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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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Ratings: 423 |  Reviews: 240
Photo of tbern007
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red/gold, clear with large head and lots of lace.
Smells like citrus, hops, sweet malt. Very fresh scent.
Tastes like sweet malt, changes to bitter rye and citrus/pine of the hops.
Pretty smooth, slgihtly sweet aftertaste. Mild presence of alcohol. Decent beer overall. The rye makes it's presence known but isn't overpowering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Suds
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a Samuel Adams glass, this beer is a very clear medium amber color. Modest head, with just a little lace. The aroma is a bit lacking, with a slight spiciness and a grain scent. The taste is very nice. Lots of malt and grain flavors. The beer is very well balanced, with a framing sweetness and firm bitterness. Firm and semi-full body. Nice beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
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 DovaliHops
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal-clear amber color with a very tiny white head that is gone with the blink of an eye. Scent is hoppy with hints of rye bread. There are also some piney notes with spices and caramel malt. Taste is exactly how it smells...Very interesting tasting beer. It tastes like a pale ale with a German backbone. The rye flavors and bready notes are definitely there with some strong malt and gentle hops. It ends with slightly bitter and very sweet/spicy flavors that aren't very appealing...not digging the finishing flavors. Mouthfeel is quite light with very clean, crisp finish. Drinkability is fairly high, despite the unattractive finish.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Fantastic glowing orange color with some bright golden notes to it. Decent sized white lace head.
S: Nice rich sweet malt aroma with some bitter hints of rye.
T: Very crisp and nice kiss of hops to complement the malt flavor. This beer has a distinct bitterness that is hard to identify. It may be the hops or the rye at the end that give it a little bite.
D/M: Very crisp and drink able. Not too overpowering. It really is a decently drinkable beer but the rye aspect is not very evident. It appears to be too watered down. I wanted more of a rich bite to the beer.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Look - deep-looking red color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - the hops aren't very prominent, but they're there. That's really mostly all I smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Fairly hoppy and bitter at the beginning, nothing much in the middle, and the rye is finally tasted in the finish, mixed with the hops in the aftertaste. Texture is very well-balanced.

Drinkability - Not a bad tasting brew, but not terribly unique. It's nice to taste the rye, but it could be a little more prominent.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark copper color. Off-white, slightly yellowish head leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Slightly grassy and malty aroma, but I don't particularly notice any rye.

Taste: Has a sweet grassy flavor up front with a solid malt backdrop throughout. I don't specifically notice the rye until the finish and aftertaste, and even then it isn't very pronounced (though you'll notice it a tad bit more the more you drink). Mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with quite a bit of tingly carbonation. Mostly smooth, but there is some graininess.

Drinkability: Generally easy to drink; probably a low ABV (it doesn't say).

I'll first say that I'm not a fan of rye and most beers with rye in it - so me finding this as drinkable as I did was rather surprising. But really, the flavor and aroma just aren't very interesting. Worth a try from the sampler pack, though, I suppose.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours out an brown, brown, amber color with a mild tan head. Steady but fairly slow moving carbonation.

S: Moderate malts - brown sugar, pie crust - mixed in with undertones of West Coast hops, just a hint of pine seeping through, and at the end it turns a bit sweet.

T: Hops up front, with just a touch of pine and earthiness, fresh cut grass. Malts are there, but bland, just a touch of white bread. There is a touch of spiciness in here, sort of like steak seasoning, but not really at all like that. That's a terrible way to describe it.

M: Soft and light bodied.

D: Not exactly as assertive as I was hoping for. Emboldening all the flavors would do this beer some good, especially bringing the rye to a more prominent position and adding more spiciness.

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

Poured into a slender pint glass (Yazoo Brewing Co). Deep copper color with a two finger white head. The aroma is the rye and spicy hops. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. The tang of the rye shows throughout the brew. medium carbonation and the body is medium as well. Would be a nice session beer.

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Photo of DrStiffington
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember having this at my local beer place as part of a Sam Adams tasting to see which beer would be their next new beer. I picked this one out of the two, so I was happy to see it included in their new mix 12 pack.

The beer has nice carbonation and a dark red/orange color. It smells like rye, I guess. The taste is nicely malty, with a hop finish. Although there are many better beers out there, I always enjoy the many different offerings from Sam Adams. This one is no exception. Spectacular? No. Enjoyable as usual? Yes.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +14%
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 bcgpete
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

the smell of this beer reminds me of old pbr in a can that you kick on the beach.

Its a nice color though. Dark red/maroon.

The taste is great for a sam adams I can buy in mississippi. The citrus and pine nuts really come through.

This is apretty decent beer. Nice to have something new in our beer-hating state.

I could probably drink a lot if these. And I'm going to now. .

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Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of Hopalong29
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tall footed pint glass.
Clear amber with creamy two fingered head which dissipates to a thin whispy cap that holds throughout. Nice lacing as well.
Nice mellow hoppy aroma.
Blend of citrus and rye malts that mesh well.
Light carbonation that holds the flavors well.
Would put this on the "won't let you down" list.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Produces a great head retention with two and a half fingers thick worth of cranium, and has a flawlessly clear copper colored body.

Not much in the way of aroma and taste, but maybe a faint hint of toffee and lemony hops and a slight herbal finish.

in the mouth feel it's crisp and medium in body, with a good amount of CO2. Altogether a good drinking beer, but a little light in any dominant characteristic.

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

12oz bottle purchased as part of the spring seasonal mix-pack at Shaw's in Windham. Pours a crystal-clear amber-red body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Citrus grassy hops and rye notes make up the aroma. Lemon, grass, rye, caramel, and grapefruit round out the flavor. Medium in both body and carbonation. Very drinkable. I liked it better than I thought I would. One of the better rye beers I've had.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the "American Classics" mix pack served in a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

L - clear amber color with a fluffy white head that left a decent amount of lacing behind.

S - sourdough sort of aroma.

T - the rye malt comes through nicely in the taste with a light bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - goes down easy enough.

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Photo of gmfessen
4/5  rDev +14%
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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Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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 wedge
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystalline copper with a tall, persistent, dense rocky head. Mild spicy malt aroma, biscuity/bready with a touch of hops. Slightly sweet and spicy flavor with a certain "Sam Adams-ness" to it. Nothing exciting, but nothing terrible. Creamy, oily texture with some rye bite. Crisp and medium bodied. Simple, but I could drink a few.

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Photo of Brad007
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
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 +20.5%
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 Star80
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours out a deep copper color with a very creamy looking white head. There is already some lacing on my glass. Smells very piney (cascades?) and some herbal hop notes, perhaps a tad sweet maltiness settled in the base aromas. Tastes somewhat crisp and a little dry, and has a nice citrus palate cleansing aftertaste. This beer has a nice balance between the malts and the hops. Rye is somewhat faint but in the background gives a spicey taste. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Overall this a good interpretation of the style and would be a welcome addition to their regular offering.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with very little head

S: Malts and hints of rye bread

T: Some spice and malts, rye and bready yeast at the end

M: Light-medium body with little carbonation

D: Easy to drink and fits the time well. Good winter-spring transitional beer

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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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