CANfusion: Rye Bock (Beer Camp Across America)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

CANfusion: Rye Bock (Beer Camp Across America)CANfusion: Rye Bock (Beer Camp Across America)
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German Bock
3.73 | pDev: 9.92%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
CANfusion: Rye Bock (Beer Camp Across America)CANfusion: Rye Bock (Beer Camp Across America)
Notes: Our friends at Oskar Blues pioneered great beer in a can and, as mutual members of the canned craft club, this partnership was a perfect fit. CANfusion is a coming together—a fusion, if you will—of flavors from across the spectrum of brewing: spicy rye, tangy wheat and a bright citrusy hop aroma.

Oskar Blues is the granddaddy of canned craft beer. Like us, they have a fun-loving passion for the outdoors and bikes. It was a natural fit for them to adopt cans as a portable, durable way to tote their favorite beer on the trail, and in the process they paved the way for all other craft brewers to follow.
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Photo of macrosmatic
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from (very long-standing) notes. Consumed in late 2014. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: A mildly hazy bright copper, with average visible carbonation and a thin white head that fades quickly.

S: Lightly toasted bready malts and light resinous hops.

T: Biscuity malts and a mild rye spiciness up front. Resinous pine, citrus pith and grassy hops swell up on the back end and linger with a significant bitterness in the hang.

M: Average heft to the body, and a good amount of visible carbonation. The alcohol presence is well-hidden for the listed ABV.

O: Well, it's not at all what I expect in a bock beer. Nor anything that would have made me call it a lager at all. But it's a nicely hoppy, easy to drink beer that I enjoyed. Ratings are given as to my preference for a beer in general. I'd estimate ratings to style to be significantly lower.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6/3/14; drank 7/14/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the can into a glass.

Clear orange/red hue.

Big cream-colored head; strong lace.

Mild citrus, wheat & fresh soap nose. Refreshing!

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Mild mango & fresh wheat flavor, with a mild hop bite flavor. So yes, "mild", but refreshing & easy to drink without being boring. Good.

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Photo of stevoj
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at PreFunk. Dark golden, creamy head, some rye sourness added to the Bock malts. Hints of a sour ale, very interesting. Complex, and delicious.

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3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a fluffy off white head that stands at an inch and a half. Body is a deep murky amber in tone. Nose is full of zesty rye spice. There is a bit of soft honey malt in the back side of the smell. The zesty feel really comes through on the palate with first sip. Bright fruit flavors are very evident. Cracker like flavors lay around on the tongue to create a graham cracker like feel. Overall a solid beer and one of my favorites from the Beer Camp Pack.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada/ Oskar Blue CANfusion Rye Bock, Beer Camp #7. 7.25 ABV. 45 IBU.

Can #2 from the Beer Camp box.

Appearance: clear, caramel/tan coloration, slim, white head.

Aroma: soft, lightly spicy, bread-y, malt-driven, and just on the sweet side.

Taste: all that from the nose is right here on the tongue. All that spicy rye malt character in a bock bier. Light-medium bodied, nice and clean. Sweetness prevails. Just enough, not too much…or is it? If I can tolerate it, it's probably too sweet for most other people.

CANfusion. It's in a can and it's a fusion. Of….? Rye and bock? SN and OB? Or is it CONfusing? No, it's not that…but, it's clearly not a CANtender for top entrant in the Best of Beer Camp.

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Photo of fx20736
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bough t in the Beer Camp 12 pack awhile ago. Served in a pint at cellar temp.

Look: medium amber, offwhite head, nice lacing.

Smell: subdued spiciness, touch of fruitiness.

Taste: like the smell. Some dry earthy spiciness on top of apple fruitiness. Subtle.

Feel: Good, solid.

