Red Ryeot
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Rye Beer
Ranked #18
Ranked #6,327
4.05 | pDev: 7.65%
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States
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Notes: A malted magic hop bomb. Rich caramel and toasted malts team up with flaked rye and march to the beat of a big but balancing bitterness only to be overtaken by an onslaught of American hop aroma and flavor. You want a tame and subservient, spineless beer that takes orders well and doesn’t challenge anything or anyone? This ain’t it!
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Sammy from Canada

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Their best beer on today, at the source.. Rye comes through on top of mostly malt. Hops are there and almost get in the way. Only tinge of red colour.

Feb 03, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look --- super foamy and basically sprayed out of the can - 2 finger head but dissipated quickly - amber color - slight reddish hue - small foam ring and some lacing - not great retention
smell --- super strong mango, pineapple, pine, juniper, malt, caramel, and red funk - very pungent - i would buy a candle if it were made of this scent - very appealing
taste --- strong bitter bite at first then a blast of rich malty caramel and rye - tropical fruits and some pine come through - really sweet on the caramel / malt side - this one is so powerful it is approaching the flavor of an imperial red - dries out a bit at the end and am left with some charred twig flavors and spice
feel --- medium bodied and pretty oily / slick / carbonation is pretty weak after a few minutes
overall --- I really liked this one - I am a fan of reds that have a punch and are powerful in the red malt and hops - this is more of a Red IPA with so many hops - I would definitely pick this up again - La Cumbre hasn't disappointed me yet - very nice

Jan 26, 2020
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red Ryeot looks exactly as I'd hoped for. Bold and pretty clean (I can distinguish my fingers through the glass) burnt orange bordering ruby in the vein of an Irish Red color, capped with a cream colored foam. Bubbles rise in single file lines to support the sturdy coverage, and it laces like spray texture on the sides of the glass.

Tangerine jumps out of the glass as if it's been freshly squeezed. A pleasant honey and caramel balance out the juicy spray, and a biscuit crust lays the base for it all.

The flavors follow in similar fashion. Tangerine is still the front runner here, and the sweet bread sops up those syrupy goods. And here comes the rye. A nice spicy cracker finish.

Red Ryeot has just the right feel to compliment it's entirety. Smooth and even a little slick at first. But then a tingle from the carbonation and spice from the rye. It finishes bitter with a residual coating every nook and crannie of the mouth.

Even canned 3 months ago, this is fantastic. Would be a regular for me as I'm pretty much in love with anything that executes the use of rye this well. Cheers.

Sep 14, 2018
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into Duvel tulip. CO08/16/18, BB11/14/18 on outer rim of bottom of can. Cost $2.50.

Appearance - Pours big offwhite head that retains its shape extremelywell, with long retention and monsterous lacing clinging in big sticky patches. Deeply hazy dark red-brown/mahogany body. 4.5

Smell - Almost nothing but strong dank hop. 4

Taste - Very grassy with a bit of sweetness underneath, not enough to truly balance it, but enough to take the harsh edge off somewhat. Can't even taste the alcohol or much of anything else under the stacks of grassy hop landing on your tongue. 4

Mouthfeel - A little too astringent and harsh, but thankfully without the off taste characters that usually accompany a brew this unforgiving. That makes this perfect for when you want this sort of kick in the mouth. 4

Overall - Absolutely not a session beer. This is the sort of beer you get when you're craving a Koolaid Man-looking beer mug to burst through your wall and drop kick you in the mouth with harsh hops. Definitely a mood beer, or something that might pair well with certain foods, given its extreme character. I personally didn't find it particularly enjoyable right now, but I can see its potential in the right situation. 4

Sep 04, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nearly opaque yet still clear very dark deep reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and moderate deep garnet red + ruby red + chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that very slowly reduces to a medium to large patch of thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy rye + caramel + toasted malts with light amount of caramel sweetness underneath slightly stronger than moderate aromas of pine + earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel + biscuit + toasted malts with moderate amounts of spicy rye malts and a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of pine + earthy + citrus/grapefruit pith hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which fades away leaving a lingering caramel malt + spicy rye flavor lingering.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a pretty well balanced profile between the hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness. Nice presence of rye in both the aroma + flavor and the combonation of malt flavors pair well with hop flavors.

Aug 21, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark red when viewed from afar, but when held up to the light it is clear dark red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head.
S: Light aromas of spicy rye are present in the nose along with underlying notes of caramel and toasted malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the initial taste is rather malty and the finish has a bit of spiciness from the rye.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the rye and and the standard malts as well as an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

May 27, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A massive head forms from one of the longest bubble shows ever; the full three (almost four) fingers topping the burnt orange liquid; the head doesn't fade and the lacing is bold

Smell: Malty and spicy, with caramel and rye tones; bready underneath, with the piney hops adding another element

Taste: Caramel forward, with the malt underpinning, it doesn't take long for the rye bread flavor to develop; through the middle, piney hops take over; all three elements of the brew coalesce into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: My recent trip through the La Cumbre beers has yielded mixed results but this has proved to be worthy as the grand finale; while I tend to shy away from hoppy beers with a big malt base, this one really worked for me

Thanks, M_chav, for the opportunity

May 26, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks BK! Canned on 2/27/18. Rusty red brown color with some hues of mild coffee, with a tall head of egg foam yellow, 3 fingers, and destroys the glass as it recedes.

