Rye Saison | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kegatron on 06-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by stakem:
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Lancaster Homebrew Contest winner Chris Hoppe's Best of Show recipe. Traditional French Saison brewed with a small percentage of rye displaying an earthy/spicy flavor and aroma. 6.5%." Im adding this review here since the name is the same and I am not sure if this is a rebrew or not.

Draft offering at the Lancaster location served in a goblet. The brew appears a clouded color of yellow with a half finger of white head that fades to a ring around the perimeter of the glass. Some spotty lace remains.

The smell is primarily clove with hints of fruity pear and apple skins. A mild note of banana is also present with a soft inclusion of grain. This is a spicy, yeast filled nose that is quite enjoyable.

The flavor includes notes of banana and clove-like spice. A mild fruit like apple or pear skins is present overtop some wheaty grain sweetness. A mild wheat tartness is present breaking things up with a hint of lemony essence. Overall not a bad brew, nice and balanced.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is very well integrated and makes for an easy drinking and pleasant offering. The rye seems a bit lost in this with maybe only a slight accenting fruit quality about it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. This was on tap at the brewpub. This was poured into a pint glass (yeah, I know not a tulip...) but here’s what I was able to observe with this beer. The appearance was basically a fairly hazy golden yellow color with a bar pour’s kind of slim white head that faded as soon as I took my first sip. The smell was an earthy fruity bready content. Light spice followed. The taste was pretty doughy with the spice to come back to complement. Earthy fruits make a slim appearance in the taste. On the palate, there’s a spicy bready texture running in and out over my tongue. I say this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Overall, I liked this beer as it’s good for the style and for me.

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Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Lancaster location.

A: The saison is lighter straw color, golden with a just a hint of haze. A white head lingered through the first quarter of the goblet.

S: The nose has plenty of Belgian kick, sweet and spicy with just a bit o' earthy finish. The rye adds some body to the nose, bready with peppery spice.

T: The saison doesn't skimp on the taste, deliviering an assertive body that features black pepper, earthy fruits and a very dry finish. The rye adds heft to the body, throwing bready flavors into the mix, though they could be fuller. A nice saison.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, dry, lightly funky, bready and peppery as I make my way through it.

D: The problem at IH is that there are many beers that I want to try, as a result I am limited to one pint. I'd be content with a growler of this by my side.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How did this get added without a review? Allow me to be the first to review it, then!

It was served in a goblet with a foamy, eggshell-white head with great retention. The nose had a rich, fruity scent underlain with a pleasant mustiness. The color was a slightly hazy golden yellow. Mouthfeel was medium with a grape-y, wine-like taste on the tongue. Finish was bone dry with a black pepper quality up front followed by a lingering mustiness. I was left unsure about the presence of the rye, although Paul Rutherford assured me that it accounted for 20% of the grain bill. A minor quibble. There was great lacing throughout. This, to me, is a summer beer!

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for bringing this one up from IH-Lanc.

A-Bright copper with a thin white head that left spotty lace.

S-Biscuit sweetness with a spicy kick and a touch of earthy hops.

T-Strong spicy pop of black pepper and the dry spicy smack of rye malt. Some biscuit sweetness comes in before the dry finish.

M-Medium-light bodied with a long lingering spiciness and dryness.

D-Nicely done. A spicy, zippy, light and flavourful summer drinker. Another variety of saison that enforces my belief that saisons are one of the most varied, and tasty, styles out there!

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Photo of Durandal_777
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of DIM
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a hazy straw color. It was served to me with a frothy white cap.

s: Beautiful. Spicy rye aromas paired with a peppery, earthy yeastiness. Just what I was hoping for.

t: Dry overall, just the way I like 'em. The spicy rye note works well with the grainy funk of the saison. The finish is long and refreshing.

m: Crisply carbonated, just about spot-on for the style.

d: I'm surprised this has an abv of 7%. It sure doesn't drink like it. Great stuff from Paul at my local Iron Hill.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured via growler on 7/28/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a sparsely carbonated, slightly hazy golden body with a finger's width of thick white foam that dwindled down to a quarter inch of retention and yielded spotty lace.

S - Initial aroma is peppery with light alcohol notes and a moderate rye malt presence. Some spicy yeasty notes also emerged, as well as some citrusy characteristics.

T - Opens with a spicy, peppery flavor and a slightly dry rye malt presence in lieu of the requisite clove spiciness. Plenty of yeast character throughout. Flavor segues into a citrusy hop character in the finish.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with a light syrupy texture and modest carbonation for the style. Mild bitterness with quite a bit of dryness on the palate.

D - Excellent drinkability overall. While this saison doesn't have a lot of funk or barnyard notes, it does possess a nice dryness and hop profile.

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Rye Saison from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
4 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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