Shoot Your Rye Out | Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Spider889 on 07-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shoot Your Rye Out is copper in color. It’s rather hazy. Backlighting gives it a really nice orange tint. It’s capped with an off-white head that rises to about a finger or so in height. It falls back quickly, leaving a spotty web of lace in its wake.

The nose kicks off with a nice hop assault. Strong citric fruit notes of grapefruit and orange seem to be the most prominent. There are some sweet caramel malt scents that follow. Rye is noted, but is definitely a secondary scent. That’s not too surprising given the strong hop presence. Those two are always fighting for the spotlight. Alcohol is buried. Smells good.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. It’s actually a little better, but probably not enough to warrant a score bump. It starts out with a sweet caramel/toffee flavor. It’s not overly strong, and is a nice base. Hops emerge and add a really nice citric mix of grapefruit and orange. It’s a little bitter, but seems to be balanced by the malts to a large degree. Rye is secondary, but complements the other flavors nicely. It is somewhat spicy. With each passing sip, it seems a little more spicy than it does bitter. Honestly, it all just seems very balanced and approachable. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes with a sweet/spicy combo, and is very dry.

Shoot Your Rye Out has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is dialed down nicely, and gives it a smooth feel. It goes down very, very easy. I won’t finish the growler tonight, but I probably could. It is 7% abv, so perhaps I should reconsider that….

When I picked this up tonight, I fully expected it to be last year’s Eyr Der, Eyr Der under a different name. After trying it, I do not believe that’s the case. Shoot Your Rye Out is much more balanced. It definitely has a nice flavor, but Eyr Der, Eyr Der seemed to have more flash and pizzazz that made it more appealing (to me). That’s not to say you should pass on Shoot Your Rye Out. It’s a very solid beer that can stand on its own.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass on 7/14/11

Specs (provided on a piece of paper handed to me by the bartender): Rye IPA. 7% abv, 70 IBUs. Galena, Amarillo, Columbus and Bravo hops.

Golden orange with honey tones. A bit of haziness throughout. Pours an ample one thumb head that peaked over the top of the glass. Retention is much thinner with matted swaths of foam. Very impressive lace - a solid wall. The appearance is excellent.

Smells much better than Eyr Der, Eyr Der. The aroma seems cleaner, on the whole. Citric notes are in full swing - mango, tangerine and pineapple. A hint of orange peel and a faint lemon twinge. Pine notions are worked in, causing the rye bread aromas to be more pointed. Bread is lightly toasted. Faint, dry biscuit as it warms. Easily hoppy enough to fit the Rye IPA nomenclature.

The palate finds a more mild-mannered beer than the nose suggests. Steady pine bitterness is far from overbearing and encompasses a middles that showcases the rye addition. Assertive breadiness, which somehow never seems quite at odds with the hops, is peppered by dry, subtly spiced rye flavor. An Amarillo juiciness was had on the latter half of the first sip; later though, the citric aspect blends into the whole. Tips a bit closer in favor of the malts as it warms.

Medium body with a feel that interests me. Resin grips at the onset of each sip, made feisty by a quick carbonation jab. From there the carbonation calms to a smooth, rolling fluffiness. The finish is impressively clean. A quick bitterness tapers off to a rye decay.

I like this year's Hop Odyssey's rye beer much better than the last. If nothing else it's more suited to being called a Rye IPA. It's really good fresh but I get the impression the hops could fade quickly and fade drastically when they do (this is pure speculation on my part). In any case, i encourage CBC to consider brewing this from time to time.

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Photo of Spider889
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on regular draft at the release party at Bob's Bar after trying the cask version. While the cask beers are usually so different that comparison is difficult, and the draft usually being the superior beer, this is the extreme end of that spectrum.

Sadly the beer was only being served in pint glasses, which didn't do much for the appearance. Not much head, no lace. The same color as the cask version only this time the beer exhibited much better clarity (no surprise here though).

Smells much hoppier than the cask version. Spicy rye is apparent along with some bitter orange pithiness and light floral pine.

Wow does this taste better on draft. It's not nearly as sweet or fruity when there's adequate carbonation to help deliver the true intended flavor of this beer. Spicy rye stands out, along with some strong hop bitterness. Citrus and pine vie for control, and in the end the citrus wins in flavor while the pine steps back and handles the bitter side of things. This is much more bitter on draft... a good thing imo. The bitterness got so strong at points I was nearly tasting aspirin, though this was a fleeting thought only, and muddled by what fruity hops remained in this version of the beer.

Very dry and bitter with a long slow finish. Good strong carbonation.

Overall much better than on cask. I am sorry to have missed many of the cask tappings, as I could see where of of the previous beers would have been a lot of fun to try in that format. This just wasn't one of those that benefited from low carbonation and a hand pump.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a darker golden amber color with nice foamy head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice layer lacing.

S- Good amount of hops coming from this one, mostly piney, but also some tropical fruits. Picking up quite a bit of spices, and bread.

T- Quite a bit of pine here more than I picked up in the nose. Quite a bit of spices again, and a light touch of bread.

M- Medium in body and carbonation seems to be pretty solid.

O- I really enjoyed this one. This one grew on me quite a bit.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Bodega, into a CBC pint.

The head was loose and soapy. It dispersed into clumps. The glass was still laced very well, though. The beer was a deeper orange with a good haze to it.

The aroma here seemed pretty muted, especially for a CBC beer. Everything that was there was nice though. A pithy middle of orange falls between unmistakable rye spiciness and some lightly toasted grains. I love the characteristic orange and pineapple that so many other Hop Odyssey beers have I just think this thing needs a boost.

Rye is there all along, pressing a light spicy bread crustiness to the palate. There is a pocket of pithy, juicy orange and pineapple that finds space among pine and some earthy grains.

Lower on the body, but that's a good thing here. Carbonation was soft and gentle, a result of the cask. It has a nice, long, piney dry finish.

I've been told that this beer is better suited for being served on tap and that these casks don't do it justice. I can see that. This beer seemed fairly muted on all accounts. I also can picture that this one would be more enjoyable if it were a bit colder than Bodega's beer engine. I'll have to give this a try on tap before its gone.

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Shoot Your Rye Out from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 7 ratings