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Rye'd Piper | Ale Industries

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ale Industries
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by popery on 06-15-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
87
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
23.06%
 
 
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 87
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spicy rye, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and rye flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a rye presence that is slightly better in the aroma.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark clear cranberry with a short but firm off white head. Nice looking.

Nose is big fruit esters of sweet pears, peaches and plums; pleasant and inviting. (Served cool room temperature which just shows the nose and flavors perfectly when tasting).

Medium/full mouthfeel that is medium rich and medium creamy with light elegant carbonation.

Flavors just dominate this one. Big assertive roasted grain and full hop bitter flavor. Really nice balance of the big hops and the big malt. A hint of sweet wooded coffee on the very front palate gives way to a big roasted red ale. Big yeast/malt and bitter roast. Rye flavors come through on mid palate and come through very big on the finish.

Finish is all bitter rye bread and tones of burnt coffee. Develops more of a carmel malt character as it warms but retains complexity, body and character.

This is a really nice beer that I came across by surprise at City Beer. Nice job. This is a good one for big rich meals and grilled meats. It just cries out to be consumed with a meal. I like it.

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice head but a little coarse in the carbonation. Amber brown in the wine glass. Quite hoppy but really rye'd up with the harsh cereal taste. A slight warmth of malt. A hint of something scorched. Long bitter aftertaste. Light body. Not much in the nose. Maybe it needs to be really cold with a hot pretzel.

Bottle (22 oz) from Beer Revolution in Oakland.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Bbothen as pay off from a Fantasy Football BIF!

Pours amber/caramel with 3+ fingers tan head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Faint bready scents

T: Peppery spice, herbal & tea hoppyness, along with some biscuitty malt up front, plus nice piney notes. As this warms I pick up orange peel, then woody hop notes. again much bitter tea notes. Finishes crisp, semi-dry with more woody hops, a touch of caramel & pear fruittyness comes through as well

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, crisp, nice balance

A flavor pack amber that delivers rye crispness & plenty of hops complexity

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try something from AI for some time now. This is a good one to start on, I say.

Blast of hops all up in your mouth in a hearty, rye kind of way. It's not an obliteration, but quite a full ride. Mild burn from the rye's spices. Fairly thick body. This is a nice ale. Hearty and robust. If you like rye beers, you'll enjoy this one I'm sure...if you can find it. Heh.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a fine, rich two finger vanilla colored head (looks just like a vanilla milkshake). Aroma is strong caramel malt, rye, cherries, faint hops, inviting. Flavor is caramel malt, yeasty rye bread, dark dried fruit, more muted than the aroma. Finishes with pleasant light caramel malt, rye and light grassy hops. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. A quite nice rye ale that also has the light fruitiness of a red ale, they make a good combination. Flavor is a bit laid back and is balanced enough and tasty enough I wish it was bit more aggressive. Looks and feels good, flavor is light but enjoyable. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a murky reddish-brown colour, with a thin filmy head of yellowed off-white. Lacing forms in grid-like patterns, quite intricate. Body is light, but holds quite fine carbonation. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Nose is heavy with rye. Big sweet-spicy, slightly grassy grainy tone runs this quite strongly, with a slightly sweaty green fruit character providing the only counterpoint. It really smells quite malty, but the rye malt seems to be dominant, which gives it that spicy, grainy, bready note. It's certainly different, and certainly interesting. That's worth a lot.

Taste suffers as a result of the heavy rye load, however, with a significant lightness leaving most of the palate feeling rather empty. The malt is nowhere to be seen, just that reedy rye spice that hides behind the hops and doesn't provide much balance. As a result, the hops (which are much more noticeable on the palate than on the nose) dominate here, leaving a thin, sharp bitterness racing through the centre towards the back. Even though it's not a particularly hoppy beer, it feels much more so than it is, due to the lack of balance. It's a bit disappointing.

Feel is actually not as bad as the taste might suggest, it has a crispness which is quite pleasant, and it works with the lighter flavours in the body. However, a fuller feel and more breadth in the body would be a better combination overall, I feel.

Overall, it's actually pretty interesting, even though it doesn't work as well as it might have. The rye is certainly noticeable on this beer, which makes it a novelty, but it lacks the balance and craft of a truly great beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Incredibly dark. Opaque. Light white head fades quickly.

S: Cheesy and citrusy. Smells like a English cask ale.

