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

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409 Ratings

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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Hopalong29
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tall footed pint glass.
Clear amber with creamy two fingered head which dissipates to a thin whispy cap that holds throughout. Nice lacing as well.
Nice mellow hoppy aroma.
Blend of citrus and rye malts that mesh well.
Light carbonation that holds the flavors well.
Would put this on the "won't let you down" list.

Hopalong29, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Produces a great head retention with two and a half fingers thick worth of cranium, and has a flawlessly clear copper colored body.

Not much in the way of aroma and taste, but maybe a faint hint of toffee and lemony hops and a slight herbal finish.

in the mouth feel it's crisp and medium in body, with a good amount of CO2. Altogether a good drinking beer, but a little light in any dominant characteristic.

TheSarge, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of the spring seasonal mix-pack at Shaw's in Windham. Pours a crystal-clear amber-red body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Citrus grassy hops and rye notes make up the aroma. Lemon, grass, rye, caramel, and grapefruit round out the flavor. Medium in both body and carbonation. Very drinkable. I liked it better than I thought I would. One of the better rye beers I've had.

MrHurmateeowish, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the "American Classics" mix pack served in a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

L - clear amber color with a fluffy white head that left a decent amount of lacing behind.

S - sourdough sort of aroma.

T - the rye malt comes through nicely in the taste with a light bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - goes down easy enough.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of gmfessen
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Revolutionary Rye Ale is a redish-amber color with a cream colored, creamy looking head. Nose is mainly of rye with some piney, resinous hops. The flavor is also dominated by rye with a bitter hoppiness and slight caramel malt background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light yet creamy carbonation. Overall beer is to style, takes some getting used to but is not a bad beer.

gmfessen, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Toasty malt, spicy rye, and some pine hops.

T - Creamy rye and toasted malt up front with some light toffee. More toasty grain flavors in the middle with a little bit of pine hop flavors and some red apple yeast notes. The beer finishes with more thick malt flavor and moderate hop bitterness to balance.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable. The aroma is very pleasant and the flavor more or less reflects it. The spicy rye works quite well with the pine hop character and the rich, toasty malt provides a solid background for this relationship to play out upon. A pretty nice rye pale ale, though not quite as good as Terrapin.

nickfl, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of wedge
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystalline copper with a tall, persistent, dense rocky head. Mild spicy malt aroma, biscuity/bready with a touch of hops. Slightly sweet and spicy flavor with a certain "Sam Adams-ness" to it. Nothing exciting, but nothing terrible. Creamy, oily texture with some rye bite. Crisp and medium bodied. Simple, but I could drink a few.

wedge, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Great way to start off things.

Crisp rye greets the nose with a grainy texture. Similar in context to an amber ale but with more sweetness.

Sweet, chewy malt greets the tongue, with just a touch of sweetness/spiciness to it. A slightly buttery character is present as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering buttery texture with sweet/chewy malt not far behind.

I remember sampling this at the Vermont Brewers Festival back in July of 2010, long before it was chosen as their newest recipe. Very easy to drink and highly enjoyable. I would strongly recommend it.

Brad007, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Pours a deep, reddish copper color. Not much of a head and not much lacing left behind, but no worries here.

S: A bit of spiciness along with rye and hints of citrus. Very welcoming.

T: Hoppy with a bit of rye spice, with citrus and floral notes also making themselves known, with a slight bitterness making up the aftertaste.

M: Plenty of carbonation with a light to medium mouthfeel. Goes down nice and smooth.

D. This is a great session beer.

Cheers BBC!

HockeytownBrew, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Star80
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours out a deep copper color with a very creamy looking white head. There is already some lacing on my glass. Smells very piney (cascades?) and some herbal hop notes, perhaps a tad sweet maltiness settled in the base aromas. Tastes somewhat crisp and a little dry, and has a nice citrus palate cleansing aftertaste. This beer has a nice balance between the malts and the hops. Rye is somewhat faint but in the background gives a spicey taste. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Overall this a good interpretation of the style and would be a welcome addition to their regular offering.

Star80, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with very little head

S: Malts and hints of rye bread

T: Some spice and malts, rye and bready yeast at the end

M: Light-medium body with little carbonation

D: Easy to drink and fits the time well. Good winter-spring transitional beer

BEERMILER12, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Celt44
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber....about the same look as the Boston Lager - a little clearer. Head is definitely creamy....lasts throughout.

Aroma - Malty with a touch of pine. Almost "Christmas-y". Finishes with a nice warm biscuit...

A touch of rye - but rather uneventful. A hint of malt...

Mouthfeel - Smooth, a touch watery.

Overall drinkability - after the look and aroma, it definitely goes south. Not a bad beer...actually very drinkable....but uneventful and ordinary. NOt a bad session ale. Would try again...but I wouldn't go out of my way.

Celt44, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flavorful yet drinkable, what a great beer! Pours simply gorgeous with deep amber color and rich, creamy head. Beautiful. Nose has a mixture of herbal components and light caramel, with a clean toasty grain aroma that is pleasing. On the palate the rye is apparent but also blends nicely with the toasty caramelly sweetness, smooth mouthfeel, and exceptional drinkability. Yet another successful craft beer from this amazing brewery.

yemenmocha, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of OverToad
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic Rye beer like others here have stated. I find it a shame though that it's only available in the mixed packs. This should be available on its own sixer and I hope Samuel Adams listens and does just that.

Taste is fantastic and the color is right for a RYE beer. As others have said, it does have some sour to it, but that is normal for a RYE brew. As usual, Sam adams has a winner.

OverToad, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster glass.

Appearance: Pours a light copper (bordering on tan) color, with a frothy, creamy head. As the head recedes, it leaves very heavy lacing on the edges of the glass. Very light carbonation visible.

