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AleSmith / Cigar City Ramblin' Rye - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bazyx on 04-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

AleSmith and Cigar City have once again partnered up for our second coast-2-coast collaborative brew, a delicious rye brown ale.
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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 92
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a large shared bottle at RBWG-2015.
Rich imperial stout-like strong dark ale. Lightly sweet. Toffee

Feel: Full body with appropriate light carbonation.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Thanks to NJB145 for this bottle, a marriage of two breweries that could only be good, right? 22 oz. bottle with a cowpoke in profile, split with my wife.

Poured expertly by my twelve year old, the brew is a dark brown with creeping red highlights around the edges. The nose is an all-access invite edged in chocolate, light roast, sweet malts, earthiness. Really nice.

Ramblin’ Rye is a brown that tested out of its mediocre class. So many browns seem like a second thought to breweries, a throwaway style, this one is crafted like a hand-made bar of soap. Lovely sweet malts & the rye open; the rye is both spicy & earthy, which is hard to pull off. Mid-palate boasts some nice roast & mild bitterness, then that nice chocolate rolls in smoother than a new St. Croix blank with a Shimano reel. So easy drinking, it’s hard to believe it’s north of 8% ABV.

This is a very good brown. I’d drink this any time.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle date 4/10/14
Pours a deep mahogany-black with light tan head

Nose: fairly mellow, minty earthy rye spice, citrusy hops, dark bread and grains

Taste: rich rye bread spice, rich cocoa, light coffee grounds, touch of mints and citrus with hops

Feel: lightly syrupy, medium bodied, prickly, roasty, spicy, robust

Pretty tasty beer! Love the rye with a roasty beer, I would love to drink this with cool crisp air if fall.

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Photo of cvm4
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark cola color body with a light khaki one finger head.

S - Roasted malts, rye bread, caramel and a some nuts.

T - To me, the taste follows the nose in lockstep with a lingering light bitterness to it.

M - On the heavy side of light with medium carbonation. It has a crisp finish.

O - It's unique, but not something I'd reach for all the time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Lovely mahogany brown with a long-lasting fine off-white foam. Plenty of carbonation and with that mouthful of suds it's a quite nice mouthfeel. Aroma of warm malt, burnt sugar, and taffy.

This isn't really sweet, but it seems oddly sugary. Overall it's more like a bloated bock Beer than anything like a Rye. I wonder if this is really more of a traditional Roggenbier which seems to have more of this murky sweet 'n' sour taste. A distinct cardboard flavor with an herbal bitterness, followed by that sugar taste. There is some kind of overripe fruit and unpleasant bitterness here.

While I like the idea of experimenting with rye, almost every other rye-brewed beer I've had is more drinkable than this. It seems persistently sweet and icky. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego for $8.99.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Thick four finger light tan creamy looking head, with some thick puck settling. Creamy yellow to tan and very light. Body is a deep mahogany red with some very nice hues.

Great toasty nose. Very noticeable dry powdered cocoa, a bit of sweet nutmeg, a little bit of acridity and spice. Definitely a very noticeable chocolate angle. Very inviting.

Palate manages to bring some goods. Nice coating malted body, almost creamy but just solid, with the chocolate moving towards milk on the finish, and some hop citrus oils slowly building on the swallow. Some of that acrid sourness is slightly noticeable in the mid palate, but doesn't hang around for much. Spicy hot towards the end also.

Listed as a sort of Roggenbier, which it seems to share more to style a bit. Overall not bad either way.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/10/14.

Pours an almost opaque super dark reddish-orange with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, rye bread, roasted nut, and burnt caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, and rye flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice rye and nut characteristics that make it tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of rawfish
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with crimson highlights, a small mocha head of a half finger in height. Barely any retention with some thin wisps of lacing.

A good mix of sweet baking chocolate, brown sugar and biscuit. A bit of rye edge, tobacco and dried red fruit. Lacks hop character.

Caramel and crystal malt with bittersweet cocoa opens with some toast as well. Spicy rye finishes somewhat acrid and hints at vinous fruit. Herbal hops pair with the acidity nicely for a dry feel that masks the alcohol.

Medium bodied with a creamy and soft mouthfeel. The acidity from the malt base lasts through the finish making for a dry finish. Probably the most impressive part of this beer is how the alcohol is practically invisible.

Roggenbier Americanized, two great breweries here pairing to make something delicious and true to style. A nice change up for me since I usually dose myself with a steady supply of hops.

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Photo of More_betterness
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful coffee brown body with deep ruby highlights when held up to the light. Light tan head recedes and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Earthy coffee, dark chocolate, and sweet malt. A tick of bready rye. Beautiful nose.

T: Spicy/astringent rye malt, a hint more coffee, and roasty and bitter dark malt.

M: Medium/full bodied and lightly carbonated. Slick texture coats the palate.

O: Great example of a brown ale. Not my favorite style in the world but probably the best example I've had.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Really amazing looking! Looks like a cup of black, Columbian coffee. Poured into a tulip glass the off white head was very thick and takes a long time to disappear. Really sticks to the glass and leaves big chunks of lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of hops right up front. Walnuts, earth, and dry grains follow up.

T - Perfect balance of rye malts, nuts, and hops. Really smooth and enjoyable. Malts mask the alcohol very well. Very dry finish. Not sure what more I could want from a brown ale. Near perfection for the type.

M - Smooth, fully body. Rye lingers on well into the after taste. Very drinkable with a small amount of carbonation.

O - Two great brewers coming together to make a unique style. Sometimes collaborations are a little too unique but this is really great. Love to see this style take off.

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AleSmith / Cigar City Ramblin' Rye from AleSmith Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.