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Humulus Rye | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Humulus Rye is a pale hoppy lager featuring German rye malt and a low mash temperature to let the hops take center stage. Formidable bitterness teams with heavy citrus and tropical notes thanks to American, New Zealand and Australian hops, accentuated by mild rye malt complexity.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of gabrielcolom
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of onlymurderers
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a Hazy, lemon-orange with a one-finger, white head. No carbonation detected.
S- Big on the rye. Hoppy lemongrass.
T- Big rye bite with nice citrus hop. Quite bitter, yet refreshing from the lemon/malt.
F- Medium, yet creamy.
O- Interesting beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$ 19.57 (Including shipping)/750 mL bottle ($ 0.770/oz) from Blackwell’s, San Francisco, CA
Undated capped bottle (2016 edition) at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter. After opening, a column of foam slowly climbed the inside of the bottle and squeezed through the opening.
Aroma – initially a very strong aroma of rye which rapidly fades to the wet grain odor of a lager
Head average (Maximum 3.5 cm, semi-aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to an irregular four to twelve mm frothy ring and a thin layer of bubbles with a heaped frothy island. Contraction of the head left behind lace curtains with large holes
Lacing – good. Almost complete rings of tiny to small bubbles connected to each succeeding layer by stalactites
Body – kind of a dirty cloudy yellow with no effervescence. Bottle conditioned?
Flavor – moderately bitter with definite rye flavor and some hop flavor as well. No malt other than rye is noted. Alcohol and diacetyl are absent.
Palate – medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.

A very drinkable and tasty rye beer. I would buy it again IF I was in California and didn’t have to pay shipping.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.5.

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Photo of ricke49
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle may be a bit old (brewed 8 months ago), can't compare it a fresh one as this is my first - but whoa...this is a tasty little rye devil! Pours with a pleasing cloudiness with moderate head retention. Taste is near perfect hop / rye malt balance - has that hint of rye dirtiness that I cherish in rye brews. Will pick up again, even if 8 mos old. This is a very well put together, extreme high quality beer. Congratulations! - you've made me a Bruery consumer.

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 2/19/16. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a bright but opaque orange with a frothy three finger cap of white head. The dense foam is slow to settle to a lingering quarter finger of retention that leaves huge, full sheets of lacing.

Aromas of citrus pulp and peel with a little rye bread and faint pepper.

Flavors of orange flesh, lemon zest, a pleasant rye spice character, light toast and a hint of grass. Almost zero alcohol. Quite quaffable.

Crisp, medium light body with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste of old orange peels, dry grass and a subtle rye spice.

Buying hoppy offerings from The Bruery is a questionable idea when I typically wait three to four months between having my trustee pick up and ship to Georgia but I'm pleasantly surprised at how well this held up for the almost four and a half months since it was bottled. Sure, the hop character shows signs of a age but this still delivers a great blend of citrus and rye in a crisp, easy drinking lager. Glad to have tried it and would not hesitate having again on tap, particularly if I knew it was sooner after being brewed.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DVMin98
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pkalix
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tobelerone
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i hope they keep playing with this series! as i have said, the base beer is one of the best hoppy lagers of all time, so really it needs no adjustments at all, its sensational as it is, but these little tweaks like a brett pitch or some rye malt is awesome, and makes me love it even more. this is great stuff, sort of a german rye or roggen type malt base to this now, its got the same fuller body it has always had, but the spice from the malt and the fresh unique flavor it provides makes this so different. i love the classic dry spicy rye here, and it brings out a seemingly more spicy side of the hops than the original has, although i think other factors have remained the same or similar. this is drying and has a bitter bite to it, i taste the rye for a long time after the swallow, it outlasts even the hop bitterness, pretty neat. the carbonation is sparkling like champagne which is just exactly the right feel for this very robust lager, and the freshness of the whole thing is just in point. so balanced, malty in a way that will make other malt driven lagers seem inadequate moving forward, bold and peppery even, but crackling dry. i am immensely impressed with this overall, i like it almost as much as the original, and can wait for the next incarnation of humulus. this is the gold standard in craft lager, and the addition of some rye malt really makes it something special. these guys can do no wrong right now, and at less than nine bucks a bottle, its more accessible than a lot of their other releases. not to be missed, hoppy enough even for the ipa fans!

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FriedSlug
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange, gold brew with an off white head that leaves amazing lacing. Super fruity with floral notes and sweet malt. A very nice sweetness with a citrus, mango flavor. Nice pine finish with a bit of sweetness lingering.

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Photo of alucard
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a nonic pint to a hazy orange topped by a finger and a half of dense white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of juicy citrus and dank resinous hops. Nice tropical aroma with some rye spice.
T: Taste is nice and citrusy up front with some grapefruit rind. Some pineapple comes through as well with some other tropical fruit and some nice oily hops. Rye provides some nice spicy notes to kind of balance things out. The swallow on this beer is a nice resinous grapefruit and pineapple with some slight herbal qualities.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium with soft and slightly prickly carbonation. all the hops leave a nice oily finish
O: Probably a better rye IPA than Hop Rod Rye. Great flavors and decent complexity. This is probably the closest thing to an IPA I've ever had from The Bruery even if they don't call it that. This is a great summer beer that is best enjoyed fresh. If you like hops this is definitely one to get your hands on.

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Photo of OsoRojo
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChipChaight
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Noble Grains NYC on the UES.
Slightly hazy orange with a white head that lingers with significant lacing, smells of citrus, dried fruits, and some tropical notes, taste is sweet tropical fruits and candied citrus followed by dank spicy bitterness that remains on the pallet, the beer is medium bodied, creamy, and slightly sticky at the end. An excellent juicy offering from the Bruery.

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Photo of cvm4
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a golden body with a frothy two finger eggshell head. Good retention and lacing on the head.

S - Tropical and citrus forward nose with rye spices, earth and sweet malts.

T - Juicy citrus, orange peel, rye spices and some sweet malts. It really follows the nose.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. It has a dry finish to it.

O - Great combination with the rye and citrus hops.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Humulus Rye from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 51 ratings