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Rich's Rye - Short's Brewing Company

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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 18.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden copper with a white head and some good lacing. Smells nice with nice, zesty hops and a bit of malt. Taste brings forward a good amount of hoppy bitterness and some sligt spice. Feel is nice with good carbonation levels. Drinks quite well. I always seem to enjoy what Short's does with hops.

Thorpe429, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so i decided last night to break out 10, thats right 10 new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

The pour was a nice light amber color that was more then adequately carbonated which led to a really nice looking head of about two inches on the top of the glass that never did fade much beyond that.

Aroma was hard to find at first, a bit let down here. Nice citrus hops were located, clean, crisp, with a noted spiciness to them which gave it a nice balance and a bit of an interesting tone, but I had to look to hard to find it. Same problem here as we moved over into the flavor, just did not hold up as well as I would have hoped. It had elements of a bright, clean flavor, notes of citrus, and light bready malts, but just did not do it for me. Really light body and good carbonation led to it certainly being drinkable, just not outstanding.

Overall a good offering, but it could have used a bit more to round it out.

mikesgroove, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
2.03/5  rDev -42.5%
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.

womencantsail, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to splax23 for this in trade.

Thick pour on this, as it comes out a hazy copper, with a finger of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thin creamy layer of froth that leaves some rather robust looking spotty froth down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is floral and spicy smelling, with a certain amount of stickiness to it from the notes of rye, bread, caramel, and citrus. Unfortunately this is also tinged with that same damn plastic band-aid of-flavor that I just picked up in the bottle of Hangin' Frank before this. Fortunately it's not as pronounced as it was in that beer but it is noticeable.

The taste is spicy and bitter on the palate with notes of citrus peel and some lighter grapefruit character. Bready rye pulls up the backend, along with sweeter caramel malt that offers up some balance. The finish is spicy at first but then gets progressively more dry and bitter on the tongue. The mouthfeel is mellow creaminess that sits on top of an extra thick syrupy feel. This does ease up as things warm but I'm not sure that I've ever felt a slushy body on a lighter beer like I did on this one. Very interesting.

This was certainly not a bad hoppy Rye beer here. The band-aid smell in the aroma pissed me off but is didn't absolutely ruin things or anything. The heavy body on this was really unique though and I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it. I would definitely like to give this one a shot on draft sometime though to see how it compares.

Kegatron, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to TurdFurgison for this one. Dated 6/11/10. Served in my Stone pint glass.

A - Pours about 80% foam - an auspicious start. Eventually settles to a thick, chunky, cap with pervasive splotchy lace. Definite unfiltered look to it, with some sediment in there - it was hard to decant with the ridiculous carbonation. Golden caramel color that is fairly attractive.

S - Zesty and spicy noble hops, rye, grain husks. Lots of soap and notes of plastic and wax as well. Not so good here.

T - Taste is heavy with hop bitterness, but not a lot of hop flavor - maybe a touch of citrus. Thankfully the off flavors found in the nose are gone, but there's just not a lot going on. Bready malt character with rye notes. The bitterness is harsher up front than in the aftertaste, which is unusual.

M - Carbonation is medium, body is fairly smooth and creamy, with some light residual stickiness. Obviously, there's no heat to be found in this 4.9% beer.

D - I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle, but it's a pretty underwhelming Short's offering. Perhaps it was better in June when it likely had more hop aroma. Stick with Huma-Lupa-Licious.

MasterSki, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is rye, toffee and grassy hops. The flavor is rye, toffee and some citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good beer and nice to see something from Short's that wasn't infected.

Mora2000, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

imperialking, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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.  

corby112, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

akorsak, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

superspak, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Zaphog, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another Shorts beer from my Michigan homeboy Kbeals... shared this one with the Boise peeps... Thanks Kevin!!

Nice 2 finger head.. hazed lite amber brew.

Nose shows a sorta fruity hoppiness.. tropical fruits and plenty of citrus.

Flavor begins with a surprising bitterness.. a bit bready toward the front then blasted by the citrus hops and even a bit of floral hoppiness.

Pretty big carbonation given the only medium/lite body.

Thanks again Kevin.

3.5/3.5/3.5/3/3

JohnGalt1, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased in Grand Rapids 4 weeks ago and stored in my "IPA fridge". The label indicates this is a "super hopped golden rye beer" in text under a picture of Rich. The beer pours a light copper color with a fat 2 fingers of wettish tan foam.

It smells nice, rich with hops aromas that are floral and spicy, although the spiciness might come from the rye. Almost a detergent-like component to the smell that could charitably be called a citrus aroma, or uncharitably just lemon pledge. I opt for the former, but I could see it getting in the way of enjoyment for some.

The beer tastes kind of bland to me. There's definitely a lot of peppery rye but it's missing balance as there are no sweet flavors from the malts or fruitiness from the hops. Kind of a dud taste-wise. The body's a little heavier than anticipated too, odd at such a low ABV with so little sweetness. Worth a try but only once.

TurdFurgison, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

xnicknj, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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!!!

WoodBrew, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

FosterJM, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev +19%
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.

maximum12, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the the glass. The aroma is a combination of rye malt and piney hops. Sort of has a Pine-Sol aroma. I do not know what happened to the flavor. Has an astrigent flavor that is hard to get past. The rye and hops do not work that well together. Maybe not the best combination of ingredients. The other malt does not show up. Medium body with a nice carbonation. Good texture. The flavor falls short. I would not buy this again.

morimech, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: First pour yielded about 6 fingers of head. Unfortunately the retention on this is pretty good so the subsequent pours took a long ass time. Clear orange amber color. Head is mainly frothy with great retention and plenty of lacing. Score would be higher if the first pour wasn't so grossly heady.

4.0 S: Certainly delivers on the hops. Pine, grapefruit, orange, and some mango. Earthy rye can still be detected under all of the hops along with a touch of toffee and some breadiness. Yeast is a little unclean. Pretty good.

3.0 T: Hops all the way in the taste as well, but I'll cover everything else first. Earthy and yeasty. Again, the yeastiness is a bit unclean. Rye can barely be distinguished that well under the hops and neither can anything else. As for the hops, this is blisteringly bitter, but there's plenty of hop flavor in there as well. Pine, grapefruit, and orange again with mango being more pronounced.

4.0 M: Medium body. Too much carbonation initially, but I let some of it dissipate. Good creaminess with a bitter aftertaste.

2.5 D: I wouldn't recommend this for anyone other than a seasoned IPA drinker and even then it's still a bit tough to get all the way through. Mouth destroyingly bitter. Good hop flavor, but much of the rest is covered up by hops.

DavoleBomb, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Florida9, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

Deuane, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Second Shorts beer courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pours a bright and hazy orange color with a huge head, and good lacing.

Aromas are of candied oranges, grapefruits, and apricots.

Taste is of light rye bread, caramel, and sweet cream up front. The rye and malts are there, then quickly gone, then the bitter hops kick in, and last all the way until the dry finish. Hop flavors are mostly bitter grapefruit, and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is clean, smooth, and simple, with lively carbonation. A little fleeting on the finish though.

Drinkabiliry is good. I'm a fan of this one, a very flavorful beer, that doesn't kick you upside the head with a ton of alcohol.

flexabull, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of ngeunit1
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

ngeunit1, Jan 12, 2012
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Rich's Rye from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.