Catcher In The Rye Ale | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by jreitman:
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4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to the waitress, this beer was an experimental batch that could become a seasonal if it is well recieved. Hopefully, they will keep it as it is by far my favorite beer that they offer. Nice almost amber color. Good rye spiciness as the beer moves to the back of your mouth (70% barley, 30% rye in this one). Good hop finish. A very nice beer.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap at La Jolla. Pours murky yellow with small white head. Aroma is honey and grain. At this point I thought they poured me a wheat beer. Sticky mouthfeel. The taste is sweet vanilla and grass. Very little rye and hops, and it only shows up in the aftertaste. Unimpressive.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap: Color is a off yellow-orangish hue with no real head or lace.
Smell is soft of rye and grain, somewhat sharp with a hop note detected. Taste is light and easy, a bit crunchy spark, smack of sweet tart bitterness thats pretty easy to handle, but also lacking in any true flavor, just far to light for me. You can taste the rye pretty easily and a bit of hop balanced in, not to bad, not to great.
The feel is very airy and thin, a bit watery, with the sharp bitter tartness at the front and smoothing out. Since everything is in a lighter style it makes for good drinking.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap recently. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice white head with ok lacing, yellowish. Really isn't that striking, but not awful.

Smell: Rye with caramel malt character, and light hops. They advertised it as an IPA, but it's definitely, as the name implies, more of a Rye. Nothing too aromatic, and in comparison to other Ryes, like Hop Rod from Bear Republic, it feels a little weak.

Taste: Decent, nothing too impressive. Little bitterness, light hops, and rye. Malty character is more than the hops, but still relatively balanced. Not too impressed, but not awful either.

Mouthfeel: Amply carbonated and slightly grainy on the finish. A little dry.

Drinkability: Eh, it's a beer. I had two. If they'd had something from another brewery, I'd have switched it up, but it's not bad either. Check them out after 7 on Wednesdays and it's only 2 bucks a pint, at which point it's pretty reasonable and cheaper prices make any beer taste better.

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Photo of oggg
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


The recipe in the men's restroom reads... pale malt ~50%, Caramel malt, Rye 34%, and Carapils (surprise no munich). Hopped with Liberty and Hallertauer. The waittresses try to stick lemon wedges in your beer, so watch out.

This beer is a murky tan color. Like dirty water. Small head with minimal lace.

There is a subtle floral hop aroma that comes out as the beer warms.

The rye is evident. The brewery states the rye gives the beer a spiciness. I would guess the Hallertauer would add to it. In any case, the spiciness is a nice touch. Mild citrus. Mild hop bitterness in good balance. Huge graininess that finishes slightly dry.

Medium bodied. Subtle alcohol. Good balance

Highly drinkable. Doesn't look very pretty.

10/21/04 My friend ordered this and it came as an amber colored clear looking brew. Seems perhaps more bitter than the last iteration, with spicy grain surging late. So the rye is cool but the rest of the beer is average.

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Catcher In The Rye Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
3.55 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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