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

Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye AleSamuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale
423 Ratings
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 womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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 pdoran10
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly murky dark brown color into a snifter. two fingers of whitish head that fades quickly. Small amount of lacing.

Smell is pretty unimpressive. Smells like slighty musty old rye bread. the other malts besides rye confilict with rye spiciness. Lightly toasty musty bread :(

taste is a nice turn around from the smell. Just enough rye to get a nice spiciness without overwhelming. Other breadiness is tasty in flavor with a slight caramel sweetness to balance the rye. Nice gentle malt bill with just enough bittering to add some edge.

Mouthfeel is thin as rye beers go, as rye seems to be used in moderation. Medium carbonation.

Nice drinkable rye beer could have quite a few of these.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +14%
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 AlexanderSelby
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very handsome, deep, burnt orange color and a fine lasting head. Smells of spicy hops with a slight roasted malt characteristic. Tastes, surprise surprise, balanced and subdued, as with most SA brews. Bittering hops and earthy rye spice are absolutely present, but by no means super impressive on the palate. The malt backbone keeps these aspects from being too intense, but I don't know why they were so concerned with actually brewing a flavorful beer.

Again, a simple, balanced take on the style from SA. Drink it if it's there, but there are many more exciting and impressive examples out that I would recommend before this one.

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Photo of JamesS
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice copper color, although with just a bit of initial head and no lacing to speak of. Nice scent, with a decent sweet malty tone under a crisp and semi-spicy rye aroma. Nice taste, a very good pale ale start with a good peppery-rye taste as it goes down, followed with just a hint of spicy hops. Went down very smoothly, one of the smoothest rye beers I've had (although without quite as much rye flavor as usual, either).

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date Notched at July. Pours a translucent burnt orange with a thin head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of yeast, orange, and malts. Taste is more of the same. Orange, with a bit of a sourness to it, yeast, and malts. This brew is kind of what I've come to expect from Sam Adams. Decent but doesn't really impress.

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Photo of kinupanda
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Snifter pour is a good, clear copper with a light one-finger off-white head. A very intriguing aroma: obviously bready, with some spiciness and possibly a fruit undertone. Taste is mainly the bread, with good hop bitterness on the finish, but hardly anything complex. A nice medium fizz.

FourthBeer rating: BELOW AVERAGE. It's not a bad beer, but there's nothing that really stands out, and the breadiness gets somewhat monotonous quickly. BBC seems like its trying too hard here.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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 gordavidson
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice burnt orange liquid with some red highlights. Very clear with lots of rising carbonation. The head is thin, but creamy and provides full coverage.

S- Caramel, pepper, rye, a bit of fruitiness, and a touch of Sam Adams-ness.

T- Sweet maltiness, rye, and a decent hop presence. Rather robust and tasty.

M- The body is surprisingly heavy and syrupy, but there is a large amount of carbonation to lighten things up.

D- A decent take on the style. A bit rich and robust for the alcohol content, but it is tasty.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Jupiter's in downtown Champaign, IL.

Two fingers of bone white froth top a clear amber-reddish body; excellent duration and lacing make a strong first impression. Nice aromas of malt, especially caramel, some chocolate, and bread.

The rye that appears in the smell and taste acts as a nice complement rather than the central ingredient. It is present but has a hard time standing out amidst the ample malt. Nicely hopped, slightly bitter, Revolutionary Rye is good, but standard, fare from Sam Adams--ample malt, nice hops, a sprinkle of spice.

It is easy to enjoy and consume Revolutionary Rye--good, smooth malty texture with a touch of hop grit whose hops should REALLY emerge more in the taste. Sam Adams could make this a much better Rye, oddly enough, by adding significantly more rye. That is what makes Founder's Red's Rye so good--the rye stands front and center amidst a really malty beer. Revolutionary Rye, on the other hand, does not foreground the rye, and it should.

Pretty good beer, well worth trying, but one that could be better as well.

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Photo of dcook11
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger head with an ample amount of lacing. The color is a dark gold or light amber color. Smell is of spice and hops. good smell especially as it warms up. Taste is very similiar with a hop taste at the finish. Mouthfeel is clean and drinkiability is good.

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Photo of BaronRogue
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was a little surprised when i pulled this out of the variety pack... mostly, huh? What's all this then?

Okay, read the bottle, and it's mostly blah blah this is a beer that is good. We'll see.

Pours a deep amber, slight head and alright lacing.

The smell out of the bottle was mostly hops, but as i poured it i could smell the malts, and what i think may be rye, but isnt really convincing.

Although the smell was hoppy, the taste is light but malty, and took me to half the glass before i noticed the rye, but it's definitely there.

Feels really light in the mouth, surprised me, because of the color and all that.

Drink drink drink. Could have a few of these and not be tired of it... not that i'd go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of Gmann
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a short khaki colored head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is bready with a touch of caramel and a hint of hops. The aroma is a bit disappointing for the style.

The flavor is quite bready with caramel and honey sweetness. There is a little bit of peppery spice but it is hard to distinguish if it is from the hops or rye. Not much else from the hop profile. The flavor seems quite light or misguided from others that I have tried of the style.

Moderate body with active carbonation. Great balance between the malt and the hops. Though not much for the flavor, the hops do add the needed bitterness for this beer.

