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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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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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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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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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bjohnson

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2006 21:19:38 | More by bjohnson
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MarineHokie

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: growler

01-08-2006 21:18:01 | More by MarineHokie
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Brewfan

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: growler

12-14-2005 04:42:40 | More by Brewfan
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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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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: growler

09-19-2005 23:46:51 | More by warriorsoul
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UncleFrank

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: growler

08-24-2005 23:05:28 | More by UncleFrank
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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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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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UnionMade

Colorado

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.

Serving type: cask

10-20-2003 05:34:02 | More by UnionMade
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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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