Bronx Rye Pale Ale | The Bronx Brewery

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25 Reviews
Bronx Rye Pale AleBronx Rye Pale Ale

Brewed by:
The Bronx Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by tempest on 08-25-2012

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Photo of dar482
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a deep reddish amber with a big two finger head.

The aroma is fantastic with spicy rye notes, tons of ripe citrus, big bready malt, and earthy pine.

The flavor follows with grapefruit, a bready malt, then tons of spicy rye notes. This beer surely shows off rye really well. Then the end has that Chinook earthy bitter notes. It's very herbal and bitter.

As said before, an extremely good beer and comparable to Hop Rod Rye. It has this wonderful balance of spicy rye along with the citrus and earthy notes. Chinook is not my favorite hop and the beer is quite bitter on the end, but I'm pleasantly impressed.

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Photo of BennyP
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Stone Steet Tavern in NYC. Beautiful deep amber draught, big foamy head. Big hop and rye aroma. Crispy mouthfeel and hope nose.Bit of spice in the finish. Love it.

WAY better then the barely adequate Pale Ale that Bronx Brewery is doing.

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Photo of barknee
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Expect an admirable mocha colored head with great retention. Nose is one of soft and enjoyably understated grapefruit and creamy marshmallow. The taste is much more forward & vigorous that the nose would lead you to expect. Nice and spicy with a hint of sweetness, moderately bitter and super refreshing. The flavor lasts in the mouth for several minutes as well as that lovely oily coating that defines the best of the style.
This brew has been frequently compared to Hop Rod Ale from Bear Republic, and that is no surprise. Though I am very fond of that beer as well as BR's other products, I am going on record saying that Bronx RPA is a more approachable creation. A slightly gentler brew; fine tuned around the edges and more harmonious. It is a very respectable brew that is full flavored, satisfying and one that you likely wont become bored with. Highly recommended.
Bravo Bronx Brewery on this excellent brew!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bronx Brewery, "Rye Ale"
12 oz. can, no freshness dating
$1.99 @ Whole Foods, Brooklyn, NY

It's a decent looking pint: amber-copper in color and very hazy, almost cloudy, but certainly OK for the style; and the creamy off-white head holds fairly well and leaves some nice lacing.

As you raise the glass to your nose you get a whiff of pine and grainy caramelish malt with just a hint of citrus. The maltiness is nice, and you can almost pick out the rye.

The flavor opens everything up quite a bit, and yet keeps everything focused at the same time. The piney and grassy hops blend into the 'rich' bready and gently caramelish malt, and the citrusy hops retain the flash of refreshing juiciness found in the nose. The rye is absolutely clear, and it really works with the piney notes. That combination is of course well known, because it works so well, but sometimes it can become a little bit too much, leaving the beer overly spicy and sharp, but that's not the case here at all. Perhaps the richness of the malt is what makes the difference, giving the hops a wide, soft blanket to spread out upon. It remains quite well-balanced, however, with a solid anchor of bitterness keeping it from becoming too malty, and drying it in the finish along with the spiciness of the rye and the piney hops.

Rye beers can be a hard style to nail down perfectly, but the Bronx Brewery has certainly done it here. It's strong but it's also very drinkable. And it's quite hoppy... almost becoming an IPA, but not quite.

I wasn't expecting much from this given my first experience with the Bronx Brewery, and so now I'm wowed. Apparently they've either stopped contract brewing or just stepped up their game. The balance and depth of character in the malt really hit it out of the park, and I'm so disappointed I didn't buy more. If this were available on tap in my market it would probably become my "go-to"... just a solid, all-around, slightly strong, slightly unusual, and remarkably drinkable beer.

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Photo of Sad_Larry
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a 12oz. Trillium tulip glass.

Look - Pours a hazy orange with a beautiful amber head. Plenty of lacing on this bad boy.

Smell - Oak, pine, resin, and citrus round out the flavors. No smell is overwhelming.

