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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002)
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

4.75/5  rDev +17%

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Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-02-2012 19:38:15 | More by JAHMUR
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.2%

01-30-2012 01:48:09 | More by jfcaa193
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datalager

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-16-2011 22:58:07 | More by orangesol
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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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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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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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plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 19:44:58 | More by plaid75
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 15:35:02 | More by Slatetank
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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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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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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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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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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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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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RomanW70

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 12:33:03 | More by RomanW70
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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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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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