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:
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Added by Reidrover on 04-11-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Chataqua Public House at the brewery.

This ale poured a clear, golden yellow with thin white foam that clung to the glass a bit. The smell was minimal: malt, a hint of rye? The taste was malty with a small taste of hops in the background. The mouthfeel was smooth with a malty aftertaste. The body was medium-light. This was an easy to drink, light summer brew, though a bit thin on flavor.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date 4/29/03, purchased from a Safeway in Canby, OR...

Appearance: pearly golden/straw color, slightly hazy, medium stand of head depletes to a thin cap with some temporary lacing, bubbly

Aroma: definite buttery rye scent, malty base and a light hop nose, some diacetyl

Flavor: mellow maltiness w/ a slight spicy rye edge, well-balanced hop flavor and just enough bitterness in the finish, slightly tangy, dry finish, some diacetyl

Mouthfeel: light body, fine-bead carbonation, refreshing and crisp

Overall Impression: The first time I tried this beer it was on draft and I liked it a lot. The malt and rye flavors/aromas were a bit more pronounced and fresher. This review was based on a bottled sample and I found it to be a bit muted, but when I saw the bottling date and the remembered the dust on the bottle, I could understand why. Great lawnmower beer, though.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, straw color. Not much aroma. Very soft mouthfeel. Light malt flavors and a hop dryness. The rye component seems to be very understated. A bit bubbly, but not so much as to prohibit quaffing this hot weather brew. A dry finish makes you want more of this light, but tasty summer ale. Not very challenging, but works well as a crisp, dry summer beer.

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Photo of bditty187
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Translucent straw-yellow hue, slight haze, smallish bubbly white head with fair retention, some specks of unorganized lace. The nose was lacking in potency, only soft grainy-grassiness and lemon notes were detectable. Boring. Strong carbonation wrestles most of the flavor away… what isn’t hidden is a meager mix of grassy sweetness, grainy coarseness, lemon, and murmurs of rye (especially in the aftertaste). Medium-light body, firm carbonation… and as the label states, “Light and Refreshing.” This is a decent hot weather beer, simple and quite acceptable to the uneducated beer masses. I wouldn’t go out of my way for this one…

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Photo of xgrigorix
2.74/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy, pale straw color, with a pitiful white head that quickly dissappears. Lemony smell.
Crisp malt and sweetness up front. Finishes tart and lemony, slightly sour with just a touch of rye. I certainly was light and refreshing just as the bottle promised. Actually was enjoyable with a spicy burritto.

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

Hazy piss yellow appearance. Smallish to mediumish white fluffy head. Decent retention. Lacing is adequate as well. Corn, rye, malted wheat and "tang" on the nose. This beer is a light and somewhat refreshing ale. However, it is also void of much flavor. There's a bit of a sour twang, not much though. Such a small amount of spiciness from the rye as well. A little dryness on the finish. Average beer. There are much more flavorful summer thirst quenchers out there.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.74/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with 2-row barley and rye. Hopped with Hallertau and Tettnang hops.
5.6 SRM, 16 IBU, 4.7% ABV.

Cloudy, yellow marigold in color forming a white head with OK retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate to well. Aroma is sweet, grainy munich or pilsen malt with delicate floral hops, but it is very distant and weak. Taste is initially spicy hops and acidic carbonation, followed by a lackluster "golden macrobrew" taste. There is a slight bitter graininess and a lightly dry, sharp finish, but the hops have "discount","commercial", and "macroswill" written all over them. Thin-bodied with a spritzy mouthfeel. Better than Bud I suppose, but I'm not interested in ever drinking this again.

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Photo of Boto
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is definitely a good beer for a hot day. It is a bit of a hazy, yellow color. There is a fairly decent head. The aroma is a bit light, but I get a whiff of lemon and maybe some hops. Taste has a bit of lemon too it, with a lighter body. Don't really taste too much rye in the beer, it is very subtle.

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Photo of Wildman
2.78/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


This beer was a hazy yellow color and formed a small bubbyly white head that left trace lace as it subsided. The aroma was of malt and hops and really didn't detect any rye in the aroma. The flavor was of malt and hops with a touch of citrus and once again no rye. The finish was very light and reminded me more of a macro lager than anything. I just have not been very impressed with anything this brewer makes.

