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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of JLaw55
1/5  rDev -71.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was the first drain pour I ever had in my life. It was horrible. It was super bready, pretty thick, high carbonation, and tasted as if someone took the whole spice cabinet and stuffed it into a beer bottle. This was horrendous.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of mothman
2.01/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Color is a copper amber.

Aroma: Smells like an imperial red that has lost its hops. Very creamy and malty. Yuck. It has a slight rye flavor, but all bread, biscuit, and caramel malts.

Taste: Wow, this beer had better not win. It has more rye and spice in the taste, but then it is all malts. Caramel and biscuit flavors. Again, it tastes like an imperial red that is old and lost its hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. It is dry and spiced. Ends fairly clean, but dry.

Overall, normally I can drink a bottle of Sams and be alright. This one just isn't drinkable at all. There is nothing that works with this beer. Please don't vote for this beer.

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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 Jmamay22
2.39/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was excited to hear that Sam Adams would be offering a rye beer and picked up the mixed pack as soon as I saw it.

The beer pours a clear amber with a full fluffy red tinted head. The scent is a bit disappointing and fairly nondescript. There is a slight wift of the spicey rye and a flat scent of citrus hops. The hops come off as weak rather than a subtle allure.

Taste is similarly disappointing. The rye is bairly there and it is difficult to determine if the toasted malt or hops are weakest. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Altogether this is a disappointing effort. It fails to insult or impress.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Courtesy of aparris85. Pours a clear rust colored mahagony color with a slightly tan head that slowly settles. Malty, bready, with some spice aroma. Not really too much hops in the nose, if any, there is a touch of fruit like hops. Medium mouthfeel. The taste is rather ho-hum. Starts of with some mild sweetness and biscuit like qualities that then transitions to a dry like finish with just a touch of hop bitterness. Yeah, I hope they don't make Sample B. Minimal lace. No real alcohol notes.

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Photo of jsulko
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours reddish brown with slightly off white head.

Smell was a sweetness with some maltyness.

Flavor was bland with little or no hops flavor with the finish smacking of the rye in a bittler way

Not worth buying a mix pack just to get it. Not something I would seek out.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.69/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. See-thru amber with a short but dense cap of white foam. Good retention and a fair amount of sticky lacing.

The nose features rye and sweet malt in roughly equal strength. Toasty, too. Pleasant but mild. Surprising amount of bitterness given the relative lack of hop flavor; the rye kind of fills in the gaps here. Moderately sweet malts. Bitterness, rye, and that's about it, not too interesting.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle picked up in the american originals mixed twelve pack. this is probably the reason i picked up this case to begin with. pretty excited about it. drank from a snifter, which is the best i could do at the time.

A- the beer pours out a translucent brownish red colored body with a small off-white head on top. the head is very fast to fall and leaves behind little to nothing as far as lacing goes.

S- The smell isnt all that i was hoping for. it starts out with some sweet caramel malts. the rye malts arnt showing up nearly as strong as i would like but still add a slight spiciness to this. some raisin like fruitiness. can be smelled also. a small amount of spicy and piny hops at the end.

T- the taste begins with some sweet caramel malts which add an underlying sweetness throughout. after that i get a little (read weak) spiciness from the malted rye. some raisin and apple fruitiness in the middle. light spicy and pine hops at the end.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation seems a little on the high side.

D- i was really hoping for more out of this one. they should have used more and stronger hops. i really like rye/IPA hybrids. i dont think ill seek this one out again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.79/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark amber to red with a solid white head which leaves good lace.

S: Light notes, of rye, biscuity but not impressive.

T: I like the spicy rye bread note, but the beer is relatively pallid. Some caramel, bit of noble hopping, but the beer isn't doing much.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, has the classic BBC feel on the palate, you know this is Sam Adams.

D: One of those middle of the road beers that Sam Adams puts out, but this one is one the below average end. Innocuous and boring.

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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 ZeroSignal
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Coppery reddish pour with a dense, creamy looking off-white head. Good retention and a thick, sticky lace

S - Light pine and citrus scents in the nose with hints of a malty sweetness.

T&M - Lighter medium body with a defined crispness. Hop profile contains pine and citrus, and is a bit bolder then I would expect for a rye. Malt is also boldly present with a balancing sweetness. Finish is clean with just a hint of bitter and sour. I'm finding the rye character to be lacking...there is maybe just that hint of sour in the finish. Throughout the course of the drink a spicy character occasionally appears, but not enough to make me think "rye".

O - Even though there was not enough rye character for me, I still found this to be quite enjoyable, and very easy to drink. Negative points for being away from what I want for a rye, but bonus points for being overall tasty and easy to drink.

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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 budgood1
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a red tinted deep amber colour with a thin tan head and thinnish lace. spicy and malty aroma...slightly smoky with a definite herbal and grassy hop nose. flavours run much like the nose...medium maltiness; slightly caramel in nature...a bit spicy from the rye used...a bit like a scotch ale but much more subdued. almost sort of boring. hop profile peaks out and provides a touch of grass like bitterness to make it more interesting. it finishes dry...all that's left is some residual bitterness in the end. very light body for an ale of this sort, and the mouthfeel certainly is lacking in character. it feels extremely stripped down and bare. drinkability isn't all that great on it's own...a salty snack might help bring out the flavours a bit better.

overall i'm underwhelmed by this offering. i wasn't expecting the total lack of soul this rye beer serves up. it's not bad by any means, just weak and lacking in my opinion. an average beer and not one i would recommend.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber, trace head, zero lacing.

S: mild malt rye, hint of pine

T: slight sweet malt front, earthy middle, slight bitter rye finish

M: med/light, big carbonation

O: I was very excited to try this SA brew, but was disappointed.
Not worth trying. Could easily throw a 6 pack of this back. If you want THE Rye beer, get Founders Red Rye or Hot Rod Red Rye.

