Smoked Rye Pale Ale
COAST Brewing Company

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Rye Beer
Ranked #53
Ranked #16,202
4.01 | pDev: 7.48%
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
Very Good
Notes: Mildly smoky with an incredible floral bouquet in both aroma and flavor. 5% smoke and 30% Rye. Ultimate Refreshment.
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, delicious! Incredibly balanced smoke and hop character with a superb finish. Nose is smoky but it’s subdued when you take that first sip. Well-hopped and properly bitter with a stellar body and feel. And damn drinkable. I love this unique riff on a ubiquitous style. This is top notch stuff!

Aug 31, 2018
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zac16125 from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

COAST Smoked Rye Pale
growler into a pint glass

A: Pours a very hazy to the point of being opaque, apricot orange. 1/2 a fingers width of slightly off white colored head comes and goes quickly. Leaves only the faintest patches of lacing.

S: Some citrus, very floral and herbaceous. This is followed by the smokey aromas, which alternate between really nice and somewhat unpleasant with a burnt plastic type of aroma.

T: Very smokey, with a real nice charred wood character. This is followed by citrus flavors and hop bitterness. The smoked notes are huge, however, I dont get any of the unpleasant burnt plastic notes that I picked up in the aroma. Instead, its a really pleasant smoked wood, cedar maybe. I really like this, I dont know if Ive ever had a Pale Ale with smoked notes like this.

M/D: Medium body, appropriate carbonation, good drinkability.

O: Overall, this is pretty unique, and I really enjoyed it. Id definitely recommend it.

Apr 13, 2013
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy mustard and golden with single finger head and not much lace.

S: mild hop aroma, some smokey and caramel notes. A touch of citrus.

T: initially a touch tart and piney hop flavor which transitions to floral and woody notes. Smoked Malta are in the background throughout

M: moderate carbonation ad medium body

Overall: pretty unique beer. The cherrywood comes through nicely and is not over powering. The hop flavor is simple but good.

Dec 17, 2011
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: Very smoky aroma, as expected, with a hint of citrus and hops as well.

T: Tasted of mild hops, malt, citrus and overwhelmingly, smoke. This latter component does overtake the flavor a bit too much. It doesn't gel as well with the APA style as it does with a porter or stout. Not a bad flavor, but a little one-dimensional.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is experimental beer and should be reviewed as such. Not a terrible brew, but not something I'd readily return to.

Dec 17, 2011
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A few details may be incorrect, labeled at 5% on my CBX growler and it is also 20% barrel fermented.

A - Pours a sneaky cloudy golden orange with a nice finger of cream head, excellent retention and excellent lacing

S - Sweet, citrusy and grainy. Definitely has a smokey characteristic to it, little yeasty too maybe?

T - Sweet caramel malts and plenty of citrus up front. A definite Smokey and semi bitter flavor follow up. A little health and bitter at the finish. Really complex, don't think I've had one like this before!

M - Medium bodied or less, good carbonation, very drinkable

O - Really unique, very citrusy and Smokey plus a little bitter and sweet, yestyness too. A lot going on here, really impressed. And at a refreshing 5% this is an awesome brew to session.

Dec 11, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very hazy golden amber with about two inches of white head on top. A nice slow fade gave way to copious side glass lace and a nice film across the top. You could tell it was nice due to ample carbonation consistently replenishing it. Great fresh aroma, with lots of floral hops and a good bit of grain in the back. The taste followed through pretty much the same. Great floral hop flavor hit you right away, but it was very light and refreshing, nothing overbearing about it at all. Nice underlying grain base had a touch of sweetness to it which gave it some good depth. Smooth, crisp finish with a nice lingering bitterness. Great light bodied feel and amble carbonation made it very light and refreshing and kept you wanting to come back for more. This was easily a session ale with no issues. Overall I was very impressed here

Nov 21, 2011
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to funkydelic for sending me this growler.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with tangerine hues and two finger frothy white head.  Excellent retention slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves large chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Slightly toasty aroma with faint smoke rauchbier elements.  Hints of charcoal and smoke balanced by pale malt as well as some earthy and sweet citrus hops.  Hints of pine, grapefruit and orange peel along with some biscuity malt.
Medium bodied and on fuller end with a nice smokey character that doesn't overpower.  Stronger than aroma suggested with hints of smoke, charcoal, ash and BBQ.  This is excellently balanced by the earthy notes of grass, pine and straw as well as the pale biscuit malt and hop profile.  Slightly earthy/bitter with subtle dryness which compliments the smoke. This is countered by the sweet citrus fruit notes, notably grapefruit, orange peel and mango.  Excellently balanced, extremely flavorful and dangerously drinkable.  

Nov 09, 2011
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jsanford from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler filled at Growlers in Hilton Head, SC. Poured into a COAST Pint Glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a creamy white head that recedes to a thin haze and leaves lots of soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Aromas of sweet cracker malt, yeast, spices, and a bit of underlying smoke. The mix of sweeter malt, Belgian-y yeast, spice (presumably from the rye) and the smoke keeps me thinking about a spiced cookie of some kind. Perhaps weird, but I keep thinking snickerdoodle when I smell this.
T - Wow, what an interesting beer. The sweet malt leads to the fruity Belgian yeast (have to agree with Calton here, this definitely has a Belgian "twang" to it) and is then followed up with the smoke flavor. The smoke is interesting, and really goes on a roller-coaster of flavor itself ; the initial subtle smokiness is followed by a sweetness, and then a distinctive smoked ham character finishes is off and lingers on the palate. It's amazing the amount of flavor coaxed out of a (relatively) low ABV beer.
M - Smooth and slightly creamy, with a medium mouth-feel and moderately crisp carbonation. Very nice Pale Ale feel to it, COAST is usually pretty spot-on with their body/carbonation, and this is no exception.
O - I'm really digging this beer, surprising since I'm not a huge fan of smoked beers (sorry COAST, the Smoked Porter was too much for me!). I think this is the way to do it, with the smoke as a supplemental flavor, not the main draw. Great job as always David and Jamie, I'm really glad I got to try another amazing creation!

May 31, 2011
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this while at the Old Nuptial and Boy King release this weekend! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, banana, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. It really had a nice Belgian influence going on in this one (at least it did for me). I would have honestly thought it was a Belgian-style Pale if I were given this in a blind tasting. The smoke on this one was very forward at first but the fruit takes over while it sits on your palate. Was really glad they had this one on during the event as I have been wanting to try it for quite some time.

May 23, 2011
Smoked Rye Pale Ale from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 25 ratings