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Willimantic Rail Mail Rye - Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Willimantic Rail Mail Rye
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

41 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Willimantic Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002)
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

jfcaa193, Jan 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

endlesnumberdays, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of UnionMade
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a hazy amber gold, slightly coppery, topped with a creamy, thick cask head. There was an actual hop leaf sitting in the bottom of my pint, which was really cool. Great lacing towards the top, until the head diminishes to nothing about halfway through.
The aroma is dominated by a raw citric hoppiness, amazingly fresh smelling, almost exactly like sticking your nose into a bag of cascade hop pellets. Amazingly clean. Some grapefruit, with a bit of pine. A mellow pale malt, with a touch of rye coasreness takes up the rear, with minimal pear and apricot esteriness. Very clean, particularly the hops.
The flavor starts with a rich, full bodied pale maltiness, mixed with some husky coarse rye. A bit of toastiness, with mild estery pear and apricot coming through just before the hops kick in. The hops, while only moderately bitter, have a wonderful flavor, nice and citrusy, pure cascade with an incredible cleanliness. The finish is pretty much all hops, with a pleasant, but not overpowering grapefruity taste, and plenty of malt to back it up. Some toastiness and lots of resiny, citric hops in the aftertaste. Mild rye comes through again.
A really great beer, particularly on cask. Very clean and well brewed, with incredible hopping. The malt is strong, with a full, rich mouthfeel on top of the casky creaminess. I guess my only complaint, if i have to make one, would be that I'd like a little bit more fruitiness, and the rye doesn't really come through as strong as i hoped, but it's one hell of a beer. Definitely worth a pint or two.

UnionMade, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of UncleFrank
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up my first time into CT after the growler law had passed. been looking forward to bringing home one of my favorite all time beers. Lets see why.

A great copper colored ale fills the glass with a foamy head. A bit hazy. Minimal lace while drinking. The head stays at about 1/4 inch all the way down. (impressive since this growler is a week old)

The smell is a balance of citrus hops of orange more than grapefruit. some malt and a touch of bread. A tangy sour note is slightly present.

MMM! The rye is there just enough to change the taste from a pale ale. Not sour like Roggenbier though. A dry bready character is the backbone as hops wave hi-lo from beggining to end. finishes dry with a nice snap.

Nice medium body thats makes it refreshing but you cant drink it too fast. As for drinkability though; all day, everyday, any time of year. Its a session beer for those who like hops (like me) and is dry enough to make you keep coming back for more. one of overall favorites.

UncleFrank, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of Brewfan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler provided by WarriorSoul (thanks bro) into my Great Lakes Brewing Co. pint glass provided by OldFrothingSlosh (thanks secret santa).

Beautifully full creamy 2-finger white frothy head. This is a beautiful head. Really. Lots of tiny bubbles and thick lace starts to appear once the head starts to SLOWLY dissipate.
Cloudy coppery orange color. Nose of sticky pinecones, hops, grapefruit zest and subdued rye and some sweetness reminiscent of fruit stripe gum. You know the striped gum that smells awsome, but loses it's flavor after about 10 seconds. Well, that's the only comparison between the gum and this beer, believe you me.
Now for the taste test. Nice and hoppy, but quite citrusy. Very well balanced. Malty sweetness and some rye comes through, but less than I would have expected. Leaves the tongue a bit dry between gulps. Perfect carbonation to this medium bodied rye.
So smooth I have to stop myself from gulping it.
Finishes with plenty of lace still clinging to the upper reaches of my glass.
Beautiful beer that being right in my backyard, I'm ashamed to say that this was my first taste of it. Dave at Willibrew makes some awsome beers and this is right up there with the best of them.

Brewfan, Dec 14, 2005
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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft @ Willimantic. Pours amber=/range with a medium white head. Aroma of earthy hops and grains of medium strength. This beer has A LOT of flavor for 5.5%. Medium high carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. Nice combination of caramel malts, cereal grain, and piney/grapefruit hops. Has a medium finish with a noticeable cereal grain character. The star of this beer is its flavor, which as strong and robust as I've ever had in a sub 6% beer. Took home a growler.