Overall: decent if not exciting.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Brewed in collaboration with Oskar Blues, the pioneers of great craft beer in a can, this partnership was a perfect fit-we're mutual members of the canned craft club and North Carolina neighbors. A dry hop rye bock, CANfusion blends features from across the brewing spectrum: spicy rye, tangy wheat and bright citrus-like hops. The complex malt body launches a peppery blast that's balanced by the fruity and floral Australian Ella hop varietal. CANfusion is a true synergy of friends and flavors." Brewed in the style of a Bock beer, available in single 12 oz. cans as part of the Beer Camp Across America 2014 variety pack and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy crisp head of an ecru white color over a bold orange body with high clarity and lightly crisp carbonation. Retention is average at best and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) The aroma smells of soft biscuit caramel, lightly tangy and spicy rye grain with a moderately yeasty profile generating notes of soft fruit, mild funk and delicate pepper. The hop profile is very faint in aroma although mild bitter pine and fruit come through as most prominent. 3.5

(Taste) Flavors of bread malt and pepper from a spicy rye profile, finishing mildly grainy, tangy with a moderate earthy and piney bitterness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is smooth, modestly syrupy, moderately dry. Carbonation is medium generating a moderate frothiness and a briskly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style and medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter and tangy. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Nice flavors of rye come through in this bock beer, generating a soft bread, spicy and tangy flavor and enhancing body, although the hop don't quite play a dominant role in balancing the malt and hop profile, which is a minor quirk. This is a fairly enjoyable ale in the 2014 Beer Camp series. 3.5

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
CANfusion: Rye Bock

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with Two-row Pale, Full Pint, Rye, Red Wheat, Munich, Melanoidan, Acidulated malts. Bittered with Summit, finished with Aurora and Ella.
7.2% ABV, OG=17.5P, FG=3.5P, 45 IBU's.

Pours out to a clear medium copper, forming a nice off yellow head with good retention and solid sheets of lace. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is of a clean ferment, however, there are definite ale yeast character even though it's brewed with a lager yeast. By that I mean fruity esters on top of the tropical hops. A nice amount of toast and munich malt in the nose. The mouthfeel is full bodied, crisp and lightly cloying, with a slick finish. The taste is very nice...I would not pick this out as a bock, more like an imperial pale. There is a subtle earthiness imparted by the rye in the aftertaste. The bitterness is medium but overall tends towards the sweet side because of the big malt body and munich residual sugars. At times, there is a subtle saparilla/wintergreen/root beer-like flavor, probably a mix of the hops and the rye. Finish is astringent despite the mild syrupy sweetness in the middle.

An interesting beer. One can is plenty as it's so rich. Well brewed.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the Beer Camp series was released, a buddy of mine snapped up several cases and knowing about The CANQuest (tm), he decided to bequeath a couple of the CANs to me. The backlog at Chez Woody is phenomenal and so I am now getting around to them.

From the CAN: "Brewed in Collaboration with Oskar Blues Brewery"; "Brewed in collaboration with Oskar Blues, the pioneers of great craft beer in a [CAN], this partnership was a perfect fit - we're mutual members of the [CAN]ned craft club and North [CAN]olina neighbors. A dry hop rye bock, CANfusion blends features from across the brewing spectrum: spicy rye, tangy wheat and bright citrus-like hops. The complex malt body launches a peppery blast that's balanced by the fruity and floral Australian Ella hop varietal. CANfusion is a true synergy of friends and flavors."

I Crack!ed this bad boy open and oh, how I wanted to CANduct an inverted Glug, but I CANstrained myself due to its relative age. I still got a little better than a skim of tawny head, but the bartender's trick is mt best friend of late and this created a brief finger of tawny head before falling back and leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty sweet, but underlain with a black peppery spiciness. Mouthfeel was medium-to full, approaching, but not achieving, creaminess. Man, the taste was a blast on my poor, bruised tongue! I was getting caramel malt, then lemony hops and finally, a sucker punch of black pepper from the rye! Phew. CAN I come home from Beer Camp yet? Warming, I got notes of honey, mint and black pekoe tea. Holy Fusion, Batman! You might expect the finish on a Bock to be sweet, but this one was anything but. I might put it at semi-dry, maybe, but I would not be willing to argue the point. This was no playing around beer. Final pour: Little change in clarity; peppery/minty nose seemed more pronounced; taste was relatively unchanged. Filtered? Or just properly lagered?

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Sight micro floaties action in my amber brown bock is OK. Head is a nice 1/4 inch that sticks around for a bit.
S - Not getting too much spicy rye or sweet bock tones. Bready and caramel like mostly.
T - Not bad again kind of in the middle of rye and bock. It is just somewhat hoppy, good bit of spiced rye, and a bready bock finish.
M - Very smooth for 7% but not watery.

