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Big Eddy Ryewine Ale | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Ryewine AleBig Eddy Ryewine Ale
BA SCORE
3.79/5
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143 Ratings
Big Eddy Ryewine AleBig Eddy Ryewine Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 05-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
143
pDev:
12.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5
Gots:
11
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of MattSharpless
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of jna626
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Millsnerlight
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a deep brownish amber, mostly clear, with a yellowish lacing for a head. Dissipates to nothing.

Smells of rich caramel, toasted biscuit, toffee, vanilla, and figs.

Taste follows. Rich caramel and fruity malts with elements of figs, grapes, and pears. Some biscuit malt and maple as well.

Medium body with light stinging carbonation.

A fairly taste rich ale with decent enough flavor. A little overbearing, perhaps. Could stand to have a little more balance. Worth a try as long as it's not too hard to come by.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle the Wegmans Dewitt NY for $3

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a good size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, molasses/caramel and hops. There is also some vanilla, cola and a touch of anise.

Overall - Surprisingly good. Picked this up because I'd never seen it before. The booze is well hidden and it seems like it is really well crafted.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear tawny port color capped by an inch or so of foam; quite a bit of lacing

Smell: Smells a bit like an herbal cherry cough syrup - plummy, with fortified grape, cherry and orange peel

Taste: Very fruity, with fortified grape, cherry, plum and dried orange peel cracking through the toffee malt; after the swallow, it tastes very much like fruitcake

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A rather odd tasting beer, with a fruitcake character dominating; not sure what happened to the rye

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber with little to no head. Boozy and a little bland to the nose. It starts off smooth and finishes the same. It tastes a lot like red wine. It's a little watery for my taste. The 10% alcohol is masked well but the taste doesn't wow me. It's not a bad beer but it leaves a lot to be desired. I guess this is Leinenkugel's attempt at a full-bodied Amber. I think they ought to stick to the fruity beers that made them famous.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%

On-tap 3/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

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

S: The aroma is faint but contains brown sugar, caramelized malts, some fruit and touches of spice and hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty roasted malts character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. There is some spice flavor in the background. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for as long as you can handle it.

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Photo of Musineer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit past best buy date, but I think it is listed as a date short for most for this style.
Poured into SA glass.
Nice whiff of sweet malt and sweet alcohol. A bit of toasty grain and very mild spice from the rye. Not too rich yet. Minimal hops.
Really an attractive color with garnet in light and a clear brownish hue otherwise. Small tan head that settles out.
Rather rich, as would be expected. Alcohol is smooth and hits my empty gut with an immediate warmth. Smooth malt flavors with a soft, but distinct rye crackle. Some candy like sweetness, but enough bittering to balance. Kinda' chewy on the finish and need to brush my teeth when done. Nice complexity to the grain bill offers interesting and pleasing flavors.
Good effort. Not exceptional, but like other Big Eddy's a nice version at a decent cost.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz 2013 vintage brown glass bottle with classy label art (especially for Leinenkugel's!) and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired for $3.49 at a local (and overpriced) bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery, which tends to disappoint. Reviewed as a barleywine/rye beer hybrid since the label identifies it as a ryewine. Normally I'd go with the brewery's classification, but this is Leinenkugel's we're talking about. 10% ABV confirmed. From the neck: "12614. A21011228."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption as I don't like my barleywines too cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Doesn't quite pour a true head, but it does have a floating semi-circle of near-head which is pale khaki in colour, thin, and lacks creaminess. It fades within 15 seconds, leaving no lacing.

All that's left to look at is the unappealing body which is a strange murky amber-brown colour and is painfully dull, lacking any vibrance or glow whatsoever even when backlit. Nontransparent and quasitranslucent. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Presentation overall is rather poor. This doesn't appear to be alive nor is it appealing; I'm a bit turned off. Appears undercarbonated, but I'm expecting overcarbonation given the brewery.

Sm: Toffee, caramel, marshmallow, the seeds of that stale cardboard note that tend to pop up in barleywines, brown malts, heavy residual sugars and a moderate accompanying sweetness, English biscuit malt, and cream. There's also some prominent prune and a hint of grape.

I search for rye (and/or its trademark subtle spiciness) and don't find it. I also have trouble identifying any discernable hop profile or yeast character. I do pick up some alcohol, but there're no other overt off-notes.

The toffee and marshmallow play well together and are a highlight for me personally, but I have my suspicions about how this will taste. It's a generally inoffensive aroma of mild strength. The aroma suggests a definite fruity stickiness.

T/Mf: The prune and grape dominate the flavour profile, obscuring the marshmallow and toffee notes - to the beer's detriment. The caramel also gets buried beneath the unbecoming fruitiness.

It has a plump, wet, sticky feel on the palate, which isn't a good presence for a style which excels with a lightly dry coarse texture. Carbonation is off, but I can't tell in which direction. It's filling, medium to full-bodied, and thick. Also a bit syrupy. The texture doesn't seem well-tailored to the taste, nor does it suit the style. I will say that it isn't as heavy on the palate as most beers in the style.

I pick up a bit of bread crust/light bready malts. Some vague nuttiness. Plenty of brown malts and a bit of English biscuit malt. I search for rye but the eponymous malt never shows up, nor does its trademark subtle spiciness.

Speaking of subtlety, there is none here. Nor is there much complexity, intricacy, or nuance. What little I was looking forward to after the aroma (the marshmallow and toffee primarily) got buried in the flavour profile. Grape rarely works in a barleywine, and Leinenkugel's sure isn't the brewery to brew the exception to the rule. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No hop profile comes through. I don't pick up on any yeast character either. It has some alcohol presence, but I wouldn't call it boozy or hot.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: Not quite the sipper I expected, but the syrupy thick mouthfeel does restrict drinkability and holds the beer back. I definitely wouldn't pick this beer up again (especially at this price point). Far from Leinenkugel's worst effort, but it's a pretty lackluster barleywine and has little to offer the discerning drinker. Even huge fanatics of the style are unlikely to be satisfied. I'd caution friends against purchasing this and doubt I'll remember it in a couple weeks. It's just a forgettable middle-of-the-road barleywine and feels like a Leinenkugel's attempt to squeeze some bucks from craft drinkers. Hey, they got my money.

Uninspired mediocre stuff.

C

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Big Eddy Ryewine Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 143 ratings
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