What's your experience with rye beers?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ATL6245, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Initiate (105) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia

    I had never had a rye beer before, but recently had Creature Comforts (amber ale), out of Athens, GA, Reclaimed Rye. Wow, it was quite an enjoyable beer. Granted this beer is aged in French Oak barrels, but even without that I think it would be great. The rye malt adds a nice complexity to the grain bill. Spicy aroma and flavor plus a slick, smooth mouth- feel. Anyone else find they really liked a rye beer..or didn't?
  2. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (7,221) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    French oak aged rye amber ale??? Wow, I've gotta try that.
  3. BeardedWalrus

    BeardedWalrus Disciple (326) Jun 5, 2018 North Carolina

    Only experience is with Sierra Nevadas Ruthless Rye, but I found it quite enjoyable. Styled after an IPA, but with a nice spicy undertone.
  4. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Initiate (105) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia

    I'm wondering about the range of bitterness. Creature Comforts is right on the nose. Very approachable, but I think could satisfy the drinker who prefers complexity.
  5. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,827) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I've rated 21 Rye beers on BA and I have come to the conclusion that I favour them.
  6. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Initiate (105) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia

    Yeah, I didn't know what I was walking into, but I was pleasantly surprised. If you can her Creatures Reclaimed Rye, jump on it.
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  7. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Initiate (105) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia

    What are your top two or three local? Any you would recommend that are available more nationally?
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  8. EmperorBatman

    EmperorBatman Initiate (73) Mar 16, 2018 District of Columbia

    I enjoy rye beers, even if they are hard to find unfortunately. I was, for example, pleased by SN’s Ruthless Rye. The German style Roggenbier, the cousin to Hefeweizen, is also quite delicious if you can find it.
  9. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,827) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Rock Chuck Rye from Lander Brewing is the only Wyoming Rye available locally, on draught only. Mass Hysteria from Wichita Brewing and Salmon Fly Rye from Madison River are the only others I see. None are national distributed.

    Here's a link to the most of the ones that I tried:


    Notice, I have a tendency to rate them higher than the average. :wink:
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  10. Reef

    Reef Defender (635) Dec 2, 2016 South Carolina

    Westbrook One, Two, Three Claws are all great. I saw some Three Claw on the shelf in a store here last night.
  11. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (2,094) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    OG Alpine Nelson. One of the best IPAs ever brewed. Cheers!
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  12. HammsMeASAP

    HammsMeASAP Initiate (116) Jun 14, 2012 Minnesota

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  13. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Poo-Bah (2,195) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    Absolutely love 'em, I wish I could find them more often.
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  14. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,306) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I like them and wish I could have more.
  15. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Westbrook delivers to Ga I think, One Claw is a Rye PA, I have some in the fridge right now. Imo it’s the best hoppy beer the make.
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  16. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (5,082) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    I like the dimension that rye can add to a beer. Have had a few really good ones.

    Boulevard's 'Rye-On-Rye' is out there (I've seen the four-packs). I tried it about seven years ago but haven't had it since. It currently has some high ratings on BA...
  17. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,827) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Excellent example. My top one is Founders Red's Rye IPA.
  18. miwestcoaster

    miwestcoaster Savant (980) Jan 19, 2013 Michigan

    Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye.
  19. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,827) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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  20. mambossa

    mambossa Disciple (388) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    Rye isn’t used enough in modern beers. However it’s usually kind of a hassle to brew with since it creates a gummy texture in the mash which can...well, just complicate things tremendously.

    Alpine Nelson uses golden rye and it’s still been one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had.
  21. beaulabauve

    beaulabauve Disciple (335) Aug 5, 2011 Louisiana

    Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA, Hop Rod Rye
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  22. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Initiate (105) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia

    Yes! Great suggestion. I just saw that on Total Wine's website, my nearest store. I'll have to check that one out.
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  23. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Initiate (105) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia

    I just noted that a brewery down in South Georgia, Pretoria Fields Collective makes a rye IPA called Rye Charles. Lol, apparently that is named in homage to Ray Charles, who was born in Albany, GA. I've had some beer from Pretoria and like what I've had from them. I'll have to give that one a whirl.
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  24. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    I love rye in my beers, I love rye to a point in my whiskey, and too much in whiskey I really don’t like. Like Old Grand Dad 114, too much rye for me, and the Wild Turkey mash bill is right on point. I’d like to see more rye used in beers, it definitely changes things up and it adds spicy notes.
  25. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,487) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    People have written in these forums that they can taste the rye in a beer that uses that grain, but I never get that. I do get a peppery/spicy taste, but that's it.
  26. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (225) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    I miss that beer so much
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  27. barrybeerdog

    barrybeerdog Initiate (131) Aug 17, 2012 South Dakota

    You picked a dandy for your first rye experience. CC Reclaimed is a first rate rye beer!
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  28. stevepat

    stevepat Crusader (766) Mar 12, 2013 California

    that peppery spicy note is the rye. At least it's the common denominator I see in them.

