Willimantic Rail Mail Rye | Willimantic Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
47 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Willimantic Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
willibrew.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
47
Reviews:
27
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with one finger of white foam on to of a milky, golden colored body. The head fades slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - spicy aromas with some musty hops and a hint of lemon.

T - spicy rye up front with soft, grainy malt in the middle. Pepper and lemon notes in the finish with some herbal hops.

M - medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - not bad, this is basically an american wheat, but better than most of the examples of that dismal style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/26/07 at the brewpub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong containing nearly all hops and spices along with some light malts.

T: The taste is very hoppy and bitter with a little spice. The malt character is light but very bready and provides a little bit of balance, but very much sweetness. The after-taste is also very bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and very dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time but may be a little too intense to drink very quickly. I wasn’t expecting much from this beer but was surprisingly impressed.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy tawny hue, thick bubbly lace with a decent retention. Light floral and citric hop nose with a hint of soft maltiness. Crisp and thirst quenching with a moderate body. Light maltiness lets the hops come through. The slight spicy rye character plays off the hop bitterness a bit, bitterness is semi aggressive with tones of citrus. Touch of spicy grainy rye in the finish. This is my favourite out of all of the house brews.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at lunch at the brewpub -served chilled in a shaker pint.

A - a very lightly hazed golden w/ very thin pale white cap w/ tiny bead. The lace clings to the glass well

S - A mild rye aroma w/ slightly spice nose and hint of light pine hops

M- A very nice blend of spiced texture and nice bitter hops balance to the sweet edge - the feel has a crisp texture from moderate carbonation w/ a dry finish

T - A very tasty rye which gives a mild sweet flavor w/ a bit of pine hoppiness and complimentary rye taste - the hops have some mild herbal accents which leads to a mild grassiness and more pine in the finish. The malt is there but as a backdrop to the slightly spiced hop w/ slight resinous and herbal acidity as the beer finished dry and refreshingly

D - A highly drinkable ale with mid strength -it paired well with the ale onion soup - so good the balance of rye and hops are spot on...one of the best rye I have had possibly - every thing is in its right place - the best beer I had at Willimantic

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light rye spice and a grainy hop.

The taste consisted of a doughy malt with a touch of rye spice and a drying herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the creamy side of the style with a residual doughiness.

Overall a very good and easy to drink rye ale.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled on 29-Dec-10.

A: The rye beer is a coppery amber color, hazy in my glass. Despite being jostled, moved and shaken several times over the past half week, the ale is well-carbonated. It delivers almost two fingers of head that slowly overflows in my glass. The result of the head is a virtual wall of lace from the rim of the glass down to the beer.

S: The rye beer is equal parts toasted biscuit and spicy rye. The breadiness gives the ale heft. The rye isn't as strong as the tap version.

T: More rye in the first sip, dark spicy breads with an anise undertone. Alongside the rye, toasted biscuit flavors drive a rich maltiness. The longer the ale sits out, the more spicy rye wafts out. A nice, sippable rye beer. Hops gradually emerge from the latter part of each sip.

M: The hops aren't as strong as I remember. That leaves the rye to save the day. And it does, adding spicy grains to the ale.

D: An ale that improves as it reaches room temperature, the rye is a little shy at times. Still a good choice for the bring-home growler.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at the brewpub.

First pint glass pours with a 1/2" white head, which was gone pretty quickly, but even with just a film remaining continued to lace beautifully. Cloudy orangey amber brew, with a nose of bready rye, as one would expect. Taste begins with lightly piney hops, which intensifies as the experience goe sone, and the hearty rye flavor carries through under it all. Mouthfeel is extra smooth, and drinkability is just great.

The scary thing is, this probably would have even been better if I hadn't gotten sick soon after I snagged this at the brewery and had to leave it sitting in the fridge for 5 days. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RomanW70 for the opportunity to try this one. Served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured the color of polyurethane with no head. Nose was sweet grapefruit and apricots. Taste consisted of light fruit with some hops bitterness. Mouthfeel was light and lively. Easy drinking and amazingly flavorful for a session beer.

