Rodeo Rye Pale Ale | Payette Brewing

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Rodeo Rye Pale AleRodeo Rye Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Payette Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 46
Photo of jrsqc7
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

very very good
Ridiculously good for the abv
Bubbly and effluvient
Crushable in the best way
Flavorful with hop and rye multilayered so iciness
Slim malt backbone

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Photo of Todd
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rye, Fruity, Floral, Spicy

Pours a slightly hazed orange with a thick, fluffy head. There’s lots of rye grain in the nose along with fruity and floral hops. Crisp, creamy and medium-bodied, this beer offers more fruitiness on the palate with a lemony bitterness, bready malts and a distinct rye spiciness that lingers into the dry, crackery finish. Rodeo's balance of flavors and low ABV make this Pale Ale very drinkable.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #111 (April 2016).

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium golden amber with a white two finger head that dissipates very slowly, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet biscuit malt, light grain, mild citrus and piney hops, pleasant. Flavor is biscuit malt, mild rye bread, grassy and piney hops with a light rye tartness to the grassy hop finish with good residual biscuit flavors. Medium bodied with surprising light creaminess for the ABV. A very nice malty pale ale, with a profile that resembles a British ale, but hoppier and with a distinct rye bite. Nice rye bread character and appropriate deft touch of rye to give a hint of sourness, but not out of balance with the other flavors. This tastes very nice, and is actually quite flavorful and well balanced for a 4% ale, well done.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12oz can to my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Notes taken on 05/25/2015

Thanks to my bro for bringing this back from a recent Boise trip.

A: The Rodeo Rye Pale Ale pours a bright caramel orange body with a considerable amount of chill haze to it. Looks a bit cloudy with some light debris to it. A solid billow of pure ivory white froth lays over top and holds for a few lengthy minutes before sliding back down into the glass. Lots of sticky streamers decorate the glass walls.

S: Spiced rye bread and pale malt sweetness meets herbal and spice hops. There is something lightly tropical to this as well, faint as it may be. Nice rye malt presence here with a combo of caramel malt and breadiness to it.

T: The rye is reaffirmed here and nicely forward with a spiced bread likeness. Sweetened with a touch of caramel malt but not overly so. Pretty smooth overall with a nice balance. Hops are a little tamed and more of an herbal spice combination with a soft touch of tropical fruits and some fleeting citrus notes. Not bad at all and with the alcohol well masked it makes for a nice little session.

M: Light to moderate feel on the palate with some ample carbonation pop to it. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness with a nice drying finish and slightly resinous linger.

D: A nice little Pale with some good Rye character to it. Could use a bit more hop punch for me but this was an enjoyable session.

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Photo of stevoj
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No way you would suspect there was rye in this. A nice amber ale appearance, and characteristics of an IPA and amber ale. None of the rye sourness usually associated with the grain. Very, very good for the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a rusty orange amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a mix of a rye bread and biscuit smell mixed with other aromas of a grassy and pine hop aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather light cracker taste mixed with just a little bit of pine and rye. As the taste advances further, the little bit of sweetness of a caramel nature that is present up front, fades from the tongue, all while the rye tastes and the pine get more potent in nature. A little bit of a fruitiness replaces the lost caramel at the end, but with an increase in the rye, some more pine, and a coming for some grapefruit hop tastes, the overall flavor left on the tongue is one of a rather dry and rye flavor (which is not super potent, but surprisingly strong for a 4.0 % abv. brew).

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin and light with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the mix of rye and hop, a thicker body would have been much nicer for the flavors, but given the 4.0 % abv. of the brew it is quite acceptable and makes for a nice session rye pale ale.

Overall – Very light in abv., but still delivering a decent showing of rye. Not a bad session style brew.

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Photo of mdexter
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up for the first time at a gas station. As a Utahn my choices at a gas station are limited - per state ABV caps out at 4% unless you hit the liquor store. I didn't expect much, but as a big fan of rye I couldn't help myself. What I got was a really surprisingly delightful session beer. The pour is a typical, mildly turbid pale bronze with a reasonable amount of head and that hallmark, sprucey Pacific Northwestern aroma. The taste has all the qualities of a good American pale ale: citrusy, floral, and bitter with a malty offset. The gritty, earthy quality of well-balanced rye gives it its unique appeal. Peppercorns and caraway seeds come to mind. Perhaps due to high carbonation and low alcohol content, its rich, unique flavor doesn't detract from its refreshing quality.

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Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Some nice aromas of resiny hops and grain. Lots of suds with a hazy amber color in the Brigand chalice.

This has some of the classic rye flavor-- resiny and aromatic. There is an odd plasticky note, and maybe that's a rye artifact, but it seems more pronounced in this low octane brew.

Lots of bitterness, though it's quite drinkable. Rye seems like a good ingredient for these four percent beers. From the 12 oz can purchased at Emigration Market in Salt Lake City.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stange glass from a 12 oz. can.

A-orange, copper, hazy, and cloudy; 2 inch cream head; good retention. Creamy lace left on the glass. Nice lookin' brew!

