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Redhook Sunrye Ale | Redhook Ale Brewery

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Reidrover on 04-11-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
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 BEERchitect
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried it out of the bottle the other night and thought it was ok. On tap, I didn't like it as much. A moderate rye flavor and slick / firm texture was evident in the bottle, but not so much on tap. The tap didn't really help with the creamy carbonation or meldedntess like I had thought. Tasted and felt much more grain-ey, metalic, and bite-ey than even the bottle. Tasted similar to many sub-par Blonde Ales

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Photo of brentk56
2.52/5  rDev -20.3%
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 zeff80
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 04/09/08

A - Poure out a highly carbonated, golden yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head that did not last long nor leave any lace.

S - It smelled of rye and grains. Also faint caramel malt aromas.

T - It tasted sweet with weizen-like spices. Rye and grains were very present.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an easy-drinking summer beer. Nicely priced and very sessionable.

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Photo of oberon
3.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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 mothman
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap today at the Old Chicago in St. Cloud.

Served to me in a 10 oz mug.

Served with a 1/2 finger white head. Not the best retention, but it did leave some lace. Color was a clear light gold.

Aroma and taste were pretty much the same. Very boring. Reminded me more like a macro than anythings. Grain, very minimal rye, slight hops. A very light beer.

Mouthfeel was fairly crisp. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Left a similar aftertaste, to that of a macro. Dry and grainy.

Overall, I thought this beer would be ok, because of the rye portion of it, but the rye was hardly there at all. Not something I will ever buy again. However, a person could drink a few of these without being filled up.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 7/19/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains light malts, some citrus, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is light but very bready with a hearty malt character up front and sweet flavors of citrus and a little spice. I didn't get much of the rye aspect of it though. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, this is just a mediocre beer at best. There are several other beers within the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled on: 04 23 09.

Appearance: Pours a brilliant, bright yellow body with just under two fingers of white suds.

Smell: Soft, mild nose of light pale malts, herbaceous, spicy hops and just a mere hint of lemon.

Taste: Sweetish, simple maltiness with maybe a slight wheat character to it. A drop of two of lemon juice. The one really lacking component is the purported rye grain. Heck, the spicy hops are providing more spiciness. Finishes dry, vaguely spicy, but nicely crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly light, easy-drinking, refreshment apropos to parties by the pool or grueling yard work. I'm sorry, Redhook, but when it comes to my refrigerator, Oberon has already booked that summer gig.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright sunshine yellow with an eggshell colored cap that has a quality look about it. At the several minute mark, I'm beginning to see a nearly solid sheet of lace from the top edge of the glass downward. Let's see if it has the tenacity to keep the beer looking good throughout the entire bottle. Note: it doesn't.

The nose is no great shakes. It smells like Sunrye will be a pale malt-dominant, mildly sweet, mildly herbal hoppy ale with little or no rye character. In short, it smells like an American blonde ale or even a cream ale. Points off for a lack of distinctiveness.

Take everything that I said about the nose and apply it to the flavor profile. Unfortunately, this sucker has no zip, no zing, nothing that would make me want to buy it again. If a brewery is going to call a beer Sunrye, the least they could do is make sure it tastes like rye. On a completely different note, maybe a little lemon zest would help. At least it would make me think of summer.

The mouthfeel gets the 'easy drinking ale' job done, but, it too, lacks any sort of presence. At least it isn't watery. I don't often say this, but I'd like to see a brighter feel to the carbonation. Any excitement at all, no matter the source, would be a good thing at this point.

Redhook Sunrye Summer Ale is a forgettable little seasonal whose biggest selling point is its inoffensiveness. If you're looking to quench your thirst after several hours of yardwork or if you want to wash down a burger, a few of these might hit the spot. Otherwise, I'd pass.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.13/5  rDev -32.6%
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 russpowell
3.24/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this at a foodlion near Kure Beach NC in mid-july. Review based on notes

Poured golden with 1+ finger of white head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Tart wheat malt

T: Wheat, lemons, & a little white pepper up front, with more of the same in the middle. Finishes with some honey notes & a little crispness from the rye.

MF: Light in body & carbonation

Drank easy, but fatting out the malt bill would've resulted in nice versus boring offiering, what happened to rye hook???? A so-so summer sipper, yawn

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Photo of Jason
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
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 smcolw
2.37/5  rDev -25%
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 WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Gagnonsux
3.87/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a cloudy light orange shade with a moderate level of carbonation. Head is short and lasts for what seems like only a few seconds. The aroma is a strong and spicy citrus smell. A light sweetness lingers throughout. The flavor is also full of spicy citrus flavor atop a light sweetness. Rye flavor makes itself present midway through a sip and becomes stronger in the finish. The mouthfeel is very crisp and assertive, which really gives the beer much more character. This is a great summer session beer, with dead-on thirst quinching ability and enough flavor to keep my taste buds at attention.

