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Rye 95 | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Two Roads Brewmaster Phil Markowski has taken a road less traveled with this rye-based version of a classic Belgian Tripel. There are unique twists and turns at every corner that give our spring seasonal its unique, fruity complexity. The beer is characteristically spicy with a dry flavor and aroma thanks to the rye. The addition of American-grown Mosaic and Amarillo hops add notes of white wine, blueberries and fruit punch. We also used a noticeably fruity/spicy yeast strain that adds characteristics of pear and clove. So take the next exit for a fruity, spicy flavor and intense hop character.

Added by RDHerm on 01-30-2014

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Reviews:
35
Ratings:
194
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
14.48%
 
 
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 194
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.56/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Two Roads Brewing Company "Rye 95"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BTLD 02/01/16" and sampled 03/31/16
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Two Roads "Rye 95" is anything but what you might normally expect of a "rye beer", it's actually a Belgian Tripel that's been done with rye, and one that clocks in at a whopping 9.5% ABV! It expresses its rye malt component clearly, but also includes a long list of flavors that might not be so common. Some notable flavor and aroma characteristics include: rock candy, honeysuckle, blueberry, gooseberry, white grape, quince, apple, soft honeydew, rose petal, plastic, spice, black pepper, clove/bubblegum, coriander, flint, grass, hay, and banana. Beyond it's complexity it's true strength lies in how neatly it's all put together, and the fact that although the alcohol is probably adding to it's depth in spiciness and a little bit of 'bite', it doesn't really show as "alcohol". It delivers a perfect balance of fruity sweetness against spice and earth - it's not a fight, but contact and collaboration, with flavors leading into each other and blending naturally. How it hasn't garnered worldwide recognition and praise I'm not sure, but I believe it will; and at that point it will most likely give rise to a multitude of followers in producing this new beer style.

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Photo of JamisonDean
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft from a tulip glass while in Providence for a conference, subtle nose reminiscent of a chewy white wine with distinct fruitiness. Exceptionally delicious, sweet and malty with a strong yeast balance, a pleasant lingering thickness around the upper back of my mouth. The perfect farewell to my time in the city.

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Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

(Bottled 2/1)

Pours a pale gold with a foamy white head leaving a lasting lacing on the glass. (SRM of around 4-5)

Estery aromas of bubblegum and clove mix with a lemony citrus hop aroma and a trace of pear and white wine.

Medium bodied and perhaps a bit less carbonated than typical of the style.

Spicy bite from the rye and clove like kick from the Beglian yeast refreshingly paired with berry and citrus notes slowly giving way to a subtle alcohol heat and trace of lingering hop bitterness and characteristic ester notes from the yeast. Very complex and hard to pin down yet utterly delicious.

This is a unique , complex and delicious spin on a Belgian tripel. Not sure why it doesn't score higher here on BA but it's sorely underrated. You're not too likely to find another beer like this (not sure I've even seen another Rye Tripel Blonde) and it's a seasonal release, so get your hands on it if you can.

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Photo of tigg924
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, gold in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: honey, light rye, and Belgian spices

Taste: honey, and Belgian spices, and a decent amount of bittering rye at the end.

Mouthfeel: sweet with a bitter end, medium bodied with high carbonation

Overall: I enjoyed this tripel. One of the better ones I have found in six pack format. I would pick this up again. Is one of the better beers from Two Roads.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy pale amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Tart fruity nose but flavor is sweeter, spicy rye and clove. Nice triple. $2.85 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of B_W
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint glass. Light and clean appearance, almost too average looking. Taste is far more interesting though, with more sweet and hop flavor than a typical tripple. Rye spice could be stronger but still helps the overall balance. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 2/1/16

Pours cloudy gold with a partial skim coat and short strands of lacing for the duration. Aromatics are filled with spicy Belgian phenols. Bubblegum, cloves, and apples with cut grass undertones. Light bodied and crisp. Cloved-studded apples with a peppery bite on the palate. Nice hop presence with warming alcohol. Finishes with biscuity malt, candied apples, and peppery alcohol.

Nice take on a Triple. The hops and Rye keep the beer from being boring. Carbonation is low for the style.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz - bottled on 2/2/16. Sampled on Feb 20, 2016.

Yellow pour with big and boisterous white foamy head.

Aroma: Rye grain notes of course but a lot more spice, clove, Belgian yeast, and pear too.

Medium and smooth body.

