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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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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of Imsothirsty

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker amber, a little bit redish, very small head, no lacing

Nose is malty, with a tiny bit of pine hops and yeast

Tastes like boston lager with a tiny bit more hops and a tiny bit of rye, a little bit of spice, very weak finish

Mouthfeel is a little too light, decent carbonation tho

Overall this is an ok beer, I will probably share away what I have and not purchase this again

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 02:08:46 | More by Imsothirsty
Photo of busternuggz


3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. "Best by" date of August 2011.
Very clear dark orange/amber color with a 1/2" foamy beige head. Settles to about 1/8" with decent retention.
Nice scents of bright orange, some floral hops, rye spice and somewhat nutty caramel malt.
Similar taste, hop forward with orange zest and light floral notes followed by breadiness and caramel malt, rye spice, and a little dank earthiness in the finish. Well balanced.
Nice thick, viscous texture that finishes light, coating the tongue a bit.
A solid rye beer with nice flavors and balance and a surprisingly full body/texture.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 22:05:51 | More by busternuggz
Photo of mikechance


2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 21:27:02 | More by mikechance
Photo of flexabull


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

Pours a dark and clear copper color with a faint white head.

Aromas are nice, caramel malts, rye bread dough, and earthy hop notes.

Taste is simple, and the aromas don't translate as well as suggested. Light caramel sweetness up front, and then a finish that is slightly spicy from the rye with hints of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Full, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Pretty basic, but it goes down really easy, and has nice body. This is a pretty good sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 04:39:46 | More by flexabull
Photo of benclimbs


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours clear wit ha bit of head, some bubbles and a little lacing - not sure about the color, i think it should be more opaque, rather lager-like in the look.

smell is all sweet rye malts and spices...nice but very basic.

taste is ok, a little fruit, some bready stuff some lager notes on the finish and a bit of hops at the end.

overall, this is not a very characteristic rye - but a decent sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 21:59:51 | More by benclimbs
Photo of CampusCrew


4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: darkish brown apprearnce with
a little red glow, not much.

smell: decent hop aroma,

taste: could have used more hops, lots of spicy rye

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, could have used more body

drinkability: this is a good sessionable ale. It's not overpowering with hops, rye, or body. Just good.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 21:15:32 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of BeerLover99


2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber, trace head, zero lacing.

S: mild malt rye, hint of pine

T: slight sweet malt front, earthy middle, slight bitter rye finish

M: med/light, big carbonation

O: I was very excited to try this SA brew, but was disappointed.
Not worth trying. Could easily throw a 6 pack of this back. If you want THE Rye beer, get Founders Red Rye or Hot Rod Red Rye.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 17:41:33 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of philbe311


3.73/5  rDev +6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:20:41 | More by philbe311
Photo of budgood1


2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a red tinted deep amber colour with a thin tan head and thinnish lace. spicy and malty aroma...slightly smoky with a definite herbal and grassy hop nose. flavours run much like the nose...medium maltiness; slightly caramel in nature...a bit spicy from the rye used...a bit like a scotch ale but much more subdued. almost sort of boring. hop profile peaks out and provides a touch of grass like bitterness to make it more interesting. it finishes dry...all that's left is some residual bitterness in the end. very light body for an ale of this sort, and the mouthfeel certainly is lacking in character. it feels extremely stripped down and bare. drinkability isn't all that great on it's own...a salty snack might help bring out the flavours a bit better.

overall i'm underwhelmed by this offering. i wasn't expecting the total lack of soul this rye beer serves up. it's not bad by any means, just weak and lacking in my opinion. an average beer and not one i would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 22:47:08 | More by budgood1
Photo of MattyG85


3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 06:27:09 | More by MattyG85
Photo of jlindros


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy 1/2 finger head fades at a med pace, super clear tan orange color, light head.

Nose starts with some light malts, light wheat I think, light pilsner, light spicy rye, touch of fruit, light grassy noble hops.

