Barry Rye | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Barry RyeBarry Rye

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rye Ale fermented on local blackberries. Another music-inspired beer, Barry Rye is the latest addition to the Perennial playlist. It’s very balanced, with notes of rye spiciness and blackberry juiciness – kind of like some of Barry’s soul hits from the 70s.

40 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 08-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 130
Photo of homebrew311
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap at whole foods. Pours deep brown with a purple hue. Tan head with nice retention and tons of lacing. Smell starts with berry skin, followed by a dash of spicy rye. Bright fruity notes up front with tartness to follow. Taste starts with blackberry which is moderate and doesn't overtake the beer. Rye malt comes on and balances the fruit very nicely an the alcohol is well hidden. Accents of vanilla envelope the berry character. A nice tartness comes through at the end and leaves a nice exclamation on the flavor. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium. Overall, solid brew an worth a try!

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Photo of Pencible
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear cola color, with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet blackberries and bitter dark chocolate, with some roasted coffee and fig.
T: It tasted like bitter roasted coffee and sweet blackberries, with some dark chocolate. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Surprisingly lively body.
D: This was a nice blackberry stout, with a fairly simple but very enjoyable scent and taste. The body was weak, but the finish was smooth. The alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. Probably not for aging. Quality brew, but not sure it was worth the price.

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Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Green Lady, quick review from written notes.

Dark reddish brown with an attractive ruby glint in the light. Thick head of sticky tan foam on top with a creamy surface texture. Drippy ring of lace around the edges of the glass.

Roast malt aroma, fairly subtle.

More roast malt in the taste with a subtle undercurrent of tart blackberry that lingers in the finish and aftertaste. The fruit character is light and well integrated. Medium bodied and smooth with a light carb level. Easy to drink, its a fairly interesting beer.

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Photo of cvm4
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cola brown body with a two finger khaki tan head.

S - Subtle roasted malt with a berry sweetness that follows. May'be a tinge of coffee on the backend.

T - Roasted malts in the beginning that develop into tart blackberries in the back of your palette. As it warms, I actually like it more. The tartness of the blackberries really show up and come to the forefront.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - I think this is a balanced beer, although somewhat 1-D.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Finishing off my Firkin visit with a nice bit of Barry Rye, something I missed out on earlier in my beer-drinking career. It pours a dark midnight ruby topped by a half-finger of ashen khaki foam. The nose comprises blackberry, light cocoa, rich caramel, toasted rye bread, light booze, and a hint of dry wood. The taste brings in more of the same, focusing on lightly tart blackberries adrift in a sea of chocolatey rye. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel. Overall, a pretty solid beer. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of jayhass
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is a dark clear ruby with almost a violet hue that the light barely comes through. Huge slight tan head that stays thick and sticks through out drinking this beer.
Smell- Rye cracker with a light fruitiness from the blackberries. Not much else.
Taste- A dry rye cracker with and even dry blackberry taste. Light roasted malt and a light bitterness. This beer does not show case a lot. Wish the yeast and malt shown more character.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anything by Perennial, I am very willing to try. This would be their first miss, in my book, as far as the few I have tried from them so far.

The mesh of rye and blackberries just doesn't produce anything interesting. It's a jumbled mess really that brings two opposing ends of the spectrum colliding together, but not really meshing. It's not quite odd, but it just doesn't really work. Nice drinker, smooth feel, not the greatest idea.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

some have told me this is one of the best beers theyve ever had, and although our bottle was almost a year old, and probably has faded a bit, its hard to see it in that level. its a murky and dense brown color, maybe the faintest hint of berry purple to it, lots of yeast sediment, and a half an inch of dirty white head. the nose is promising though, lots of real fresh blackberry, sweet and tangy and ripe and juicy and dominant. rye malt seems subtle in the nose by comparison, and the alcohol is there too. the flavors seem a bit muddles together, not as layered and artfully built as i was expecting form perennial. bunches of rye and chocolate malt make up the base, but the spice from it never really comes through, neither does the roast, and im left with a rather plain malt flavor for what im supposed to be drinking here. the berries are way less forward than they are in the nose, barely there in the finish with their summer sweetness. almost jam-like rather than fresh picked, but their influence in the taste is slight. i expect this has faded since the bottle was fresh. i still like the beer, but it comes across a little messy, and i dont think is up to the standards perennial has set for themselves. i will say that the idea is perfect, and a little more rye and bubbles would make it that much better. i imagine it being rockstar on tap. will try again soon and update.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled 7/2013.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toast, caramel, and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with rye and slight berry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a rye presence that is only noticeable in the taste.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Minimal,almost non-existant foam, but very aggressive carbonation bubbles. Color is dark black with purple tint. Don't think grape soda color as it is just a hint of purple. Just a hint of rye and a bit of molasses in the aroma, but a bit more of the blackberry comes out. The aroma is actually subdued, but I don't like overly sweet in my fruit beers, so I don't view that as a big negative. The flavor is really more on thetart blackberry side. The aftertaste showcases the spiciness of the rye and makes an interesting interplay with the tartness of the blackberries. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and slightly oily.I appreciate the daring of Perrenial's beers, but this is one of their efforts that doesn't have me clank ring for more.

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Photo of teromous
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer has a dark body that is completely opaque black. Along the edges of the glass some brown makes it through. The head is very thin and off-white but it fades to a simple ring of small bubbles within seconds. No real lacing.

S: There's a hint of band-aid and some wet cardboard. A bit of catty scent, and a touch of coffee way in the back. It's not a pleasant combination of scents.

T: I get a rich tobacco flavor like you'd get from the end of a cigar. It's earthy with a bit of sweetness. There's some coffee flavor in there too, like a rich espresso. I get a bit of cedar. It's a very interesting tasting beer that isn't like a normal rye beer. I feel that it's important to note that the bottle says "ale fermented with blackberries" and I don't pickup any blackberry flavor. If you're looking for a fruity beer this should be the furthest one down your list. It's a pleasant surprise because although this beer didn't taste anything like I thought it would, it tastes great for completely opposite reasons.

M: The mouthfeel really works well for this beer. I feel that they have the correct carbonation and "weight" to the beer. I don't know that I can say anything more than the body really complements the beer.

O: I want to break this down: I am not a fan of the smell of this beer at all. I want to plug my nose when drinking it. It doesn't look appealing either. The taste of the beer is pretty awesome. It has a lot of really great complex earthy flavors. If you're a fan of complex teas, good cigars, quality pipe tobacco, odd coffee beans, you'll probably really enjoy this beer. If you're looking for a good traditional rye or fruit beer, you will probably hate this. I would buy it again based solely on the flavor tapestry.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: look like a black IPA , dark brown, only see-through once you get to the bottom of the glass
S: pumpernickel (it is a rye) - maybe a slight coffee aroma at the end
T/M: a litter bitter/sour for the style. Up front is a pumpernickel taste, but fades into a lemony-citrus bitterness backed by a little rye-IPA dryness. Agree that the ending has note of a smoked cigar (hope it's not just power of suggestion)
O: turns bitter/sour little too quickly for me. There are some nice black IPA qualities, though. I wouldn't shy away from it in te future but won't seek it out either.

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Barry Rye from Perennial Artisan Ales
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