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Rich's Rye - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 18.36%


Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 06-19-2009)
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A VERY non-traditional Munich Lager made with a boat load of hops and rye malt to boot!

A-Brilliant golden yellow with a thin white head that left little, if any, lace.

S-Wonderful--like a bowl of tropical fruit. Full of papaya, mango, melon, passionfruit and pineapple. A bit of spiciness in the background.

T-Sharp and biting hops with an underlying spiciness and a very dry end.

M-Medium-light with a sharpness that is beyond crisp. Extremely dry finish.

D-Good, but I wish all of those tropical fruits in the aroma would come through in the taste. A bit to sharp(harsh) in the finish for me. A good brew that with a little change could become classic!

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2009 00:29:57 | More by Deuane
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Drk93TT

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle from the local store.

A: Pours an aggressive 2 finger head and leaves some lace when drank.. Looks orange n cloudy

S: Pick up the rye right away and light fruit

T: Crisp and keeps the rye bite to it.. bitter finish

M: Medium carbonation and a solid thickness

O: A must try, on par with its competition in Rye's

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 17:57:27 | More by Drk93TT
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is strikes me as a different kind of take on rye beers. There is an interesting slightly spicy earthy thing going on, as opposed to the direct spiced tones that a lot of rye beers seem to have. Hearty. I kinda dig it. And, frankly, I wish there were more rye beers around there to try.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 17:58:08 | More by RblWthACoz
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap. Some decent lacing on the glass. There was a slow cascade of carbonation as I poured this. Aromas of big pine, rye spiciness, biscuit, herbal, caramel, and citrus. Some nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big rye spiciness, caramel, biscuit, herbal, grapefruit, pine, and earthiness. Strong bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of rye spiciness, biscuit, caramel, and citrus for a bit. Good balance of flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a nice and very enjoyable rye offering. Apparently this bottle was a bit old, but it held up nicely!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:42:02 | More by superspak
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ngeunit1

California

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

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a big covering of frothy white head atop. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - The aroma is a mix of sweet bready malts and citrus hops with some lemon zest. There is a bit of rye spiciness and other spices as well.

T - Starts off with a mix of citrus hops with some sweet bready malts and some lemon zest. There is a light touch of rye in the background. Through the middle, some earthy hops and some bitterness come through with more citrus fruit flavor. The finish is a mix of citrus hops, some earthy hops, bready malts, and a bit of rye.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth with a dry, spicy, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. The rye flavor was a bit weaker than expected and overall the flavors are a bit unbalanced and rough.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:23:52 | More by ngeunit1
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no alcohol information and no bottle date. Poured into Portsmouth pint.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color. Lots of carbonation. Half finger bright white head. Dissipates quickly. Sticky lacing on the glass.

S: I get a good amount of bready malts. Also some sweetness from the hops. Not overly fruity though. Smells like a Shorts beer, yeast strain?

T: On the first sip, the mouth is dominated with the rye bitterness. There is a little hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Then the breadiness comes in the mid mouth. And a dry finish with a bitter after taste. The after taste is interesting to say the least.

M: Light to medium bodied with mouth coating.

O: C+ or B- on this one. It's another "interesting" beer from Short's. I guess this one is more drinkable to the fruity ones they make, but still not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 13:14:42 | More by inlimbo77
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king75

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden in color with an orange like hue presence throughout. A generous head and lacing that does not cease.

S- picking up some grains such as wheat and rye, a strong presence of hops and citrus throughout.

T-Can taste some chewy graininess throughout, a light rye taste. The hops punch you in the mouth with a trace of citrus throughout. Has a strange rye/grain aftertaste.Not bad but just very different aftertaste.

M- Is sleek on the palate light, has a tangy feel throughout. smooth through out with a slight bitter taste at the end.

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It tasted more like an IPA to me. For those who didn't like I think you most likely are drinking old beer or got a bad bottle b/c there was nothing unappealing about this beer in taste smell or appearance in my book. Just my opinion

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 17:20:01 | More by king75
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jmarsh123

Indiana

1.93/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden straw color with a huge 3 finger off-white head and ample lacing down the glass.

Smells like a BMC product really. Not too pleasant. Very grainy with little distinction.

