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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear amber body with a small almond head that is long lasting and leaves behind some creamy sheet lacing.

Aroma has citrusy and spicy hops, toasted caramel, and earthy rye.

Mouthfeel reveals a medium body and carbonation and a smooth creaminess.

Taste opens with some citrusy grapefruit hops that are complimented by a toasty caramel malt backbone. The spicy rye is understated but definitely apparent and adds a nice earthy edge.

I really like rye beers and don't think I've ever met one I didn't like. With that said, this one is far from spectacular but very solid and highly drinkable.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.41/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flavorful yet drinkable, what a great beer! Pours simply gorgeous with deep amber color and rich, creamy head. Beautiful. Nose has a mixture of herbal components and light caramel, with a clean toasty grain aroma that is pleasing. On the palate the rye is apparent but also blends nicely with the toasty caramelly sweetness, smooth mouthfeel, and exceptional drinkability. Yet another successful craft beer from this amazing brewery.

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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 donkeyrunner
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful copper color. Two finger off-white head begets stalwart retention. Fancy lace.

Soft pine sap, sweet and toasty whole wheat bread malt. Good but subtle aroma. Tastes like it smells only toned down. Has that Sam Adams good but with the volume turned down character to it. I like it, I just would like to see it turned up a few notches.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head has pretty good retnetion and leave behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma has some sweet lightly roasted toffee malts. There is also some bread and just a touch of grassy hops in the background. A touch subtle.

T - Starts off with a mix of bread flavor and some sweet honey flavor. There is also some toasted malt and some grassy hop in the background for balance. Through the middle the flavor is a bit flat with only some honey really coming through. The finish has some of the bread flavor and some more sweetness which linger together.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels a touch thick but still very smooth in the mouth.

D - Fairly drinkable. Aftertaste is a bit strange, and the middle of the taste is fairly empty feeling. Could use a bit more flavor here. Otherwise, it starts well and feel really smooth.

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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 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 jsanford
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 1/30/11

A - Pours a clear copper with a 2-inch fluffy white head. Nice retention, leaves some sticky lacing.
S - Sweet malt and earthy hops. Very subdued, but basically smells like Boston Lager with perhaps some slight spicy rye characteristics. Unimpressive.
T - Same as the nose. Typical SA beer. Caramel malt and earthy noble hops. Snooze.
M - Medium-thin body with medium carbonation.
D - Not bad, went well with the burger I had. Still, same old, same old.

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Photo of NickMunford
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber color with little head, little retention and little lacing.

S: Malty aromas with a light pepper finish.

T: A mild sweet maltiness is at the front, with only mild spicy flavors imparted by the rye. This special release is more subtle and refined than I would have liked.

M: Smooth and bubbly. Mild bitterness in the finish.

D: As with most beers by this brewery, this one is very drinkable.

I know I didn't really say much here about this brew, but there's really not a lot to say about it. The primary though I get from this is, "Eh".

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a dark amber color, with a small head that didnt stay with the beer very long. There wasnt much in the smell. It tasted simialir to any rye ale, but rather harsh, and just not as good. Full flavor, but the harshness made it hard to finsih. Overall not bad, but I voted for the other.

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

Sampled this one at Sam's Quick Shop alongside Sample A. Poured a crisp copper orange with barely any head. Aroma was sweet malts, spicy rye and a trace of hops. The taste is not much more than a standard Amber Ale with just a slight kick of rye, some caramel malts, slight rye spice and mild hops. The beer is crisp and smooth with decent carbonation. I have always been a fan of rye beers, but this one proved to be nothing special at all, it didn't come close to its Belgian IPA competition.

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

12oz bottle from the "American Originals" 12-pk. Best by May, 2011, according o the label.

Spicy rye malt notes mingle with some understated piney hop notes.

Malts are the stars of the show with this beer, starting with a sweet, caramel, breadiness that is then matched with spicy rye malt flavor. The taste is not terribly big, but it's good. A mild zap to the palate is pretty much all the hops do to stand out.

Medium bodied, with a lightly coating yet prickly mouthfeel.

I could drink several of these at a sitting. Too bad there's only 2 in this 12-pk. Nowhere near being a flavor bomb, but it's a nice beer to quaff after a long day at work.

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Photo of bnes09
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red, transparent ale with visible bubbles. Ivory color head with good retention and awesome lacing.

Spicy aroma of citrusy hops and fresh rye.

Assertive hop flavor, mostly orange and pine. Smooth and biscuity malt backbone. Rye comes in with a distinct spice. Bitter overall character.

Medium bodied with a semi-gritty texture. Good carbonation. Very drying on the palate.

