Ruddy Rye | The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Ruddy RyeRuddy Rye

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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WesM63 on 07-11-2012

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Photo of allengarvin
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a damn gusher of a beer. When I finally got it under control, after being covered in beer, I've got a liter glass with an inch of beer and 5 inches of head. No real place to take off points for that here, so I'll do it on appearance.

It does have a nice aroma, very malty, with peppery rye making a nice component of that--nice and caramel, with a little toffee-ish scent. Taste is a good mixture of strong bitterness and caramel malt whose sweetness never quite disappears under the hops. The hops are citrus-grassy, and dry things out at the end.

I like it, even though my hands are sticky from dealing with the beer all over my counter.

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Photo of charlzm
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed on July 24th, 2013. Bottle purchased in mid-June in Cleveland metro area.

Beer pours a clear amber/copper hue. A one finger yellow/tan head forms then fades, leaving a thin crown and some sticky sheeting.

Aroma is peppery rye over a bed of melanoidin-y malt. Dashes of herbal, earthy hop fleetingly appear.

Flavor is nice; it starts as a smooth caramel flavor, then segues into a lightly peppery finish. Bitterness is low but still noted, mainly on the aftertaste between sips, accompanied by some dryness. "Juicy" flavor character (so called because I didn't want to use "melanoidin-y" twice in a review). As beer warmed, the rye began to assume a more dominant role in the flavor. As glass drained, the dryness and bitterness became more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is a little thick and a little creamy and this makes it a lot nice to drink.

Very nicely executed; there's nothing here worth shouting from the rooftops over, but that doesn't mean this isn't a well-done beer that I would happily drink again. The rye really helps set this apart from all the other ambers out there.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful dark amber with a one finger tan head that is leaving some nice lacing.

S: A touch of sour yeast and caramel malt on the front. bright citrus in the middle. spicy rye comes out on the end. there are some spicy earthy hop characteristics scattered throughout the aroma as well.

T: Right up front there is a spicy rye. A bready maltiness that definitely brings the rye. It morphs into some earthy hops next. Big pine and some dry grapefruit. The finish is more spicy rye bread. Dry.

M: This is a bone dry beer. Lighter bodied with a small amount of carbonation. The finish is long and dry.

O: Holy Rye! there is alot of rye spice and dry bread in here. It is well made and i can't stress enough how dry (yet drinkable) this brew is. Has a real bite to it that i'm loving. Would pair great with food. / 89

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Photo of 5thOhio
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep copper with a slightly off white tan head. Nice lacing.

Didn't get much aroma, a little malt and spice. Good carbonation and medium mouthfeel, appropriate for the style. Taste is strong on rye spice with malt lurking underneath and a nice crisp hop finish, hints of citrus and grapefruit, but just hints, not enough to to fight with the rye or overwhelm it.

Definitely a good take on an amber with plenty of flavor for fans of hops and/or rye. Another solid offering from the Brewkettle.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in a beer exchange. Thanks Chris!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - chill hazed amber color with a beige head that thinned out and left trails of lacing.

S - citrus rind with a bit of malt.

T - the rye spice is very subtle with citrus rind bitterness standing out for the most part.

F - medium bodied it goes down smooth and easy.

O - a decent beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - I could tell this one is brimming with carbonation since the neck got some bubbles even before the pour. The pour itself is a strong full inch of sticky head atop of a rustic dark amber brown, very clear and bubbly.

S - Grapefruit hops, spice of rye timid but there, and a decent amount of amber lager malt sweetness.

T - Very dry and somewhat bitter. It sticks to the palate with that clash of rye and grapefruit. Seems balanced enough as any more and it would be overbearing. Not getting much sweeter flavors one would get in an amber so this one is all about the bittering rye and hops.

M - Medium and oily. Resinous and dry.

Overall I don't really see the point in getting this again. The rye is really dry and the hops are more bitter than I hoped. Like their IPA it could use more balance.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange, just like expected. Very sticky white head. Hops, rye, and caramel in the aroma. Spicy, hoppy, and a very long grapefruit finish. Big flavor and very well balanced. Definitely hoppier than I expected and the rye doesn't come through as much as I had hoped, but it's there.