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Photo of largadeer
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle from a Sam Adams mixed pack.

Clear brownish-orange, a nice copper-like hue. An inch of head forms, but doesn't last long.

There isn't much to the aroma, even as the beer warms. Toasted malty sweetness, buttery diacetyl and a twang of earthy rye. Slight leafy hop scent beneath the malt.

Tastes very distinctly Sam Adams. Grainy, malty sweetness up front with a touch of spiciness from the rye. Slick, somewhat buttery mouthfeel; the diacetyl really detracts from the texture. Mild but lingering hop bitterness clings to the tongue in the finish, displaying a leafy and earthy character. Pretty generic and uninspired stuff, but it isn't awful.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very clear and caramel-like brown. Not much else to say about it, honestly. The lacing was just okay.

Smell - Wheat and rye of course. Smells caramelized and hoppy.

Taste - My first impressions were that this tasted like and American adjunct lager; but I soon got other notes. It tasted sort of soapy; perhaps the brewery forgot to dry the glass well enough? Slightly musty and sour. Heavy in citrus and zest; specifically lemon.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Sour and light bodied. The caramel notes are pretty tasty, but this is nothing all that impressive.

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Photo of bayougutter
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour from 12 oz bottle to snifter and it poured a dark copper color with a moderate head of tiny bubbles that didn't hang around very long. On the nose were orange citrus with spicey rye. The first taste was sweet malt and then the citrus hoppy rye. A little thin. An OK beer, I was just wishing and waiting for more flavor to burst forth.

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

This pours textbook amber with a two finger tight white head that dies down to a ring leaving no lace. On the nose there are caramel and bready malt notes backed up by rye and fruity esters, berries and what have you. It's well integrated but requires work to pull out much of anything. In the mouth the caramel bready malts sit well with a subtle rye spice that shows up more in the medium finish than right at the front. The body is medium, a little oily.

Overall, this beer is okay but lacking the big hit of rye that I wanted. The berry esters kind of bury everything other than the caramel and bread for me.

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

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: light brown; not much head, but decent carb action
S: malty, very slight pine tones
T: OK, not my style of beer; the rye comes through pretty nicely, but don't expect much in the way of hops or malt (I suppose I expect one or the other); OTOH, it does have some interesting spices, mostly on the savory side
M: thick, rich, but not a great buzz

It's ok, but don't go out of your way for this one.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep amber copper color, clear, mild carbonation, and a huge three fingered bollowing, rocky white head. Foam gradually subsides after several minutes to form a thin, white, creamy head.

S - Has an acidic, caramel, spicy rye aroma. Judging by the nose, the malt smells like it may have a little zing to it.

T - Spicy malt, some rye, some caramel malt with extra mild hopping.

M - Dry up front, watery finish on the back end, thin and light body. Finishes fairly clean.

D - Wouldn't buy it. Definitely not digging this beer. Of the two samples, the Belgian IPA is definitely better by a small margin.

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Photo of Chaney
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear reddish-brown in appearance, with about a half finger head that melted down to a mere froth.

S: Fruit, hops, and SA hop profile... that's it.

T: I got the rye only in the sense that the hoppiness became muted. Other than that, it tasted like an old, faded, IPA.

M: The carbonation was fine, but I didn't care by that point.

O: My least favorite SA brew from the spring Variety pack.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got in a twelve pack from the Sam Adams people and BevMo.

Pours a not so bad looking with a little lacing, copper color.

Cant smell much.

Has some spice to the taste but most of the Sam Adams beers to me taste watered down now.

Not a bad beer, except the noble pils, most Sam Adams beers taste watered down to me now. They've gotten progressively worse over the years.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap as part of the tour/tasting at the Boston R&D location on March 26, 2009.

G: Poured into one of the Samuel Adams tasting glasses--Step 2.

A: A dark amber with hints of light brown. A decent, light head on the pour, although it was a taster glass, so hard to assess.

S: A little bit of rye, and some hops. Definitely not as hoppy as all of the other rye beers that I have tried, although I'm not sure it was intended to be.

T: Again, there were some hops, but not like what is often typical of this style. The hops were mild, which wasn't a problem, but the malt base was not terribly great. Very little rye flavor came through, and it tasted almost more like a creamy amber. Overall, not the kind of complexity I normally expect from a rye beer.

M: Creamy with a medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Little alcohol presence.

D: The mouthfeel would portend to great drinkable, but I just wasn't really feeling the taste. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't terribly great either.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Moderate fruity esters up front. Background biscuity and slight caramel aromas. Clean fermentation character. Slight spicy and herbal hop character.

Appearance: Clear amber colored pour with a fluffy white head. Low lacing on the glass.

Flavor: Spicy and herbal hop character up front. Moderate fruity esters in the middle. Slight biscuity and caramel notes. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Just a touch slick and slightly oily.

Overall impression: Meh. Not good. Not bad. Not hoppy enough to push the limits and not enough malt character to keep it interesting. Seems a little too safe for me. Well crafted but forgettable.

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Photo of colts9016
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured the beer into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger head that is ivory in color and a foamy and creamy head; furthermore, the head has good retention and left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a reddish mahogany with orange copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with no visible carbonation bubbles. The head did left a scant amount of lacing on the glass.

Nose: A mild rye aroma with some good malty notes, the notes is caramel, bread, and biscuit. The other aromas are a fruity ester, a banana note, and an orange note.

Taste: Mild rye flavors with some malty notes, the notes are caramel, biscuit, and bready. The other flavor is orange, fruity esters, and orange.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is oily slick coating, which is subtlety sweet. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium as well. This beer is okay, the rye flavor is slightly muted. To me this beer is just put more beer out in the name of Samuel Adams.

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