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

Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye AleSamuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale

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396 Ratings

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Buggies on 07-14-2010)
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Photo of largadeer


2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle from a Sam Adams mixed pack.

Clear brownish-orange, a nice copper-like hue. An inch of head forms, but doesn't last long.

There isn't much to the aroma, even as the beer warms. Toasted malty sweetness, buttery diacetyl and a twang of earthy rye. Slight leafy hop scent beneath the malt.

Tastes very distinctly Sam Adams. Grainy, malty sweetness up front with a touch of spiciness from the rye. Slick, somewhat buttery mouthfeel; the diacetyl really detracts from the texture. Mild but lingering hop bitterness clings to the tongue in the finish, displaying a leafy and earthy character. Pretty generic and uninspired stuff, but it isn't awful.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 06:04:39 | More by largadeer
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 05:38:05 | More by nickfl
Photo of champ103


4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear brick red color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes to a ring. The rings stays throughout, with lots of spiderweb looking lace.
S: Fairly neutral but good in the nose. Some hops initially. Plenty of sweetness and bready malt.
T: Big bready, rye malt up front that is very good. Dry biscuit and crackers. A nice caramel sweetness, and some hops in the finish. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp and dry. This is very easy to drink. I can quaff several pints of this without a problem.

A very nice rye beer. Lots of rye bread that I love. Overall, fairly simple, but very enjoyable. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 16:38:51 | More by champ103
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Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Enjoy Before June notched on the label. Pours a translucent copper with a half inch, loose, cream-colored head that quick;y sizzles and dissipates into a thin slick and a frothy band. Specks of lacing clustered on the glass during the tasting and exhibited good adherence. Not much happening in the nose - light malt with some sweet and fruity notes and a slightly metallic aroma. Taste follows nose; however a little less fruity. There's also a light, bittering hops that comes out towards the middle but dissipates towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an almost prickly, palate cleaning carbonation. A decent brew, but I'm not disappointed that there were only two in the 12-pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 01:10:56 | More by Jwale73
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New York

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

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a short khaki colored head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is bready with a touch of caramel and a hint of hops. The aroma is a bit disappointing for the style.

The flavor is quite bready with caramel and honey sweetness. There is a little bit of peppery spice but it is hard to distinguish if it is from the hops or rye. Not much else from the hop profile. The flavor seems quite light or misguided from others that I have tried of the style.

Moderate body with active carbonation. Great balance between the malt and the hops. Though not much for the flavor, the hops do add the needed bitterness for this beer.

As a rye beer, this is a disappointment. I don't pick up much rye and the hops don't show in the flavor. That said, it is not a bad beer, no off flavors, just more of an amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 01:33:37 | More by Gmann
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 00:44:29 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sam Adams in the C terminal of the Tampa airport.
In a plastic cup the beer was a red/brown color with a thick tan head.
Rye aroma, herbal hops.
Subtle rye taste, some piney hops.
Fairly bitter.
Would drink this again, but wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 21:17:04 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a Samuel Adams glass, this beer is a very clear medium amber color. Modest head, with just a little lace. The aroma is a bit lacking, with a slight spiciness and a grain scent. The taste is very nice. Lots of malt and grain flavors. The beer is very well balanced, with a framing sweetness and firm bitterness. Firm and semi-full body. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 22:28:09 | More by Suds
Photo of merlin48


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

Bottle pours a clear amber body with a small almond head that is long lasting and leaves behind some creamy sheet lacing.

Aroma has citrusy and spicy hops, toasted caramel, and earthy rye.

Mouthfeel reveals a medium body and carbonation and a smooth creaminess.

Taste opens with some citrusy grapefruit hops that are complimented by a toasty caramel malt backbone. The spicy rye is understated but definitely apparent and adds a nice earthy edge.

I really like rye beers and don't think I've ever met one I didn't like. With that said, this one is far from spectacular but very solid and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:16:05 | More by merlin48
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3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: big rye hops, floral hops, and small caramel

Taste: big rye, floral hops and light caramel malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderately bitter, high carbonation

Overall: This strikes me as the Boston Lager with a touch of rye. I like BL and could have several cause of this. That said, this is a typical Sam Adams beer with a small twist--of adding the rye. Drink up if you want a different take on you SABL.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 14:43:36 | More by tigg924
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3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head has pretty good retnetion and leave behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma has some sweet lightly roasted toffee malts. There is also some bread and just a touch of grassy hops in the background. A touch subtle.

T - Starts off with a mix of bread flavor and some sweet honey flavor. There is also some toasted malt and some grassy hop in the background for balance. Through the middle the flavor is a bit flat with only some honey really coming through. The finish has some of the bread flavor and some more sweetness which linger together.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels a touch thick but still very smooth in the mouth.

D - Fairly drinkable. Aftertaste is a bit strange, and the middle of the taste is fairly empty feeling. Could use a bit more flavor here. Otherwise, it starts well and feel really smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 00:40:05 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of argock


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Enjoy by Oct 2011 notched on label. Purchased as part of SA American Originals sampler for $13.99 at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Pleasing red-amber with thick, creamy 3-finger light beige head with decent retention and nice drapes of lace.

S: Smells malty and sweet with a touch of pine and citrus hops. None of the signature grassy, spicy rye aroma is detectable.

