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Smooth Ryed - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 01-10-2013

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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by BeerDocT:
Photo of BeerDocT
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 3.25: Attractive coppery gold color. Completely translucent. Smallish 1/4" head.

Smell 3.50: Good bouquet. Malty, grainy, with a nice warming sensation.

Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sweet with a very brief hint of hops. Middle is thick and malty. Semi-sweet with a slightly dry and spicy twang. Finish also has that pleasant spiciness and showcases a tasty, hoppy, alkaline hint along with very brief flashes of malt and caramel. Aftertaste is short, dry and refreshing.

Mouthfeel 3.75: A bit too bubbly. Less bubbles would have made it feel more like an ale, but this level makes it sort of strange, an in-between kind of beer sensation.

Overall 3.75: Probably the best rye beer I have tasted. It is not perfect by any means, but is good at what it attempts to do: create a refreshing, "seasonal" (the box said that, not me) brew. Sessionable and probably great with food, there is no hint of its 6.3% ABV. A sleeper, a surprise and worth purchasing if you see it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very small off white head slowly falls into a clear golden bronze colored beer.

Light aroma of mostly the rye with a bit of citrus hops sneaking in.

Light tasting rye aspects even less than the light aroma. Very light on the rye, I guess I know why they call it smooth ryed.

A very light dryish aftertaste with just a bit of the rye taste coming through with this light to medium bodied ale.

Just seems a little to smooth for my beer drinking tastes, I do like the ryeish taste it has I just wish it were more pronounced.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Two fingers of foamy head on a clear, dark amber colored body.
The aroma is bright citrus with the rye coming through strong too. Nice.
The taste is smooth with lots of rye spice. There's a strong bitterness that comes in at the end, which seems out of place.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable.

Photo of dhannes
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint:

A=Honey colored, slightly cloudy...darker than anticipated...one finger head lasted over a minute.

S=Faint honey and herbal undertones.

T=Whoa...much more bitter than anticipated; quite hoppy...sort of like an IPA with some tang and spice. After it warmed up a bit, it was a bit smoother--slightly creamy and herbal.

M=Rather light carbonation; medium to light body...aftertaste makes it hard to call a session.

O=I am not that familiar with the style and received this as a gift...I don't like the style enough to purchase it, and this beer didn't change my mind...still, if you like IPA's and rye beers, this one would be worth trying.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle picked up tonight at the COOP.... Didn't catch the price but probably about $1.70... Poured into my slim tulip... Clear light amber... nice long lasting white head provides good lacing for the entire glass...

Nose is fairly hop forward... citrus with a good backbone of toasty and lesser caramel maltiness... a bit of floral hoppiness with warmth.

Flavor mirrors the nose... I get a little bit of rye as a crispy dry toasted bready note... again plenty of citrus hoppiness... lingers on the palate forever for a lower ABV brew... mouthfeel is lighter side of medium with a good everpresent carbonation.

Pretty solid... Could possibly use a little more rye flavor to help balance out against the bigger hop profile.... but damn tasty and I will certainly buy as long as it is fresh.

4.25/4/3.75/3.75/3.75

Photo of Braz
4.16/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma made up of sweet toasted malt with some herbal notes mixed in as well. Appearance is dynamite. I let my bottle sit out of the fridge for a half hour before pouring. The head was huge and billowy white. Sustained for minutes on end. Body is clear with a reddish gold hue. Almost champagne like bubbles continue to rise from the bottom. Flavor is nicely balanced for this style. A little sweet at first but followed up with a herbal bitter dryness. Rye grain is there but I don't pretend to be an expert at identifying different herbs and grains in beer. If it wasn't named Smooth Ryed, I might not say rye. Nice drinkable body, smooth carbonation. Could drink this year round. Nice all around beer.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.32/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A nice deep amber orange color. A bright white head recedes to a film with a thicker ring around the edges. Good webby lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Rye grains all over, with some slight sourness.

Taste: Excellent. Rye malts bring a dryness at first, with some caramel sweetness soon after. Faint tart notes fill out the back.

Mouthfeel: Slightly dry, but refreshing as well.

Overall: I really like this beer. Clean with lots of character.

Photo of jmbranum
4.51/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I decided to this as a tasting of a rye beer (this one) alongside a rye whiskey (I went with Bulleit 95% Rye).

The beer pours light amber with an off-white head.

The aroma is delightful with lots of fresh hops and some spicy rye notes.

The flavor is well-balanced, fairly sweet (sweeter than most rye beers I've had), with some spicy notes. Definitely a good amount of hops (maybe along the lines of an English Pale Ale) but the dominant note is the rye. Spicy with a tiny tinge of sourness.

Medium-full mouthfeel.

After enjoying half the bottle, I next turn to the Rye whiskey and pour a little bit. Many of the same rye notes but with the alcohol burn (of 90 proof whiskey). Fairly dry but with a tiniest hint of honey. Almost (but not quite) a scotch-like aroma, but without the peat.

