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Trimtab Brewing Company

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Trimtab Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
Rye Beer
3.95 | pDev: 10.13%
Nov 03, 2019
Feb 07, 2014
Very Good
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4.81/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Wow, yet CANother from the depths of the backlog without any idea as to its origin. I would have guessed my local, in-person trader, @tone77 but he has not reviewed it, making him less likely. This is a CANQuest (tm) CANundrum & the very reason that I have pretty much shut the valve on the aCANuisition of more beer for the foreseeable future. I gotta get out from under!

From the CAN: "Spirited/Gravitational Nectar/Bold"; "Bitterness Scale (42 IBU)[,] Color Intensity (24 SRM".

I Crack!ed open the vent only to be met with a light spritz across my fingertips! It was CANother brimful craft CAN, but I was not CANplaining, merely remarking. I employed a light, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass at which point it produced a pseudo-cascade that finally settled into just under two fingers of dense, solid, foamy, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. 8=O AmeriCAN Brown Ale? My A**! This was a Rye Ale through & through! Man, the peppery, spicy mintiness shone through the moment that I lifted the glass to my nose for a sniff. The intensity was unmistakable. Mmm. Have I mentioned recently how Rye is my preferred distilled beverage? Mouthfeel was big, thick, full & creamy, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue! Mmm. The taste was immediately of Rye malt & I beCAN to wonder in what quantity or percentage of the malt bill it acCANted for. This was no playin' around, kids. This was Rye at its finest - cool, peppery, minty, pepperminty, spicy, dry. Yeah, there was a chocolatiness & a breadiness, but the Rye was clearly the star of this show. Warming, I beCAN to think of Rye bread. Mmm. In fact, if I CAN find this again, I'd want it with some Rye bread. Finish was cool, pepperminty & extremely dry. It is a total disservice to think of this as simply an ABA. I will be submitting a ChANge request acCANdingly. YMMV.

Nov 03, 2019
3.45 by mholdefer from Alabama on Jan 31, 2019
3.89 by TheGent from New Jersey on Oct 20, 2018
3.75 by SDRedDevil from California on Sep 11, 2018
3.5 by jnorris404 from Alabama on Sep 25, 2017
3.67 by owenlift from Kentucky on Jul 27, 2017
4 by T_Hass from Georgia on May 09, 2017
4.2 by bigedal60 from Alabama on Mar 10, 2017
Photo of WoodBrew
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I'm trying this at the brewery. It poured a rich mahogany with white head that is leaving a very nice lace. The scent had hints of dense bread. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. Good bread base with touch of sweetness. The Mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a great beer.

Jan 12, 2017
Photo of justinp444
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by justinp444 from Michigan

Poured into a pint glass it has a dark brown body with a quarter inch thick slight beige head. Smell of rye, spice, orange, slight citrus, and lots of bready malt. Taste is much the same with a nice toffee and vanilla flavor as well. Mouth feel is full as well as carbonation and body. Definetly looks a bit too dark for a brown ale and has some characteristics of a porter , but tastes like a very flavorful brown and I would buy again.

Dec 31, 2016
3.74 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania on Aug 20, 2016
3.58 by Maysrome from Alabama on Jun 26, 2016
Photo of Vestlake
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Vestlake from Alabama

Can pour. Half a finger tan head. Beer is extremely dark and the body is very thick. This beer looks and smells more like a porter than a brown ale. Taste has a lot of malt and the rye is there too. Very smooth, but relatively thick mouthfeel. Pretty good, but it feels more like a porter than a brown.

Jun 12, 2016
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3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by brewskifan55 from Mississippi

On tap at Magic City Brewfest, Birmingham. (Nice meeting you guys. Thanks for the tattoo!)

A: Medium brown with a half finger tan head that lingered.

S: Toasty malts with a rye punch.

T: And I can say the same for the taste. There's malt/rye battle for superiority going on and the taste wins. Smooth and semi-sweet. Highly drinkable.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: This one was recommended and I'm glad I got to try it. Cool brewery.

Jun 06, 2016
3.6 by FBGordon from Oregon on Jun 04, 2016
4.12 by Bloetscher from Alabama on Jun 03, 2016
3.65 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Jun 02, 2016
3.25 by Dave_Treat from Virginia on Apr 22, 2016
3.5 by harpus from Alabama on Apr 15, 2016
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3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Thanks to RichJ1970 for including this in his NBS BIF #3 box. 12oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a nice clean brown, with a bit of a reddish tint, and had about 1/2 inch of tan head that very good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was mostly slightly sweet malt, with just a touch of Rye. Pretty similar on the tongue, with the rye popping through a bit more noticeably. No real hop presence.

The body was smooth, even and had a semi-dry finish, something of a surprise in the style. Drinkability was very good, I could easily see knocking off a couple of these. Overall, a nice, solid brew. enjoyable, and worth a shot if you see it.

Apr 06, 2016
4.06 by jpdillAL from Alabama on Mar 28, 2016
3.53 by SPLITGRIN from Kentucky on Mar 11, 2016
4.6 by Bamahawk4 from Oregon on Jan 30, 2016
3.94 by Two10tim from Minnesota on Dec 07, 2015
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3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by AgentMunky from New York

On tap at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 30 July 2015.
My favorite Trim tab beer. Interesting and complex, with a velvety-rich mouthfeel. A bitterish, roasty sort of brown ale. I enjoy it!

24 March 2016 EDIT:
Freshly canned first batch. 5.5%
Pours dark and smooth. Smells malty metallic, with a little something else. The rich, smooth mouthfeel is still there, very little metal, nice bitterness, moderate roast. Velvety indeed. Completely stand by my initial review.

Aug 13, 2015
4.5 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Jul 17, 2015
3.73 by pwpratt from Alabama on Jul 12, 2015
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4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Robbimj from Alabama

A good balanced brown with great bitterness. Most browns are too sweet for my palate but this is certainly sessionable. Clarity is great for a brown.

Jul 08, 2015
4 by GABrew from Georgia on Jul 08, 2015
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jul 04, 2015
4.51 by SD161 on Jun 09, 2015
4.11 by Sanmn420 from Alabama on May 12, 2015
4.25 by klittle250 from Arkansas on Apr 14, 2015
Photo of CIBoy10
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by CIBoy10 from Alabama

Fantastic brown ale. Probably the best in the state in my opinion.

Apr 06, 2015
Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by richj1970 from Alabama

Poured on draft at local pizza joint.

A: Dark brown with two finger off white head. Lasting retention and light sticky lacing.

S: Lightly roasted malts. Caramel, brown sugar, and rye spices.

T: Sweet roasted malts mixed with a light rye spicy bite.

M: Full bodied and average carbonation. Finish is clean and refreshing.

O: A solid brown ale. I could crush these all day long.

Feb 28, 2015
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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by RockRuler from Mississippi

Tap poured, good flavor and after taste. I'd have another.

Feb 09, 2015
4.27 by ZMWTally from Florida on Jan 26, 2015
4.13 by bb-magic from Florida on Jan 18, 2015
4.2 by grumpygerman from Alabama on Jan 04, 2015
4.73 by JohnDorsch from Alabama on Jan 03, 2015
Pillar To Post Rye from Trimtab Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 63 ratings