I enjoyed this one. Lots of interesting flavors which are well balanced. Similar to many other offerings from Sam Adams but tasty just the same.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and colored like amber resin. head is mostly white, maybe an inch at first. Pretty patchy in the lace department. Light aromas, caramel and toast with a hint of spicing. Fruit is there, but not strong.

The flavor is bready, moreso than caramelized or fruity. The peppery rye exists to bolster complexity; yeast is so similar to Boston Lager. This is familiar without being boring, but it's still far from adventurous. A hint of citrus, and the caramel emerges a little with warmth.

Crisp carbonation and a pretty small body lead to high drinkability, but the interest factor isn't there for me. Not bad, but pretty simple.

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Photo of JamesS
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice copper color, although with just a bit of initial head and no lacing to speak of. Nice scent, with a decent sweet malty tone under a crisp and semi-spicy rye aroma. Nice taste, a very good pale ale start with a good peppery-rye taste as it goes down, followed with just a hint of spicy hops. Went down very smoothly, one of the smoothest rye beers I've had (although without quite as much rye flavor as usual, either).

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

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date Notched at July. Pours a translucent burnt orange with a thin head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of yeast, orange, and malts. Taste is more of the same. Orange, with a bit of a sourness to it, yeast, and malts. This brew is kind of what I've come to expect from Sam Adams. Decent but doesn't really impress.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap a Gessop's in New Castle DE. Poured into the Sam Adams signature glass. Pours an translucent amber color thick eggshell colored heading. Which did stick around the entire tasting.

Smell is mostly of sweet doughy malts,slightly spicey maybe do to the rye?

Taste is just missing for me. I really am not tasting any rye maybe subtle feels here and there but mostly what is dominant is the bready malts. Slight spicey hop chracter but very little.

Mouth is medium bodied. Good carbonation and super smooth going down. Maybe a touch on the watery side of thing's.

This reminds me alot of the other Sam Adams beers. Most have a few nuiances to let you know the style but does not go above and beyond to really bring it all in.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice burnt orange liquid with some red highlights. Very clear with lots of rising carbonation. The head is thin, but creamy and provides full coverage.

S- Caramel, pepper, rye, a bit of fruitiness, and a touch of Sam Adams-ness.

T- Sweet maltiness, rye, and a decent hop presence. Rather robust and tasty.

M- The body is surprisingly heavy and syrupy, but there is a large amount of carbonation to lighten things up.

D- A decent take on the style. A bit rich and robust for the alcohol content, but it is tasty.

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass. This 'Revolutionary' Ale pours a coppery amber in color with half an inch of light tan foam. Decent retention and light lacing follow.

Touch of caramel and hops are quite subdued and virtually impossible to gather, perhaps some rye and grainy spice. Nothing negative in the nose just not a lot there, and in fact a bit 'stuck' in nature, opening up only after extended exposure.

Taste is a bit brighter yet quite similar with a light buttery caramel flavor coupled with a coarse and spicy finish which helps embolden the feel a bit. Pretty full bodied for a Sam beer yet not overly malty either, making for a simple yet quaffable brew which improves with some warming. Though not likely to start a revolution anytime soon, this is a good offering from Sam, lacking only in the hops department on the aroma.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with an amber color, eggshell head that dissipates slowly and leaves decent lacing.

Smell - Bready malts, spicy rye, caramel, slight hops, white pepper.

Taste - Sweeter than anticipated, the rye comes through up front. Caramel/malty backbone, nice and spicy. Not bad.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good - the highlight of this beer. Very creamy, decent carbonation. Very nice.

Drinkability - Goes down easily, but a style I don't particularly like. However, I did enjoy this.

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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 Chico1985
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange, creamy off-white head retains at a finger leaving pretty killer lacing.

Not much going on in the scent...a bit of spice from the rye and some grainy/bready malt.

Nice variety of hop flavors in the taste - citrus, spicy, herbal, pine. Toasty and buttery malts gives way to a pleasant warm bready finish.

Typical, slick, middle-ground Sam Adams mouthfeel. Nice balance between the hops and malt but I'd say the malt is more dominant.

In the slew of Sam Adams that are good but not great, I'd say this is one of the better ones. Tasty, easy drinking.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale copper with great clarity and leisurely carbonation. A rocky cream cap has nice retention and leaves good lace.

S: The nose is rather light. The caraway aroma of rye is the center point. It's surrounded by straw and pepper.

T: Starts out with toasted grain, followed by a caraway sourness. Bitterness is mild and carries a pepper quality that compliments the rye flavors nicely. Finishes with lingering rye and sourdough bread flavors. The flavors gets more and more interesting as the beer warms.

M: The medium body is both dry and sticky. The carbonation feels about right.

D: This is a nice beer that didn't blow me away. Still, I'm glad I grabbed it.

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Photo of DrStiffington
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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