Overall this Oskar Blues inspired brew is quite good just nothing to brag about.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, soapy head that collapses and leaves nice lacing. Copper color. Bright, citrus aroma. Starts with a spicy, citrus flavor. An oddly large hop presence, but it fades quickly into a nice rye malt back comes through; rich and spicy. Finish is a touch of hop bitterness atop of deep, rich rye flavor.

This is definitely confused, but DELICIOUS. Rye bock? Bock? No. Rye? ABSOLUTELY! This seems more analogous to something like the August Schell Emerald Rye lager than a Rye bock. A definite miss on the style, but an absolute winner for any fan of rye!

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 1/13/15

A: Lightly hazy, golden orange with some burnt orange - medium sized, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice spots and splotches of lacing

S: Many aromas here, with an interesting mix of malts and some citrus - floral and juicy citrus, with some citrus zest - some light fruitiness - distinct spiciness of rye with some wheat - bock aromas at its core, with some pale and caramel grains, caramelized malts, light molasses, and bread crust

T: Sweet citrus, with some orange flesh, some citrus zest, and some grapefruit pith - interesting malt profile, with a big rye component, some wheat, and some more typical malts - caramel grains, caramel, sweet bread crust - lightly fruity with some sweetness - lightly spicy, earthy finish

M: Medium body, smooth, medium amount of carbonation

O: I'm not canfuse

There are a lot of competing flavors here, and it mostly works. I probably wouldn't have guessed this was a bock, if I didn't know what I was drinking, because the bock flavors are overshadowed by the unique combination of hops, rye, and wheat. It's interesting.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/3...BCAA 11/12...pours bright copper orange, heavy high white foam. Very sticky lots of lacing. Bright floral nose with rye background. Taste is very different - tangy wheat with peppers. Bright hoppy taste with rye blended throughout. Clever.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Copper yellow, with 1/2 a finger of head and some sticky lace left on the glass

S - Citrus and tangerines. Excellent

T - Huge citrus notes, tangerine, spicy rye. Citrus hops dominate

F - medium bodied, well carbonated

O - An awesome brew. Well done Sierra/Oskar Blues

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Photo of ClePaul
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 35/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 87/100

Very nice and smooth Rye Bock, has some real nice rye flavors without being too overpowering. Very smooth and easy to drink~

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Photo of jwhancher
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can packaged date reads 5/3/14 on the can bottom. Poured into my Prima Pils Pilsner glass. Lots of head with foam that persists quite a long while. Plenty of sudsy lacing clings to the walls of the glass. Looks a light copper with plenty of suspended particles.

Smells slightly spicy, tangy with orange & grapefruit hop character. Rye lends a bread crust note. Tastes initially sweet with upfront citrus & orange hop character. Spicy rye and even bitterness. Drinks very smooth. Feels light to medium.

An easy drinking beer that I would buy a six pack of easily. Surprised how much the hop character shines through even after all this time.

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Photo of CHickman
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours very hazy copper color with a 2-3 finger thick foamy beige head that was full of bubbles and faded very, very slowly, leaving nice foamy lacing and rings as it went down. A layer of foam lingered on top.

Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, floral hops, herbs, caramel, rye, tea leaf and a spicy sweetness that mixes grains and hops. After the first wave of hops subsides, the malts and caramel sweetness seem more like a graham cracker than an orange peel, but really nice smelling overall.

Tastes of rye and grapefruit up front, with more earthy notes and spices including pepper, coriander, tea leaf, pine needles, then lightly toasted grains and toasted wheat bread. Flavor is sweet in general and had flavors that showed up in the aroma including citrus hops, grapefruit, floral hops, herbs, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and what seems like an apple juice-like sweetness. Balance is nice that mixes grains and hops and only has a slight bitterness, hiding the ABV quite well.