OK, back to finish the beer.

I can still taste many of the rye notes (echoing that of the whiskey) but with more sweetness. Maybe some maple syrup? A little bit of herbs. A tiny bit of black pepper. Some jewish rye breadyness.

Overall I recommend this beer. My only regret is not buying two bottles. Next time I might try this one with a little bit of the Bulleit 95 rye whiskey added for extra fortification and ryeyishness.

Photo of vkv822
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz : tulip

Clear orange with a thick, foamy, slightly off white head and thick lacing.

Grassy, floral hops with some faint rye backing. Subdued.

Not unpleasant, but very subdued, really kind of bland. Light grassy notes primarily, faint crackery malt, very little rye.

Medium body, fizzy, somewhat pronounced carbonation.

Meh, nothing unpleasant, but also quite forgettable.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.97/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Rye puns: second only to hop puns when it comes to groan-inducing beer names. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear rusty-copper topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted rye bread, watery Sprite, light grapefruit peel, light grass, and a few tidbits of toffee. The taste holds notes of funky orange zest, soggy rye bread, light brown sugar, earthy greens, light topsoil, grass, and a few shavings of oak. The green-y hops just don't meld well with the sweet malts and spicy rye. At all. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, this just seems like something of a confused mess, clashing flavors and all. Not a fan am I.

Photo of maxcoinage
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up for $0.99 as a single at a local liquor store. Figured I'd give it a try since I am a fan of Rye beers.

Poured 12 oz bottled into tulip glass with a nice inch and a half head that took it's time to settle and left some nice lacing on the glass. Color is a deep orangish / red.

Aroma is quite pleasant - getting caramel/biscuity and some citrus

Taste - a bit of a bitter hop flavor balanced out with some rye / malt. The after taste is somewhat unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium Carbonation and body

Overall - Decent beer, nothing to write home about but at least trying for a dollar. Wouldn't pick up a sixer of this though

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from a Beervana Brewers Case.

A: somewhat agressive pour got a finger width head that fell to a thin cap with a thick ring around the glass. Super clear amber color. Pretty much what I expected, about the color of a rye whiskie.

S: pretty hop foreward nose. American hop varities I am getting herbal citrusy notes. Cascades I think, can't find the rye in there. The hops dominate but aren't overpowering. A little sweetness in there.

T: simmilar to the nose. lots of grassy slightly citrusy hops. Tasteing orange rind. Can't really identify the rye as rye. The hops are a little heavy handed but not bad. Finishes a little bitter, the hops linger for a while on the tongue and throat.

M: a good smooth medium body with enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

O: not bad, refreshing, a little hoppy but I can deal. Almost a rye.P.A. I have 2 bottles left they will go quick.

Photo of beergoot
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pumpkin-orange body with a thick, lasting two-finger thick, fluffy head sitting on top; clinging rings of lacing on the pint glass. Malty sweet scents intertwine with rye spiciness; sorghum in there, too. Bitter hops merge with rye flavors for a decent taste bud treat. Medium-bodied, smooth, dry finish.

A fair little rye beer that goes down nicely. Nothing extraordinary, yet has enough character to warrant repeat visits...

Photo of alexipa
3.79/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark but crystal clear red with a white fluffy head that sticks all the way down.

S: Not much to speak of, malty and slight hops. Very feint peppery rye scent.

T: Strong caramel malt back end with a feint piney hop bite. The rye character is here, but I'd really like more of it, this tastes a tad watery.

M: Medium to light bodied, but with a nice carbonated character. Fairly watery for my tastes.

O: Not bad at all, a good session ale. I wouldn't buy it again but would gladly drink many more!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

one of the more rye heavy rye beers out there. I really liked this one a lot. it pours a surprisingly light and clear color, new penny copper is my closest approximation, radiant, with an inch of lasting white head. the nose is pretty spice from the rye, but there is a good dose of other malts in here, some caramel notes and something german maybe. flavor really has a nice rye spice to it, peppery and intense both at the start and in the finish. I like the hop kick at the end, and there is a fruity element too, maybe a touch of orange peel or something that ties the whole thing together quite well. its not as complex as some other rye brews, but it has a clever flavor profile that was just spot on with a bowl of homemade chili. the feel is just okay, its creamy and well carbonated, but its also a little thin. more body would put this beer into the A range for me. I could also see this working well in a cask situation. overall another solid brew from Bridgeport. this is one I will definitely be buying again.

