Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale
Telluride Brewing Co.

Bridal Veil Rye Pale AleBridal Veil Rye Pale Ale
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Rye Beer
Ranked #105
Ranked #24,945
3.81 | pDev: 12.86%
Telluride Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Bridal Veil Rye Pale AleBridal Veil Rye Pale Ale
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My brother scored me one of these to take home after a ski trip at Wolf Creek years ago.

Pours an amber color, the rye seems to have taken on a deeper srm than your average pale ale. Almost reaches 1/2" off white head. Aroma is more of a malty, woody, affair, hops are definitely in the background for the most part.

Heavy malt flavors, caramel, toffee, almost a brown malt like existence. The rye doesn't offer much in the way of a spicy snap. Just heft and color. Hops again are somewhat of an afterthought. I would definitely recommend this to someone who likes malty ipas. The problem is the hops are there to contribute plenty of bitterness, I would say in the high 60ibu range. Some grapefruit notes to it for sure.

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

12 oz. Can

Pours a nice yellow color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of tronester
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a thin off-white head. Smells like fresh bread and a hint of citrus. Taste begins with some hints of mint, spicy rye, then crackers, followed by some grapefruit and pine. Good mouthfeel. Overall a very nice rye beer.

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Photo of mpk_tx
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is just an excellent pale ale. Telluride's best offering in my opinion, and that's saying a lot, with beers like Tempter IPA and Face Down Brown out there. This one has a straw, almost yellow color, and plenty of rye kick and hop character in the smell and taste. Certainly one of the best APA's I've ever tried.

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Photo of ANIMOUL
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Me rikey arot.

Tasted via a 12 oz can while on a beer trip through CO. Sweet hoppy notes up front give way to characteristic dry rye notes on the flip side.

Can see this being a refreshing option - yeah, rye - after a long run or other sweat inducing activity. Definitely worth a try and another try and another

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a hazy, dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pepper, mild hops. Taste is piney hops, peppery, sharp rye at the finish. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall a good, solid beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a reddish color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, pine and spices. Nice citrusy bite with spicy rye flavor. Good toasted caramel and toffee finish.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

“Brewed with a generous amount of German Rye malt and an abundance of American hops” (Magnum, Cascade, Chinook, CTZ and Citra), Bridal Veil is one hell of an amped-up Pale Ale that’s packed with aggressively complex flavors. Hop- and rye-heads should seek out this beer for some palate-ripping enjoyment.

STYLE: Rye Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5%

LOOK: Bright, golden, thick creamy head

SMELL: Spicy rye, floral and herbal hops, fruity, fresh pale malts

TASTE: Creamy, crisp beneath, gritty and spicy, bitey rye, resin, pine, citrus rind, Juicy Fruit, bready malts, rye and herbal linger; dry, semi-astringent finish

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Photo of blindtiger24
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden, light orange color. Thin one finger head that disappears pretty quickly. Carbonation is minimal.

S: Predominantly lemon and orange as well as zest, and grassy aromas. A little black pepper from the rye.

T: Lemon citrus and some grapefruit, then a sweet malt backbone. Finishes with some peppery spice, tartness like from a lemon or orange peel and grass.

M: Overall light in body, fairly creamy, and some mild bitterness.

O: A refreshing beer, great for a post-hike cool down. Earthiness, spice, and lighter body paris great with Indian food!

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Photo of PPOmaha
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Aroma: Sweet slightly papery citrus aroma. Hints of pineapple and mango. No DMS, some diacetyl.

Appearance: Light yellow with golden highlights. Very little head with large soapy bubbles.

Taste: Very soapy flavor with a neutral bitterness. Some pilsner malt like bready flavors. Not much complexity in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body. Medium carbonation. The bitterness lingers into the finish for several seconds.

Overall: A drinkable but easily forgettable pale whose bitterness borders on IPA. The flavors is lacking any complexity or any of the citrus that is pleasurable in the aroma.

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Photo of mactrail
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Plenty of foam in the tall lager glass. Color is hazed golden amber. Piney scent only hints at things to come.

Intensely grapefruity taste. In fact, it's silly with grapefruit. It's hard to even think of another flavor descriptor. But there is some browned toast to hint at malt flavors. there's a touch of sweetness, maybe a hint of mango, and then it's back to the grapefruit juice. Aftertaste is grapefruit peel with an escalating bitterness to the, ah, bitter end.

After I wrote my notes I looked at the description again-- "Rye? rye?" That was a surprise, and contributes more to the total weirdness of this stuff. It's not like any rye brew I ever tasted, but somehow that resiny grainy flavor of rye accentuates the hops they used. Brewery says they use five hops in this, so it's hard to place the blame.

