Riot Rye
Monocacy Brewing Co.

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Monocacy Brewing Co.
Maryland, United States
Rye Beer
Ranked #21
Ranked #11,433
3.99 | pDev: 8.52%
Nov 25, 2021
Feb 04, 2013
Very Good
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4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by BJB13 from Maryland

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

L: Light amber, slightly hazy, very lively, three inch off-white head, foam is thick and mousse-like and leaves lace
S: Hoppy and spicy, big rye aroma, citrus and fruity notes coming after
T: Hop forward and fairly clean, plenty of rye flavor, some caramel malt, dry bitter finish
F: Light-medium body, crisp with an underlying softness, carbonation is very high
O: Very nice flavor and aroma, good American Pale Ale with large rye character

Nov 25, 2021
3.75 by jkrug5 from Maryland on Jun 21, 2019
3.91 by Fr33man from Maryland on May 04, 2019
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Nice head retention and lacing

S: Bready with a touch of pepper

T: Follows the nose, dryness as well up front. More peppery rye, along with dryness and just a little citrus once warm. Finishes dry and peppery, with some breadyness

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, stellar balance

Super drinkablity, nice take on this style

Oct 30, 2018
3.75 by kwjd from Canada (ON) on Dec 18, 2017
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3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown color with a white rocky foamy head. Took forever to dissipate. Mild stringy lace. The aroma had a sweet floral to herbal earthy malty flow to the hops which were slightly citrusy, woody and piney. The flavor yielded to the sweet side embracing all of the same tones of the aroma. Some caramel malts meld fine into the beer. Aftertaste was the blend of the malts to the floral/earthy portions. Finish was long and malty. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Overall, decent enough beer as is, but I was hoping for more rye, or some rye.

Jul 01, 2017
4.17 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jun 16, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

On tap:
Pours like a classic DIPA, even though it isn't - orangish golden. Translucent towards hazy body decent head with streaks of lace.

Nose is actually a little surprise with a citrus orange aspect to it. This does melt into the background after my initial whiffs, allowing the spicy and bready rye notes to come out. There is a strange Froot Loop fruitiness in some whiffs as the two notes components combine (maybe ambient effects).

Sure, there's a little of that citrus up front in the taste, but the hammer of rye comes swift and powerful. Spice and bitter drying notes are brought along this powerful wave. Some of the floral citrus hop notes ride the wave and come out the other side as flotsam (or maybe jetsam).

Make no doubt, rye is a big, no huge, part of this beer. The feel is a bit raw and dry to me because of this. I like it, though, as the hops probably apply some balancing note that isn't obvious just sipping it. If you're not a big fan of rye in beer, stay away. If you like that bite and dryness, grab it!

Apr 12, 2017
4 by ckollias from Maryland on Feb 17, 2017
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3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Nose of floral, spicy rye, light citrus, resin, pine. Taste earthy rye, spice, malt, bready, lemon, tea, dried leaves. Thin to Medium body with slight bitter dry finish.

Feb 10, 2017
4.3 by Adam1993 from Maryland on Jan 29, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bmanley90 from Virginia

A: Hazy reddish brown in color with minimal cream colored head.
S: Sweet smelling with a slight citrus and sour notes.
T: Strong citrus taste. Very present hoppy bitterness rounded out by sweetness. Slight grassiness when it warms on the palate
M: Nice creaminess that broken up by carbonation to make it more refreshing.
O: Overall it is a nice middle ground rye pale ale. Well balanced and not over powering in any direction. Would make a nice choice to sip in front of a campfire.

Nov 20, 2016
3.25 by duvel1979 from District of Columbia on Sep 24, 2016
3.25 by oline73 from Maryland on Jul 24, 2016
4 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jun 20, 2016
3.77 by ChittyChambers from Maryland on May 08, 2016
2.75 by fredmugs from Indiana on Apr 07, 2016
4.31 by rjd722 from Maryland on Mar 30, 2016
4.46 by deansellers from Maryland on Mar 29, 2016
3.94 by csnyder83 from Maryland on Feb 28, 2016
3.46 by hoponit from New York on Feb 20, 2016
4.21 by Tomkob11 from Maryland on Feb 02, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On tap at Brewer's Alley in Frederick, MD.

This one pours a medium amber color, with a one inch foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like citrus, such as grapefruit, with some bready malt, and rye spice.

This has a pretty killer use of rye, it's got a peppery spicy bite, with some grapefruit rind, and some pine, with a bit of bready toasty malt.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel.

Really nice and drinkable stuff here.

Jan 03, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a burnt orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of rye, hops, and some malt.

T: Tasted of rye (of course), with hints of citrus, a bit of hops, malt, and a little caramel in the finish. There was a light grassy quality, but it wasn't overly aggressive. Very balanced, with enough rye to work well. A decent enough flavor, but not overpowering.

F: A well carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a solidly made, likable beer. It doesn't quite make it into the realm of great beers, but it's still worth a try.

Dec 03, 2015
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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by GormBrewhouse from Vermont

Love the hop and malt blend. Very different IPA since there is a ton of malt forward taste and huge mouth feel. Quite unlike other IPAs which are bitter dry hop forward.

Nov 29, 2015
4.04 by scbeerman from South Carolina on Sep 26, 2015
3.5 by GatorCoop from California on Sep 22, 2015
4 by John_Beeryman from Virginia on Sep 17, 2015
3.87 by MattXT from Virginia on Sep 02, 2015
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3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by soupyman10 from District of Columbia

Amber color, off-white head, lacing. Sweet and spicy nose, caramel malt. A touch of dried fruit. Flavor is likewise, tasty, spicy, rye presence. Caramel/toffee malt. Maybe a hint of hops in the spice. Creamy, full body. Frisky carbonation. Solid, drinkable beer, will definitely have again.

Aug 26, 2015
3.95 by Abek from Maryland on Aug 25, 2015
3.6 by hypnotoad1 from Virginia on Aug 21, 2015
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3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by oldn00b from Virginia

Pours a dark amber, crystal clear. Little to no head.

Very nice nose of bread and spice, sweetness comes forward too.

Flavor is rich, nice bitter from the hop with lots of malt and rye sweetness. Solid malt. Very nice rye.

Aug 17, 2015
4.5 by Stengelfoot from California on Aug 11, 2015
4.11 by Skabiski from Maryland on Aug 07, 2015
4.03 by fitz284 from District of Columbia on Aug 07, 2015
4 by krome from Illinois on Aug 04, 2015
4 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Aug 04, 2015
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cbutova from Massachusetts

A- 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass with a light orange body; tiny haziness. A multi finger cap shoots up quickly with a thick and puffy texture. Cap falls to a large blanket with good retention while lacing is a myriad of webs and drizzle.

S- Hops in the foreground but overall the aroma is not super pungent. Stone fruit and citrus tones lead up to pale cracked grains and a hint of spicy bread.

T- Same overall feel as the aroma but certain characteristics really open up especially the rye; it is now an obvious spiciness and bready note. The hops join a light malt sweetness summing up to somewhat juicy mango, melon, apricot, tangerine, floral and herbal notes.

MF- Rich consistency thanks to a very creamy and puffy texture brought on by the high end carbonation. Very smooth ending moderately bitter and sweet.

The aroma did not get me ready for the juicy and fruity hop flavor. Rye is bold but not dominating allowing the hops and pale grains to balance each other out. Just well brewed and thought out.

Jul 31, 2015
3.63 by Sgbrown78 from Connecticut on Jul 28, 2015
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