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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

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Ranking:
#15,439
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
107
pDev:
9.16%
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive shade of bright orangey amber in the Affligem chalice. A lot of foam at first, but it settles down to a fine sudsiness. This has a little more body than you would expect, which is nice in a low-alcohol beer.

Pleasant grainy flavor. Not all that bitter, which, heretic that I am, is fine with me. Still, there is a nice hoppy tang to go with the scratchy rye taste. Just a hint of the buckwheat weirdness and some crackers, the Stoned Wheat Thins to be precise. Some perfumey malt notes, though not much aroma. Beery, sudsy, and dry without any drama. Totally drinkable, which is the idea. I'm hoping the Utah four-percenters will check this one out.

From the 22 oz bottle. Bought this at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego, which had several Heretic brews all of a sudden. $6 for the Rye.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ZEB89
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slatetank
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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)

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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 JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the COOP Sunday night... poured into my slip tulip tonight... the brew is very clear orange/amber... decent white head... 1/2" head.. spotty lacing.

Nose is very promising.. toasty malt... rye is there and my buddies will give me shit, but honestly a bit of a dry "spicy" note... very dry brew with a bunch of malty background essence.. no real "caramel"... very malt centric with just enough citrus to balance.

Flavor mirrors the nose with some dry toasty elements.. citrus hops... the rye is present and helps to add some structure to the maltiness... rye malt is above present and the citric hops finish forever.... with warmth, a bit of perfumy floral hoppiness...

Surprised this one has a great finish for such a low ABV.. very VERY drinkable.. Loving it.

3.5/4/4/3.5/4

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Photo of epyon396
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a clear, deep golden colour, almost turning a burnished copper, with a full, frothy and pretty persistent head of off-white. Solid lacing and fine carbonation completes the picture. Good stuff.

Nose is pleasantly clean with bright citrussy hops, mangled with a bit of wine cork. Some light spice and earthiness comes through, possibly from the rye, but equally likely from some slightly brusquer hop characters. Hint of booze and some rich bread dough. Overall, it's a nice aroma.

Taste is clean and clear, with a crisp grainy character on the back. Hops provide a fragrant sweetness throughout, but only moderate bitterness, leaving the palate light and buoyant. Some clementine and pithy orange mid-palate, with a very pleasant crispness on the finish. Feel is very smooth and light, providing some basis without overwhelming anything.

Overall, this is a damn drinkable brew. The rye is subtle, but broadens the palate nicely, which is very nice. Often rye can make a beer sharper and spicier, but here it provides additional width of character. Very nice stuff, probably one of the best of Heretic's I've had.

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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 dertyd
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours rich copper with a fading head.
Nose shows lots of malt with bready characters and some spicy, toasty rye. Lovely. Also some soft earthy hops.
Very similar flavours, with powerful toasty and spicy rye alongside a spicy, earthy hop hit. Great length.
Nice moderate carbonation.

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Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice lower abv beer. Packs a good amount of flavor into that 4.4% abv. Pours a pretty orangey amber. Quite clear, minimal haze. Aroma is mild but juicy citrus hops on top of some rye spice and some caramel maltiness. A little bit of a floral quality in there somewhere. Very tasty stuff. For me, this has perfect balance for this sort of low abv amber ale. It starts with rye-spicy caramel sweetness and sweet orange hop flavor and then dries out and finishes with a refreshing bitterness, packed with pine resin and rye bread. Very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is light, creamy and smooth. It compliments the flavor very well and is surprisingly full-bodied for the beer's strength. Great stuff. I've been a bit disappointed in Heretic, so far (to be clear, I had my expectations very high), but this beer is excellent. Also, I'm happy to see another tasty, low abv beer.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Kmat10
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1567th Review on BA
Bottle to Nonic Pint
22oz

Bottle on 7/06/2012
Purchased at Mission Liquors, Fremont, CA

App- In the glass this poured out more like a deeper sunset orange like an IPA vs. a pale ale. Was very deep like a wood stain. Had a big and frothy 2 finger head with some good cling. Head did fade rather quickly though.

Smell- This was very light. I can imagine why at only being a session pale with tinges of rye. It was there but just needed more. A bit of caramel malts with a spicy rye and a little bit of the bitter from the hops. Clean.

Taste- A very nice small session beer. A lot of flavor packed into a little beer. The rye was a nice addition to a pleasant small hoppy beer with some good flavors. It did have just a bit of dish soap flavor behind it, but was okay. Didnt affect it too much.

Mouth- A thicker medium for a small session beer. A little too thick. It was okay on the feel. Taste made up for it. The carbonation is a good medium with some slick malts and a bit of a lush rye flavor. Residual bitter hop/rye combo.

Drink- A nice beer. I like rye and have been looking for new rye beers when I can. This was a good beer to unwind on a Sunday with.

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