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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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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 TCHopCraver
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes on 7/24/10.

A: Pours golden-amber into an over sized wine glass. A small, khaki head burns off quickly to leave a haze of near-full coverage on top. The lacing does not stick on the glass for long and small dots are left behind. The carbonation bubbles are relatively small in number and swim lazily to the top of the glass.

S: Lots of rye and pine-y, earthy hops dominate the scent. There is a small amount of orange and orange zest evident to my nose, as well. There is a bit of an undesirable plasticine smell that I have achieved in some of my homebrew. For that, I have mark down the smell score a bit. However, as the beer warms, that scent fades a bit.

T: There is a healthy amount of spicy rye that just parks right on the tip of my tongue, accompanied by bitter, orange and earth hops on the sides of my palate. There is also a fairly sweet plum-like malt presence at the start of each sip. This is probably the biggest rye flavor that I've ever encountered in a rye beer and it's just a tad too much for my palate.

M: Bitter rye and hop bite is the lasting impression on my mouth. I would characterize the body as a light to medium-light.

D: This is a good time to time beer when I would really want a dry, bitter palate dominator. I would not want to session this, however.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-17-10

Pours a hazy golden orange color, with a extremely clingy white head that leaves behind huge, long lasting lacing.

Smell is all sweat-sock hops, fruity, floral, and earthy all at the same time. The malt adds a sweetness in the background, to balance out the hops.

Taste is malty at first, the rye is there, but very subtle. The hops come in with a slightly fruity and tartly bitter kick, giving way to more rye in the finish and a dry, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, slick but still light, it keeps both the malt and the hops in check.

Drinkability is very good, the flavors are big but well balanced.

Overall, not the best rye I've had, but a very nice effort.

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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 jamesod
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of webmanspidey
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass: a solid golden color with minimal head. Smells of rye, other grains, and pine.

Hop presence is through the roof in the taste, with some mild grainy flavors keeping a slight semblance of balance. Still, this beer is very hoppy with an extremely bitter finish. Despite the bitterness, it is a solid session beer and a very easy drinker.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so i decided last night to break out 10, thats right 10 new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

The pour was a nice light amber color that was more then adequately carbonated which led to a really nice looking head of about two inches on the top of the glass that never did fade much beyond that.

Aroma was hard to find at first, a bit let down here. Nice citrus hops were located, clean, crisp, with a noted spiciness to them which gave it a nice balance and a bit of an interesting tone, but I had to look to hard to find it. Same problem here as we moved over into the flavor, just did not hold up as well as I would have hoped. It had elements of a bright, clean flavor, notes of citrus, and light bready malts, but just did not do it for me. Really light body and good carbonation led to it certainly being drinkable, just not outstanding.

Overall a good offering, but it could have used a bit more to round it out.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap. Some decent lacing on the glass. There was a slow cascade of carbonation as I poured this. Aromas of big pine, rye spiciness, biscuit, herbal, caramel, and citrus. Some nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big rye spiciness, caramel, biscuit, herbal, grapefruit, pine, and earthiness. Strong bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of rye spiciness, biscuit, caramel, and citrus for a bit. Good balance of flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a nice and very enjoyable rye offering. Apparently this bottle was a bit old, but it held up nicely!

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Photo of mgbickel
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. The pour yeilded a single finger of pearl head...quick dissipation but massive clinger. Apple cider yellow body with a deeper center that approaches orange.

The nose has lots of toasted grains...but the rye is dominant! You can almost smell the bitterness...

Wow...the taste is a massive bomb of rye...the rye(est) beer I can remember. A bready flavor joins the rye in the center and another huge flavor finishes the drink...a bitter, bitter hops.

The mouth feel is somewhere between medium and light with lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

I love unique offerings and Short's is always king here. Rich'e Rye falls in line...well worth a try!

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a big covering of frothy white head atop. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - The aroma is a mix of sweet bready malts and citrus hops with some lemon zest. There is a bit of rye spiciness and other spices as well.

T - Starts off with a mix of citrus hops with some sweet bready malts and some lemon zest. There is a light touch of rye in the background. Through the middle, some earthy hops and some bitterness come through with more citrus fruit flavor. The finish is a mix of citrus hops, some earthy hops, bready malts, and a bit of rye.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth with a dry, spicy, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. The rye flavor was a bit weaker than expected and overall the flavors are a bit unbalanced and rough.

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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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Photo of EL48823
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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 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 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 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 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 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 cling....in 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 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 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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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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