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Redhook Sunrye Ale | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Sunrye AleRedhook Sunrye Ale
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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
Photo of treyrab
1.64/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bad mistake. Picked a sixer of this up and ended up drinking 6oz. and giving the rest away.

A: Pours a hazy yellow copper with a small head. Very hazy and no lacing.

S: Very macro-ish with tons of very light cereal grains, some tin and a very, very slight hint of rye qualities.

T: Pretty pathetic. Incredibly light with cereal grains, very grainy taste, hops are nowhere in site.

Overall, I would avoid this one. There are way better summer beers out there.

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Photo of Hellpop65
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of jnezda
2.05/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Enjoyed from the bottle on a trip from Boston to Maine. The trip was much better than the beer. Sunrye was bland with little to no rye flavour. Slight yeast smell with some hoppiness but faint at best. The carbonation was good but, other than that the beer seemed bland and as some of the other reviewers said this is reminiscent of a macro with an inadequate amount of flavour in any category. Having tried a few Redhook beers this was similar in style but did not live up to expectations at all.

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Photo of gpcollen1
2.11/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well, gave another Redhook brew a try and I should have just had a Sam Adams. On tap at my local joint into an Imp Pint.

Pours a mild dull yellow into the glass with a half inch head that quickly disappears. Smell is mildy sweet and hoppy with a hint of an off-scent that I cannot place. No real noticeable rye aroma and nothing else too special in the nose.

Taste follows the nose in that nothing stands up or out. No Rye, no sun, no nothing. A very mild and worthless journey through my mouth. I am not really sure this is a Rye beer at all...

A very lackluster offering from Redhook. A brewery that should be able to put out a decent mediocre beer. Shame...shame...

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.11/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice clear golden color with a decent white head. Aroma is a bit weak, fairly malty and not at all complex. Flavor is malty and wheaty, with just a touch of hoppy bitterness, rather thin and not too pleasing. Texture is smooth and a little watery. Hop flavor dominates the aftertaste.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.13/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am a huge fan of rye beers, but this was just not good. Poured a pale dull golden yellow with no head or lace.Smell was practically non existent, what was there was a musky kinda smell, not at all enticing. The taste was way over the top with a rotten lemon bite that drowned out any hope of getting something redeemable out of this watered down lager. Overall no thank you I have had enough.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.15/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

There was nothing special about this beer and it definitely lacked character. In other words, BORING. It poured a small sized white head that quickly dissipated. The body was cloudy with some carbonation observed and the hue was pale yellow. The nose was malty and it had a smooth, thin, watery mouthfeel and it was light bodied. There was virtually no lacing to speak of.

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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 KarlHungus
2.25/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a pale straw color. There is no head, or lacing of any kind. The aroma has a mild hint of spicy rye, but is mostly of nothing. The taste has a little more of the spicy rye to it than the aroma, but it is still very weak in flavor. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with an annoyingly high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very bland beer. I will not drink this again.

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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 Dogbrick
2.32/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I figured this for a lawnmower-type beer so I had one after mowing the lawn. Pours a yellowish-orange with a medium off-white head. Aroma of rye and yeast. Rather thin-bodied, and to me it tasted like a macro with some rye thrown in. The rye aftertaste saves it from being a drain pour but this is still a below-average beer.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.33/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A very watery looking, straw colored beverage is dispensed. A small white head with decent retention and lacing. Very clear as well.

Aroma is really lacking. No rye at all. Mostly light roasted malts with that macro lager aroma. No hops either.

Not very good. Absolutely no rye flavor in this beer. Tastes more like a pilsner than a rye beer. Very light body and light mouthfeel. Might be a good be if it was like 110 degrees outside and water isnt available. Otherwise, I say avoid and spend your money elsewhere.

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Photo of kinger
2.34/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Boy can looks be deceiving. This blonde ale pours a vibrant hazy golden yellow with a moderately thick head, tons of lacing, and a strong steady flow of carbonation. This beer looks impressive and delicious, and that's about where the positives end. Aroma is a close to non-existent blend of malts with a faint hint of rye, I can't believe how weak the scent is. Anyway time for a taste and...not bad, rather bland not at all what I was anticipating. After a few more tastes and a few more bottles the flavor is slightly more present than the aroma. Now it is a decent taste and really does come across as refreshing, but for all of the lacing I assumed there would be a nice hearty malt presence here. Slightly dry and the rye does make itself faintly known. Overall a disappointment, I will PASS next time.

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Photo of oelergud
2.35/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy golden brew, small particles float all over in this brew. Head is white and lacks any retention and lace.
Lemony smell with a hint of some spice and malt.
Slightly grainy and weak lemony. Definitely light as the label says but not in a good way. Very little aftertaste
Watery and thin in both taste and mouthfeel, no coating at all, boring as hell. not a repeat beer.


