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

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Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye AleSamuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Thorpe429 on 03-30-2009

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hmm didn't even know Sam Adams came out with a new beer. Part of the new spring mixed sampler pack. Pours a light amber color, faint bready aroma to it. Taste is pretty light bodied, some nice spiciness to it. Breadiness and rye definitely come through, pretty decent taste for such a light bodied beer. Nothing too big here, but definitely drinkable for sure. One of the better rye beers I've had, but it's generally a boring style in my opinion.

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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 zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, honey-like amber color with a one-finger, khaki colored, creamy head. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of pine and rye bread.

T - Lots of pine and citrus with rye and a toasty quality. Mild sourness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a drinkable rye beer. I won't seek it out again, but it was worth a try.

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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 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 nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Toasty malt, spicy rye, and some pine hops.

T - Creamy rye and toasted malt up front with some light toffee. More toasty grain flavors in the middle with a little bit of pine hop flavors and some red apple yeast notes. The beer finishes with more thick malt flavor and moderate hop bitterness to balance.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable. The aroma is very pleasant and the flavor more or less reflects it. The spicy rye works quite well with the pine hop character and the rich, toasty malt provides a solid background for this relationship to play out upon. A pretty nice rye pale ale, though not quite as good as Terrapin.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy 1/2 finger head fades at a med pace, super clear tan orange color, light head.

Nose starts with some light malts, light wheat I think, light pilsner, light spicy rye, touch of fruit, light grassy noble hops.

Taste starts with lots of noble hops, fairly bitter but not very, grassy, fruity, then a nice spicy rye kicks in but not too spicy, light fruity flavors, light malts pale malts, light caramel malts, light sweetness. Finishes slightly dry with a bit of lingering hop bitterness and sweet malt flavors, the rye disappears quickly.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb.

Overall pretty good, its like noble pils with a hint of rye and bit more pale and crystal malts. Very drinkable.

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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 Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Gullifty's, Wayne, PA

Poured a walnut brown with a thin white head. Bready aroma, with scents of caramel and light spice. Toasty malts in the taste, bready, light sensation of dried fruits, and a touch of spice. Bitter hops follow, for a fairly dry finish, and a bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an amber-brown body, featuring good clarity, and sporting a slender, off-white head.

Smell: A smell of lightly caramel-coated, toasted rye bread, enveloped in a background spiciness, hinting a bit of fruit, and a light, persistent yeastiness.

Taste: Bready, pale malts giving a little caramel sweetness and having a nice little toasty boost of Munich maltiness. Zesty, spicy, a bit peppery rye. Very light raisiny fruitiness. Taste of the familiar Samuel Adams house yeast strain. Chiefly spicy hops, but there's also some subtle pine and lemony citrus. Modestly bitter. Drying, crisp finish with a final nip of spicy hops and rye.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A temperate rye brew. It's simple, but it satisfies. A decent addition to the current SA multi-pack.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during my long weekend in Tampa. I had the chance to meet some great people and try some new and some amazing new things. Had a lot of fun, but glad to be home. Enjoyed on 4/11/2011.

Never heard of this one to be honest, but it was on as a guest tap so I figured why not. Poured into a pint glass it revealed a nice copper hued amber color with a head that was maybe an inch or so high and balanced out well along the walls of the glass. Aroma was heavy hops at first, citrus and pine, but as it warmed some balance is brought forward by bready malts and hints of caramel. Nice and smooth, clean finish had a nice bite to it but mellowed tremendously as it went down leaving a semi dry, semi sweet finish in its wake.

Overall this was pretty good. Again I don’t really know too much about it, but it

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this after the belgian IPA sample A for the Brewer's Choice vote, I asked for a second sample as I used the first to cleanse my palate of the hoppy Belgian IPA sample I tried first.
12 oz chilled pour into a tumbler.

A - A caramel reddish brown color with translucent clarity and light tan cap which has a creamy appearance.

S - The smell has mild yeast yet mostly malt oriented aroma w/ light caramel and bready qualities mixed with a mild pine hop aroma and accented by a slight spice note

M- The feel is nicely balanced between the malt w/ smooth caramel sweetness and mild bitterness and slight spice as indicated in the nose w/ moderate carbonation and light tangy yeast w/ sem-dry finish

T - The flavor is fresh malt w/ nice nutty and slight caramel tinge of rye w/ toasted malt taste dominant and balanced slightly with a hint of pine in the hops. The taste has a lingering yeast tinge which gives a light dried fruit tinge in the finish

D - A not unpleasant offering, but hard to compare with the drinkability of the Belgian Ipa it was paired with. The malt is not muted so it could be nice for fall drinking, I think it represents the style well

Re -review on 2/19 bottle into a tulip pint
A -3.5 S 3 M 3.5 T 3.5 D 3.5
A brilliant copper w/ good clarity and thick light beige cap which measures about 3/4 inch and lace clings well in a film. The smell is vegetal like a small case of dms is evident with light cabbage odor up front with slightly tangy scent an mild fruit ester in the yeast w/ hint of hop which gives off a gentle herble aroma and light grain in the nose. The mouthfeel is mild with hop bitterness and light yeast presence w/ a bit of sweetness and moderately carbonated with subtle toast element. feel is semi-dry in the finish w/ light bitterness.

