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Catcher In The Rye | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by feloniousmonk on 07-08-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Treyliff
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, Cincinnati

Pours a clear Amber, foamy white head, decent retention. Smells of fruity hops, spicy rye, toasted malt. Tastes of fruity and floral hops, spicy rye, toasted malt finish. Medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of JamesS
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice mid-deep copper color with excellent initial head and lacing, with nice lacing throughout. Great sweet malty aroma with a nice pine and citrus hop tone as well as good spicy rye hints very much in the nose. Excellent flavor with a great malt backing to go with wonderful citrus (and slightly piney) hops; there is a great spicy rye presence, but not so much it detracts from the whole pale ale. Goes down great, a wonderful rye pale ale. ABV is 7.1% at downtown indy location.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.62/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My conclusion is um...no thanks.

I asked for a sample and was given a sample glass filled with the golden concoction. It was clear with a thin head. The aroma was very wheaty, like, soggy bread dough.

The taste was strong and slightly sour. It actually created a very light stinging sensation in the senter of my tongue. It wasn't painful by any means but made the drinking experience unpleasant. Going down the throat the sensation was not as strong.

It looks nice but just isn't to my taste.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in King of Prussia, Pa. It was served in a pint glass.
Appearance: A cloudy deep yellow or gold body with a creamy white head, about two fingers worth. Awsome retention and lacing.
Smell: Bland with hints of malt (maybe rye?).
Taste: There's the rye, heavy malts, served way to cold.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth.
Drinkability: Not bad, but not good. Just ok.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

one-time/seasonal offering...was told by the server it was 6%. after drinking founder's red's rye i was surprised at the light color of this beer. a hazy pale yellow-amber in the glass with thick, creamy lacing. some citrus, fresh bread, and a hint of nuttiness in the nose. had a bit of residual sweetness mixed in with a light/moderate hop bitterness. soft malts going down. the server told me it was a "rye-ipa" so i expected more hoppiness than this delivered. around 30 ibu's i would guess. medium length finish. had a few of these so drinkability is good.

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Photo of Redrover
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is back on the menu (at least for a while). The beer is a bright copper with a smallish off-white head and ok lacing.

The nose is almost APA like. The hops are much more prominent than the rye, but there is some spiciness swirling under the citrus notes.

The tasty is pleasantly hoppy. Some grapefruit tang with a bit of rye spice. The malts add an almost whole-wheat crack taste. I wish the hops were dialed down a bit and the rye moved up a notch, but I still enjoyed this beer.

The mouth is pleasantly crisp with good active carbonation. This one went well with the food I ordered.

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Photo of dfried
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think I am reviewing a different recipe with the same name, what I had doesn't match what the old reviews say. That would make sense since they just changed brewers. The lastest one is a rye pale ale.

Hazy toffee amber color, frothy just-off-white head. Sweet grain-y aroma with citrus-like hops, but not too pungent due to the nitro-tap. The taste was quite fruity, both from the hops and malt. Grapes and apples, oranges and grapefruits. Some grain-y rye flavor helps balance all of these hops well. Kind of a light body due to the nitro-tap, but I was really impressed with how much flavor was in this beer. Really easy to drink.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky honey mustard near the top of the glass, progressively lighter and more clear near the bottom of the glass. The off-white head started out at a slim one finger and rapidly diminished to a patchy film. Although the head and lace were disappointing, the beer itself looked all right.

The nose was underpowered, feeble even. Catcher didn't smell anything like a rye beer, more like a less than enthusiastically hopped pale ale. The weak link for sure.

I must admit, I had a hell of a time trying to appreciate rye on the palate. There was plenty of sweetish pale malt that brought cereal grains (wheat and barley) to mind. In fact, CITR tasted more like a blonde ale than a rye beer. I also appreciated a little fruity orange that must have been hop related, but there was very little hop presence otherwise. A mild sour tang was complementary to the blonde malty sweetness.

I almost managed to convince myself that, with warming, a wee bit of spicy rye appeared on the finish. It was probably the power of suggestion, but still... The mouthfeel was medium with a minor amount of slickness and a slight mouthcoating that was right up my alley. The fine-gauged carbonation kept things perky throughout.

Catcher In The Rye isn't much of a rye beer for the simple reason that the rye doesn't make enough of an impression. It's more like a sweeter, more malty, less hoppy pale ale or an American blonde ale. It's still good beer, but a hefty infusion of spicy rye malt might have made it great beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed deep golden. Thin bone white head. Lacing is intricate and pretty full. On the nose it's biscuity malts accented with noble hop characteristics. Honey tones are in the background as well, though I'm not sure if they actually use honey in this beer. Nice refreshing taste. Warm biscuit malts with just a titch of toastiness in the background. Hops add a little herbalness and earthiness to the picture. Rye adds a bit of spiciness. Good flavor profile. The beer is nicely carbonated. Body about medium. Everything about this beer is good. Nice session brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear, honey-golden appearance, with a solid, 1/2" head of soft white foam...presentable...
Aroma is mild, sly, speaks up sparely with grassy notes, herbs, hay, and then the rye sticks out of there, unmistakably...interesting...
Taste? soft, sensuous entry on the palate, and very smooth, nothing from hops, malt is mellow, nothing really stands out. A bit dull, actually, but I believe it was meant to be more of a quaffer, with an interesting grain profile. There's a just a little bit of something that sticks in the throat, and dances gingerly in the mouth...pleasure meets supreme drinkability...not bad, not bad at all...the kind of laid-back brew for when you have no interest in any kind of "shock and awe" in your beer...(but, personally, I won't get too far into this growler before I give up and go running for an imperial stout!)

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Catcher In The Rye from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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