Taps Rye Knot? | Taps Brewing Co. Inc.

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Taps Rye Knot?Taps Rye Knot?

Brewed by:
Taps Brewing Co. Inc.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Viggo on 12-15-2009

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by shortkut:
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant surprise, enjoyed at the brewpub near the Falls. Hoppy aroma, a whit head. White lace. Some citrus and decent hop flavours. A noticeable rye edge. Above average carbonation only distracting flaw. It had flavour and was drinkable. This brewpub is coming alive.

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Photo of bryanzk
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Al_M
4.56/5  rDev +21.9%

Photo of DaveBar
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.70 plus or minus. 473ml can served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Medium brown colour and filtered clear.

S- Not much

T- Has a malty backbone that is pretty enjoyable. Rye wheat does this brew well. Nice hop presence but it is small and the sweetness kind of kills it right off. Needs refinement but not a lot. Good base to work with.

M- Dry

O- I like this one. Not a great brew but a nice break and it works with many foods so it's a nice one to keep in the cellar

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with......... Corned beef hash. I like onions in mine. This brew killed this one


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Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RedAleMan
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 5/24/2016 at the brewpub in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, served in a stange glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized rye malts, spice, floral hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong breadiness from a hearty rye malt character. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. Some mild sweetness from spices and citrus create a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO - an unexpected find from a brewer that has been around for a while, but has never had much shelf presence. Dated Apr 17 2016 and served well-chilled.

Pours a fairly clear medium amber colour, fitted with a one-inch crown of lumpy, off white-coloured foam. The head deposits a sponge print pattern of sticky lacing as it slowly retreats downward over the next five minutes, soon leaving behind a bubbly cap and generously-sized collar of froth. Looks good to me. No real surprises on the nose - bready malts, spicy rye and toffee sweetness are the main contributors, accented by some leafy, floral hop aromas. Bonus points for not skimping out on the rye.

A mellow, low-key ale that is basically low enough in abv to qualify as sessionable. The tastes follows after the nose - mostly malts, with a generous helping of spicy rye bread that blends together with the grainy, doughy barley malt and caramelized sugar sweetness. English hop strains provide a leafy, floral, earthy bitterness that comes through on the back end, nicely complementing the spiciness of the rye malt. Light in body, with a soft, smooth mouthfeel and relatively light carbonation levels that weakly prickle the tongue. A little thin, but otherwise this is very solid.

Final Grade: 3.85, B+. Rye Knot isn't going to become the next highly-sought-after whale, but it's still one of the better new rye ales that I've tried over the last year or so. If you're looking for a rye IPA then you'll have to look elsewhere - the British/Canadian ale hops used here are more subtle and nuanced than the aggressive ones employed in your average IPA, which may leave most hopheads unsatisfied with this one. However, I find that they also happen to pair extremely well with the rye-focused malt bill, so there's more to this one than meets the eye. If you're a rye lover like me, give this one a look.

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Photo of SenorBiggles
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can from the LCBO. Well-balanced, unassuming ale, clearly showcasing the rye along with a British hop character. Bitter, lingering aftertaste that complements it nicely.

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Photo of Rukeli76
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of galluch
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

73 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $2.75 CDN. Appears that this beer is back after a long hiatus.

Appearance – Bright bronze colored beer with middling carbonation. Capped by a big off-white fluffy head with good retention and loads of lacing left behind.

Smell – Mostly sweet malt, plenty of grain, faint traces of a spicy bill. Maybe some orchard fruit as well, plum and pear in the background.

Taste – Grainy with some spice, a strong rye bitterness. Spice lingers for a while as does the bitterness. Intense but more earthy bitterness than I’d appreciate without a tropical kick.

Mouthfeel – Smooth with a lighter than average body. Soft carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall – Taps Rye Knot? Is a solid well made rye beer that won’t apologize to anyone, but with a strong earthy bitterness and sharper rye flavors, this isn’t exactly my type of beer to sit down and enjoy multiple of. Worth a try while in stock, but not a beer for everyone.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Viggo
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Volo.

Pours a mostly clear orange/amber, maybe a touch of haze, thick white head forms, slowly settles to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is alright, some rye spice and a bit of citrusy hopping, orange peel, some biscuit, a bit of honey sweetness, not a whole lot going on.

Taste is similar, deep bready character, biscuit, rye, some malty sweetness in the middle, a bit of citrus and floral, light bitterness but mostly balanced.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Drinkable and nothing really wrong, but doesn't get me too excited. A little too much bready character.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of pootz
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on Tap

Taps a murky turbid light brown, decent rocky cap, great lacing ability.

Sweet and sour sensation in the nose, malty-sourdough with leafy hopping.

Peppery spicy on the tongue, bright grainy character,

Big chew on sour rye in the front with some sweetness (crystal malt?) spicy with a herbal hop flair....finish is clean and dry.

A very respectable, drinkable rye beer, flavorful, quenching and good for a patio session

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Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled yesterday at the Niagara Falls brewpub. Pours a clear orange colour with thick white head that dissipates down to a thin ring. Almost no lacing. Smells of citrus hops and sourdough bread. Pretty much smells like an APA with the rye malt. Small bitterness in the flavour. Medium bodied carbonation. A very nice beer. No issue finishing off my half of the growler.

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Photo of Electros
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SmithyAlan
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cloakNdaggar
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the brewery.

Served a bit cold. Copper/gold colour. Small head, medium head retention. Left lace half way down the glass.

Big hop nose, more hops than I was expecting. Aromas of citrus zest, pine, grass, nice overall.

Tasted citrusy, and spicy. Once again, more hops than I was expecting but well balanced. Decent bitterness. I guess I was expecting more rye flavour, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

Mouthfeel was good, if a bit under carbonated. Medium body.

Definately a good beer. I wish they had it in bottles year round.

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Photo of JPNesker
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decent if subtle rye malt on the nose and sip. Lingers on aftertaste. Hop profile feels British to me. Hop bomb. Too sweet. Almost cloyingly sweet throughout. Love everything about the idea but Still think these Canadian craft can in a box cans impart a serious metallic bite to the brew. Unnecessarily complex and a bit of a battle between bitter and sweet where I'm the loser. Quaffable but may be too bitter and / or sweet for a proper session.

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Taps Rye Knot? from Taps Brewing Co. Inc.
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 32 ratings