India Red Rye Ale
Stoneface Brewing Co.

India Red Rye AleIndia Red Rye Ale
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Style:
Rye Beer
Ranked #14
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,065
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 9.31%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
202
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Stoneface Brewing Co.
 
New Hampshire, United States
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India Red Rye AleIndia Red Rye Ale
Notes: Our most complex grain bill and moderate bitterness join forces to produce this bold, malty and spicy IPA. Dry hopped with a blend of American aroma hop varietals this is best consumed fresh.
Fun Fact: Originally brewed with Tyler Jones of Black Hog Brewing Co.
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 202 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Boto from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can: This one pours a hazy amber color. There was a bit of a frothy beige head on it. Some lacing. It has a good nose. A nice mix of citrus and tropical hops. The taste is very good. Just a bit bitter and slightly dry in the finish. The taste is good. A bit of the citrus and tropical hops, but also a touch of rye and other graininess. Another very good brew from these guys!

Jan 12, 2018
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DBosco from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Red with an orange tinge, too dense to see all the way through but you can see some active bubbling. Big two finger head that takes a while to settle, with some large bubbles (which I don't remember seeing before in other beers). Bottled 3 months ago. Strong smells of citrus and tropical hops. Tangy rye taste with some biting citrus hops. Mouthfeel is juicy and prickly, a little foamy. Overall, a good beer and seems to be a good representative of its type (which I've only had a few of).

Mar 28, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark, reddish amber color. Enough carbonation to create a a very thick and chunky, khaki colored foam cap.

A spicy rye scented malt, very spicy and earthy. Roasted nuts, dark chocolate and spicy hops.

The flavor is very malt forward with a big, spicy rye taste. Earthy and spicy all over the place! Very heady malt forward and just enough earthy hops to make a decent balance with interesting depth. A very full bodied feel, pretty malty heavy feel, smooth finish. I like it when the Rye is big and spicy!

Pretty high quality stuff, excellent rye effect.

Dec 28, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep chestnut brown and red body. An almost ruby like quality but a shiny brown that glows nicely before the dregs hit that make a nice chocolate paste. Fine and light khaki top, fluffy and an easy two to three fingers. Island retention and light top with big amounts of lacing.

Delicious aroma for rye and hop mix. Chewy and spicy mix on the nose for the malt, with a soft sweetness. Hop dense quality with a mild dank sweetness and earthy quality. Real nice complimenting malt and hop character.

Palate takes things down a bit. Light slightly wet body, with a washing spicy malt mix. Hop angle provides a much more unique angle bringing the dense character and making for a larger flavor of almost smoke and sweet dirt. Palate is a bit prickly and makes for a slightly distracting experience.

A much more decent rye brew than I've had before that's for sure.

Dec 25, 2016
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StringsAreWings from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent deep golden caramel color. Begins with an almost perfect 2" head that recedes in the first 2-3 minutes to a substantial halo with light froth that remains across the surface. Great stubborn lacing that sets in sheets that remain on the glass permanently in the areas where it is not washed away. This beer looks very photographic once poured. Smell is very inviting with a perfect mix of malt, rye and hops. I seem to smell the slightest scent of seawater as well. Taste matches the smell very well with a subtle bitterness rising just enough on the aftertaste. This really is a nice balance for a rye as some can be sharp without enough mellowness to even out the flavor profile. Moderately carbonated with brisk bubbles that tingle the senses and keep it lively. A great, balanced rye for those looking to explore this style of beer.

Mar 17, 2016
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hudsonvalleyslim from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery, now a growler poured into a Foolproof tulip glass.

Amber, okay red enough. Earthy aroma and taste. I love this makeup. Full-bodied and balanced, rye-bitter hoppy. Delicious!

Feb 21, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very impressive four-finger starting head. It settles slowly and in a rocky fashion. Each sip brings a new ring of lace. The color is dirty copper and crystal clear.

Starts with a caramel nose. Smells like an English IPA. The hop is subtle but present.

Quite dry malt flavor initially. There's a bit of earthiness in the swallow. This follows through in the aftertaste with a bit of a morph into a soft, direct bitterness which lingers a long time. The body is on the rich side but the carbonation holds its own. On subsequent tastings, I get some chocolate in the swallow (and only there).

Dec 20, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Second from the brewery, want to try more at some point. Bottle code but no date.

Pours a nice creamy large 2 finger head that fades very slowly, nice messy lacing, semi hazy ruby red color.

