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
Ratings:
2,476
Reviews:
305
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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701
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Photo of bullywee
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper, very litte carbonation, no head. I frankly struggled to pick-up much on the aroma sans the lacto-funk you get in most sours. The oak is there if you strain but I found no rye. Taste wise it is a very clean and soft "sour"...no punch-in-the-face vinegar or lacto, just enough bite to give it some profile. tingly on the tongue, wood is there mostly at the end...it finishes very clean, which could be from the rye, though i discerned no actual rye flavor. I think it's just too similar to the oak and the two merge. It is very clean and accessible, which is certainly admirable in the sour game where lots of breweries take missteps, but it is also kinda boring and indestinct. Very good for sure but not a top-class sour.

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Photo of intransitive
2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

look: Deep amber, with a frothy head that departs quickly.

smell: I don't get much of one

taste: Quite puckeringly sour, not entirely pleasant . Unripe fruit and grass. More odd than delicious.

feel: Astringent, with a burn that lingers in my throat.

overall: A strange thing. I'm someone who loves sour ales, but this one isn't doing much for me. Maybe the fruit varieties fare better? There's a chance that the novelty of this beer will become a taste that I adjust to over time... and I have another glass worth that I'll polish off while I think about that... but my initial response is mixed.

(edit: I poured that second glass, had a few sips, and poured it down the drain)

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Photo of sposter4
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Croft
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ghirsh
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rponder
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AuntBea
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duffman79
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nunya
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xJMFCx
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured clear amber, with a big long lasting head that deposited a coating of fine lace on a snifter glass.

Pungently sour, with lime and earthy oak.

Sourness is powerful at first, but in a mellow way, allowing tangerine and oak flavors to flower, before a long dry tart finish. Warms nicely, but lacks progression.

Surprisingly little carbonation, must have blown off in the head. The body is medium weight, with a velvety texture. It is dry, but short of leaving cotton mouth behind. Alcohol is imperceptible.

Tasted alongside several other sours, this was one of the most enjoyable, for its mellow, yet powerful sourness. One could easily consume this in a session over the course of a few hours.

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 30helens
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of helpingphriendlybook
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of target88
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of myblais
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,476 ratings.
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