Terra-Rye'ZD Black Rye Lager | Left Hand Brewing Company

Terra-Rye'ZD Black Rye LagerTerra-Rye'ZD Black Rye Lager
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Terra-Rye'ZD Black Rye LagerTerra-Rye'ZD Black Rye Lager

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JMBSH on 10-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

06/07/09- Shared at a recent tasting.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, not sure of a release date or freshness. Poured into my Orval chalice.

Appearance- Black in color with a nice 3/4 inch head and some light lace markings.

Smell- Smelling both a lager style malt as well as a touch of burnt chocolate malt. Seems like a bunch of hoppy aroma in the nose as well.

Taste- A mixed bag beer for sure. You can definitely tell you are drinking a lager from the first sip...a quality lager with great tasting malt. You can also tell there is some dark chocolate malt as well as a buttload of hops. Lots of flavor which you wouldn't think would meld well, but it does.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level, but rather creamy and nice aftertaste.

Drinkability- WOuld like to try an entire bottle of this myself. Liked it very much from the limited amount I had.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up this bomber in South Carolina 2 months ago, now getting to it after 2 months of refrigeration. The beer is dark reddish brown, transparent at the edges, with a good dose of off-white foam. The smell is more malty than anything, a hint of spice that's hard to peg but just might be from the rye. The rye is easy to spot in the flavor though, kind of like a scwarzbier with rye added. Some roasted malt and whatnot behind the rye, I didn't get much hops from this. The body is pretty much medium and I deem this easy drinking, not quite chug-a-lug but not difficult to swallow.

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Photo of theghost3
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby brown with a 2-finger off-white head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is mainly sweet malts, molasses & hazelnut. The taste is sweet of brown sugar along with rye & a faint hoppy quality. Mouthfeel is smooth & sticky.

This is a nice rye lager; darker than other ryes & therefore, sweeter.

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Photo of jkendrick
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice brown to red color with an impressive head and tons of clumpy lace.

S: Very malty with a nutty presence and of course the rye.

MF: Was too thin for me and the carbonation was just off somehow.

T: There is initially some sweetness but it doesn't last long as the rye comes in full force. If you like rye flavors, you'll like this. I enjoyed the rye, but the bitterness was not as enjoyable. Didn't feel balanced. there is a lot going on, but it is hard to discern over the intense rye and bitter hops finish.

Overall: A for effort, but the rye and unpleasant bitterness needs to be toned down a bit for this to have good drinkability and to allow for the complex flavors that ARE THERE to shine through a bit more.

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Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours closer to brown than black with a nice 1-finger tan head.

I picked up the nose when the beer was still a foot from my face. Caramel and roasted malt dominate for me with a little residual sugar.

A little creamier than expected, but turns slighty more bitter than expected on the finish. Chocolate comes in as does the roasted malt. The rye and hops combine for a very nice bitter finish.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours garnet with a khaki head.

S - Faint sweet roasted malt. Really pretty mild.

T - Rye powerful upfront, with some roasted malt, sweet brown sugar, and citrus hop finish.

M - Really smooth, creamy. Slightly thinner than medium bodied.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Somewhere between a deep ruby and blood red. A nice, sparkling, khaki head forms on top... about 2 fingers tall with a little additional for a lip over the rim. There's something slightly viscous looking in the pour.

S: Aroma seems a little mild... softer malts, a little chocolaty. Perhaps just the slightest bit spicy, but not as robust as I may have expected.

T: Roasted malt flavours with a peppery note. The rye is modest and pleasant and a hoppiness comes out on the finish to add some character. As it breathes, some dark chocolate flavours are more apparent.

M + D: The carbonation is enough so to make it pleasant, but it's not quite crisp. It's got a slightly thick and syrupy body to it... doesn't do any harm, but it seems like it should be a little lighter feeling. The alcohol is low enough to enjoy this one a little more freely. Not bad at all. I'd happily pick up another.

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Photo of nickfl
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of medium brown head, settles quickly and leaves a little lace. The body is dark brownish-black with good clarity and some dark ruby highlights.

S - Light, fruity malt aroma with hints of caramel and sweet chocolate. A big toffee note comes out once the beer has had a chance to warm.

T - Surprisingly big roasted grain character up front with lots of spicy rye. Mild hop flavor in the middle with a clean yeast profile. The dark grains dominate the finish with big coffee notes along with tobacco and light smoke and moderate hop and malt bitterness to balance.

