Fire In The Rye | Double Trouble Brewing Co.

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Fire In The RyeFire In The Rye

Brewed by:
Double Trouble Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 97
Photo of joesi
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Great head! very large head (I don't know where people are getting this "1 finger" from, unless they're waiting 1 minute. Maybe it's because I don't chill down to 5º C or anything crazy like that), quite fine, and excellent head retention. Lots of lacing, but very fine, and it's mostly solid rings of lace. Very dark and cloudy appearance. So dark it could not be considered amber. Light brown (but cloudy). Again I gotta say, the head is really up there with many stouts (not at all like super-fine nitro stouts such as Guiness or anything though); definitely one of the best aspects of this beer.

Smell: I didn't smell much. I guess a bit of caramel. I forgot to smell at the start though, so there may have (probably) been some hop smell there too (which I'd be unable to notice after tasting the beer).

Taste: eh unfortunately I hate really hoppy beers. This was way too bitter for me. That wasn't a surprise though; sometimes I try different stuff for variety. It was too bitter for me to taste much flavor aside from hops. All I really tasted is typical beer loaded with a ton of relatively common hops flavors. Certainly nice for those who like a lot of hops, but not me. The long-term aftertaste was metallic to me. I think it's just the hops though, but maybe not.

The beer has a great medium carbonation that is extremely fine. Definitely something I like. I didn't write much about it, but that doesn't mean I didn't think it was fantastic carbonation/body/mouthfeel.

Try having this beer with a salty food, or even just lick a bit of salt while drinking. It gives a really great flavor dynamic. Maybe a problem was that I wasn't drinking this with anything sweet or salty. In fact, this would probably be a fantastic beer for beer batter, marinating, or any other beer-based food flavoring. Granted, that would be completely wasting the absolutely wonderful carbonation and head that this beer has.

Overall I'd say this is a top-notch beer for the style of "super-hoppy/bitter beers"; recommended to anyone who loves a ton of hops. I feel like this is a really great beer, A+, but which is also totally 100% not for me, so I'm giving it a much lower rating since I can only rate how I personally enjoyed it.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark bronze orange, clear, with off white head, sticky and persistent, with extensive lacing.

S - Pine and resin, honey and brown bread.

T - Follows the nose, but with a strong tea note, floral and spice.

M - Brisk, mild carbonation, slight drying.

O - A solid rye beer, tasty and refreshing. A pleasure.

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Photo of biker30x
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass. Pours a rich red with a spicy nose. The first taste is clearly the spice of rye bread. This is followed by a slightly softened but still bitter hop and then the sweetness of malt and fruit. There's enough going on here that non-rye drinkers were ok with it, while the folks who liked rye beers really liked this one. I'm middle of the road.

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Photo of beersareonme
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A very interesting pint. You have to really be in the mood for something "spicy". It's not a mellow session beer. It's a nuclear kick-start to your taste buds to wake the **** up and get this party started. It's a great pint, but not for everyone.

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Photo of Omnium
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can > SA Sensory Pint

A - Clear amber brown with two fingers of off white foamy head, little lacing.
S - Toasted caramel malt, some nuttiness, pepper, pine and some dark earthy hops
T - The spice of the rye and the bitterness of the hops gets you, then in the middle you get a mild toasted grainy quality, the malt is more roasted and just provides the right amount of balance.
M - Kind of bitter and a little dry, but not overly so
O - Neat idea, could use a bit better execution, I'd rather see the toasted qualities come out in this more.

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Photo of Bikezonejoe
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my preferred hot day refresher.
The Pour is a deep caramel colour with a rich ivory head.

The aroma is malty and rich , with a faint spicy note.

First taste is malty, with dominate note of citrus and pineapple, with only the faintest malty note.

Overall an above average beer

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Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the LCBO this past summer.

From a 16oz can into a snifter
60 IBU
Centennial hops

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, creamy, off-white head with great retention. Hazy, burnt orange with medium levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and leaves chunky lacing down the sides of the glass. A slight wisp remains leaving some dots of lacing.

SMELL: Caramel, light floral hop notes and some grapefruit aromas. A hint of spice from the rye perhaps. Medium strength.

TASTE: Touches of caramel and spicy rye up front, then a medium but lingering finish of bitter grapefruit, caramel sweetness, spicy rye and some bubble gum notes. Rye adds a nice, lightly spicy touch to the bitter-sweet pale ale.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes a touch mouth-coating. Some bitterness lingers on the palate. Could be a hint creamier and drier perhaps.

OVERALL: This is nice. The rye addition works and adds a nice addition to the lightly bitter-sweet pale ale. A drinkable and enjoyable brew that works great on a warm summer’s day.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; no freshness info. I've been trying to find this one for a while, and finally happened upon it while browsing in London. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy, deep amber-brown colour, topped with almost one finger of dense, creamy light beige-coloured head. Nice aroma; lots of citrusy grapefruit, floral notes with maybe a hint of wet pine. The underlying malts are harder to pinpoint, but a persistent nose might be able to pick out some brown sugar, toasted biscuits and spicy rye.

