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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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407 Ratings

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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Buggies on 07-14-2010)
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

06-01-2012 14:37:42 | More by baconman91

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

11-14-2011 16:39:04 | More by TEAMHOLT
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-24-2012 00:39:43 | More by h4ger
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

12-13-2013 19:35:10 | More by athomasPSU
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North Carolina

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

A: Pours a very light amber color with a thick head of off-white frothy foam. Solid retention and fantastic lacing.

S: Nothing too exciting here. Pale and crystal malts, a twinge of rye, and some herbal and pine hop aromas. Above-middling.

T&M: Toasty, earthy type of malt flavor. A dry spiciness comes in on the back end from the rye. Earthy/herbal hop flavor comes in midway. Not as hoppy or spicy as a typical rye beer, but still a decently tasty brew. Body is medium with a tingly, zesty carbonation that works well.

D: A well-balanced flavor and light body makes this one quite easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 01:12:56 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

11-25-2012 23:32:32 | More by JALIEN
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West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

04-12-2012 14:26:33 | More by Danno48
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Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

03-18-2013 12:29:55 | More by beertardis
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

06-24-2013 01:59:02 | More by beerbtl
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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
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New York

3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-21-2011 00:26:32 | More by RWACKO
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-04-2012 17:30:03 | More by AWS2111
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3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 22:53:13 | More by bushbeer75
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13.6%

03-04-2012 02:22:58 | More by kb2250
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District of Columbia

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

Pours clear amber with thin, off-white head that lasts. Good carbonation and some lacing. Subtle pine and floral hops in the aroma with a crisp malt character. A bit spicy smelling. A nice hop bite in the flavor is well; pleasantly bitter with a dry malty finish. Some caramel and bread flavors along with ample pine resin. Medium bodied. Overall I'm pretty impressed by this offering; if it came out in its own 6 packs I'd get a couple now and then. The flavor and character of rye beers go really well with the pine resin hop notes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 22:43:25 | More by goldbot
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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
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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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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
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-05-2012 22:40:59 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 16:14:24 | More by beerprovedwright
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-04-2014 19:44:15 | More by cmbeddoe7997
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3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very clear and caramel-like brown. Not much else to say about it, honestly. The lacing was just okay.

Smell - Wheat and rye of course. Smells caramelized and hoppy.

Taste - My first impressions were that this tasted like and American adjunct lager; but I soon got other notes. It tasted sort of soapy; perhaps the brewery forgot to dry the glass well enough? Slightly musty and sour. Heavy in citrus and zest; specifically lemon.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Sour and light bodied. The caramel notes are pretty tasty, but this is nothing all that impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 04:09:46 | More by Jesse13713
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3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: The beer poured a nice clear medium copper color. 1 finger of whitish-tan head with slow carbonation bubbles floating to the top.

Smell: Bready malts and - of course rye. I noticed some faint hops. This beer is getting close to the drink-by date. I hope that won’t be a factor here.

Taste: It was pleasantly malt-forward with that signature Samuel Adams twang throughout. It could almost remind you of the Boston Ale with way more malt. I also got the rye. I wouldn’t call this a gimmicky beer, but it doesn’t have much standing out in the character. Yeah, the rye is there, but I’ve had other beers brewed with rye that had way more going on in the palate.

Overall it’s another pleasant brew from Boston Beer Company. I know most people in the craft beer community seem to knock Sam Adams, but I end up having some type of Sam Adams in my beer fridge year-round. Regardless of the stigma that has slowly evolved, I have found most Sam Adams offerings to be extremely drinkable, and still maintain the general characteristics of whatever style they were shooting for. This was an OK beer. I will certainly pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 18:18:12 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

07-20-2013 17:48:45 | More by charlesjwinkler
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-08-2013 19:51:47 | More by billbeers
Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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