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

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Added by Deuane on 06-19-2009

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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