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Photo of u2carew
2.36/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A) Fairly transparent. Pours with a half inch head then settles quickly. Nearly no lacing. Golden straw in color. Visible carbonation.
S) The aromatics are very light. Some dry grain. Just a touch of citrus. Overall barely noticeable scents.
T) Slight rye taste. A bit of citrus - more lemon than orange. A faint hop bitterness in the end. Once again overall barely any flavor.
M) Very light - borderline sparkling water / club soda. Crisp and dry.
D) Tough to drink when one expects some flavor in their beer.

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Photo of smcolw
2.37/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden in color, seemingly made to compete with other light summer microbeers, but comes across non-descript. Non-existent head; cloudy haze. Mild aroma that features some citrus notes Very crisp for an ale, reminiscent of a cream ale. Unfortunately, the beer is thin and has a very tame aftertaste. Drinkable if you're looking to quench your thirst.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
2.42/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

a light golden, coarse carbonation. head leaves as fast as ginger ale, which it closely resembles, or slightly carbonated apple juice.
s stale grain, hint of rye. the assertive stale beer smell turns out to be this beer's best attribute.
t sweeter than i recalled from last summer. when eaten with mildly spicy food, the sweetness becomes overwhelming. it's almost exactly like drinking an alc spiked soft drink that's rapidly turning flat. but if you concentrate you can imagine a bit of rye.
m texture of soda. the giant bubbles can't be natural. awful
d wish i hadn't bought a whole six pack. last year i was apparently more willing to look beyond the flaws in search of the ghost of rye. would have been better off drinking almost anything else while eating a slice of rye bread.

another bottle the following week:
when drunk without food, this is significantly better in the taste and even mouthfeel departments. while the enjoyment of any beer is enhanced or diminished by what, if any, food accompanies it, this concoction drives home the point in extreme fashion.

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Photo of Risser09
2.43/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours golden yellow with a minimal 1/2", white head. The beer is transparent with some carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Malt, overripe lemons. Also an earthy pungency.

Taste: Crisp and summery. Mostly a sweet, malt flavor profile without much complexity. If I had to pick out some flavors they would be:corn syrup, wheatena, orange juice, grass. Not a whole lot to rave about.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, goes down easy. No alcohol bite to speak of. No dryness, and pleasantly quenching.

Drinkability: Average. This is a slight step above a Hoegaarden, if at all. Both are BMC affiliated. Quenches good, but lacks complexity, something I am really seeking out. Don't seek this one out.

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Photo of ski271
2.49/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Medium yellow with little tint of orange and a lot of small particles floating throughout. Medium-sized head with an aggressive pour, slightly off-white, fizzy and rapidly diminishing to a thin film.

Smell: Flour? Corny, floral, doughy, yeasty, grainy, grassy... well, not really any one smell that sticks out.

Taste: Perfumey wheat, bread, light esters, grain, and a hint of citrus. The finish is dry and slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel: Light body, dry texture, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing special about this beer, but a few things I didn’t enjoy. Just didn’t do it for me at all. Far better rye ales out there.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of powdersoldier
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of umustdrink
2.52/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear dark orange color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Bright white head, frothy at the beginning and fades to mostly nothing. No lacing.

S - Earthy wheat stalk smell with a little lemon.

T - Taste is very bland overall but a with a little citrusy sweetness.

M - Consistency is thin and the beer is overly carbonated.

D - If the taste isn't there then there's really no reason to drink this beer if there's something better.

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Photo of brentk56
2.52/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale, golden yellow color with a fluffy white head; some lacing

Smell: Earthy, wet dog, grain and a touch of lemon - yuck

Taste: Rather one dimensional; lemony and tart

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well-carbonated; refreshing on a hot day

Drinkability: OK when it is very hot outside; not a brew I would seek out again

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Photo of josiahschlender
2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

In an impromptu trade at a friend's house, I swapped one of my Deschutes Obsidian Stouts for this beer. I got the worse end of the deal. Not that I fault him, I was just curious to try a rye ale, but came away wishing for something more of substance.

Basically, I didn't see (or taste) a whole lot of difference between this and a lot of cheaper lagers out there. Appearance wasn't bad, it was very clear, and very pale straw/golden yellow. Head was average, dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell was pretty faint. Maybe a bit of spiciness. I'm not familiar with rye beers, so maybe I'm having a hard time picking out intricacies. I smell a bit of malts, just a bit of grass, but not much.

Taste was a bit better. This is definitely a summer beer. Light, subtle flavors of malt, hops...a bit better than cheap lagers, but not much. Mouthfeel was clean, smooth, went down easily, probably the best part of this beer. I'm glad I didn't pay the craft brew price for this beer, which is reflecting on drinkability for me.

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Redhook Sunrye Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.17 out of 5 with 281 ratings
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