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Hank On Rye | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer, created in honor of Henry Chinaski, was a collaboration between Three Floyds and Jonathan Cutler of Piece Brewery. Its delicate, spicy, smoked character is derived from a portion of smoked and rye malts. Formerly known as Ham On Rye.

Added by jeonseh on 03-07-2008

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The inquisitive and provocative taste of smoke seems right at home with curred pork, mesquite smoked poultry, and cedar plank salmon. But the beach wood smoked malts seem oddly compelling in beer. Unusual in the cold and carbonated beverages, yet satisfying as a culinary art, Three Floyds further surprises the palate with this refreshing, yes- refreshing, meat flavored beer.

Pouring a tawny bronze color that shows several metal hues from gold to rust and with light haze gives the beer a gentlemanly appearance. A very airy and frothy foam stance exudes but then falls apart midway through the session. Very light on lace, the beer's carbonation seems very fleeting.

Although all those meaty aromatics are from the smoked malts and not actually any swine, it doesn't keep away the distinct scent of prosciutto. The aromas of sweet game meets a hony-baked support and balance to complement the scent very well. Obvious overtones of campfire and barbecue allow for an almost-floral, mouth-watering savory to rise to meet the nose of scorched earth.

The savory, meaty flavor of smoky sweetness balance each other with flavors of salmon, canadian bacon, and barbecue that actually takes a mild backseat to the thin caramel, bold honey, and spicy grain flavor of rye and crystal malt. Dry pumpernickle character of cardemom seed, celery seed, and rosemary can be seen peeking through the smoke- all making me think that the smoke character is largely aromatic and not playing out so much on the palate but the suggestion of the nose is too high to dismiss. Lowly hopped, the spicy grain character carries the beer's balance, besides the beer needs no further complexity.

Medium bodied, at least at first. The fast fleeting carbonation leaves the beer relatively light, even thin during mid palate but finishing spicy-dry and lighly snappy. A minty wood character carries a refreshing texture with light alcohol allows for a thirst quenching effect with savory overtones.

At first, the brain tells the palate that this will be a slow session to weather. But the 16oz glass is empty within fifteen minutes. The savory aroma and taste of the beer coupled with medium-light textures make it highly drinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served at a veggie beer dinner at Local Option, paired with brie-stuffed gnocchi, in a smoked tomato butter sauce, with roasted fennel & onion.

Sampled about 12 oz. of this creative brew. It had a thin skim of foam on it when it arrived, but the head retention was poor. The surface had a slightly viscous look to it when swirled. The color was a saturated golden amber.

Intense smoky aroma of cured pork, proscuitto, smoked ham, even bacon. The intensity is greater than Schlenkerla Helles, but not quite to Urbock/Weizen levels. A very nice smokiness, later on it lessens in concentration allowing some bready malt and rye aroma to show through.

Flavors follow the nose, it has a bready, spicy character from the rye malt, and plenty of smoke flavor too. The finish is fairly dry and woody, but the body is a little flaccid without much supporting carbonation. It was a nice pairing with the course, and was mostly sipped at for about 20 minutes or so.

This is a Rauchbier, and meant to be intensely smoky. The authors of low reviews here don't seem to be aware that this is a legitimate beer style.

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Photo of oline73
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really nice clear amber color with a half finger of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: The first thing I notice is that this beer smells like a freaking ham sandwich. Some sweet malt and smoke, but the name is the best description I could give.

Taste: Smokey bacon/ham flavors, some spice from the rye. Sweet malt with some caramel and a mildly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation. The finish is a bit slick.

Overall: I was really surprised how much I liked this beer. Tastes kind of liked smokes meat, just what you want out of a good smoked beer. The sweetness complemented the smoke well.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this growler at Three Floyds last weekend to share at a local tasting. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a moderate red-amber color with a very thin off-white head that doesn't stick around too long before falling and not leaving too much behind. The nose brings some lightly-smoked malt along with a bit of roasted--you guessed it--ham. There is a bit of bready malt there as well. Taste doesn't quite bring home the bacon like I would have liked, though it certainly wasn't bad. The base malt seemed to take up too much of the flavor. Medium body with a slightly-smokey finish. A good brew, but the taste didn't live up to the nose.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at SMBDC growler tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Light fizzy head with light lacing, crystal clear amber orange color.

N: Honey glazed ham like aroma, light spicy rye, light spicy hops, touch of malty syrup, light herbal hops and a bit estery.

