Rich's Rye | Short's Brewing Company

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Rich's RyeRich's Rye

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Deuane on 06-19-2009

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Photo of dfillius
4.54/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of thin white head looks like it's from a cask conditioned ale. Pretty, hazy dark red amber liquid. Slightly more head and better retention would be nice.
S: Really pleasant citrus/grapefruit hoppiness. Slight caramel. Wowzers this smells really refreshing. Some fruity esters, blood orange.
T: Wow, really bitter. The malt does come in for a bit, but the bitterness fights back to win the day. Grapefruit, white fir needle, not much more than the hops. Maybe the rye is noticeable. Similar aroma to blood orange wheat wine. I love how hoppy it is.
M: So bitter. DIPA style bitterness. May even stand with the hoppiest beers I've had. A tad flat, but that is not really that bad.
D: Great! I'd love another pint and would buy a sixer definitely.

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Photo of kohoutek
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Arbor Farms , Ann Arbor, MI 7/1/10

First off, this is a rye IPA, NOT a Munich Helles!

A = Pours in an almost viscous, slimy way. Bubbles slowly rise into a dense, sticky styrofoam head that settles into a finger of very fine white bubbles and then slowly dissipate into a wisp of thin covering. Nice hazy amber orange color.

S = Skunky (in a good skunk #5 way), herbal geranium, grapefriut rind, minty arugula, peaches, apricots, vanilla, slight boozy warmth. Bright and hoppy!

T = Very crisp high levels of bitterness that linger on and on in a sticky resinous way. Excellent! Peaches, over-ripe pears, hops, hops, hops, herbal chlorophyll with a slight astringency, geranium, resinous pithy grapefruit rind. Malt is buried and there is a lot of malt! Malt displays itself in subtle Graham cracker, vanilla ways.

M = sticky, slightly sweet, slimy, resinous and refreshingly bitter.

D = went down easy for a beer that was so bitter.

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Photo of decadance
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours heavy with a cloudy consistency. Head rises slowly, but remains through out.

S - Why hello. Citrus fruits and rye. Oh, did I mention Hops. Wonderful smelling hops.

T - The taste does not entirely live up to the smell. Up front there isn't the fruit that was hinted at. The rye was good, and it ended wonderfully dry and hoppy.

M - Clean with hoppy bitterness that lingers for a bit.

D - Its an IPA but not an IPA. If you like IPAs, with the abv on this one, you could enjoy one after another. I did.

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Photo of claminat420
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours slightly thick with the slightest transparency. copperish mixed with alil gold color. off white/tan color head which is thick and looks creamy. some sediment floating around.

S- rye and malty to hell mixed with a earthy and slight piney hop balance.

T- the hop bitterness is amazing!!! if this makes sence... it's watery (hydrating) but also leaves your mouth gasping for more. the rye sends a sharp malt kick and the crapload of of earthy and piney hops just make everything blend well.

M- a heavy/light body if you understand that. good carbonation.

D- for how heavy the body is it really goes down really smooth.

Overall- for being a hophead this brew i highly recommend to anyone who loves the bitterness. what got me was the words on the bottle "supper hopped golden rye beer" and comming from short's with their huma lupa i had to try it.

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Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to malty for our second annual Surly-for-Short's swap, here's to hoping that it becomes an annual tradition well into the 2040s.

Pours sunshine yellow with a healthy, normal head that appears unmarred by wild bugs, yeah! Nose on Rich is bready, rye throws in a splinter of spice, backed up by earthy hops. All pleasing.

Rich's Rye is a beer I'd like to see a lot more of - a tasty, low ABV brew done right. My first sip turns into a gulp, mmm. Strong rye component in the fore, spicy, yeasty, bready, very grainy. As it warms the bready rye floods the barley fields & wipes out the subtleties, wow, this might be the most rye-like beer I've had to date. Hop bitterness on the finish; but it's that rare beer where the hops really fade into the background.

Rye, rye, everywhere, creeping in my underwear. This is a drinker. Excellent beer. Joe, I'm going to need more of this next summer, & now that I know how good it is, the remaining bottles won't survive long.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured like thick molasis with a thin head. Amebery copper tones cloudy and dense. The smell is super dank, so good it almost smells perfect. A great hop presence backed up by a seemingly smooth rye malt. A great beer. Short's delivers again and again. Rich's Rye is no exception. Cheers

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is caramel colour and it looks like syrup flowing from the bottle. It sort of fills the pint like oil and exhibits no bubbling. A slight spitty collar circles the glass, but there isn't much going on here for the eyeballs.

The smell is very nice. Dirty earthen leafy outhouse hoppy rye. Twig snaps and those little things that are in bread sometimes that you bite and they give off flavourings. Dried pants urine. Herbaliciousness. Slight pepperoni.

It tastes like beer with hops and rye. Bitter, bitter, chicken fritter. Baked good strangeness and a marvelous dry. Woody. Crisp. Heavy aftertastes and belchy hops.

The mouthfeel is like fluffy syrup. The consistency is unexpected, but it is very nice to pour through your face. It borders on heaviness but is buffered by something I can't explain.

