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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Photo of OverToad
5/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic Rye beer like others here have stated. I find it a shame though that it's only available in the mixed packs. This should be available on its own sixer and I hope Samuel Adams listens and does just that.

Taste is fantastic and the color is right for a RYE beer. As others have said, it does have some sour to it, but that is normal for a RYE brew. As usual, Sam adams has a winner.

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Photo of Brewtrooper
4.97/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours with a beatiful reddish orange hugh that could be characterized as bronze, and bubbly notes of carbonation resolve into a medium sized white head that reduces to a thin blanket after several mintues. The aroma is complex with a mix of caramel malty tones and a blanced complex mix of hops including some earthy notes that match well with the hops. There is also a note of spice in the aroma, that blends well with both the hops and malt.

The flavor is balanced, balanced, balanced. The flavor is caramel bready with the very enjoyable sweetness balanced by both the hops and pallete drying rye. It finished crisp with an wonderful yet clean aftertaste, making drinkability a 5.

This beer is one for the log books for me. I hope that the keg I had this from was not an anomoly, and all batches for are this good. My tastebuds rate this a near perfect beer.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.71/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear amber, nice 1 inch foamy head disippated to thin collar.
aroma of fresh baked bread, and sweet malts..
taste is wonderful...can really taste the rye! (which I LOVE!) also nice hopping, and well balanced with malts..very well balanced.
mouthfeel is full/creamy and satisfying.
Drinkability is SUPERB!! LOVE...LOVE...LOVE this beer! could drink it ALL THE TIME!!!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a surprisingly awesome brew from SA! I can surely see right off the bat why one wouldn't find this at all appealing - it's freakin' kicking with rye goodness top-to-bottom, inside-and-out. I thought they were going to pull some crappy flavor cluster@#$k by adding some unwarranted adjuncts or whatever, but they let rye do it's thing. The hopping is superb - almost smells and tastes IPA-like in a way (in my imagination).

Depending on how you decide to pour this it'll either have a super-high-rise head or a lil soft blanket. Either way, the bubbles are tiny and tight and a cottony cap retains til the very bottom. Generous lacing. Underneath, it's (as someone else on here alluded to) essentially a red rye color and quite clear.

Zippy rye zang zings out instantaneouzly as you pour, and as you shove your schozz in the glass (poured into a Euro pint, btw - the best glass around?), the German hops mix with the rye and the bustin' biscuit malt in ideal harmony. Nuff said. The malts push forward in the taste, gaining a hair of nuttiness, with the rye zing thing scaling back to a perfect position in line. I don't know if it's the rye or whatever American hops they used (or both), but the vaguely piney/spiced-orange notes compliment it all so well.

Mmm...drinks as clean and smooth as their Boston Lager. Nearly perfect balance of malt flavors and body. What's the point of putting a ton of rye in a beer if you're just going to obfuscate it with darker/roasty/bitter malts and/or bushels of cones?

Why can't they, SA, make more beers of this quality? Not that (I'm only now finding) all their other offerings are all that lame. They have some good stuff. But this is a fine recipe, untainted by misguided musings or palate-ine dalliances. I'll echo the feelings of a few here and suggest they should put out 6-pks of this. But what's the point?

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.41/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flavorful yet drinkable, what a great beer! Pours simply gorgeous with deep amber color and rich, creamy head. Beautiful. Nose has a mixture of herbal components and light caramel, with a clean toasty grain aroma that is pleasing. On the palate the rye is apparent but also blends nicely with the toasty caramelly sweetness, smooth mouthfeel, and exceptional drinkability. Yet another successful craft beer from this amazing brewery.

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Photo of mikeal1917
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second beer on the day of Sam Adams is the Revolutionary Rye Ale.

Appearance: As with many of the Sam Adams, it looks amazing, especially within their glasses,lol. Dark red, almost burgandy in color, with a wispy head that doesn't quite disapate, but definitely isn't as pronounced as the Boston Lager.

Smell: Definitely a strong citrus smell (oranges) as well as a spicy, spring smell. Reminds me of green plants really.

Taste: I really like this beer, a nice strong, dry finish with a sweet overtones. The spices are also very distinguished, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Thicker, smooth you a sense of fullness with every sip.

Drinkability: A full-bodied brew that would be great with a surf and turf platter.

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Photo of Brad007
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Great way to start off things.

Crisp rye greets the nose with a grainy texture. Similar in context to an amber ale but with more sweetness.

Sweet, chewy malt greets the tongue, with just a touch of sweetness/spiciness to it. A slightly buttery character is present as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering buttery texture with sweet/chewy malt not far behind.

I remember sampling this at the Vermont Brewers Festival back in July of 2010, long before it was chosen as their newest recipe. Very easy to drink and highly enjoyable. I would strongly recommend it.

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Pours a deep, reddish copper color. Not much of a head and not much lacing left behind, but no worries here.

S: A bit of spiciness along with rye and hints of citrus. Very welcoming.

T: Hoppy with a bit of rye spice, with citrus and floral notes also making themselves known, with a slight bitterness making up the aftertaste.

M: Plenty of carbonation with a light to medium mouthfeel. Goes down nice and smooth.

D. This is a great session beer.

Cheers BBC!

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Photo of BDIMike
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper color. There is not much to the look but a nice tan head with very good retention.
Smell has a nice rye bread smell. There is a very good malt base with a hoppy, citrus tinge.
Taste is great. The taste starts with a great malty base of rye bread and caramel malts. At the end there is a nice balanced hop shot.
Mouthfeel is very nice. This beer has a medium body with a smooth feel.
Drinkability is the best part of this beer. The tastes of this beer are so well balanced that the drink goes down nice and easy. An awesome new selection from Sam that I would recommend for anyone. I will be upset when this one goes away.

