American Rye Ale | Reuben's Brews

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American Rye AleAmerican Rye Ale
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3.71/5
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American Rye AleAmerican Rye Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Reuben's Brews
Washington, United States
reubensbrews.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dirtylou on 02-09-2013

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#28,773
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
35
pDev:
8.36%
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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of flagmantho
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden hue with the tiniest hint of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam with nice retention and a chunky lace. I think it's enticing.

Smell: smooth and lightly sweet, but there's a problem here. The rye spiciness in an ale this blond basically triggers the same olfactory reaction as the adjunct character in a cheap lager. My brain knows this is a good-quality beer, but my nose just thinks Miller. OK, maybe not that bad, but the association is now made.

Taste: the taste starts off good, with some biting spiciness and a light, sweet malt, but as the flavor progresses, I seriously keep getting this weird macro lager vibe. What the heck is going on? The rye in this beer manages to do a good job replicating the flaws in an American adjunct lager.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: I'm obviously not rating this beer as low as a macro lager, and it is seriously not *that* bad, but there is a sense memory that just kind of does this beer in for me. Certainly not everyone will get this, but ... it's odd.

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Photo of Kerfluffel
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy pale gold with a bone white head.
S: Aromatics of yeast, rye spice, and citrus.
M: Medium body and easy drinking.
T: Palate of spice, toast and citrusy hops. Crisp finish with a mild bitterness.
O: Straight forward and easy to drink. Reminds me strongly of a hefeweizen.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to FalconA for this one. noticed it in the back of my fridge and is dated 16.10.13 so we in business still! enjoyed from a washington beer mini snifter.

a - brew poured a transparent straw yellow with a thin fizzy head. no lacing to speak of, but a thin ring of fizz hung around clinging to the glass on the surface.

s - very big grainy rye. almost pilsner like or blonde ale like.

t - again, all about the rye. thick grain with some malt.

m - light to medium bodied. a bit chewy.

o - overall, i'm a fan of rye beers, but this one is a bit over the top for me. a big splash of hops would make this amazing.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of C_S
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of rastamendi
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Anchor pint glass. Beer was bought from Bottleworks in Seattle, on 9/9/13, and consumed as I write this on 9/11/13.

Appearance: Cloudy deep gold/copper, with an amazingly resilient white head.

Smell: Notable aroma of rye malt, with subtle hints of spice and a certain phenolic that is reminiscent of yeast stress - though it could be a characteristic of yeast strain used. Either way, it is not a major factor.

Taste: Very smooth, round flavor. Spice, malty sweetness, with a firm hop bitterness. Little to no hop flavor. I enjoy this beer. A return to a more simple beer in stark contrast to the 'everything but the kitchen sink' motto that plagues new breweries. Again, there is a phenolic character, though does not linger, as the beer finishes.

Mouthfeel: High effervescence is prickly at times, and leaves a tang in the finish. The light body and high carbonation are very similar to a bavarian hefeweizen.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer despite of its minor flaws. It reminds me slightly of a common flavor in some of my early homebrews, back when I bottle conditioned. Therefore, it is entirely possible that since this beer appears to be bottle conditioned, that the flaw may have been a result of treatment in the trade (though the brewery is fairly close to point of sale). I would give this beer another try, and look forward to trying their Roggenbier that I also brought back with me. Really bummed that I missed their tasting room!

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Photo of Erik-P
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dirtylou
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronze, WBC

Hazy straw-golden body - huge notes of rye, a rather strong bitterness presumably derived slightly more from the rye than the hops, which are driven by notes of grapefruit rind. The finish is a bit grainy for my tastes - not my favorite Reuben's offering.

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Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of bespin15
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Needmorebeer312
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 4.14.13

A - Pours a cloudy, very pale light orange with a one inch off-white head with good retention.

S - Wheat, lots of lemon and rye.

T - Subtle lemon and light rye.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Smooth and soft. Pretty mild and light. Good summer beer.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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American Rye Ale from Reuben's Brews
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 35 ratings