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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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35
Ratings:
194
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
14.48%
 
 
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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 jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, crystal clear honey golden color.

Nose is interesting, tons of spicy fruity rye, a strange fruity and grassy hop, a little yeasty aroma, with lots of fruity esters, esters all over, light phenols too, nice sweet golden Belgian malts, little lemony cereal, light fusel alcohol.

Taste brings more sweet malts, Belgian golden malts with more cereal and toasted flavors, sweet candy, with light booze, plenty of fruity esters, too many hot esters, some phenols too. Some fruity spicy rye, fruity grassy hops, little citrus note, apple fruit, mixed with a weird bitterness, hint of phenolic spices. Finish is drier but sticky sweet, lingering bitter rind, lemon cereal, fruity esters, fruity rye, and a little phenolic booze.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, nice carb, hot booze.

Overall eh, some interesting characters but too sweet, fruity esters go too crazy, decent rye character, and weird mix of fruity flavors and bitterness with phenols, just a weird blend of flavors.

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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 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 stakem
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a cervoise. The brew appears a clear copper color streaming with bubbles in support of a firm white head that fades slow leaving stringy lace.

The nose has a peculiar corn-like sweetness overtop slight belgian phenolics smelling of spice and clove.

The taste is sweet like corn mixed with mild sulfur and a light belgian spice similar to yeasty clove.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. An interesting brew that is worth trying but I dont think I could see myself getting behind this again when two roads other offerings are so much mire enjoyable. Thanks again for this Heath.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slightly hazy orange body. Small white head. Settles to a thick collar and some nice islands of foam.

Smell - Phenolic yeast aromas immediately. Sweet fruitiness. A hint of rye, but not much. As soon as it warms, it gives off a chemical aroma that is really off-putting. Like a melted plastic.

Taste - Fruity and a bit tropical up front. Quite sweet. Rye kicks in as the sweetness reaches unacceptably high levels and cuts it a little bit. Mild rye spice. Very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I'm glad that bizarre smell didn't translate into the taste. It's a decent beer, but I keep sipping it with trepidation because of that aroma. It's so hard to pull of this style.

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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 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 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 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 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 cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up locally bottle date mid February enjoyed from a two roads snifter. Brew poured a cloudy golden orange with a nice foamy head that fizzled away shortly after the pour. Some visible carbonation could be seen.

s - nose is sweet banana and boasts tripel. A hint of grain is present, but fairly sweet.

t - much like the nose the flavor screams tripel but the rye is more present here than on the nose. It adds an interesting element to the beer and saves an otherwise boring American tripel. It also balances out the sweetness.

m/o - a bit rich and heavy but not sludgy or syrupy (although maybe a bit syrupy). Basically what you expect from an American tripel with an element of rye to smooth things out.

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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 KTCamm
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

4/25....pours clear gold with a light touch of white foam. Light rye nose, but almost nonexistent. Lemon soapy taste, harsh bitter. Underlying corn sweetness. Most beers from Two Roads are solid, but this is a miss.

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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 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 angrybabboon
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cheers to Dustin for this beer

Consumed 3/18/16

A: Golden orange with some yellow around the edges - lightly hazy - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a small collar, leaves some spots of lacing

S: A strange mix of citrus, rye, and Belgian yeast - the yeast strain is potent, with some Belgian funk, clove, pepper, banana, and bubblegum - some spicy rye - hoppy, yes, but it's mostly buried under the Belgian yeast and malts - some orange and grapefruit - layers of pale malts, with some dense bread and lightly toasted biscuit - sweet, with malty sweetness and Belgian candi sugar - some definite booze

T: Hot, spicy, weird - loads of Belgian yeast, which is appropriate for a Tripel, but it's unusually sharp and spicy - clove, pepper, banana, bubblegum, and a touch of phenols - some light fruits, touches of white wine - some notes of citrus, grapefruit, lemon - lightly grassy, with some herbal hops - touches of sugary fruit juice - some spicy rye - medium level of bitterness- pale malts, with some white bread, toasted biscuits, toasted grain - Belgian candi sugar sweetness and loads of booze, lingering spice, lingering off-flavors

M: Medium body, mostly smooth but lightly sticky, some heat

O: There's a reason why this is a road less traveled

Combining a tripel with a rye beer and dumping in some hops that would be more appropriate for an IPA should be a trainwreck, but it's not... It's more of a minor traffic accident. Like a fender bender. It doesn't work very well, but it's interesting.

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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 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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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 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 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 Act25
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. I like 2 roads. This beer is so busy and complex I want to make a joke about I-95 from GW bridge north... bumpy, busy, dangerous, choked, complex.

A: Clear deep IPA-like amber body under a finger of fine white head that settles into a persistent ring and leaves spotty lace. No where near a Belgian.

S: best Belgian part. Spicy, with yeast dominating the rye malt. Fruits like grape, raisin and apricot, and cedar and grass/hay.

T: Follows nose - very spicy rye malt, dry yeast, grasse, hay, wood, and dark fruits. Alcohol, with a lot of herbal hop bitterness, and dry spice. A bit confused and heavy handed on the finish. Tingly/alcoholic.

M: Lively, carbonated medium to weighty body, but does not come together. better as it warms.

O: Pretty odd Tripel, with the rye malt and heavy American hops a novelty. Could be enjoyed like wine, esp at cask temp.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Heard a lot about this Tripel and I know Phil came make some amazing stuff with Belgians so I decided to pick up a single bottle of this stuff. Ended up pretty disappointed, the look was there but the flavor was a bit off to me. The yeast just didn't seem right and I wasn't a huge fan of the rye here. I normally love a spicy/estery Tripel but this one couldn't seal the deal. Body was a bit too heavy in the end, as well.

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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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Rye 95 from Two Roads Brewing Company
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