Red Ryeot | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Red RyeotRed Ryeot

Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of CrashingConcord
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of coldshowers
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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...

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Todd
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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).

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Photo of Wasatch
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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-

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Photo of Benish
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours clear ruby amber with a medium creamy off white head that slowly goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet rye malts with some fruit and some piney hops.

The flavor is sweet roasted rye grains and nutty caramel with some fruit and a big piney resiny bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice red rye IPA. A little on the sweet side for me.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Deep, deep copper-bronze. Clear beer with nearly no bubbles. Light head that leaves lacey.

S: Spicy malts. Never had a rye so I'm unfamiliar with the smell. I might even call this beer dank though.

T: Incredibly smooth maltiness. Its very spicy, but its kind of a herbal spice that softens are you keep drinking. Light hops, but they supplement the spiciness very well. Theres a small bang of sweetness at the end, something a dash piney or maybe fruity. The main attraction here is that spicy rye malt though and it doesn't fail to deliver.

F: Crazy smooth up front, leaves a slight stickiness in the mouth. Pleasant mouthfeel though overall.

O: My first rye beer and it was great. I loved the spicy malts and great smoothness of this top class brewski.

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Photo of stevoj
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brewery. Dark amber pour with small creamy head. Malty aroma with some hops on the backplane. Taste brings out the hops more, as well as the thicker, musty rye character. Close to an IRA.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear deep amber with a light tan head. Good lacing left behind. Smells like sweet malt with floral notes. The taste is similar but the sweet malt is the star. The sweetness is balanced nicely with the rye bite and hoppy finish. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of MedaryvilleEscapee
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely awesome. A beautiful redish orange color. Great lacing. The smell is malty and citrusy. Taste is amazing, like a great combination of maltiness and IPA. Love this stuff. Plus it comes in a pint can, so you don't feel short changed.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: a damn pretty beer, a "wow" event even while pouring from the can. The head spritzes a light tan and fades to a very thin veil that has excellent retention if only at minimum levels. Color is a dark copper - I immediately thought of rye when I poured this.

Flavor: sharp and spicy upfront which finishes dry. This beer is very nice. Malt upfront. Well balanced by the spice from the rye and hops. It bears saying again: well balanced. There are no off flavors and really no flaws period, but the flavor is shy of the "wow."

Aroma: the rye spice is evident and the alcohol doesn't hide. The hop aroma and spice make for a great marriage.

Overall: a damn solid effort. No flaws, yet lacks the wow factor. Rye beers are not my favorite, so I don't drink many. My last one recently was Odells Rawah. As good as La Cumbre's was, I prefer Odells.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours brilliant amber color, slightly hazy, big off white head with gobs of lacing coating the glass. Aroma is full of citrusy and tropical fruit hops. Taste is a great balance of biscuity malt, grapefruit hops and spicey rye. Really like the the taste of this one. The hops n rye last past the swallow, well into the dry finish. Mouthfeel is thick and a little slippery. Very good rye beer.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, Amber with a medium head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Tastes is a good balance of saltiness and the spiciness of the rye intermixed with moderate hops. Thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.97/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not particularly complex or noteworthy, other than in the intensity of its hop and that this is a relative one-note beer. Rye is minimal to nonexistent: no one would claim it was in this beer without it being named as such or on the label. Ethanol being detectable is a flaw in the beer or fermentation: I shouldn't be able to taste ethanol this easily in a 7.5% ale. Wouldn't get again.
Pours a tall, dark beige-colored mass of foam that has excellent retention, eventually fading to a thin film atop the body of the beer, thicker around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is excellent, with patterns and lace clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a very dark amber brown hue, with light bringing out dark brown-orange hues (SRM 14-19). Body is transparent, though opaque in the glass due to color.
Aroma is dominated by hops, and is of pine and grapefruit, some tropical fruit buried beneath these other scents, primarily mango and guava; little to no malt (in particular, rye) character.
Flavor is like a pine and grapefruit-heavy, very bitter, tropical fruit punch over medium-dark caramel base. Front tastes sweetness, some tropical fruit (light mango and guava with much stronger grapefruit and Mid tastes very bitter hop, strong grapefruit and rind, pine, light hints of tropical fruit, some actual dirt-like flavors (maybe to go along with the pine), and the occasional peek of the caramel and toasted malt base. Back of strong hop bitterness, a bit of tropical fruit punch, heavy pine and grapefruit. Aftertaste of lingering strong hop bitterness, with pine, some soil/dirt, and grapefruit rind.
Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is modestly foamy (30-40%), and mostly smooth with slight wateriness. Ethanol becomes notable as the beer warms, mostly in the nostrils, but also on the back of the throat. Closes dry, with medium to medium-heavy stickiness lingering on the lips and palate.