From the 12 oz can purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can served cold into a pint glass.

Bridal Veil is a pale golden yellow color with a slight haze. Great lacing left behind.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy with pleasant citrus tones.

Flavor could also be described the same way but with added peppery spice from the rye malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Good balance for an IPA.

Overall a very enjoyable rye IPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am currently in Denver, touching base, but not much more, with The Old Lady aka Ma Petite Abeille and the preponderance of CANned craft beer is astounding! It is enough to send The CANQuest (TM) into overdrive, but the problem is a lack of singles and I CANnot lug that many beers around, so a CANundrum arose. Fortunately, I am an old school pen & ink type of guy and if I CAN drink and review it at the bar, then so be it, geekery be damned!

Fresh Craft on Blake Street became my source for three such CANs, so this is transcribed from notes dtd Tuesday, 30 July 2013.

From the CAN: "Brewed High - 8750'"; "Brewed with a generous amount of German rye malt an abundance of Ameri[CAN] hops, our ale embodies an earthy flvor and finishes with a hint of spice. This powerhouse of an ale excites even the most dormant of taste buds. Cheers, Chris Fish, Brewmaster/Co-Owner"; "Snow Melt, Malted Barley and Rye, Ameri[CAN] Hops, Yeast".

My server made the initial pour, so I was only a party to the Crack & Glug, rather than being directly involved. It arrived with a finger of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Croesus, Midas and Mammon were all back in my kitchen, so I had this beer all to myself. Nose was both hoppy and spicy, grapefruit and pepper. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was really reminiscent of an AIPA with a great bitterness on the tongue. The finish evinced the black pepper of the rye, giving it a cool, almost minty, finish. Wow! The finish was very dry and since I still had a half of a CAN left, I went with an aggro pour to really release the esters and now the pepper took on a prevalence not initially experienced. Great stuff!

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Photo of captenaj
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I bought this in Estes Park, CO at a local liquor store. I asked for local beers and he pointed me to this.

A: All I had was a plastic tumbler but I could see it pour very pale with a head that quickly dissipated.
S: Slight hops and not much else.
T: Hops. Good hops.
M: Creamy but not thick. Good and full.
O: A pleasant Rye Pale Ale. Quite heavy on the hops, maybe to the exclusion of all other flavors.

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Photo of spoony
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can into a tulip.

A-The brew is light, light yellowish gold in color, and clear. There are a few streams of lazy carbonation visible and a fat one-finger head of white foam. Retention is moderate and there is a bit of lace left behind.

S-The smell is inviting and intense, with a good dose of peppery, rye spice up front. There is a bit of chalk and soap underneath and the whole package is bitter and sharp, but not too leafy or straw-flavored. I'm looking forward to this.

T-The taste is more subdued, but similar in flavor. The peppery rye is turned down, but still gives a sharp bite up front. The malts are pale, dry, and chalky. There is a bit of lemongrass and a faint sweetness on the mid-palate that tones down the bitterness.

M-The feel is pretty creamy and soft up front (for the style), but the soft carbonation subsides and the finish is more wet feeling.

O-This is my first beer from Telluride Brewing and I am impressed. The smell, in particular, fits my idea of what a good rye pale ale should smell like; it is sharp and spicy, but not over-the-top bitter or astringent. The taste doesn't quite have the same intensity, but for a 5.5% brew, this packs a decent bit of flavor.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a smallish white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malts and spicy rye with some dank hops.

The flavor is a little sweet bready malt with rye followed by a big, slightly harsh, resiny bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a very nice rye pale, better than most rye hoppy beers I've had. Tons of bitterness that's slightly harsh.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hearty light auburn and dark gold appearance, looks more substantial in terms of a malt bill than most pale ales. Soft off white head, 3/4" deep.

Aroma was lacking in the hop quality, a little rye effervesence occurred.

Taste was muted, it was a decent beer, but it didn't have any oomph. Some bitterness, but little in the way of flavor development beyond that. A little bit of that weird rye and barley flavor. Some minimal woodsiness envelopes the palate as the beer gets warmer. Not pulling anything in terms of citrus or pine out of the flavors. English malt flavors, this is actually coming off very English absent the rye addition. Rye just seems to overshadow everything else that is supposed to be here.

I dunno if they date their cans, but this one just didn't have anything going for it aside from the malt. I'll drink a stout or porter if I want something this malt forward. I could tell it was hopped, the bitterness was apparent, but the flavor was just muddled and didn't go anywhere beyond the rye and the barley maltiness.

