Desert Select Rye Ale | Moab Brewery

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Desert Select Rye AleDesert Select Rye Ale

Brewed by:
Moab Brewery
Utah, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.59%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Daniellobo on 05-27-2013

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Wasatch
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. Swing Top

Nice POP!

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark amber color, very nice carbonation with a very nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is a very nice blend of hops/malts, slight rye. The taste is malty/hoppy. Medium body, with a very nice bitterness/dry finish. Overall, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of 303beer
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy copper color. Actually it's muddy. Has some head to it. Smells alright. Kinda sweet flavor. Tastes like what it is. Hopped rye ale.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

This Imperial Red Rye Ale gives Hop Rod Rye a run for its money.

A(5): Hazy red-amber with a perfect head that has a wide range of bubble sizes . Very fine sediment.

S(4): Kind of a gross hint of cabbage in there but the rest is great. Shortbread, Honey, and Spicy, Dank hops.

T(5): Decadent and incredible, the only beer I can think of that could stand up to it is Hop Rod Rye. The hint of cabbage from the smell actually brings the potent Herbal hop and Sweet malt flavor together with Bitter Earth tones and remains far enough in the background that it doesn't stick out on its own with all the sweetness and bitterness that blends together into my favorite style, the Imperial American Red Ale. The spicyness of the rye goes well with the hops

M(5): Smooth and once again, decadent. This is what imperial beers need to be. A mouthful in every sip, but with enough silky, melty carbonation to keep it moving. The alcohol is gentle and warming.

D(5): It's going too quick. This reviewing process isn't helping.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Gerred
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of MDHopster
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy coppery color, 1/2 I inch tan head, not long lasting head but not rapid either. Leaves lattice on glass.

S: rye and yeast, bread like, slight citrus undertone

T: rye and hops stand out with spice note. Aftertaste evolves from rye bite to a lingering sweetness

M: smooth but not silky, just enough carbonation to unleash the rye and hops

O: very enjoyable, could become one of my favorites in the rye bee category

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Photo of Liverocks
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of InfragilisBrew
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a deep bronze amber with a fine two finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Enticing aroma of caramel and biscuit malt with rye spiciness, not much hops. Flavor is biscuity, crackery malt, with rustic rye tartness, spice and rye bread. Finishes with rye bread and some grassy hop bitterness. Nice mildly creamy body and mouth feel. I've been drinking a lot of rye ales lately and it's becoming one of my favorite styles. Most have been excellent. This one is hands down the most faithful rye bread flavor I've ever had in an ale. Rye is not a modest flavor and I can see why it is used judiciously in most rye ales. This one works for me because the biscuity malt body is strong enough to present the bold rye well. Unusual flavor and not for the rye averse, but this hit the spot for me. Purchased on a road trip and not available in my area, but I'd buy this again in a heartbeat given the chance. Malt and rustic rye: I may have liked this even better than my review ratings.

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Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of elkinbrown
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle $7.69. Hazy red color, huge head. Looks nice. Smells spicy, malty, must be the rye. The flavor was odd, sweet, candy and then pepper or spice. Very interesting flavor indeed. Overall not bad and I'll buy a bottle of their other select beer.

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Photo of BDeibs
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of DRBiser
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of YalovaIA
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DRTBrewster
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome red-copper color in the tulip with plenty of foam. Nice lacing along the glass and plenty of spritz in the mouth. Some herbal hop aromas, and a perfumey flavor.

A little rough, with a sweet, almost candy flavor and a grainy taste. Brewer says it's made with barley and red rye malt plus Columbus, Centennial, Chinook and Willamette hops. Bitter and strong like a double IPA with that big, sweet malty mouthful of flavor. More sugar than most rye beers I've tasted. Some mineral and green vegetable taste at the end.

This seems like the kind of complex and rustic pleasure that beer was made for. From the swing-top bottle purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Photo of KlayWey
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing red rye ale, a bit brash around the edges but worth a try.

Presentation: 1 litter swing cap brown bottle. Simple label in cream with uninspiring lettering and image of the brewery among the mountains in soft green. Notes main intent and characteristics, and shows 8.59% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Medium to deep amber/red pour, rich creamy head with nice retention, surface memory and plenty of strokes of lacing. Very good looking brew.

S - Caramel and resin, with a spicy hint...

T - Bitter sense over sweetness…. It feels that generic at first. The brash bitterness settles and as it flows the caramel backbone holds the brew pretty well, giving way to a spicy touch, which weaves itself to the hoppy range. Touch of resin and a citric hints emerge after the initial generic bitterness...

M - Medium to medium/full body with medium/low carbonation, slick and creamy with a nice lasting sense in the palate... touch of booze that does not play too well with the bitterness initially but that coalesces well during the session.

O - It actually flows pretty nicely as it warms a bit...

Notes: A bit raw initially, it leads itself to a nice drinking experience. Base and rye intent seem to flow better than the hoppy edge. Novelty large bottles hitting DC due to a local Utah law forcing them to bottle this way? While it feels a tad overpraised the sizing in any event is an eye catcher and works well for sharing.

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Desert Select Rye Ale from Moab Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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