Hayride Autumn Ale | Baxter Brewing Co.

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Hayride Autumn AleHayride Autumn Ale
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Hayride Autumn AleHayride Autumn Ale

Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

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

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy looking amber color, smallish light tan head, fades quickly but leaves a lasting thin cap on top.

Smell has a huge malt backbone, picking up some spicy rye and hop notes, not really picking up the oak though.

Taste is a bit more complex than the aroma unfortunately it's all over the place, what starts out with caramel malt soon is hit with other flavors like ginger, rye pops in the aftertaste along with a spicy hop character, sharp carbonation with a surprisingly soft and full bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear chestnut brown with a three finger light khaki head.

Spicy rye malts in the aroma with some grapefruit hop characters in the background. Hoppier than I had anticipated this to be with a nice spicy edge to it. Mild flavors with less of a hop bite than the aroma indicates. Mellow spice with a bit of a bitter finish.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall this one is alright. Nothing super special but surely not bad. I'm sure there are other seasonals I'll enjoy more though.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at the Amesbury Beer Festival on Sep 22 2012.

Most of the beers were served from bottles into small 3oz plastic dixie cups.

Although I took notes on the 20+ different beers that I tried, it is difficult to remember all of the details associated with each beer. My apologies to readers of these notes. However, I did pay attention to my overall scores, and noted what I thought were unique positives and negatives w/ each beer.

Note that for me:
< 2.5 = probably would not finish the beer
3.0 = drinkable beer, but likely would not buy again or look for
>3.5 = will try to buy again in the future

This is a very fascinating and complex beer. Noticeable pepper corn and ginger notes. Works surprisingly well. Suspect that my wife would really enjoy this beer (she's a ginger fan).

Kudos to Baxter for trying things outside the box.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the can and into a pint glass:

A: dark red/brown colored body and leaves a three finger white foamy head that must last at least two and a half minutes. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. There is some nice minimal spider web lacing here and there.

S: rye up front with a fair amount of malts combined evenly with the hops.

T: basically the same leaving a slight dry aftertaste.

M: light to medium and leaving a great feel on my tongue (nothing harsh, just right).

O: another great beer by Baxter that I would definitely have again.

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Hayride Autumn Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 187 ratings