Very nice beer from The Brew Kettle. The flavors all work together well, but I would prefer more rye flavor. Love the label.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here comes an easy drinking rye amber from one of the many great local brewers. Ruddy rye has a big head with big bubbles, a nice dark red color (ambers are always pretty) and a good aroma. It is not particularly distinguished in any way other than being easier drinking than many others this side of rye/amber.

It's nice and bitter but not as dark tasting as some. The head wont quit. I would have liked to see a double version of this - an over the top American with loads of hops and malt, but this is not that, it is simply a nice beer. There is no reason for me to try this again.

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Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer, mostly clear but with a slight haze, is beyond amber, definitely a red but working toward a light brown. A small, compact tan head fades to a sturdy foam that remains on top and drops spotty lacing.
The aroma offers a bit of spiciness, a good floral and pine hops bouquet, and something akin to zucchini bread. There's also something that gives off a note of creamy milk chocolate.
The flavor showcases the hops, again mainly floral and piney with a leafy edge into the finish. This beer is as hoppy as any amber I've ever tasted, breaking the bounds of what's often a mediocre style. There's a nice balance between the hops and malts, though, as an amber ought to have, and just enough caramel and toffee to take the edge off the hops. Plenty flavorful, plenty balanced and pretty complex as well, this is a great beer.
The feel is crisp at the front of each sip and pretty smooth, but tends to be inconsistent in the body; it's medium, but there are flashes where it goes thin. Otherwise, it's a good feel.

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Photo of superspak
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating(but this can’t be too old). Big pop of carbonation upon opening. Pours a very hazy reddish orange color with a huge 2-3 finger light khaki head that lasts forever. This took forever to fully pour in to the glass. Obscene amounts of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, caramel, rye, toast, orange rind, pine, and light herbal. Ok aromas, but it is difficult to really smell anything through 3 fingers of head that wont go anywhere. Taste of grapefruit, caramel, pine, rye, toast, orange zest, floral, and herbal. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, rye, caramel, toast, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Good balance of bitterness and sweetness; with good flavor balance as well. No cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good rye beer. The obscene over carbonation almost killed it for me, but after swirling out some of the carbonation it turned out pretty good. Some nice balance of flavors; very smooth to drink. I can bet this is a nice one with proper carbonation levels.

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Photo of stewart124
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with light tan head. Pretty lacing.

Nose has plenty of chewy caramel and citrusy hop notes.

30% rye packs a punch. Not to mention enough caramel to add a demention of its own. Love the hop profile and the maltiness is really second to none. Some light raisin and melanoidin character.

Lingering pine on the tongue. Still a caramel sweetness without seeming cloying. Very drinkable amber rye.

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Photo of raznug
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance It pours a deep amber color and is topped with 1/2” of white head that tends to linger.
Smell: It smells of mostly malt maybe a hint of hops in the background maybe.
Taste: I taste a hint of spice like a pumpkin spice note of the back of the palate but it is over powered by a dry finish kind of like a red ale (Killians?).
Mouthfeel: This is a hard to place beer it is thin bodied and easy drinking I like it just not quite sure how much.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.39/5  rDev -62%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 8/14/12

I wonder if we have uh-oh. The foam is easily four inches and is overly vigorous. The head takes a long time before reaching a manageable height - one finger's worth and with a domed center. It doesn't even leave much lace.Well, the color looks nice - a deep, rusty brown. It's mostly clear.

The aroma is dicey at best. Rye, caramel, and mild citric hops are barely noticeable underneath a blanket of soap, metal shavings, rotten fruit, dirty bark and cooked veggies. Lots of butterscotch as it warms. Bubblegum. Scratch that first sentence; the aroma is awful.

The feel is mauled by over-carbonation. I can't get past it. When the carbonation dies, all that's left are off flavors and a soapy, coating feel.

I also can't get past the wretched, dirt and medicinally bitter taste. I mean, this is a mean, long-standing bitterness. Only through persistence am I able to keep at this long enough to pick out some rye malt and piney hops amid the cavalcade of off flavors.