Taste - You can definitely taste the citrus in this one. The pine, resin, and bready flavors from the malt/rye really round out the beer followed by a pleasant bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel - This medium bodied beer has just the right amount of carbonation, and it's easy to drink.

Overall - This beer is an excellent representation of the rye pale ale, and this one rates up there in my book. This was truly a pleasant surprise, and I'm happy to say that this is my new "go to" beer!

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at MSG, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured piney hops and a full on rye spice.

The taste consisted of a balmy herbal piney hop atop a robust spicy rye sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a tasty and spicy pale ale.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hearty deliciously full pale. Rye pops you in the mouth with citrus and other spiciest lingering in the afterglow. A zesty meal in a can. This is perhaps my favorite mass distributed Bronx Brewery offering.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Pizza Plant tonight.Poured into a standard pint glass a slightly chill hazed deep burnt orange with a thinner but well retained off white head.Aromas were quite spicy with a deep herbal sharpness,a faintly nutty base is there as well.Aromas are full on spicy rye and big earthy/spicy hops,a spicy explosion on the tongue,a firm nutty malt base goes well with the spiciness.A very good hoppy rye,my first Bronx beer is top notch.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Honey orange color. Smooth, filmy, cream colored head.

S: Woody pine sap, fresh moss and earth, citrus fruit and mild tropical notes; Orange marmalade blended with snitch.

M: Soft, pillowy feel. Med body.

T: Sweet Cara malts lend sugary sweetness throughout. Combats the sharp spiciness of the rye. Pairs well with orange and grapefruit citrus from hops. Woody, resin and piney, even some notes of leather. Nice bitterness that lingers.

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Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

Massive head, lots of lacing sticking to the glass. Hazed amber color. A little orangey, faint caramel, fresh bread, nutty rye, & wild pears in the nose. Bit of crispness but a whole lot of creamy smoothness. You can thank the rye for the body, lush. Some deep malt sweetness is balanced by the rye and hop bitterness and then rounded by a slight estery alcohol. A good amount of depth but easy to knock back, perfect level of rye as well.

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Photo of Act25
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bronx - Let's face it NYC and Atlantic Highlands NJ have superior water - minerally, no additives beyond the rock. Love this brewer and want to see more.

A - Pours a very murky dull orange color with two fingers of fluffy, mounding white head and moderate carbonation and lacing, with great retention. .

S - Smells rye, citrus hops, grapefruit, bright tropical fruits, fruity malts, earthy hops. Rye toast over laid with marmalade.

T- Follows smell " Rye toast over laid with marmalade. Citrus hops, rye, pine, grapefruit, fruity malts, and a nice landing of bitterness from the hops in the finale.

F - Good feel. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink without much alcohol coming through.

O - as good as Rye gets, as good as their pale ale. Buy 12.

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Photo of DudMan
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown amber color. 2 finger head. Nice lacing. Smells of caramel and bread. The taste follows the nose with slight bitter finish. Easy drinking. I like this beer. Great for fall and winter months.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, caramel malt and orange marmalade. Body is full and tangy. Herbal, citrusy hops, spicy rye, caramel malt and tropical fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and very bitter and spicy. Overall it is great brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/06/12 notes.

a - Pours a murky bright orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells rye, citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, bready malts, toasted malts, and some earthy notes. Rye is strong, as is the citrus. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, rye, pine, grapefruit, fruity malts, toasted malts, and bready malts. Little less rye than the nose, and a little bit of bitterness from the hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink and not much alcohol coming through

o- Overall a pretty good beer. I've yet to have their normal pale ale but wanted to seek this out, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I agree with the person who compared it to BR's Hop Rod Rye as it is easy to drink and a nice mix of rye and citrus hops. Worth checking out if you're a rye beer fan.