As a rye beer, this is a disappointment. I don't pick up much rye and the hops don't show in the flavor. That said, it is not a bad beer, no off flavors, just more of an amber ale.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into pint glass

A: Amber with a big, sticky white head. Excellent head retention.

S: Spicy, citrus, pine?

T/M: Medium body. Strong citrus and pine hop notes in the middle with a spicy, slightly bitter finish. A bit sour underneath all that, too. Almost a rye bread-like flavor, which is not surprising.

D: It's, essentially, an amber ale with some extra complexity of flavor. Of course it's drinkable. Watch the "unknown" ABV turn out to be, like, 7%, though...

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Photo of iRoy
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured straight from my growler, nice thick 2-finger head. Drinking it now actually and it's surprising that the ABV is what it is. It's 5.5% ABV btw. I thought it was a bit higher. Mouth feel is good, very drinkable. It tastes a bit sweet going down but with a slightly bitter aftertaste though. I'm enjoying it, not as much as the Sleigh Ryed (Great South Bay Brewery, NY) I had 2 days ago, which is also a Rye Ale. I think it's just Sam Adams but I do enjoy this one a lot more than other beers I have had by them. I expected a bit sweeter taste this being a Rye Ale but I'm not disappointed. Definitely can't see it being a session beer though might have it again.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale copper with great clarity and leisurely carbonation. A rocky cream cap has nice retention and leaves good lace.

S: The nose is rather light. The caraway aroma of rye is the center point. It's surrounded by straw and pepper.

T: Starts out with toasted grain, followed by a caraway sourness. Bitterness is mild and carries a pepper quality that compliments the rye flavors nicely. Finishes with lingering rye and sourdough bread flavors. The flavors gets more and more interesting as the beer warms.

M: The medium body is both dry and sticky. The carbonation feels about right.

D: This is a nice beer that didn't blow me away. Still, I'm glad I grabbed it.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored body, a mix of copper hues and some lighter orange headlights. Light tan colored head, about a finger thick to start and leaving behing a slightly sticky lace.

Aroma has a nice hop aroma but not a lot to suggest a rye ale. Some malty toasted notes remind me of a hoppy amber ale.

Taste has a bit more of the rye spice that I like so much, but not enough for my liking. Hop flavors provide some piney and herbal notes with some bitterness backed up by a familiar malt presence similar to Boston Lager.

Mouthfeel has a slightly dry feeling to it and is rather light but pleasant overall. Not a bad offering from BBC, but I want more rye.

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Photo of JDew
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pretty dark reddish/brown, tan head is one finger and is nice and frothy, leaves a good lace on the glass

S - Smells deeply of malted barley and sweet spices, hops are hidden in there somewhere

T - Has a mild quick taste, the spices are easy to taste in the bitter hop aftertaste, not too bad, but nothing really special

M/D - Medium bodied beer that i could drink one or two of, but not several.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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 Bouleboubier
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
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 [email protected]#$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 malty
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

May 2011 notched on side label. Bought this American Originals 12 pack for $13.99 today.

Pours a brilliantly clear into my scientific Sam Adams Boston Lager glass a russet-copper color. The dense & creamy off-white head settles to 1/3" after a few minutes. Nice kinetic visible uprising carbonation, thanks to the etched halo at the bottom of the glass, no doubt. Gorgeous smatterings of broken and drooping lace rings all the way down.

Clean, slightly caramely, slightly fruity nose. Quick, faint smells - then it drops off to really nothing.

Interesting earthy hops going on right up front. The rye malt is present, but not that spicy as I've tasted in others ales with Rye being listed in the title. Still, it's noticable and rather subtle - but tasty nonetheless. A little asparagus flavor detected within this interesting earthy, herbaly, kinda savory concoction. Very clean and open with lots of room for interpretation.

Mouthfeel is closer to medium, but not quite medium bodied. Carbonation is masterfully fine and playful. The finish is herbal, sorta bitter/prickly and very clean.

Drinkability is great. Not at all intrusive with a nice balance of hops and clean and tasty malts.

Overall a toned-down rye malt bill where the subtle European hops were showcased nicely against the rye malt. A slight toffee-like backdrop with a delicately spicy middle ala the rye malt and earthy hops. Beautifully balanced and dare I say a wonderful springtime beer.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored ale with a medium creamy white head. Slight roasted malt aroma that gets taken over by a fruity hop presence. Coppery flavor with a slight bitterness from the rye. A little bit too heavy on the citrus from the hops. I would really like a bit more of the malt to come through in the flavor. Medium bodied and not too dry with good carbonation. Very drinkable despite the slight dryness. A good beer and something I would drink again, but could benefit from toning down the hops a bit.

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Photo of jsanford
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 1/30/11

A - Pours a clear copper with a 2-inch fluffy white head. Nice retention, leaves some sticky lacing.
S - Sweet malt and earthy hops. Very subdued, but basically smells like Boston Lager with perhaps some slight spicy rye characteristics. Unimpressive.
T - Same as the nose. Typical SA beer. Caramel malt and earthy noble hops. Snooze.
M - Medium-thin body with medium carbonation.
D - Not bad, went well with the burger I had. Still, same old, same old.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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