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Rise Up Rye | Gun Hill Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Gun Hill Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rye Saison brewed in collaboration with the cast of the broadway show "Hamilton" and the Happy Hour Guys. NY State grown Rye and wai-ti hops.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Jeff486
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of WesMantooth
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can stamped 10/23/17

It is a hazy/unfiltered straw gold with a thick egg white froth.

Rye is very evident in the aroma. Smells like rye bread with a very earthy, slightly musty, wet barn boards aroma. A little bit of fruity esters and baking spices underneath.

I get a bright pear and lemon like burst of flavor initially. Then it’s a bit floraly follwed by some banana, cloves, coriander, and rye before the funky yeast rounds it out. While the rye takes a back seat compared to the aroma, it is definitely there in the finish with a lingering dark bread and earthy, straw aftertaste.

It is crisp up front, then fairly full bodied. Even slightly creamy at times. A bit of pepperiness throughout with a nice bit of spice in the end.

I am a rye junkie whether it’s food, whiskey, or beer, and this one delivers on that front. I think it is a little heavy in body even taking that into consideration for the style, and the banana and clove combo swings it in the Hefeweizen direction a bit, but overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with visible carbonation. A thick foam head retains beautifully, along with expansive and thick layers of ring lacing.
The aroma first evokes a pilsner malt like sweetness that is soon taken over by a strong lemon tartness and sourdough bread. Fruity, citrusy, as well as hints of stone fruit, mainly peach. The rye bread aroma doesn’t hit you right away, but becomes evident about 1/4 of the way through, and adds some nice spice that interplay’s with the lemon tartness. Furthermore, Hefeweizen like notes midway evidenced by the appearance of banana aromas. Things get earthy towards the end, as a light funk is hinted at.
After a sweet pilsner malt like opening, the body soon both lightens up and dries significantly in the palate. As with the aroma, a tartness soon sets in that is lemon like without being to acidic. Peppery spice throughout, along with clove and of course, the rye, which is more subtle than the name of the beer suggest. It acts more as a balancing agent amidst the malted barley and wheat backbone and plays well off of the lemon, peach and banana. A clean but hops bitterness and grassy flavors add complexity. Clean malt profile, especially dry cracker, yet, a sweetness comes in and out.
Light bodied and crisply carbonated with a dry finish that contains hints of light lemon wedge. Clean mineral water mouthfeel throughout. Great balance and complexity between the malts, the tartness and the spices.
Earthy and rustic qualities speak of the Saison/Grisette style, yet, there are elements of Hefeweizen and of course, the rye, subtle, yet omnipresent. Whatever style you want to name it, I thought this was a complex and sublime and delicious light drinking brew. How is the rating not higher?? Am I missing something?

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i like rye malt in a clean saison, pale rye like this can go a long way, especially in the absence of heavy belgian esters or any kind of developed bretty funkiness, which is what we have here, sure its loosely belgian, its saison after all, but its crisp almost lagered feeling to me, and the yeast is not the driver here, the grain is, which i really dig in one of these from time to time. i immediately get floral hops, dry crackery rye, and a soft white pepper and even anise sort of spice. if those things sound heavy, they arent in here. the body is light when i drink it, carbonation is explosive, and the whole thing is dry and clean, so tidy, so the rye really shines. its accented well by the other malt in here, and carries a long flavor trajectory even in its relative simplicity. infinitely drinkable, which i love, the whole thing just seems done in service of the grain, its agricultural even harvest timey in that way, i love it. i like how clean the ferment is, a little rustic, but nothing intense or residual. it makes perfect sense to me that this beer won a medal at gabf in the rye beer category this year, i agree with the judges on this one, its exceptional and the rye really shines. yum!

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Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with just a thin layer of white bubbles on the surface and a narrow ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of banana-like yeast are present in the nose along with hints of rye.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of bananas along with slight hints of spiciness from the rye in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between a hefeweizen and a rye beer. For this reason, it is a lot lighter in body compared to other beers in this style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Knickfan3
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roberto11232
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerBeast
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy but translucent straw, with a big creamy white head, with fairly good retention and lacing.

S: Banana, apple, pear, lemon, straw, cracker, bubblegum, clove. Smells like a hefeweizen.

T: Crackery malt with straw, lots of green apple, pear, and lemon. Some underripe banana. Dry with clove on the finish.

F: Medium-light-bodied, but lots of carbonation. It actually feels rather fluffy.

O: A really tasty beer, but a saison? No! This is a hefeweizen. A really good hefeweizen, but certainly not a saison.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Remember its a rye beer. As a saison, its an interestingly good beer. Good in small doses.

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Photo of mitch3114
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JebBelford
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pleasant taste but a bit thin to the taste and thin head. Not remarkable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-draught @ Randolph Beer Wburg.

Soft. It commits to German yeast judging by the loud banana esters and bubblegum phenol, but it's a bit too much here; I hoped for more emphasis of rye malt's signature spiciness. It's also overhopped for a saison or roggenbier, and its tropical key lime hop flavour is too dominant. Finishes oddly dry, bitter, and even metallic.

Smooth, creamy, wet, and...a little dirty or stale. I have to wonder if the draught line this was poured through is clean; this isn't a pleasant brew.

Imbalanced and underwhelming. I'm not sure what they were after with this, but it's neither much of a saison nor much of a rye beer. Given its title, I thought at the very least it would showcase the eponymous rye...


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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can. Pours a clear, light yellow with very little head. Seems like a cross between a lager and a farmhouse ale. Light on its feet, both in nose & palate. Crisp, very refreshing with only a mild tartness. Very satisfying beer for a hot day in the summer esp with 4.8% abv.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AgentMunky
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Teku glass.
Pale yellow. Hazy and effervesence. Little to no head.
Smells lagery. Thin, sweet, and grainy with a heavy dose of lemon peel.
Light, spicy, and refreshing. Floral and grainy, a pleasant saison, but I wish the noticeable yeast were funkier perhaps. A mite fruity, citric, and metallic as well. Pleasing against the tongue, it ultimately doesn't deliver any knockout notes, but it's a solid, drinkable, summery saison.

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Photo of NonicPanic
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Rise Up Rye from Gun Hill Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 39 ratings