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Redhook Sunrye AleRedhook Sunrye Ale

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Reidrover on 04-11-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 281 |  Reviews: 253
Reviews by srrn:
Photo of srrn
2.3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer smelled and tasted like a skunked lager. Very much a macro lager taste and feel I don't know if I got a bad bottle or not but this was not particularly good. In their defense, and I didn't have it under circumstances I could review it, I did enjoy their Porter.

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Photo of oberon
3.32/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well it was one of the few beers I havent had at the supermarket so gave it a go,pours a straw yellow with not much head but this beer is pretty fizzy.aroma of toasted grain and a light sour note but its really light,taste is toasted and not much else a little lemon tartness but not much.Well ur run of the mill Redhook ale not much there but easy to drink on hot days like today.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear, bright pale yellow. A not-so-careful pour still produced practically no head and just a few bubbles in a ring. No lacing.

Smells like basic fresh beer with the faintest hint of more earthy tones.

Flavors for this brew are very light and the rye comes through with elegant subtlety. The texture is a touch watery with modest carbonation which reminded me too much of an American macro brew but the decent flavors saved it from a flogging. The finish is quick, clean, and watery with just the faintest little bit of hops.

I scored this high in drinkability because, well honestly, I could probably drink these all day long on a hot summer day. There's just enough flavor to let you know it isn't fizz water but it is so light in other areas that is very thirst quenching. I'm torn as to whether I would seek this out again but I certainly wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

When we think of Redhook and rye, we have very fond memories of Redhook Rye. It was a cloudy mess of an American Hefe-hybrid rye beer that was perhaps the best in their portfolio to date. We suppose a summer seasonal like this one makes more sense when it comes down to paying the bills.

Crystal clear pale-yellow golden color. A hefty pour produces a quick swelling of foam. The head collapses to a very thin ring of white lace. The light, clean aroma has suggestions of dande- lions, dried lemon peel and spicy rye. Good supply of crispness with a semi-thin body; dry malt flavors induce a soft blanket of spicy rye and bread tones. A touch lemony, with a mild hop bitterness brushing a little herbal and grassy flavor on the palate. Clean and dry finish with a lingering lemon and diminished rye flavor.

A good hot-weather beer? Sure, why not? But putting this one up against the many summer seasonals to choose from, Sunrye sits squarely in the middle of the road. Pair it with a slab of pepper jack cheese and some rye crackers.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks good enough - like 1,000 other golden beers, really. Decent head retention earns this beer an above 3.0 score in the looks department. Has that funky rye scent to it. Not my thing, but I guess it smells the way its supposed to. Interesting taste. "Toasty" would be the word. Or maybe it isnt all that interesting, since I cant think of much else to say about it. Just okay. Probably nothing I'd buy again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Last year I visited my daughter in Tampa, and we went to Busch Gardens. I had a beer there called Spring Heat Spiced Wheat, and that's what Redhook's Sunrye reminds me of. It was a clear orange color with a small head. Aroma was grain and citrus, as well as the taste. Couldn't detect any rye. Would agree with other reviewers who felt this was more of a witbier. That being said, it was a rather refreshing beer, good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Jason
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at a local Irish Pub in Boston ... they served it ice cold which to my surprise it was a little better. The spicy rye and hop jumped out and the crispness held true. Other than that it is still a middle of the road summer brew. After two I was looking for another brew to fill its place.

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Photo of merlin48
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow body, with no real head from an aggressive pour. Hundreds of small carbonation bubbles rush to the surface, but no head or lace results at any time.

I am missing the rye that I was hoping for. Instead, I get the aroma of uncooked, canned, corn and a hint of Euroskunk hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

Taste is better than the aroma, but still underwhelms. Slightly sweetish, wheat malt and some skunky hops for balance. The flavors aren't profound enough to be insulting to the palate, and this ends up being a drinkable, and mildly refreshing summer ale. I didn't note any rye character, so don't expect a roggenbier with this one. Don't expect much else out of this one.

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Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft in a chilled (boo) goblet. Light, clear and abit fizzy. Tiny bubble head, leaves nice, wispy lacing. Mild malt nose and boring malty flavor profile, faint hint of rye in the background, became abit more noticable as this one warmed. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Pleasant, if light flavored, summer quaffer.

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Photo of bsp77
2.25/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Light gold with a quickly forming but rapidly receding head. Ultimately, looks like a very flat macro (at least those usually aren't flat).

