Batch #1000: Bryeian | The Bruery

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Batch #1000: BryeianBatch #1000: Bryeian
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Join us in excitement as we release the winning brew from our Batch #1000 homebrew contest - Bryeian! Hard to believe that we've brewed 1,000+ batches of beer and for those who have been with us throughout the years, probably surprising to see that the winner is a hoppy ale! A cascadian, dark rye ale to be exact. Brian Pramov and Bryan Keas, a pair of homebrewers from Denver put together this winning recipe for us and it shined brightly in our competition. The roast of the dark malts, the spice of the rye and the intense hop character combine for a fantastic experience.

Added by mhaugo on 08-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
273
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.49%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
33
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large 4 finger tan head with nice retention and lacing on a very deep amber brown head with red tint. Aroma follows with tart grapefruit, roasted malts, earthy hops, brown sugar, rye and confectioners chocolate. Flavor of dark breads, roasted malts, earthy and citrus hops, minimal resin, wood. Moderate to full body and moderate carbonation. Nice balance between the hops and roast styles.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, rye, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with rye and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium body mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid rye presence but nothing too remarkable for the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

definitely the best black ale ive had in a long time, well hopped and very light for the color, clean even on the finish, uncommon. I know the bruery didn't originally create this one, but the sure executed it well. jet black on the pour, huge off white head, milkshake thick and lasting with ring lacing at every sip. the nose is bitter almost burnt malt and all the west coast hops that the nostrils can handle. hints of dark chocolate too beneath the twofold bitterness. the flavor is just like the nose, not a rich or decadent beer, but something drinkably bold. love the highly hopped black malt flavor, pungent and distinct, dry in the finish but a lasting hop flavor stays with me. the complexity of this is tremendous, as is the feel, its somehow light despite its color and depth of flavor. a great addition to their lineup, I would love to see this available all the time. the rye adds a nice touch without being dominant. just an all around world class beer, the best example of the style I can remember ever having.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Split with rudzud as usual. Again American Black Ale not really my fav style, but we'll see how this goes.

Huge creamy head of 2 fingers, foamy, fades semi slowly with lots of soapy lacing, pretty much pitch black semi thick beer.

Nose nice dark malts, little roasty and tin, hint bready yeast, caramel and dark choc. Hops are a plenty, floral, fruity, little citrus, bit earthy spicy, candy hops, green grassy wet hay hop, dank, then some rye, lots of rye and pumpernickel bread.

Taste starts with more rye and bitter hops, earthy spicy hops, little fruity with hint citrus. Rye and dark bready malts bring pumpernickle bread, light spicy rye and spicy hop. Some sweet malts, light caramel, little roast, hint choc, little bready dough. Finish is dry and sticky, long semi bitter earthy spicy hop, fair bitterness, little dark grainy malt and rye. 3

Mouth is fuller bod, little syrupy, nice carb.

Overall not bad, decent malt and hop balance even for a black ipa, nice rye component that really shines through, hops aren't the best but not too bad.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Seriously dark color, near black, with a lovely sudsy appearance in the Duvel tulip. A rich mouthfeel with lots of creamy carbonation.

Aromatic flavors and a great example of the spicy rye flavors. The hops are a little over the top but it's not insanely bitter. Gummy, grapefruity hop flavors. Pleasant sweet mouthful of hops to go with the bitterness.

I guess it doesn't matter what style this is, but since Black Ale is a category based on nothing but color, I'd rather call it a Rye Beer, which is what the Bruery folks call it. Even the name has rye in it. In any case it's very tasty, and my favorite Bruery beer.

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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Stellar looking beer. Thick black body with a deep khaki colored head. The creamy foam towers over the glass and has outstanding retention and lace.

S - Dried resiny hops, lavender. Honey, molasses, light toast and a big, inviting rye bread note.

T - Brewed, dark roasted coffee grounds from the bottom of the press: dark chocolate, bitter char, and an oily acidity. Burnt rye toast, resiny hops, bright wood, and black pepper through the finish.

M - Medium light body with great staying power.

O - Big, hoppy, and char forward.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdfb79
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/22/13 notes. Bought 1 bottle of this in the RS this year. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one finger of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cascadian hops, dank pine , rye, citrus hops, and some roasted malts. A nice mix of a lot of pine hops and roasted notes, they work well together.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, pine hops, light rye, spices, toasted malts, light citrus hops, and some earthy malts. More roasted notes than the nose and less pine hops, but I like it.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel has no bitterness at all and it is pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one. Not my favorite Black IPA and not the hoppiest, but plenty of pine and roasted notes, and the rye is noticable and works well with it. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown. Decent khaki head. Nice surface wisps and even some lace.

Smell - Grapefruit hops. Roasty malt. I get some faint rye.

Taste - Aggressive grapefruit hop. Spicy rye character. Coffee roasted malts and some bitterness. A hint of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - I wanted dislike it, but it's not bad.

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Batch #1000: Bryeian from The Bruery
3.91 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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