The drinkability is decent. No problems dropping this one down the ole alimentary canal for a little in out. Glad I snatched this up off the shelf at Ladd's and Co. Another solid brew from the Great Lakes state.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A- A conservative pour created a 1-finger, khaki head that dropped to a nice film and left wide rings all about the glass. It had a rich, golden body that was clean enough to exhibit light-medium carbonation.

S- A wonderful blend of citrus hops, distinct rye (kinda' like the current Dr. Pepper commercial, the only descriptor is itself), and some sugary sweet base malts.

T- It starts slowly and builds to a real burst of flavor. As the aroma suggests, there's a ton of rye and grapefruit-like hops. Grainy malts hold it all together. Hops come through to clean up the finish. Just the right side of "over-done" with the rye characteristics.

M- Bone dry from the hop and rye combination. Moderate carbonation. Pleasantly chewy.

O- It's another bold offering from Short's (experimental even?). It's not a beer I'm going to drink in quantity, but it certainly fits the "super hopped golden rye beer" to a "t." As a big fan of rye bread (pastrami or ruebens anyone?), I really like this brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden copper with a white head and some good lacing. Smells nice with nice, zesty hops and a bit of malt. Taste brings forward a good amount of hoppy bitterness and some sligt spice. Feel is nice with good carbonation levels. Drinks quite well. I always seem to enjoy what Short's does with hops.

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Photo of Deuane
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A VERY non-traditional Munich Lager made with a boat load of hops and rye malt to boot!

A-Brilliant golden yellow with a thin white head that left little, if any, lace.

S-Wonderful--like a bowl of tropical fruit. Full of papaya, mango, melon, passionfruit and pineapple. A bit of spiciness in the background.

T-Sharp and biting hops with an underlying spiciness and a very dry end.

M-Medium-light with a sharpness that is beyond crisp. Extremely dry finish.

D-Good, but I wish all of those tropical fruits in the aroma would come through in the taste. A bit to sharp(harsh) in the finish for me. A good brew that with a little change could become classic!

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Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Second Shorts beer courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pours a bright and hazy orange color with a huge head, and good lacing.

Aromas are of candied oranges, grapefruits, and apricots.

Taste is of light rye bread, caramel, and sweet cream up front. The rye and malts are there, then quickly gone, then the bitter hops kick in, and last all the way until the dry finish. Hop flavors are mostly bitter grapefruit, and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is clean, smooth, and simple, with lively carbonation. A little fleeting on the finish though.

Drinkabiliry is good. I'm a fan of this one, a very flavorful beer, that doesn't kick you upside the head with a ton of alcohol.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Of all the beers I have poured in my life, this one had the most thick, maple syrup-esque pour I have seen. The head is slow to rise, but when it get to the top it has nice retention and lacing. There is a slight luminescent quality to the orange liquid. Something to behold.

S- Caramel, passion fruit, oats, and orange rind. Has a typical Short's quality to it and it is rather nice.

T- Caramel, earth, orange rind, and oats. Pretty flavorful and unique considering the style.

M- A fairly clean finish with just a bit of lasting bitterness.

D- A rather unique take on the style that drinks very nicely. Full flavored and low ABV... nice.

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Photo of chunkyboy
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Amber/ Copper in color

S= You can really smell the rye as well as floral hops

T= The rye hits you right away. Can also taste grapefruit.
A little bit of hoppy bitterness at the end.

M= A decent amount of carbonation.

Overall= There are other beers from Shorts that I do like better, but like most of their beers, I thought that it was pretty good.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is rye, toffee and grassy hops. The flavor is rye, toffee and some citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good beer and nice to see something from Short's that wasn't infected.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Flick's. In a tumbler.

A: The rye beer is golden, a bright orangey amber color that hasn't lost its transparency. Very golden. A finger and a half of white head are lacing all around the mouth of my glass, tiny legs slowly drying up.

S: The nose has a preponderance of rye, darker spicy aromas that have a grainy, licoricey undertone. The strength of the malts was surprising, as the ale is advertised as being generously hopped. After settling down, the hops, citrusy, are more apparent. The anise-like rye aromas sell me.

T: Mmm, spicy rye. The maltiness of the ale, driven by the dark spices, stands out. The hops? They're there, just not in a strong way. The breadiness is bold, the rye deep and mysterious. Hop bitterness is late to the game, like in the nose, leaving a thick bitterness in my mouth. That thickness is paired nicely with the rye.

M: Very chewy, a malt explosion. The late hop infusion doesn't change the rye-centric nature. If you like rye, you should enjoy this one; the rye gets center stage.

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Photo of TurboBrew
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle from the local store.

A: Pours an aggressive 2 finger head and leaves some lace when drank.. Looks orange n cloudy

S: Pick up the rye right away and light fruit

T: Crisp and keeps the rye bite to it.. bitter finish

M: Medium carbonation and a solid thickness

O: A must try, on par with its competition in Rye's

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the fifth beer in a series brought by my Bro-in-Law was the Rich's Rye...LUV U BRO!!!!

