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

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Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye AleSamuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thorpe429 on 03-30-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
240
Ratings:
423
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
14.16%
 
 
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Photo of Halcyondays
2.79/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark amber to red with a solid white head which leaves good lace.

S: Light notes, of rye, biscuity but not impressive.

T: I like the spicy rye bread note, but the beer is relatively pallid. Some caramel, bit of noble hopping, but the beer isn't doing much.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, has the classic BBC feel on the palate, you know this is Sam Adams.

D: One of those middle of the road beers that Sam Adams puts out, but this one is one the below average end. Innocuous and boring.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Toronado. The bartender almost spat in digust when he realised they had a Sam Adams beer on tap (I think his words were "I knew this place was going to shit").

Pours a deep amber hue, almost brown, and very clear. Good fine head of white. Looks very much like a standard draft beer, for want of a better description. Body is light, but holds the fine carbonation like jelly. Looks decent.

Grainy on the nose, mostly generic roasted characters, but there is a bit of that slightly sour rye character. It's subtle though, and you only look for it when you know it's there. Rather bland otherwise.

Taste is quite similar. A little sweetness, and a bit of rye bite with that touch of odd sourdough acidity. Minimal hop character, although the bite may just be laced with a hoppiness. Very dry finish, and the body is very light. Not bad, but not that exciting either.

Eh. It's not that bad, at least it's crisp and rather refreshing, but it doesn't have a lot to offer in terms of complexity or uniqueness.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep amber copper color, clear, mild carbonation, and a huge three fingered bollowing, rocky white head. Foam gradually subsides after several minutes to form a thin, white, creamy head.

S - Has an acidic, caramel, spicy rye aroma. Judging by the nose, the malt smells like it may have a little zing to it.

T - Spicy malt, some rye, some caramel malt with extra mild hopping.

M - Dry up front, watery finish on the back end, thin and light body. Finishes fairly clean.

D - Wouldn't buy it. Definitely not digging this beer. Of the two samples, the Belgian IPA is definitely better by a small margin.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Throws down with the red and brown, 1/4" off white head that isn't here for a long time, its here, for a mildly good time. Aroma didn't do anything to make you think 'rye'.

Taste was far from revolutionary, came off more like the status quo for SA, that is, this is Boston Lager with an ale yeast an a smidge of rye. Mild hopping, a little bit of caramel, a smooth drinking affair.

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Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: big rye hops, floral hops, and small caramel

Taste: big rye, floral hops and light caramel malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderately bitter, high carbonation

Overall: This strikes me as the Boston Lager with a touch of rye. I like BL and could have several cause of this. That said, this is a typical Sam Adams beer with a small twist--of adding the rye. Drink up if you want a different take on you SABL.

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Photo of DrJay
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear chestnut, a little bit of a burnt orange hue, with a fluffy beige cap. Lots of sticky, clumpy lacing and great head retention. Looks nice! Mild aroma, dry malt and light orange rind, slightly bready. Moderate citrus bitterness throughout, oranges and toasted malt, sweet, a bit spicy in the finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, texture was on the creamy side but with a little crispness towards the end. Overall, pretty good for kicking back with.

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Photo of Brad007
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
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 cbutova
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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 Jwale73
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Enjoy Before June notched on the label. Pours a translucent copper with a half inch, loose, cream-colored head that quick;y sizzles and dissipates into a thin slick and a frothy band. Specks of lacing clustered on the glass during the tasting and exhibited good adherence. Not much happening in the nose - light malt with some sweet and fruity notes and a slightly metallic aroma. Taste follows nose; however a little less fruity. There's also a light, bittering hops that comes out towards the middle but dissipates towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an almost prickly, palate cleaning carbonation. A decent brew, but I'm not disappointed that there were only two in the 12-pack.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of champ103
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear brick red color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes to a ring. The rings stays throughout, with lots of spiderweb looking lace.
S: Fairly neutral but good in the nose. Some hops initially. Plenty of sweetness and bready malt.
T: Big bready, rye malt up front that is very good. Dry biscuit and crackers. A nice caramel sweetness, and some hops in the finish. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp and dry. This is very easy to drink. I can quaff several pints of this without a problem.

A very nice rye beer. Lots of rye bread that I love. Overall, fairly simple, but very enjoyable. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear red, about 1/2 a finger head. Some carbonation and some lacing was left behind.

S-Mainly roasted with some nutty notes as well.

T-Mainly roasted malts. It starts of with roasted malts not much bitterness to the finish. However some spices are in there as well, not over bearing though.

M-Light and little carbonation

D-The winner of the Beer Lovers Choice is a little disappointing, this is what people chose to be their next beer. However a good introduction to the style.

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Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is poured from the bottle as a lighter copper color with a two finger thick and creamy white head. The head fades slowly over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of rye and s bit of almost wheat breadiness. There are some other lighter aromas of a caramel sweetness and some light pine and grassy aromas which produce a rather pleasant and balanced sweetly malty and bready hopped smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a big bready flavor mixed with some strong rye flavors. Upfront there is also a good level of caramel sweetness that fades ever so slightly as the flavor advances to the end. The bready flavor remains ever constant throughout the taste with the rye growing slightly stronger as the taste advances to the end. In the end the malty flavors are met by some hoppy flavors of a pine and citrus nature, producing in the end, a rather smooth rye bread flavor with a light bit of bitterness to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body for an only 5.5 % abv brew was on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the was slightly lower then average. Both did well for the more malty flavors of the brew creating overall a creamy and smooth taste for the beer.

Overall - This is a smooth rye style beer accentuating a malty body instead of more hoppy flavor like many rye brews seem to focus on. While a tiny bit more hop and a bit more rye flavor would have enhanced the flavors a bit, overall it was rather enjoyable to drink and quite tasty.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma wasn’t very strong but the rye dominated in the flavor. More a of rye-based ale than a pale ale, the rye doesn’t make it too spicy and a has a good aftertaste to it.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sam Adams in the C terminal of the Tampa airport.
In a plastic cup the beer was a red/brown color with a thick tan head.
Rye aroma, herbal hops.
Subtle rye taste, some piney hops.
Fairly bitter.
Would drink this again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Pencible
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark copper with a good amount of tan head.
S: It smelled like copper hops and bready yeast, with some spicy rye and a bit of lemon.
T: It tasted like bready yeast and light caramel malt and copper hops, with a bit of spicy rye. It had a clean and mildly bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with some carbonation. Nice body.
D: This had a pretty weak scent and taste, but at least it was clean and really easy to drink. Like the Sam Adams Pale Ale with a hint of rye. I wish there was more rye and less breadiness. Kind of disappointing...now I want a Hop Rod.

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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 OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep amber to copper with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet rye maltiness and light fruitiness. In the taste, dry rye and a small hint of fruit. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry rye malt maltiness. A nice rye ale, nice body and flavor. A bigger hop presence would be perfect.

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Photo of Gmann
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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 argock
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
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 wedge
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
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 BEERMILER12
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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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