Beautiful aromas of both caramel malts and wonderful citrus-lemon-calm pine hop. Lots of delicious sweet malt aromas. Gorgeous nose.

Flavor does not err on overly sweet or overly bitter. Very nice. Rye grains, slight biscuit, sweet caramel malt, followed by citrus, pine, polite hop resins, slight earth, and a finish of bright fruits. Lingering caramel remains. Incredible flavor.

Feel is semi-creamy, nicely carbonated, slight starch, nice hop resins.

Overall, a way better beer than I was expecting. Not only could I tick off New Mexico, but I had a killer beer while doing it. Recommended.

Apr 30, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 fl oz can nabbed at a Trader Joe's in Denver, CO.

APPEARANCE: Body is a clear vibrant amber, clean and filtered. Head is ~8cm in height and lasts a good ~8 minutes. Off-white head colour. Robust head consistency.

AROMA: Toasted malts, amber malts, caramalt, biscuit, floral hop aromatics, hints of resinous hops. Seems balanced in terms of malty sweetness versus hop bitterness. I'm missing rye malt's signature spiciness; I wouldn't know this was a rye malted beer in a blind tasting.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a very pleasant amber ale with a nice robust malt backbone and plenty of hop flavour.

TASTE: Resinous, slightly oily, and floral in terms of hop profile - which blends nicely with the beer's robust malt backbone comprised of dominant amber malt in addition to biscuit and caramalt. I'd assume some 2-row is in there too, but I honestly don't find the titular rye malt; there's no subtle spiciness.

Rather well balanced, with its one-two punch of malts and hops coalescing into a gestalt whole of a beer that exceeds the sum of its parts. The amber malt one expects to anchor a red ale is there in spades and the hop profile is effective.

TEXTURE: Smooth, slightly dry owing to its toasty taste, aptly medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and not unrefreshing. Not chewy, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or otherwise problematic.

OVERALL: It's a lovely red ale from La Cumbre even if it isn't quite unique or special and doesn't commit as much to its ostensible rye malt as its name would have one expect. Highly drinkable and absolutely a beer I'd buy again though it doesn't stand out enough to warrant widespread attention from discerning drinkers. Those interested in a balanced no-nonsense amber ale with a pleasant hop profile need look no further, but it could be improved in terms of depth of flavour, intricacy, and commitment to rye malt as well as hop pungency. Well worth trying in any case.

Low B (3.55) / GOOD

Mar 08, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Beautiful mahogany color. Thick, fluffy beige head and great lacing. Rich malty smell, some fruit. Full bodied taste and feel. Nice rye spice. Very enjoyable beer!

Jan 28, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the classic beers from these guys, basically a red ipa with some rye in the mash. as well made as any of theirs, and despite not exactly on trend with this being as malty as it is, its delicious and drinkable and packed full of great flavor. the grains tastes sort of kilned to me, dry and baked, pre-caramelized, rich but also earthy, not as sweet as they might be in an amber ale or something, and the rye helps with that, adding an agricultural element to this, grounding it, bringing soft spice and a rustic vibe, excellent build here. i like the hops too, sort of a juxtaposition to the grain, fresh and bright and citrusy and bitter, bold enough to come through the robustly flavorful base, but not so intense as to cover it up in any way, and a balance is struck, back and forth as it is, and its awesome. smooth in feel with a great body and good carbonation too, lingering breadiness and hop oils, orange peel and toffee, slightly nutty too. this is different enough to stand out to me, and one of their most well known beers for a reason! a red beer for all seasons finally!

Jan 11, 2018
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arizcards from Arizona

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Kings Beer and Wine 10-21-17 for $2.99. Canned on 10-2-17; best by 12-31-17 but cold stored the entire life.

Beer poured a deep amber with a nice off white head.

Nose was light fresh citrus.

Taste was a true American Red Ale. Caramel malts dominated up front kissed with a light dose of rye. Citrus blends in nicely in the middle with a nice piney finish that prickled the palate but did not linger.

Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a solid representation of the style. Would have again in the future.

Jan 03, 2018
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BillNevins from New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Such a smooth, easy drinking and subtly flavorful ale--a real surprise in an IPA and just delicious. Had one on draft at MineShaft Tavern in Madrid, NM the day after Christmas and with one of their fine green chile cheese burgers it went down so well, I had to have another and enjoyed the second just as well. Spice, pepper and hops enough to just taste great. This really is my favorite La Cumbre brew now, and that is saying a lot because La Cumbre is my favorite brewery and I am lucky enough to live nearby! Cheers!

Dec 27, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with a tan head. Smells of spice, pepper, malt, and hops. Tastes of sweet caramel malts, bitter hops, pepper, rye, and spices. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall an incredible rye IPA.

