Redhook Sunrye Ale | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Sunrye AleRedhook Sunrye Ale

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

This was on tap at Cavanaugh's in West Philly.

Pint glass; very thin head that dissipates quickly, with negligible lacing. Very clear in the glass, and the colour is light amber. Aroma is fruity with a hint of citrus and little hops. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and refreshing, though not watery, with medium carbonation.

Everything about this beer was average. I could see myself ordering it again, though, on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Cavalier92
3.98/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice summer offering from the gang up in new Hampshire that has a nice rye scent on the nose and very smooth drinkability.

Strong honey and malt flavors dominate, with a touch of hop bit to finish. The bighter notes of the beer may have been clouded a bit by a bar that seemed to have rather dirty lines.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A standard pint glass should suffice for this one. Pure gold color with a rapidly fading head. Kinda pretty.

I can definately smell the rye. Also some hay and honey notes as well.

I picked this one up in the checkout line at Spec's for $3.99 a sixer, so I was not expecting much at all.

Pleasently surprised. The rye shines in this beer. Very organic, mineral taste. Crisp, dry and refreshing.

If I would have known this beer was worth a flip, I would have bought at least a few more sixers for the insane price of $4...can't hardly even get a six of keystone tall boys for that!

Might not pay $7 for a pack of these, but definately a decent summer session beer.

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

You could do much worse than this simple summer beer. Pale yellow with a grainy note to the nose this is easy drinking golden ale with a rye twist to the finish. I didn't find a lot of complexity in this beer but really this is a patio special and being AB distributed it is easy to find.

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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 ibashmuck
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium head on a "standard" beer yellow. Smelled and tasted unremarkable, very much like a macro lager, maybe with a hint pf sweetness. Nothing really at all too interesting. Maybe even seemed watered down. Mouth feel was also nothing special. A bit surprised by how boring this was.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
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 keoki182
3.02/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sunrye poured a very light yellow color and finished pouring with a very thin barely yellow head. The beer itself is pure yellow but very transparent; with bubbles pretty consistently racing to the top to merge with the thin head. Looks refreshing, to say the least. The aroma during the pour (noticable from a good 2 feet away from my nose) was spicy, sort of a Euro hop scent. The aroma closer to the pint glass was just really delicious pure and clean malts, definitely some hay as the previous reviewer noted. Moderate to light mouthfeel; solid but not overfilling. This is a straight forward beer flavor: good malty backbone with an underlying honey sweetness; crisp with a growing sweet side as it warms. Unimpressive but decent on a hot summer day.

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Photo of morimech
2.55/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow with a small white head that recedes quickly. Almost no lace is left on the glass. The only thing I smell is sweet malt. The taste is also of sweet malt. I do not detect any rye at all in this beer. Tastes more like an all-malt lager or maybe a blond ale. Somewhat watery body with a high carbonation. Not a good combination. It is light body with a low ABV so drinking them down is not a problem. This is what I would call a "Why bother?" beer. No point it in being brewed or consumed if it is going to be this lackluster.

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Photo of KeefD
3.42/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a macro yellow color with small head falling down to a thing cap and leaving sparse lacing if any at all. Hints of honey and some malty sweetness in the nose. Taste is much the same. Hint of honey, some watered down rye malt and slight hop bitterness in the finish. Extremely easy to drink and somewhat refreshing, just nothing that will blow you away.

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Photo of Rayek
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Gold with big, active carbonation bubbles. Dense white head has good retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Smells like rye bread with some pine, oak and a hint of cloves.

T: Very light flavor. Biscuit and oak with a mild spicy bitterness. Finishes dry.

M: Light body with too much fizz.

D: This didn't do much for me. Light body makes it a good summer choice, however.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.11/5  rDev -33.2%
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 Troy518
3.91/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Crystal clear with almost no head. Non-existent lacing and a very thin texture. Smell is of cereal as is the taste. Flavors of grain, cereal, light rye, and bread, with minimal hop bitterness. Even though this beer is viewed as cheap, it is still one of my favorite summer beers. It is certainly my favorite Red Hook beer and I look forward to its release every year.

($1.95, 12oz, Oliver's Bev., Albany, NY)

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Photo of cjgator3
2.97/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle dated 04/09/08. Pours a clear golden orangish color with a thin fizzy white head. The aroma is sweet grainy malt and just a hint of rye and spicy hops. The taste is some grain with just a touch of rye flavors and a very mild hop finish. Overall, I will pass on Redhook Sunrye Ale the next time I see it. I am a big fan of Rye Beers but this one is pretty sub par.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, pale yellow with small 1/2 inch head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a thick collar that hangs around awhile. Moderate lacing.

