Lakefire Rye Pale Ale | Grapevine Craft Brewery

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Lakefire Rye Pale AleLakefire Rye Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Grapevine Craft Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the DFW airport, I liked this better than it looks like others have. A clear but darker color to it, copper, with a short and fading white head, but awesome lacing. I like the flavor, but I just don't get the rye. It's maltier, sweeter, but no rye spice at all, and almost an incomplete fermentation sort of vibe to it. Hips are flavorful and fresh, but lower dosed than I like in the style, and with very little bitterness. As a result the beer lacks crispness, but drink ability is not compromised due to nice carbonation, a fluffy round medium body, and being ice cold from the tap. My first beer from these guys, and I'm pretty neutral on it. Seems overly safe for a rye based brew, but I could drink a fair few of these, especially in the absence of any other craft brew here. I would like to try the higher dry hop version, that might really improve this, but to be great, it needs more rye malt and it needs to be drier. Still, I always relish the chance to try new beers when I travel, and I was more than pleased with this in that context.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A longtime CANQuest (tm) Want, courtesy of The Mighty JenRay, who knows where and how to shop for beer!

From the CAN: "Serve Cold with Good Friends!"; "Go Texan."; "Made in Texas".

The Crack! was nice and loud and I celebrated with an inverted Glug. This produced a finger of foamy, tawny head with limited retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with some floaties in evidence. Nose was redolent with a black pepper scent, courtesy of the rye! My mouth began to water as a result. Mouthfeel was medium and the black pepper of the rye worked nicely with the honey flavor from the base malt. The (relatively) low ABV rendered it easy-drinking and I ran through half of it without even thinking. The finish was semi-dry, but the black pepper flavor lingered well after the swallow. I wonder what percentage of this was rye malt. I just had a discussion with Tim Stumpf at Iron Hill (PHXville) about this very thing.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

A-amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-rye, pine, grains

T-rye, grainy malt, light pine, light caramel

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-easy drinking, but flavor is lacking

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bready, Vegetal, Grainy, Dull

From the can: Light, bright, copper. Creamy head with legs. Light rye, bready, and floral in the nose with a strong vegetal note. Smooth, firm, and slick with a prickly carbonation. Mildly sweet upfront. Grainy with a soft, bready, rye edge. Dry, chalky finish. A bit dull overall. Expected more rye and hop presence.

ABV: 5.2% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #97 (FEB 2015)

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Photo of zonker17
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Approaching amber color, no head retention, but some lacing. Not much I can even smell here. Some bitterness but otherwise a general lack of flavor. Some rye is detectable. Feels like a session beer with lower carbonation.

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Photo of Redrover
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this one on tap during my last trip to Ft. Worth. I always like to give the locals a spin.

Served in a shaker, the beer is a chill hazed dark copper with a sticky off-white head.

Aroma of pine, a bit of grains and some rye.

I liked the interplay between the hops, the rye and the caramel malts. The rye adds a nice bit of spice to the pine and slightly sweet malts.

The mouth is decent and a bit coating.

I had a couple and would definitely have more again.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A clear red gold body is surmounted by a moderate, fine-beaded off-white head, with good retention. Thick, unbroken lacing coats the glass walls. Profuse, minute bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Grassy and grapefruit hop aromas are dominant, the sweet rye notes provide a solid supporting presence in the aroma.

Taste: Opens with strong rye notes and pleasant pine and grapefruit hops. As the taste progresses, the hops and sweet rye intertwine in a complex melange, with neither yielding to the other. The finish is as the taste began, with neither hops nor rye yielding the stage to the other. Finishes with a balance of sweet and bitter notes.

Mouth feel: Soft to the touch, very full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.28/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 8.19 (Including tax)/sixpack ($ 0.113/oz) at Spec’s, Shertz, TX
Undated can at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – spicy rye and malt, rye fades but malt lasts
Head large (Maximum 4.8 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with rocks, diminishing to a six mm ring and complete layer with varying thickness
Lacing good – wide partial rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark orange, clear
Flavor – well balanced malt and hops, starts slightly sweet with a little malt flavor and rye spiciness. No alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

A very good pale ale in an IPA world. I feel this is vastly underrated.

