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Rich's Rye | Short's Brewing Company

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Rich's RyeRich's Rye

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Deuane on 06-19-2009

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 102
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 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 semibaked
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a very nice Orange/Amber color with an inch of white head that leaves some nice lacing. A few yeast floaties on the bottom.

S - Awesome hop aroma, some grapefruit notes, rye, and citrus zest.

T - Extremely hoppy and bitter, it is overpowering. I barely get anything else, I get a little rye and citrus peel.

M - This stuff is very thick, definitely full bodied, chewy, and a decent amount of carbonation.

D - Got through about half of it, then I drained poured it, it way to bitter for me. If you like extremely hoppy, bitter beers, then this one is for you, but not for me.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Telix
2.51/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

I didn't sip sip sip sip savor this one, because I honestly didn't want to. Even an aggressive pour didn't result in much head, even though there seemed to be good carbonation levels in solution. It was a pretty attractive deep brownish-gold color, and nice and clear. The aromas were there but pretty basic - bitterness, some rye aromas, as expected.

The taste almost took a back seat to the thick, gross, mouthfeel - completely not what I would expect in this style. It was quite syrupy, something I'd expect from a 10% DIPA, not from something like this. The taste was, well, pretty straightforward. Bitter hops, overpowering rye, astringent finish.

Yet another stinker from Short's, one of the most disappointing brewers in my state.

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Photo of GregoryVII
2.21/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Something went horribly "a rye" with this beer.
It poured a darker amber color with decent light brown head and tiny bubbles of carbonation. The aroma strikes you hard in the nose with large doses of spice and citrus and grassy notes (not pleasant ones) from rye and hops. It smells harsh, is one of the best ways to put this.

Now, just to clarify, I love me some hops. I love hops in rye beers. I think Founders Red's Rye PA is an excellent beer. But they went overboard somewhere in the hopping of this beer. It is horribly astringent. It sucks everything from your mouth and makes you feel like you are sucking a dry, stale hop. This is not a "hophead's beer." This is an example of how hops go wrong. Forget any sort of balance, spice and poor hop execution is this beer. No balance to speak of.

In addition to the astringincy the mouthfeel is also downright chewy and not at all pleasant. The drinkability is awful for one bottle, so what was a candidate for a quaffable beer at 4.9 just doesn't cut it. This was not a beer for me. But, just to temper, still love Short's! Keep pushing your envelope...hopefully in other directions.

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Photo of Ehrnstrom
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance: golden color with white head that dissipates quickly. Fair amount of lacing.

smell: smells like most IPAs, strong hop smell with the addition of floral and rye smells.

taste: an interesting, if a little asymmetrical, pairing of creamy bitterness.

mouthfeel: if you can get over the taste itself, the mouthfeel isn't terrible, just doesn't particularly impress.

worth a try if only to observe the combination Short's achieves with a smooth, creamy base taste and a strong finish of hoppy bitterness.

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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 Fuzzywort
2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Has a pour that appeared to be syrupy from lack of carbonation, gave an off-white head that was small and collapsed quickly.

Aromas of grassy and piney hops with toasted malt, some caramel and bread on the nose.

Flavors are the same as the aromas, medium or so bitterness.

Mouthfeel was sort weird from low carbonation, beer coated the palate and it would have helped to have more carbonation, this beer almost felt like a Barley Wine in the mouth.

I need to try another bottle with better carbonation.

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Rich's Rye from Short's Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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