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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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401 Ratings

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | 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 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!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 03:57:13 | More by HockeytownBrew
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 01:36:08 | More by Star80
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

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 18:26:18 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of Celt44

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:51:24 | More by Celt44
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 20:35:29 | More by yemenmocha
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 19:22:42 | More by OverToad
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:44:33 | More by Lauthaha
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 08:27:04 | More by dfunkadillio
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 03:35:21 | More by bnes09
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 22:19:04 | More by jt31914
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 04:05:02 | More by tburus
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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!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 18:00:04 | More by birddogg66
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 01:41:35 | More by Jason
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 22:46:39 | More by mothman
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 22:23:48 | More by kbutler1
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 21:08:42 | More by OWSLEY069
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Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 04:12:30 | More by Duhast500
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3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TrippHop for this bottle.

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Medium cherry red color, little to no opacity. Very little lacing with a small ring of head that persists. Aroma is biscuity and slightly rich, more bread aroma than cookie. Flavor is rye and dark crystal malt. Hops are nice but not over the top. Definitely more balanced than the Belgian. Body is in the light department and mouthfeel is on the dry side.

Not my favorite Rye Ale, but my favorite choice between Sample A and B.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 00:14:37 | More by neorunner
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South Dakota

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a dark amber color, with a small head that didnt stay with the beer very long. There wasnt much in the smell. It tasted simialir to any rye ale, but rather harsh, and just not as good. Full flavor, but the harshness made it hard to finsih. Overall not bad, but I voted for the other.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 04:52:28 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of jneiswender


4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this in a small plastic sample glass at the brewery beer garden in Boston.

A-off white head, dark walnut body

S-candy, citrus, ice cream

T-ice cream and floral hops


D-really full of flavor. I would drink it again though if given limited choices.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 15:29:25 | More by jneiswender
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3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this after the belgian IPA sample A for the Brewer's Choice vote, I asked for a second sample as I used the first to cleanse my palate of the hoppy Belgian IPA sample I tried first.
12 oz chilled pour into a tumbler.

A - A caramel reddish brown color with translucent clarity and light tan cap which has a creamy appearance.

S - The smell has mild yeast yet mostly malt oriented aroma w/ light caramel and bready qualities mixed with a mild pine hop aroma and accented by a slight spice note

M- The feel is nicely balanced between the malt w/ smooth caramel sweetness and mild bitterness and slight spice as indicated in the nose w/ moderate carbonation and light tangy yeast w/ sem-dry finish

T - The flavor is fresh malt w/ nice nutty and slight caramel tinge of rye w/ toasted malt taste dominant and balanced slightly with a hint of pine in the hops. The taste has a lingering yeast tinge which gives a light dried fruit tinge in the finish

D - A not unpleasant offering, but hard to compare with the drinkability of the Belgian Ipa it was paired with. The malt is not muted so it could be nice for fall drinking, I think it represents the style well

Re -review on 2/19 bottle into a tulip pint
A -3.5 S 3 M 3.5 T 3.5 D 3.5
A brilliant copper w/ good clarity and thick light beige cap which measures about 3/4 inch and lace clings well in a film. The smell is vegetal like a small case of dms is evident with light cabbage odor up front with slightly tangy scent an mild fruit ester in the yeast w/ hint of hop which gives off a gentle herble aroma and light grain in the nose. The mouthfeel is mild with hop bitterness and light yeast presence w/ a bit of sweetness and moderately carbonated with subtle toast element. feel is semi-dry in the finish w/ light bitterness.

The taste is much like the boston ale with same noble hop profile and yeast flavor w/ slight elelent of toasted rye grain in the malt and light herbal hop quality. there is a mild vegetal tinge from the hops w/ light tang from the house S.A. yeast. A mild grainy note w/ a pretty good overall balance from hops/malt in the finish which is relatively clean. This was a good beer, not a great one. I enjoyed it for what it is a pretty drinkable ale. I would probably drink this if available, but not go out of my way for it, not my first choice in the challenge between it and the Belgian IPA, but it is ok for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 17:33:58 | More by Slatetank
Photo of jzeilinger


3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep amber copper color, clear, mild carbonation, and a huge three fingered bollowing, rocky white head. Foam gradually subsides after several minutes to form a thin, white, creamy head.

S - Has an acidic, caramel, spicy rye aroma. Judging by the nose, the malt smells like it may have a little zing to it.

T - Spicy malt, some rye, some caramel malt with extra mild hopping.

M - Dry up front, watery finish on the back end, thin and light body. Finishes fairly clean.

D - Wouldn't buy it. Definitely not digging this beer. Of the two samples, the Belgian IPA is definitely better by a small margin.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 03:48:27 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I test-drove this at Brew Fest in Des Moines over the weekend (thanks for the keychain). I picked this one because the belgian seemed a bit weak for the style and was slightly less flavorful. It did have the rye taste to it but it seemed much more likeable that other ryes I've had. The body was good with a bit of a bunch when it hit the taste buds. It went down with a bit fo a sting but was enjoyable. It was good to place this booth near the entrance so I didn't have many other beers lingering on my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 18:27:30 | More by DesMoinesMike
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this one at Sam's Quick Shop alongside Sample A. Poured a crisp copper orange with barely any head. Aroma was sweet malts, spicy rye and a trace of hops. The taste is not much more than a standard Amber Ale with just a slight kick of rye, some caramel malts, slight rye spice and mild hops. The beer is crisp and smooth with decent carbonation. I have always been a fan of rye beers, but this one proved to be nothing special at all, it didn't come close to its Belgian IPA competition.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 00:36:46 | More by atsprings
Photo of Buggies


3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted like a normal rye ale. Had the spicy zing associated with the malt. This one was spicy with a malty backbone. It also had a highly noticeable presence of citrus which seemed stand offish and out of place. It had a nice mild bitter finish which was appropriate and appreciated.

Worth a try but average.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 01:43:50 | More by Buggies
Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.