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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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409 Ratings

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Ratings: 409
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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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.

DesMoinesMike, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Jackal
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Jackal, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of greenmonstah
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.

greenmonstah, Mar 23, 2011
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.

SickGnar, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of baconman91
4/5  rDev +13.6%

baconman91, Jun 01, 2012
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Danno48
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Danno48, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of athomasPSU
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

athomasPSU, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Kingcurio
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Kingcurio, May 21, 2013
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
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.

BamaBeerBuff, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of JALIEN
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

JALIEN, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Liverocks
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Liverocks, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of beertardis
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

beertardis, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of beerbtl
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

beerbtl, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of brett606
4/5  rDev +13.6%

brett606, Jul 04, 2013
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.

benclimbs, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
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.

Jesse13713, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of kb2250
4/5  rDev +13.6%

kb2250, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of RWACKO
3/5  rDev -14.8%

RWACKO, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of bushbeer75
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.

bushbeer75, May 05, 2011
Photo of charlesjwinkler
3/5  rDev -14.8%

charlesjwinkler, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -14.8%

AWS2111, Jan 04, 2012
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

Snow81, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of goldbot
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.

goldbot, Feb 27, 2011
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.

Buggies, Jul 14, 2010
Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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