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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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Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Batdorf served in a Sam Adams sensory glass. Appears a clear color of amber to brown. A creamy white head appears and quickly recedes leaving a webbing of lace all over the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin layer of film across the top. A light swirl revives the cap to a fingers strength that is now off-white.

The aroma includes a touch of minerals, muted citrus and fruity/floral hops. Some toasted malt comes across the nose lightly with a scent almost smoked but not quite. The brew overall smells malty caramel sweet blended with minerals and it just doesn't sit right with me. The taste is toasted malt coupled with fruity hops. It lingers with a minor clingy bitterness that blends with some mineral notes and sulfur. A light smoked taste lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Fairly easy drinking but having it once was enough. It finishes crisp but the flavors don't really meld or sit right with me. Overall this brew left me wanting more. For less than 5%, the alcohol is not hidden, it creeps in through the back.

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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 ale...how many mediocre wheat beers do you have to have.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Duff27
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- One fingered fizzy head atop an amber/red beer. A couple dozen streams of carbonation float within. Average head retention and lacing.

S- Bready/malt sweetness.

T- Sweet rye...citrus-like but not in an overpowering way. Caramel, biscuits.

M- Is it possible for most (all?) Sam Adams beers to have the same mouthfeel? Medium, crisp with nice carbonation.

D/O- I must say, the ABV to flavor ratio is wonderful. The result is great drinkability. The bready/grainy qualities mixed with said flavor would bring a BMC drinker to his or her knees. Best of the BBC Spring sampler pack, keep it around Jim!

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Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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 brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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 jzeilinger
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
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 Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of bready malt as well as a lot of rye. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of rye and toffee, as well as some bready malt and a little bit of orange citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not the best beer from Boston Beer Company, but I am a sucker for rye beers and I found this one to be very nice.

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

Samual Adams Revolutionary Rye, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears brownish orange, fairly light and somewhat cloudy. Long lasting head and some lacework down the glass. In the flavor a creamy maltyness with a dash of spicy rye. The peppery rye/hop interaction is there at the very end giving way to a smooth refreshing finish. Hop bitterness is mild but there. Easy drinking, well rounded, decent all around brew from BBC.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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 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 Halcyondays
2.79/5  rDev -20.5%
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 tigg924
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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 cbutova
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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 mattreitz49
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Jwale73
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
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 jzlyo
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
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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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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