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Photo of Redrover
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this one on Tap at Harry Carry's in Chicago. Beer is a nice hazy light yellow. Moderate head and minimal lacing.

Beer smells of hops (but not enough), grass and some lemon. No real malt or rye smell.

Beer is very light and refreshing, but the taste is not a "home run". Some malts and not enough hops, seems like a decent but not great summer beer. I can't pick-up anything that the rye adds. Some lemon & spice try to push through at the end.

Very easy to drink, but there are other summer beers I would reach for first.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden in color with a white head. Significant amount of chill haze suspended in the beer.
Aroma of sweet malts, pungent, pilsner type hops, and rye.

Taste shows sweet malts with a rye twist. Sufficient pilsner like hops to balance this one and provide some flavor, bitterness, and a nice finish. As the bottle says, this beer is light and fairly refreshing.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

A solid golden ale with rye. A good lawn-mower, hot summer day type beer. While certainly not a great beer, this beer is better than some are giving it credit for IMHO.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.46/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Dogbrick
2.32/5  rDev -26.6%
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 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 bmills1608
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this. In spite of Redhooks relationship with AB, I still like their beers. Economical ales that are always well balanced and drinkable, albeit a bit on the lighter side.

The Sunrye grabbed my attention. I see the word 'rye' and I am thinking, hmm, never had a rye beer, lets see what this is all about. I am a fan of Jim Beam Rye whiskey, so maybe this beer will have that same robust and spicy character. In terms of rye flavor, Sunrye ought to be called Sunset, not much their, just a hint.

Color - Golden and quite cloudy, website says its unfiltered and after pouring it that is obvious. Lots of suspended yeast particles.
Nose - zesty but somewhat muted, a bit spicy, with lemon and a touch of rye
Taste - above all light, very clean, again with the lemon flavor but also a touch of the typical Redhook butterscotch. Aftertaste has a bit of rye character, reminding you that this is a rye beer, very light malt and an easy, spicy hop-kiss
Mouthfeel - light and lean, highly carbonated
Finish - dry with hints of rye and wheat.

Reminds a lot of a wheat beer in overall character. A summer refresher of the first order, but don't expect a rye hammer or a complex sipper here. Mow your grass, bang 1 or 2 of these down and get back to work.

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Photo of Greenlabel
3.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had very little experience with Rye beers so didn't know what to expect from this new Redhook seasonal. Admittedly, it was different. Pours a somewhat hazy yellow with a minimal aroma. The taste is a bit tart and not one I'd previously experienced. At first, I wasn't too impressed with it but it seemed to grow on me each time I tried a bottle. Not as full bodied as, say, a Gearys Summer Ale but not excessively light either. There are other Redhook products I'd prefer to purchase but this one's not a loser in the overall taste category. I'll be interested to see if Redhook brings this same product back again next spring or if it goes for a more mainstream taste profile..

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Photo of ZAP
3.02/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I compare drinking this beer to going to one of those movies like "Happy Gilmore"'s a funny movie, but hardly a theatrical masterpiece....this is a decent enough beer if you accept it for what it is....a beer geared for the macro drinker who is tip-toeing into the world of craft beers...

I don't mind it at pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head....nose is gritty and grainy...small rye notes but not overpowering by any means...body is thin which is what I think they want with this summer beer...carbonation is medium....flavor profile is all graininess...borders on adjuncty but a better taste...along thosel lines though...relatively thirst quenching....not a bad summer yard work beer if you want to step up slightly from the Macros....certainly not a work of art but it has some redeeming qualities...

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Photo of jdhilt
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a head that vanishes without much lace. Nose is faint with maybe some malty overtones. Moderate carbonation but there isn't a lot of flavor, light hoppy finish. When the brewer says its a light summer ale they are really saying this is a lawn mower ale you can pound down with an ABV of only 4.8%.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.87/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin head on a yellowy pour... this might frighten you, but press on. Especially if you are looking for a cold one that you will not need to savor, this is not a pale ale in the strict classification. Metaphorically this is like a good romantic comedy: no it's not The Matrix, but it is interesting in its own way, and is a pleasant way to zap a little fun into your belly on a hot day.