Taste starts with lots of noble hops, fairly bitter but not very, grassy, fruity, then a nice spicy rye kicks in but not too spicy, light fruity flavors, light malts pale malts, light caramel malts, light sweetness. Finishes slightly dry with a bit of lingering hop bitterness and sweet malt flavors, the rye disappears quickly.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb.

Overall pretty good, its like noble pils with a hint of rye and bit more pale and crystal malts. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 01:39:23 | More by jlindros
Photo of sj660


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bronze, bright color with a nice big foam, leaving about an inch for a long time; good laces.

I'm not sure what the pine, wood, and citrus aromas are doing in here, but they're there. To me, that's not the best match for a spicy rye malt. I'd love to see them just go full maltiness on this.

It starts off like an American Pale Ale, but there's something different that follows, spice, clove, and a little roastiness in there.

Seems a touch astringent, less carbonated than you'd think with the amount of foam, and a medium body.

I love rye. I think *more* in this beer would have made it better.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 02:04:31 | More by sj660
Photo of philbertk


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Revolutionary Rye Ale--American Originals--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 25 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) No sediment. Big foamy mild lace lasting light orange white head. Clean pretty bright rich amber color. Mild rye spice ester rusty mild hop front. Dry sweet crusty hint malty earthy rye spiced caramel mellow fruit hint body. Mild hop lingering rye flavored rusty clean refreshing end. Nice smooth mild fruit Rye Amber Ale. Easy mellow flavor. Noticeable crusty Rye notes are blended in well. Sampled 3/23/2011. Purchased for $1.25 2 Fred Meyer--Ballard. Seattle on 3/22/2011.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 04:36:19 | More by philbertk
Photo of Snow81


3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 05:37:05 | More by Snow81
Photo of BretSikkink


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and colored like amber resin. head is mostly white, maybe an inch at first. Pretty patchy in the lace department. Light aromas, caramel and toast with a hint of spicing. Fruit is there, but not strong.

The flavor is bready, moreso than caramelized or fruity. The peppery rye exists to bolster complexity; yeast is so similar to Boston Lager. This is familiar without being boring, but it's still far from adventurous. A hint of citrus, and the caramel emerges a little with warmth.

Crisp carbonation and a pretty small body lead to high drinkability, but the interest factor isn't there for me. Not bad, but pretty simple.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 04:33:28 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of stakem


3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Batdorf served in a Sam Adams sensory glass. Appears a clear color of amber to brown. A creamy white head appears and quickly recedes leaving a webbing of lace all over the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin layer of film across the top. A light swirl revives the cap to a fingers strength that is now off-white.

The aroma includes a touch of minerals, muted citrus and fruity/floral hops. Some toasted malt comes across the nose lightly with a scent almost smoked but not quite. The brew overall smells malty caramel sweet blended with minerals and it just doesn't sit right with me. The taste is toasted malt coupled with fruity hops. It lingers with a minor clingy bitterness that blends with some mineral notes and sulfur. A light smoked taste lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Fairly easy drinking but having it once was enough. It finishes crisp but the flavors don't really meld or sit right with me. Overall this brew left me wanting more. For less than 5%, the alcohol is not hidden, it creeps in through the back.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 16:41:46 | More by stakem
Photo of Chico1985


3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange, creamy off-white head retains at a finger leaving pretty killer lacing.

Not much going on in the scent...a bit of spice from the rye and some grainy/bready malt.

Nice variety of hop flavors in the taste - citrus, spicy, herbal, pine. Toasty and buttery malts gives way to a pleasant warm bready finish.

Typical, slick, middle-ground Sam Adams mouthfeel. Nice balance between the hops and malt but I'd say the malt is more dominant.

In the slew of Sam Adams that are good but not great, I'd say this is one of the better ones. Tasty, easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 23:01:11 | More by Chico1985
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3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tan head on an amber/copper body. Appears slightly lower in carbonation than average.

Smells almost like an ipa, not getting much spice in the nose, just mainly hops.

