Beer Camp Across America - Pat-Rye-Ot
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Pale Ale - American
3.84 | pDev: 8.07%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Collaboration with Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Lawson's Finest Liquids, Stoudts Brewing Company, Trillium Brewing Company

Pat-Rye-Ot is an "old meets new" take on a pale ale by brewers located all in the original 13 colonies. It features rye and apples, which were among the first ingredients used by American brewers in the colonies, alongside bold American hops—hallmarks of our modern craft beer "revolution."
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

June 27th, 2016 - Mu final Beercamp is the clumsy wordplay Pat-Rye-Ot, sure to give any New Englander a light headache and a bad attitude for the day. But this beer is bright and hazy, with a fine, fruity smell combining raspberry and watermelon. Light, fresh and easy to drink, the mouthfeel carries the same fruit duet down the gullet, playing off as a berry berry pale ale, and is very hale ale. (hm.)

Nov 11, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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

Consumed June 18, 2016.

Pours a color that is full on amber, as opposed to being 'pale'. Big full inch of off white head on the top. I like the look, but not as a 'pale' ale. Nose indicates the 'spicy' aspect of rye peeps always trot out, this might be up to 30% of the malt bill its so rye centric in the nose (and I suspect the color as well). Apples seemed to be missing in the aroma content. Hops were there, but seemed like they were probably bittering hops.

I guess if I was looking for it, I could find apple in the taste, but its barely there. The hops seemed like standard C hop stuff with grapefruit bitterness leading the way to a rye caramel malty interior like a boat. Had a mineral/metallic kind of aspect of the bitterness beyond the usual grapefruit descriptor. For me this was more of a rye pale ale, the apple didn't seem to have a meaningful impact here. Real difficult for these guys to make a pale ale rate high in my book, given that they already make the best pale ale in the world.

Jun 10, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 4/5/16; drank 5/15/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange/yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge bright white head; strong, frothy lace.

Apple & mild orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Apple & faint citrus flavors up front; dry yeast notes on the finish.

Not much going on here; decent but not memorable.

Jul 08, 2019
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BWED from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

A- Cloudy and golden blonde in collor. The head is white and delicate, but hangs around at about a quarter inch. Delicate lacing through to the end.

S- Sweet apple, mild citrus sweetness as well. Faint light toast malt aroma.

T- Citrus comes out in flavor a bit more, dull and a little pithy. Mild apple sweetness, and some spicy rye notes.

M- Body is medium light, with a dull lingering finish of bitterness.

O- The apple addition to this creates a unique character. Pairs well with the rye, and gives this one a kick of sweetness.

Apr 15, 2018
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the last of the three beers from last year's Beer Camp Pack that I bought for a friend that were ultimately given back to me from him. It was packaged on 4/5 of last year but given it's old age, it held up when I finally had a crack at this tonight. Due it it's old-style flavor, this heavily reminded me of something that I had from Yards in Philadelphia as the retro and revolutionary nature of this really shone through once it's fully warmed up, and was unlike anything that I ever had from Sierra Nevada!

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was muted, golden, and had a fair amount of sediment floating in it as it reminded me of amber. Plenty of head to boot with one light ring of lacing left along the top of my pint glass which was reinforced by another, thicker one down in the middle. Lots of apple in the nose along with rye, pear, and some passion fruit juice to keep this light as all of those were to be found in the taste as well.

This had an old-time feel to it, down to the level of alcohol that was low enough to nearly make this sessionable. I could see why too many people weren't high on this as it nearly felt like cider but I enjoyed the old-school feel of it and array of flavors not normally found in brews of this style. Given that the first part of this brew's nomenclature was similar to mine and the revolutionary origins of this, I couldn't help but feel a smile on my face as I sipped it. Worth a go once for something anachronistic and different, though this would hardly be considered revolutionary in this day and age. A worthy addition to last year's pack!

Jul 23, 2017
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle thanks to mothmanscott, poured into pint glass.
A: pours a cloudy golden straw body, white foam head, carbonation,spotty lacing
S: apple, light fruit, tropical fruit, malt, hints of sourness, some spicy rye
M: medium body with a wet juicy start and finishing moist and chalky on the tongue
T: apple, light malt, oats, hints of spicy rye, pepper, a little mineralization feel in the finish
O: good brew with earthy flavors, the apple flavor was very light in this brew

Apr 10, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

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

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice yellowish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some rye. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, malty, rye. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Apr 04, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy blonde color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light spicy rye malt notes with subtle apple notes and some citrusy hops notes. Taste is a mix mostly dominated by cereal and spicy rye notes with faint apple notes and some citrusy hops notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Not bad but not sure that I could fully taste all of the ingredients and apple notes were quite faint.

Feb 17, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; light gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: citrusy hops and rye spice with a bit of apple in the background;

T: rye spice in prevalent from start to finish; citrus in most noticeable up front and fades after that; apple comes through at the end, but not in a big way; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: enjoyable, but not much apple character;

Nov 20, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a St. Bernards goblet. Pours a hazy, stiff with dusty particulates, gold producing 3+ fingers of frothy, beige somewhat lasting head that leaves a thin collar ring, no surface cap & only a few thin streaks & motes of lace. Aroma is apple (white fruits)heavy with pale malt notes & hints of pineapple, tangerine, spice & a very faint, barely detectable sourness. Taste is quite different with more maltiness than the nose with pale malt, crystal malt & rye spice all coming into play. The malt is backed by notes of apple, melon, citrus & pepper. Sweet up front it dries rapidly, bittering in the finsh with a bitter & astringent apple malt, faint ethyl acetate-like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, quite prickly, lightly juciy from start through finish, chalky deep in the aftertaste.

