Ham On Rye | HopDog BeerWorks

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HopDog BeerWorks

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dgilks on 03-26-2012

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by laituegonflable:
Photo of laituegonflable
4.07/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber colour, with smooth dense head that's sunk to a thin film, with decent lacing. Looks a little listless and unexciting, but there are still some nice aspects.

Very smokey on the nose - woody, spicy and peppery, with a slight fruit edge. It adds a bit of sweetness, but also doesn't quite mesh with the smoke, so it could've been dispensed with. The smoke is the hero here, as it should be.

Taste is also pretty smokey. Lots of spice as well, with black pepper and turmeric making an appearance. Smoke is really nice nuanced - at times bacony, and at other times more woody and dry; I think it's nicely segmented by the intrusion of the rye, which I assume is where the spice is coming from. Still a slight fruity ester late, but it blends better here, as the smoke is billowy and variegated through the palate, so it's all part of a rich flavour texture. Very nicely made.

Little too much carbonation, for my taste. Body is a little on the light side, so the carbonation should be toned down for the style.

Could have had this with breakfast, but it's a decent appetite-whetter for dinner, also, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a very large, lasting head.
Nose show soft smoked malt, strong spicy rye bread, some toasty malt and caramel.
Flavours include more strong spicy rye and bready malt along with some smoked malt and soft fruity, doughy yeast.
Carbonation is much too high.
Needs a bit more malt to back things up.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.09/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours quite overtly carbonated; if it's not actually gushing out of the bottle, it at least foams slowly out of the top until poured. Surprisingly, though, the head is moderated, only about a finger or so of white froth on the top of a clear amber-golden body. The carbonation in the body is frenetic, however, and persists throughout. Body is light and fluid. Not too bad overall.

Nose is really quite exceptionally disappointing. A faint whiff of something smoky, mingled with a rather cidery thinness, with a hint of acidity and a vegetative cut grass character. Nothing like what I expected, and not particularly good overall.

Taste has a moderate smoky huskiness on the back, but otherwise, falls into the spritzy, light and sweetly vegetative trap yet again. Carbonation harms it, certainly, giving a fizzing acidity and temperament to the palate. It feels very weak and slightly amateurish, and really gives me nothing much to get excited about.

Keep going, HopDog. I promise I'll keep buying your beers if you keep bringing out interesting ones. Unfortunately, this example is far off the mark for me...

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Photo of ADZA
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BIF Bluebetty and pours a deep golden hue which leaves a frothy three finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is just like the name its smoked honey ham with some spicy rye and a touch of ripe fruit,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and has tastes of smoked malts,bitter herbal hops,a touch of stonefruit,some biscuty malts and finished with a twist of light smokiness and herbal bitter hops and overall i like what they were trying to do but they didnt nail it unfortunately but its still a nice smoked bitter thats easy enough to session on cheers.

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Photo of dgilks
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber colour with a small, white head. Fair head retention.

Mildly smoked with a fruity note. Some herbal hints. A little spicy. I'd love a bit more smoke.

Mild fruit and smoke. Light rye. Lacking in the smoke character that I'm craving here. It's almost a little empty through the mid-palate.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Not quite there.

I can understand why Tim has made this beer the way it is. It is an easy, approachable smoked ale with enough rye to add a little interest. I just wish there was a little more to it, either in body or flavour.

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Ham On Rye from HopDog BeerWorks
3.3 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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