Hayride Autumn Ale | Baxter Brewing Co.

Hayride Autumn AleHayride Autumn Ale
BA SCORE
50.5%
Liked This Beer
3.67 w/ 184 ratings
Hayride Autumn AleHayride Autumn Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
baxterbrewing.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
As days get shorter and sleeves get longer, Baxter Brewing releases its fall seasonal, Hayride Autumn Ale. A generous portion of two rye malts give the beer a full body, bready flavor, and subtle spiciness; while toasted malts provide a touch of sweetness and a rich, almost reddish hue. New Zealand Pacifica and Pacific Jade hops balance Hayride’s maltiness and suggest notes of oranges and tropical fruit. Finally, we cold-condition the beer on oak, with light additions of ginger, black pepper, and orange peel, bringing out the spiciness of the rye and rounding out the soft sweetness of the beer. Hayride will give a touch of warmth for those cool fall nights, while remaining deliciously drinkable.

Added by BeerKangaroo on 09-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,642
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
184
Liked:
93
Avg:
3.67/5
pDev:
13.62%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
45
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 184 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Missed an autumn beer, but at least it's a can so hopefully held up well. And Yay cans!

It's sure carbonated as a huge fluffy head rises over the top of the tulip glass before the can is even finished, over 3 fingers, before fading semi slowly with tons of messy lacing, a super hazy murky mahogany reddish brown color.

Nose has light spices, almost apple pie or mulling slices like but light, light toasty reddish malts with hint if caramel and candy syrup, light yeasty spices and bready aromas, faint hint if toasty oak. Overall fairly light on the nose.

Taste starts with caramel toasty reddish malts, light candy flavor with that, and a distinct buttery toasty American oak flavor. Earthy slightly spicy hops come through with some spicy bitterness, almost chewy. Hint of apple cider flavor with a touch of the warming apple and mulling spices, but faint mostly. Finish is drier but a bit sticky, lingering earthy spicy hop bitterness, light toasty reddish malts, and hint if vanilla oak.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of carb.

Overall ok but nothing special. More like hoppy American red ale with hints if mulling spices and touch of toasty oak. But still more of an average craft beer, and very light nose, spices orish could have cut in more, maybe mix up the malts a bit, something to at least bring a specific character out rather than a mundane American red ale with hints if something that could have made it more unique.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/4/2015 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery red color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized rye malts, fruit and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness come in followed by some mild fruit and spice sweetness. There’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One finger bar poured head. Leaves multiple lines of lace. One after each sip. Light brown to dark amber color. Hard to tell but I honk this beer is clear.

Heavily roasted crystal malt sweetness. I also get berry notes.

The taste is far more dry, a bit like a dark lager. No coffee or chocolate. The hop finally shows up in the swallow, becoming strongest in the aftertaste. Dry, nearly rye-like finish. Decent body with an elevated carbonation level. Late in the aftertaste I detect a flavor/smell that reminds me of autumn leaves. I've never tasted this in a beer before. There may also be some pumpkin spices but it is very subtle.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Bert's
Fairly clear reddish amber color with a frothy off white head. Peppery spicy bready aromas with hints of brown sugar. Lots more malt in the flavor; big caramel and brown sugar with hints of chocolate. Peppery spicy pine cuts through the sweetness quite well. Lingering light ginger and drying wood tannin long after each sip. Its a bit different, and beats the hell out of any pumpkin based autumn ale.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a deep, dark, almost opaque ruby-copper coloring with a tall, frothy, dense, off-white head that starts around an inch and a half and slowly settles into a half an inch that remains for the duration of the brew. Slightly hazed body gives the appearance of opaqueness. Aromas of a malt-bomb. Rich, roasty caramel and nut, with a subtle grainy underlying character. Smells pretty good. Flavors are hop forward, surprisingly, with a resiny and bitter backbone that supports the grainy and malty profile. Tangy and sweet caramel with a roasting characteristic, blended with some pepper spices from the hops. The malt profile is a bit restrained compared to the nose, providing a little more breathing room for the hops presence. Resiny and peppery aftertaste, with a touch of sweetness at the very end. Slick, rich finish, with a clean, slightly drying feel. The body is a bit lighter/watery compared to what I was expecting on the pour, but the flavors are interesting and tasty. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a soft hazy burnt dark orange to almost ruddy amber color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Subtle stringy lace.
The aroma had a sharp citric/floral to spicy quality cutting into some rye sweetness. Light orange bitter rind rode in underneath.
The flavor combined fairly nice all of the prior mentioned aromas to a fine spicy to sweet quality. Aftertaste was semi-spicy but running through the malts cleanly.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Spicy harshness wasn't too distracting, but noticeable. Carbonation felt good and fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty nicely done rye beer that I'd have again in the Fall.

