Hop In Yer Rye | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Hop In Yer RyeHop In Yer Rye

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by birchstick on 08-22-2012

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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of burnt sienna into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a hearty three finger head of creamy, crystalline, French vanilla colored cake batter. This retains very well, eventually etching a series of ridged mountains around our glasses. A thick and dirty haze reduces clarity, with finite specks of lacing suspended in its periphery. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma gives notes of sugarplums, strawberries, red cherries, and mangos, buttery doughnut cake, bittering yet sweet rye and pale maltiness, soft tannic caramel warmth, dried manure grassiness, bitter aloe plantiness, brassy metallics, clean vanilla bean, gently sweet ethanol, and lemony, nectary, and dry herbal hoppiness. Our first impression is that the sip hangs heavy with flavoring, offering as much in the way of a grain profile as it does in the way of its hops. The taste begins with big buttery diacetyls, massive rye and caramel-toffee graininess, maraschino cherry fruitiness, coiny ale yeastiness, oily green grassiness, lime and lemon juiciness, soy sauce saltiness, plastics phenols, and cherry flesh fruitiness. Rye builds to strength through the center, with surrounding tones of walnuts and Brazil nuts, salted popcorn, brassy metallics, oily orange and lemon peel, big citric hoppiness, and granite. The end washes through with bite of piney, citric, and herbal hops, drying plastic bite, rosehip and potpourri florals, Windex, cantaloupe and kiwi fruitiness, burnt butters, sweet diacetyls, and rye and caramel malt base grit. The aftertaste breathes of dandelion leafiness, pine bark, parsley and carrot tops, bitter grassy and citric hops, coppery rye and toasted pale graininess, spiced black pepper booziness, cotton candy phenols, lemon zest, aluminum foil, and heavily nectary, herbal, and grassy hoppiness. The body is medium but chewy and oily, and the carbonation is lightly medium, but with contributable prickle to the front of the tongue, bolstering the flavor’s zestiness. The sip affords full slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, and fully recoats the mouth with each pull. This settles into a bubbling tannic dryness that is entirely satisfying and satiating. The abv is appropriate, but will catch up to you in the 12 oz. bottle format, as drinkability is high.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its robustness of flavoring on that first sip. It is like meeting a close friend for the first time. You are just hit with this wave of warming happiness that you will keep thinking about them for the next few days. The grain is just all-encompassing, and heavy enough to support floral and fruity hop overtones. While these all may take a few moments to blend and hit through the taste, once they do, it becomes extremely flavorful and well balanced. The nose is just as nice, offering heavy, buttery grain against a sweeter and stickier hop profile. The feel helps things along nicely, toeing the line between gnawing and slick. As the first in this one-off release series we are thoroughly pleased, and hope that its following brethren are just as fresh, to-style, and intensely flavored as this one is.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a nonic an oranged tinged lighter golden with a great looking full one finger clingy white head leaves two full rings of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.A nice amount of citrusy hops to go along with the sharpness from the rye,nice fresh bursting aromas.Love the fresh citric hops flavors and even more i like the push from the sharp semi-lactic rye in the finish,a subtle but detected toastiness and mild biscuit sweetness just rounds out the palate nicely.I think this beer maybe a bit underrated I don't know,I think this beer rocks it out for the style.

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Kerry1
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of joeseppy
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this last fall on tap at their brewery and was my favorite amongst the offerings; with that being said, there were no stouts on tap-only IPAs. This rating is on the bottle which is now being distributed near me.

Deep gold with a very generous two inch stiff hop head and perpetual carbonation. Splendid spidered lacing throughout.

Sweetened malt and hop spiciness. Fruit along the lines of an apricot and citrus pith. Some pine.

Flavor is rich malt followed by hop bitterness and rye spice. A mellifluous apricot rouse and generally the bitter taste of citrus fruit. Basically follows the nose for me.

Mouthfeel is creamy with some chewability. Brashness of the hop lingers.

Overall a decent offering that just about resembles what I had on tap. Reminds me of the recent Surly Furious I've had lately, more so with the deepened malt base-more spice evident here though. You got a contender here that is not to be missed.

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Photo of beachfirebrews
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dexterk1
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DCdevyl78
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of irish6174
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Rohkey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of HardyA
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MidwestBA
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Saugatuck's Hop In Yer Rye a few days ago for $2.39 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer before at a beer festival last year, but I don't remember much about it and I thought I should revisit it now that's it's bottled and distributed, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks alright, it's kind of a got a weird hippy vibe that you don't normally see from Saugatuck, I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a very cloudy darker orange color that took on a brighter orange and slight ruby hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fairly creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. I thought this was a very good looking beer and I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a really nice blend of bready, caramel malt, slightly grainy and bread crust like aromas followed by just enough spicy rye aromas. Up next comes the hops which impart a earthy, floral, and piney aroma with the citrus fruit hops sticking out the most and it imparts a nice citrus rind aroma with some nice tropical fruit aromas in the background. I thought the aroma was very good, the malt base was really nice and the hop profile was really good.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts still being the first to show up and they impart all those aspects that I got in aroma, they are just lighter, but still retain that good balance of rye in it, but it's not as noticeable. Up next comes the hops but this time they seem to impart an earthy and just generic hop taste with maybe a slight bit of citrus rind, but it's barely noticeable. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium carbonation with a slightly lingering bitterness and a grainy and caramel malt like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but it really lacked the complexity that the aroma had.

M- Fairly smooth, a little creamy, a little sticky, not too crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice nice, but I wish it was more crisp with a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and decent example of the style, but it seemed like not all the aspects of this beer were on the same level and that seemed to hurt this beer. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little creamy, a little sticky, a little filling, and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think one would be enough for me, i don't have the urge to drink another one. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were the highlights of this beer and they were both very good. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it wasn't bad, but it was little disappointing after such a great aroma. I don't think I would buy this beer again, for the price I would rather have a Founder's Reds Rye. I wouldn't recommend this as a great Rye IPA. All in all I was little let down with this beer, the aroma had me thinking this was going to be better than I remember, but once I got to the taste it was much closer to my original rating. It's not my least favorite Saugatuck beer or Rye IPA. I appreciate the attempt but I think with a little more work this could be a very good beer.

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpalestino
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of marcb105
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of EricTKole
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of sendsilk
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Sweffin
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
5/5  rDev +30.2%

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