Great taste. Mild caramel sweetness, biscuity malts and rye bread combine to form a sturdy backbone, with the citrusy, pithy bitterness picking up mid-sip. Mostly grapefruit, with some leafy, piney bitterness and rye malt flavour in the finish, lingering on into the somewhat peppery aftertaste. Medium in body, with fairly light carbonation and a slick, smooth feel on the palate; sort of oily, like certain IPAs. This is a wonderfully balanced, delicious rye beer that I am particularly enjoying.

Final Grade: 4.01, a solid A-. This is the third Double Trouble beer that I've had the pleasure of trying, and definitely my favourite one so far. A welcome addition to the Ontario beer scene; this should provide some solid competition for Cameron's RPA - in a pinch I'd probably prefer the former rye beer, but Fire in the Rye comes in a more convenient format and is of similarly high quality. Not available locally at the moment, but you can bet I'll be grabbing cans on the regular if/when it does.

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Photo of mick303
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From can into lagunitas mason jar. A bright amber brown colour, slight head with good lacing. Smell has floral notes from the centennial hops, also light lemon, over some toasty rye notes, spicy pepper, caramel and bready notes. Taste starts with a fair bit of spicy notes, cracked black pepper over dark rye bread, some citrus dryness develops, leads to a balanced, overtly rye note on the finish. Mouthfeel is full, with a light carbonation, quite a heavy spice to it, also the grainy roasty character which works quite well. Full and satisfying. Defintely a rye forward beer, the toasty and spicy character are quite dominant, hard to imagine having too many of these but it is fairly unique and gives a good showcase of the rye.

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Photo of shadetree67
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Reddish brown in color. Stiff pour yielded no head (baffling). Little to no carbonation. No date on the can, but I bought it at the LBCO last week. This is a prime example of why breweries should always put dates on their products (unless I just got a bad can).

S: Heavy on the rye and caramel malts. Not detecting any hops.

T: Lots of rye and caramel malt, just like the nose would suggest. Some spice from the rye. Very one dimensional.

M: A bit thin / watery and slight burn from the alcohol on the finish. The extremely low carbonation hurts the mouth feel significantly.

O: This was one of the few craft beers I could find in thunder bay. Unfortunately, it was rather forgettable.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper with some carbonation, 2 fingers of creamy beige head. Good lacing.

S: Malty, orange, a little pine.

T: Heavy on the pine, hot pepper, malt back bone, dry orange citrus taste, white grapefruit bitterness, doughy malt comes in again. Light fruitiness.

M: Medium, somewhat resinous body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

O: Really delicious rye beer. I really like this one, and it stands up to the name. Very much one I would have when in the mood. Dry and somewhat warming, would be best in the Fall when this is supposedly released. However I got it in spring, so I am glad it was still around to grab this year.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark orange bordering on brown. The big, rocky head recedes in short order but musters up plenty of foam patches on the glass. Sweet fruitiness, piney, eucalyptus hops and toffee in the nose. Moderate hops up front in the taste quickly get taken over by bready, mollasses maltiness and a subtle spicy rye character. Some banana and phenolic yeast flavor in the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a near creamy, active carbonation. Light bitterness and some herbal, spicyness in the shortish finish.

A nice Rye Pale Ale. Could have a bit more rye and hop character, but worth trying.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.85 473ml can. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Very good. Pours nicely with a good 2" head that thins to a film within a minute or two, as expected from an IPA. Unusually brown, must be the rye.

S- Pretty good. Hint of coriander.

T- Very good. Touch bitter as expected again from an IPA.

M- Dry and tart. Enough said

O- Very good. Will buy again. A bit on the heavy side but very good.

Food Pairing

This nice example of an IPA went well with... Chicken balls and fried rice.


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Photo of decimator
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can poured into a pint glass. ABV 6.1%.

A - Poured a hazy copper with an thick off white foamy head. Head reduced to a thin cap and lots of lacing.

S - Grains, rye, floral, some citrus.

T - Some caramel, rye bread, citrus, bitter finish.

M - Medium-heavy body, medium-heavy carbonation, slick, sticky resin, zesty finish.

O - Another rye beer meets IPA concoction. Not as good as Cameron's Rye Pale Ale but a decent beer none the less.

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Photo of RyanPollock
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great beer that was very drinkable and provided a satisfying taste. It delivered much more character then the other beer i tried from Double Trouble, Hops & Robbers.

Appearance- I was expecting a dark red but it was more a dark gold with a lot of sediment floating about. A typical unfiltered appearance.