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.5

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Orange bodied and a fairly hard pour generates a thick and fluffy off-white head that leaves some lacing.

Peppery spicy rye and caramel malt with orange and floral hops(Cascade?) Mild aroma.

Smooth and light on the palate. Light bitterness. Flavor brings the aroma with some breadiness. Flavor is a little more engaging for me than the aroma.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.32/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light Amber color. Has a rye malty aroma. Flavor follows the aroma. Rye, biscuit like malts and a smooth mouthfeel. Glover tails off pretty quick. Overall not bad.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours light Amber body with thick white head with nice retention and lacing
S: sweet, citrus notes with some spicy notes
T: subtle, earthy notes with a sweet, slightly citrus finish
M: medium bodied and fairly smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; decent drinking beer

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Photo of mjurney
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber-gold color, chill haze. Some carbonation. Mid-size head, disappears slowly.

Bready, caramel, a little citrusy.

Sweet, bready, caramel, a little rye. Hop bitterness is moderate, mostly citrus. Finish is crisp and semi-dry. Medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, highly drinkable.

It's a very good Rye Pale Ale.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.03/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'd planned on reviewing this one, but it's not worth it.

Looks, smells, and tastes like a muddier version of Shiner Ryes and Shine. Some sort of light rye amber, perhaps. Nothing too offensive stands out, but it's the worst microbrew rye beer I think I've ever had. At ~$9/six pack, this is defintely one to avoid. Now I just need to figure out how to get rid of the other 5.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
3.39/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: pours with an amber color and really transparent. Some lacing and no carbonation to the eye.
S: definitive rye smell with minimal floral on back. Not that hoppy and more of a tame pale ale.
T: rye yeast and slight sweetness. Looking for more freshness and brightness but lacking.
M: medium heavy with no carbonation
O: not my favorite PA but as at as flagship beers go this wasn't too bad. Worth a beer or raster but personally wouldn't have 6

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a local inexpensive beer that I've had many times including last night.

(L) It has a hazy amber hue with a thin white head.

(A) It has a modest bready sweet aroma.

(T) It has a taste of sweet malts, rye, and citrus, a bit bland but it is good drinking when it’s hot.

(F) It is smooth and light.

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Photo of ritwingr
3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I guess I liked this a bit better than most here. Nice color color, thin heady that quickly disappears. I can only faintly catch the rye, but the overall taste is nice, if not memorable. Like a lightly hopped iOS with concurrently light citrus. Mouthfeel definitely a bit thin. Refreshing, though. I've had worse.

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Photo of keithv70
2.46/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The look and smell were ok, but where this beers gets you is the taste. Its pretty poor. Sure, it feels like you're drinking beer, but its not worth the effort.

I hear its better at the brewery, straight from the keg, but I will likely never disprove that theory.

Grapevine CB makes some really good beers, but the Lakefire Rye is mainly all I see at the stores in North Texas.

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Photo of JonathanTaylorThomas
1.45/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Bought this hoping for something similar to the Summit rye. The majority of the six pack I purchased has been sitting in my fridge taking up space since I bought it. I will never buy it again, even if it's the only "craft" on tap at a hole-in-the-wall. I can honestly say that I find run-of-the-mill Bud light or Coors more drinkable, and that's saying something.

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Photo of Maloney1011
2.91/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light copper color, off white head.

Aroma: Light hop aromas, slight spice from rye, slight notes of vomit/bread.

Taste: Stong rye, mild pine from hops.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, medium body.

Overall: Drinkable, Would drink on a special, probably wouldn't buy again. Much better this time then when it first came out.

Side info: Poured from can, bought in Irving, Tx, Served around 45°f.

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Photo of philibrew321
4.12/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this along with Stone IPA and Widmer Upheaval IPA, and it had a better body and hop character than the Stone surprisingly. More floral than citrusy, and a nice smooth finish.

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Lakefire Rye Pale Ale from Grapevine Craft Brewery
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