Rye Of The Lager | Sudwerk Brewing Company

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Rye Of The LagerRye Of The Lager

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Sudwerk Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A hugely hopped rye imperial pale lager, weighing in at near 70 IBUs and dosed with Amarillo, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops. It also uses heirloom German rye.

Added by chinchill on 07-03-2014

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 49
Photo of rclangk
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you're an IPL fan, you will enjoy this lager. Pours a very attractive amber with a modest white head. Sports a proud piney, citrus aroma. The flavor is crisp, hoppie and a tad spicy. Enjoy!

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber color with a thin off white head.

Smell: Citrus and pine notes.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine with a hint of bread like notes.

Overall: Good beer. Not what I expected from this one, it drinks like an IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent bronze with 2+ fingers of rocky cream colored head. Stellar lacing & very good head retention

S: Bready, grassy

T: Peppery weet breadyness, with grassyness & lemons & grapefruits up front, dryness as well. Peppery, sweet breadyness, & pomello & a little leafy hops. Finishes peppery with leafy hops, a little dryness, plus a little cattyness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, great balance

Solid offering, maybe the best I've had from these guys. Easy to drink

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Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich orange hue with just a dash of haze and two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Dark for a Pilsner, but given the rye and its imperial-strength nature, I'll allow it. It is very pretty.

Smell: very malty and sweet, with that classic rye spiciness. Hops are not really to the fore here, and it is a little too sweet for my taste, but overall quite interesting.

Taste: toasty malt with that spicy rye and a floral hop character. The overall effect is a little soapy, but it kind of works with the big sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty good carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer is too sweet for me to want to drink a ton of it, but for an imperial rye lager, it definitely delivers on its promises.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Brown glass bomber nabbed at a Safeway in San Francisco. Regrettably brief notes below:

APPEARANCE: White cap lasts about 6-7 minutes. Body colour is a dull copper. No yeast particulate/lees are visible within.

AROMA: Faint blueberry indicates Mosaic's use. Some light onion from the Simcoe. Pale malts. No resin from the Amarillo, unfortunately. I detect no spiciness from the rye.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Coating mouthfeel. Floral and slightly oniony taste. Blueberry gets a bit lost in the mix, but it's there when I search for it.

No rye spiciness here; I imagine far less than 51% of the grain bill is rye.

Flavour is muted and reticent across the board; there's just not much flavour here. A shallow brew.

Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied. Overcarbonated.

OVERALL: Drinkable but forgettable fare. I wouldn't buy this again (especially in the unnecessary bomber format), but it's not a bad brew by any means. I'd like to see Sudwerk play up the Amarillo and package this in 6 packs.


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Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rawfish for this extra that arrived last week. Rye am I happy? Rye, it’s obvious, isn’t it? 22 oz. bottle split with my ryefe, er, wife.

The cap pops & bam, overflow. My attempt to deep-throat the neck & prevent the eruption is in vain; I guess my future is in accounting after all. As expected, a riotous head billows from a light orange body (too much tanning booth?). Nose is light citrus, lemon, but little of either.

Rye of the Lager could lead to an overdose of either. Spicy rye looms over this, with the lagering a soft, 12 grain background. The tang mingles with citrus & pine to create a nice bitterness that manages to puncture the rye cacophony. Dry & akin to sparkling wine in the mouth: big bubbles. Drinking a lot of this, I could do.

The initial burst of kinetic energy had me thinking ‘disaster’ but this turned out to be a good, solid beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked 15209 at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 9.99/bomber (Includes $ 4 shipping) ($ 0.454/oz) from Craft Shack
Aroma of pine and citrus, weakens but survives to the end of the glass
Head large (Six cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to an irregular four to eight frothy ring and partial frothy layer
Lacing fair – frothy partial rings and islands
Body light orange, clear
Flavor of citrus, somewhat fruity, and light, some malt backbone, somewhat dry; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear light coppery color with a white foam. Bubbles streaming in the Maredsous goblet. Some spice and citrus in the nose. A touch of lime peel. Mouthfeel is a more coarse carbonation with a club soda feel. Medium body and a tangy, citrusy taste.

Moderate bitterness that mellows out with the mouthful of malt and the modest sweetness. Some roasted taste with an undertone of caramel. This is a really tasty rye brew with plenty of spiciness and a hoppy edge. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/28/15.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with rye, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between the rye and citrus and earthy hops all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Barrel Republic.

Appearance: Medium amber with a semi-durable off-white head that leaves a partial coat of lacing.

Aroma: Surprisingly hopp, with hints of pine and bisquits.

Flavor: Mild+ bitterness. More piney hops than malt flavor. Spicy rye is evident.

Feel: Medium body with good medium+ carbonation.

O: the lager version of a Rye APA.

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Rye Of The Lager from Sudwerk Brewing Company
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