Batch #1000: Bryeian | The Bruery

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Batch #1000: BryeianBatch #1000: Bryeian

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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.

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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 53
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Brianofthemarsh
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, borderline black. Thick fluffy tan head.
s - A bit of piney hops and roasted malt. A wee bit of rye.
t- Oh goodness! Lots going on here. Grapefruit, maybe some tropical fruit and pine, roasted malt, chocolate, rye toast. More earthy hop notes came out as the drink warmed.
m- slick on the mouth but with moderate carbonation
o - An excellent beer. Bold , complex and drinkable at the same time.

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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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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%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GilGarp
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml capped bottle. Bottled 8/7/13.

Served chilled into a goblet.

Batch 1000 is a very dark brown ale with thick bone white head. It has great retention, settling very slowly, and leaving some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is a very enjoyable combination of citrusy hops and a sweet vanilla.

Flavor is hoppy but balanced with a sweet roasty malt body. It has great bitterness from the abundant hopping but also from the dark malts. The rye provides a pleasant spice and pumpernickel bread character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Balanced and enjoyable.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Cheers to the home brewers in Denver who one this prestigious competition. They deserved it.

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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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown to nearly black, essentially opaque, with a big fluffy tan head. Not much visible carbonation, although it's a dark enough beer…who knows.

S: Surprisingly low amount of aroma overall. There's some citrus hops and dark roasted malts. And that's about it.

T: Grapefruit rind, dark roasty malt with just a touch of chocolate flavor (no coffee roast to speak of), very restrained spicy rye malt, and a bit of resin and dank hops. Bitterness in hang, presumably due both to roasted malts and hops.

M: Nice full body, alcohol well-hidden, and carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: This wasn't bad, but it was a bit of a letdown from The Bruery. Just not an outstanding black ale, but worth a try once.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hoarders Society bottle. The beer is dark brown with a towering beige head. The aroma offers pine, resin, hops, roast. Definitely smells true to style. Well balanced and flavorful. Healthy amount of pleasant bitterness. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, a tasty beer and fine example of a black IPA.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of flexabull
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black color with a huge off white head.

Aromas are of bitter bakers chocolate, rye, mixed grains, and an earthy note.

Taste is spicy up front, grainy, with notes of rye, bakers chocolate, and light faint cream. Finish is earthy and bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with good carbonation, a touch on the thin side.

Overall, a good black IPA, but not a great one. And not really worth the price IMHO.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip, in two stages. The head on the first pour was huge, so I let it settle a few minutes then poured again. The result resembled a chocolate frappe with a thick, bumpy tan head over a dense black body. Super long head retention and gobs of lacing.

Aromas of rye bread, dark chocolate, roasty coffee, pineapple fruit, and earthy, arboreal notes of pine/juniper and forest floor.

This tastes complex with a lot of different notes of bitterness--dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, burnt toast, pepper. It also has a strong rye tanginess that comes across a little fruity and an evergreen hop character that rounds it all out. Tastes delicious.

Body is medium and the carbonation is just right. It is a bit of an assaulting ride on the palate that finishes with a peppery burn on the tongue and a lasting bitterness.

I am liking these dark rye hoppy beers like Wookey Jack--whatever you want to call them--and this is another good example. An odd-ball in The Bruery's repertoire, it is a well-made beer inspired by good home-brew. It is tasty yet just 7% ABV, and is not so expensive--just under $10. This bottle is 3 months old now, and the idea was to consume it fresh. While some hop character may have attenuated, this is still drinking great right now.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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