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Rich's Rye | Short's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of joshuacavett
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super hopped golden malt. Dirty road with a dry mouth. Really carbonated, spewed over glass when poured. Average for the most part - hints of rye bread and saurkraut. Just poured the second half slowly & it overflowed again. Not really all that great of beer by an amazing brewery.

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Photo of Roke87
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, chilled and poured into my trusty Ironspike pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy copper colour with a very minimal maybe a pinky fingers worth of white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring around the glass leaving average lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- Somewhat muted as far as the aromas go, lots of bready malts, bitter hop aromas coming through, and a distinct rye smell as well.

Taste- Is very much so dominated by the rye, lots and lots of spicy bitter rye flavours coming through right away on the palate, some mild bready malt flavours, and some mild hops peek their way through in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with average carbonation, this is a very bitter and rye dominated beer that finishes somewhat dry.

Overall- I really wanted to like this one, but unfortunately apart from the rye and slight hoppy flavours there was not a whole lot going on here. The aromas were a bit more promising but the tastes just didn’t come through the same, maybe people who love their rye beers would really appreciate this one but I just couldn’t find too much out of it other than the rye and slight hoppy aromas. Would not go out of my way to get this one again and definitely not a top offering from a great brewery like Short’s in my opinion.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to splax23 for this in trade.

Thick pour on this, as it comes out a hazy copper, with a finger of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thin creamy layer of froth that leaves some rather robust looking spotty froth down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is floral and spicy smelling, with a certain amount of stickiness to it from the notes of rye, bread, caramel, and citrus. Unfortunately this is also tinged with that same damn plastic band-aid of-flavor that I just picked up in the bottle of Hangin' Frank before this. Fortunately it's not as pronounced as it was in that beer but it is noticeable.

The taste is spicy and bitter on the palate with notes of citrus peel and some lighter grapefruit character. Bready rye pulls up the backend, along with sweeter caramel malt that offers up some balance. The finish is spicy at first but then gets progressively more dry and bitter on the tongue. The mouthfeel is mellow creaminess that sits on top of an extra thick syrupy feel. This does ease up as things warm but I'm not sure that I've ever felt a slushy body on a lighter beer like I did on this one. Very interesting.

This was certainly not a bad hoppy Rye beer here. The band-aid smell in the aroma pissed me off but is didn't absolutely ruin things or anything. The heavy body on this was really unique though and I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it. I would definitely like to give this one a shot on draft sometime though to see how it compares.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

694th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Thanks to Kzoobrew for this one

Richs rye

App-  a darker yellow with a low bubble activity but had a big puffy two finger head.  

Smell-  A nice small damp bitter hoppy beer with a little rye behind it

Taste-  Much more hop bitter than I was expecting.  The rye creeps in on the back and has a small balanced flavor.

Mouth-  A nice ample medium body with a medium carbonation.  Nice hop bitter on the end.  

Drink-  a nice little beer.  Hoppy, bitter rye forward. So far best shorts beer I have had.

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Photo of TheStove
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a "mini" imperial pint glass.

Pours a beautiful deep hazy orange color with a slight bit of head that fades and lingers on the top. Smells awesomely of rye and floral and citrus hops with a bit of sweetness throughout the smell.

Nice flavoring. Begins with a bit of sweetness that slowly gives way to the rye sourness and then a lingering bitterness, detected more from the rye than the hops. The hops and rye form an interesting interplay at first before a robust rye flavor really takes over and remains until the next sip. Rye flavors become more apparent as beer warms and subsequent sips are taken.

Good introduction for those unfamiliar with ryes. It has the allure and familiarity of a pale but allows you to enjoy the rye flavors as the sips taper off. Sad I only got to enjoy a single bottle.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Elijah for the bottle, thanks man!

Pours a brilliant amber body in to my Duvel chalice.

Orange marmalade, caramel, floral spice and citrus.

Wow. Its listed as a rye, but the hops are substantial, Rich's Rye is immersed in hop flavor and bitterness. With its ample caramel and rye malt base, IPA doesn't really fit either. Sort of like Arrogant Bastard. The back end displays some abrasive bitterness, doesn't have the subtle touch that some new IPAs have. Piney and soapy in the finish. The hops hide some of the rye character, but rye is still their.

Medium to full body with a sticky feel.

Good stuff. I enjoyed Rich's Rye, but it seems like the bar for hoppy beers is raised higher and higher everyday and as such I can't give it too great a rating. Still, I'm glad its occupying my glass and I would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - dark amber-orange body with a small white head

S - Citrus and grapefruit hoppy flavor with some spicy zing to it

T - Yowzerz! I remember reading this would scrape the enamel off your teeth and that is no joke. Intense bitterness up front like chewing on the peel of a grapefruit or orange. Lacks any kind of malt backbone to back it up however which gives it kind of a sickening bitter aftertaste. Would be fantastic if it had something else in the finish!

M - medium body, slight sticky, very light carbonation

D - At first this tastes great but the after taste is kind of gross. Too bitter in the finish but not a delicious hoppy bitterness like Sculpin or Huma-Lupa. While I'm glad I got to try this I think I'd pass on having it again.

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Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rolandboy
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of crc1935
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bentonquest
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of FrankHammer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of thetomG
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly standard and non-descript amber/brownish color with a small amount of head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is highly roasty with some strong malty notes coming through as well. Flavor is somewhat similar but with a distinct bitter hop presence that becomes the primary flavor. Mouthfeel is nice - smooth and not overly sticky. Decent beer, but not something I'd necessarily seek out again.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold body with white fluffy head. The color looks like apple juice. The lacing is generous.