Mouthfeel is slick, with a medium body, mild carbonation and an easy flow as it goes down. A really good bock and a fine collaboration, this was full of flavor and hoppier than most bocks.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Orange body with a small tan head. Hops, alcohol, pine, fruit aroma. Citrus and alcohol with a malty body. Mild sweetness and a mix of sweet and bitter notes in the finish. Quite hoppy for a bock style beer. Interesting.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours two fingers of dirty white head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is rye and lemon.
The taste has a coy sweetness throughout, but a lemon and pine bitterness come through in the end.
The texture is crisp.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange, semi-hazy with a nice one inch head. Faded after a couple minutes to about a quarter inch, nice lacing. Aroma was sweet, with a bit of honey, wheat and some peppery rye notes. Taste was similar to the smell, with a bit of tropical fruit flavors as well. This was somewhat similar to the Yonder Bock, with the addition of the peppery bite from the rye. The mouthfeel was very creamy and smooth, quite nice. Quite tasty, I'd buy this one again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head with decent retention.

Smell: A toasty, spicy, and fruity malt forward aroma with hints of rye spice and fruit. Toasted malt with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and a good dose of rye spice. Subtle citrus fruit hints of orange peel, apricot, and lemon. Also some pepper hints and subtle grassy hops. A pretty solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty, spicy, and fruity malt driven taste with notes of rye spice and citrus fruit. Upfront toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, cracker, and lots of rye spice along with some pepper. Some citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon zest, and apricot. Subtle backing notes of grassy hops. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, spicy, and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Bock. The rye spice and fruit notes add a nice kick.

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Photo of Florida9
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sort of orange yellow in color; maybe a very light orange-chestnut. Forms a fairly large, fluffy, very off-white head that collapses to a thick, foamy surface coating. Lots of lacing on the way down. Aroma is okay. Mostly caramel with a blend of citrus and floral qualities. That said, this one is not hop dominant by any means. Taste is more of the same. Sweet. A blend of caramel and fruitiness with just a hint of rye in background. Rather unexciting. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Mild bitterness.
A slightly above average beer - about par for the course for the Beer Camp series.

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Photo of dhannes
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

A=Medium copper color, perhaps a bit warmer and lighter than anticipated. Bright white head that reached two fingers and lasted nearly a minute.
S=Lemon and orange citrus with cinnamon and a hint of ginger or nutmeg.
T=Predominant malt with citrus hops way in the background; slightly creamy, a faint taste of alcohol...also cinnamon and nutmeg. The rye component makes this taste like a mix of a märzen and a bock.
M=Very smooth; very little carbonation.
O=Bocks are usually available in the spring, but this summer offering would likely pair well with barbecue chicken or pork or another slightly spicy or smoky meal. I enjoyed this and would consider purchasing for cooler spring nights if available again.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz.can
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $25.99 for the variety Beer Camp Across America 12-pack
Purchased: Oct. 17, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 17, 2014
Misc.: Collaboration with Oskar Blues Brewery; Packaged June 3, 2014 at 4:08 p.m.

Poured caramel, auburn (third straight that I’ve called it that), semi-clear color with three fingers of rocky, khaki-white head. A decent amount of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average spots of sporadic lacing. Above average retention on the top of the glass all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled a little bit like the last one I had in the Beer Camp Across America - Yonder Bock. After some more sniffing, got rye hops, sweetened lemon iced tea, plum, tropical hops, mango, floral hops, caramel, honey, slight pear, sour purple grape, cherry cider and some Citra hops. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted pretty close to the nose. Got rye hops, lemon sweetened iced tea, mango and other tropical notes, honey, caramel, some toffee, cherry wheat, bitter Citra hops, faint peppery spices and purple grapes. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. Not as boozy I thought would be. (Feel - 3.75)

The best of the three I had tonight, but I’m a sucker for most rye beers. (Overall - 3.75)

3.75 | 85 | B+

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Photo of BWED
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a tulip.

A- Slightly burnt orange in color. Some amber highlights shine through. Head is off white and dense, and retains at about a quarter inch. Lacing is decent.

S- Caramel. Citrus and a some tropical notes. A little pine, maybe mango. And a little rye spice.

T- Rather sweet. Malty, with some fruitiness. Citrus and pine sum up the hop flavor profile.

M- Sweet, but crisp. Assuming from the rye. A little spice as well, but the finish is quite neutral. Not too spicy or dry, but not too sweet.

O- This one is nice. The rye character isn't the most noticeable, but I think it does a great part in the body for crisping up what is usually a sweeter style.

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CANfusion: Rye Bock (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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