T: Herbal hops, spicy rye, light smoky honey ham, semi sweet malty syrupy flavor, earthy hops, reddish malts, bit bitter, juicy malts, finishes with a touch of bitter hops, malts, light syrupy finish, touch of rye and spicy hops, and a smoky ham flavor.

M: Med bodied with decent carb.

Interesting. Lots of interesting flavors, rounded, nice smoked ham, light rye, herbal hops are a little iffy though.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at an establishment in the mid-state that shall remain nameless - poured at draft temp into a pint.

A - a dark copper/caramel brown shade w/ good clarity and thin cap of white. Very little lace clings and the bead is tiny.

S - Slight sweetness in the smell w/ mild smokey nose w/ subtle spice. The scent is much like cured meat w/ its sweet and smoked scent

M- A very light feel w/ lots of carbonation, mild creamy texture and moderate sweetness as it finishes

T - A sweet malty rye flavor w/ a taste that has a subtle yet noticeable smokiness. The flavor has mild fruitiness w/ subtle toast elements and a candy-like edge w/ caramel malt smoothness. The rye comes through very well in the taste as mild bitterness offsets the malts.

D - A solid beer w/ serious rye flavor. I am always looking for new rye ales to try and was very happy to try this one. A very drinkable beer - highly recommended

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

Plenty o' hullabaloo surrounding this beer...let's hope it's worthy. It pours a clear copper-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light beech smoke, honey, molasses, ham (straight up), brown sugar, and light black pepper. Damn, does this smell tasty! The taste holds notes of honey-baked ham, very light smoke, rye bread, and a touch of what seems like Swiss cheese at the end. Honestly, this thing tastes very similar to a ham sammy on rye. Wow. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and an oily, greasily slick feel. Overall, this beer lives up to its name. If it weren't for the kind of awkward feel, this would be a truly exceptional, enjoyable brew. Get some!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/05/11 notes. Growler shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike!

a - Pour a murky amber, orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smoke, roasted malts, rye, and wheat.

t - Tastes of rye, smoke, roasted malts, toasted malts, and smoked meat.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty interesting smoked beer. I thought there was more smoke and meat in the flavor than the nose. Not the smokiest I've bad, but pretty enjoyable and glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears a golden amber hue with a quarter inch of white head that leaves some decent lacing upon the glass. The aroma is of smoke and smoked malt. I don't think I could single out ham, per se, but I could get a sense of smoked meat in the nose. The flavor is decent and follows the aroma. I didn't enjoy this brew nearly as much as my favorite authentic rauchbiers, but it was good nonetheless. The body was a tad thin for my liking. A fun beer, I would have it again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Local Option. Served in a pint glass.

A - Finger of off-white foam that settles to a thick collar and partial cap, leaving behind no lace. Transparent dark amber body.

S - This is more ham-forward than it is smoked, although there is a bit of smoke. Some sandwich-like bread notes, and a bit of light honey sweetness.

T - Taste is a bit sweeter, with more of a honey-glazed ham character and a lightly smoked finish. Rye is understated.

M - Smooth, medium-full body that is surprising for the listed ABV. Medium carbonation, lightly smoked dry finish, with a touch of residual stickiness.

D - This is a very enjoyable and easy-drinking smoked beer. Alcohol is well-hidden. It's less intense than the Schlenkerla beers which makes it easier to have multiple glasses.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler provided by Thorpe. Thanks. Beer is kind of amber with a thin head of bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass, evidence of carbonation, looks like beer.

Aroma is quite smokey, I suppose it smells like a meat smoke house.

Beer is thinner than expected, not getting much in the way of rye though. It has a nice smokiness to it, decent but ultimately flat one note flavor. One of my least favorite Three Floyds beers to date but I would have it again on draft if possible.

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Photo of aasher
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at the brewpub. This pours a translucent brownish, dirty amber with a one finger off white head. The smell is of weak ham. For a smoked beer I expected a little more. There isn't much pork to it and the smoke is really subtle. It tastes of a ham sandwhich on rye, as I guess it should but it's not really that impressive. I expected the flavors to be more bold. It drank smoothly and was pretty light in body. This beer wasn't anything too special but I'm glad I could try it.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pint glass (2 actually) served at the [name removed for privacy purposes, never thought that Ffej would advocate censorship] on 2-Jan-10. My affinity for rye beers is well documented.

A: The ale has a cuprous bronze color, somewhat dark but still translucent. A steady stream of carbonation only results in a modest head on both glasses. Little to no lacing occurred.