Nose brings fruity rye out front, big fruity rye, a little spicy rye, with orange zest hops, candied orange peel, a little sweet reddish candy malt, little earthy spicy hop.

Taste brings a sweet caramel like candy malt out front, reddish toasty malt, candy like, with big fruity rye flavors, fruity yeast esters as well, into a big spicy rye, spicy earthy hops, caramel rye, a mild citrus candied orange peel note, hops are pretty bitter with that spicy character. Finish brings a hint of booze warmth, with big spicy rye, spicy chewy hops, mild sticky caramel and toffee lingering.

Mouth is med bod, a little heavier sticky, over carbonated surprisingly.

Overall pretty nice, nice hops that blend nicely with the rye, nice fruitiness all around, pretty tasty, but not amazing.

Dec 12, 2015
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle with no bottling date. Purchased from the brewery 1 week ago.

Dark amber in color. Half finger off-white head.

Aroma is faint. Some earth, slightly sweeat and bready malt, faint hint of pine.

Taste is malty. Hops only aim to balance. Not a hop-forward beer. Rye malt is unnoticeable.

Mouthfeel is fine. Full.

Overall this beer fails on 2 fronts: I get no rye in the flavor department or on the nose. It also fails on the hops front. If the beer is called "India Red Rye" that tells me it should be hoppy - but it's not. Outside of those 2 fails, the beer is totally fine, and enjoyable enough - albeit unexciting - if you forget its faults.

Aug 28, 2015
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle into a cool nonic. Dark and murky, color of an old penny, with a modest head which fades quickly leaving ample sticky lacing. S: Sharp, toasted caramel and toast, faintly hoppy. T: Follows the nose and slightly bitter. F: Mmmm, thick and chewy, moderate carbonation. O: Not always a fan of rye but this one is a hit.

Aug 17, 2015
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20holmbrew from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an updated bottle purchased at the brewery.

A: dark Amber with a 2 finger white fluffy head
S: piney hops and heavy dose of rye. Some mango.
T: malt comes through with some hops.
M: medium body/carb.
O: excellent beer. I also picked the IPA but actually like the rye beer more. Glad I picked up two bottles of the rye. I will definitely get more next time I pass through New Hampshire.

Jul 22, 2015
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doremite from Vermont

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not typically my style but very well done. Red and rye fans will be very pleased with this. Nice light and approachable body with plenty of rye bite on the backend. Was pleasantly surprised.

Jul 17, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ACBF pour. Pours a reddish, copper color. Earthy hops, spicy rye grain, citrus, bready. The rye on the tongue is quite potent. Very hoppy, too. Lots of pine and citrus. Rustic, bready malt. Light caramel malt, too. Medium bodied and bitter. An above average, hoppy, red rye Ale.

May 31, 2015
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dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark amber in color with streaks of lacing and a solid, frothy white head that stays strong all the way to the end. Smells strong of bitter hops, pine, resin and earth tones. Taste is quite flavorful of pine, earth, hops, and rye. Pretty smooth and medium bodied with a pleasant mouthfeel and not too bitter of an aftertaste. Overall, a very fantastic rye ale that I will seek out again.

Apr 04, 2015
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snowmageddon from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brownish amber color with a nice 1.5 inch head.
S: rye, caramel malts, resinous hops.
T:: a healthy dose of rye, piney hops, toast
M: full bodied beer with fairly dry finis
O: Really nice use of rye, which can overwhelm a beer sometimes. This is a more subtle application of the ingredient than I've tasted generally. Surprised that I enjoyed this more than the IPA.

Mar 11, 2015
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MLaVioletteJr from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I couldn't find a freshness date anywhere on this bottle. I'm forced to conclude that it was a little long in the tooth as it was extremely underwhelming and didn't live up to the high ratings that it receives. Same story with the APA. I'd like to give them another try.

Feb 23, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found some of this on a trip home. From the bottle, it pours a light reddish brown with a nice off-white head. Rye is definitely in the taste! Excellent Beer, er, ale!

Jan 30, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/29/15

A: Lightly hazy burnt orange to medium amber - pours with a large, fluffy off-white head, fades to a wispy cap and leaves plenty of lacing

S: Nicely hoppy with a nice malt profile and a nice amount of rye - similar citrus profile to other hoppy Stoneface beers, with some bright orange and grapefruit flesh, peach - some pine and herbal notes - pale and caramel notes, toasted malts and some biscuits - an undercurrent of rye, which is more subtle than potent

T: Unexpectedly balanced - moderately hoppy with some orange and ruby red grapefruit flesh, and some citrus zest - pine, leafy hops - caramel malts, toasted grain, toasted biscuits, toasted rye bread - earthy with some spiciness from the rye that seems to grow the more I drink - medium level of bitterness, clean overall even with the inherent weirdness of rye

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth with the exception of the spicy rye character

O: Rye, right?

