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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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From a growler. Pours clear, copper in color, with 2/3 inch head. Taste is big rye, caramel malt, light chocolate, and light earthy hops. Medium bodied. Nice combination of sweet and bitter with moderate carbonation. Makes for an excellent amber ale with big rye. Certainly a beer I would get a lot of if I could get it locally.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: March 30, 2016... OCCASION: celebrating a gift card at the Tap House in Mansfield... GLASSWARE: 16 oz. pint... APPEARANCE: pours an off-white quarter-finger head that settles to a spongy resilience atop a dark maple brown... tracings are coral finger arcs... AROMA: pine and resin notes commandeer the senses... subdued pepper and licorice... caramel and bread dough.. PALATE:medium-bodied, textured at the start, and highly drinkable for an ale, even at 6.5% ...TASTE: the hop bomb explodes with resin and pine... some floral tones too, but the impressiveness of this beer is in its balance between spiciness and maltiness... malts provide a strong backbone to the hop-forward assault... actually, the spices are not so evident, which is part off what a rye is, no? OVERALL: slight loss of score comes when one realizes the rye is not the focal point--and returning home to read the brewer's own description, I can see why... still, this is another celebration of the growing New Jersey brewing tradition...a spicy, strong, fulfilling ale... all the way to its bad-ass name....

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Carton Brewing Company "Red Rye Returning"
16 fl. oz. can, "START @ 44F JOURNEY BEGAN 11/08/2017" and sampled on 05/24/18

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.
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Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill.

Carton red rye. Pours a reddish light brown. Sticky foam. Clingy. Bready nose with rye thrownm in. Light open with a firm caraway hop flabor. Pushy bitter close. Open softer with a tight close. Good. Certainly lops of hops to please. 4 4 35 35 375

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Red Rye Returning from Carton Brewing Company
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