I Wanna Rye-It | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the “old days” (days you may recall from movies like “High Noon” and “True Grit”), when people drank whiskey, it was almost always rye whiskey. And in the “old country” (which you may remember from countries like “Estonia” and “Germany”), when people ate bread, it was often rye bread.

So what’s so great about rye? Look at it this way: rye is the bad-boy cousin to those two better-known grains, barley and wheat. There’s nothing delicate about it; it’s tough and it grows where it wants, when it wants. Rye is fun, but it has an edge to it, like a gruff antihero riding into town. It’s got complex spicy, nutty flavors, and that makes it exciting, but it sometimes gets a little out of hand, especially when it hangs out with equally edgy American hops.

Don’t get us wrong, rye can be silky smooth and seductive when it wants to be, making it pretty irresistible at times. Brooklyn I Wanna Rye-It takes that wayward grain on a little joy ride through spicy flavors, a light smack of caramel, an explosive pop of hops and a sharp dry finish. And when your pint is finished, we
think you’ll pick yourself up, dust off your jacket, smile and ask us for another one. You’d better ask quick, though—rye doesn’t like to be kept waiting.
Brooklyn I Wanna Rye-It is pretty awesome with pastrami, ham, barbecue, burgers, steaks and hard cheeses. The rye is pretty loud, and all this attention is likely to rile it up even further. Actually, this beer sorta reminds us of our Production Manager, Jimmy Valm. Hmmm… must be a mysterious backstory there somewhere.

Added by Knapp85 on 07-28-2013

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 82
Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Greenville SC.
Pour is hazy orange-brown. the off-white head is not durable and leaves little lacing.
Spicy rye and hop aroma
Flavor: spicy rye with moderately bitter flavor.
Overall: well crafted ale with lots of rye aroma and flavor.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/2/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus, earthy hops and some spice.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and spice. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better beers available in the style.

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Photo of tigg924
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste is rye, earthy hops, and husk. A pleasant sipper that I am glad I had the chance to have. Not sure if I would rush to get this again, but very nice beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Pours a clear coppery brown, with off white head that mainly sticks to the edges, though a spattering of bubbles venture in the middle of the glass.

Nose is a bit bready, light sweet spice, but fairly neutral to me.

Feel is lightly dry throughout. The opening malt is honey to caramel sweetness balanced out by a rye spice quite nicely. A quick hit of fruit bitterness (apricot? Orange rind?) marks the transition (in some sips) to an English hops-like bitterness that balances nicely with the ongoing rye to even ginger-like spice (the bite isn't there to really be ginger, but maybe another biting root?). Would've gone higher on feel, but the carbonation seemed to fade too quickly.

Another nicely balanced, well made beer by Brooklyn. Nothing flashy or extravagant about this beer, but the ingredients as described play into a complete beer (the hop "punch" might be slightly overstated, but otherwise). Slowly appreciated it more the more I analyzed it.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark Amber with an off white head leaning towards copper. The head leaves a nice trail of lace behind.

Spicy rye, caramel, malt, and bright citrus in the nose.

Taste is spicy rye bitterness mingled with bitter citrus hops, but the beer is well balanced with a caramel malt sweetness. It finishes dry and earthy.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color with a 2" head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: caramel and fruit come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, ripe apples, spicy rye, black pepper, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the finish.

Overall: a refreshing ale that goes down easy. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An excellent amber rye beer. A decent yellowish eggshell colored head.Some light lace. Nose has both caramel sweetness and rye spice masquerading as hops. Taste follows the nose.Sweet and spicy front flows to a large hop content that will please IPA lovers while not quite going there. Feel is a well bodied , low carbonation every day ale that makes for easy and satisfying drinking. Very nice!

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass. The head eventually completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of rye are present in the nose along with underlying hints of caramelized malts.
T: The taste starts off with initial bits of sweet caramel and quickly transitions into stronger flavors of spicy rye that linger into the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness, and both the rye and hops mask any apparent sweetness towards the back end. The hops also contribute some earthiness as the beer begins to warm up.
M: It feels medium-bodied, slightly smooth, and a little dry on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The spiciness from the rye prickles your tongue a little bit.
O: The taste of this beer is rather complex, having interesting flavors of malts and spicy rye along with some hints of hops.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Half Pint Pub in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a tawny dark-ish brown, with a half inch foamy head, and very uniform rings of lacing down the glass.

This smells like rye, chocolate, and a bit of grassiness. Doesn't smell all that hoppy for a rye IPA.

This really feels more just like a rye brown ale, than a rye IPA, honestly. I get some spicy husky rye, with a bit of caramel, and chocolate, and just the slightest hint of grassy/piney hops, not a whole lot at all. I wish the rye character was bolder and a little more interesting to make up for the lack of hop character.

This is medium bodied, with a fairly creamy mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

This one kind of failed, honestly. It seemed safe.

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Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Grapefruit, rye, and toasted malt form the aroma. Notes of caramel emerge.

Flavor reveals a huge grassy hop presence on a spicy rye backbone, with notes of nutty malt rounding out the profile. Grapefruit and muddled citrus add complexity, but the rye is the star. Rye isn't really my bag, and the bitter finish doesn't win it any points.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As hop shortages mount, the trick is to give the bitter beer fans something to cheer about when the lupulin fountain doesn't run so deeply. But the special bite that is delivered by the rye kernel certainly helps to alleviate the burden.

Rich with gold and a shield of bronze, the beer catches the eye with a glimpse of altbier. But its soft and cottony head mounts to drive off aromas of caramel, toast, grain and fruit. But the first taste washes the palate with bread, caramel and elegant sun-kissed barley just as the zing of rye pangs away at the tongue.

As the beer unfolds on the middle, its biscuity sweetness releases and fruity impressions garner apricot and orange marmalade while the earthen grit of rye shows the ale's more rustic and dirty side. Somewhat floral to start, the taste takes on bitter and peppery demeanor late as citrus, tea and soft pine resins round out the middle palate.

Medium throughout, the creamy sweetness retreats methodically and eventually vacates the palate, leaving behind a strong bittering character that's laced with pepper, husk and tannic wood. Fruit, caramel and peanut skin tread lightly in aftertaste.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a brown color with a light tan head on top. The retention and lacing are good. Pretty nice looking. The smell of the beer has a decent amount of roast on the nose. The taste is spicy from the rye with a surprisingly big amount of chocolate malt in there as well. The mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated and moderately refreshing. Overall a pretty solid beer, enjoyed trying it directly from the brewery.

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I Wanna Rye-It from Brooklyn Brewery
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