S-oranges, flowers, earthy hops, spicy rye, and perhaps some piney undertones.

T-earth, twigs, piney rye, flowers; biscuity malt up front, followed by a bitter/dry aftertaste. Nice flavor, balanced and refreshing.

M-a little thin, yet it hit the spot. Carbonation on the moderate side.

Overall, it was a pretty good beer; quite sessionable and easy to drink. It was packed with flavor and the aroma was quite nice. Give it a try!

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Photo of Benish
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Truly an awesome beer considering it's 4% alcohol content.

Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: somewhat burnt orange in color. Cloudy and opaque and glows with light shining through.

Smell: very fragrant. Picked up floral notes and citrus. Not complicated, but strong which I didn't expect with a low ABV beer.

Taste: wow! Instant bitterness from the hops (and rye?) and complemented with a subtle malt backbone. Just like the the floral smell, it made me think of lush green hops and bitter grapefruit rind. Something about this made it seem so earthy and fresh. This truly is a hop bomb for a low ABV beer in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, perfectly carbonated.

Overall: When having a lower alcohol beer, I kind of lowered my standards. But by doing that, I was just blown away by the smell and flavors. Got this 6 pack at Trader Joe's in Utah for only 7 bucks. Most beers this state cost more than then that and I don't know why!?

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Photo of Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can bought from "Lifesource" grocers in Salem OR. $1.69 Pours a murky darker orange with a large, impressive cream coloured head. Spicy rye bread aromas mixed with sweet floral hops, nice scent. Smooth creamy bready taste with a really nice hop after taste. Nice smooth mouth feel, goes over the tongue really well. Impressed nice low alcohol beer with some taste!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


12oz can picked up last night at the COOP... Pours a hazy light orange with a fairly big meringue like head... nice retention and lacing.

Definitely more hop centric than the malt/rye and I have no problems with that.. tropical fruits and pretty big citrus aroma.. still is balanced by a nice graininess that I associate with rye but always have a harder time identifying in hoppier beers. This is pretty nice... Better than I remember.

All 3.75's

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a clear light orange color with off-white soapy head that left some splashy lace.

S- Big piney, grapefruit, floral, and spicy rye notes. Smells strongly of centennial hops, although it looks like it is single hopped with citra.

T- Lots of spicy and sour rye character, very grainy, quite a bit of tropical hop character, and finished with light to moderate bitterness.

M- Lighter bodied, slightly watery finish, and fizzy carbonation

O- Some really nice tropical hop character in the flavor and a really nice hop forward aroma. The rye expression is among the strongest on any beer I have had recently, but it is a little watery.

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Photo of Brisket
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks fantastic. Pots hazy orange with a 2 finger head and mild lacing.

S- Smells very good as well. Citra hops dominate, smells fresh, dry and hop forward.

T- Taste follows the nose. Citrus hops dominate, but there is a strong malt background. The rye adds a pleasant peppery spiciness. Quite drinkable

M- light to medium body with light carbonation.

O- Great, dry, hop forward, light pepperiness and citrus finish. Fantastic session beer.

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Photo of Spikester
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy orange amber with one finger of white head that lasts about five minutes. Good amount of lacing. Smell is pungent floral hops with some resinous qualities. Might be some rye spice also.
Taste is orange zest, pink grapefruit, some pine, spicy rye and a touch of malt sweetness. Might be a bit lacking in the malts but at 4.0% abv. something has to be light.
Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation was just enough. Finish is long dry and bitter. Closer to an AIPA in that regard. Overall an outstanding Pale Ale from Payette Brewing Co. I am starting to see these Payette cans in a lot of stores in Oregon and am looking forward to trying more of their beers.

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No idea the ABV but considering it was bought at a Utah Supermarket it has to be less than 4%.

Clear amber colored ale with a high level of carbonation. Good sized white colored head.

Smells strongly hoppy with a big dose of northwestern style hops. Strong scent of bitter citrus mostly grapefruit with a bit of menthol. Smells a bit woody.

Starts out mildly sweet with a toasted grain flavor. Fairly bitter. Toasted grain flavor but this is a highly hopped brew.

Mouthfeel is good for a Utah store beer.

Overall a 4% beer for hop heads.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Bardenay Boise ID. Served in a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazed bright gold, small amount of head with some lacing.

S: Bright, clear notes of orange/orange juice and floral hops, with some light malt character and hints of spice and crisp grain. As it warms the orange character turns a bit pungent.

T: Again, clear orange flavors and some floral hop notes melting into a grainy rye finish. Hints of spices...some pithy dank hop resin as well. Bitterness is low(er) for a Pale.

MF: Lighter body, creamy and light carbonation.

O: Really nice Rye Pale IMO. Hops are full of fruity flavor, the rye is right there, bitterness is low and balance & flavors are high. Sessionable summer hop-forward rye beer anyone? Yes please.

Please can it Payette!

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Rodeo Rye Pale Ale from Payette Brewing
3.76 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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