Starts off with a pretty good rye spiciness. Fades into a piney resinous finish. A bit of astringency as well as it finishes extremely bitter. Oxidation shows up in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light and carb level is good.

Beginning to think I just don't like Short's. There's nothing about this beer that appeals to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 22:32:52 | More by jmarsh123
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark gold, bordering on copper. Head is pretty decent as is retention.

Pretty unpleasant. Initially it gave me a flashback of when I was getting into beer and trying a lot of beers with compromised quality. It smells mildly skunky as well. If you smell a little deeper, some richness can be noted, but you have to get past the negative aspects first.

The taste isn't bad, and it's leagues above the aroma. The rye is considerably potent while at the same time, tastefully done. Hops are definitely there, and there's an acute pine flavor in the aftertaste that can't be missed (slightly like the imperial spruce pilsner they make). It has minor bready notes as well that round it out a bit.

The body is a tad better than average, but only a tad. Carbonation is done well, but the finish left a little to be desired.

Overall, if this beer could do anything about the aroma, it would be the easiest way to improve the brew. I found it took the whole experience down with it. The beer is pretty decent, but every sip introduces itself with a foul smell. I would have no problem having a few more of these if they did something to change it.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 17:32:42 | More by BBP
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womencantsail

California

2.03/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for another Short's beer, Thorpe.

A: The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Smells almost skunky. The aroma is just very...bad. There is an almost burnt rubber aroma to it. Some piney hops, maybe a little bit of rye and bready malt.

T: There is a bit of floral hop character and some piney hop flavor and bitterness. Otherwise, it tastes like it smells: some skunk and burnt rubber. A little bit of citrus peel on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Just an atrocious aroma. The flavor was better, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 21:15:09 | More by womencantsail
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Flick's. In a tumbler.

A: The rye beer is golden, a bright orangey amber color that hasn't lost its transparency. Very golden. A finger and a half of white head are lacing all around the mouth of my glass, tiny legs slowly drying up.

S: The nose has a preponderance of rye, darker spicy aromas that have a grainy, licoricey undertone. The strength of the malts was surprising, as the ale is advertised as being generously hopped. After settling down, the hops, citrusy, are more apparent. The anise-like rye aromas sell me.

T: Mmm, spicy rye. The maltiness of the ale, driven by the dark spices, stands out. The hops? They're there, just not in a strong way. The breadiness is bold, the rye deep and mysterious. Hop bitterness is late to the game, like in the nose, leaving a thick bitterness in my mouth. That thickness is paired nicely with the rye.

M: Very chewy, a malt explosion. The late hop infusion doesn't change the rye-centric nature. If you like rye, you should enjoy this one; the rye gets center stage.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:25:59 | More by akorsak
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TheStove

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a "mini" imperial pint glass.

Pours a beautiful deep hazy orange color with a slight bit of head that fades and lingers on the top. Smells awesomely of rye and floral and citrus hops with a bit of sweetness throughout the smell.

Nice flavoring. Begins with a bit of sweetness that slowly gives way to the rye sourness and then a lingering bitterness, detected more from the rye than the hops. The hops and rye form an interesting interplay at first before a robust rye flavor really takes over and remains until the next sip. Rye flavors become more apparent as beer warms and subsequent sips are taken.

Good introduction for those unfamiliar with ryes. It has the allure and familiarity of a pale but allows you to enjoy the rye flavors as the sips taper off. Sad I only got to enjoy a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 03:26:53 | More by TheStove
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to malty for our second annual Surly-for-Short's swap, here's to hoping that it becomes an annual tradition well into the 2040s.

Pours sunshine yellow with a healthy, normal head that appears unmarred by wild bugs, yeah! Nose on Rich is bready, rye throws in a splinter of spice, backed up by earthy hops. All pleasing.

Rich's Rye is a beer I'd like to see a lot more of - a tasty, low ABV brew done right. My first sip turns into a gulp, mmm. Strong rye component in the fore, spicy, yeasty, bready, very grainy. As it warms the bready rye floods the barley fields & wipes out the subtleties, wow, this might be the most rye-like beer I've had to date. Hop bitterness on the finish; but it's that rare beer where the hops really fade into the background.

