Rye 95 | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Rye 95Rye 95

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

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.

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Photo of ABUSIV3
1.6/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of HamdenHector
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
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 jdhilt
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
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 zotzot
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice and fruity

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Photo of outlaw2005
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orangebison
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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 NeroFiddled
4.56/5  rDev +24.3%
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 bobv
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Noelito76
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tjcamm
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of allistermcg
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of angrybabboon
3.01/5  rDev -18%
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 whatname
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Act25
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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 BrewMakeMeFeel
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
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 brewandbbq
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikeg67
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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 BanditoJunkie
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Abragg3
4.93/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Priceisright
4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rye 95 from Two Roads Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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