Smooth Ryed - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
2.13/5 rDev -35.6%
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.
03-03-2013 23:28:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.63/5 rDev -20.5%
"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
09-24-2013 01:17:44 | More by Jadjunk
2.73/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
03-05-2013 08:45:41 | More by vkv822
2.85/5 rDev -13.9%
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".
04-07-2013 02:50:51 | More by StaveHooks
2.94/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
03-09-2013 22:07:39 | More by TMoney2591
Smooth Ryed from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
77 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.