Gramarye | Heretic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
hereticbrewing.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Zorro on 08-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,046
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
107
pDev:
9.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
9
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Photo of Fatehunter
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%

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.

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Photo of VashonGuy
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of mhaugo
2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber. Decanted into a pint glass.
Appearance: Almost perfectly clear deep amber/copper color. Thin, fleeting head that clings to the side of the glass.
Smell: Extraordinarily faint. Really have to hunt for it. There’s a bit of bready rye in the nose. I also get a bit of mineral water. When I really dig for it, I get a very faint citrus smell. The hops are almost absent in the aroma.
Taste: Very nice. Bready. Dry with a peppery rye finish. Maybe a bit of honey. No bitterness to speak of. Leaves almost no lingering aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Thin. Sharp carbonation.
Overall: Very nice session-able, rye pale. I really want to like it more considering its credentialing, but it seems like someone turned it’s volume down. Muted, I guess. To be fair the label says “Bottled 07.30.12”, so it likely has already passed its prime. I’m going to look for it on draft.

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Photo of Nage37
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of DSkilling
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of rkcrozier
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of ADZA
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden bronze hazy hue with a creamy three finger head and lacing here and there,the smell is quite light with aromas of spicy rye,herbal hops and a touch of passionfruit,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied with high carbonation and has tastes of passionfruit,peaches,spicy rye and finished with a spicy dryness and overall its abit of a let down and is pretty subdued on all levels but nice for a session ale cheers.

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Photo of maximum12
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rawfish for this bottle, one of the few left from a recent trade. 22 oz. bottle with a bit of D&D feel to it split with my wife. I won't mention the D&D thing to her. She thinks its geeky.

The pop & pour, whoa! Concern. Alarmingly carbonated, the head leaping skyward with verve & vigor. Underneath the big snow is an orange beer that smells about as you'd expect. A bit of spicy rye kick & plenty of pale malts.

Gramarye's carbonation tickles all the way to my elbows. The bink & fizz is distracting, it's hard to get to whatever it is that's underneath. Using my +2 Sword of Foam Banishing, I manage to get some sense of the beer: spicy rye, pale malts. Touches of lemon, grainy hops. Pretty simple. As befits the ABV, though, easy to drink, though the spiciness slows me down.

I pissed off someone I didn't know on Facebook today for repeatedly misusing the word "socialism" - good fuck, go look it up - so my day was already made, but hey, a beer makes the end of every night better, right? Carbonation really does no favors to the beer; still pretty good.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heretic Gramarye rye pale ale is a gold/orange colored beer with a small level of foam that still manages to leave some lace as you drink. The nose on this beer is one of rye and light malt, but it is not very pronounced and much lighter than the other beers in the Heretic lineup.

This beer offers the flavor of rye, as expected, along with flavors of citrus, toasted malt, and earthy notes. The rye and pale malt keep returning to the forefront and the overall taste makes it a very good session beer. It isn’t intimidating in any way, but it is still full flavored enough that most will find it to their liking.

One thing I find interesting about this beer is its tendency to offer a good deal of taste without going to extreme levels in the alcohol department. I was actually surprised when I learned that this product has only 4.4 percent alcohol by volume. It seems fuller in taste than that, which shows that Heretic has done well in the production of this beer, using the basic ingredients to pump up the taste without pumping up the alcohol.

Overall, this is a good session beer with nice rye and malt notes and a good deal of balance. It isn’t as heavy as many of the other Heretic products, but it is still good and flavorful in its own way and it’s a product worth trying if you like the taste of rye.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warriorsoul
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of dertyd
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Brewery Website:

"Gramarye (GRAM-uh-ree)

Gramarye is the practice of learning magic. For thousands of years, people have used a grimoire (book of magic) to cast spells and summon spirits. Of course, magic fell out of favor over the centuries, the same as brewing with rye. Interest in magic seems to be on the upswing these days and so is the interest in brewing with rye. A coincidence? This is our take on session pale ale made with a dose of rye malt to give it that luscious feel and snappy finish. We think it is magical.

abv: 4.4%
ibu: 28
srm: 10"

Dark amber colored beer with a small white colored head. The color borders on being brown.

Smell is rye with that slightly sour scent that rye has. Mild hops that are mostly citrus with an little pine to it. Toasted bread, tea and some woody scent.

Starts out dry with a mostly woody flavor and a slight rye after taste. Dry and slightly bitter this is a solid pale ale. Rye flavor is there and very user friendly.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good pale ale made with Rye. No faults, a good easy drinking ale.

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Photo of Jtrigonis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of smekermann
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Arbitrator
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of dominic4beer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Geoffq
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mlkluther
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leaddog
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Gramarye from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 107 ratings
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