Rich's Rye | Short's Brewing Company

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 MasterSki
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to TurdFurgison for this one. Dated 6/11/10. Served in my Stone pint glass.

A - Pours about 80% foam - an auspicious start. Eventually settles to a thick, chunky, cap with pervasive splotchy lace. Definite unfiltered look to it, with some sediment in there - it was hard to decant with the ridiculous carbonation. Golden caramel color that is fairly attractive.

S - Zesty and spicy noble hops, rye, grain husks. Lots of soap and notes of plastic and wax as well. Not so good here.

T - Taste is heavy with hop bitterness, but not a lot of hop flavor - maybe a touch of citrus. Thankfully the off flavors found in the nose are gone, but there's just not a lot going on. Bready malt character with rye notes. The bitterness is harsher up front than in the aftertaste, which is unusual.

M - Carbonation is medium, body is fairly smooth and creamy, with some light residual stickiness. Obviously, there's no heat to be found in this 4.9% beer.

D - I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle, but it's a pretty underwhelming Short's offering. Perhaps it was better in June when it likely had more hop aroma. Stick with Huma-Lupa-Licious.

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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 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 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 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 robwestcott
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured form the bottle a little too aggressively, a nice clay colored rye red with an ultra huge and bubbly three finger head leaving at least as much lace.

aroma of orange peel, grapefruit and hot spices.

super sharp and bitter from the first sip, and the bitterness doesn't fade, but instead, expands on the palate. not being a fan of super-bitter, this one just isn't for me - though it's not a bad beer.

fairly thin, highly carbonated, very bitter to the tongue.

drinkable - no, not very.

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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 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 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 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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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 kbeals
2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Slow rising bubbles build up a two finger frothy white head. Copper body looks syrupy as I pour it from the bottle, very strange.

S- Yikes, tons and tons of hops, but it's incredibly bitter smelling. Nothing but pine and a bit of solvency. Not really impressive. A bit of a sweet backbone to it, but it really adds nothing to the brew.

T- Hmm, this things way too bitter. It's like biting into a pine cone. I get quick shots of a marker like taste in my mouth (solvent). This really isn't that good.

M- Sort of thick and syrupy, just like the pour alluded to. A touch of carbonation, but not much.

D- This beer wasn't horrible, but I probably wouldn't buy it again. It needs either more of a malt presence or less of a hop presence. The bitterness of the hops was too overwhelming.

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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 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 SpeedwayJim
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint.

A: Viscous pour yields a 1.5 finger fluffy, light peach colored head with decent retention. Beer is a cloudy orange. Lacing is faint and stringy with little cling.

S: Belgian yeast, mandarin orange, and other citrus fruits tickle the nose. Bready with the slightest bit of cane sugar in the back along with some grassiness. Fruit is abundant but the other aromas are rather muted.

T: Muted citrus fruitiness with a bit of bark upfront. Super waxy hop bitterness explodes in the middle and lingers all the way to the end, covering everything else. Holy crap this is hoppy... Finish is more of the same. Aftertaste is a lingering, filmy hop residue all over the inside of my cheeks and tongue.

M: Medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, and viscous and heavy in the mouth. Chewy and dense all the way through with a messy finish and an aftertaste that lingers long after the beer is gone.

D: I want to state upfront that I like hoppy beers for the most part. That being said, this brew is beyond hoppy. This is cheek gouging, enamel destroying, tongue blisteringly bitter and I can't take it. I appreciate and understand the effort but this is just too much for me in every way.

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Rich's Rye from Short's Brewing Company
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