Smell- Hints of hops, grains and rye with a subtle citrus aroma

taste- strong rye taste that was almost bread like with subtle undertones of orange, pine, and hops. Surprisingly enjoyable without being too strong or hoppy. Sweet but not not too sweet with the hops and rye taking priority.

mouthfeel- slightly heavy with a hoppy taste that wasn't too overwhelming. Just enough carbonation that revealed a sweet, rye tasted

overall- Excellent beer. Although the description advertises this beer towards hop heads it is actually rather drinkable and appealing to the average beer drinker. The taste is is much more complex than Hops & Robbers but still very easy to drink and not too strong. I would recommend to anyone just starting to explore the diversity and complexity of craft beer. I would buy again!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light clear amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and limited lacing. Aroma of light piney hoppy notes with light spicy rye notes. Taste is also dominated by light piney hoppy notes with dry rye note with light grainy notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. OK but there is really nothing memorable here.

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Photo of TerryW
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer. Nice pillowy head over a tea coloured brew, settles to a firm 5mm cap and leaves lots of interesting lace as you go.

Nose is slightly boozy, but is mostly resinous pine. That pine carries on through to the taste of the beer. Finishes up with dry bitter grapefruit that gently lingers. Mouth feel is a little watery.

This is the best I've had out of this brewery so far. Not blow you away good, but decent enough.

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Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fire in the Rye, despite its name, has no flaming highlights and actually reveals only a tiny spark of tawny-amber colour; given its blurred, clouded complexion perhaps 'Smoke in the Rye' would be more befitting. On the plus side, however, its head is ultra husky and leaves a lacing thick enough to use as a rug.

Rye is a very aromatic grain, and with 60 Centennial-driven IBUs we can assume there's a good dose of hops too, which is why it's puzzling that this bouquet isn't a bit more flavourful. It's pungent alright, but not overly zestful nor enticing (aside from the odd flash of candied citrus and sticky toffee pudding).

Centennial hops have a leafy and floral profile; they are perfectly suited to a beer with this kind of earthy character. The brewers had the right idea using them as the exclusive variety. Their somewhat vegetal kind of bitterness pairs well with the natural spice of the rye (and isn't so badly suited to the candied fruits and caramel notes either).

Rye offers a nice sweetness, one that is different from that of barley or wheat. It is not nearly so bready and instead has hints of toasted nuts and crystallized sugar; the flavour is somehow "darker" and retains a lot more of its grainy qualities. The hops add more breadth, though the mouthfeel is nothing more than medium-bodied and isn't appreciably sweet or bitter.

Double Trouble seems to devise their beers for craft drinkers but then actually end up brewing them for mainstream consumers. While good, this recipe had the capabilities of being a distinct, characterful ale but it's potential appears to have been intentionally stunted so as to retain broad appeal. There's nothing wrong with doing that - but it'll never amount to anything great.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tall can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.90

Appearance - Brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some amazing lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for close to 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, light hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with light hops. There is also some roasted/toasted notes, a touch of citrus, and some rye

Overall - A decent offering I suppose. For some reason I was expecting something more along the lines of the Camerons RPA, which has some great fruity/juicy/hoppy flavours. This beer is more on the malty side but does manage to showcase the rye.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exceeded my (relatively low) expectations!

Pours a clear amber with limited head that disappears quickly. Aroma of roasted rye and malts with a hint of citrus and spices. The flavour is surprisingly robust, with roasted rye and a caramelized sweetness in the body followed by a nice hop bitterness that has "zesty" fruit tones. A real liveliness to the finish makes this a beer I am likely to purchase again.

Most inspired beer that I've enjoyed from Double Trouble thus far.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can purchased from LCBO the other day. Served cold into the pint glass. have not seen in this in stores before and given the abundance of Ontario reviews in the past few days, this is probably a new beer.

Appearance - Hazy brown molasses color. Nice finger and a bit of creamy voluminous white head. Tons of bubbles are apparent and nice orange hues in the beer as well. Ok head retention and moderate lacing.

Smell - Rye aromas. Not a ton else, but some generic grainy beer smells. Obviously malts based and perhaps a dabbling of other grains. As the beer warms a bit the roasted characteristics come more into play.

Taste - Quite bitter, rye based. Rather earthy as well but in a pleasant manner (to my tastes, i.e. it doesn't overwhelm) and this happens more towards the conclusion of any given sip.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, creamy feel with a dry finish.

Overall - While I have not tried very many rye beers at all, I can already tell with some certainty that it's not my cup of tea. However, I think that this does a pretty good job within the style and tastes pretty decent to boot, so as far as rye beers go this is one I would recommend if you feel the need to drink rye beers or have a particular hankering for the style.

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Photo of peensteen
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper/red colour, 1.5 ring of off white head, good lace as well. Smell is a mix of toasty malts and caramel, spicy rye, toffee, buttered bread as well as quite a bit of earthy/floral hop. Taste is more forward with rye, spicy with bitter earthy/floral hop flavours, sweet malt mid palate but stays fairly bitter throughout, spicy/hoppy aftertaste. Medium carbonation, lightish medium body, a little on the thin side. Pretty nice, drinks well and fairly flavourful, something I would pick up once in a while but probably not something I will keep my fridge full of, probably the best beer I have had from these guys.

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Fire In The Rye from Double Trouble Brewing Co.
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