The taste is much like the boston ale with same noble hop profile and yeast flavor w/ slight elelent of toasted rye grain in the malt and light herbal hop quality. there is a mild vegetal tinge from the hops w/ light tang from the house S.A. yeast. A mild grainy note w/ a pretty good overall balance from hops/malt in the finish which is relatively clean. This was a good beer, not a great one. I enjoyed it for what it is a pretty drinkable ale. I would probably drink this if available, but not go out of my way for it, not my first choice in the challenge between it and the Belgian IPA, but it is ok for the style.

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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 womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach

A: The beer pours amber or red in color with a couple fingers of off-white head and some nice lacing.

S: Citrus hops lead the way giving off aromas of grapefruit and oranges. The is a solid pine quality to the beer and quite a bit of rye. A mild bread-type sweetness is there and provides a nice base.

T: A mild malt/bread sweetness to the flavor with grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest coming from the hops. The rye is once again prominent and the flavor is what I would call above-average overall.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is lively.

D: Not my favorite tick from Sam Adams, but a cool rye beer. I do wish it was a bit more heavy handed on the hops, though.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

I'm not sure how long it's been exactly since I last sampled a brand new brew from Sam Adams (as opposed to just new to me), but it feels like a long time. This n00b pours a clear amber-russet topped by a half-finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises spicy rye bread (my favorite kind), caramel, orange peel, and a touch of pine in the distance. The taste really runs with the spice idea, bringing in a bunch o' black pepper, nutmeg, and clove. Some rye and sourdough bready up the works a bit, only to have some toasted toffee rush in and take everything over. Things are a bit too disjointed for my liking, with the various strong flavors all vying for my tongue's attention without any semblance of cooperation. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, an okay rye beer, but the competing flavors just don't do it for me in the long run.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber / light brown. Off-white head sits low with a fine bubble structure and low lace.

S - Lemon zest, malt, toast, grass. Light grade honey.

T - Peppery. Soft malt. Light caramel. Herbal notes of thyme and lemongrass. Black pepper.

M - Medium body with a bready-sweet finish.

O - Not bad. Nice flavor and balance.

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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 stakem
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Batdorf served in a Sam Adams sensory glass. Appears a clear color of amber to brown. A creamy white head appears and quickly recedes leaving a webbing of lace all over the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin layer of film across the top. A light swirl revives the cap to a fingers strength that is now off-white.

The aroma includes a touch of minerals, muted citrus and fruity/floral hops. Some toasted malt comes across the nose lightly with a scent almost smoked but not quite. The brew overall smells malty caramel sweet blended with minerals and it just doesn't sit right with me. The taste is toasted malt coupled with fruity hops. It lingers with a minor clingy bitterness that blends with some mineral notes and sulfur. A light smoked taste lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Fairly easy drinking but having it once was enough. It finishes crisp but the flavors don't really meld or sit right with me. Overall this brew left me wanting more. For less than 5%, the alcohol is not hidden, it creeps in through the back.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I kinda like this beer, it is a good transitionary winter to spring the lable boasts. I like the red/amber start followed by a subtle (very subtle) piney finish. The beer poured into the glass quite nice, nice amber/red color with foamy white head. Nice carbonation as well. I did not smell to much, so rated it low in that category. The taste is what was described above andit is very easy on the pallete. Another strong beer from Sammy A!

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Photo of Duff27
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- One fingered fizzy head atop an amber/red beer. A couple dozen streams of carbonation float within. Average head retention and lacing.

S- Bready/malt sweetness.

T- Sweet rye...citrus-like but not in an overpowering way. Caramel, biscuits.

M- Is it possible for most (all?) Sam Adams beers to have the same mouthfeel? Medium, crisp with nice carbonation.

D/O- I must say, the ABV to flavor ratio is wonderful. The result is great drinkability. The bready/grainy qualities mixed with said flavor would bring a BMC drinker to his or her knees. Best of the BBC Spring sampler pack, keep it around Jim!

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale and crystal malt scent along with a hint of rye spiciness. It's not as pronounced as some. The taste is decent as well. It has a standard amber/red ale composition; pale and crystal malts, moderate hop bitterness. The rye is present, but basically adds a touch of spiciness that compliments the hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's not overly complex, nor heavy on the rye. It is, however an excellent session ale that's accessible to those new to rye beers.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samual Adams Revolutionary Rye, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears brownish orange, fairly light and somewhat cloudy. Long lasting head and some lacework down the glass. In the flavor a creamy maltyness with a dash of spicy rye. The peppery rye/hop interaction is there at the very end giving way to a smooth refreshing finish. Hop bitterness is mild but there. Easy drinking, well rounded, decent all around brew from BBC.

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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 Zorro
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear red colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smell is strong C type hops with a little caramel and rye. Slight sour smell.

Starts out dry with a slight sour taste. Woody with a caramel flavor and that lingering slight sourness from the rye. Fairly spicy taste.

Mouthfeel is full.

Drinkability is good. Tasty beer that disappears all to quickly.

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