Sour In The Rye | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We brewed this ale with around 40% rye as a base malt and let our sour yeast and bacteria eat away at it in oak barrels for over a year creating a sour ale with a complex character of rye spice, oak and a subtle funk.

Added by womencantsail on 08-09-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#494
Reviews:
305
Ratings:
2,489
pDev:
8.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,489 |  Reviews: 305
Photo of BrewNoob1
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: copper-brown with an orange hue. Very little head; only a fine lacing at the edges of the glass.

Aroma: lacto and funk. The funk resembles Elmer’s glue.

Flavor: sour and funk, on par with the aroma, although the aroma indicated that this would be more sour than actually so. Slightly spicy in the finish.

Mouthfeel: light-medium. Appropriate to style.

Overall: on the better side of many sours that I’ve tried recently, but there are better sours available, especially given this beer’s price tag, $20 / 750ml.

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Photo of heddar33
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brentusaurus
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gerasimos
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016

The beer pours a nice, creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is an interesting cloudy and pale amber that comes off as a brownish orange color. It looks pretty nice.

The smell is pretty good. The beer has a nice sour note with a moderate oak note. The other notes seem to resemble an assortment of fruits like cherry and orange with a tart note to it. It's pretty good and pleasant to smell.

The taste is pretty good. It has a nice sour note that resembles orange and cherries with a slight oak note to it and a very tiny vinegar appearance.

The feel is pretty good. It's a medium bodied beer with a smooth body and a dry finish.

Overall, it a pretty good and solid sour beer. It's interestingly balanced in its taste and smell given that it's a sour. Unlike most of the other offerings, this one is still pretty good fresh out of the brewery. Anyway, go for it since this one of their better offerings.

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Photo of dsshuck
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjcamm
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oldvines
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If you're a fan of The Bruery's beers, chances are you'll like this. The typical Bruery over-the-top sourness, nice oaky tannins, and bit of spicy rye. Really damn good sour

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amalburg
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwarren82
3.52/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesFowler
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnct
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.01/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy peachy color ale with a nice large foamy head with limited retention and some light lacing. Aroma of lactic acid notes with quite a bit of vinegar and some oak notes is OKish. Taste is mostly dominated by loads of vinegary notes with some oak and a high-level of acid notes. Body is full for style with good carbonation. I don’t get what the fuss is with this beer. I thought it was really one-dimensional and acidity level wad too high for my liking.

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Photo of xtonytx
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hallu
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nawpnawp
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle poured in 2016.

Pours a beautiful golden brown with half a finger of head. The smell is sweet and sour; hints of peach and farmhouse funk. It is very sour and the flavor dominates. On a hot day like today (90 F), it is perfect. There is a bit of spice in the background, but the sour yeast has completely taken over.

I would like to have one of these fresh to compare. It is definitely a solid brew, but be aware that with 3 years on it, it becomes over powering in its sourness.

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Photo of MikeM417
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1levelabove247
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2,489 ratings
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