Guinness Rye Pale Ale
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Ranked #277
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3.55 | pDev: 13.52%
Guinness Ltd.
Guinness Rye Pale AleGuinness Rye Pale Ale
Notes: Created by the brewers at The Open Gate Brewery as a holiday gift for their colleagues, friends and families, Guinness Rye Pale Ale proved so popular they had to share it with everyone. The rustic, spicy character of rye grain is balanced with citrus and grapefruit from the mosaic and cascade hops, making it a fine addition to the Guinness family.

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewery

Golden honey color, little creamy head

Nose big malt, toasted grainy spicy rye, malted barley raw wort, grassy hop

Taste mild sweet, nice bitter grassy herbal hop, spicy rye, fruity, mild sweet raw malt fair bitterness

Mouth med bod, nice carb

Overall nice

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Photo of tigg924
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is mineral, wheat, and a touch of rye on the finish, Sweet, medium bodied, medium-low carbonation. Makes for a solid, above average rye beer. I prefer other rye beers, but this is worth a shot.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brief initial impression:

Refreshing yet subtly spicy with a nice blueberry flavour from the Mosaic hops. Cascade hops lend it plenty of floral notes, and it's well-balanced and highly drinkable.

Light to medium-bodied. Well-carbonated. Smooth and wet. Somewhat soft. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough or scratchy.

Guinness could easily have just phoned in an IPA in their 12 pack variety box and gotten just as many initial sales (if not more) from drinkers trying the new lineup for the first time. This is a good bit more inspired than it needed to be, and it's a beer I'd definitely nab a sixer of from time to time. Mosaic and Cascade are terrific hop selections, and the utilization of rye malt for a subtle dry spiciness is exceptionally clever. It won't dazzle discerning drinkers, but it's well worth trying. I never thought I'd see the day Guinness of all breweries put out a pale ale that's actually notable, but alas - that day has come.


12/13/17 impression from another bottle:


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Photo of flgimp
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A likeable pale ale. Robust head. Nice lacing. Color light yellow gold. Smell is slight citrus and pine. Taste smooth, malty with slight hops. Body is lighter side of medium. Good carbonation.

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Photo of DW78715816
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: outside on a sunny day it has a hazy copper appearance
S: I definitely get a bread and spice smell. A slight citrus smell.
T: it is light and crisp. A little citrus, some peppery spice it's nice.
O: Very easy drinking but has a lot going on. Definitely better when not ice cold. Aroma and taste improves as it warms which speaks to quality for me.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at MJ O’Connor’s Park Place in Boston, Massachusetts from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a footed Pilsner glass; no production information evident.
A: Pours an amber color with an off white head clearing to about one inch, modest retention and solid lacing on that pour.
S: Aromas of pine, tropical fruit, bread, and mushroom greet the nose in about that order, as it warms.
T: Flavors of blood orange and mango predominate with a peppery spicyness. Lightly bitter giving a slight tingling to the tongue.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp finIsh.
O: Really an impressively light, flavorful and clean finishing Rye Ale. Never had anything on a par with it.

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Photo of dcotom
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into a straight-sided glass mug. Amber colored body, with a thick and fairly long-lasting white head that left some nice lacing. This sample was quite malt forward on the nose and palate. Brewer's notes state that this is hopped with Cascade and Mosaic; however, the hop character was quite understated. The malt character, on the other hand, was quite pleasant, with notes of light caramel, spice, and pepper. Nice hit of hop bitterness and peppery spice on the crisp finish. A very good beer that may have been much better with a more assertive hop presence (as the brewer's notes imply).

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A moderate pour into a nonic pint glass produces about an inch of creamy, off-white head. The color is a ruddy, yellowish-amber, with moderate carbonation.

The aroma promises a good deal of spiciness, which the flavor delivers on quite amply. The aroma-flavor provides notes of herbs, spice (definitely some pepper- maybe a little sage as well) and a complex fruitiness with a citrus base, but with complementary notes suggestive of bell peppers and maybe a little tomato. In between is a good deal of nuttiness combined with something suggestive of freshly-mown hay. The body is about mid-range, with a pretty clean finish with only a little lingering bitterness.

This beer has a complex aroma and flavor, but drinks very easy.

4 4 3.75 3.75 4

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Photo of JayQue
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not bad!!! A Pale Ale that goes down well with food. I had one with a backyard BBQ. Pours a hazy dark gold/light orange with a good size foamy head and some lacing. Head retention is pretty good. Aroma is mild. I was looking for a good hit of sour rye malt but it was very subdued. Taste featured some mild rye malt and grassy hops. More prominent than the aroma but still fairly mild. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. A bit weak as a Rye Beer, but a good thirst quencher and with food.

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Photo of Schlitz74
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a slightly above average beer. It pours a darker gold color, with a descent off white head and a little lacing on the glass. Overall it is a beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness Rye Pale Ale has a rather thin, soapy, white head, a sediment-filled, cloudy, copper-gold appearance, which really clouds up, following the "swish & pour". Aroma is odd- lots of mild citrus, with sourdough bread and sweetness, but not too much rye. Taste is the same, with a very low profile rye note. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Guinness Rye Pale Ale finishes mostly dry.


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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Subtle rye, semi sweet caramel malt, bready, smooth finish. Slight earthy and grainy rye nose. Amber, clear, Big foamy head with ring lattice of lace. Medium body. 18 IBUs

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

330 ml, some code which is not clear.

