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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Added by Thorpe429 on 03-30-2009

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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice red hue with no haze. Creamy head forms to about two fingers and retains pretty well. Frothy cloud and ring leave a very nice coat of webbed lace.

S- Nice citrus, floral and pine hops up front. Some malt and yeast hints in the background.

T- Solid hop profile consisting of floral, pine and citrus notes that all come out distinctly. Malt backs this up well with that rye spice and caramel hints. Some dark fruit.

MF- Light body with a creamy feel and silky carbonation. A hint of bitterness.

Pretty much what I expect from Sam Adams. A solid beer again, the hops here are a bit better than other SA products. Easy to drink and enjoyable, a nice price as well.

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Photo of argock
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Enjoy by Oct 2011 notched on label. Purchased as part of SA American Originals sampler for $13.99 at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Pleasing red-amber with thick, creamy 3-finger light beige head with decent retention and nice drapes of lace.

S: Smells malty and sweet with a touch of pine and citrus hops. None of the signature grassy, spicy rye aroma is detectable.

T: I am not sure how much rye went into this beer, but probably not a lot, as there is none of the rougher, spicy rye character to this beer. It is enjoyable, but in a sweet, slightly hoppy, session beer way. This does not really fit the rye beer style at all --- none of the spicy, grainy rye character is there at all.

M: Creamy body with medium carbonation and sweetness rather than harsher pine or spicy notes in the aftertaste.

O: I enjoyed drinking this beer but it has little to no rye character. If you want rye beers, turn to Bear Republic for Ryevenator and Hop Rod Rye. Revolutionary Rye is an inobtrusive, sweetish beer that would work as an outstanding session beer, but it misses the mark as a rye beer in most ways.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
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 Jmamay22
2.39/5  rDev -31.9%
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 mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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 ZeroSignal
2.92/5  rDev -16.8%
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 rowew
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical Sam bottle with the best by date notched.

Appearance: Amber/red in color, thin off white head, fades to just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Malty with just a bit of spice - can't tell if it's from the hops or the rye.

Taste: Fairly typical pale ale flavors with just a slight spiciness that I associate with rye beers.

Overall impression: Drinkable and decent - but nothing overly exciting here.

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Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper in color with bubbles racing up it and a creamy 1 finger off white head that faded slowly and left good lacing with rings as it goes down; good looking beer in the glass.

Smells of rye, grains, sweet malt, citrus hops, light caramel, grass and other earthy tones like moss or hay; mild spices come through after the earthy tones fade.

Tastes sweet like rye, grains, sweet malt, citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel, grass, pine cone, hay, light pepper and other mild spices which trails off crisp with a sharp bitter finish that's on the dry side. Pretty tasty and sweet overall, with the rye and hops working well together.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a light body, a light, crisp feel and an overall subtle sweetness that flows down easy. A real nice beer that has just enough rye to make it different, yet is still close enough to a "standard beer" that this could make a good session beer.

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Photo of Chaney
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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 fank2788
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Clear and bright red hued amber with a frothy white head in the glass. Smell is very light caramel and other base malts maybe a bit of gassy hop and a touch of yeast but everything is very mild. The taste is nice but nothing special. It is a basic amber ale with all of the expected malt profile. Hop bitterness is pretty solid and reminiscent of the boston lager. The rye doesn't add much in the way of flavor maybe a bit of contrast to the hops but not much beyond that. Body is medium along with average carbonation and dry finish make the mouthfeel pretty good. Overall I'm not entirely impressed with this beer. I've had limited exposure to rye beers mainly in the form of homebrewed examples where the rye was a much more predominate player in the taste profile. I expected something more along those lines and this beer and it wasn't to be had. It is a good beer but not a great rye beer.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very light amber color with a thick head of off-white frothy foam. Solid retention and fantastic lacing.

S: Nothing too exciting here. Pale and crystal malts, a twinge of rye, and some herbal and pine hop aromas. Above-middling.