Rye, rye, everywhere, creeping in my underwear. This is a drinker. Excellent beer. Joe, I'm going to need more of this next summer, & now that I know how good it is, the remaining bottles won't survive long.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 01:37:29 | More by maximum12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to lurchingbeast for sending this to me recently.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a one finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Very earthy aroma with a soil/vegetal presence as well as some floral and earthy hops.  Surprisingly strong malt presence in the nose with some rye, caramel and biscuit.  Smells similar to a farmhouse but a bit more tame with more hops.  

Medium bodied with a strong earthy hop presence up front that provides dry bitterness that lingers over the malt backbone into a slightly dry finish.  Floral and earthy with some pine and soil notes.  Vegetal with a funky farmhouse feel countered by a sweet malt backbone which is a touch too strong.  Hints of rye, caramel toffee and biscuit.  An interesting experiment but it's somewhere in between a hoppy golden ake, rye pa and a farmhouse ale.  Abv well masked and easy to drink but a strange combo of flavors.  

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 02:36:52 | More by corby112
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.42/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy honey orange with a 2 inch puffy bone colored head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, malt, and some rye aromas but all very subdued. Taste is mainly of watery grains and a medicinal bitterness. Pretty gross in my opinion. The bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation and is somewhat flat. Overall, this is not a very good beer as the bitterness is very bracing and medicinal in nature.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:24:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Florida9

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost clear amber in color. Forms about a half inch of tight bubbled white head. Decent retention. Leaves some patchy lacing.

S: Interesting aroma. Smells heavily of toast and brown rice. There is a slight earthy pine scent as well mixed with a little burnt plastic.

T: More toasted malts and rye. Earthy. Assertive rye spice. Flavor falls off quickly leaving a strong astringent bitterness and little else.

M: Lighter side of medium. Appropriate carbonation. Astringent bitterness and spice.

O: Not so sure about this beer. The flavor and aroma profiles are quite limited, but what is present is very bold and assertive. Not bad, but I think I'd pass on having another.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 00:38:57 | More by Florida9
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold body with white fluffy head. The color looks like apple juice. The lacing is generous.

There's not much going on in the smell. Light spicey rye.

The flavor is bread, grain and spice. There's a light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slick with light carbonation.

This was a decent beer, but not much going on in it. Shorts usually pushes styles to extremes and this was was rather ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:08:12 | More by Vonerichs
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FosterJM

California

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

694th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Thanks to Kzoobrew for this one

Richs rye

App-  a darker yellow with a low bubble activity but had a big puffy two finger head.  

Smell-  A nice small damp bitter hoppy beer with a little rye behind it

Taste-  Much more hop bitter than I was expecting.  The rye creeps in on the back and has a small balanced flavor.

Mouth-  A nice ample medium body with a medium carbonation.  Nice hop bitter on the end.  

Drink-  a nice little beer.  Hoppy, bitter rye forward. So far best shorts beer I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 04:46:40 | More by FosterJM
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Roke87

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, chilled and poured into my trusty Ironspike pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy copper colour with a very minimal maybe a pinky fingers worth of white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring around the glass leaving average lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- Somewhat muted as far as the aromas go, lots of bready malts, bitter hop aromas coming through, and a distinct rye smell as well.

Taste- Is very much so dominated by the rye, lots and lots of spicy bitter rye flavours coming through right away on the palate, some mild bready malt flavours, and some mild hops peek their way through in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with average carbonation, this is a very bitter and rye dominated beer that finishes somewhat dry.

Overall- I really wanted to like this one, but unfortunately apart from the rye and slight hoppy flavours there was not a whole lot going on here. The aromas were a bit more promising but the tastes just didn’t come through the same, maybe people who love their rye beers would really appreciate this one but I just couldn’t find too much out of it other than the rye and slight hoppy aromas. Would not go out of my way to get this one again and definitely not a top offering from a great brewery like Short’s in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:49:41 | More by Roke87
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jmich24

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Duvel Tulip

A: Copper color with light orange hues. One finger head, sticky lacing.
S: Slight spiciness, not sure if it is the hops or the rye. The smell overall I muted.
T: Spicy and bitter. I didnt expect the bitter kick from the nose. The bitterness is more harsh than smooth. Bitterness lingers.
M: One the thin side of medium mouthfeel Bitter dry finish.
O: This could have been much better if the bitterness as not so harsh. Lots of bitter without a lot of taste or aroma. I love Rye-IPAs but this one was a let down for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 02:57:07 | More by jmich24
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chunkyboy

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Amber/ Copper in color

S= You can really smell the rye as well as floral hops

T= The rye hits you right away. Can also taste grapefruit.
A little bit of hoppy bitterness at the end.

