Red Rye Returning | Carton Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
There is no doubt variety is the spice of life and we love going off in all kinds of directions looking for new flavors. Like all travel though at some point your heart turns back toward home. Home, robust American ales. This route travels along a path of piney American hops, Simcoe, Cluster, and Horizon their natural course coaxed toward spicy by a touch of rye. Drink Red Rye Returning because home is where the hops is.

Added by bonbini26 on 03-27-2012

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Carton Brewing Company "Red Rye Returning"
16 fl. oz. can, "START @ 44F JOURNEY BEGAN 11/08/2017" and sampled on 05/24/18
$4.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Surprisingly hazy, or is it even cloudy like a hefeweizen? I wasn't prepared for that but OK, yeasty beers are in these days. It's reddish copper in color beneath a 3/4" thick head of densely creamy off-white foam. The aroma is citrusy and spicy with rye - once you've tasted enough rye beers you should be able to pick out the rye fairly readily. The flavor is much fuller than the aroma suggests with some additional fruitiness that might be from hops but is probably from the yeast as it's berry-ish and apple-like. The rye remains but it's not solidly rye so there must be a fair amount of straightforward pale malt and some caramel as well. Light to medium caramel. It's nice. Some breweries over-do the rye in the malt bill but this is right on, just enough so that you clearly get it but not so much that it dominates and becomes too spicy. And on that note, the hops are perfectly balanced as well so that they're at the same level as the rye and everything works well together whereas sometimes it becomes "hops versus rye". A noticeable bitterness balances it but doesn't overwhelm, and it still finishes dry and spicy because of the rye, and there's yeasty fruitiness and citrusy hops lingering as well. In the mouth it feels pretty full, suggesting an IPA rather than a pale ale, but it remains medium bodied; and it's crisp and biting which accentuates the spiciness of the rye and at least partially compensates for the lower level of bitterness in the dry finish - that's a neat trick! Looking back I still have a solid 1/8" of creamy foam covering the surface and some nice clods of lace rising above it along the sides of the glass. It delivers everything a rye beer should, and it has great balance and drinkability. I won't normally drink two rye beers in a row because of the spiciness but I think in this case that wouldn't be an issue at all. I've had a lot of rye beers in my day, and of course this is just one of a wide range, but for this range, the red/amber ale I think it rocks. It's one of only a few that I've really, really enjoyed. Superbly done. Well worth trying.
Review# 6,026

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very dark amber with a tan head and an aroma that is very typically spicy from the rye. The hops are coming through on the nose but also in the very intensely and almost overwhelmingly bitter taste that lingers.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Pours hazy orange with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is off citrusy hops, tropical fruit, spices and caramel malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy, spicy hopes dominate the flavor with caramel malt and oranges provide support. Finish is long and very hoppy. Delicious brew.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnished auburn color with an ecru head that builds to two fingers; a few strands linger

Smell: Pine resin, caramel and spicy rye tones

Taste: Caramel forward with the pine resin building, the spicy rye tones emerge as the earthy hop bitterness builds; while the spicy, resinous bitterness lingers, into the finish, the sweet tones never fade

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the maltier bitter beers I have tasted in a long time; this beer returns home to a style that was very popular 10 years ago

Thanks, Nichols33, for the opportunity

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Photo of Walleybeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of farrago
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice big head, three fingers and can easily foam over if you’re not careful, light tan color, good density and retention, the lacing forms as long, thin trails. Amber to reddish-brown colored liquid, very pretty with full clarity, the tiny bubbles are dispersed and seem only visible near the surface. The rye bite comes through well in the nose, softened a great deal by bready notes and cocoa powder, has a sort of salt and pepper thing going on too, faint touch of white grapefruit, not all that complex but the elements which are there have breadth and staying power. Full-bodied, the carbonation is steady in a background manner so the texture is solid and can be bottom heavy at times. More floral here and spicier as well, peppery support of the rye. Tar resin and gets earthier as it warms. The cocoa, chocolate accents more present through the finish. Less citrus and hard to peg any distinct fruit flavors, washed out tropical flavors. Doesn’t seem concerned with harmonious choral activity as playing solos off each other. Good stuff, don’t think it would be easy to have more than two in a sitting though.

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Photo of gabrielcolom
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

A - Deep Amber red color with sticky cream colored lacing.

S - Light roasted toffee with some faint citrus.

T - Toffee malt, resiny citrus, and a lingering pine bite on the back end.

M - Medium body, the sides of the mouth waters and the top of tongue is bone dry.

O - A solid red ale.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Acquired via trade from tzieser so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized rye malts, earthy hops, citrus and some other fruits.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of earthy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel, rye spice, citrus and other fruits. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can.

Ruby color and clear with a large, frothy, light tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Biscuit and grainy malt pair up nicely with sharp, piney hops. There's a bit of spice in the flavor from the rye, along with some caramel sweetness and mild grapefruit.

Medium bodied and sticky. Nice balance throughout. The rye make its presence known but complements the beer instead of overpowering it. A great offering for the Fall.

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Photo of Big_V
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gr0g
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aoampm
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Canned just under two months ago.

Pours a dark amber red color. Big frothy head and a good level of carbonation.

Decent nose. Hibiscus flower, apple, and a candy caramel type of aroma.

Flavors of caramel, hops, malt, and pine.

Feel is thicker than most beers at this ABV.

Overall a solid offering! Can't say I'm a big Red / Rye fan but this is a well done beer.

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Photo of pinyin
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Greyvtrayn
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 9/8. Aggressive pour into a teku presented a rich reddish brown body and a sizable khaki head that left sticky lacing around the glass. Nice piney on the nose with hints of toasted malt, rye and caramel. Roasted malt flavor with a subtle yet present rye flavor, a bit of a piney resin and dry finish. Medium mouthfeel and above average carbonation. Interesting rye ale here. Love what Carton does.

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Photo of Jerryinjersey
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drhall36
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abier128
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Red Rye Returning from Carton Brewing Company
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