RomanW70, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of bjohnson
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish peach color with a nice frothy white colored head. Excellent lace with nice retention of the head.
S: Nice citric grapefruit and pine notes with a slight background of malt. Grassy hop notes are also present.
D/M: Citrus, pine, and rye flavors are all present. Very smooth on the palate with a dryer finish and bitter aftertaste. Bitterness lingers for awhile and has a fruityness to it. Well balanced beer with a good level of carbonation. Slightly more hop presence than malt.
D: Wonderfully tasty rye beer with a great color--very inviting right from the get go. Rye doesn't overpower this beer but is always present. Superb on tap. Could be a session beer.

bjohnson, Nov 22, 2006
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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had this at NERAX earlier this year and it was my favorite brew of the day....and now a growler fill from the pub. Hell yeah!!
Pours a very attractive hazy copper w/ a full finger of creamy vanilla head.
Very aromatic for a rye beer...a nice dose of fruity hops in the nose w/ a subtle sweetness balancing it out.
The taste is great...a big smack of citrus hops up front and a lingering hint of bitterness in the finish. The rye is just another key ingredient to this fine beer...not overdone, but just right.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is perfect.
This offering from Willmantic does not disappoint and would be in my possession all the time if it was possible.
I am surprised this one is not rated a bit higher when compared to others in its class, like Terrapin Rye...no competition IMHO.

warriorsoul, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of MarineHokie
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy straw color, one finger head fades slowly leaving loads of lacing.

S - Light floral hop aromas with hints of savory, zesty spice.

T - Spicy graininess hits first, followed quickly by slight sweetness and white pepper. Spicy white pepper picks up some lemon zest on the smooth bitter finish.

M - Light body, crisp and zesty with long lasting hop finish.

D - Very hoppy and immensly drinkable, this is fast becoming my favorite Willibrew. It is one of the finest Rye Ales I've had the pleasure of imbibing.

MarineHokie, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at lunch at the brewpub -served chilled in a shaker pint.

A - a very lightly hazed golden w/ very thin pale white cap w/ tiny bead. The lace clings to the glass well

S - A mild rye aroma w/ slightly spice nose and hint of light pine hops

M- A very nice blend of spiced texture and nice bitter hops balance to the sweet edge - the feel has a crisp texture from moderate carbonation w/ a dry finish

T - A very tasty rye which gives a mild sweet flavor w/ a bit of pine hoppiness and complimentary rye taste - the hops have some mild herbal accents which leads to a mild grassiness and more pine in the finish. The malt is there but as a backdrop to the slightly spiced hop w/ slight resinous and herbal acidity as the beer finished dry and refreshingly

D - A highly drinkable ale with mid strength -it paired well with the ale onion soup - so good the balance of rye and hops are spot on...one of the best rye I have had possibly - every thing is in its right place - the best beer I had at Willimantic

Slatetank, Mar 17, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

tjdrewry, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

shigg85, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Duffman79, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of plaid75
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light rye spice and a grainy hop.

The taste consisted of a doughy malt with a touch of rye spice and a drying herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the creamy side of the style with a residual doughiness.

Overall a very good and easy to drink rye ale.

plaid75, Jul 27, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at the brewpub.

First pint glass pours with a 1/2" white head, which was gone pretty quickly, but even with just a film remaining continued to lace beautifully. Cloudy orangey amber brew, with a nose of bready rye, as one would expect. Taste begins with lightly piney hops, which intensifies as the experience goe sone, and the hearty rye flavor carries through under it all. Mouthfeel is extra smooth, and drinkability is just great.

The scary thing is, this probably would have even been better if I hadn't gotten sick soon after I snagged this at the brewery and had to leave it sitting in the fridge for 5 days. Highly recommended.

ppoitras, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy off white head that leads to thin, ringed lacing throughout the pint glass. A crisp looking dark copper in color.