There's not much going on in the smell. Light spicey rye.

The flavor is bread, grain and spice. There's a light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slick with light carbonation.

This was a decent beer, but not much going on in it. Shorts usually pushes styles to extremes and this was was rather ordinary.

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Photo of corby112
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to lurchingbeast for sending this to me recently.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a one finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Very earthy aroma with a soil/vegetal presence as well as some floral and earthy hops.  Surprisingly strong malt presence in the nose with some rye, caramel and biscuit.  Smells similar to a farmhouse but a bit more tame with more hops.  

Medium bodied with a strong earthy hop presence up front that provides dry bitterness that lingers over the malt backbone into a slightly dry finish.  Floral and earthy with some pine and soil notes.  Vegetal with a funky farmhouse feel countered by a sweet malt backbone which is a touch too strong.  Hints of rye, caramel toffee and biscuit.  An interesting experiment but it's somewhere in between a hoppy golden ake, rye pa and a farmhouse ale.  Abv well masked and easy to drink but a strange combo of flavors.  

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Photo of Florida9
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost clear amber in color. Forms about a half inch of tight bubbled white head. Decent retention. Leaves some patchy lacing.

S: Interesting aroma. Smells heavily of toast and brown rice. There is a slight earthy pine scent as well mixed with a little burnt plastic.

T: More toasted malts and rye. Earthy. Assertive rye spice. Flavor falls off quickly leaving a strong astringent bitterness and little else.

M: Lighter side of medium. Appropriate carbonation. Astringent bitterness and spice.

O: Not so sure about this beer. The flavor and aroma profiles are quite limited, but what is present is very bold and assertive. Not bad, but I think I'd pass on having another.

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Photo of morimech
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the the glass. The aroma is a combination of rye malt and piney hops. Sort of has a Pine-Sol aroma. I do not know what happened to the flavor. Has an astrigent flavor that is hard to get past. The rye and hops do not work that well together. Maybe not the best combination of ingredients. The other malt does not show up. Medium body with a nice carbonation. Good texture. The flavor falls short. I would not buy this again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another Shorts beer from my Michigan homeboy Kbeals... shared this one with the Boise peeps... Thanks Kevin!!

Nice 2 finger head.. hazed lite amber brew.

Nose shows a sorta fruity hoppiness.. tropical fruits and plenty of citrus.

Flavor begins with a surprising bitterness.. a bit bready toward the front then blasted by the citrus hops and even a bit of floral hoppiness.

Pretty big carbonation given the only medium/lite body.

Thanks again Kevin.


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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased in Grand Rapids 4 weeks ago and stored in my "IPA fridge". The label indicates this is a "super hopped golden rye beer" in text under a picture of Rich. The beer pours a light copper color with a fat 2 fingers of wettish tan foam.

It smells nice, rich with hops aromas that are floral and spicy, although the spiciness might come from the rye. Almost a detergent-like component to the smell that could charitably be called a citrus aroma, or uncharitably just lemon pledge. I opt for the former, but I could see it getting in the way of enjoyment for some.

The beer tastes kind of bland to me. There's definitely a lot of peppery rye but it's missing balance as there are no sweet flavors from the malts or fruitiness from the hops. Kind of a dud taste-wise. The body's a little heavier than anticipated too, odd at such a low ABV with so little sweetness. Worth a try but only once.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: First pour yielded about 6 fingers of head. Unfortunately the retention on this is pretty good so the subsequent pours took a long ass time. Clear orange amber color. Head is mainly frothy with great retention and plenty of lacing. Score would be higher if the first pour wasn't so grossly heady.

4.0 S: Certainly delivers on the hops. Pine, grapefruit, orange, and some mango. Earthy rye can still be detected under all of the hops along with a touch of toffee and some breadiness. Yeast is a little unclean. Pretty good.

3.0 T: Hops all the way in the taste as well, but I'll cover everything else first. Earthy and yeasty. Again, the yeastiness is a bit unclean. Rye can barely be distinguished that well under the hops and neither can anything else. As for the hops, this is blisteringly bitter, but there's plenty of hop flavor in there as well. Pine, grapefruit, and orange again with mango being more pronounced.

4.0 M: Medium body. Too much carbonation initially, but I let some of it dissipate. Good creaminess with a bitter aftertaste.

2.5 D: I wouldn't recommend this for anyone other than a seasoned IPA drinker and even then it's still a bit tough to get all the way through. Mouth destroyingly bitter. Good hop flavor, but much of the rest is covered up by hops.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no alcohol information and no bottle date. Poured into Portsmouth pint.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color. Lots of carbonation. Half finger bright white head. Dissipates quickly. Sticky lacing on the glass.

S: I get a good amount of bready malts. Also some sweetness from the hops. Not overly fruity though. Smells like a Shorts beer, yeast strain?

T: On the first sip, the mouth is dominated with the rye bitterness. There is a little hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Then the breadiness comes in the mid mouth. And a dry finish with a bitter after taste. The after taste is interesting to say the least.

M: Light to medium bodied with mouth coating.

O: C+ or B- on this one. It's another "interesting" beer from Short's. I guess this one is more drinkable to the fruity ones they make, but still not a fan.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Rich's Rye from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 102 ratings
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