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Photo of jwc215
3.12/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed yellow thin head that immediately becomes a disappearing patch.

The smell is of subtle grassy/grainy notes. Nothing offensive, but not much going on in the aroma department.

The taste is of light lemongrass. Very subtle rye (maybe "Some Rye" would be more appropriate for its name). Although - it is meant to be a light summer brew, so I can't complain about its mild nature. It is somewhat dry and smooth, but not much going on, and flavors are rather bland and muted. Was thinking of a slightly lower score for the mouthfeel, which is rather thin, but not too watery and not fizzy, so it could be worse. As a summer refresher it might be okay, but it is boring. I do think it was good of this brewery to put out something other than a wheat or a fruit wheat beer (or a misnamed Kolsch), etc. but a bit more flavor would be nice, too. This one didn't do much for me.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: perfectly yellowish color, with a thin, white head.
Aroma: soft, yet somehow deep, citric, a bit sour, yeasty, feeling like a hefe weizen in some ways.
Taste: surprisingly complex flavor, with tingly hops, forward fruit, orange and lemon, some malt for balance, but not sticking out. Grain aspect is particularly prominent.
So, I can taste the rye, but where's the sun? Here it comes. And it's alright.
(Okay, got that joke out of my system!)
"Light and refreshing" says the label, and that's exactly what this is. Though I post this at Halloween, the notes for this review were written in 90-degree August weather, and the beer did it's work, it was light and thirst-quenching. Crisp, tasty, unassuming, easily downable, and utterly inoffensive. Easy to toss back by the 6-pack on a sweltering day. It works. There ya go!

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Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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 GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/19/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottled date stamped on the label. Poured into my Moose Drool pint glass.

Appearance- At first it was a cloudy golen yellow pour with a creamy 1/2 inch head. Then, the beer cleared up, the head evaporated and left no lacing. What a beer tease!

Smell- Smells of lemon scented grain. Maybe a bit grassy.

Taste- Heavy lemon taste. Background of some nice bitter hops. A bit sweet in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Average mouthfeel, might be a bit cloying.

Drinkability- I kinda liked this one despite it's low rating. Extremely quenching and tasty. Taste kinda like a combo of a blonde ale and a pils.

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Photo of Tone
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, rye, slight hop, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of a Rye Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, slight hops, slight citrus, pale malt, and slight rye. Overall, a rather poor body with only slight complexity. There is an easy drinkability, though.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitley a summer brew. Light body, good foamy head at first. Smells of citrus, milkweed and grass. A bit light for my taste, but on a hot day it's refreshing.
Citrus and grass dominate the palate, but not overwhelming. The hops give it a crisp taste and the sweet maltness adds to the character, again not overwhelming. Can easily drink a lot of these.

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Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt scent with a bit of lemony zest. It also seems a bit musty to the nose. The taste is average as well. It has a slight rye flavor mixed with some lemon for quenching that summer thirst. It goes down smooth, but I'm not a real big fan. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medum bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks decent. It has a summer feel, although it's winter. Maybe I should review this when the weather breaks.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.71/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rye beers are not easy to find, but I found a mainstream one at Town and Country. Part of a mix 6-pack, on to the beer:

Pale blonde in color with great carbonation action at first glance . The smell hints a light airy biscuit, not much here. This is probably what I was expecting in the flavor, only a half-effort with thoughts of trying to appeal to everyone. The rye flavor is there, but it's pretty weak. A touch of lemongrass and a dry finish wrap up the beer. I wouldn't mind having another of these, but don't expect this to turn your head.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Head goes from fizzy to nearly nothing in a matter of seconds. Pale yellow in color.

S. Nose has a bland maltyness. Mildly grass hops in the background. Rye MIA.

T. Some light roasted malt, a pretty subtle hint of rye goodness. A bit of astringent funk surfaces once in a while, I kind of like that. Not a world beater, but its light, drinkable and unoffensive.

M. Crisp carbonation, a bit watery around the edges. Very light. Imagine a light version of your favorite rye beer.

D. This is not a bad beer. This would go fine with a meal or to begin a session. One or two is all I would partake in a sitting, then on to other things. If I was on the beach or something I could certainly pound a sixer of it.

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