Slight citrus and very evident floral hop aromas intermingled with some complimentary spices: cracked pepper and rye.

Big and beautiful amount of cascade hops giving this rye its citric qualities: lemon, orange; and of course a hefty mouthful of floral hops. The added rye contributes some pepper and other spiced grain. The spices act as a nice compliment to the intensity of the cascades; careful not to overpower the high hop profile. Finishes slightly dry and slightly bitter. A great lemon and floral hop aftertaste.

Medium bodied; almost on the lighter side for the style due to the more prevalent cascade profile.

A perfect beer in terms of drinkability for those of us hop lovers (or for any beer lover). Light, flavorful, and a must try if you visit the brewpub.

NEhophead, Apr 19, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mighty tasty when it's allowed to warm up a bit.

A: A clear dark yellow colored body with a cream colored head and moderate lacing.

S: A little sweet, a little cereal grain, and little floral. Nothing too pungent.

T: Not as spicy as I was expecting, very sweet up front - almost fruity with an oh so subtle banana hint in the back. The backend is a reserved hoppy bitterness that finishes a little dry and with hints of cereal.

M: A little watery and little dry finish. Not bad though.

D: Very drinkable. Not really what I was expecting but I like this. Considerably more refreshing compared to the other IPAs I normally drink.

leif86, Nov 25, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as part of a flight at Willibrew.

A: Pours a tawny amber with hazel notes when held to the light. A slick, bubbly film coats the brew.

S: Smells sweet and delicately hopped. Slightly spicy and tart too.

T: I've never tasted rye before, but this brew is spicy and hopped, but balanced with an oily sweetness from the malts. Pretty grainy all things considered, but certainly a sharp taste.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, given the slick taste.

D: It's an interesting brew, one that I might consider getting a full pint of next time I visit, if they still have it available.

I was hesitant to add this brew to my flight, but I'm glad I did. It's got great character and interesting flavors that I wouldn't mind drinking a lot of this to understand. Catch it at Willibrew, if you can.

Gambrinus1184, Oct 29, 2007
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy tawny hue, thick bubbly lace with a decent retention. Light floral and citric hop nose with a hint of soft maltiness. Crisp and thirst quenching with a moderate body. Light maltiness lets the hops come through. The slight spicy rye character plays off the hop bitterness a bit, bitterness is semi aggressive with tones of citrus. Touch of spicy grainy rye in the finish. This is my favourite out of all of the house brews.

Jason, Jul 10, 2002
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

hoppymcgee, Oct 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jaxon53, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange-yellow. Soft, staying thin, white head that gives off a good lace.
S: Grapefruit, lemon citrus, hops, and buttered biscuits.
T: Oh wow, an amazing sweetness of oranges and honey, a sticky caramel sauce then lemon hops with a bite. Spicy rye hints and mixes with light bread and candied citrus peel of malts and herbaceous notes.
MF: Smooth and sticky with a medium, edging on light, feel in the tongue.
D: It's an easy, sweet, and spicy drinker, showcasing the fine, plump biscuit notes and subtle rye character.

ManVersusBeer, Feb 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

semicharmedkind, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Willibrew hookup naproxen for this one.

A-Lightly hazed dark, orange hued copper with a thick, light tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Interesting with a musty nose and bright notes of citrus and sweet malt poking through.

T-Tart citrus and a bit "yeasty". I think this one may have been pulled a bit early. Nice flavours come out when the beer gets a chance to settle a bit. Slightly spicy, drying finish.

M-Medium-light bodied with light lingering bitterness, fairly crisp in the end.

D-Nice...and while maybe a bit green this one ended up being tasty nonetheless. I would like to try this one again.

Deuane, Nov 21, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

orangesol, Nov 16, 2011
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Willimantic Rail Mail Rye from Willimantic Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.