Right On Rye
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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3.19 | pDev: 18.18%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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SummitVA from Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale straw pour, little head

S - Sweet malt with no discernible rye spice and little hop character

T - Really sweet beer with an odd sort of lactic/creamcicle/grapey flavor that I occasionally get at brewpubs. (Always wondered if this was a fermentation or sanitizing issue; might just simply be dirty lines.) This off flavor dominates the flavor. Again, rye character is absent.

M - Lighter medium brew. Strikes me as a bit chewy for what is presumably a summer brew

O - My least favorite beer of the night, but I couldn't say no to a rye beer on draft. Hopefully, this was a one time misfire; I'd certainly give it another shot.

Aug 18, 2011
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drabmuh from Maryland

2.61/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oddest looking rye ale I've ever seen. This beer served in a shaker pint is light yellow and mostly clear with a thin white head that leaves no lacing on the glass and is undercarbonated.

Beer has no aroma.

This beer is not bitter from hops, it has some maltiness to it in the front palate but I don't think it is sweet at all. There is a growing odd aftertaste and grainy bitterness at the back. This was my least favorite. No rye character, no caraway, no nothing.

Jul 13, 2010
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badbassrandy from Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden with plenty of carbonation. White head does not dissipate as fast as most Rock Bottom brews, but little if any lacing.

S - Light spices and breadiness. Almost lemony. Earthy. Suggestions of hops.

T - Bottom line on the taste: the hops and rye work perfectly in synergy. This is neither a hugely hoppy beer or one with big rye bite, but both worlds coexist in harmony. A little bite from rye and some pleasing citrus and bitterness from the hops. Malt bill must be reserved, as this is a light summer drinker.

M - Carbonated, somewhat chewy, prickly from rye and hops, refined and just barely creamy. Light.

D - Quite drinkable, but there is a hint of something funky going on beneath the surface of its flavor profile. I chalk this up to the rye or malts used, or a combination. Still, easily imbibed, especially on a hot day or evening.

Jul 01, 2009
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tumbler glass of Right On Rye served at Rock Bottom in Bethesda, MD.

Appearance: The ale has the look of a nice pale ale, amber to orange in color and crystal clear. There is an alright head on the beer.

Smell: The ale has a spicy, sharp edge that allows a nice citrusy hop aroma and a bite from the rye to emerge.

Taste: The hops take charge from the get-go. They are citrusy and full of flavor. They slowly fade away and leave a nice piquant flavor that I think the rye assists.

Mouthfeel: The beer's hops and malts are balanced nicely, giving the ale a bite that is not too strong.

Drinkability: I wanted to take a growler home (having brought my own), but apparently they only fill their own, so beware.

Jun 30, 2006
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jaluria from Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an orange-brown color with a soft, mellow, off-white colored head with a high level of carbonation. A bit of lacing was left behind in my glass as the head quickly dissipated. Faint aromas of toasted grains, corn, fresh bread, and rye. Well-balanced between hops and malt with a bread-like sweetness in the finish. Very much like a pale ale meets and amber lager. The texture was smooth and yet slightly biting. Each additional sip (from the initial) seemed to have more depth and flavor. Grains and rye were easily detectable midway through my 1st pint. Very easy to drink with soft flavors and subtle characteristics. I had two pints and brought home a growler of it.

Jun 27, 2006
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TheSarge from Virginia

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a seasonal brew put out by Rock Bottom Brewpub.

Right on Rye came out with a good frothy head with a mild concentration of foamy goodness. Even though it did come out with a decent looking head, it dissipated rather quickly. This is my first rye beer, so I don't no if this is common. This brew is copper in color and slightly hazy

There's a mild hops aroma, slightly floral.

Initially this brew is slightly sweet but gives away to the bitterness of hops.

I’m going to try this brew again for a more in depth review, but I’d recommend that you give it a try if available.


Jun 24, 2006
Right On Rye from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 8 ratings