    I personally love rye beers and am drinking a new top favorite beer of all time right now that is a rye-wine aged in bourbon barrels (nothing special from against the grain). It's amazing. I wish I'd bought a case and I hope it exists next time I'm out by the brewery.
  29. jasonmason

    jasonmason Initiate (179) Oct 6, 2004 California

    Like many others here, I love good rye beers and wish there were more available. That one the OP referred to I'll definitely need to seek out, it sounds great.
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  30. Peach63

    Peach63 Aspirant (204) Jul 17, 2019 New York

    Rye pale ales are among my favorites. I brew a mean one myself. The spiciness of rye is not for everyone's taste.
  31. walterfarris

    walterfarris Initiate (29) Dec 7, 2017 California

    The rye beer I can earliest recall having was Barley Forge’s The Patsy; coconut rye stout and was among some of the first beer I regularly sought. Unfortunately, the brewery is now set to close at the end of October, gotta snag one more run before it’s gone
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  32. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Initiate (105) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia

    It's hard to go wrong with just about anything that Creature Comforts makes!
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  33. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Initiate (105) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia

    I'm wondering why the rye beers aren't more popular? I guess there are a lot of beer drinkers that don't care for the spicy notes; but I like that. It adds a nice body and mouth-feel to a beer. I've also read it's pretty difficult to brew with. I'm not a homebrewer, so I can't speak to that.
  34. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Initiate (105) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia

    For the beer geeks out there like me, who want to know more about how Creature Comforts makes Reclaimed Rye, here is a link to an interview with one of the founders. Reclaimed Rye is a year around beer for CCB and they make a lot of it. I was wondering how they are producing it in such volume given rye's reputation as difficult to brew with and the French oak aging. Well, the fun thing about craft brewers is how they can get creative. This was interesting. The good stuff starts around 4:34

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  35. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    I’m not much of a descriptor on beers, but the rye simply to my taste roughs a beer up a bit. In beer it’s really a nuance, you know it’s a bit different when you drink it but it’s certainly not a hammer. In Bourbons and whiskies to me it’s a hammer, it’s a bit too rough for my tastes. The difference in a Wild Turkey mash bill and one from Old Granddad are polar opposites, and we’re only talking increasing the rye percentages to a substantial amount. I’ve never had a Rye Bourbon, and I’m quite sure 51% rye or more wouldn’t work for me. I’m drinking some One Claw this weekend and it’s so much better imo than any other hoppy beer they produce, a bit spicy, a bit fruity, nicely hoppy, reasonable abv, only 5.5. Yep, it’s sounds like a perfectly balanced beer. It’s hard to say one beer is better than another, but I’m trying to think of a PA that I think is better, and I can’t. In comparison I really don’t like Westbrook’s IPA, not at all.
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  36. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Initiate (105) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia

    That's a good way of putting it, rye roughs a beer up a bit. Especially added to an IPA. It probably tones down the fruitiness some and compliments with the spicy notes. It works really well in the amber ale. Amber ale had almost become pedestrian. It spruces it up a bit and makes it a very good everyday drinking beer.
  37. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (2,650) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio

    That there aren’t enough.
  38. Peach63

    Peach63 Aspirant (204) Jul 17, 2019 New York

    I'm an extract with grains brewer. I don't mash my grains, I steep them. Doing so gives me no trouble at all. I can't speak for all grain brewers though.
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  39. laketang

    laketang Meyvn (1,126) Mar 22, 2015 Illinois

    I have had a few

    Bear republic hop rod rye
    Leo vs urses inferos
    Sierra nevada ruthless rye
    Two brothers cane and able

    Nice spice, roasty, citrus, herbal.good stuff.
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  40. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (3,094) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    Wet blanket alert...I find many/most rye beers and/or rye barrel aged beers I’ve had overly drying on the tongue, and not to my personal liking...totally a mouthfeel thing. CWs latest rye barrel aged stout is a great example...tastes great! Tongue felt like I had been sucking on a popsicle stick...

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