I thought the Red Hook guys got the Rye note just right. I have had other non-barley, non-wheat, non-oat beers (non-rice) that felt they needed to scream the presence of their non-traditional grain. The rye is but one essential component here. It is an essentially indescribable taste without comparing it to much rounder barley and wheat. The citrus quality of the beer is another essential component. The fact that this is "Sun Rye" leads me to believe that the crafters were elbow deep in a dishpan full of "Sunrise" lemon dish soap when they formulated the beer and the marketing. It has a zippy aroma, and a zippy flavor with a very short finish and a good quick burst of rye and citrus. (No, it's not soapy.)

I think of this as a good gateway beer for the Heineken and Amstel Light lovers in my circle. Being in Maine, I can't see drinking it before May or after September.

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Photo of stirgy
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out very pale and clear yellow color and was topped with a small white and creamy head. Faint wheat malt aroma and flavors. A very light, golden beer with touches of bitter hops. Had a very clean aftertaste and was very drinkable. I actually thought I was poured a Pabst Blue Ribbon at first! In the dark bar I was in, it looked very similar and there were actually similar flavors. I liked this beer – nothing fancy just a pleasant, easy drinking beer. I'm not sure if I detected any specific flavors from the rye. I like the garden hose tap handle.

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Photo of dmarch
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is obviously intended to be a summer brew. Even the tap looks like a garden hose. It pours with a hazy golden color with no head. The aroma is very much like a belgian wit with orange and coriander. The taste is of wheat and citrus, but not much of it. Pretty plain in my opinion.

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Photo of BigSipper
2.7/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Sunrye ale has a faint dishwatery smell. It is bright yellow and cloudy, and produces almost no head. The flavor is rather neutral, with plenty of carbonation producing an initial attack that quick fades into unclean crispness with sour overtones. There's some bitterness from the hops but no aroma. The aftertaste does not get in the way. Overall impression is light, a thirst quencher.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a light golden yellow, cloudy, lots of light refraction. Thinned out, fast fading head of spritzy bubbles, some stringy light lace. Smells soft but zesty clean of light lemon and citrusy sharp hops and yeast, rye grain note, opens the nose up pretty quickly. The second it touches your tongue it jumps down your throat with a zesty tartness. Its a zesty fresh, light lemony flavor, very bright, yeast and orange peel presense and fresh rye grain giving this sucker one hell of a sharp bite. Crunch. Light but solidly carbonated feel and a all out sharp start that ends quickly with very light and mild airy drying close to the finish. This starts and ends to quickly with nearly everything about it, the tart and sharpness is a little unpleasant, but still enjoyable on that level. Gets a bit toned down in the tart and sharpness as it warms, much better then IMO.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really disappointed in this beer. I thought it said Sunrye Ale on the tap...but then after drinking the pint I figured it must have said "Sunrise," because there wasn't anything resembling rye flavor in this beer. Come to think of it, there isn't much flavor at all to this beer.

It's a very light, cloudy yellow, with a little grassy wheat aroma. Not much else. It doesn't taste bad at just doesn't taste. Period. Where's the flavor? It's like an American wheat gone wrong. A bit of mild earthy hops and wheat...but that's it. Highly drinkable (in the sense that many could easily be consumed), but I wouldn't want to drink something with this little flavor. I'd like to try a bottle of it for comparison's sake.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apparently replacing the now year-round Blonde as a summer seasonal.

A highly effervescent white head tops a hazy yellow body, with some steady carbonation. A spicy and lemony aroma emerges from that hefty head as it recedes. Similar, though less strident sensations on the tongue. It's smooth and extremely easy drinking, good attributes in a summer beer. It is not by any means memorable. Nor does it remind me of the few previous rye beers I've tried. They had much more character. Take the rye out of the name, and it comes across like any decent American wheat. However, as the label says, "light and refreshing" is the goal here. In that, it succeeds. I would take the Redhook Blonde as my summer beer from the brewery. Only time of year I would chose it anyway.

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Redhook Sunrye Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
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