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County Line Rye Pale Ale | Surf Brewery

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County Line Rye Pale AleCounty Line Rye Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Surf Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by augustgarage on 10-05-2011

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Jayli:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from Mthomas84 via SS '11 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 2/2 after a long two weeks in GA, poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger of white head. Head retains at a decent pace leaving splotches of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is caramlized malts, a hint of rye, a good deal of grain and grassy hops.

T: Taste starts with an undertone of rye and a big amount of grain. Caramel malts begin to come through, a good deal of breadiness and just a hint of citrus hop notes. Finish is grain, bread and earthy grass hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly chewy body, with a slick finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, decent representation of style. All in all a good beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Nick29
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of augustgarage
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse - served in a nonic.

Lovely amber with good clarity topped by an even stand of off-white lather. Creamy lacing, good retention.

Restrained malty aroma, biscuity with a touch of grain and grass.

Very refreshing, light yet full flavored palate entry. Pure pale malt, faint toast, white pepper, thyme, and rye blend in a subltle union. Dry crisp finish that invites another dram. Bready, cream-kissed finish. Just enough hops for interest, but only mild bitterness at any given time.

Light-bodied with good carbonation and an active zesty quality on the tongue.

Very well crafted pale ale, offset with rye which only adds to the drinkability. Best with food, though flavorful enough to enjoy on it's own...though it seems a bit flat flavored if you compare it right away to a stronger IPA for example.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of DavidHume
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BBrewington
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BWH999
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of FutureJack
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of xynzee
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Rated on bottle purchased at local grocery store. I've had this before in the brewery and I don't remember it tasting like this. Might be some spoilage.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amedlin18
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Beermazter310
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of raborbon
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jnob26
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The best sort of sweet, grainy, and tangy Rye Beer. Clear dark orange-tinted amber in the tall Maredsous glass with a very nice fine-grained and persistent foam. Smell is a little musty with a cereal note. Quite spritzy in the mouth.

The flavor is full of the zingy rye flavor with a pleasant resiny hop taste. Moderately bitter, in fact I'd say it's quite nicely balanced between the sweet malty base and the hops. More floral and less grainy than some Rye brews. The hoppy tang and bitter aftertaste are right on the glide path.

This is a richer and more complex Pale Ale than most. Somehow these guys have hit on the right dose of rye to make the unpretentious style stand out. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at The Bottle Shop in Santa Barbara.

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Photo of HawkIPA
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TheMarkE
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some rye and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly soapy flavor as well. There is a mild 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 that is drinkable but not something I would seek out again.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of lsummers
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has some great color, it's an amber orange, fairly clear with some fantasic lacing.

Smell isn't the best, kinda reminds me of the smell of an inside of a pizza hut.

Tastes good though, it's definitely got some nice flavor for a pale ale. The rye and a touch of caramel grains and fruitiness comes through. Mouthfeel is nice, it stays light, there's a touch of a medium body but I'd like a touch more stickyness for the color.

Overall, glad I tried it, I wouldn't mind trying it in a bottle sometime.

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Photo of sloelco
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Mollerina
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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