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Photo of dd43
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was a great rye based beer, I love how it evokes rye whiskey (without the alcohol heat) in the nose. Rye bread in the flavor with some citrus as well. Beautiful mouth feel, lots of body but no sticky sugars. Head was nice and fluffy, off white and not huge but with lacing all the way down the glass. Finishes so smooth, and the earthy rye quality and hop bitterness makes for a great pairing. I could see this being a tasty regular addition to my beer fridge. Easy to put back.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Keg and Lantern in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper-ish amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint burnt orange highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with lighter aromas of rye spiciness and a moderate amount of citrus/grapefruit hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness and moderate flavors of rye spiciness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit hops and some lighter flavors of herbal hops all of which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which fades away fairly slowly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness int he finish.

O: This beer was really enjoyable because there was just enough rye spiciness in the flavor and aroma to differentiate it from a regular IPA but not so much as for the rye to dominate all of the other flavors. I found it to be fairly easy to drink and it hid the alcohol rather well.

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Photo of Kendo
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy orangey-amber with a half-finger ecru-colored head on top that retains fairly well.

S: A little fruity, surprisingly, with florally hops over a sweet malt foundation.

T: Ahh - there's the rye. Modest grainy foundation underneath fruitiness, citrusy hops and a good amount of rye's spicy bite. Lingering bitterness fights with rye spice on the aftertaste.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is on the low side.

O: Good - a nice rye beer that showcases the rye pretty well.

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Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pours darker reddish amber, lite tan head that stays a while, and leaves thicker low sheeting and some strands of lacing.

Sniff is of a bit of the advertised rye, along with oranges and carmel malts.

On the palate its more orange/citrus notes, with more caramel malt character and minor rye.

I'm not a huge fan of ry beers, but this one is better then decent.....gotta like any better then decent ale that comes in a can

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Photo of Bunman3
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Easily the best Rye Beer I have sampled. The flavours work very nicely, leaving no doubt about the distinguishing ingredient. Definitely a pleasant surprise!

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Keg & Lantern, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts but isn't sweet because the malts are contrasted by spicy flavors from the rye.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a good balance between the malts and rye.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had an imperial pint at Jimmy's No 43 with my BBQ tacos. Nice pairing, the beer reminds me a lot of Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye for the way the spicy rye blends in with the citrus hops. This beer is a little tamer, however, and is a fine beer fill up a 20 oz. pint glass with. It lacks more of the thick toasty malt from the regular pale ale, and effectively leans more toward the hops. Cool beer, give it a try.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This a mild rye. If that makes sense. Nice accents from it, but nothing overly boisterous. This is a beer I would drink 4th or 5th, when I'm not really paying too much attention to the finer points of things, but still want a beer of quality.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4/17...pours rusty copper dark. White foam up and down quickly. Malty rye nose, clean aroma. Slightly sweet open builds to a strong rye backed peppery bitter. Some pine based notes too, A pretty good ale, nice presentation of the rye.

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Photo of JonAdams
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into 16 oz plastic cup. What little head there was dissipated immediately. The top of the beer surface remains embossed with the pour, lending character and richness of body. What head remains is lace in the meniscus.
Darkly translucent. Even bright lights nearby don't shine directly though yet it's a terrific burnished copper color,
As noted before, there's complexity to the flavor, with little malt/breadiness, a bit of resin, and a good dose of dry fruitiness. Somehow I'm picking up raspberry from the taste and scent, I won't complain.
Savannah tells me that BxB has a good distributor, and can be found even at Madison Sq Garden - kudos to them!
Next time I'm in the area, I'll be sure to stop back in!

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Photo of BWED
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can poured into a nonic

A- Hazy dark copper-brown. Yeast chunks suspended everywhere. Over carbonated, spilled everywhere with even a pretty easy pour. Head dense and off white. Good retention and good lacing.

S- Dull citrus, mainly earthy/pine. Malt barely shines through.

T- Pine bitterness, mild sweet orange. Spicy rye.

M- Medium light body. Bittersweet. Slightly spicy. Rather clean finish, though.

O- Not bad. Surprised by the high marks on here. Looks pretty unappetizing, too.

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Bronx Rye Pale Ale from The Bronx Brewery
3.98 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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