Rattlesnake Rye-PA | Squam Brewing

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Squam Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by puboflyons on 07-07-2011

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 14
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper colored and cloudy. Good starting head that leaves a blanket/web of lace on the glass.

Earthy aroma of mud with the distinct warmth of alcohol. There's a spicy nose of oregano and thyme.

Sweeter than most rye beers. Lots of caramel. Tangy finish with a bit of sourness. I'm reminded of some barley wines, although with a lower alcohol presence. The aftertaste is also similar. Very rich body, but with a high carbonation level.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So as I sit here and finish my glass I am reluctant to leave this review as is. In all honestly there is really nothing wrong with this beer, it's just not what I was expecting. Sweet and English inspired I guess in that context it's an all right brew.

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden copper color with a good sized white head that is full of glass covering stickage. The aroma is not at all what I was expecting. There’s a candy like sweetness along side a spicy tartness and a fair does of ethanol. Pale ale is in the title I was hoping for some hop aroma. Based on the flavor I’m guessing the inspiration was English. Malty sweet fruity and sugary flavor, with a hint of earthy hops, spicy rye and again some alcohol. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Too sweet, too little rye, too little hop presence, too much alcohol. This beer is a mess.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was a hazy copper color with a rather small off-white head. There was a tiny bit of lace.

Sweet malt aroma. Some citrus hops. Faint rye.

Bready caramel taste. The rye was more pronounced in the taste. Some citrus.

This was a sweet beer. I liked the rye aftertaste. Would drink this again.

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Photo of beancounter
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with a half finger head that that sticks around and laces the glass as I drink it.

Smell: Malty and sweet

Taste: Distinctive rye and fruity hops with bitterness at the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a chewy texture.

O: The bitterness is closer to that of a pale ale instead of an IPA, but an enjoyable easy drinking beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of CliffBrake
2.54/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A beautiful copper color - a bit dark for a pale ale, but a very pretty color non-the-less. However, it pours with barely the hint of a head - some carbonation and a touch of lacing, but zero head formation or retention.

Not a strong aroma or particularly noteworthy flavors. There are hints of rye, at least in rounding out a general flavor, but they are not distinct. A bit of herbal hops and bitterness to round out the bready maltiness.

However, given the low carbonation, the body seems heavy for the style, and generally lifeless.

This seems like it may have been brewed with a recipe that was on track for an interesting brew. But the resulting product falls short and seems to warrant more practice before reaching out into the world.

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving no lace. Cloudy amber/brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose, flavor is grainy with some hoppy bitterness, dry finish. $7.95 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a slightly hazy light mahogany color with some lighter amber hues around the edges. Creamy white head tops it off with a suitable amount of size but nothing too crazy here.

Sweet and malty aroma dominate the nose with caramel and toffee notes. Rye doesn't seem to add much more than a slightly bready character and hops add a bit of floralness.

Slightly sweet and biscuity initially. Rye provides some bread and grain flavors and overall this beer is more malt forward than expected. Hops add just a touch of bitterness and a bit of a floral/herbal character.

Mouthfeel has a smooth texture with a medium body feel. Overall, I'm finding this beer to be quite refreshing but still not quite what I expected. A Rye Pale Ale should really show off the rye and some hops as well but both I feel were a little to muted for my liking.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 7, 2011. The pour is a cloudy reddish-amber with a thin, white fizzy head and little lacing. There is a good supply of grain and sweet caramel malts on the nose. The body fills out at about medium with a nice, smooth creamy texture. The taste has an obviuous grainy character to it with a less predominant but dry hoppy bite on the tail end. Refreshing on the whole.

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Rattlesnake Rye-PA from Squam Brewing
3.34 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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