S: The ale has a sweet smoky aroma, not overpowering but definitely there, with bacon being prominent. A spicy rye bread body adds additional depth.

T: Much like the nose, the flavor is a one-two punch of smokehouse and thick rye. The smoky flavors are curehouse-like, with a salty, honey ham presence. Rye bread is a strong compliment to the smoke, a thick meaty meal in a glass. The FFF hop profile, normally in your face, is reserved, adding a floral bite near the end of the sip.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, enhanced by the smoke. Rye adds a firm bready flavor, mildly spiced. A pleasant beer to sip through.

D: I debated having something else after my first glass but realized that it was too good and I must have more! A nicely smoked ale.

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Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour earlier today at the brewpub in Munster. Notes taken at the time.

A- Light amber bodied pour from the tap to a pint glass. One finger frothy white head with fairly good retention. One big web of lace at top with spots forming below that.

S- Smoked and Pilsner malts. Not overbearing with smoke but prominent for sure followed by spicy and herbal fruit tones with cracked light grains. Not meaty to me, more like a wood fire.

T- Smoky and spicy are the key words here. Smoky campfire grains with spicy and herbal noble hops. Not much of a bacon character as burnt wood. Slight sweet grains and yeast esters.

MF- Foamy and creamy medium body with carbonation that is medium-high and smooth. Finishes with smoke coating the palate.

Smoky and spicy with some yeast esters and fresh cracked grains.

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Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Sparrow.

Pours like an amber, medium head. No complaints.

Smells like a dull rye. The grain is straight rye--interesting, tangy. But you don't got the usual hop profile that mixes things up.

Tastes like a smoked dull rye. Pumpernickel blends with flowers, powdered tang (the orange drink), and light nodes of smoked meat. Ends on a small dose of hop bitterness. Neat, but nothing remarkable.

Figured it'd be a rye, since, well that's in the name. Didn't expect the smoke, even though I should have. My one complaint is that this isn't nearly smoky enough--it tastes a *little* meaty, but when you get a big, big rauch it actually tastes like a hickory farms sampler. I'd never thought I say this, but if Three Floyds had just been a little more bold then this beer would have been great.

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Photo of Durge
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Revolution Brewpub in Chicago this unique brew is a slightly hazed copper color with a thin but very sturdy light oatmeal colored head that leaves a perfect wall of lacing! The aroma lives up to the billing with heavy grilled, smoked ham idea with wheaty-malt rye. Easily worth the price of admission. The flavor gives me sweet smoked ham and herbal hops. I pick up on some pineapple and sprucey hop qualities. This is solidly medium bodied with light carbonation for a somewhat sticky feel. The hop infusion here is just awesome and this is a true keeper. Three Floyd, ya dun it again!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark, brownish amber color with a finger of white head. Some fat lacing and spots left on the sides.

S - The wife was convinced this beer was actually made with ham. Very smokey with a great bacon/ham smell to it. There is some slight malt backbone there besides the smoke, but you have to strain to smell it. I think it smells fantastic.

T - Tastes like bacon or ham on rye. Really awesome, and a great change of pace if you've been drinking something sweet. A little bit of malt sweetness with a tiny pinch of hops complete the flavor profile.

M - Medium bodied, if carbonation gets any higher it will lose points for it, but it's fine.

O - I really liked this beer, maybe I'm just on a cured meat kick, but it tastes like a sandwich. A nice change from anything sweet.

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Photo of tpd975
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice amber colored pour with an average sized cream colored head. Just small spots of lace left behind.

S: The aroma is very smokey with hints of meat and salt. Touches of spice as well, but very earthy.

T: Very bold smoked flavor. Not your normal smoke either. This one is very meaty like homemade jerky. Touches of salt and spicey rye as well. Does in fact taste a bit like a sandwich. All you would need is a splash of pickle juice to make it complete.

M: Medium in body, pretty smooth.

D: They serve it in an imperial. Could easily be served in a 1/2 pint in which they serve most of their big beers. Uniquely enjoyable, but not one to be sessioned.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap on 12/24/09.

A - Deep amber with an almost bronzed copper-brown body and sparse off-white head that diminished, leaving spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Smoked malt notes are apparent right off the bat and impart a meaty character. This, combined with a bready maltiness, a hint of salty bacon and lots of toasted grains, results in quite an authentic aroma.