Smell: Sweet, some citrus and light floral character. I smell no rye or spiciness.

Taste: Where is the rye? Some light citrus and wheaty malt. Not sure if there is wheat or not, but seems more likely than rye to me. Funny, sticky sweet aftertaste.

Feel: Pretty high carbonation (especially considering the zero sustained head) and light body.

Drinkability: This aftertaste is killing me; I need an American Adjunct to wipe this taste away (and I don't care for that style either). Seriously, where is the rye?

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Photo of laughatdanger11
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light yellow, entirely clear. One inch head that dissipates rather quickly. No carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom to speak of. As the beer goes down a little sudsy head slowly slides down the glass

Smell - Lemon citrus, definite floral presence. Maybe even faint caraway notes.

Taste - A nice balanced taste of lemon citrus and malt presence. Again floral taste and smell. A mild bitter finish with a spice caraway seed aftertaste. No overwhelming flavors. Well put together. Solid wheat beer.

Mouth feel - Light and thin, but definitely not watery. A little stickiness on the cheeks after swallowed.

Drinkability - Good drinkability. A nice beer to follow up a hot day of yard work or to session a few by the pool.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Thrasher
3.46/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Redhook used to brew a terrific darkish rye beer, which is sadly long gone. The Sunrye piqued my interest and I hoped for a second the beer had been revived. This is nothing like it; emphasis on the "Sun" and not so much the "rye." A summer beer lacking depth and character, but it makes up for it by being refreshing and tastier than your average lawnmower beer. Hazy bright gold with tight head than dwindled, lots of beaded carbonation. A sour lactic quality makes the beer very thirstquenching, with hints of lemon and quite a lot of grass. This seems more like a wheat beer (wit) more than anything else, although lacking the spices. All in all, not bad; a couple of these on a hot day would do the trick. Could also be an excellent pizza beer.

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Photo of far333
2.98/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy straw yellow color with a white, tight head that dissipates almost immediately. Very faint smell of orange juice, apricot, and pollen. Tingly carbonated mouthfeel leads to a fairly nondescript flavor (honestly no descriptions come to mind), and an orange juice finish. I guess this is made light for the warn months, but there's really no character here at all. Oh yeah, where's the rye?

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Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With all the talk of Redhook lately (Forums, 5/03), this showed up the other day in its new "long neck" bottles...

Slightly opaque and misty yellow, looks "illuminated". Poor head generation, just a rim-clinging ring that does leave 3 or 4 laces around te pint glass. Subdued aroma, a little lilac floral character. Interesting flavor, seems rye influenced, dry and mossy with a dank quality. Minimal hop bittering, a little unbalanced, but not overly sweet. Doesn't trail of at the finish, closes similarly to the beginning. Not a bad beer here, something a little different.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off the coolest thing about this beer was the tap handle it was a garden hose attachment and it was either sunrise or sunrye. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a white full creamy head along with a nice amount of trickled lace lining the pint. The aroma consists of mild sweet lemongrass tones with subtle hop aroma thrown in there. Flavor is a malty crispness not amazing, but it works, definitely a lawnmower beer or yard work (the tap handle). Very refreshing, but I didn't get any rye, so I will also call this one sunrise ale. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a decent carbonation this beer is definitely a crossover beer not a real micro. I will say it was enjoyable and it serves it purpose to drink something with no off flavors that you won't have to think about. I could also throw down quite a few of these without feeling it, so whatever floats your boat I think it's worth a try.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer sits as an almost yellow-green in the glass with very little head and minimal lace.

The smell seems a little off, but there's definitely rye in the taste. It has seedy overtones. It's definitely a light-style thirst quencher, no doubt about that. It's almost like what lemonade would be in beer form.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.13/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mmmm....probably my favorite summer refresher.
The 6'er I picked up today at BevMo was bottled only 10 days ago (April 12, 2006) so we are talking really fresh.
Pours cloudy like a wheat with the spicy, peppery aroma that only Rye can give.
Mouthfeel is creamy and full of tiny bubbles.
The taste Is sweet malts followed by a peppery bitterness from the Rye.
I don't know if it is just because this batch is so fresh or not, but I really think there is more rye (thank you) being used this year than last.
I love this stuff. I can easily drink the whole six pack...especially when it is this fresh.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

AP: clear pale golden color with big carboanation and a small, thin white head that is really more like a thin covering, very lacy.

nose: wheat malt, herbal yeast, sublte wheat field-scented hop and maybe some slight malted sweetness.