M - Thick, viscous and oily body with moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable though a bit overly intense for a black lager. The robust flavor is unexpected after the somewhat subdued aromas. The mouthfeel is extraordinary, easily the thickest beer I have ever had, and it helps bring down the almost excessively intense roast character. Unique and worth trying, but I don't feel like I need more than the one bottle that I have.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish brown in color with some amber highlights. Two fingers of foamy tan head has good retention and leaves plenty of lacing stick. Smells of rye, caramel, toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and lemon zest. Tastes of chocolate and bitter baker's cocoa up front followed by some spicy rye. Some sweetness of caramel mixes with roasted malt and a touch of smoke before a big bitter finish of citrusy hops like lemon and grapefruit. Medium in body with OK carbonation. Roasty, spicy, and a bit chewy with some chalkiness and lots of bitterness. Fairly drinkable, but one bomber is plenty for me for a while.

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Photo of thryn
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a dark reddish-brown, somewhat translucent. Poured into a pint glass, it's got a half centimeter or so of creamy looking tan head, and carbonation bubbles are floating leisurely but steadily to the top.

There is a lot of sweet malt in the nose -- a resiny scent lurks below the bread and raisin.

Wow. More bitter than I was expecting from the nose. I guess that's the rye? I barely taste all the malt sweetness I smelled -- instead it starts bitter/sour, sweetens ever so slightly and finishes very bitter. In a way, I'm reminded of the bitter finish of an ESB, but ramped up. I'm not getting much else out of it. It's not bad, by any stretch, but surprisingly one-dimensional.

The mouthfeel is great. Viscosity and weight are medium, maybe a little heavy for a lager even a black lager, but I like that about it. A bit slick. Carbonation is muted, but present.

It's not the most drinkable beer in the world -- a little too bitter to my palate. Kudos to Left Hand and Terrapin for this experiment, and I'm glad I gave it a try, but it's probably not one I'd go back to.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Ponce Green's, Atlanta, GA. Split w/ dkachur, w/ my portion poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown, ostensibly opaque, though holding it up to the light reveals it's really a transparent, dark ruby brown, with incredibly slow, big-bubbled carbonation. The head on this one formed very slowly and faded a little quicker - a big, fluffy, tan monster that ultimately didn't even leave a sheen, there and gone again, like a poltergeist - but leaves some great fluffy, swiss cheese-like lacing, sticky and firm, definitely due to the rye addition.

Aroma: Anise is strong, blended well with the rye and a faint bittersweet chocolate note. There's also a faint dark fruit presence, though overall, it's a little too one-dimensional and faint.

Taste: A little better. Still very reminiscent of anise, perhaps mint a little (in that cleansing, throat-numbing kinda way). A few hints of coffee, too, buried in a sea of dark, heavy toast, and a definite kiss of spicy rye. The balance is nice, but there's not too much else goin' on.

Mouthfeel: Very large-bubbled, but still somehow remarkably creamy, probably because this one's pretty gosh darn thick. It's borderline 3.5, given the thickness, but I'm gonna give it a 4.0 - the creaminess is just very nice, especially as it warms up.

Drinkability: I have very mixed feelings about this beer. On the one hand, I understand and respect what it is, and what it's trying to be. On the second, I thought it was pretty good - it had a solid flavor, with each component noticeable, a solid underpinning, and a few decent upper flavors. On the third hand (third hand!?!), nothing really jumped up out at me, inspired me, or made me work too hard. On the fourth hand (my mind is gettin' blown), the alcohol isn't too high, so I'm gonna give it a ... 4.0. Yes, 4.0 sounds good. Give it a try, but don't necessarily seek it out.

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Photo of katan
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber

Terra-ryzed - a left hand and Terrapin collaboration.

A - A dark amber to almost black color. Very opaque except around the edges. Head formation is light - looks fairly flat. Head is lighter white in color, in strong contrast with the beer itself. Difficult to detect much hazing or yeast suspension.

S - A small amount of the rye astringency that you would expect from a rye beer. Mostly a sweet and yeast combination on the nose. Spicy and dry.

T - Starts off with some roasted malts - caramel combination. Does have a fair of rye edge in the early and mid-stream flavors. Finishes with a building bitterness and a small amount of yeast balance. Aftertaste is more of a amber malt flavor and a strong amount of post drink bitterness.

M - Beer itself is fuller in body, while the relative lack of carbonation keeps a somewhat empty feeling. The aftertaste is highly coating and oily.