Photo of Jadjunk
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

"Beer's a journey, not a destination. Each sip of Smooth Ryed's toasty malt flavor is worth savoring. With a oiund of centennial hops per barrel and a hint of spicy rye character, you're sure to enjoy the ride." Brewed in the style of a Rye Ale. Available as a winter seasonal.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 60º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a sudsy foam head of a gold-tinged white consistency over a very orange body that is heavily filtered and crystal clear. Retention is above average, lacing is light and streaked. Carbonation is moderate and excited. Despite having a very clean, underwhelming body appearance, the majority of appearance features present themselves well. 3.75

(Smell) There is certainly a great deal of biscuity caramel, a fainter pepper and spice hint of rye grain and a nearly faded hop bitterness, there's some remaining fruit and floral notes, very little citrus and pine remaining, and a somewhat enjoyable, possibly uninvited faint fruity/cider-like yeast note revealed. Very clean, very simple. The balance is decent in the aroma, although a little more complexity would have been desirable, even for a "smooth" rye ale. 3.25

(Taste) The flavor continues with a very basic combination of pale, watery malts, with very little to no "toasted" character nor any substantial malt body, making this incredibly difficult to prescribe as a Rye Ale. Finishes slightly dry with a big smack of sharp ethanol and faded resiny hop bitterness, as if some necessary coverup to balance was completely nonexistent, or the yeast just went crazy. I could only hope that this is an old batch and that having this fresh would be a more enjoyable experience, but I can't find a date to confirm nor deny this. It is a good bit more unenjoyable than I had before predicted. 2.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick and perhaps, accurately as per the label, smooth with a touch of oiliness. Carbonation adds a bit of fuzz but not much else to benefit the beer. The main issue is body, which is low for a Rye Ale, and in this beer in particular, very light amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is thus very easy to find, especially on the harsh and dry bare-bones ethanol finish. 2.25

(Overall) I know this beer goes for a drinkable Rye Ale but it understated the rye far enough to make me question if it was actually an ingredient in this beer at all. I'd like to try this beer again but this generally negative experience makes me wary of chipping more money into the Bridgeport beer pot, especially after attempting to take on this beer. 2.75

BridgePort Brewing Company's
Smooth Ryed Ale
/5.00

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Bridgeport. Nice heady pour, which kept its retention. Decent lacing and a clear copper color. Decent caramel and malty smell, and the mild hops kicked in after 1 taste. For a ryle ale, this holds up well. The consistency of the taste is alittle dissapointing. I found ithis beer needed a bit more hops to balance. Overall, this was good, not memorable.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.12/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazed, darkish copper-toned body with a smallish, wispy, near white head.

Smell: Less-than-smooth Smooth Rye has a shockingly foul aroma, like somebody forgot about some leftovers in the refrigerator from months earlier. Gah!

Taste: Some rye, some raw, vegetal hop something or other, but it's ganky enough to keep you from standing to take more than a tiny, hesitant sip each time. This is the ickiest beer I've had in some time. I demand my $1.79 back.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin. Medium carbonation.

Overall: With absolutely no hesitation, this was a total drain pour.

Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 2"+ beige head that leaves moderate lacing after slowly receding. Color is mostly clear copper, but there is some sediment in suspension. Moderate carbonation evident.
Aroma: fruit (plums?), rye, medium roasted malt, yeasty bread.
Mouthfeel: light to medium with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: Differs a bit from the aroma as the bitterness is more forward. There is some rye spice in the middle, but the hop bitterness dominates the finish with chocolate/cocoa flavor in the initial taste. The fruit that was so evident in the aroma is almost obscured in the taste.
Overall: very good but not great.

Photo of StaveHooks
2.87/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint

A - 1.5 finger tan head. Full and fluffy. The head sinks pretty quick with a clear, dark brown body with reddish highlights. Looks good!

S - Citrus hops, faint metal notes, spicy caramel background.

T - Spicy hops off the top with notes of citrus and red fruit. Sweet malt background with a peppery hop bite. There's a weird off flavor that I can't put my finger on. The rye is present with light spice and blend well with the fruit. Finishes with fruity rye bread, almost toasty with a dry finish.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, crisp peppery finish.

Nice use of rye, not overpowering and could work well as a session beer, if it werent for that off-putting flavor. The mild fruity yeast added a nice English accent. This didn't go down that "smooth".

Photo of Offa
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

This is a decent beer with hints of character but pretty light and one dimensional.

Light copper amber,it has a big pale tan head soon thinning.

Aroma is very light earthy pine,grapefruit, pineapple, bread dough.

Taste is light spicy-peppery bitterness up front, hint of pine bark, faint caramelised raisiny toast.

Photo of barnzy78
3.14/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours crystal clear copper with a fluffy, off-white head that holds great retention and leaves excellent lacing down the glass. Spicy nose with caramel, toasted malt, and somewhat metallic. Tastes are metallic at first, then spicy, peppery rye, toasted grain, earthy hops, finishes dry while the spice lingers with some aspirin. Thinner body, astringency takes away from smoothness. Overall, not a real smooth ride, but decent. Very rough around the edges and kind of acidic at times. There are much better rye beers out there.

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Smooth Ryed from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
77 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.