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

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Added by Reidrover on 04-11-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bill93063
3.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my new fav summer brew. I have never gotten overly excited about warm weather brews but this one is far beyond your garden variety Ubiquitous German lagers or Pilsners. It possesses nice lemon notes that are perfect for a summer ale. It is fairly unique as it is an ale that does not hit you over the head with bitter notes or too many flavor mixes which in a summer brew is more desirable. It is very drinkable and one of Redhooks best brews IMO. It may be a little on the weak side where flavor is concerned but overall summer beers/ales should be drunk between 40 and 45 degrees and to include large complex numbers of flavors is defeating the purpose of a thirst quenching warm weather brew.

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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 Pencible
2.56/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a clear bright gold with a bit of white head. It smelled like wheat and sour yeast, with some rye and dirty lemon hops. It tasted like bland wheat and barley malt with light lemon hops and stale bready yeast. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a mild aftertaste. Overall this was very disappointing. I really enjoy other rye beers, but this was barely better than a Bud or Coors. It didn't smell or taste good, and the body was weak. The rye character was barely discernible. It's laughable to me how this is classified as a rye beer, and Hop Rod isn't. I suggest avoiding this beer - it's not even worth trying once.

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Photo of beer2day
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a basic yellow gold with a one-finger head, no retention and no lacing.

Nose is basic malt. Faint sawgrass. Some sour apple. Nothing to get excited about.

Tastes a little too sweet for a rye, but I'm guessing that's what they were aiming for. Nice for a hot day, but I miss the rye dryness.

A little heavy for a beer this style, too syrupy.

Suprisingly drinakable on a hot summer day, though.

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Photo of blackc5
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured at 40F.

A- A bright and light yellow that just looks drinkable. Very little head, moderate lacing for what there was.

S - Going to just give this an average score. The smell seems mild, but Im fighting off a cold which probably hinders my sense.

T- Crisp and refreshing, yet pretty tame in terms of taste. Some sweet maltiness, but not as much rye as I expected. Somewhat herbal, mild bitterness. Almost a lager...

M- Smooth and well carbonated. Light-bodied.

D- Can finish one of these off in about 3 minutes. Not a sipper by any means, but nice on a warm day.

Was expecting a bit more from Red Hook on this, rye-wise, so will call it an average brew, but surely passable and good for handouts at a party.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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 froghop
2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a very clear pale yellow with medium size white foamy head, and active carbonation, some lacing.

smell is faint, grass, grain, malt, a touch of honey, and some citrus.

taste is light, watery yet crisp, rye bread, honey, grain, malt, and a touch of citrus.

really not much to it.

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Photo of albern
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a light, refreshing summer time beer. If you don't expect complexity or a full palate of flavor, you won't be disappointed. The beer pours a fairly straw yellow with a touch of haziness and very little head. There is a corona of white around the glass but it is thin. Zero lacing too. The nose isn't much to write about. There are some citrusy lemon notes and some husky type grains maybe some weedy grass notes.

The taste is odd in that there is a very oily mouthfeel, even though the beer is quite light. The taste is zero hop, some husky grassiness and graininess, some lemony notes, maybe some carbonated up slight corn flavor. It is refreshing beer, light, not challenging on the palate, with a very thick oily mouthfeel that is unusual for a beer with of this type. The beer dries out a good deal towards the finish.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to admit, I drank this beer not know what to expect and rated it a C+. I was not surprised to see the rest of the BA community had too.

The beer was of medium carbonation with a very straw color to it. The head was gone by the time that I threw the bottle away and there was no lace.

I did pick up a citrusy smell from the glass, with no hops.

The beer was simple, but presented a very thick mouthfeel. I did get the citrus taste that I smelled and possibly some spice???

The beer is very light bodied and nothing to write home on taste.

I do think that if you like the taste, I can see where this would be a good beer that is highly drinkable.

I am not trying to knock it, but this beer was just average. Worth trying to say that you did, but to me, that is about it.

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Photo of Clydesdale
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A bright, clear goldenrod yellow color, with a considerable amount of active carbonation. The head is slightly off-white, dense, and creamy/frothy. Retention is solid, with some decent lacing.

S: Some moderately sweet pale malt aromas. Considerably herbal in the nose. A bit of slightly spicy rye, but a touch disappointing given the name. Surprisingly metallic as well.

T: Vaguely sweet pale malts up front. Some grassy/herbal hop flavor with minimal bitterness. A slight hint of spicy rye flavor is present. Again, meek and uninspiring. A touch lemony and a bit metallic as well.

M: Soft, medium-light body. Carbonation is bland and somewhat mild.

D: A disappointingly boring summer ale from Redhook. I wasn't expecting anything earth-shattering, but this is thoroughly underwhelming. Drinkable, but in the sense that there's just not much going on here.

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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 wheatyweiss
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a stange.

Pours a straw color with a moderately active head that quickly settles to a cap. Very light cloud is present.

Aroma is of husky malt and light roast. Sweet honey and citrus with a touch of wheat.

Flavor is husky grain and citrus with an adjunct corn like flavor that must be the rye. Dusty yeast is very present along with a wheat like flavor. The middle and finish of this beer is all metal. Blood and copper followed by a hint of aluminum. Very metallic tasting and I can't get over the flavor. Might be the way rye tastes in a malted form, but I don't remember rye whiskey being this metallic.

Mouthfeel is medium with a fair carbonation.

