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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
89
very good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 7
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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woodchipper

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

01-21-2013 22:42:40 | More by woodchipper
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Durge

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale shows a clear amber color with a modest white fuzz for a cap and a similar hint of lacing. The aroma is mild caramel wheat. Not much rye evidenced, not very impressive. The flavor brings some alcohol with a dry grain and citrus. There's a bit of almond nut and lemon bread with melon and light cinamon spice. A bit whimpy in feel but to be fair, this growler was the end of the last keg of the season. So I curved the grade given that they gave this partial growler to me at no charge due to the situation. Not bad but a bit disappointing. Wish i could have had a proper taste.

Serving type: growler

12-11-2009 07:04:21 | More by Durge
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nickfl

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with one finger of white foam on to of a milky, golden colored body. The head fades slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - spicy aromas with some musty hops and a hint of lemon.

T - spicy rye up front with soft, grainy malt in the middle. Pepper and lemon notes in the finish with some herbal hops.

M - medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - not bad, this is basically an american wheat, but better than most of the examples of that dismal style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 20:14:24 | More by nickfl
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just had this brew with dinner tonite, along with the Harvest ale on cask but I cant add that one (20 beer limit) :( But I can do this one for now.
The brew is orangish brown kinda like the burnt siena crayons. Some head but mostly gone very quickly upon the arrival of the beer. The aroma is dominated by floral hops but there is a subtle spiciness there too from the rye malts.
The first sip is tasty and the dominate flavor is again the hops. Not a lot of malt balance here but that is probably due to the less agressive flavor of the rye. There is some rye flavor underneath the hops which gives a nice tanginess to the brew. The mouthfeel is a little on the lite side which enhances the drinkability of the brew.
The finish is clean and the brew is overall thrist quenching. It went went with my garlic/walnut chicken.
I will definitely get this one again on my next visit.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2003 02:39:44 | More by sulldaddy
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/23/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a cloudy amber with a small white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops. Flavor of rye, citrus and piney hops. Slight bitter finish. Pretty hoppy for an APA. Also as the beer warms, the sweetness from the malt starts to come out more. I liked this!
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2008 21:07:02 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Enriquehopnog

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

11-12-2013 22:26:15 | More by Enriquehopnog
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-02-2012 19:38:15 | More by JAHMUR
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber hues topped with a collar of frothy vanilla head cap.

Muted scents of straw and brisk hop dryness.

First swigs: Subdued rye with orange bitterness overlay. Dry rye blend with fruit citrus cascade middle that finishes with a cascade bitter and rye second thought.

Last swigs: Interesting mix of lemony orange and bittering rye. Complimented the Hot Hot Return to Tenders.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2006 04:26:44 | More by blitheringidiot
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into Imperial pint on 4/22/09, courtesy of Deuane.

A - Poured a slightly hazy amber/orange body with vigorous carbonation and one-finger creamy white head that settled to a quarter inch of retention and left sparse lacing on the glass. Some yeast particulates are suspended throughout the body.

S - Dank, musty and yeasty with a bit of funk. Akin to a wet basement, if you will. Reminds me of a Belgian IPA. I don't detect much of a rye character; however, there is a mild sulphur presence. Some sweet malts make an appearance.

T - Citrusy and yeasty with some funky notes reminiscent of a Belgian ale. Again, not a lot of dryness present, which is usually characteristic of a rye ale. This is a very yeasty beer overall, with hints of spice in the backend.

M - Medium body with a slightly oily texture and subtle carbonation. Finishes with slight bitterness and mild dryness on the palate.

D - Interesting rye beer that drinks more like a Belgian pale ale or IPA due to the prevalent yeast character. Thought this was not what I was expecting, I still found it pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: growler

04-24-2009 02:28:09 | More by ffejherb
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled on 29-Dec-10.

A: The rye beer is a coppery amber color, hazy in my glass. Despite being jostled, moved and shaken several times over the past half week, the ale is well-carbonated. It delivers almost two fingers of head that slowly overflows in my glass. The result of the head is a virtual wall of lace from the rim of the glass down to the beer.

S: The rye beer is equal parts toasted biscuit and spicy rye. The breadiness gives the ale heft. The rye isn't as strong as the tap version.

T: More rye in the first sip, dark spicy breads with an anise undertone. Alongside the rye, toasted biscuit flavors drive a rich maltiness. The longer the ale sits out, the more spicy rye wafts out. A nice, sippable rye beer. Hops gradually emerge from the latter part of each sip.

M: The hops aren't as strong as I remember. That leaves the rye to save the day. And it does, adding spicy grains to the ale.

D: An ale that improves as it reaches room temperature, the rye is a little shy at times. Still a good choice for the bring-home growler.

Serving type: growler

01-03-2011 01:53:24 | More by akorsak
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/26/07 at the brewpub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong containing nearly all hops and spices along with some light malts.

T: The taste is very hoppy and bitter with a little spice. The malt character is light but very bready and provides a little bit of balance, but very much sweetness. The after-taste is also very bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and very dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time but may be a little too intense to drink very quickly. I wasn’t expecting much from this beer but was surprisingly impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2007 02:40:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RomanW70 for the opportunity to try this one. Served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured the color of polyurethane with no head. Nose was sweet grapefruit and apricots. Taste consisted of light fruit with some hops bitterness. Mouthfeel was light and lively. Easy drinking and amazingly flavorful for a session beer.

Serving type: growler

02-19-2009 00:54:55 | More by Jwale73
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Boto

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewpub: This one poured a cloudy, darker golden color. There was a small white head on it, and only a little lacing from it. The aroma is lighter. Some citrus and rye to the nose. The taste has rye, and some citrus tartness to it. Medium bodied. A Very Nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 20:04:03 | More by Boto
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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RomanW70 for sharing this one.
A - Clear apricot with light tan head that falls to a ring. Nice lacing.
S - Sweet malt, hops - grapefruit.
T - The taste follows the nose with a nice dry finish.
M/F - Smooth and nice lightly carbonated. Light/medium body.
D - A very drinkable and fully flavored session brew. My first Willimantic brew and hopefully not my last.

Serving type: growler

01-02-2010 17:42:43 | More by ThirstyBird
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2002 06:29:42 | More by Jason
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-18-2013 08:23:34 | More by jaxon53
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ManVersusBeer

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2011 02:13:34 | More by ManVersusBeer
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semicharmedkind

Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-16-2011 03:55:06 | More by semicharmedkind
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2009 12:10:26 | More by Deuane
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-16-2011 22:58:07 | More by orangesol
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datalager

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-27-2012 13:40:24 | More by datalager
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2007 05:53:24 | More by Gambrinus1184
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2005 02:23:39 | More by NEhophead
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leif86

California

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.

Serving type: growler

11-25-2008 02:26:03 | More by leif86
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: growler

10-13-2005 21:28:24 | More by ppoitras
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Willimantic Rail Mail Rye from Willimantic Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.