T - Wow, this tastes like a liquid ham sandwich on rye bread. Mission accomplished! All of the ingredients really work together quite nicely, giving this brew a characteristic smoked meat quality with a tinge of earthy hops, some peat and a rye bread character. Finishes with a distinct toasted grainy charcter.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture, although the mouthfeel is slightly oily. Smokey finish with a hint of dryness on the palate.

D - Aptly named, Ham on Rye is an awesome smoked rye beer that virtually duplpicates eating (drinking?) a sandwich. FFF manages to push the envelope yet again with a beer that could have been simply a novelty, but turned out to be fantastic!

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Photo of Deuane
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With some research I found out that this brew is a collaboration between the folks at FFF and Piece Brewing. A rye beer brewed with smoked malts, how can you go wrong?

A-Deep copper body with lustrous, golden highlights. This beer practically shimmers in the glass. A thin, light tan head reduces to a thin ring and leaves spotty lace.

S-Light smokiness up front with a backing of malt sweetness and a pronounced spicy kick. Similar to a local meat product called Lebanon Bologna.

T-Wow! Super interesting--Ham on Rye is no lie! Smoky, but not crazy so, with a spicy dry finish. A tangy touch in the end too. This combination works really well.

M-Medium-light bodied sharp and tangy. LONG lingering smoke and spice combination lasts for minutes after I have taken a sip.This one has some serious longevity.

D-Well, I am not going to lie to you--I am a devotee of smoked beers and this one does not disappoint in any way! Mmm, mmm....The spicy aspect works really well and turns this rather mundane smoked amber into a work of art! Ham on Rye--true that! Well done FFF and Piece!

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Photo of GbVDave
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at FFF 1/16/10. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a clear, dark brown. Capped with a tiny, off white head that immediately evaporated to a thin skim that left no lace.

S: Aroma, of well, smoked meat. Some roasty malt and rauch malt, too.

T: See above with more ham.

M: Smooth with subtle hints of prickle.

D: Good, but not earth shattering. I've been wanting to try this for a while, and I'm glad we were able to, but I'll probably pass on it next time I see it.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a reddish brown color with a pretty thin tannish colored head.

S- Ok I was warned via text by Mbpbugeye about this one. Man he was right on. This brew some how smells like a ham sandwich on rye just like the name go figure. Pretty amazing and confusing.

T- This ham taste totally dominants this brew. Some smoke, very light coffee, and rye spice.

M- Medium in body with a pretty good amount of carbonation.

O- This is a very interesting beer. Its not bad by any means just very very different. I had no problem putting this one down and laughing my ass off about how it tastes like a ham sandwich. I don't think I'd drink this one on a regular basis though.

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Photo of DIM
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer for novelty purposes, turns out its really good!

a: This was a clear dark coppery color. It was served to me with a thin off-white head.

s: Gentle, meaty smoke, spicy rye notes, and just a touch of something sweet.

m: Great balance from the smoke here, it doesn't take over at all. It nicely compliments the prickly rye flavors.

m: Silky smoothe viscousness.

d: Not something I would reach for often, but I would like to come across this again.

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Photo of mcallister
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear chestnut with large carbonation bubbles and no head.

A little smokey with caramel malts and spicey rye notes. Hints of pine and herbal hops.

Nice smoked meats. Ham ha on the finish spicey rye aspect with a carmalized malt sweetness that really balances out the drying smoke.

Mouth is a little light and thin yet good carbonation. Easy rinker.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Local Option

A - It pours a copper-amber hue, and is capped with an average-looking white head with notsomuch retention or lace.

S - The nose is unusually devoid of campfire, or *burnt-out-campsite*, as in the case of Fastenbier. The nose is more honey-glazed ham than smoked ham, no doubt. Still, there is actually something hammy about this, which is commendable fakery, in and of itself.

T - Full disclosure: I am double-fisting with a Schlenkerla Fastenbier, so this tastes like a Light Lager in comparison; still, I think I can discern the basics, and nuances, of this brew. The taste reveals about equal parts naked malt syrup, (perhaps this was purposefully underattenuated,) and a just-short-of-campfire smokiness; it is within this balance that the hammy-ness is acheived. Overall, the flavor is quite mellow, relying on nuance and suggestion; a rare thing for a smoked brew.

M - About medium, and soft in carbonation.

O - This beer is a very sublime entry into the Smoked Beer canon. I actually prefer the more obtuse versions (like the Fastenbier in my other hand) but I respect this brew for its rare sophistication in a very blunt genre.

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Hank On Rye from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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