T&M: Toasty, earthy type of malt flavor. A dry spiciness comes in on the back end from the rye. Earthy/herbal hop flavor comes in midway. Not as hoppy or spicy as a typical rye beer, but still a decently tasty brew. Body is medium with a tingly, zesty carbonation that works well.

D: A well-balanced flavor and light body makes this one quite easy-drinking.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.93/5  rDev +12%
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 OhYesILoveBeer
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Rye, 12oz's into Nonic. Nice red/amber color with a very light tan 1/2" head, leaving nice lace. Caramel dominates the nose along with pale malts and very little rye. Flavor is of their celebrated Irish Red, but not so heavy in the Crystal department. Feels full in body with perfect carbonation in my opinion. I typically enjoy a lighter, higher IBU rye than this with a thinner body, but this beer is a welcome addition to the SA line up. Once again, a decent beer from SA. Cheers!

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Photo of Tballz420
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, copper colored brew, finger-sized cream colored head. Scent is caramel malts and some bitter hops. Malty taste, caramel, some rye, nice floral hop background. Pretty full mouth, kinda has a sharp bite to it as well. I kinda like it, but it isnt an all-time favorite. Won't mind having a couple in their sampler a few times this summer though.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in a Sam Adams variety pack.

Appearance- reddish brown color, thin head

Smell- malt, rye

Taste- malt, rye

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would probably drink it again. Sam Adams usually does a pretty stable job with their beers. They are usually pretty good.

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Photo of MadCat
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very clear brown color, small white head that dissipates fast, but leaves some lacing.

Smell: A bit of rye spiciness, spicy hops to complement the rye, and some toasted malt, not too much else

Taste: Not much dimension here, I pretty much get a malty ale (toasted malts) with some rye spiciness to it with complementary hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall: I'm not gonna lie, this was one of the motivating factor in me buying the spring mixed 12 pack, and I'm a little disappointed with it, not nearly as good as the winter one. Its something different from Sam, but I think they need to stop playing it so safe with some of this stuff and just make it more interesting. I see no compelling reason why I would want to pick up a six pack of this (if it were available) and other than the taste of rye, nothing about this stands out. This feels like Sam has a standard ale recipe that they just tweaked to add rye to. It is a decent rye beer, but it just feels uninspired. Oh well, I guess I should pay more attention to reviews when picking up Sam Adams now.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
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 mattcrill
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
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 TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Imsothirsty
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker amber, a little bit redish, very small head, no lacing

Nose is malty, with a tiny bit of pine hops and yeast

Tastes like boston lager with a tiny bit more hops and a tiny bit of rye, a little bit of spice, very weak finish

Mouthfeel is a little too light, decent carbonation tho

Overall this is an ok beer, I will probably share away what I have and not purchase this again

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Photo of busternuggz
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. "Best by" date of August 2011.
Very clear dark orange/amber color with a 1/2" foamy beige head. Settles to about 1/8" with decent retention.
Nice scents of bright orange, some floral hops, rye spice and somewhat nutty caramel malt.
Similar taste, hop forward with orange zest and light floral notes followed by breadiness and caramel malt, rye spice, and a little dank earthiness in the finish. Well balanced.
Nice thick, viscous texture that finishes light, coating the tongue a bit.
A solid rye beer with nice flavors and balance and a surprisingly full body/texture.

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Photo of mikechance
2.36/5  rDev -32.8%
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 flexabull
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and clear copper color with a faint white head.

Aromas are nice, caramel malts, rye bread dough, and earthy hop notes.

Taste is simple, and the aromas don't translate as well as suggested. Light caramel sweetness up front, and then a finish that is slightly spicy from the rye with hints of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Full, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Pretty basic, but it goes down really easy, and has nice body. This is a pretty good sipper.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours clear wit ha bit of head, some bubbles and a little lacing - not sure about the color, i think it should be more opaque, rather lager-like in the look.

smell is all sweet rye malts and spices...nice but very basic.

taste is ok, a little fruit, some bready stuff some lager notes on the finish and a bit of hops at the end.

overall, this is not a very characteristic rye - but a decent sipper.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +14%
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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Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 423 ratings
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