Rye Pale Ale | The Civil Life Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Civil Life Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pale ales are ubiquitous and are probably the single most important style of beer to have introduced the concept of 'craft'. Pales are a fairly quick beer to brew- many examples are ready in a couple of weeks- and appeal mainly in that they are quite often balanced beers without too many distractions and without too fine a point on it- they taste like beer! Our Pale Ale is loaded with Rye malt (about 20%) which adds some viscosity, richness, and a slightly spicy finish. We use a fair bit of caramel malt for color and our American hop charge has a slight bite and piney finish. All this said, I think our Pale shares a few finer points with its sister style - Amber. Our 'Pale' is pretty dark and has a pronounced richness from caramel malt.

Added by Monkeyknife on 09-25-2011

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 49
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's Range in St. Louis. 7/2/12

A - Poured a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left some sudsy patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spiced with good rye bread notes.

T - Spicy up front with some sweetness. Rye bread and caramel flavors are nice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty rye beer. I liked the spicy character.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap as the guest offering at 4 hands brewing. pours clear brown to caramel colored with a lacey white head with nice retention. smells like way more rye than the divided sky at 4 hands. the rye is right up front as the feature malt and there is not much hops to balance it out. flavor is all malt no hops, with the rye imparting a pleasantly mild spice characteristic and a fresh baked bread sort of depth and comfort. really nice. the feel was good not great, a little thin on the body and a little light on the carbonation in my opinion. these beers however are traditional english style ales (or so im told), so that is excusable here. overall one of the better rye beers ive had, tons of flavor, nice and smooth, easy drinking. i am already looking forward to my next pint of this.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours a darker orange color, cream-colored head, thin ring.

S - Lighter dose of bitter hops, some citrus, very light rye notes. I was hoping for a bit more hops & rye, as I love this combo, but I think both are lacking on the nose.

T - Rye, malts, hops, citrus. Again, the rye and hops could be a little more forward here. Nice light hops...very subtle. Finish is a mix of malts and rye with a touch of bitterness.

M - Light, good carbonation, malty dry finish.

O - A decent Rye Beer, but could use a little more hops and rye notes to increase the "umph". That said, not all too bad...decent.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a real nice dark amber color with a nice creamy off-white head.

S - Tons of rye notes fill the nose with some nice spice and some fresh baked bread notes. Real toasty. Nice hop aroma follows this grainy notes.

T & M - Taste is real spicy but there is a nice slight caramel malt balance along with the rye notes. Very delicious brew. The hops really stand out with a nice fresh grassy flavor and a nice bitter bite that adds to the rye spice in a very pleassing way. This beer was very fresh. Great job.

O - Veary pleassing bre. Nice and flavorful butvery easy to drink. Nice and low ABV. Good flavored beers dont need to be abv bombs. Theae guys understan nuance.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a dark amber tone with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma has a big rye profile with light hops and grainy malts.

The rye dominates the palate along with a bit of spice, a hit of bitter bite and grainy malts.

Medium bodied with a sharp carbonation.

This one will hit the spot for anyone that loves a good rye beer.

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Rye Pale Ale from The Civil Life Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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