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Photo of redfox405
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Nichols33
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of plaid75
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

From the 12 fl. oz. can. 2014 batch. Sampled on September 1, 2014.

Chestnut-reddish amber pour with a tremendous cream colored head that sits on top for ages.

Aroma of roasted malts and a solid floral, resiny hop sensation.

Medium body.

The taste also has those malts and hops but there is an added minor spice bit. If the label did not say Autumn I would have thought it was a standard pale ale.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a turbid brown with orange hints. Head is thin and creamy. Very interesting color.

S-Lighter tropical hops. Lightly spice with the rye. Oak is very mellow. Almost hard to pick up. Caramel malt. Nose is of minor intensity. Almost smells like Dr. Pepper.

T-The oak comes out more in the flavor. The rye is not very intense. Hops are milder too. I get some metallic flavors unfortunately. The hops are fruity and even a bit soapy. Well malted.

M-Medium bodied with tingly bubbles. A bit creamy. Goes down easy enough.

O/D-Cool set of flavors to put other for an Autumn brew. May be a bit too ambitious because none of the flavors really stand out. Baxter has some interesting brews and this one fits in with their collection. They just didn't really nail it with this one.

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Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- An amber-brown beer with a pretty large amount of murky haze pours out of the can into a can-shaped glass. A massive light tan head forms to several fingers in size and has great retention. A large, puffy thick cloud stays along with a big bubbly ring leaving nice coats of lace.

S- Not quite what I expected but I suppose what they list on the can is represented. I get a mix of citrus, brown sugar malts, rye spice and very light malt.

T- Citrus is once again highly present. It seems the dried orange peel lends the citrus and grapefruit hints I get. Ginger is also pretty big here. Rye, brown sugar, cracked grains, raisin, spice and bitterness (spicy, floral, lemon zest hops) make up the rest of the flavor. Oak is extremely subtle here and I didn't notice it in the aroma.

MF- The body is somewhere between light and moderately thick. It has a fairly creamy texture and a medium level of carbonation. A nice, clean bitterness in the finish.

Not what you might expect but it hits the spot. The ginger, citrus and spicy flavors on-top of a amber-brown malt profile make for a nice Autumn ale.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy rust color with a small tan head. There was a little bit of lace.

It had a spicy malt aroma. There was a bit of citrus.

A lot of rye in the taste. Really a lot. It ended up being very spicy. There was a little bit of citrus, which tasted more of grapefruit than anything else.

This was way too sharp for me. I think a little bit of rye goes a long way, and this was a bit over the top.

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Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew shows a murky haze of rusty brown with a stout tan-ish head and goodly gobs of lacing. The aroma offers a malty mulled apple with hints of light lemon hop. It definitely sets the stage for those October days. The flavor brings more bright yeasty bread over the same cider malt with woodsy-leafy characteristics and a dry grass finish. I get some ideas of nutmeg and tea and hints of orange clove. It's medium bodied with delicate but purposeful carbonation that provides a good bit of tongue tingle and refreshment for those football afternoons and brisk autumn winds. Very woodsy, crisp and flavorful. Nice job Baxter!

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Photo of PatGreer
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy and hazy mahogany color with 2 fingers worth of tan fluffy head

S: Get a nice bit of rye malts along with some spiciness, citrus, and oak

T: Follows the nose with some spicy rye along with a spiciness from the ginger and peppercorns. Also has a very slight citrus note at the very beginning. Finishes off with the oak, earthiness, and light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with soft moderate carbonation

O: This is a nicely complex brew that captures the season well. Perfect for the cooler weather, and as always with this brewery, easy to transport in the canned format

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Photo of Boto
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can @ Duckfat: This one pours a cloudy, amber color. There was a large frothy tan head on it. Almost no lacing. It has a nice nose. Spice, pine and rye notes. The taste is very good. Rye, spice, hint of pine. Perhaps a touch of orange and ginger. A touch bitter. Very Nice!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +9%

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Hayride Autumn Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 50.5% out of 100 with 184 ratings
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