The taste has a grainy malt character to start and then the spicy bitterness really bursts through at the finish. It exhibits the traditional Belgian characters of a Tripel with this grainy twist thrown in. I liked it.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/24/2015. Pours a very transparent pale honey color. Only slightly darker than the usual macro lager. Nice looking pearl white head with decent lacing. Strong belgian yeast comes through on the smell, ripe bananas, spiciness, some green apple fruitiness; smells sweet. Thick sweetness on the taste, typical yeast esters you would get on a triple, but lacks complexity. Sweet crackery malts play well with the belgian yeast strain. Sweet banana fruitiness throughout. Was hoping for a more hop-forward tripel after discovering this one's hop profile.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours deep golden with tall, long-lasting, foamy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops, funky yeast, pale malt, spices and ripe fruit. Body is full and slightly crisp. Citrusy hops, spicy yeast, candy sugar, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry and spicy. Overall it’s solid brew.

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Photo of farrago
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Offers close to two fingers of a clean white, densely woven head, even surface, retention is a little below average, the lacing is okay, forms wide, long strips but they then slowly slide down into oblivion. Serious amount of particulate floating inside the glass, otherwise it would be especially bright, only a random bubble scattered here or there. Very fruity nose of poached peaches and apricots, bananas, ripe melon, green grapes, sugary pink grapefruit, for the density in the fruit almost seems “airy” per se, cardamom and fennel, not really getting any rye derived spiciness and close to no bread nor yeast components, citrus lasts the longest. Medium-bodied, no excessive palate weight but manages to fluff up and press outwards to either cheek. Clove, ginger and cumin spice are upfront, no real bite to it though. The apricot, banana, grape, cherry fruit dials it back half a notch. Mixes in some sour notes in the mandarin orange and pink grapefruit citrus. Light pepperiness now and then. Overall clean but with some metallic earthiness. It’s a very likable beer, yet it arguably is throwing a few too many ingredients into the pot.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Woodstock Pizza, Woodstock, NY.

Amber gold with creamy white sheeting.
Floral Belgian nose.
Ryvita, phenolic clove, lemon zest and ginger spice.
Floral end and nectar linger.
Crisp, slightly clingy.

Acts like a saison – Rye is there, hops are not. Lots of spice and flowers. Nice but odd.

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Photo of hail_seitan
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting, if overly sweet, take on a Tripel. The rye adds a little spice which makes the beer memorable. The hop additions nicely compliment the sweetness and typical Belgian spicy yeast character, bringing out berry and marmalade notes. No booze flavor whatsoever. A Frakenbeer for sure, but worth a try.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%

On-tap 3/23/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong spices, bananas, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of bananas, caramel, spices and other fruits. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent hybrid of styles, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while if you want something a bit different.

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Photo of lic217
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Light yellow, lasting head, nice lacing, hazy
Smell: Sweet Belgian yeast fruity esters, a little banana, some tropical fruit aroma
Taste: Belgian yest esters, sweet, bread, strong tasting finish that lingers (not bad or good), flowery/citrus hop flavor and finishes with a slight rye spice and warming alcohol
Feel: High carbonation, creamy mouth feel
Overall: a nice beer especially for the price. It's a good cheap big Belgian, but comes up short to the more expensive tripels. Got this with a variety pack. It's about a month old. Needs to be warm before consuming. Most beers I start cool and sip, this one needs to be warm

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Photo of ksimons
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy golden orange color with a fingers worth of white head that disappears pretty quickly to leave a thin layer of lace

S-pale bready malt backbone, light fruit sweetness, and yeast

T-similar to the smell with a bready malt base, light fruits, maybe some herbal hop presence, and finishes with a spicy rye kick

M-light to medium body with light to medium carbonation

Overall trying a new brewery for me, maybe not the most complex or best Tripel out there, but it's not bad either

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Photo of orangebison
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a goblet. Hazy orange-gold in color, with a 1/8" white, bubbly head. Lots of juicy fleshy fruit in the aroma, particularly white grape and blueberry. Lots of spice and an almost minty quality as well. Grainy and spicy flavor, with a gritty, "green" malt character, and lots of clove and peppercorn. This bumps up against lots of bright fruit flavor - more grape and blueberry, pear, banana, other tropical-ish types. Dry, spicy finish. Slightly thin body, with fine, prickly carbonation. Spicy and complex, worth revisiting.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a hazy golden hue with minimal bleached white head.
Few streams of bubbles rise lazily towards teh surface and significant sediment floats in the midsection of the beer. I gotta drop the appearance due to little head retention
Aroma is spicy cloves and maybe some banana. Heavy with sweet bready yeast, peaches and pie crust. I think there is a mild rye presence, but it is very subdued.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine tingly carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish and generally mild texture. Easy drinking beer for sure.
Flavor is sweet candy sugar malt, a little bready yeast, cloves and light fruit. Sweet and complex is the best descriptor I can give.
Very easy to drink and no hint of the 9.5% ABV. I dont find any real hop presence to speak of and generally enjoy drinking the beer. An interesting and drinkable bigger beer for folks to try out.

