Rowdy Hop-Forward Rye Ale
Atlas Brew Works

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Rye Beer
Ranked #212
Ranked #41,143
3.66 | pDev: 10.38%
Atlas Brew Works
District of Columbia, United States
Rowdy Hop-Forward Rye AleRowdy Hop-Forward Rye Ale
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jul 23, 2015
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SimonBRosenberg from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Feb 01, 2015
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beyondthepalace from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 22, 2016
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Esworthya from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 03, 2018
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jjboesen from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +23%

May 03, 2014
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apr 04, 2016
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Oct 12, 2013
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
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).

Sep 01, 2016
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qchic from Maryland

3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 11, 2015
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wortslosh from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Dec 07, 2013
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 13, 2018
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cysiam from Kentucky

2/5  rDev -45.4%

Dec 17, 2013
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Sep 25, 2016
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ksimons from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

May 20, 2016
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Chaney from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Feb 15, 2014
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Pencible from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice clean and spicy brew. Not very bold, so it was quite easy to drink.

May 07, 2016
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Jan 12, 2014
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rangerred from Tennessee

2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Dec 08, 2017
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dar482 from New York

3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Feb 29, 2016
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grover37 from District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

Aug 23, 2014
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Aug 04, 2014
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BikeChef from District of Columbia

3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jan 03, 2015
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

Sep 09, 2014
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TWStandley from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

May 07, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Dec 31, 2014
Rowdy Hop-Forward Rye Ale from Atlas Brew Works
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 170 ratings