This is an interesting take on a rye ale, and I like it. Rye can be quite a big flavor, and some rye beers attempt to combat this with bigger malt profiles. Here, the rye is very subtle and the malt profile is actually pretty average, balanced with some nice hoppiness. Stoneface apparently really knows what they are doing.

Jan 29, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 1 pint bottle. Sampled on January 18, 2015.

The pour is an unfiltered or at least hazy reddish-brown color under a long-lasting tremendous off-white head.

The aroma has a nice rye grain malt note following immediately by earth and pine hops, yeast, and a slight meaty fruit character.

The body is medium or better and smooth.

The rye begins the tasting experience and then there is a boastful earthy and pine bitter bite lingering at the end.

Jan 18, 2015
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ColdOneKev from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

A - Hazy amber/red with a huge 2+ fingers of fluffy white head. Leaves Heavy lacing.
S - Hops - pine, floral, citrus. Rye - spiciness and light toast.
T - Citrus hops, rye spice, caramel malt. Less hoppy than the nose suggested.
M - Thick body, medium carb.
O - A well-balanced rye ale, which is sometimes a difficult style to do well. They did a good job with this one. I recommend you try it.

Nov 30, 2014
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this yesterday (15NOV14) on tap at The Nashua Garden, for $6.50.

Served in a standard shaker glass, it was a deep copper hue with a bit of haze. Head was thin to barely noticeable, save for some fine foam at the edge of the glass. Lacing was nice, though. The rye was quite evident in the aroma, along with some solid citrus. It had a medium body, and was fairly smooth, even with a bit of prickle.

Had some light sweetness leading off, with some caramel present as well. The hopping was solid, with some rindy, resiny notes hitting the palate. Ever present was the rye action, lending a noticeable spicy quality to the proceedings, which lingered nicely. A solid offering. Prosit!!

4.06/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.20 | smell: 4.00 | feel: 4.00 | taste: 4.10 | drinkability: 4.05

1690

Nov 16, 2014
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JAFoley from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

A - Deep hazy rosy red amber body with three fingers of nice foamy tan head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Hoppy citrus with cherry, and fresh dough.

T - Pine and floral hops upfront followed by toasted malts. Smokey and slightly spicy. Doughy in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sticky and syrupy.

O - Yet another great brew by Stoneface. Perfect red for the fall season.

Nov 09, 2014
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Flashy from Vermont

4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from a gas/beer store that is not the best of locations. Some old beer in stock and I wish to protest that Stoneface does not date their bottles- but this sample I assume was fresh ($5.95 16 oz brown bottle). I hear their cases are dated, but have never seen one. Poured beautiful with a thick, yeasty head that to me is the sign of a truly great beer. Taste is hoppy, with a bit more malt then the usual IPA. I actually found it more complex and just as good tasting as an IPA- which means this may be a go to style when available. After taste of a salty pretzel- like all great beers do. Will seek this out. Huzzah! Stoneface.

Oct 26, 2014
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Brutus627 from Maine

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Consumed on draft at the thirsty moose in Dover, NH.

A-Color was a red amber with moderate carbonation served in a Red Hook pint glass...
S-Spicy, sweet, earthy, not usually a rye type of guy with hoppy offerings but this seems promising.
T-Wow, comes at you with everything that I actually enjoy in brown ales. The smooth, spicy, crushable characteristics, then follows with a really great blast of earthy, grassy, resinous hops. Finishes clean with no unpleasant lingering bitterness.
M- Slick and viscous mouth feel influenced by the rye/heartier malts...Medium carbonation
O-I would say that this is my close second place offering from Stoneface with the IPA being first.This beer is awesome and I hope they bottle it so I can enjoy at home like I do the IPA. Keep going guys you really are doing a great job!

Sep 18, 2014
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

On tap at the source
Reddish brown color. Earthy spicy pine aroma with bits of bread and caramel to counter. Spicy earthy bite in the flavor with just enough malt to balance. Nice rye beer.

Aug 23, 2014
India Red Rye Ale from Stoneface Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 202 ratings