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Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to @ONovoMexicano for this one from his recent NBS BIF#2 box. Nicely tasty, crisp clean body with a dry finish. Just enough rye for some tang, but not so much as to overpower the basic flavors. Worth trying when you can.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-05-01 in Portland, OR at The Horse Brass Pub on tap

A - Opaque dark brown with almist no head and light lace

S - Rich rye malt, mildly dank, spice and floral

T - Very rich rye malt. Spice, pepper and a bit of citrus. Plenty of balanced bitterness.

M - Thick body and light-medium carbonationcarbonation. Resinous. Smooth.

O - Really delicious.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from Tin Bucket

A mildly hazy reddish brown with a dense, beige head that hangs around leaving sticky lacing. The nose is great. Pungently hoppy with a blend of citrus and pine, there's grapefruit, pine sap and a touch of stone fruit. This is followed by a nice expression of the rye malt base - spicy, earthy, baked fruit, a touch of brown sugar. Enjoyable.

the palate opens with a moderate hoppy bitterness, pine heavy with a touch of citrus. Juicy, pungent and fruity, this is delicious. The mid-palate has all the malt flavors - spicy rye, a little brown sugar, and the full-bodied slickness that rye lends to the palate. Bitter and fruity on the finish with plenty of pine, there's a lingering hop oil character. Medium-light in body and creamily carbonated, this feels great on the palate. The rye fullness is an especially enjoyable aspect. Recommended.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, crystal clear ruby. Nice lacing. Aroma is very complex, bright citrusy and fruity hops interplaying with caramel, roast and dark fruit malt. Flavor is very clean with a firm bitterness upfront, ample hop flavor in the middle that is met with some earthiness fromt he rye, caramel and some light roast. Medium body with a nice creamy finish. A very nice hoppy red, I highly reccomend.

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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4pk of 16oz from the brewery a few weeks ago.
The nose is awesome...tangerines hoppiness on top of spicy malts.
Love the aroma -- would love to mirror this in my own beer,
Caramel/bitter rind in the middle/spicy in the finish.
Really, really good.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brownish-red body, half finger white head, good retention. Thin collar, a bit of lacing.

S- Righteous toffee and mild grainy sweetness starts you right off, with a mild rye spice in the background. And a boatload of citrus and pine finishes your nose off; more pine than anything else. A bit of herbal notes as well. This reminds me so much of Arrogant Bastard, it's not funny.

F- The sweetness is a bit much for me here; grainy and a lot of toffee as expected from a red ale. Even a little bit of rye. The pine that kicks in is absolutely brutal. There is a lot of resinous character and even a bit of citrus, but it is straight up pine. Unfortunately, the sweetness seems to override the hoppy flavours after the initial kick of pine sap. You otherwise just get a lot of non-descript bitterness. It's just overall very sweet, without much rye spice or hop aromatics to it.

M- Solidly medium body, good carbonation, but as above, not terribly easy to drink due to the bitterness quotient. It's a very aggressive, bitter and sweet beer without much in way of interesting flavours. It just is what it is.

O- Not for me, but neither was Arrogant Bastard. I'm clearly not worthy, but if you like a beer like that, this is very similar.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Alright now. A rye beer. Don't see many of those.

Looks great off the pour. Minimal head though. Nose is resin heavy. Flavor is good. A smooth resin ride on this one too, with spiced tones. Pretty easy to drink. More of a smooth ride than a punch in the mouth. A good intro to the brewery. Up next, Project Dank!

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