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Photo of Dieseldynamo
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice straw color, true definition of "pale" comes to mind. Slightly hazy, assuming this is from dry-hopping. White head which is mediocre but leaves a nice lacing.
S- Awesome grassy grapefruit notes that have a bit of tropical features too. Not overpowering for a pale, I'd say right on.
T- Perfect balance between malty rye breadiness and piney bitterness, just an outstanding rye flavor and a wonderful hop touch.
M- Just south of medium, perfect thirst quencher for a hot day...great on a cold one too. Just enough rye malt flavor to let you know it's there without becomming aggressive.
O- Awesome beer, a killer rye pale that has enough rye to be obvious and enough bitterness to be a pale. I like this beer because I've not had a rye beer this light in color before's great! It's all in the balance.

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Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber with a thin white head that settles to a patchy haze. Aromas of rye malt, caramel, and citrusy hops. Pretty nice so far. More rye and moderately sweet caramel malt, along with some grapefruit and resin hops. Very drinkable and quenching, with a medium mouthfeel and solid carbonation. Enjoyable brew, very drinkable.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small off white head with a nice long lasting lacing above a clear warm golden colored beer.

Light citrus lemony with light floral and pine aspects on this west coasty hops aroma.

Nice citrus bite with hints of lemon, floral, earthy pine taste with a very slight almost yeasty hint.

A dryish aftertaste with some of the citrus hops sticking around on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty good tasting pale, I recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*Must be drank fresh*

Very nice two finger head. Lots of white surface foam and lower soapy bubbles. Mild lacing too. Brew is very yellow with lots of white and very little orange. *Slight* cloudiness.

Smooth hops great your nose; they're not strong, but quite pleasant. Slight biscuit scent. Rye doesn't overpower, it adds nice crispness.

Very smooth and well hopped. Perfect carbonation, but slight over sweetness. Bitter level is very nice. Rye does not over power.

I hope this brew makes it's way up to Denver...Telluride is a hell of a drive... Recommended, awesome after hiking.

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Photo of Holland
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: straw color (very unexpected for a rye pale ale) with a half inch head that gives way to sticky looking lacing that covers the top.

S: spicy malt, sweetness, and a big resinous/piney hop presence.

T: pine all the way through with some of the rye pairing nicely with that flavor. Bitterness shines through, balanced with malt flavor.

M: good carbonation but it still feels off. The body might be off or something, but it feels a little watery. Still good, and not far off, just a notch.

O: interesting combination of very light malt, rye, and pine-like hops. This does it well, giving it a feeling that I would be happy to take with me on a backpacking trip, especially in these nice cans.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very well balanced rye brew. pours a less than perfectly clear golden color with a smallish white head. smells a bit like rye malts, but also like english malts and a fairly aggressive hopping. flavor is less hoppy than a standard american pale, but everything is in excellent proportion. hop profile is fruity to grassy, while the malt is like a dark rye bread, only mildly spicy but quite bold. feel is good too, very refreshing with a medium body, good carbonation, and a light crisp finish. first beer from telluride was a winner.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Brewed High - 8,750' "

Pour - very nice honey, dark staw color with a good inch plus of white foamy head that leaves some great lacing within the glass. Clean and nicely filtered with what looks to be spot on carbonation. I'm sold, time to dive in.

Aroma - big floral hop notes, plenty of orange peel, lemon and faint hints of grapefruit and pine. Some sweetness comes through, sort of a dried pineapple meets some bread dough and bran flakes. All in all this is a great smelling beer and will certainly draw you.

Taste - first sip brings a good amount of citrus and pine with some malt sweetness and a noticeable amount of rye spiciness. The more you get into this beer the more you're going to like it. Plenty of hoppiness to satisfy someone craving an IPA but with enough to back up those hops to make most anyone happy. A nice clean and bitter finish that leaves some light tropical fruit notes on the tongue. Complex but simple? Perhaps. An all around pleasure to drink. Man, I wish I had a bunch more of these.

Overall - This is super refreshing washing over your palate as it has the nice floral citrus notes along with a great spicy and bitter finish without a lot of sweetness or alcohol to weigh things down. I really enjoyed this beer and feel its a perfect bring along for any outdoor adventures in Colorado (or elsewhere). Looking at the falls on the can makes me want to take a trip out to Telluride to see it myself- and also maybe stop in at the brewery for a pint or three! Well done on your first canned brew guys! Cheers!

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Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale from Telluride Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 121 ratings