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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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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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3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, light brown color with a medium-sized, foamy head that quickly dissipates down to a frothy cap and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells grassy and piney with strong sour rye notes.

Taste: Starts bitter with grassy and piney hops notes. Finishes with a bit of sweet maltiness and a strong sour rye flavor. Very well balanced between hoppy bitterness, malty sweetness, and sour rye flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with an expressive carbonation.

Overall: Another good beer from Samuel Adams. As with most of Sam's other beers, this beer is far from world-class but is still an accessible, inexpensive beer that interprets a style in a faithful way. Sam Adams' seasonal mixed packs remain a go-to for me and this beer is no different in that regard.

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

12 oz brown bottle with label notched August

Sam Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale poured a clear dark amber color producing a nice off-white 1 ½ finger head that faded slowly leaving behind nice lacing. The nose is of roasted malts, caramel and a touch of spice. The flavor is a little toasty, of light pine and citrus note with a light spiciness and a moderate bitter finish. Mouth feel was crisp, to the smooth side with a good amount of lively carbonation.

Revolutionary Rye Ale is a decent Rye Ale – not “earthshaking” however, worth a try if you like the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper with a small off white head that fades fast. The smell is not very powerful, some malt, rye and sweet notes. Nothing that jumps out. Starts citrus and sweet with some strong rye notes up front, and that are the main focus throughout. The rye flavor gets stronger and finishes with a nice bitter tone, and a potent aftertaste. A medium/light body, nice carbonation and flavor balance. This beer seems like it went through a few test phases before settling on a finished product, but this is very enjoyable. This one has a good amount of flavor, a great drinker, a very refreshing beer.

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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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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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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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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Sam Adams Official

A - Moderate-high C02 can be seen through the super clear coppery colored brew. It produced a 1 finger head that dissipated quickly to a thin ring. It held a thin ring atop my beer and left a spot or two on my glass.

S - Bready with hints of rye and toast. I also get a bit of herbal hop twang and brown sugar. It seems really simple like all of the Sam brews. A touch of grain.

T - Bread and toast, brown sugar and molasses as well. A semi sweet brew with soft malty flavors throughout. If somebody didn't tell there was rye in here I wouldn't guess that there was, but since I know there is, I would have to say I can pick up hints of rye towards the finish. Bitterness is mild but definitely noticeable with a bit of soft rind and herbal hop flavors.

M - Lite-moderate crispness with a smooth medium body. Somewhat creamy even.

D - Well another drinkable beer from Samuel Adams, what more could you expect. This beer is very balanced and drinkable to me, I liked the subtle hints of rye in the smell and taste, and I always enjoy the drinkability of the Sam line. I think it's worth a try and if they ever made this in a 12 pack for about $12.99 or less, that would be awesome. I think I'd try this again sometime. Cheers!

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2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very clear and caramel-like brown. Not much else to say about it, honestly. The lacing was just okay.

Smell - Wheat and rye of course. Smells caramelized and hoppy.

Taste - My first impressions were that this tasted like and American adjunct lager; but I soon got other notes. It tasted sort of soapy; perhaps the brewery forgot to dry the glass well enough? Slightly musty and sour. Heavy in citrus and zest; specifically lemon.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Sour and light bodied. The caramel notes are pretty tasty, but this is nothing all that impressive.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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