T: Decent, but not great. Smoothish, with some citrus and that same strange cheesiness. Lightly dry aftertaste, but bland maintaste.

O: Drinkable, pleasant beer. Still, wouldn't have again. Unrecommended.

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Photo of popery
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The tap list called this one a red, but I could see it going as a Rye Beer or an American IPA.

Draft, City Beer Store. This beer is all about rye and hops. It has a ton of rye spice and a ton of pine/citric hop flavor. There's some good caramel sweetness to back it all up, but this is a rye-hop bomb. It drinks a lot bigger than expected. The mouthfeel is quite thick for the abv. They really packed a lot of flavor into this package. There's also brown sugar, molasses, caramel and toast from the malt. It pours a murky auburn color without much head. Not too much carbonation. Good beer and not at all what I expected.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is rich with rye, wood and spice.
The taste starts with a nice malt sweetness, then turns a little lemon bitter, rye spice finish.
The texture is soft and airy with a little fizz.
An outstanding ale. Great balance and flavor.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-red amber color with a decent off-white head and some lacing

S-pine, caramel malt, rye, slight grassy

T-caramel malt, rye, pine, slight fruity, little grassy, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent rye ale, easy drinking

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Photo of Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from "Lifesource", Salem Oregon. $4.95 Dark chesnut brown with a really impressive thick,creamy light tan head. Mostly hoppy/fruity type aromas..floral and slightly resinous. touch of rye but it isnt great Hmm a strange one mostly malty coffee type bitterness.. resiny hops..and again a spcy rye backing..but again its very slight. Quite nice mouthfeel to this one..very smooth and rich. A very nice beer but i feel cheated at the lack of the rye aspect Id be willing to consign this to the CDA category

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Photo of pkalix
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

super dark red. no head.
smell is amateurish. sweet, but unrefined. something i'd expect from my neighbor's hobby.
taste is the same. not refined. decent, but in a sense of the neighbor, again. BA has nothing higher than a 4 in their line up. geez.... quick look at my receipt--- I paid $5.75 for this crap!!!! goddamn O'Shea's....
alright, well since i'm now officially on a rant for having THREE INFERIOR BREWS FROM O'SHEA's i'm gonna continue.... that little short guy SERIOUSLY needs a vacation or SOMETHING cuz he's all frickin' wound tight. put out over $100 in inferior beer and he STILL limits me to ONE STINKIN' PLINY... AND I traveled over 45 miles to get there???? whatever. sayonara MFrrrr.
this brew SUCKED. and so did the guy who sold it to me....
oh well. no hard feelings, right?

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Photo of elNopalero
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a cloudy, nay, murky coffee brown color with tight cocoa tinted foam. Visually the beer is not appealing, something I don’t often get to say.

The aroma has a candied cherry & lightly piney aroma. It’s an understated smell, with a subdued rye character and something akin to a harsh vermouth note on it.

Piney resiny flavor dominates. It has an upfront bitterness and a pleasing rye kick. While it didn’t blow my mind I enjoyed the pint in good company.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a just barely clear ruby-orange with a finger of frothy khaki head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, spicy rye, some bready malts, grapefruit and citrus hops, and a touch of pine hops.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops and mild bitterness. Through the middle, the spicy rye comes through with some bready malts, and a bit of pine hops and more bitterness. The finish is a mix of spicy rye and caramel malts with grapefruit hops and some bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a spicy, dry, and lightly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice rye beer with some good earthy and spicy rye flavor and great overall balance.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rye'd Piper has a reddish brown colored body with a slight haze throughout. The head is short and white, and it doesn't have much going in the carbonation and lacing departments.

The aroma has a ton of spicy rice, citrus from the hops and a bit of caramel.

The name leaves little doubt that this one is going to have some rye in it, so that isn't much of surprise. I was a little bit surprised by just how much rye it actually does haze. Rye is the strongest flavor, followed by a punch of citrus from the hops. The rye is spicy, seedy, and bready while the hops are a mix of grapefruit and blood-orange. The finish has a caramel backbone, so this one isn't all rye.

Mouthfeel could use a little bit more carbonation, but is OK overall.