D - I would generally say this beer is of moderate drinkability. The light edge of rye and bitterness does "stack" on itself as I reach the bottom of the bottle. ABV is higher but manageable. Rye beers are probably not exactly a drinkable style, I would say this one doesn't change the perception for me.

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Photo of younger35
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from ckeegan04 for my 2nd place finish in the '08-'09 BA Bowl Pick'em. Somehow this is my first brew I've ever had from Left Hand and its very abundant around here. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice sized one finger dark tan head that leaves a terrific cap and collar and a fairly nice amount of sticky lacing.
Smell- Very strong chocolate is milky and rich and reminds me of Tootsie Rolls. A medium amount of roast is very evident as is a bit of sweet caramel. The coffee is light and seems to fade as the beer warms which in turn intensifies the rye. Probably just me but I don't mind the taste of rye, but the smell sucks. It's just a sorta sharp dirty spiciness that my nostrils don't appreciate. A light bit of lemon zest or something citric shows that the hops are indeed present.
Taste- Super chocolaty and fairly rich for a lager. The chocolate is fairly raw and bitter and the rye really kicks in after the first sip. It seems tame after trying any Short's beer with rye but it's still fairly strong. Surprisingly I don't get any coffee after smelling it but I do get plenty of the caramel. Behind all that malty rye there are hops though. Plenty. Slightly citric and a lot bitter they finish strong with hints of grapefruit.
Mouthfeel- Nice and spicy with a medium feel that somehow manages to be creamy and crisp. Not sure how but that's how it feels.
Drinkability- Pretty damned good stuff. I'm actually surprised I like this as much as I do. It's pretty damned easy drinking and I actually dig the chocolate/rye combo. Big thanks for sharing ckeegan04!

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Photo of GPHarris
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a thin light tan head into a goblet that left a thin ring of lace throughout. the body was brown with slight red hints.
s - more malty than hoppy. aromas of chocolate with a little rye.
t - more hoppy than malty. rye with a spicey and bitter aftertaste.
m - very smooth and creamy.
d - goes down easily. a solid beer but seems a little off like the flavors and aromas don't seem to mesh well.

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Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Somewhat transparent black pour. Frothy white head. Burnt malt, light chocolate and some piney hop aroma. Surprisingly creamy mouthfeel, rather pleasant medium body. Grainy, smokey roast malt flavors. Just slight lingering bitter at the finish. The frothyness is almost too much. Otherwise, this is a real nice brew and quite drinkable. If all dark rye beers are like this, I will seek them out.

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Photo of abents
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 22oz baby from Sebletitje in a trade. It pours out a deep reddish-brown with a light tan head that laces fairly well. This is one rye laden beer. Smell isn't too extreme little roasted malts, rye, and chocolate. Taste is a rye bomb, very nice sweet roasted malts backing it up, with a crisp hop bitterness holding it all together. Very creamy brew that is very easy to drink. Man it's a lot of rye, I like this one though. Good brew.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into stange on 2/8/09. Thanks to greenvilleguitar for including this in a GATM transaction back in November 2007.

A - Poured a very dark oily brown with deep burgundy highlights and one-finger light tan head that diminished into a patchy film and left a decent amount of lacing.

S - Aroma blends dark roasted malt, spicy rye notes, earthy hop bitterness, and dark chocolate. Mild alcohol notes emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Dry, spicy rye malt with plenty of earthy hop bitterness and a splash of citrus hops in the finish. Bitter dark chocolate notes add a bit of depth to the dark roasted malt character.

M - Medium to full bodied lager with a very slick, oily texture and a thick, chewy mouthfeel. Body is softly carbonated but swells up to a bristly sensation the longer you swirl it around. Finish is dry and moderately bitter on the palate.

D - This is a really flavorful lager with a strong rye presence and a killer mouthfeel. It is very interesting to see these collaborative efforts between breweries. It only allows brewers to push the envelope that much further, creating endless possibilities in brewing. I look forward to trying more beer collaborations in the future.

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Photo of hopdog
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade.

Poured a dark and deep orange color (almost brown) with a large sized, 5 finger, off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, caramel, grains, and rye. Tastes of rye, lighter chocolate, toasty, caramel, and grainy. Some lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to MSchae1017 for this brew.

Pours a very nice thick black color, nice carbonation, nice creamy one-finger tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, bitter, nice caramel notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew.

