Rebel Ale | Shooting Creek Farm Brewery

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Shooting Creek Farm Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wchesak on 03-28-2009

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by wchesak:
Photo of wchesak
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a la fin du monde tulip

A - golden copper, with about a finger's worth of off white head

S - this is random, but it smells like popcorn, besides that you can pick up on the rye that is used, and some of the hop

T - nice malt beginning leading to a spicy bitterness

M - good carbonation, smooth on the swallow

D - light enough to drink a few but complex enough to not feel like you are losing out flavor bc of drinkability

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shooting Creek Farm Brewery closed in 2011 but now some of the old stuff is being brewed by Blue Mountain.Pours into a standard pint glass a clear copper color with a thinner white that lasts for quite awhile.Light aromas with caramel malts and mild rye sharpness detected.Fruity notes upfront on the palate with lighter citrusy hops and a little rye sharpness and sourness in the finish.No frills but to me better than past reviews although it's the same recipe from the past from what I read.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. Always good to get rates from Virginia.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain, grass, oranges and lemons. Fairly hoppy smelling for an amber ale. The flavor is not hoppy at all. I get a lot of grain and grass. Overall, the beer is very sweet tasting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.72/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rust color has the cloudy haze of an unfiltered beer, which this is. Head is wispy and thins to a crown in no time.

Mostly grainy aroma, with fresh-baked bread and that earthy tweak you get with rye. Kind of musty in the background, veering toward peat.

Simple and not-very-complex flavor, yet rather enjoyable. Light biscuit, home-baked wheat bread, light gingerbread cookie and a polite hint of citrus. Smooth and uncomplicated flavor without being in any way bland.

Comes on full at first yet thins out pretty quickly. No matter, as it has a nice roundness and only moderate carbonation, lending a nice soft delivery of its delicate flavor.

Extremely easy drinking, light and delicate yet without holes or rough spots. Not ultra-eventful, it's a subtle flavor that really grows on you. Grew on me, anyway. Rebel Ale is hardly rebellious, but hey, what's in a name?

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. A copper colored beer with a thick white head. Smooth creamy low hop flavor. Has a nice fairly hoppy flavor and bite, a good ale.

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Photo of CpnYates
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the superb vintage cellar, Blacksburg, VA.

Had accidentally stumbled upon Shooting creeks brewery near Floyd, VA while doing some exploring in Franklin county the week prior. What a cool location they have tucked back in the woods. On a side note, I now understand why the other locals didn't favor a tasting room. This isn't a large winery or brewery, this is a farmhouse off a gravel road in a remote area.

Anyhow, the beer was pretty tame. Bland even. Not that there is anything wrong with basic, good representations of a style, but for the price, well I expected more.

The beer really fares better after a few minutes to warm in the glass, and the nose comes out to bring in some spice and hop character, which adds to the taste.

Anyhow, solid effort, just nothing special. Could have a couple, but wouldnt be clamoring to tell anyone about it.

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Photo of blackie
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: tyranena pint, pale golden in color with a slight haze, nice white head with good retention

s: pale malt body with a slight dose of spicy rye, a little peppery, the brewfarm grown cascade hops impart a dried citrus aroma

m: carbonation on the high end of medium, a bit prickly, lighter in body

t: pale malt body, pretty dry for the most part with just a touch of sugar in the middle, some yeasty flavors towards the end, the rye is subtle - leaving a dry spice in the finish, accompanied by a lemony citrus hop profile and mild bittering, some slight grassiness, starts to pick up a strange aftertaste upon warming -

d: drinks easily, clean finish with a nice spice from both hop and rye, and easily sippable due to its dryness

to my senses it's more of a pale ale, but the bottle calls it an amber

single from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA

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Photo of JasonTaverner
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ZacHart
2.1/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Notes: poured from bottle to snifter.

A: cloudy, burnt orange hefeweizen-like color and extremely overcarbonated. The tan head was fluffy but so giant that it required a pour-wait-pour and left little lacing.

S: sweet, citrusy aroma. Smells like underfermented beer.

T: s hint of biscuity malt flavor quickly fades to sweet, citrusy, unfinished beer.

M: hearty but not overly thick; a nice mouthfeel for an "amber."

O: I'd love to give this beer a chance but honestly feel like it's an underfermented homebrew in a fancy bottle. The lack of developed flavors and the extreme overcarbonation make it a chore to drink. I've had good brews from Shooting Creek, but this was a bad experience.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of bcgill
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of kels
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stopped to grab dinner at Cabo Fish Taco in Blacksburg. I wasn't too impressed with the beer selection, but it's cool that they support local breweries like Shooting Creek and Blacksburg Brewing Co.