Strange flavor. I hope that I just don't understand it.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5/8/2006 (Pint on tap @ the Brewery, Woodinville, WA):

Pours a body that is golden yellow in color, with a smallish head, white. Has a malty aroma, light, but not much aroma overall. Light malty taste, citrus, nutty aftertaste. Light, crisp taste. Similar to a wheat beer, probably the graininess.

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Photo of colts9016
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A light golden yellow with hues of orange. There was a one in a half finger the is foamy, it dissipated to a quarter inch. There are a lot of effervesces coming from the bottom of the glass.

Nose: A nice rye with a maltiness followed by citrus and esters. There are hints of grass and some kind of sweet/sourness.

Taste: A maltiness with a nice rye overtone. There are notes of citrus, esters, corn, and grass.

Overall: The rye it this is nice, it is not to overpowering but rather nice complex. There are some sweet/sourness from the rye but it rather nice. I think it would be better if the hops could stand up to the rye/malt. I rather enjoyed drinking this beer.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Redhook Sunrye is a slightly hazy pale yellow ale with a thick, soft, bone white head. The head retention and lacing are excellent. There isn't much aroma here-- possibly lemon, maybe lemon cleanser. It is quite thin, bubbly and a bit alkaline. It has a unique flavor. I'm getting fenugreek here. There are notes of rye and lemon. It's lawnmower beer.
(rated Aug 17, 2008)

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

Poured a cloudy light orange color with a thin light white head. Nose is grainy and toasted, hints of rye bread characters. No hops to speak of, slight citrus. Taste is of grain and citrus, taste the heavy rye upfront followed by a sour lemon zest. Overly grainy and average. Medium bodied, not bad but probably won't try again.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.49/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a quickly fading frothy white head and very little lacing.

Nose is not too bad, refreshingly crisp and lemonlike.

Taste seems balanced between sweet and bitter, with citrus and rye. Not complex, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated.

All in all, perhaps not a remarkable beer, but very drinkable. In fact it dissapears very fast from the glass! One thing, it seems to change little with warming which makes it great to drink cold from the fridge or cooler on a hot day here in the South.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of everetends
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Crimson Tiger in Anniston, AL. Served in a standard pint.

A: Poured a very light, golden yellow. Had a good finger of head, but it didn't last long. Lacing was weak, lying on the glass and quickly slipping back into the glass. I was expecting a bit more sediment in the glass and I would have like it to be bit more hazy. Average at best.

S: Smell is of rye, malt and a touch citrus. All of this is weak, but it is there. Can't really say anything else.

T: Yet again malty rye flavors come in first with just a kiss of citrus on the back end. It does well for what it is, but is nothing special.

M: Very thin. Watery feel that has some high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing is the best thing it has going for it. No aftertaste to mention, nor any amount of lingering flavors. Just very watery.

D: This is a thin, easy drinking summer beer. I can respect that, but it needs more. Maybe a touch of spice and thickening it just a bit. It pours like water and goes down the same. if I am on the lake all day, I will consider this if I am in a bind.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.02/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This peer pours a light golden color, not much head even with a pretty stiff pour. wispy lacing as beer is consumed.

aroma is grainy and malty, not much hop presence in the nose.

taste is light malt with a slight fruity character, very dry finish, not much hop prevalence at all, slight grain taste, this pretty much tastes like a refined American macro w/o the corn/spent grain component.

mouthfeel is thin, but appropriate for a summer beer.

this beer is extremely drinkable, overall nothing either outstanding or offensive, I feel that it accomplishes what it was supposed to, an easy drinking hot-weather beer that is far better than Bud, Miller, Coors etc.

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Photo of changeup45
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing too complex here. Hazy golden colored topped with a thin white head but left a pretty good amount of lace. A little fruity, somewhat sour taste to it. Neither flavor is at all strong as the beer in general is a little bland. It is kind of refrshing and is a decent enough sun beer but essentially just an average beer.

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

Poured from a 12 bottle to a pint glass the liquid is light gold with ok carbonation. The head is smallish white and leaves little lace.

The smell is ok a bit of rye bread.

The taste is good, this is a nice twist on the summer ale style, a hint of lemon as well.

The mouthfeel is good medium body and ok carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, not bad in fact good but not a brew I wood get more of. Prosit, MK

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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 MTNboy
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- This is a very thin beer the body is a light yellow. The head is light and so is the lace.

Smell- It has a very grainy/grassy aroma with faint malt tone and even fainter hops tones.

Taste- It has a good rye taste to it almost wheat like in natural spiciness.

Mouthfeel- Light and some what refreshing.

Drinkability- The lightness of this beer mixed with the good flavor make this beer refreshing. Overall a good summer beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain pint glass.

A: Poured a golden yellow color with a scarce amount of sediment, leaving a lazy flow of carbonation and a thin veil of carbonation.

S: Smells faintly sweet and grainy, with a touch of sweet and sour aroma and a slight hoppy citrus zest.

T: The taste is dominated by a grainy, sweet and slightly tart malt flavor which gives way to a slightly bitter and dry hop finish. Nothing spectacular.

M: Mouthfeel is dry and crisply carbonated.

D: Could have had another, but moved on in search of bigger and better flavors. It's a sturdy summer brew, on par with some others from big names like Sierra Nevada's Summerfest, but not dynamic enough to warrant a session.

If the rye had been more pronounced and I could gather a sour spiciness from the brew, it would have fared better. Nonetheless, not a brew to avoid all together.

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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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