Manhattan Double Rye
Funky Buddha Brewery

Manhattan Double RyeManhattan Double Rye
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Rye Beer
Ranked #38
Ranked #10,853
4.05 | pDev: 10.12%
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
Very Good
Manhattan Double RyeManhattan Double Rye
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 36
Photo of jjamadorphd
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This mixology series is intriguing, and this offering from the series is very much so...

There was really no head associated with the nice dark copper colored brew. The smell is boozy forward without being overpowering but with a full-bodied, almost creamy mouthfeel. The taste is actually complex - lightly hoppy, lightly sweet, the rye (which I admittedly have a love-hate relationship with) is evident as well. Overall, this is a decent brew - the rye keeps me from truly loving this, but it is worth a try by everyone...

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Photo of Beejay
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A; a registered brown color with tan head.

S: rye and spice up front with cherry and oak.

T: sweet cherry and vanilla, with hints of oak. Finish is caramel and a touch of almond.

M: medium light, plenty of carbonation, but a slick feel that betrays the ABC.

O: overall a very interesting concept, pulled off well.

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Photo of andypeters1971
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a chestnut brown with the slightly suggestion of ruby red. I'm going to have a hard time saying this is not my favorite beer ever. It has virtually everything I want in a beer. I just hope that I'm going to be able to find it again. Had it from a bottle in Sept. 2019

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Photo of Mr3dPHD
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As far as I'm concerned, where this beer promised, it delivered. As a huge whiskey fan, one who orders and experiments with Manhattans using all different whiskeys more than any other cocktail, I have to say that this beer is impressive.

They begin with a double rye ale aged in High West rye barrels to get the base whiskey flavor, then blend it with a Belgian trippel, which is a stroke of genius as this style tends to share so many similarities to a nice sweet vermouth. The addition of botanicals adds some of the characteristics of angostura bitters.

This is a beer, no doubt, but it has just the right boozy burn and flavor profile to almost make you forget that what you're drinking. A nice burn follows with a syrupy sweet finish, almost reminiscent of an aged port. Of course, at 12.7abv you don't get the fire that follows when sipping a real Manhattan, but this is "inspired by", and there's no doubt that the brewer who designed this beer is a true Manhattan drinker.

My only criticism lies with the head. It's unimpressive and disappears rather quickly. There's virtually no lacing at all. The thought did cross my mind that this technically does make it even more similar to a Manhattan, but in the end, this is a beer and an expensive one at that. A beautiful head would have made this damn near perfect.

Pro tip: If you bought a four pack, try splashing a little rye or bourbon at the bottom of your glass before pouring one of them. You'll get a great new experience! (PS, this is true with any beer, but particularly unique with this one.)

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Photo of darktronica
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours more like a soda, in terms of the fizziness and residual bubbling after the head has gone away. Fairly viscous and syrupy in appearance, which comes across as unusual for a beer that's not opaque and black. Smells strongly of bitters, cherry, and medicinal vermouth. The flavor profile is a bit more balanced, with more of the rye spice competing against the herbal notes. But my overall take is that this is trying so hard to mimic the cocktail but ignores the beer aspect. Having an ale as the base means it will always be different from a real Manhattan, so for my tastes, I would prefer if it was more "inspired by" instead of trying to replicate.

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Photo of CaptainStubing
2.64/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Oh, Man! Giving this total side-eye. Not what I was hoping for. Yes, it is blended to taste like a Manhattan, and I like Manhattans. But this was a bridge too far. If you did not know WHAT you were drinking, your first reaction was, "Oh!" which quickly dissipated to a "Wha?!" and then a finish of "EEECH!!!" A tad too strong alcohol content (not its GREATEST weakness) but the mix of "aged in barrels" and double rye only left me asking, "I paid how much for THAT?!"

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Photo of Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky amber/brown color with a one-finger off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- herbaceous up front, with plenty of botanical bitters aromas, followed by cherry syrup. The triple blend pops through with some clove and spicy yeast. The peppery rye pops through last, adding just a hint of woody rye barrel

T- the herbal and botanical notes follow the nose up front, giving an angostura bitters-like flavor. Mid-palate brings out plenty of triple notes; clove, banana, peppery Belgian yeast, slightly phenolic, as well as a hint of tannic wine. The finish brings out the peppery rye, adding just a bit of rye barrel on the linger.

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into a warming finish

O- definitely some manhattan similarities, the 'bitters' notes really some through and surprisingly work well with the blend of two beer styles

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Photo of teromous
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see any date code on the bottle or label, but there is a "20" on top of a '19" next to the "SERIES |" on the label.

Appearance: The body of the beer has good clarity. The color is dark tea and the head is an off-white. It has surprisingly good head formation despite the advertised "ALC/VOL 12.7%" however this does not last longer than a minute, leaving a ring in the glass.

Aroma: The beer has a very interesting aroma which consists of lime, alcohol, and black pepper. It isn't a strong aroma but it is one that makes the beer interesting and draws you in to take another sniff. At times caramel comes through.

Taste: There is a tangy lemon flavor up front with a soft bready flavor towards the middle. A touch of caramel hovers around the middle of the palate. Vanilla pops into the foreground from time to time and once it is identified it comes through even stronger in subsequent sips.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels smooth and medium-full body. It tapers off with a soft finish that is quite elegant. The carbonation is just right for the beer and does a great job of highlighting the flavors.

Overall: What is really unique about this beer is that it has qualities that are not specific to one sense. There is a warming quality that intermingles with the flavor and aroma to give this beer an experience of eating bread pudding. I would highly recommend trying this beer, especially if you are a fan of Winter Warmers. Where this beer falls short, is in showcasing the rye. The rye character lingers at the edge of the palate but never really pops. I would still say that the overall experience is highly enjoyable and if you are a rye connoisseur there is enough character here to keep you interested.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber-ish color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of rye, a vinous quality, herbs, vanilla, wood, and stone fruit.

T: Tasted of a decent bit of the vinous quality (not overdone, though), some stone fruit (cherries, in particular), an herbal quality, a tinge of vanilla, and a good shot of rye whiskey. This flavor does a pretty good job of imitating a Manhattan. It's slightly boozy, but that's to be expected. It's quite well-balanced and surprisingly lively.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a warm, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A super solid, tasty beer. Worth a look.

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Photo of Tony210
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear reddish amber hue, minimal head. Smells like a Manhattan! Tastes like a triple, barrel aging doesn’t really come through like I had hoped, plenty of the herbal flavors that were advertised, I get a lot of cherry flavor, with a tart finish. Adequate carbonation. Overall a fun beer, ABV is masked well. Kudos to Funky Buddha for pushing the envelope and trying something like this!!!

12 oz bottle
4 rating

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Photo of bubseymour
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very interesting beer. Boozy yet thin in body. Very herbal and earthy. Slightly sweet but balanced. A well made and interesting beer but not great like some of the Funky Bhudda porters and stouts.

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Photo of ViggieMech
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a four pack at Publix today. I let my bride taste it and she is still in the overhead! Dark golden brown in color. Slight head which disappears quickly. Nose is fruity and a bit of grass. The alchol is WOW! I would be knee walking after three of these! Glad that I tried it!

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Manhattan Double Rye from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 36 ratings