The appearance clear golden color with thin white head. The nose is dominated by pine. The taste is quite unique the rye seems to be fighting the hops as to who will win the pallete the end the bitter grapefruit taste lingers. The mouthfeel is good....but it is an explosion of flavor. Definitely worth a try!!!

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Photo of BierFan
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Very explosive head on this one. I poured about 4 ounces of beer into the glass and ended up with one finger of hazy amber beer on the bottom and an overflowing head. I'm gonna assume this is just a bad bottle. Lots of rye and fruity hops in the smell and taste. Very full mouthfeel.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy, golden-amber in color, with a nice cascading, two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Lots of juicy, citrussy hops-very aromatic
Taste-Big onrush of earthy hops, peppery spiciness leading to a bone-dry finish. Long, lingering hop bite.
Overall, spicy,hoppy, very dry. Big flavor, although it's all hop-leaf and rye. A citrussy balance could have put this brew over the top.
A solid brew however.

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Photo of king75
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden in color with an orange like hue presence throughout. A generous head and lacing that does not cease.

S- picking up some grains such as wheat and rye, a strong presence of hops and citrus throughout.

T-Can taste some chewy graininess throughout, a light rye taste. The hops punch you in the mouth with a trace of citrus throughout. Has a strange rye/grain aftertaste.Not bad but just very different aftertaste.

M- Is sleek on the palate light, has a tangy feel throughout. smooth through out with a slight bitter taste at the end.

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It tasted more like an IPA to me. For those who didn't like I think you most likely are drinking old beer or got a bad bottle b/c there was nothing unappealing about this beer in taste smell or appearance in my book. Just my opinion

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is strikes me as a different kind of take on rye beers. There is an interesting slightly spicy earthy thing going on, as opposed to the direct spiced tones that a lot of rye beers seem to have. Hearty. I kinda dig it. And, frankly, I wish there were more rye beers around there to try.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a very nice copper color with great retention and some of the best lacing I ever saw on a beer mug. Very impressive. Also has nice carbonation.
S. I get some citrus and floral hops and rye
T. First thing I taste is floral hops followed by some sweet malts and finishing off with some citrus, primarily orange and grapefruit. Also get some rye lingering in the back.
M./O. The mouthfeel is very smooth and slightly creamy and overall a very enjoyable beer to drink.

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Photo of malty
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stamp on front label says 61110. I sure hope this is the 'bottled on' date.

Poured into my thick-walled old school stemmed Coors chalice a deep orange/copper color with a settled dense off-white 1/2" head. A little murky, but I can still see large bubbles of carbonation uprising at a lower than moderate pace. Nice shattered walls of lace all the way down.

Smells very ripe and fresh with lots of fragrant and zesty hops. A few swirls evoke more of the 'herb-like' qualities of the hops. Yep, a little cannabis I detect. I also detect a maltiness that comes a bit indirectly, by deflecting off of the crisp hops I sense something a bit sweet to follow, (let's see...).

The hops are still keepin' the party hoppin' for sure. They're very pronounced in an earthy kind of way. Not fruity/tangy/puckering but a bit of white pepper spicy with lots of dry/bitter elements. There is a malt presence, but not much. The hops make the mouth dry and chalky with an interesting earthiness/mineral layer.

Mouthfeel is a tad oily with basically no carbonation to witness, but the medium body a little airy. Very chalky/dry quick finish.

Drinkability is decent. I'd swear I was drinking a solid pale ale if I didn't read what style it's 'supposed' to be.

Overall a good ale that still tastes & feels like a amped-up pale ale. The texture of this beer is very interesting because on one hand it feels flat, but on the other it's very airy & soft. There's a little hop burn on the inside of my cheeks that lingers for quite a while. Maybe it's the inherent spiciness from the rye malt, (I bet?). I bet the IBUs on this are very high too. Leave it to Short's to make you ponder after you've consumed one of their offerings. Good work on a very unique beer.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for this one.

12oz bottle poured into Delirium tulip.

A- May or may not be infected. Gushed upon opening and probably yielded about 6-7 oz. Pours a burnt orange with a good amount of sediment in there as well to go along with a huge 3 fingers worth of head that sticks around forever.

S- The rye and hops are on the forefront to go along with some orange and citrus notes.

T- Big, bitter hops, mostly of the citrus variety and the rye comes in to even it out a little bit. The malt base isn't very present. There is also a little bit of spice and one other that I can't really put my finger on, maybe wheat?

M- Medium bodied with a bunch of carbonation and very dry on the finish. A good amount of bitterness from the abundance of hops.

D- I was worried upon opening that this may be an infamous infected beer from Short's but after tasting I don't think it is. Good all around, I just wish about a third of it wasn't lost down the sink.

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Photo of techfed87
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours quite a large head. Color is a cloudy amber.

Smell is lightly malty and surprisingly hoppy.

First sip has most of the characteristics you would expect from an IPA; however with a little bit extra. With my experience with rye beers limited to rye stouts, the addition to an IPA is new to me. It smooths some of the hop bitterness off, adding an additional layer of flavor ontop of what would already be an excellent IPA.

A very tasty beer, try it sometime!

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