S - Intense rye funk. Nice, but one-dimensional.

T - Very light. Initially the rye comes through with a sort of cereal backbone. Mid palate some spice kicks in, probably coriander. Late palate the bitterness takes hold, I can't tell if it's from the spicy hops or the rye itself.

M - Moderately carbonated and watery. I could've used more carbonation; the somewhat flat taste coupled with this brew's thinness detracts.

D - Not a bad one to put back a few of, but ultimately a bit uninteresting.

I have a soft spot for decent rye whiskies such as Sazerac 6-year and Old Overholt, and rye's wonderful earthyness and bizarre bitterness is showcased perfectly. I do wish they'd left out the spices and hops though.

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Photo of Vancer
3.44/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent summer session brew with the easy alcohol. Sunshine yellow, nice white heading, even some rings of lace.

Not much aroma, but a fine citrus rye slides down easily - just a bit of soapy finish. Pleasantly surprised with this one, I could make it a lawn mover brew with the econ pricing and good drink-ability.

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

A - Poured a yellow color with a white head that dissipates quickly

S - Is of grainy malt and something that I can't put a finger on

T - Like the taste grainy malt thats a little sweet thouch of bitterness at the end

M - This is a fairly light bodied beer with medium carbonation

D - While this isn't the best beer from Redhook its probably the best one that they have for a hot summer day it has a good taste and its pretty light worth trying sometime

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Photo of Seanibus
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with just a bit of head. Decent grainy aroma, though not distinctively rye-like. Flavor is pleasant but unremarkable. A little citrus, a little rye spice, perhaps a little grassy hoppiness. The flavor improves as the beer warms, which seems unfortunate, since this is intended as a refreshing summer brew and will therefore likely be served icy cold. The finish is rather thin, though there is just the faintest trace of hop bitterness in there somewhere. Mouthfeel is a little watery, but not bad considering that the beer is intended to be a light summer brew. Drinkable, pleasant but unremarkable.

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3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in from notes.

A - Clear, clean gold. 1/2" white head falls to a cap and then gone just as quick. No lace.

S - Grainy malt. Pilsner-like. Some spiciness.

T - Some distinctive rye. Crisp malt, spicy hop. Fairly simple summer beer.

M - Crisp, clean and light bodied.

D - Drinkability is OK.

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Photo of JDV
3.42/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light medium gold with lasting head and lacing. Has a nice grainy, malty/rye sweet smell. Taste is a small bitter bite, with a light grain sweetness, and smoother, kind of watery mouthfeel in the finish. Very drinkable, lighter bodied, refreshing summer beer that I could definitely have again.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.25/5  rDev -28.8%
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 dsa7783
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second brew from Redhook, and I am still impressed... this beer pours a hazy, cloudy, yellowish color that strongly resemebled a witbier... pours with a minimal head... smell is slightly fruity with a noticeable citrus aroma... taste is very smooth and citrusy... light, and easily drinkable that goes down crisp and clean... Although the taste overall was somewhat bland, it was not dissapointing at all and I enjoyed drinking this brew... at a pretty low alcohol percentage of 4.7%, I could enjoy a few of these in a single setting... not the most flavorful beer, but tasty and refreshing nonetheless... Recommended as a good summer beer on a hot, humid day...

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Photo of pweis909
4.07/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with thin white head that doesn't persist. This beer is simple but well crafted. There is a smooth malt aroma, reminiscent of German pils, accompanied by a light sweetness and a crisp rye finish. The hops are light and noble - it's a smooth-drinking thirst-quenching beer that is accessible to everyone.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle for $1.75 at the Blue Dog in Lansdale. This is a bit old as it is a summer seasonal, and was pretty mediocre. Bought it on a whim, maybe buy again in season sometime if I see it. I think i do actually like it better than most summer seasonals. At least it isn't a wheat, so some points for uniqueness.

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

Was a very clear pour, I almost want to say it reminded me of a pilsner, appearance wise? Ther was not much head and very little lacing on the glass. Had a very slight, what I would characterize as vinegary, smell to it. The taste had a grainy straw like feel to it. It was fizzy, prickling the taste buds. I had heard good things about this brew and was a little disappointed with this batch.

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Redhook Sunrye Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
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