Ryern Maiden | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An imperial red ale brewed with rye malt. Pale ale and Vienna malts make up the bulk of the grist bill while rye and various crystal malts provide the dry, spicy and caramel flavors in this ale. Several large charges of American Zythos, Cascade and Falconer’s Flight 7C give this beer a herbal and piney flavor and aroma to go along with it’s pronounced bitterness.

Added by mrfrancis on 04-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by Dudeabide:
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3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler fill thanks to Urbancaver.

A ~ orange/red pour with a white head.

S ~ I'm picking up fruit on the nose, along with the rye.

T ~ Lots of rye spice and hops. My palate must not be sophisticated enough to pick up three full aisles of spice and the fruit section at the local grocery in this one.

M ~ Medium bodied with low carbonation, has the oily presence of the rye.

O ~ average beer but not something I'll be likely to have again.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my growler into a ATG tall tulip. The beer pours out a beautiful clear reddish-amber with a perfect 2-finger head and good retention, though not much lacing. There are nice notes of citrus and rye on the nose. I get grapefruit, lemon, floral notes, and a nice cedary spiciness. Once the head dissipates, the nose develops a bit and gives an elusive, sweet, vanilla-like smell that makes me think of marshmallows. I don't think I've ever smelled a beer quite like this one.

The taste is something of a surprise. It's not as hoppy as I expected it to be. The beer is extremely well-balanced with a slick, oily mouthfeel. In the front of the palate, there is an oaky, woody (not bready) kind of maltiness to it. At mid-palate, you definitely start to pick up the rye. It almost serves as a transition flavor from the woody notes in the front of the palate to the bitter hops in the back. The finish is dry and lingering.

This is a beer that could really grow on me. There's great flavor here and lots of complexity both on the nose and in the taste. Obviously, the beer I'm comparing it to in my mind is Founders Red's Rye P.A. This one is not as hopped-up as Red's Rye, but it definitely has its merits, starting with the balance and the increased role of the rye. Highly recommended.

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Photo of seeswo
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill thanks to Cam. Pours a deep brown color with a slight off-whitish head. Smells of very sweet malts with a mild rye spiciness. Reminds me of the nose on a big brown ale. The taste is, well, spicy/hopped rye imperial newcastle. So, do with that what you will. Overly sweet and with a bitter and rye spicy finish. The body is medium-heavy with lower carbonation. The feel is pretty nice. Overall, this beer is not what I was hoping it to be. I really wanted to love this beer, but I came away disappointed. It was too sweet upfront, bitter/spicy in the back and out of balance. It wasn't bad, as it just didn't live up to what I thought it would be.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Falling roughly into the American strong ale/imperial red ale category, Ryern Maiden pours a gorgeous ruby with a tight, clinging white mousse.

S: Aromas of pine, spruce, biscuits, cream, caramel, brown butter, blood orange, lemon, lime, and papaya are easily discernible on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, kumquat, blood orange, papaya, pine, peppermint, spruce, juniper berries, and white onion are underscored by biscuit, black pepper, rye bread, caramel, cream, brown butter, and roasted nut flavors. The finish is warming and delicate with a fine combination of bitter citrus, rye, pepper, pine, caramel, and cream flavors.

M: Medium in body and relatively dry for such a hoppy, resinous ale. Carbonation is fine and unobtrusive. Alcohol presence is discreet. Very drinkable despite its strength.

O: This is probably my favorite ATG beer to date. In my opinion, everything about this beer just clicks. If you're a fan of big, hoppy ales and you should find yourself in the Louisville area in the near future, you owe it to yourself to try this beer.

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Ryern Maiden from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
3.9 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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