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Photo of chaz410
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Common Market in Charlotte.
Pours dark with slight red gleam.
Smell is of cocoa, roasted barley, malty chocolate, rye, sweet milk and wheat like that in a heffe. Very little hop notes but their present.
Tast great. Crisp mily chocolate malts. There's a great rye presence throughout the taste but it's not over powering.

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, Shiny red and black label, no date that I could find.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown in color, nice tan colored head with good retention.

Smell: Bitter, with a bit of roast.

Taste: More roasted flavor here, but not over powering. There is a slight caramel flavor as well. Medium bodied.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable - I've had this on tap around town a couple times, and have enjoyed them all. Nice combination of flavors without being too heacy.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bloody chestnut brown that becomes dark ruby with fiery orange highlights when sunlight is allowed to enter the glass. Head and lace look fantastic as well. The good-sized cap is the color of coffee ice cream and glass decoration is abundant.

One of Left Hand's press releases calls this beer an Imperial Roggen Schwarz Lager. That's pretty much what it smells like too. It's hard to be sure until the buds get into the act, but this might be the most spicy, rye-like beer that I've had yet. That, along with the black malt and the hops, makes the nose all kinds of enjoyable. Should be a wild ride.

Terra-Rye'zd is my kind of beer because it's packed full of flavor from both malt and hops. It almost dares you to like it. I do, I do, I really do. The fact that it's an original creation in the world of craft beer is a good thing as well. Way to push the envelope, guys.

If you don't like rye beer, then stay the hell away. The pungent, earthy, spiciness of that grain is the biggest reason why this brew will probably be a polarizer. There must be two tons of rye malt in here. The citric-floral hoppiness is almost at IPA levels. Black Rye IPA might be the most accurate 'style' in the end.

In addition to the flavors noted above, there's a fair amount of bittersweet chocolate and crushed coffee bean. Talk about a cornucopia of flavor. It's amazing that such disparate elements come together as well as they do. Toasted pumpernickel and rye bread sprinkled with cocoa and shredded hop leaves? An underlying sweetness doesn't *quite* get lost in the blast of hops.

The mouthfeel struck me as too light at first. By mid-bomber, though, it's just about right: slightly lighter than medium, with the silky smoothness that all good lagers tend to deliver.

Here's hoping that all subsequent offerings in the Left Hand-Terrapin Midnight Project Brew Series are as good as Brew One. Terra-Rye'zd is a beer that I'd love to enjoy again and again and again. Two thumbs way up. Thanks to SiriusAth for the bomber.

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Photo of johnd513
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes to MSchae1017 for this one.
This beer pours a dark brown color - almost black with a medium sized offwhite head that quickly disappears. Smells of roasted malts and pleasant rye flavors. The taste starts slightly sweet and then becomes roasty with the rye flavors lingering long afterwards. The mouthfeel has medium body and is creamy but a tad dry for my taste. Drinkability is decent. I split the bomber with a friend but could have finished it myself.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger-thick tan head that sits on top of a glossy brown with reddish hues. Black? Not really, but quite a looker nonetheless.

Really grainy, earthy aroma--obviously the rye talking--with some spices buried in back and just a hint of chocolate cake. Not all that exciting, really.

Flavor is mostly chocolate-flavored coffee grounds, very roasty and the rye makes itself known with a coarse, bitter character. Then comes a sharp, astringent hit in the finish that must be hops battling against the intensity of the rye. Anise, smoke, milk and salt come in with some warming. It's a very different flavor that's not easy to acclimate to...takes some time and consideration, and by the time I thought I'd gotten my head around it, it was almost gone.

Texture is very slick, medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Gets kind of creamy as it warms. Does the job and matches well with the flavor it delivers.

Drinks a lot like a super-toasty porter or schwarzbier. Definitely unique and interesting, worth at least a try.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another rye lager being put under the ale category. They really need to make a rye lager category.

A- Looks like a coke, and when held up next to the light it has a red tone to it. The head looks frothy and loves to cling to the glass.

S- Coffee, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The malts give this a good bready smell. The lager yeast gives the beer the traditional lager small.

T- This has a very unique taste. There is coffee and a nice bread taste. I'm also getting the citrus from the hops. The more I drink this the more the hops comes though. There is a spice or herbal taste there as well, it goes well.

M- Very thick and malty, the carbination is subtle and light, and plays nicely to the feel of the beer.

D- Easy to drink, very very easy. I could drink this a lot.

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Terra-Rye'ZD Black Rye Lager from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74.2% out of 100 with 97 ratings
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