Definitely worth a 6 pack.

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

A rye tripel blonde ale. Eh. Easy drinking semi traditional tripel. Some banana and clove notes. Belgian yeast. Rye adds a nice spicy sweetness. Little bit of bitterness on the back end. Not terrible. Easy drinking brew. Good for what it is.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear deep amber body under a finger of fine white head that settles into a persistent ring and leaves spotty lace. Pretty nice.

S: Spicy, with phenolic yeast being slightly more predominant than the rye malt. Some raisin and apricot, too. Pretty pleasant.

T: Follows the nose - spicy rye malt, dry phenols, breadiness, and some dark fruits. Alcohol, herbal hop bitterness, and dry spice on the finish. Tasty enough, but a little harsh on the back end.

M: Lively, frothy, highly carbonated medium body. A bit over the top.

O: Pretty decent Tripel, with the rye malt really standing out nicely. The alcohol drowns out the hoppiness, sadly, and overall it's not terribly exciting. Like many Two Roads beers, it's perfectly acceptable but entirely forgettable.

Cheers!

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Photo of fank2788
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Orange gold with a bit of haze and a lot of foam made up of small white bubbles that take a while to settle. The smell is pretty good with a good deal of belgian pale malts, a bit of candy sugar and peppery spice along with a bit of phenols and yeast character. The taste is largely sweet up front with the spice coming through after a second or two. Also present is a fair bit of alcohol which may be expected with a beer of this strength in this style. Hop bitterness is there to almost balance the sweetness but doesn't quite manage it and there is very little in the way of hop flavor. Some bitterness could be from the rye as well as hops. The mouthfeel is a bit on the slick side again due to the sugar and the finish is a mix of sweet and pepper, carbonation is perhaps a bit low for the style. Overall this isn't going to compare to the more famous examples of the style, but it is a decent example none the less, one that I'd consider getting again.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. can into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a cloudy yellow/gold with some steady carbonation rising through the beer. There is about a finger and a half of foamy white head with some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is touches of rye with a Belgian candy sugar aroma that is sweet. There is a slight danky banana aroma melded with a hint biscuit or French bread. There is dark fruits that gives hints to there presence but do not announce loudly just yet, like there is something hiding here.

The taste is rich with a great fruit juice flavor that is different for a triple. There is a nice candy flavor here that is reminiscent of a fruit flavor jellied candy. There are hints at Sweedish fish and licorice with some slight strawberry and raspberry flavor here. The rye seems to give this beer a new steering wheel and it’s off in directions that were not charted before for a triple. The dryness that is here is the flavor compliments the surge of flavors that come out at the aftertaste. The same raspberry and strawberry come back and linger giving a nice sweet flavor for a time after each sip.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and still seems to be built larger then the flavor would let you perceive. The flavor hinds how big this beer is as well as gives a smooth, drinkable feel that is pleasant throughout. It is a most interesting beer and is most excitingly flavored.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is a little sweet and has notes of candi sugar and alcohol along with slight hints of bananas.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts out with some sweetness, but this seems to be a little more subdued due to the presence of the rye, the latter of which contributes slight hints of spiciness to the finish. Only slight bits of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate—heavier than most tripels but not sticky—and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight amounts of warming are felt from the underlying alcohol.
O: From the name of this beer, I thought it would have a little more rye and associated spiciness, but the rye does lend a bit of complexity to the taste.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Appearance was a hazy dark yellow with a very thin head that left some trails around the glass. The smell was mostly a bit of citrus from the hops and then a bit of booze smell on the end. Very little to no rye in the scent that I could find. The taste had the hops and a bit of the booze but I got more of the rye on the finish for a semi-sweet taste. Not bad. Liked it a lot.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger mousy white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: clove and pear; alcohol is noticeable; rye spice is present; a little banana;

T: the mosaic hops dominate up front, then clove and Belgian yeast; clove builds through the finish; some rye spiciness on the finish with low to moderate bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; smooth for 9.5 ABV;

O: complex; interesting to drink;

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Rye 95 from Two Roads Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.
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