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Photo of shand
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic. Pours a beautiful red-amber colour with huge apparent carbonation and three inches of head that just won't quit. Leaves wonderful sticky lacing to the side of the glass as well. So good looking I almost couldn't bring myself to drink it. But I did. Aroma is sweet malts, rye, and citrus. The taste is quite good. It's not very complex, just rye, subtle piney hops and citrus provide a nice zing over some slightly sweetened malts. That doesn't mean that it can't taste very good though. Delicious and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and extremely crisp, and the drinkability is exceptional. Why do they only give you two of these, I would love to be able to session it. A great one-off from Sam Adams that I really hope sees its way into general rotation.

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Photo of jt31914
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice amber/red color with light lacing and a finger of head. Nice looking beer.

S: Rye, spiciness, and light but pleasant hop aromas. Maybe one of the best smelling BBC beers I've had. The caramel malt base is present too, but everything is very balanced.

T: Strong rye and crystal malt flavors on the palate, with rye going all the way through the finish and hops cutting through the middle of the taste. Very nice. This honestly is one of the best beers I've had from BBC. It's not revolutionary perhaps, but a very solid effort and a beer I would definitely have again. Like a typical Ryan Reynold's comedy: you're never really blown away but you find yourself drawn back again.

M/D: Super drinkable. Smooth yet bubbly mouthfeel. Well done.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this in a small plastic sample glass at the brewery beer garden in Boston.

A-off white head, dark walnut body

S-candy, citrus, ice cream

T-ice cream and floral hops


D-really full of flavor. I would drink it again though if given limited choices.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours amber in color with a large, foamy off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thin ring of spotty lace.

Smell: Citrus and herbal notes with a light touch of sweet malt with a lot of overlapping rye. Surprising amount of depth for a Sam Adams brew.

Taste: Begins citric and somewhat piney, finishing with sour and spicy rye flavors with sweet balt backing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with well-rounded carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer and stands well against others of its style. Compared to other beers in the Samuel Adams lineup, though, this is one of the better offerings they have.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Creamy yellowish head. Excellent head retention. Deep amber color. Lots of carbonation.

S: Malty, bready with an extremely subtle citrus note.

T: Malty and bready. Delicious. I love rye's breadiness.

M: Full.

D: Hell yea. It's great for a sessionable beer but it's not my favorite one.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque copper color, with a white head.

S: Spicy rye, bready malt, a subdued floral and piney hop character in the nose.

T: More spicy rye, some wheat, some bready malt, hop flavor is still piney, floral and subdued.

M: Medium bodied, a bit harsh.

O: Recommended if you want a rye beer that doesn't have a strong hop character to it. This beer really focuses on the rye and other malts. That said, I enjoyed it.

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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 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 BeerMeInMS
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking Date: 2/23/11
Best By Date: June 2011

Glassware: Chalice

Appearance: burnt orange with off-white head; clear with only a little bubbling. Head retained fairly well.

Smell: clean, floral, and refreshing. A nice and present aroma.

Taste: I honestly thought rye bread as I tasted this brew. It had the dry, sour flavor of rye. It was not a powerful rye flavor but present and clearly evident. Other than that, it tasted balanced overall with bitterness matched by some roasted flavor; leaves a floral and bitter (hoppish?) aftertaste. Reminded me of Boston Lager...but with more bitter, earthiness and the rye flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied; moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: fairly light but tasty. good brew for repeated tastings.

Notes: Recommended. This is the only rye beer I have had, so nothing in the style I can compare to, but...I liked it and would drink again. The rye makes an interesting twist in taste.

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

Pours clear amber with thin, off-white head that lasts. Good carbonation and some lacing. Subtle pine and floral hops in the aroma with a crisp malt character. A bit spicy smelling. A nice hop bite in the flavor is well; pleasantly bitter with a dry malty finish. Some caramel and bread flavors along with ample pine resin. Medium bodied. Overall I'm pretty impressed by this offering; if it came out in its own 6 packs I'd get a couple now and then. The flavor and character of rye beers go really well with the pine resin hop notes in my opinion.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Canterbury Ales, Huntington, NY.

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts, caramel and a touch of spice.

The taste consisted of the typical SA house yeast flavor coupled with a seep roasted caramel and noticeable hop spice. Good dose of pine at the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty selection from SA.

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

Maybe I'm just not good at reviewing beer. I like it all! The thing with sam adams though is recently i feel the quality has gone downhill. I think they have weakened the taste of their beers to appeal to the masses...or maybe my taste has just gone to the stronger beers :) anyway, this beer is above average as far as sam adams beer goes. at least 30% stronger than the boston lager. maybe that's why i like it. i expected an average rating from BA though so not surprised the bros gave it a C.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized rye malts, a good amount of hops, some citrus and some spice.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, spices and a little bit of citrus. Then a hearty rye malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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

This beer has a nice dark amber body with a light fizzy 2 finger heat that lays down quickly to a nice sticky lace. The smell is very sweet and malty. The taste is sweet to start off but it finishes with a hop flavor (almost like a strong ipa flavor). The mouth feel is a little thick but smooth. Overall i think it is a good beer.

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

appearance: darkish brown apprearnce with
a little red glow, not much.

smell: decent hop aroma,

taste: could have used more hops, lots of spicy rye

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, could have used more body

drinkability: this is a good sessionable ale. It's not overpowering with hops, rye, or body. Just good.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Revolutionary Rye Ale is a redish-amber color with a cream colored, creamy looking head. Nose is mainly of rye with some piney, resinous hops. The flavor is also dominated by rye with a bitter hoppiness and slight caramel malt background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light yet creamy carbonation. Overall beer is to style, takes some getting used to but is not a bad beer.

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