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Rowdy Hop-Forward Rye Ale | Atlas Brew Works

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Rowdy Hop-Forward Rye AleRowdy Hop-Forward Rye Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Atlas Brew Works
District of Columbia, United States
atlasbrewworks.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jtladner on 09-07-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
151
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
24.93%
 
 
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 151
Photo of MacMalt
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated can. Poured into mug. It pours a dark copper color with a thin, khaki-colored head and lacing. The smell features roasted malt, rye, and a whiff of caramel. The taste is rye-forward, with grass, nuts, toffee, and a solid malt base. It has just enough sweetness to give it character but also finishes with a distinct hoppy bitterness. It is medium in body, moderately carbonated, and its 6.2% ABV presents no impediment to drinking. Overall, while my expectations were low, this is a pleasant Rye Beer. In fact, it has one of the biggest rye flavors I've experienced.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly an opaque amber pour with a wet cream colored head that transfers nicely to spotty, sticky lace. Nose is primarily spicy rye and bread malts with hops present but mostly in the background.

The hops show up more in the onset and aftertaste, although the malt balls out in the middle. Solid rye flavor throughout makes this true to style if not outstanding. Pretty well balanced, I find this a solid drinking rye with copious flavor. If you are a rye guy, try.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tough category, as you have everything from heavy-malt beers to full-on rye IPAs coming together under a "rye" umbrella. That's maybe why I didn't think overly highly of this beer. Look is a hazy, cola brown with minimal white head that laces slightly. Smell is very minimal, with a little biscuit, a little grainy rye, and that's about it. Taste is true to the rye, which I appreciate. But it's surprisingly bitter to go along with the rye bite and sourness. Makes for a muddled overall flavor. Feel is fine, kind of medium and well carbonated. Largely in-noteworthy. Which pretty much sums things up.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest (tm) CAN be relentless and unforgiving in its journey and there is nothing like a visit to my maternal aunt & her husband's place in DC. Everyone is always after me to bring back OTWOA, but I enjoy the thrill of the hunt, the seeking of the new.

From the CAN: "Science of Rowdy"; "Pair with * Barbequed Meats/Steak * Spicy Casserole"; "14.5 deg P[,] 50 IBU[,] 19 SRM"; "Hailwood Motorcycle [-] Discovered in a rundown garage in Oxford, the Hailwood Motorcycle was part of a unique collection owned by the 'best motorcycle road racer ever.' Detailed & polished, it awaits its next fearless legendary rider."

I got so excited by the loud Crack! that I decided to go with an inverted Glug. Oops! The richness of the foaming action was too much to handle & even when I backed off, I still got some coming over the lip of the glass. It settled into two-plus fingers of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head that slowly fell away, leaving great sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the hallmark minty pepperiness of rye & my mouth began to water unCANtrollably in CANticipation! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was immediately spicy with the black pepper/black powder bite of rye, but then, it suddenly came with a cooling blast of mint, more toward spearmint than peppermint! Oh, man, I have had this on draft in DC, but to sit and savor one from a CAN is a singular experience. Finish was dry and really refreshing. I could fill a beach-bound cooler with this and have no regrets (unless I run out).

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A nice rye ipa, a beefed up malt profile that adds a complimentary flavor profile to the already spicy rye. Hop forward, though slightly single-noted. Not for everyone, but something I'd drink again.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chilled from a can, pours very dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates slowly. Distinct hopsy aroma with an indistinct sourness such as grapefruit. There is a hops-forward fullness with various other flavors mostly citrus.

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Photo of gopens44
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This dark coppery brown beer managed to leave nice beige lacing on a plastic hotel cup, so that's pretty cool. Smell of stone fruit that fades off to grainy, bitter aromas. Taste has decent bitterness that lay on top a nice tobacco thing. Finished dry, on the thin side but not watery. All said and done, it's better than the overall rating.

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Photo of ksimons
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is a dark mahogany with two fingers worth of khaki colored head. Aroma is of caramel malt, rye, some nuttyness, and a very light chocolate presence. Taste is a malty backbone with spicy rye and a moderate amount of hop bitterness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall nice amount of spices, enjoyable easy to drink beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a deep amber color.

The aroma offers rich nutty malts, spicy rye bread, caramel sweetness, toasty bread, hints of floral.

The flavor hits of tea like bitterness, pine, deep earthiness, along with a spicy rye character, with an underlying medium plus toasty bread and malt base.

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Photo of jspaner
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium brown color, slightly hazy, but not opaque. Moderate tan head, which leaves some lacing as it dissipates. The smell is piney with rye, spices & caramel. Taste is sharp, with rye, hops, and caramel malts. Bitter and dry at the end. Mouth feel is crisp, thin, with adequate carbonation. Nothing lingers except the piney taste. Overall, its an average beer, but it is true to its description on the can: Hop-Forward Rye ale. The hops & rye are prominent here.

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Photo of farrago
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid two finger head of dense foam with a large aggregation of bigger bubbles at the point of pour, eggshell white in color, leaves a continuous ring around the glass as the head recedes, like a ring of bath water. The liquid is murkily opaque with copious amounts of particulate floating inside, mostly brown with a fade to orange near the rims and glass bottom, hard to gauge amount and activity of the bubbles. The nose features spicy rye and burnt bread crusts, a touch of metal before softened by carob, cocoa and caramel notes, surprisingly sweet as it warms, slice of white grapefruit but not getting discernible fruit presence. Medium-bodied, the carbonation gives it a thick churning sensation, doesn’t scrub enough to prevent a drying layer from forming on the tongue. Here too it is the spicy rye which dominates, grainy the whole way through. The cocoa and caramel puts up a struggle to match the spiciness. The grapefruit notes here joined by pine cone and brown dirt type of earth. While it has roast in its profile, lots of malty residue at the end. This brew offers sufficient complexity without letting its reach exceed its grasp and does wisely in sticking to the promised script.

