Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye AleSamuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews by GregBlatz:
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3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before June 2011

A - A very clear ruby red color. Head is tan and has some structure to it.

S - Sweet earthy hops and that nice spicy rye smell.

T - This isn't as aggressive as I expected. The rye shows itself nicely. Hops are there but are very earthy rather than citrus like. Not really like an APA or AIPA. No fruity esters and the beer has an almost lager like smoothness to it.

M - Creamy smooth carbonation. A little on the thin side.

D - Very easy to drink this.

Overall - I was expecting a big Rye Pale ale or IPA, but this is a bit more subdued. The hops are earthy and spicy, but I think a C-hop would fit the bill better. This is a very good beer, but not an exciting one.

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Photo of Mac19872
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sam Adams in the C terminal of the Tampa airport.
In a plastic cup the beer was a red/brown color with a thick tan head.
Rye aroma, herbal hops.
Subtle rye taste, some piney hops.
Fairly bitter.
Would drink this again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of 40451
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Twifiter
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mikechance
2.36/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I normally don't drink much Samuel Adams --- I feel they should concentrate on a few great beers than produce dozens of mediocre ones. The Revolutionary Rye Ale was part of an intriguing 12-pack which also including Noble Pils, Irish Red and Scottish Ale. I also wanted to compare it to the Bear Republic Hot Rod Rye which is one of my favorites.

The Revolutionary Rye Ale just lacked anything and everything. It had a very slight taste which faded very quickly. The aftertaste was stale and hollow. I really wanted to like it, but it just didn't do much for me.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of orm56
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Jason
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Reddish brown, a bit hazy with a creamy tiny bubbled head on top. Hint of spicy bready rye with cooked oranges in the nose. Very smooth and creamy, that trademark oily feeling and slick thicker body is there as with most beers from Boston Beer Co. Oily hop, faint alcoholic esters, sweet maltiness with a spicy kick from the rye and hops. Orangey herbal hop flavor is pretty substantial but the toasted grain and rye are still able to break through.

A decent Rye Beer but it has all of the same Samuel Adams bells and whistles which just does not make it original at all ... just a few dials of flavor moved around.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear amber body with a small almond head that is long lasting and leaves behind some creamy sheet lacing.

Aroma has citrusy and spicy hops, toasted caramel, and earthy rye.

Mouthfeel reveals a medium body and carbonation and a smooth creaminess.

Taste opens with some citrusy grapefruit hops that are complimented by a toasty caramel malt backbone. The spicy rye is understated but definitely apparent and adds a nice earthy edge.

I really like rye beers and don't think I've ever met one I didn't like. With that said, this one is far from spectacular but very solid and highly drinkable.

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Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: big rye hops, floral hops, and small caramel

Taste: big rye, floral hops and light caramel malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderately bitter, high carbonation

Overall: This strikes me as the Boston Lager with a touch of rye. I like BL and could have several cause of this. That said, this is a typical Sam Adams beer with a small twist--of adding the rye. Drink up if you want a different take on you SABL.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of bready malt as well as a lot of rye. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of rye and toffee, as well as some bready malt and a little bit of orange citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not the best beer from Boston Beer Company, but I am a sucker for rye beers and I found this one to be very nice.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of MattyG85
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Deep reddish amber with light carbonation. Head quickly fades.

Smell: An IPA like hoppy scent with hints of rye, malt, and spices.

Taste: A mix of bitterness and sweetness with a strong hint of rye and some malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth, and creamy.

Overall: A decent version of a Rye.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red and brown, good clarity, low head and retention. Aroma had nothing to indicate rye, just smelled like boston lager.

Taste, ok, good rye introduction, quaint spiciness. Wouldn't call it revolutionary, tastes like a lot of their more popular stuff, with just a component of it rye based malt. Definitely easy to drink, a little curve ball for you. Could definitely be something really appreciated by people moving up from BMC.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly pale copper hue with a bright off white head froms fine speckled lacing scattered around the sides of my Sam Smith imperial pint glass. The rye gives it a bit of girth the head holds together really well and has a dimpled rising bread dought appearance. Aroma has a nice spicy rye with hints of pine/citrus in the American hop additions. Overall presence of caramel malt and breadiness makes for a nicely balanced beer. Spicy rye assertive bready malt character with hints of caramel malt, pine and citrus hops bursts but doesn't kill with bitterness just a nice complementary hop/rye combo, not overdone in anyway. Medium bodied ale, a bit of extra girth from the rye additions, carbonation was mellow and smooth on the palate. Nice change of paced from the typical beers that Sam Adams has been putting out, Coastal Wheat, Blackberry witbier, Summer Wheat, and White many mediocre wheat beers do you have to have.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly orangish brown color with a thin tan head. the creamy head fades slowly, leaving decent lacing.

This beer has a grainy aroma. Some peppery notes are present. It has a slight biscuit like aroma as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Peppery and grainy hops, with some rye like flavors as well. Some biscuit malt flavor too.

This beer is highly carbonated, maybe just a little too much for the style. It leaves a peppery aftertaste.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It isnt high in alcohol, and the flavor is not overly aggressive.

Overall: this beer was decent. Nothing outstanding, but I would drink it ahain. I like rye in my beer, and it is nice to see it going around.

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Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of wmtxbb
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into chalice

Appearance: Amber with very light lacing.

Smell: light malt scent, can't identify if it is rye or amber... maybe it is both. After a few whiffs I finally get more of the sharp rye scent.

Taste: Moderate levels of rye and malt. Low level of bitterness and a little spice, probably from the rye.

I love SA's lager, but this brew is just another repackaged Sam adams' ale in a different label with a little variation in ingredients. I need more than this.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sparkling mohogony color, with a rich, off-whie 2" head with a whipped look and major sticky lace.

A bold hoppy aroma, pineapple, with a spicey tingle, dark wheat or rye, slightly sweet malt.

A toasted, bready maltiness stands out first with a kick of slightly dry rye and wheat flavor's. The rye gives a dark wheat flavor and smooth but dry and crisp body feel. Earthy and piney hops adds more complexity and decent balance. A medium to full, lush slightly dry feel. I like my rye beers to be very crisp and dry,this one almost nails it.

Rye beers are fun and easy and I'm all about it.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another offering from the American Originals pack. Best before August 2011 notched on the label. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - This rye beer pours a nice clear russet color with about a finger and a half worth of off white head. Nice lacing pops up along the glass as well.

S - A bit of spice from the rye is fairly noticeable up front. Some toasted malt in there as well. Decent, but nothing exciting.

T - A bit of caramel with a nice rye kick. Touch of hops in there as well make for a very balanced beer.

M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Crisp finish.

O - Another nice offering from BBC. I would have this one again, but I don't think I would seek it out.

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of rossracing
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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