Very crisp and nice kiss of hops to complement the malt flavor. This beer has a distinct bitterness that is hard to identify. It may be the hops or the rye at the end that give it a little bite.
D/M: Very crisp and drink able. Not too overpowering. It really is a decently drinkable beer but the rye aspect is not very evident. It appears to be too watered down. I wanted more of a rich bite to the beer.

pzrhsau, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Look - deep-looking red color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - the hops aren't very prominent, but they're there. That's really mostly all I smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Fairly hoppy and bitter at the beginning, nothing much in the middle, and the rye is finally tasted in the finish, mixed with the hops in the aftertaste. Texture is very well-balanced.

Drinkability - Not a bad tasting brew, but not terribly unique. It's nice to taste the rye, but it could be a little more prominent.

Nerudamann, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark copper color. Off-white, slightly yellowish head leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Slightly grassy and malty aroma, but I don't particularly notice any rye.

Taste: Has a sweet grassy flavor up front with a solid malt backdrop throughout. I don't specifically notice the rye until the finish and aftertaste, and even then it isn't very pronounced (though you'll notice it a tad bit more the more you drink). Mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with quite a bit of tingly carbonation. Mostly smooth, but there is some graininess.

Drinkability: Generally easy to drink; probably a low ABV (it doesn't say).

I'll first say that I'm not a fan of rye and most beers with rye in it - so me finding this as drinkable as I did was rather surprising. But really, the flavor and aroma just aren't very interesting. Worth a try from the sampler pack, though, I suppose.

mithrascruor, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of phantomwyse
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours out an brown, brown, amber color with a mild tan head. Steady but fairly slow moving carbonation.

S: Moderate malts - brown sugar, pie crust - mixed in with undertones of West Coast hops, just a hint of pine seeping through, and at the end it turns a bit sweet.

T: Hops up front, with just a touch of pine and earthiness, fresh cut grass. Malts are there, but bland, just a touch of white bread. There is a touch of spiciness in here, sort of like steak seasoning, but not really at all like that. That's a terrible way to describe it.

M: Soft and light bodied.

D: Not exactly as assertive as I was hoping for. Emboldening all the flavors would do this beer some good, especially bringing the rye to a more prominent position and adding more spiciness.

phantomwyse, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of phishgator
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a slender pint glass (Yazoo Brewing Co). Deep copper color with a two finger white head. The aroma is the rye and spicy hops. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. The tang of the rye shows throughout the brew. medium carbonation and the body is medium as well. Would be a nice session beer.

phishgator, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of DrStiffington
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember having this at my local beer place as part of a Sam Adams tasting to see which beer would be their next new beer. I picked this one out of the two, so I was happy to see it included in their new mix 12 pack.

The beer has nice carbonation and a dark red/orange color. It smells like rye, I guess. The taste is nicely malty, with a hop finish. Although there are many better beers out there, I always enjoy the many different offerings from Sam Adams. This one is no exception. Spectacular? No. Enjoyable as usual? Yes.

DrStiffington, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Canterbury Ales, Huntington, NY.

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts, caramel and a touch of spice.

The taste consisted of the typical SA house yeast flavor coupled with a seep roasted caramel and noticeable hop spice. Good dose of pine at the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty selection from SA.

plaid75, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of bcgpete
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

the smell of this beer reminds me of old pbr in a can that you kick on the beach.

Its a nice color though. Dark red/maroon.

The taste is great for a sam adams I can buy in mississippi. The citrus and pine nuts really come through.

This is apretty decent beer. Nice to have something new in our beer-hating state.

I could probably drink a lot if these. And I'm going to now. .

bcgpete, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear red colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smell is strong C type hops with a little caramel and rye. Slight sour smell.

Starts out dry with a slight sour taste. Woody with a caramel flavor and that lingering slight sourness from the rye. Fairly spicy taste.

Mouthfeel is full.

Drinkability is good. Tasty beer that disappears all to quickly.

Zorro, Jan 22, 2011
Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.