T: I am not sure how much rye went into this beer, but probably not a lot, as there is none of the rougher, spicy rye character to this beer. It is enjoyable, but in a sweet, slightly hoppy, session beer way. This does not really fit the rye beer style at all --- none of the spicy, grainy rye character is there at all.

M: Creamy body with medium carbonation and sweetness rather than harsher pine or spicy notes in the aftertaste.

O: I enjoyed drinking this beer but it has little to no rye character. If you want rye beers, turn to Bear Republic for Ryevenator and Hop Rod Rye. Revolutionary Rye is an inobtrusive, sweetish beer that would work as an outstanding session beer, but it misses the mark as a rye beer in most ways.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 04:41:35 | More by argock
Photo of Pencible


3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark copper with a good amount of tan head.
S: It smelled like copper hops and bready yeast, with some spicy rye and a bit of lemon.
T: It tasted like bready yeast and light caramel malt and copper hops, with a bit of spicy rye. It had a clean and mildly bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with some carbonation. Nice body.
D: This had a pretty weak scent and taste, but at least it was clean and really easy to drink. Like the Sam Adams Pale Ale with a hint of rye. I wish there was more rye and less breadiness. Kind of disappointing...now I want a Hop Rod.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 15:51:49 | More by Pencible
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3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is poured from the bottle as a lighter copper color with a two finger thick and creamy white head. The head fades slowly over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of rye and s bit of almost wheat breadiness. There are some other lighter aromas of a caramel sweetness and some light pine and grassy aromas which produce a rather pleasant and balanced sweetly malty and bready hopped smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a big bready flavor mixed with some strong rye flavors. Upfront there is also a good level of caramel sweetness that fades ever so slightly as the flavor advances to the end. The bready flavor remains ever constant throughout the taste with the rye growing slightly stronger as the taste advances to the end. In the end the malty flavors are met by some hoppy flavors of a pine and citrus nature, producing in the end, a rather smooth rye bread flavor with a light bit of bitterness to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body for an only 5.5 % abv brew was on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the was slightly lower then average. Both did well for the more malty flavors of the brew creating overall a creamy and smooth taste for the beer.

Overall - This is a smooth rye style beer accentuating a malty body instead of more hoppy flavor like many rye brews seem to focus on. While a tiny bit more hop and a bit more rye flavor would have enhanced the flavors a bit, overall it was rather enjoyable to drink and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:22:27 | More by Darkmagus82
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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
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3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I kinda like this beer, it is a good transitionary winter to spring beer...as the lable boasts. I like the red/amber start followed by a subtle (very subtle) piney finish. The beer poured into the glass quite nice, nice amber/red color with foamy white head. Nice carbonation as well. I did not smell to much, so rated it low in that category. The taste is what was described above andit is very easy on the pallete. Another strong beer from Sammy A!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 02:37:49 | More by WoodBrew
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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice red hue with no haze. Creamy head forms to about two fingers and retains pretty well. Frothy cloud and ring leave a very nice coat of webbed lace.

S- Nice citrus, floral and pine hops up front. Some malt and yeast hints in the background.

T- Solid hop profile consisting of floral, pine and citrus notes that all come out distinctly. Malt backs this up well with that rye spice and caramel hints. Some dark fruit.

MF- Light body with a creamy feel and silky carbonation. A hint of bitterness.

Pretty much what I expect from Sam Adams. A solid beer again, the hops here are a bit better than other SA products. Easy to drink and enjoyable, a nice price as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 05:47:20 | More by cbutova
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District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear reddish-brown in appearance, with about a half finger head that melted down to a mere froth.

S: Fruit, hops, and SA hop profile... that's it.

T: I got the rye only in the sense that the hoppiness became muted. Other than that, it tasted like an old, faded, IPA.

M: The carbonation was fine, but I didn't care by that point.

O: My least favorite SA brew from the spring Variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 02:46:26 | More by Chaney
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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 donkeyrunner


3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful copper color. Two finger off-white head begets stalwart retention. Fancy lace.

Soft pine sap, sweet and toasty whole wheat bread malt. Good but subtle aroma. Tastes like it smells only toned down. Has that Sam Adams good but with the volume turned down character to it. I like it, I just would like to see it turned up a few notches.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 02:27:23 | More by donkeyrunner
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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
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:23:50 | More by wedge
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3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice copper color, although with just a bit of initial head and no lacing to speak of. Nice scent, with a decent sweet malty tone under a crisp and semi-spicy rye aroma. Nice taste, a very good pale ale start with a good peppery-rye taste as it goes down, followed with just a hint of spicy hops. Went down very smoothly, one of the smoothest rye beers I've had (although without quite as much rye flavor as usual, either).

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 14:53:32 | More by JamesS
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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
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3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear red, about 1/2 a finger head. Some carbonation and some lacing was left behind.

S-Mainly roasted with some nutty notes as well.

T-Mainly roasted malts. It starts of with roasted malts not much bitterness to the finish. However some spices are in there as well, not over bearing though.

M-Light and little carbonation

D-The winner of the Beer Lovers Choice is a little disappointing, this is what people chose to be their next beer. However a good introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 03:03:01 | More by rlee1390
Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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