Clear copper colored, thick white head. Aroma is a bit stale. Taste is bland, a bit oxidized. Either old or not good to begin with. Thin bodied.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thoroughly enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. This mighty fine rye pours
a lightly cloudy yellow tinged amber with touches of brownish red with a very
nice head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin pool, and features
light sudsy lacing. Nose of spicy rye, subtle honey malts, and touches of herbal and
light citrus hop notes. Flavors exceed the nose and hit the right notes with honey
touched malts and light spicy rye with mild herbal hops and light citrus and apricot
notes on the rear. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium low carbonation, and a
moderately clean mild rye finish.

Overall, a solid little ale.


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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with white head. Rye spice, cereal grains, grass, and some citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a nice rye spice and some cereal grain. Better than I thought this would be, nice surprise.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale orange with a finger of white head. Smells of rye bread. Tastes of rye bread, some hops and a little bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall a good beer. It's my first rye beer so I can't compare it to much, but I do like it a lot.

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Photo of Myboymi
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle to snifer glass. Light hazy amber/orange color. Low fluffy head. Smell of rye, carmal, and malt. Light lacing. First impressions a little dry, but had a nice finish for a rye. For me this would be great on tap. I personally haven't had anything from Guinness that I wouldn't drink again! All in all a good English Rye.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a darker orange body, clear with a one finger white head, sort retention and not much lacing. Smell is floral, slight resinous spice, but mostly caramel and a bit of toffee. This is when I looked at the label and states that it is a hoppy amber ale. Go figure, that fits about right. Flavour goes along with the nose, fair bit of caramel and a bit of spicy minerality with a bit of crisp resinous pine on the finish. Nothing too complicated, fairly average but clean flavour. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation, drinkable and not too bitter by any means. A fairly straightforward amber ale that isn't too bitter; but it isn't too sweet either from the hops. It works alright.

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Photo of Act25
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This mass beer is fine. Straight ahead.

a) Right amber mostly clear color for a rye pale, limp head for Guinness, and not much lace.
s) Spiced like fruity rye, red ale, really an English bitter, on a base of soft caramel. A bit of grain silo dryness and faint hop finish.
t) Follows the smell. Tea like, subdued, white pepper.
f) Drying and pleasant. Good food beer. Good pub beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent bronze color with 2 fingers of pillowy cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness, not much else

T: Slight peppery spice, leafy hops,, dryness & a little toastyness up front. A little dryness, & bready sweetness as this warms. Finishes sweet, a little bready with a modicum of rye spiceyness

MF: Light body, fairly firm carbonation, skews sweet

Drinks okay, but this is run of the mill. Bought one for the tick & happily I am done

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Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle - part of a variety pack:

Pours hazed golden amber with a fluffy white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of rye bread with toasted caramel.

The taste is of caramel and a touch of citrus and melon. Minty rye in the finish.

A solid English pale ale with a twist of rye. Nice!

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought a 6-pack $6.99 Foodland
Cloudy, golden amber color
Medium-light mouth feel
Medium-light carbonation
Sweet, light rye clean taste. Reminds me a little like iced tea. Nothing exciting
Overall an easy drinking beer, but nothing special so probably won't buy again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of June 2017. Picked up recently from B&M. An effort from Guinness' 'The Brewer's Project'; the label describes it as a pale ale brewed with rye malt and citrus-flavoured hops.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich, hazy amber hue with plentiful floating sediment and moderate carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Possibly bottle conditioned - the label doesn't say.

S: Aroma of sweet caramel malt with hints of grain, rye, bread, mild citrus, peel, grassy spice, subtle melon, ale yeast and a buttery note in the background. Not too bad....

T: Tastes of grainy caramel malt and mild fruity hops with hints of rye, bready malt, grass/hay, light citrus, earthy yeast and a touch of spice. Slightly sweet. A delicate, leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and good body. Aftertaste of rye, grainy malt, yeast esters and leafy hops.

O: A fairly decent ale - its main problem is a lack of charisma. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are balanced but too restrained. Body is OK - could be livelier. Compared with other recent efforts by Guinness to enter the 'craft' market, this isn't too shabby. However, it doesn't have the depth of character that makes for a stand-out brew. Drinkable but no need to hunt it down.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Amber-orange color. Great clarity. White head retains at a thin cap. Slight rings of lacing.

S: Grass and pine, subtle hints of honeydew melon. This sits atop a fat caramel and roast malt base.

T: Sweet toffee-like malts lay in a foundation. The rye plays second fiddle with a bit of that signature dry and spicy flavor. Tastes like an English ale yeast at work with a brothy and maybe even a slight buttery flavor. Hops flaunt a more grassy and grapefruity side in taste. Hint of melon too. They ride into the drying finish.

M: Medium-light body. Full and creamy with a slight slickness. Slight hop astringency is barely perceptible. Ample prickling and fine-bubbled carbonation .

O: This was a little confusing on the palate at first. On this side of the pond, we're used to rye pales and IPAs that are much drier and bolder in both rye and hop potency. What seems to be an English ale strain at work muddies the waters further. But, although it isn't what we're used to, it's still a fine beer. It finishes pleasantly with a brush of hop grit and dryness and some nice citrusy and tropical flavor.

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Photo of secondtooth
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clean amber, with decent off-white head and no lace.

Aroma: Nice hoppy profile here, with accents of fruit and citrus. A good start.

Taste: Hope here seem muted, alongside malty caramel and spices (presumably from the rye). I can taste the buttery phenol notes, clearly indicating an older bottle. A shame as the aroma showed such promise.

Overall, over-carbonated and rather light, and with the age, a little weak. Would love to try fresh someday.

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