Sour In The Rye | The Bruery

Sour In The RyeSour In The Rye
BA SCORE
95.6%
Liked This Beer
4.31 w/ 2,480 ratings
Sour In The RyeSour In The Rye
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:
#492
Reviews:
305
Ratings:
2,480
Liked:
2,371
Avg:
4.31/5
pDev:
8.82%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
358
Gots:
701
Trade:
64
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Ratings: 2,480 |  Reviews: 305
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

Photo of ChrisTota
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OrangeMen
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage
~1 year since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a copper color, burnt amber with some lighter orange hues. Transparent, some slow rising carbonation bubbles. Half finger thick, off white colored head, fizzy and soapy.

Aroma- Tart cherries, bright berry fruit notes, bit of lemon / lime acidity. Bready malts, subtle spice and dry oaky earthiness. Grass and funk, clove.

Taste- Tart black cherries, moderate puckering sourness, lemon lime. Red grapes, vinous quality. Malty sweetness w/ spicy, peppery, bready rye. Dry oak and vanilla, grassy earthiness, funky yeast.

Feel- Medium to full in terms of style, substantial body. Puckering sour at times, but eventually settles down, slight drying character. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Very good sour with a lot of complexity behind it between the malts, rye, oak, and funkiness. Black cherries are in the forefront througout, and pair exceptionally well with the vanilla character on the finish.

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Photo of nvbrew
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of cbutova
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Fairly muddy appearance to the medium orange amber body. Fizzy and foamy head rises up to over a finger with pretty good retention. Small belt leaves spotty lacing.

S- One of the best non-fruit sour aromas out there. Holy hell it feels like the most underripe sour stone fruits were concentrated a thousand times and squeezed into a bottle. Apricot and sour plum with a huge punch of lactic acid. Hints of wine and wet oak.

T- The vinous sour pale grape tones come out quite a bit but the star of the show remains the lactic acid, funk and stone fruit goodness. Sour plums, apricots, apple, peaches and general underripe stone fruits. Oak tannins, vanilla degraded wood, tons of lactic and a slight bit of acetic acid.

MF- Medium bodied for the style with a very slick coating left all over the mouth. Low-medium carbonation with a silky foamy texture. Finishes very sour.

Oh boy. This beer only seems to grow into more of a masterpiece every time I drink it. Sublime sour plum, apricot and grapes coat the palate supported by wet oak and heavy acidity. Beats out a vast majority of the super limited sours out there without a doubt.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HawkeyBum
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
Beer rating: 95.6% out of 100 with 2,480 ratings
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