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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale shows a clear amber color with a modest white fuzz for a cap and a similar hint of lacing. The aroma is mild caramel wheat. Not much rye evidenced, not very impressive. The flavor brings some alcohol with a dry grain and citrus. There's a bit of almond nut and lemon bread with melon and light cinamon spice. A bit whimpy in feel but to be fair, this growler was the end of the last keg of the season. So I curved the grade given that they gave this partial growler to me at no charge due to the situation. Not bad but a bit disappointing. Wish i could have had a proper taste.

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Photo of jfcaa193
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Boto
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewpub: This one poured a cloudy, darker golden color. There was a small white head on it, and only a little lacing from it. The aroma is lighter. Some citrus and rye to the nose. The taste has rye, and some citrus tartness to it. Medium bodied. A Very Nice brew.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/23/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a cloudy amber with a small white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops. Flavor of rye, citrus and piney hops. Slight bitter finish. Pretty hoppy for an APA. Also as the beer warms, the sweetness from the malt starts to come out more. I liked this!
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just had this brew with dinner tonite, along with the Harvest ale on cask but I cant add that one (20 beer limit) :( But I can do this one for now.
The brew is orangish brown kinda like the burnt siena crayons. Some head but mostly gone very quickly upon the arrival of the beer. The aroma is dominated by floral hops but there is a subtle spiciness there too from the rye malts.
The first sip is tasty and the dominate flavor is again the hops. Not a lot of malt balance here but that is probably due to the less agressive flavor of the rye. There is some rye flavor underneath the hops which gives a nice tanginess to the brew. The mouthfeel is a little on the lite side which enhances the drinkability of the brew.
The finish is clean and the brew is overall thrist quenching. It went went with my garlic/walnut chicken.
I will definitely get this one again on my next visit.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into Imperial pint on 4/22/09, courtesy of Deuane.

A - Poured a slightly hazy amber/orange body with vigorous carbonation and one-finger creamy white head that settled to a quarter inch of retention and left sparse lacing on the glass. Some yeast particulates are suspended throughout the body.

S - Dank, musty and yeasty with a bit of funk. Akin to a wet basement, if you will. Reminds me of a Belgian IPA. I don't detect much of a rye character; however, there is a mild sulphur presence. Some sweet malts make an appearance.

T - Citrusy and yeasty with some funky notes reminiscent of a Belgian ale. Again, not a lot of dryness present, which is usually characteristic of a rye ale. This is a very yeasty beer overall, with hints of spice in the backend.

M - Medium body with a slightly oily texture and subtle carbonation. Finishes with slight bitterness and mild dryness on the palate.

D - Interesting rye beer that drinks more like a Belgian pale ale or IPA due to the prevalent yeast character. Thought this was not what I was expecting, I still found it pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Willibrew hookup naproxen for this one.

A-Lightly hazed dark, orange hued copper with a thick, light tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Interesting with a musty nose and bright notes of citrus and sweet malt poking through.

T-Tart citrus and a bit "yeasty". I think this one may have been pulled a bit early. Nice flavours come out when the beer gets a chance to settle a bit. Slightly spicy, drying finish.

M-Medium-light bodied with light lingering bitterness, fairly crisp in the end.

D-Nice...and while maybe a bit green this one ended up being tasty nonetheless. I would like to try this one again.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Thedrizzle
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing really standing out on the brew. It's your run of the mill rye.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Light amber hues topped with a collar of frothy vanilla head cap.

Muted scents of straw and brisk hop dryness.

First swigs: Subdued rye with orange bitterness overlay. Dry rye blend with fruit citrus cascade middle that finishes with a cascade bitter and rye second thought.

Last swigs: Interesting mix of lemony orange and bittering rye. Complimented the Hot Hot Return to Tenders.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Willimantic Rail Mail Rye from Willimantic Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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