Smell: Very good for a rye! The first scent is a gentle citrus push, maybe combined with some floral hops or orange blossoms. After that, a malty toasted-rye flavor peeks through.

Taste: Bitter hop/rye flavor on top of a mellow malt foundation. It's good, but there's nothing really secretive about this one. Just a light bitter touch in the aftertaste. Only slightly above average.

Mouthfeel: Beer is very active on the tongue, lots of carbonation. It doesn't stop being frothy and full-bodied, but upon completion of your sip, it rinses pretty cleanly.

Drinkability: Slightly above average. It's a good beer, but not necessarily worth checking out.

Good for what it is, but nothing too special.

Lauthaha, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of dfunkadillio
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - dark brown small white head.

Smell - Love the smell, might be because it reminds me of my first homebrew. Hops and rye.

Taste - Big hop and rye fan and this is right up my alley.

Mouthfeel - Nice swish but does leave a dry sour aftertaste.

Drinkability - Love the taste but definitely more of a beer with dinner than a drink as much as I can.

dfunkadillio, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of bnes09
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red, transparent ale with visible bubbles. Ivory color head with good retention and awesome lacing.

Spicy aroma of citrusy hops and fresh rye.

Assertive hop flavor, mostly orange and pine. Smooth and biscuity malt backbone. Rye comes in with a distinct spice. Bitter overall character.

Medium bodied with a semi-gritty texture. Good carbonation. Very drying on the palate.

I enjoyed this one. Lots of interesting flavors which are well balanced. Similar to many other offerings from Sam Adams but tasty just the same.

bnes09, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of jt31914
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice amber/red color with light lacing and a finger of head. Nice looking beer.

S: Rye, spiciness, and light but pleasant hop aromas. Maybe one of the best smelling BBC beers I've had. The caramel malt base is present too, but everything is very balanced.

T: Strong rye and crystal malt flavors on the palate, with rye going all the way through the finish and hops cutting through the middle of the taste. Very nice. This honestly is one of the best beers I've had from BBC. It's not revolutionary perhaps, but a very solid effort and a beer I would definitely have again. Like a typical Ryan Reynold's comedy: you're never really blown away but you find yourself drawn back again.

M/D: Super drinkable. Smooth yet bubbly mouthfeel. Well done.

jt31914, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of tburus
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale amber transparent liquid with carbonation bubbles hanging in it. One finger, off-white head that dissipated once I started drinking.

Smell: Faint sour smell of rye. Very faint.

Taste: Again, a faint sour rye taste, a little yeast, and the occasional sweet cherry note as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Yeasty aftertaste with a touch of sourness.

Drinkability: The overall experience of this beer is real nice but extremely mild. No overpowering moments anywhere. Would be a great "session" beer, but not something I would be likely to go for on a regular occasion otherwise.

tburus, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of birddogg66
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz Shaker Pint.

A- Pours out a reddish brown caramel, with some purpleish hues in the light. Head is about 1" off white with really nice lacing on the glass.

S- An almost toasted raisin with a hint of plums, sweet bread, a touch of caramel. The malt and rye really overtake the nose.

T- Very malty, with what could be described as a bit of toast. Very light bitterness, with the raisin flavor really coming through for me, and just a bit of bitterness and slight alcohol on the finish.

M- Rich, and somewhat oily, very light effervescence.

D- A very malty medium to heavy bodied Rye. The sweetness is a bit much, and I would consider this beer to be a malt bomb. I think that a bit more of a smokey note would have been nice in the beer, but hey it won the contest to be the next SA beer. I tried this after having the Belgian IPA that came in second in the taste off. Not sure how this beer won out, but hey I wish it all the best. Stay thirsty my friends!

birddogg66, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of Jason
2.93/5  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.

Jason, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of mothman
2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Color is a copper amber.

Aroma: Smells like an imperial red that has lost its hops. Very creamy and malty. Yuck. It has a slight rye flavor, but all bread, biscuit, and caramel malts.

Taste: Wow, this beer had better not win. It has more rye and spice in the taste, but then it is all malts. Caramel and biscuit flavors. Again, it tastes like an imperial red that is old and lost its hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. It is dry and spiced. Ends fairly clean, but dry.

Overall, normally I can drink a bottle of Sams and be alright. This one just isn't drinkable at all. There is nothing that works with this beer. Please don't vote for this beer.

mothman, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Courtesy of aparris85. Pours a clear rust colored mahagony color with a slightly tan head that slowly settles. Malty, bready, with some spice aroma. Not really too much hops in the nose, if any, there is a touch of fruit like hops. Medium mouthfeel. The taste is rather ho-hum. Starts of with some mild sweetness and biscuit like qualities that then transitions to a dry like finish with just a touch of hop bitterness. Yeah, I hope they don't make Sample B. Minimal lace. No real alcohol notes.

kbutler1, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep amber to copper with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet rye maltiness and light fruitiness. In the taste, dry rye and a small hint of fruit. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry rye malt maltiness. A nice rye ale, nice body and flavor. A bigger hop presence would be perfect.

OWSLEY069, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a deep red with gold highlights. There is a finger of brownish foamy head ans some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is rye at first, makes me think of making a nice sandwich to go along with this beer. There is almost an orange flavor in the background that plays with my nose.

The taste has a nice spicy rush that hits first then leads into a light bitterness and then back to the rye flavor. The taste of rye does not seem as appealing as the smell of rye. This seems to have a little too much. There is a bit of a barely flavor that seems to be missing or is overcome by the rye.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied. It is a beer that is not too bit for an average beer drinker. It goes down well but has a strong aftertaste. This could be better balanced but is an interesting beer.

Duhast500, Sep 17, 2010
Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.