Taste: mostly wheat malt and herbal hops with a metallic, tangy yeast. The malt is light but the hops are mossy and earthy and really take over in the finsih.

Feel: Crisp, clean, light.

DA: not too bad for a really hot day.

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Photo of Dewey0603
2.55/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I picked up this pint at Eli's. This pours a clear light yellow straw with a small white head. The smell is very light with only a hint of malt and floral aromas present. The taste is weak,almost like a light beer, with only a bit of malt detectable. The m/f is light with almost no flavor. This wouldn't be my first choice and I would pick up a different summer beer this season.

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Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow like a macro lager with not a lot of bubbles floating around, but a fairly thick head that leaves a bit of clumpy lacing and stays just above the body of the brew.

Smell: Some wheat, sweetness, slight fruitiness, maybe some orange, some caramel, butter, and biscuit flavors. I get no rye at all, though.

Taste: Again, no rye at all, with some wheat and malty sweetness, slight citrus twang, and pretty much no hops. But it remains interesting, fairly light without being too bland, and nice for the summer weather indeed.

Mouthfeel: Maybe slightly overcarbonated initially, as it has a bit of a bite to it, but then again, as I kept drinking it I noticed that less and less, and I think it was the initial sips that got to me in that sense. Nicely effervescent, though, again, for the weather.

Drinkability: I'm glad I got a sixer of this brew, as it was nice to have a couple over a few night span. Not my favorite summer beer, but one that's not your average summer brew, and one that goes down pretty easily.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm afraid corporate lagers have given any ultra-filtered yellow beer a bad name, because this isn't the worst beer ever yet it looks like it is. Very little head and even less retention, and the color is indeed a sunny piss color, fortunately helped out by leaning toward a copper tint.

Aroma is completely unremarkable, and I'm not even sure it's there. Very polite straw smell with a gentle sway into some kind of sweetness - at best. It's not offensive so I won't rate it lower, there's just really nothing here of note.

The flavor isn't much more remarkable, but again, there's nothing offensively bad here either. That signature rye flavor is incredibly faint, but I do taste it, and there's a slight corn-like sweetness backing it up. Some watered-down honey-lemon tea comes in too. That's about it.

I like the mouthfeel enough, it has a little more heft and presence than I would've predicted. is too short to comment any further on a beer like this one's "mouthfeel," isn't it?

Could easily rate drinkability a little higher than I have, but why? Drinkability has to account for taste, and there's just not much of that here. Sure would be easy to pound six of these in an hour and hardly feel it, but that's not advocating, is it? Not desired either, not by me anyway. I could've passed on buying the 6-pack, and you probably can too.

[A lame little joke for all the metalheads out there: What is Barney Greenway's favorite kind of bread?
Answer: (growl this out) RRRRYYYEEE!!!]

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Photo of cokes
2.55/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Opague yellow with swimming floaters. The head is never much more than a rim of white.
Empty nose of husky grain and quiet (bordering on silent) lemongrass.
Begins doughy and crusty. White bread, store brand. Yeast provides further wet doughiness, and generally not much flavor. A bit sour on the later half. Suggests citric juice of some sort, but it's too faint to identify. Grainier later onl. I'm not noticing hardly any of rye's typical flavors.
Light bodied, with a bit of heft from the copious yeast.
Tediously drinkable, but forgotten soon afterward.

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Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At the Old Toad. I like the taste of rye, and like it normally in beer, but it did not work out in this case. This beverage had head, lace, mouthfeel was creamy as if wheat, and good hops. Cloudy wheaty appearance. Just not all that tasty nor drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy golden body reveals tiny particles of yeast and proteins in suspension. The head retention is quite good, and the inch and a half or so of creamy bright white froth slowly settles to a thin cap that lasts throughout most of the glass. Additionally, it leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose is limited but suggest some very lightly sweet wheat malt, a bit of lemon, and a touch of hops. In the mouth it caresses the tongue with a very fine bubbled, gentle carbonation that I assume is from bottle conditioning. The body is light and it slides across the palate effortlessly. There is a bit of rye character in the flavor. It's quite mild, but it does lend a very low-key spiciness and flavor. Otherwise it's clean and well balanced with some grainy, wheat character. The label says "light and refreshing", and that's what it is. There's some interesting character from the rye, but it's very limited. An decent summer beer, but not much more.

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