Batch #1000: Bryeian | The Bruery

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Batch #1000: BryeianBatch #1000: Bryeian
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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 8/8/13
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours a deep dark brown. Some light reddish hues coming through. Looks black in glass when all is filled.

S: Really nice spicy rye character mixed with the pine. Some roast, which I like. As it warms, more chocolate notes up up mixing with the earthy hops.

T: Nice splash of pine bitterness up front. There is some bitter grapefruit character. Roasted malts and that spicy rye come in mid palate. Finish is really dry. Lingering hop bitterness that is intensely earthy.

M: Big medium. There is some body here from the rye.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of rand
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From 750 mL bottle to oversized wine glass

The winning entry for The Bruery's Batch 1000 Homebrew contest, Bryeian forms a sudsy, marshmallow-head on a gentle pour, and reveals a rich, deep, dark brown color. Earthy, floral hop-essence combines with nutty, toasted notes to provide the brew's rather dry and subdued bouquet. More pronounced on the palate, the modestly oily complexion supports rather bitter, astringent roasted notes, with tinges of black coffee and tannins along the edges. Bitter hop oils and wood accentuate the brew's surprisingly dry palate. Interestingly, its long finish reveals most of the beer's nuances; honeyed squaw bread, earthy tea, a subtle hint of citrus zest.

An interesting beer, unlike a lot of the black ales floating around the local market, but I'm not sure it would win many competitions outside of their homebrew contest.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.07/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: very dark brown, almost black. A half finger tan head that slipped away. Not much lacing.

S: Hoppy and smokey. What a strange combo.

T: Roasty, hoppy. Smooth, sweet. Chocolate arrives to settle among the hops. Sticky resin. A dry finish.

M: Light to medium with medium dry carbonation.

O: Oddly tasteful. Glad I tried it.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark black with great lacing on the beer. Lots of chocolate colored head

Smell - rich malt flavor and lots of hops!

Taste - chocolate with a hop finish

Mouthfeel - ends quite bitter but nicely carbonated

Overall - this was a fun novelty beer by the bruery. Nothing special, but stil tasty

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice dark mahogany almost black. A vigorous pour yields a 2 inch head that is dense and has some amazing retention. Very very sticky head that leaves some amazing light tan lacing as it recedes slowly.

Aroma starts off wow. Hoppy, hoppy goodness. Slight notes of citrus hops with some mild resinous notes. The hops then are slightly balanced and blended with some nice slight roast notes. Notes of herbal and grassy hop flowers as well as some nice spicy rye notes in the nose. Very earthy. Seems like a palate wrecker. Upon further inspection there is some slight caramel notes mixed in with some pine and definitely some nice chocolatey notes.

Flavor starts off with some hoppy notes typical of an IPA. Citrus grapefruit notes with some tangerines. Here they are balanced with nice roast and dark malt notes. Grainy and earthy with some good rye spice present. The rye accentuates the spicy and herbal character of the hops and shines on its own as well. The brew has a lighter mouthfeel to it and I typically enjoy a bit of heft with these Black Ales. However this is a well crafted hoppy beer with some good roast.

Overall. Nice hit by the Bruery and the Homebrewers. Great hoppy notes and spicy rye notes that make this brew shine. Mild roasted notes that help balance it out. Well done.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 9.3.13

A - Pours a hazy dark brown with a huge fine mocha brown head with great retention.

S - Sublte hoppy-orange citrus, roasted rye malts, subtle.

T - Roasted rye malt with hints of orange zest and hoppy bitterness.

D - Tons of carbonation with a medium body.

O - A typical Cascadian dark, different for the Bruery. Light and enjoyable.

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Batch #1000: Bryeian from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 273 ratings