Nov 04, 2016
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed yellow peach color. One finger of frothy white head that falls somewhat rapidly and leaves a half ring of lacing.

3.5 S: Smells pretty damn good. Lots of apple that meshes well with primarily citrusy hops. Secondarily floral and resiny with a jasmine like herbalness.

3.5 T: Mild bitterness. Stronger apple than in the nose. Hops per above.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild creaminess and otherwise smooth.

3.5 D: Good beer. I like the apple, but this is otherwise underwhelming.

Oct 09, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, hint of yeast, slight herbal notes, grass, and pale malt. Fist the style of American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, slight lemongrass, hint of yeast, slight herbal notes, grass, and pale malt. Overall, average appearance, good aroma and body, but the rye is non-existent.

Sep 17, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 4/5/16 into a tulip
A: Slightly hazy orange with a 1+ finger head
S: Rye, dank grain, hints of apple and hops
T: Matches the nose stride for stride
M: Light-bodied, a touch spicy from the rye
O: It's a decent beer but unmemorable

Sep 14, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours hazy gold with fast rising bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass to rejuvenate a 2" persistent white to cream colored foam collar that thakes 3 minutes to descend to a thick, lacy film. The beer has an earthy, dank almost meaty nose with citrus, fresh laundry, spice, baked fruit and faint apple. Pat-Rye-Ot hits the palate with a tingle, subtle apple and rye. there is a hint of caramel but the beer is mostly dry. There is some spicy tartness near the finish. The apple flavor is restrained with the apple serving more to lighten the beer than to enhance the flavor. As the beer warms, more apple flavors come out. The hop bitterness is medium high, the hop flavors are medium, the malt is medium to medium low. The rye flavors are medium to medium high and its influence on the texture is medium and it contributes to the creamy texture. The body is medium to a little less and the carbonation is above average. This is a very drinkable rye beer with a nice dose of hops and a superlative texture.

Sep 10, 2016
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BrownAleBollocks from Kansas

3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sparkling light gold color with a two finger fluffy white head. Aroma is bitter hops, some fresh cut grass, grapefruit fruit, and rye, with an apple hint. Taste follows with grapefruit, rye, bitterness, and an apple hint on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and dry. Overall, this is an interesting beer, not my favorite from SN, but definitely unique and a fun collaboration.

Sep 08, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this one in their $30 mixed 12pck from the beer store just down the road. The beer poured a hazy yellow with white head that did not leave much lace. The scent is bitter grapefruit and finishes dry. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer and worth a try.

Sep 02, 2016
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DrinkThemAll from California

3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Elmer Fudd glass. Everything about this beer, is mediocre. Nothing special at all. More like a session beer. I love Rye ales, but this one is way too watery and absent on the flavor side.

Aug 27, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

7/30...Murky dark bronze, bubbles in motion with light white foam layer. First two drivers of aroma are the apples and then the rye. Malty too. Heavy bitter hop open. Traditional pale and rye notes with a light fruity layer interspersed. Long finish. Filling mouthfeel. Clever hopped up pale/.

Aug 14, 2016
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from 12-oz. bottle into faceted mug. Rye and apples? With a little help from its friends, Sierra Nevada has reinvented the Pale Ale again.

Aug 12, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

2.64/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Brief impressions from a bottle:

Floral and a bit grassy, with some pale malt sweetness. Simple and shallow, with an uninteresting hop profile. I taste no apple whatsoever. I also find none of rye malt's signature spiciness.

Presence on the palate is decent; it's scratchy and rough with some oiliness in there too. Not ideal - it drags.

Drinkable but unremarkable. Not a beer I'd buy again.


Aug 11, 2016
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle marked 4/5/16. Pours a pale orange color with a half finger of white foam. Smells of citrus and pine, so mostly hops. Light feel. Taste is strongly bitter with some spicy rye flavor and a mild apple sweetness that lingers. Interesting, but I think the hops are a bit overpowering.

Aug 08, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled on bottled on 4/05/16. Pours a hazy yellow with a 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves behind plenty of rings of lace.

Smell is biscuit, earthy peppery spice, tangerine, pine, and lemon.

Taste follows a little better, some biscuit, lively peppery hops, lemon, tangerine, and pine.

Mouthfeel is a little less than medium, lots of life, maybe a little dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is solid, a little disappointed in the 12 pack as a whole, but this was nice. I should have reviewed a month plus ago when I purchased, but my life is a tad busy.

Aug 06, 2016
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up as part of the 12 pack back in late May for $24. Packaged on 4/5/2016.

Beer poured golden orange with a beautiful white head on the initial pour.

Nose had elements containing light fruits and a touch of citrus.

Taste was bigger than the abv. Biscuity malt backbone accented by hints of rye. Finish had hints of citrus with a rind residual bitterness. No apple being detected.

Mouthfeel was light to medium and crisp.

Overall not a bad and worthy of a shot.

Aug 03, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sugar Maple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Served in a snifter glass. This was a weird beer overall. There was a fair bit of rye spice, did not get apples in this. The rye complemented the pale malt fairly well, giving it more body. The bitterness is mild, and makes for a drinkable beer. Again, fair bit of spicy rye, light graininess, floral and citrus hops, easy to drink, fair bit of carbonation to go along with a lighter body.

Aug 02, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1/2" head that falls to a surface foam.

Smell: fruit sweetness and some hop bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, mild rye spiciness, some fruity sweetness, lemon zest, and a hint of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: an easy drinking pale ale. The rye gives is an interesting take on the typical pale ale.

Jul 28, 2016
Beer Camp Across America - Pat-Rye-Ot from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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