Stonefly Rye
Three Creeks Brewing Co.

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Three Creeks Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States
Rye Beer
Ranked #86
Ranked #27,326
3.43 | pDev: 14.29%
Apr 04, 2022
Oct 15, 2008
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear bright yellow brew with abundant foam in the New Belgium snifter. Light and lively on the tongue. There is just a touch of the spicy rye flavor, an excellent addition to a low-ABV brew that needs more flavor without the hop overdose. Hops are actually quite restrained, supposed to be Crystal plus dry-hopped Strata.

Tastes are malty with a note of honey, plus that slight resiny finish. Just slightly bitter in the aftertste. From the 12 oz can dated 7/28/21, so it's another garage-dweller dusted off for spring. I will look for a fresh one but this is highly quaffable.
Apr 04, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look: cloudy dark yellow-light orange with a frothy white head that settles to a puckering pillow and leaves great lacing on the glass
Aroma: Lemongrass, rye spiciness, bread, floral notes, and some mild earthiness
Taste: Lemons, limes, sweet bread, and floral notes rev things up as spicy rye begins to trickle into the fray. Earthy and spicy notes go back and forth with citrus and bread until the rye grabs hold and leads to the close
Mouthfeel: Light but full, medium-high carbonation, and finishes with a slight dryness or astringency from the rye
Overall: I dig it. I’ve been a huge fan of this beer since these folks first put it out, probably over a decade ago, under the name, Stonefly Rye (now Stonefly Session Ale), and though the recipe has been tweaked, it still contains what drew me to it originally – the rye. Good hybrid blonde ale/pale ale with spicy rye notes that hits the spot when it’s warm outside
Dec 06, 2021
Rated: 3.63 by rarigney from Washington

Sep 19, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Big_Thirsty from Illinois

Aug 26, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by kkenagy from Oregon

Aug 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Fatehunter from Oregon

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours a thin head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is ripe oranges and apples.
The taste is spicy rye and mild bitterness.
The texture is crisp.
A tasty brew.
Nov 29, 2015
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Reviewed by ricke49 from Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Overall metric of 3.75 takes into consideration a couple of factors - #1 it's a budget priced bomber and #2 it's low ABV makes it 'Sessionable' as per popular parlance (in fact Three Creeks, in order to add a session beer to their lineup has re-named this brew: stonefly session ale - seriously) - Bandwagon hopping at its finest. The 'rye-ness' is a bit faint...just a hint of that "dirty" rye flavor I prefer. As with most low ABV beers, this is best consumed well above refrigerator temperature, if maximum flavor is desired. For me it's been a go-to when looking for cheap low ABV beer that is well above macro in quality. Very nice malt backbone.
Nov 09, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by tjcamm from Oregon

Aug 20, 2015
Rated: 3.12 by Stevedore from Oregon

Jun 29, 2015
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium-light golden hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head is a thin layer of creamy ivory foam. Attractive enough.

Smell: grainy and bready with a little bit of sweetness. There's a fairly strong toasty character also, along with just a tiny hint of sourness. It's OK, but it doesn't really tickle my fancy.

Taste: lemongrass flavor with perhaps some grains of paradise stand out; this might be part of what I perceived as sourness in the aroma. The bready character remains, along with just a hint of toastiness. It's actually relatively interesting, if you're into rye beers.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: I won't say this is a must-try beer, but it definitely has some points of interest. If you like bready beers and lemongrass, it may indeed be for you. It's not really for me, though.
Oct 15, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Beerasaurus from Virginia

Aug 28, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by sanford_and_son from Washington

Aug 25, 2014
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap at the brewpub in Sisters.

Hazy light amber with a limited head and a few streaks of sticky lacing.

Aroma: Fruity. Citrus hops with a faint baked bread.

Flavor: good balance of fruity hops, spicy rye and subtle malts. White pepper in the mildly spicy finish.

Feel: Medium-light body with appropriate crisp carbonation.

O: recommended as an alternative to a APA.
Jul 15, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by LXIXME from New Mexico

May 10, 2013
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Reviewed by Reidrover from Oregon

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle from "Habits" in S.Salem. $3.99 Slightly hazy golden ale with a good sized thick and frothy white head. Not getting a lot of aroma.. mainly caramel,biscuit and a touch of rye. Smooth rye bread taste, caramel and some phenolics like rye weiss !! Not spicy though. Nice smooth low carbonated palate which i prefer. Not the strongest rye tasting rye beer but certainly very drinkable on a nice warm Easter
Apr 07, 2013
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Reviewed by harrymel from Washington

2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
on tap at the brewery.

turbid apricot wit ha soapy etch across the top. Touch of fruit and ester up front is like a white grape, then follow thru with a near clay yeast character and a touch of astringency on the back end. Flavor is grainy and sweet, almost tastes under attenuated (although I can't really know the intent here), touch bitter with a light oatmeal flavor. Full bodied with moderate carb and a dry finish. Meh.
Mar 22, 2013
Rated: 2.75 by InfernoBoss from California

Feb 04, 2013
Rated: 3 by flayedandskinned from California

Jul 16, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by bluckbeyes from Oregon

May 08, 2012
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Reviewed by dgilks from Australia

2.13/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Cloudy straw colour with no head. Not great.

Very light malty aroma. No real rye notes. A touch of fruit.

Smooth, crisp sweet malt. No rye. No hops. No esters. Bland.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A pale, cloudy, bland ale which doesn't do what it says on the package. Disappointing.
Jul 14, 2011
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Reviewed by Elimination from Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Well I always take chances with three creeks and come out feeling a little ripped off

Light yellow very lager looking little head

Slight grain smell a little bready

Taste is slight lemon slight grainy really a not of anything going on

Light mouthfeel really just any easy drinking beer good for he bmc people I suppose just wish there was more going on
Feb 02, 2011
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Reviewed by SurlyDuff from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
One of the lighest rye beers i've had. It's brewed with some wheat in there, as well as rye. It's incredibly cloudy and a bright white froth sits atop.

It's a really potent aroma. Strong yeast and some really bready cereal, rice puffs.

Quite drinkable, but becomes a bit skuzzy as it warms up. Malt forward brew, with a lot of really nice complexity from the rye. It's just a bit to pale and the body is light enough that it wasn't the winner from their lineup.
Further, I was expecting a good dark brown elixir, kind of surprised to see this.
Oct 16, 2008
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Reviewed by RedDiamond from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Three Creeks doesn't offer a wheat beer or hefeweizen. Instead, this densely clouded ale brewed with 20% rye malt serves as something of a substitute. It is powdered ochre color, exceptionally turbid, and sports a punky, yeast-driven aroma. The taste has tangy yeasts with a punchy integration of northwest bittering hops and dry cereal graininess.

Stonefly scores well for delivering just the right amount of hops and attitude. It is crisp, invigorating, and best served cold.
Oct 15, 2008
Stonefly Rye from Three Creeks Brewing Co.
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