Appearance: Pour is lighter in color than expected and resembles the straw yellow of a macro lager. Slight haze masks a steady stream of carbonation bubbles slightly, and a skim of white, filmy head retains at the top with very little lacing to speak of.

Smell: Smell is mostly toasted grain with a slight, metallic dinginess.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Feel is very bright and fizzy, refreshing. Taste is a blend of very light, toasted malt, bready graininess, and a light, barely notable lemony hop presence.

Drinkability: Fairly high if you don't worry too much about flavor. Pretty mediocre overall.

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Photo of Deuane
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Cellar, Blacksburg, VA

A-Slightly hazed golden kissed copper with a thin off white head that left spotty lace.

S-Fairly light biscuit malt with a touch of spicy rye malt and a light hop zip. Improves with warming.

T-Much like the aroma this one starts off a bit bland but with warming the spicy rye notes start to come through. A touch of bitter citrus rind comes into play in the dry finish.

M-Medium-light body fairly sharp with a drying finish and light lingering bitterness.

D-An all around decent brew. Nothing spectacular but nothing wrong either. I would prefer a bit more hop zing to accent the spicy rye. Not a bad introduction to this new to me farmhouse brewery. I will look forward to trying their other products.

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Photo of bamadog
3.16/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass... But before I get into this, I took a whiff from the bottle once I opened it and I thought it smelled kind of assy, fortunatley on the pour the nose opened up a bit, but I've gotta say that I still think it's kind of got an assy smell.

Appearance: Pours a pretty solid straw color with some hints of copper on the outer portion of the glass; strong showing of carbonation throuhgout a body that appears to be just a bit hazy; comes with a one finger white head that fades down to a pretty full skim; nice rings of lacing left behind.

Smell: As mentioned in the intro, it's a bit rough on the smell at first (rotten vegetation?), but it does become a nice toasty graininess, a bit of a dry and crackly graininess even...

Taste: Kind of bizarre here - there's actually a very sweet presence right away and I guess I would attribute it to malts, but it seems almost saccharine-esque and artificial; following that sweetness though there is the nice pleasant graininess and that tries to save the beer as a whole, but that sweetness is just off for me.

Mouthfeel: Especially strong carbonation makes the mouth very tingly; body comes across as "wet" (which I often feel stupid for typing because it IS a liquid and all), but there's no drying aspect and it's a fairly quenching beer for that; largely a clean finish and just a bit of that sweet and grainy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Meh. I could really take this or leave it. I like to try to be supportive of breweries from various regions that don't get much representation outside of where it comes from, but this is one that I will not be searching for again. Perahps another offering of a different style will retrieve my attention for them, but as of now... nope.

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Photo of ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at The Cellar in Blacksburgh, VA where it was billed as Rebel Rye Ale, not an Amber. It poured a cloudy tan- amber color with very little white head and a modest drizzle of lacing. The aroma was sweet grain malt and slightly citrusy wheat, not very strong but not bad. The flavor is a somewhat tart rye malt, a bit thin with tingly carbonation. A little nutty and lots of sour milk. Another flawed rye ale I'm afraid but it's not bad, actually improves and mellows as it warms to room temperature. Drinkable but not worth investing too much time.

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Photo of tchenery
3.32/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice big foamy head that looks great. The color is extremely light and the carbonation through the beer looks like duvel bubbles. It's definitely not an amber ale, and certainly not a red ale.

There's a definite malt nose to this beer with slight earthy hop aromas as well with a hint of grapefruity citrus on the end.

Wow, very carbonated. I feel like the carbonation masks a bit of the flavor, but it's super light in body. It's a decent tasting beer but it's just not very deep. There are some saison like qualities, slight peppery hops, straw color/flavor, etc. but it's a bit lackluster.

Too bubbly. I'm going to be burping for a while with this one. I like the "farm brewery" aspect of it though and understand it's a super small operation, so kudos to that.

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Photo of MrOH
3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Ellwood Thompson's @ $3

Appearance: cloudy, deep gold with red highlights, a bit light for the style, thick head that dissapates quickly but leaves very nice lacing

Smell: hints of banana and apricot

taste: apricot, then a bit of lemon, then rye spiciness

mouthfeel: kinda creamy, but not quite full bodied, crisp spicy finish

drinkability: goes down pretty easy. I could definitely have a couple if they weren't so expensive for what it is.

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Rebel Ale from Shooting Creek Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 18 ratings