Nov 24, 2017
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joedvegas from Nevada

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark amberish/brown color, very hazy. Ample scents of fresh cut garden hose, deep rye and caramel on the nose. Taste is very, very smooth. Hints of mahogany, caramel, rye and a great finish of deep dirt and wet leaves. Medium feel, quite surprising based on the eye. One of my favorite dark"er" beers.

Nov 01, 2017
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby red with thick white head and sticky lacing. Nose is just loaded with sweetness, malt, roasted nuts, caramel, and hops. Flavor follows nose, just a rich malty roasted goodness with a bitter hoppy finish, this is a wonderful beer, light to medium feel and oh so fun to drink, outstanding.

Oct 14, 2017
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CrashingConcord from Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good goodness this is a damn fine beer. I've often described Ambers and Reds to the uninitiated as smack-dab in the middle of hop-forward and malt-forward styles, but never before has a beer performed such a delicate - and for my sake, validating - balancing act. Aromas and smells interweave with one another so seamlessly that its hard to tell where the malt characteristics end and the hops begin. There is a molasses kind of sweetness that almost borders on boozy despite a mid-range ABV, and earthy, juniper-like hop bitterness that plays so well with the spiciness of the rye. Wrapping it up now before the nerdom gets questionable and to get back to this helluva beverage.

Jan 08, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at the La Cumbre Brewery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I think it is a very good rye ale.

Look: Semi clear reddish amber with an inch off-white head.

Aroma: nice aroma with roasted malts, rye, caramel, and yeast.

Taste: Very interesting mix of flavors, rye, caramel, lots of hops, piney bitterness, spice, and some whiskey.

Feel: creamy with medium body, quite drinkable despite the high alcohol content.

Nov 21, 2016
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coldshowers from Vermont

3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had very high hopes for this, as I came to love La Cumbre's Elevated IPA; I'm a sucker for rye beers too. This one smelled delicious but was a tad underwhelming taste-wise. Dry and moderately bitter..Nevertheless still a solid beer. Hopefully I will be able to try all of La Cumbre's beer during the rest of my stay in New Mexico...

Aug 16, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a mahogany color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, light rye. Taste is hoppy, citrus, some malts and rye, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Jul 08, 2016
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Todd from California

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fruity, Spicy, Malty, Toasty

This is a gorgeous, deep ruby-colored beer with a thick foamy head. Fruity, hoppy and spicy rye grain in the nose. Very smooth and a bit viscous, with a semi-sweet malty base that brings toasty, nutty, apple-y and caramel flavors to the palate. Rye malts cut through the other flavors with spice and mild tannins joining the fun. Bready in the finish and a Red Ryeot indeed, La Cumbre has created a tasty mash-up of a Red Ale and Rye Ale.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #112 (May 2016).

Jun 17, 2016
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 03/03/16
Best By: 06/01/16

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a very nice dark amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some pretty nice hop notes, citrusy. The taste is very nice malty, sweet, hoppy, citrusy. Medium body, with a very nice bitter/dry finish. Overall, this is again, a very tasty brew from La Cumbre, very nice take on the style. Recommended.

Jun 05, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can good until 7/11/16. Poured into Kane Belgian tulip glass.

L: 2F+ head with very good retention, lots of lacing and a ring. Beer is an attractive deep cordovan.

S: Not surprisingly, rye up front, and some yeast. Caramel and roasted malts.

T: Tends to follow nose, lots of roasted malts and rye up front, with caramel malt balancing the sourness. Yeasty and bready, as you might imagine.

F: Medium body, very creamy; light to medium carbonation. Pretty well-balanced and quite drinkable.

O: This is nice. I'll probably never see it again, so glad to get the opportunity.

May 29, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Clear willybecher pint glass
From: La Cumbre Brewery in Albuquerque, N.M.
Price: $5
Purchased: May 5, 2016
Consumed: May 5, 2016
Misc.: N/A

Was looking forward to this one. Decided if I liked it enough, I might even take a 4-pack home, but it would have to be better than Elevated IPA (it wasn’t). First time I have heard of this one.

Poured an auburn, caramel, clear color with two fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good amount of semi-layered foamy lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled floral hops, Citra, orange blossom, caramel, rye, sweetened iced tea and peach. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted rye, caramel, sweetened iced tea, Citra, floral, caramel, earthy, slight nuts and toffee. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Overall - 4.00)

Liked this one a lot, probably more than I even thought. Would like to try it again some time. (Overall - 4.00)

4.08 | 91 | A-

May 12, 2016
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Benish from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark burnt red in color with a very creamy beige head after pouring.

Smell: piney, abundant rye, and a touch of citrus.

Taste: grapefruit with an overabundance of burnt like rye. Also mildly smoky and has a slight oaky and cherry taste at the finish.

Mouthfeel: very creamy and medium-bodied. You'd think this was on nitro.

Awesome beer. Pick it up if you can. There are rye beers I did not like but this one is fantastic.

May 01, 2016
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