Heretic Brewing Company

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Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
Rye Beer
3.82 | pDev: 9.16%
Oct 31, 2016
Aug 26, 2012
Very Good
Notes: Rye Pale Ale

An easy drinking pale ale with the snappy taste of rye and a light citrus and floral hop character. Amarillo, Columbus, Cascade.
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4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by EmperorBevis from England

Bottled in a huge 650ml bomber
Pours a light brown body with decent enough foaming white head
Aroma is slightly perfumed with the mix of rye and flowery notes
The flavour is similar with a very pleasing bitter finish
Seems a bigger beer than the abv
Just slightly too much carb tho

Oct 31, 2016
3.64 by BcCraft710 from Canada (BC) on Oct 30, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

I purchased this bottle that I found out from the brewery was at least 1 year old at Ski Liquors in lake Tahoe poured from the bomber into a glass chilled. The liquid foamed out rapidly but the majority was save after uncapping

The color is a turbid amber with thick head that settles with good retention avg bead and lace sticks. The smell is citrus oriented with a orange-ish smell with malt and low hop aroma with herbal quality and mostly orange with floral orange-blossom type scent. The feel is tangy and light with medium carbonation and mild bitterness and sweetness with a mostly dry finish.

The taste has a light orange with some toast malt with marmalade type element that is citrus dominant I am guessing from the hops yet the rye flavor is present with a light spice and gentle bitterness in the taste as it finishes dry. Overall a great pale -lots of flavor which I imagine can only be from hops with no astringency and low bitterness -very quaffable. I want to try some fresh now to see what the difference is if it ages this well(it was in the cooler)

Jul 27, 2016
3.84 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Jun 21, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by FriedSlug from North Carolina

Reddish orange pour with a thick off white head that hangs and leaves lacing. Rye and orange in the nose. The taste is orange, rye and a malt sweetness that has caramel tastes. Overall a nice beer.

Jan 13, 2016
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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by JackieKu from Taiwan

22oz bottle. Bottled on 2014-10-17. Poured into tulip.

A: Hazy. Cropper. Large amount of head (5 fingers high), with moderate retention.
S: Starfruit. Lychee. Grapefruit. Cloves. Little hints of sourness.
T: Cloves. Tropical fruits. Mildly toasty. Moderate bitterness. Dry.
M: Light bodied. High carbonation.
O: Pretty rye forward, but unfortunately the hoppy characters are somewhat overwhelming. Fruity and flavorful. Not bad.

Nov 30, 2015
3.74 by Kenmac19 from Canada (BC) on Nov 12, 2015
3.69 by CBrodbeck from Florida on Sep 17, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SitkaSteve from Idaho

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark amber, almost brown color with a one finger white foamy head that rapidly dissipated leaving light lacing glossing around the glass.
The smell starts off with the rye leads to subtle breadiness and then has a subtle sweet underscore of citrus fruit.
The taste copies the smell and brings in the rye to balance nicely with some bitter tones.
The mouthfeel had a crisp sharp bitter harshness over my tongue. I'd say it was about light to medium bodied.
Overall, this was a really nice rye beer. I'd have this again.

Aug 03, 2015
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3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Hop_God from California

Growler from the brewery filled 7/26/15 - drank 7/27/15

A: Dark amber, almost brown.
S: Rye, bread, subtle sweetness.
T: Rye again, malt forward and some bitterness on the finish
F: This is crisp and to the point. mild carbonation
O: Very sold Rye beer and quite easy to drink

Jul 27, 2015
3.75 by Nordbier from Georgia on Jul 15, 2015
3.52 by Mlkluther from Canada (AB) on Jun 25, 2015
4.09 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania on Jun 06, 2015
3.96 by micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania on Jun 05, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

A tasty Rye PA. Not outstanding, but I would be happy to be standing around with this in my hand. I'm not a huge fan of this style of beer, but Heretic has done a decent job of creating a drinkable brew.

Jun 05, 2015
3.64 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2015
3.59 by aquazr1 from California on May 27, 2015
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3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by leaddog from Canada (AB)

Appearance - Pours a copper brown with two fingers of foamy cream coloured head.