Aw, shit man. I'm hoping this is a bad bottle because, if not, this stuff is putrid.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber/copper in color, with a big head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy malt, citrus note
Taste-Toasted malt, lots of spicy rye, caramel. Rather unbalanced as flavors don't quite meld together well. A suitable food pairing would certainly help. Say a plate of tacos or a piled-high Rueben sandwich.

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Photo of Shagtastic
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Markinithar!

Poured out of a bottle into a trusty old Pint glass.

A: A nice copper color with a solid head

S: Not as much here as I was hoping for. Bits of spiciness and rye.

T: There is the rye I was looking for. Much bigger on the tongue and full of spiciness.

M: Light and easy drinking, can't really complain about this one at all.

O: A good beer and one that I would have again if offered. Looking forward to more things from this brewery.

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Photo of headbucket
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A lovely ruby color, almost crystal clear with a nice little head left on top of the beer after it settles down from the initial pour.

S: the weakest link for this beer. nothing really stands out a whole bunch. I get some grain, sweetness, and a bit of spiciness and a bit of pine.

T: slightly sweet caramel malt flavor and then the piney hops start to mix in, in a strong way. and it finishes off with the spiciness of the rye adding onto the pine along with a bit of the malt sweetness. A long dry finish and the hops/rye really stick with you.

M:not too thick or heavy but not really light either. Goes down rather easy.

O: A rather nice beer. I was very impressed with the color and clarity of the beer. Smell was nothing spectacular. Taste was pretty nice. With the strong pine and rye and long aftertaste you have to be in the mood for a bitter and spicy beer otherwise this may not suit you at the moment. A lighter beer (ABV and thickness wise) but with big and bold flavors. Will buy again.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great, big thank you to Mark J. for picking this up at the brewery and delivering the same day in Wisconsin.

A: deep copper, clear, great head
S: spicy, rye, full
T: much like nose, deep malt, spicy, good hop balance
M: full flavored and great mouthfeel
O: another solid beer from BK

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Ruby red, brown, with a 1 inch creamy head and nice lacing. Great looking color to this beer.

Smell - Very light aroma, rye, some hops, a little spice.

Taste - Nice caramel malts mixed with rye. Nice minor piney hops with some added spices add more flavors. A slight ting of added sugars comes in at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, flavorful, tounge gets the rye, malts, and hops. Palate gets more malts and hops and some spices, and a little extra sugars. Aftertaste is caramel, sweet and smooth.

Overall - Smooth, balanced, light and easy to drink. Has just enough flavors to satisfy your beer craving. Low alcohol also makes this a great everyday beer or a nice cookout companion. Worthy for sure.

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Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Described as an Amber Rye Pale Ale.

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a very nice transparent amber/burnt orange. Nice white head which fades, but leaves really nice lacing. The aromas are full of orange peel and orange zest. There's a very subtle blast of pine blended with lots of caramel malts. The flavors match the nose, with an added spiciness from the rye. The rye is very present in the flavors. The malt is present, but blended well with hops. Very earthy and rustic. The mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the fuller side of light-bodied or the lighter side of medium-bodied, whatever you prefer. Extremely light, smooth, fluffy and creamy. Carbonation is active and there's the perfect amount. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Okay, so this might not be my favorite hop profile, but this is a really well-crafted beer. It's very reminiscent of an IPA, Red Ale, Pale Ale and an Amber. So it's a very nice little hybrid. Pretty bold for such a small beer. I know this beer should satisfy alot of people and it's much better than my score might indicate.

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Photo of WesM63
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear reddish amber with a 1finger off white head. Minimal lacing and decent retention.

S: Smells of sweet malts, pine/citrus (hops) and some spices.

T: Up front you get the sweet malts followed by some pine/citrus hoppy-ness and finishing with the rye spicy matls.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, a fairly light and sessionable Rye Pale Ale. The sweet malts balances it out with enough hops and spices to make you want more. Delicious!

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Ruddy Rye from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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