M= A decent amount of carbonation.

Overall= There are other beers from Shorts that I do like better, but like most of their beers, I thought that it was pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 18:34:44 | More by chunkyboy
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the fifth beer in a series brought by my Bro-in-Law was the Rich's Rye...LUV U BRO!!!!

The appearance clear golden color with thin white head. The nose is dominated by pine. The taste is quite unique the rye seems to be fighting the hops as to who will win the pallete cling....in the end the bitter grapefruit taste lingers. The mouthfeel is good....but it is an explosion of flavor. Definitely worth a try!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:59:44 | More by WoodBrew
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a very nice copper color with great retention and some of the best lacing I ever saw on a beer mug. Very impressive. Also has nice carbonation.
S. I get some citrus and floral hops and rye
T. First thing I taste is floral hops followed by some sweet malts and finishing off with some citrus, primarily orange and grapefruit. Also get some rye lingering in the back.
M./O. The mouthfeel is very smooth and slightly creamy and overall a very enjoyable beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 08:33:37 | More by DannyDan
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A- A conservative pour created a 1-finger, khaki head that dropped to a nice film and left wide rings all about the glass. It had a rich, golden body that was clean enough to exhibit light-medium carbonation.

S- A wonderful blend of citrus hops, distinct rye (kinda' like the current Dr. Pepper commercial, the only descriptor is itself), and some sugary sweet base malts.

T- It starts slowly and builds to a real burst of flavor. As the aroma suggests, there's a ton of rye and grapefruit-like hops. Grainy malts hold it all together. Hops come through to clean up the finish. Just the right side of "over-done" with the rye characteristics.

M- Bone dry from the hop and rye combination. Moderate carbonation. Pleasantly chewy.

O- It's another bold offering from Short's (experimental even?). It's not a beer I'm going to drink in quantity, but it certainly fits the "super hopped golden rye beer" to a "t." As a big fan of rye bread (pastrami or ruebens anyone?), I really like this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 18:20:30 | More by GRPunk
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StoutHunter

Michigan

2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I bought a bottle of Rich's Rye today for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I haven't had anything hoppy in a little while so since the label says it's a super hopped golden rye beer I hope it will quench my thirst for hops. No visible bottling date but I know it's a fresh 2011 vintage. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label on this beer is pretty simple, just a picture of a mans face, to me it looks like Maury Povich. It poured a nice looking golden yellow color just like the bottle stated. It had two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing.

S- The aroma is pretty much a half and half mixture of rye and hops. The rye has an earthy grainy aroma with a little bit of signature rye spice. The hops are slightly floral but the citrus hops shine through the most in the aroma. There was also some grapefruit and pine aromas along with a slight bit of pineapple. I like the way that the fruity aromas blend with the heavy rye presence in this beer.

T- The flavor of this beer is pretty much dominated by the rye. All those earthy and spicy flavors that you get from beers that are heavy on the rye are present and pretty much make up the majority of the taste of this beer. The hops are a lot lighter then I expected and only impart a very slight floral and citrus taste that is pretty easy to miss. The aftertaste was pretty damn bitter, much more bitter then I was expecting, it seems like the hops were used more for it's bitterness and aroma than it's flavor.

M- Slightly crisp, medium bodied and medium carbonation, I would like a little more carbonation but I'm not going to bitch about it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty lack luster beer. I knew going in to this that it was a Rye beer, I just wasn't expecting the rye to be that bold and dominating, I didn't hate all that rye but it could have been toned down a little. The hops imparted lots of nice aromas but when it came to the flavor all it did was add a really heavy Imperial Pilsner like bitterness to it that I thought was way too much for this beer. I don't think I would purchase this beer again it just really didn't do it for me. If you are a die hard rye fan you may want to seek this out but other then that it doesn't have much going for it. I wasn't all that impressed with this beer and out of all the different short's beers I have tried this is my least favorite to date, I guess you can't win em all Short's.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 03:10:22 | More by StoutHunter
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Rich's Rye from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.