Smell - citrus and leafy hops, rye malts, caramel, orange peel, grapefruit rind, hint of pine needles.

Taste - Starts off with the citrus and leafy hops followed by the orange peel, grapefruit rind and hint of pine needles. The brew finishes off with the rye malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes off dry with both the hops and malts lingering in the aftertaste.

Overall - An enjoyable rye beer. However, I feel that the rye malts are subdued compared to the hops. Otherwise, an enjoyable brew that hits the mark.

May 24, 2015
3.48 by GRG1313 from California on May 17, 2015
3.88 by BradExtreme from California on May 16, 2015
4.06 by chrisjws from California on Apr 29, 2015
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2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by VashonGuy from Washington

This is a real nice beer to look at, but it was downhill after that for me.

Now I really like rye beers. I love Smitten, Cane and Ebel, Founder's Red Rye, any of the several excellent rye ales from Reuben's in Seattle. All those beers are bursting with spicy rye aroma and flavor.

Gramarye isn't bursting with anything. Both smell and taste are minimal. The beer is thin and watery. There's a little rye and a little bitterness in the finish, but that's about it.

It is nice to look at, but the taste just isn't there ... think of this like a rye cousin of Coors.

On tap at Toronado in SF.

Apr 25, 2015
4.15 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB) on Apr 19, 2015
4.25 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB) on Apr 04, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by elNopalero from California

This pours a caramel tan color.
Lightly hopped aroma with a rye spice.
Light drinker with a clean caramel tinged malt finish.
Incredibly flavorful and only 4.4!

Apr 04, 2015
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3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

22oz bottle, nice to see more Cali breweries being repped up here in Alberta.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, broadly foamy, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some sudsy roiling sea froth lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of dank, wet pine tree needles, rye bread, grainy pale malt, subtle orange and white grapefruit rind citrus, and further leafy, weedy hops. The taste is still somewhat dank straight off, the damp pine forest floor essence predominating, with some spicy rye graininess, more tame bready pale malt, a wan muddled citrus fruitiness, and fading earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite restrained and unobtrusive in its low-grade tingling, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth enough, nothing really stooping to interfere here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and fruitiness of the hops thankfully starting to drown out the dank.

Yeah, it's pretty clear that certain musky, dank hop strains so favoured by brewers all up and down the west coast of late, do not agree with me. That said, this is still a pretty enjoyable rye ale, the adjunct grain doing well to integrate with the whole, while the other hop esters prop up an otherwise lost cause.

Apr 01, 2015
3.52 by Geoffq from California on Mar 23, 2015
4.04 by Yalc from Florida on Mar 01, 2015
4 by JRod1969 from New York on Feb 23, 2015
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Pour cloudy amber brown with a huge off-white head. Light rye and floral hops in the nose, no depth or potency. Taste brings flavor though with great rye depth, cracker and light caramel malt, citrus, floral and leafy hops. Feel really shows off the rye, as it should, the hops and malts are actually there to serve the rye not overpower it

Feb 17, 2015
3.5 by smekermann from Canada (BC) on Feb 10, 2015
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by UCLABrewN84 from California

Bottled 8/4/14.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, rye, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that a lot more earth and rye forward in the taste compared to the smell.

Serving type: bottle.

Jan 07, 2015
3.64 by jak from North Carolina on Dec 13, 2014
4 by PaBeerLover from Pennsylvania on Dec 01, 2014
4 by KevMo84 from California on Nov 21, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
by SurferEric from Hawaii

Very fruity up front but quickly followed by a dry rye taste that leaves behind a bitter bite and makes you thirsty for more. I could sip on this one for a long time.

Nov 21, 2014
3.75 by ariceclemson from North Carolina on Oct 27, 2014
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2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
by Fatehunter from Oregon

Pours a half finger of head on a medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a bit mild: pine and spice.
The taste has mild bitterness with some black pepper.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Easy to drink.

Sep 28, 2014
4 by Rave from California on Sep 20, 2014
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