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 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 fank2788
3.46/5  rDev -2%
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 +4.2%
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 +11.3%
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 -3.7%
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%
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 -4.2%
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 +1.4%
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 -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 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 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 Imsothirsty
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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 +10.5%
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 -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 flexabull
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
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 -8.8%
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 +13.3%
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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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 philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly mor than a fingers worth of whimsical pillow-like tightly packed audibly fizzy off-white colored head... Excellent retention... The color is red with amber and caramel undertones... Bursting with small bubbled carbonation that is sluggish towards the bottom of the glass and picks up a lot of speed as it heads to the top of the glass... Some lacing clings to the glass...

S - A mix of pale and crystal malts to start... Some very faint sweet citrus hops linger way beneath the surface... Some cotton candy sweetness... A whiff of wheaty grains and a touch of rye...

T - Malty to start with pale and crystal malts dominating... A bit of a sweet citrus hoppiness... Bready malts... Caramel... Some wheat notes... A bit of spicy rye on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Quite sturdy... Perfectly carbonation... A bit of lush creaminess... Very well rounded with no sharp edges... A bit of a dry finish...

D - Quite the sessionable offering from folks at Boston Beer... A solid beer for any occasion... Unfortunately, a beer named Revolutionary Rye should make much more a rye punch... The rye is quite timid, but otherwise this is a solid offering...

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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 MattyG85
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Deep reddish amber with light carbonation. Head quickly fades.

Smell: An IPA like hoppy scent with hints of rye, malt, and spices.

Taste: A mix of bitterness and sweetness with a strong hint of rye and some malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth, and creamy.

Overall: A decent version of a Rye.

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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 sj660
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bronze, bright color with a nice big foam, leaving about an inch for a long time; good laces.

I'm not sure what the pine, wood, and citrus aromas are doing in here, but they're there. To me, that's not the best match for a spicy rye malt. I'd love to see them just go full maltiness on this.

It starts off like an American Pale Ale, but there's something different that follows, spice, clove, and a little roastiness in there.

Seems a touch astringent, less carbonated than you'd think with the amount of foam, and a medium body.

I love rye. I think *more* in this beer would have made it better.

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Photo of philbertk
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Revolutionary Rye Ale--American Originals--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 25 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) No sediment. Big foamy mild lace lasting light orange white head. Clean pretty bright rich amber color. Mild rye spice ester rusty mild hop front. Dry sweet crusty hint malty earthy rye spiced caramel mellow fruit hint body. Mild hop lingering rye flavored rusty clean refreshing end. Nice smooth mild fruit Rye Amber Ale. Easy mellow flavor. Noticeable crusty Rye notes are blended in well. Sampled 3/23/2011. Purchased for $1.25 2 Fred Meyer--Ballard. Seattle on 3/22/2011.

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Photo of Snow81
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish amber clear tint

Head: Big tan head

Smell: Malty grains with subtle grassiness and hoppyness in the background

Taste: Hard rye up front then moves into a nice hop that gets covered with grass then a layer of hops comes back onto the palate at the end

Weight: Medium to light body and medium to low carbonation

Finish: Grass with a light citric hoppyness

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