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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
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Rowdy Hop-Forward Rye AleRowdy Hop-Forward Rye Ale

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

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jtladner on 09-07-2013

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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 nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
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 imbibehour
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Sweffin
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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 drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ShanePB
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dar482
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RBorsato
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, date on bottom, about 6 months old, but from the cooler

Dark amber color, thick cream colored head. Lacing. Aroma is earthy and pine. Taste is a little herbal and spicy. Medium bodied.

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Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lucoli
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of cjgiant
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a little darker than expected but quite clear, with good sustaining creamy head, significant lacing.

I couldn't get much from the nose, but the beer starts off a little bitter, tending towards my thought of an ESB. But it doesn't turn that way, and instead the initial taste lingers steady on the tongue. There are maybe some berry notes in the tart-tending bitterness, but balanced by an earthiness the turns into the rye-beer taste I expected. This taste is subtle, though, making an appearance but fading in the back.

This beer grew on me a bit as I drank it, but didn't jump out as anything special. I'd have it again and will try another of their beer.

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Rowdy Hop-Forward Rye Ale from Atlas Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 165 ratings
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