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Photo of MattXT
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can, poured into a 4oz sample glass. Dark amber color, with a long lasting head. Nose is spice from the rye along with some caramel maltiness. A little bit of that rye spice is noticed along with the cereal and some toffee. A light hop bite finishes off this reasonably enjoyable beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, rye, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, rye, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of rye bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great rye forward presence that comes through especially well in the smell.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a moderately dark ruby amber with a moderately sized tan head. Lacing remains as you enjoy the brew. Bite of the hops intermingled with the rye flavor makes it an interesting brew.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. Its creaminess is excellent, while the retention is good. A thick ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: I pick up lots of rye spice, unsurprisingly. The caramel that augments its spicy tone is very rich and defined. Not only does it branch out into notes of caramel and toffee, but also into brown sugar, earth, and even mild chocolate. Touches of piny, floral hops also appear to balance the sweetness. A decent nose without being earth shattering. (3.25)

Taste: More bitter than the nose suggested. It starts off with some caramel and brown sugar, at least, with the rye spice augmenting the malt flavor some. The finish is fairly bitter, bringing tobacco, grass, earth, and pine. There's even a touch of roasted grain floating around. Normally, this beer would be far too bitter, but the malts do a great job of holding the back-end bite at bay. A likable beer at the end of the day. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Because it's bitter, it's a fairly clean and dry beer. The malts are prevalent, yet never linger sloppily on the palate. Somewhat strong carbonation also helps it go down easily. (3.75)

Overall: This could have been a bitter mess, yet it isn't. Honestly, the interplay between the bitter hops and the malt backbone just works. I won't seek this out, but I'll drink it again. (3.5)

3.48/5: Similar to being beat up by "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey: it's like being hit by a truck, yet it's oddly pleasurable

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Photo of thebeers
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut color with thin white head. Decent lacing. Caramel and rye on the nose. Medium-bodied with caramel-tinted malt sweetness, some rye spice and hop bitterness in the taste. Quite hoppy, actually. It's okay.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour: 12oz can into a nonic pint. Appearance: Deep amber with a slight head. Lacing present. Aroma: Pungent amount of rye with a backbone of malt and hops. Taste: Bready and earthy. Aftertaste: Clean and crisp ryes notes. Some peppery elements as well. Overall: Easy drinking and solid offering. Good: 3 out of 5.

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Another beer courtesy of the captain of the canship, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy, dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of rye, hops. Taste is of sharp rye, piney hops, a bit of an unusual aftertaste, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a slightly better than average beer.

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Photo of austintouhill
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a dark color with a tinge of caramel with good head retention. Smells sweetly of grain with a sweet initial sip and a strong dry taste of rye at the end of the swallow. Reminiscent of Lagunitas Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, though not quite as sweet. Very easy beer to drink.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep cloudy brown with with a nice cap of creamy taupe head with good retention, nice small sticky lacing. The aroma is sweet, fruity and bready, with just a hint of pepper. The taste is very similar with a hint of earthy hops to balance out the barley and rye. The body has a nice lighter weight to it and as well as a smooth finish.

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Photo of SimonBRosenberg
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a good beer from Atlas. Easy to drink, clean all the way through. One of the best ales made in the DC region. Deserves another look from this community.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Deep mahogany colored, and slightly red but a bit of a hazy dark rust body color up to the light. Slightly clear but also a bit lifeless. Barely a one finger head forms, very tan with little lacing but manages a thin collar and puck. Basically looks ok, but nothing great.

Aroma gives to some dry grains, and a faint hint of spice. There seems to be a small sense of chocolate but it's very faint. Not particularly hop forward it seems as the can proclaims, but comes off decent enough.

Palate works out kind of surprisngly. Good sense of malt density as a milk chocolate like angle comes out in the mid palate. Finishes very spicy as the rye angle really starts to kick in, with a tannic grainy bitterness but it's a good contrast to counter a bit of the sweet malt that comes over. Hints of twiggy and bark like almost woody character, with some biting down dried grain sensations. Good density even if slightly milky.

Overall a rye beer I can kind of easily enjoy and no think over too much.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

On draft at the brewery, pours a dark cola brown, almost opaque, no head, very thin and oily looking.

The nose is earthy, pine, rye, and grain. Lots of toast, straw and malt. The flavor is earthy hops, toasted bread, sweet pepper, and rye. This drinks very smooth and balanced. It is full in flavor, but not heavy and drinkable despite the time of the year.

I like this, but prefer more rye and grass to be present than this one lets on.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was dark amber or reddish. Head was pretty solid and lasted a while.
Odor was a little on the lighter side as far as rye maybe. Hops, green and floral mostly.
Taste was good. More balanced than the odor. Rye was noticeable and added a lot to the beer. Hops making up the rest with green and floral(like odor). Some pine/resin as well, but not overdone. Mouth feel was medium bodied and present.
Overall a pretty good rye beer. Definitely worth a repeat.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Meridian Pint, Washington, DC, March 2014:

The menu noted that whole cone Simcoe hops were added to the cask.

The beer appeared to be a clear red color with a light, foamy, white head that had decent retention and produced some nice lacing.

The beer gave off a slightly pine hop aroma. I was expecting more rye than hop.

After smelling the beer, I expected a more hoppy taste, but did not get it. The beer had a nice, but not overpowering or excessive rye flavor to it. Reminded me more of an ESB or and English Bitter, but it was still enjoyable.

The beer was extremely smooth and easy to drink. I warmed up to the beer the more that I drank it.

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