Heavy on the rye, liberally hopped, worth a shot if you like rye beers.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 6/bomber at Blackwell’s
Aroma weak – a little caramel malt, some citrus hops – gone before end of glass
Head small (two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular seven to twelve mm creamy ring and partial frothy layer
Lacing excellent – complete wide rings of tiny to medium bubbles
Body medium reddish-brown, murky
Flavor – malt with some rye spiciness and ends with a little hop bitterness, well balanced; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of jdense
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash, Danville, CA, 8.14.2010.

Less than half a finger of white head, no dissipation or lacing to speak of due to full to the rim of glass pour. Dark brown/amber body, no visible carbonation due to opaqueness. Big rye hit in the nose, balanced with floral hops and a bit of grassiness. Taste mirrors the nose, this is a real rye beer. Mouthfeel is medium/full with good effervescence. Drinkability is pretty good though the big dose of rye is fairly unique. IMO more of a schwartzbier with rye. Worth a try.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty - darker and more malty than most rye-based beers I have tried, but the combo works.

Pours a deep chocolatey brown with a fluffy head. The aroma is malty, with wood, coffee, chicory and carob. A healthy dollop of burned brown sugar. The flavor follows along, with dark caramel and cigarette ash, but behind it there is a bitter rye sting on the finish, a sharp, black pumpernickel character, with a slight sweetness on the end.

Tasty

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours more brown than red. Hard to think of this as an amber. Nice inch of head and decent lace though.

Banana, rye and citrus make up the smell.

Wow, this is an easy to drink rye beer. The rye spice is nicely balanced by some smooth citrus and pine hops. Mmmm. Simple, but very satisfying.

I'm grabbing some more. At 5.8% this is a ridiculously sessionable brew.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler tonight and anxious to try after passing over it numerous times. Poured into my Duvel glass and I am met with a dirty brown colored ale and a beige foamy head that stays awhile. Light lacing. The aroma definitely has the rye whiffs and also some chocolate, roasted malts, wood and slight leather. Nice. The taste is very rye with caramel hints and a nice hop kick to it with a slight spicy swallow. A lot of rye aftertaste with some salivating buds wanting more. Mouthfeel was a tad thin but it's a minor flaw. Overall I was impressed by this beer. If you are a rye fan this will be right up your alley. A nice beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash in Danville.

Appearance- dark brown color, thin head

Smell- rye

Taste- rye, hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. I would like to have it again sometime. They have done well with this one.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a really dark brown with a small light brown head.

S: Malt, grass, rye, vanilla, and citric hops in the nose.

T: Rye, bitter citrus peel, hoppyness and vanilla. Extremely pleasant.

M: Medium bodied, not the smoothest beer, nor the harshest.

O: Definitely recommended. I love the combination of rye spiciness and vanilla. A rye-barrel-aged version of this would likely be fantastic.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at Ales Unlimited.

Pours a mostly clear, reddish-amber with a massive, slightly dimpled light tan head. Retention is superb and is testing my patience while I await for the foam to settle enough for me to take sip.

Initial aromas of caramel and cracked pepper with brown sugar cookie undertones and subtle chocolate. Soap.

Spicy/herbal flavors hit the palette first and are swiftly followed with a sharp hop bitterness. Moderately-high bitter and this lingers long into the medium-dry finish.

Feels thin and watery on the tongue with a low level of carbonation. Hop bitterness is somewhat harsh/astringent.

Overall the nose might be the best aspect of this brew. Bitterness is harsh and detracts from drinkability, mouthfeel is unsatisfying, and the flavors aren't interesting and complex enough to yield repeated enjoyment.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Center poured from a 22 oz bottle into an etched pint glass. No freshness date.

A nice deep amber color with a thick, creamy 1/2" head. Leaves thick clingy lacing. Good retention.

Smells of pine and dark bread, a little dry toffee. Nice but a little faint.

More pine and dry toffee lead on the taste, a touch of baking chocolate, nice rye spiciness, a little pepper. Ends with some roastiness and grapefruit zest. A little more rye and citrus comes out as it warms, less pepper, along with more hop bitterness. Comes on with just a little caramelly sweetness and ends clean and dry. Quite bitter/hoppy overall, but with some nice malty flavors.

The texture comes on creamy and full, ends light and crisp. A bit too light maybe. Gets a little softer on the finish as it warms.

Nice complexity and a great appearance. Love the rye notes too. It's a bit too hoppy for the style to me, could use a touch more malt, but it's well made and interesting. Would buy again.

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Rye'd Piper from Ale Industries
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