There is a bit of spice in the taste but it ia more dominated by mild hops and a bit of malt.

Has a good feel, the mild carbonation lends itself to a smoother feel and very little bite. No booze feeling or taste noticeable.

A very drinkable beer, though not a favorite, I would not turn this one down.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 02:17:35 | More by legatovibrato24
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a dark copper with a finger of off-white head.

S - A bit bready and toasted malt. A touch of hop and some rye aroma.

T - A bittersweet rye and toasted malt. Finish has plenty of grain. Breadyness reminds me of some bocks.

M - Medium to light body with a watery feel up until the drying finish. Nice carbonation.

O - Overall a fine beer. Nothing exceptional, but good. Drink easy and has some interesting characteristics. An average attempt at a Rye beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 21:51:30 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of SickGnar


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice bronzed copper to amber/tawny brown color. Quite clear with some lazy rising bubble and an absolute riot of finer bubbles with every tilt of the glass. Light beige head of smallish size, but it leaves pretty fine lacing.

S: Faint rye spicy notes, vaguely bready, reasonably malty, some caramal & lighter toffee notes, some grainy sweetness. Shy citrus (orangey) hops.

T: Oily citrus hops - orange & tangerine up front, goes just slightly herbal & grassy in the middle, and then in the end it is firmly citrus rind that leans increasingly grapefruit as it lingers on in the finish. This is pleasantly hop balanced, but not overly dominated. Malt backing is caramel and bready with light toffee and hints of darker roast malts. Spicy / minty rye character is rather restrained. Seems like a slightly less attenuated, maltier version of the standard with a bit of rye thrown in too.

M: Medium body with just a barely soft yet lush carbonation. Creamy and soft. Some dextrins and residual sugars and a hint of heft. Semi-sweet finish only goes a touch trying from the hops.

D: This is a fine drinking beer. But it needs more rye character to really stand out and shine. I like the overall hop and malt balance, but if you put rye in the name, especially in hyperbolic manner, I want it to be more apparent in the actual beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 11:14:19 | More by SickGnar
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized rye malts, a good amount of hops, some citrus and some spice.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, spices and a little bit of citrus. Then a hearty rye malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 04:04:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of BennyL1


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 02:22:46 | More by BennyL1
Photo of DanThomas


3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, vibrant copper/orange. No head, a few bubbles here and there. The color has a nice depth to it.

S- Toasted malt and fresh-baked bread dominates the scent, and along with some sweetness there is some pine hops and just a hint of rye. I like the smell, but overall it's not as strong as I'd like it to be.

T- The toasted bread flavors dominate and form a nice, full body for the other flavors to work off of. Towards the back of the palate there are some piney hops, and I don't get rye at all, but the aftertaste is all rye bread, making for an interesting flow of tastes. A tasty brew, I especially like the bread flavors.

M- I think this is a fairly full-bodied beer. Carbonation is sharp but it works well with the beer.

O- In general, an extremely sessionable beer with enough unique flavor to separate it from a standard session beer. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 23:06:11 | More by DanThomas
Photo of Mosstrooper


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours amber in color with a large, foamy off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thin ring of spotty lace.

Smell: Citrus and herbal notes with a light touch of sweet malt with a lot of overlapping rye. Surprising amount of depth for a Sam Adams brew.

Taste: Begins citric and somewhat piney, finishing with sour and spicy rye flavors with sweet balt backing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with well-rounded carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer and stands well against others of its style. Compared to other beers in the Samuel Adams lineup, though, this is one of the better offerings they have.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 22:25:59 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber / light brown. Off-white head sits low with a fine bubble structure and low lace.

S - Lemon zest, malt, toast, grass. Light grade honey.

T - Peppery. Soft malt. Light caramel. Herbal notes of thyme and lemongrass. Black pepper.

M - Medium body with a bready-sweet finish.

O - Not bad. Nice flavor and balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 14:37:28 | More by vfgccp
Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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