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505. Sebago Brewing Bonfire Rye

Sebago Bonfire RyeThis is Sebago Brewing’s newest offering and the introduction of their new logo. You can see the old logo on the pint glass and the new logo at the top of beer label.

Bonfire Rye is described as a “rye ale stoked with hops” and that pretty much sums up this beer. It pours a nice caramel color with a thin white head. Aroma has a fair amount of hops for a rye beer and some spice from the rye. Taste is solid with the clean spicy rye and plenty of hop character including some pine. Finish is pretty clean and not terribly bitter.

Sebago did a great job with this seasonal beer and I hope it comes back year after year. 
Pros: 
Different combination of flavors that works well
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 53
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sebago Brewing
Brewers Description: Bonfire Rye is a unique seasonal offering that transcends any traditional beer style. The combination of malts complement the generous amount of late-addition American hops, creating a perfect balance between the earthiness of the rye and the resinous hoppy aroma.

Bonfire Rye was designed to be enjoyed on a hot summer day or cool autumn night.

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428. Run of the Mill Rye

Run of the Mill RyeI visited Run of the Mill earlier in the month and will be doing a blog post about them soon. Before leaving I picked up one of their very unique growlers full of a Rye Ale. The growler looks very old with a large wooden handle and some very nice designs on the glass.

The rye is a nice beer and I am sure they had a real name for it as they do with all their beer but I could not remember it and couldn’t find on their website either. Color is a deep orange with a almost no head. Nice sweet and slightly spicy aroma with a taste that follows suit. This was a very easy drinking beer and something I would recommend you try on your next visit to Run of the Mill in Saco. 
Pros: 

Cons:  
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: The Run of the Mill
Brewers Description:

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391. Squam Brewing Rattlesnake Rye PA

Squam Brewing Rattlesnake Rye PAThis is my second beer from Squam Brewing and it is another solid offering. This is a Rye Pale Ale, not sure where the rattlesnake comes from as we don’t have any in the Northeast. Thankfully as I am petrified of snakes.

Beer has a very nice color to it, bright orange with an off white almost tan head. Aroma is subtle but has hints of sweet malts and some floral hops. Taste is fairly simple as you would expect from a pale ale with a touch more bread, Im guessing from the rye.

Overall this is another quality beer from Squam Brewing and something I would gladly drink again. 
Pros:
Solid taste, appearance
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Squam Brewing
Brewers Description:

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347. Throwback Brewery Amber’s Amber

Another “growlette” from Throwback Brewery and this one comes with a very nice rye pale ale. There is a great story behind this one and you can read it here. I met Amber Jansen (and her husband Sean) last weekend at the opening of Earth Eagle Brewings.

Rye beers seem to be very popular in the Northeast with many brewers including rye in their beer. I have tried many of these and I really enjoy the rye beers. This one is an excellent choice for any beer lover. The color is amber (no surprise there) with a nice off white head. Aroma has some spice to it from the rye and is very mild and pleasant. Taste is excellent, very well balanced and at just over 5% ABV easy to drink. This beer would pair well with a meal or on its own.

Really impressed with Throwback as everything I have had from them has been quality. Highly recommend anyone that is in Maine make the trip to Hampton, NH to check our Throwback.
Pros:
Very drinkable
Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 35
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Throwback Brewery
Brewers Description: About 20% of the grain bill is malted rye.  For the beer nerds out there, Amber’s Amber clocks in at 5.2% ABV, 35 IBU.  It is dry hopped with amarillo and cascade hops. The result is a nicely hopped up, beautiful amber-colored beer.

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327. Baxter Brewing Hayride Autumn Ale

Seems like a lot of brewers are introducing rye based beers so it was no surprise when Baxter Brewing announced their Fall seasonal would be a rye ale. What was surprising was just how tasty this beer is. Baxter’s beers have been hit or miss for me with Stowaway IPA being my favorite before this release.

The Hayride Autumn Ale pours a nice deep amber almost brown color with a thick off white head. You get lots of rye and spice in the aroma, not really picking up any of the oak. Taste has a lot going on with the rye malts front and center but still plenty of spices, some hops and a bit of oak does come through.

Really nice beer from Baxter, hoping their Winter seasonal will be as good as this one was. 
Pros:  
Complex flavors
Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 6.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description: As days get shorter and sleeves get longer, Baxter Brewing releases its fall seasonal, Hayride Autumn Ale. A generous portion of two rye malts give the beer a full body, bready flavor, and subtle spiciness; while toasted malts provide a touch of sweetness and a rich, almost reddish hue. New Zealand Pacifica and Pacific Jade hops balance Hayride’s maltiness and suggest notes of oranges and tropical fruit. Finally, we cold-condition the beer on oak, with light additions of ginger, black pepper, and orange peel, bringing out the spiciness of the rye and rounding out the soft sweetness of the beer. Hayride will give a touch of warmth for those cool fall nights, while remaining deliciously drinkable.

Try pairing this autumn brew with stews, beef roasts, pork chops, stuffed squash, carrot cake, and, of course, pumpkin pie!

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303. Lawson’s Finest Liquids Session in the Rye

Seems a lot of brewers are starting to use rye in the brew process and it can make for some interesting flavors. I ended up swapping a bottle of Smuttynose Strawberry Short Weiss for this bottle of Lawson’s. When I was in Vermont last month the only bottles available were Knockout Blonde and Double Sunshine so I was glad to find someone with a bottle of this for trade.

The beer pours a deep orange with a small white head. Almost no lacing from but retention was good. A fair amount of aroma from this one including lots of spice and some hops which surprised me. The rye gives this one a complex flavor including a fair amount of spice but also some citrus hops. I was not expecting a hoppy beer with this but was pleasantly surprised. The beer finished smooth with minimal aftertaste and being a fairly low ABV the bottle was finished fairly quickly. Really enjoyed all 3 bottles I had the chance to try from Lawson’s and hoping I can score more when I go back to Vermont in less than a month. 
Pros:  
Spicy, hop flavors
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Lawson’s Finest Liquids
Brewers Description: Not currently listed on website

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266. Sixpoint Righteous Ale

Rye in beer is something relatively new but it seems many brewers are adding a rye beer to their lineup including this option from Sixpoint.

Righteous Ale pours a deep red with a sizable head of big bubbles. Aroma is fairly reserved but pleasant. Some spicy rye notes and citrus fruits. Taste is very interesting with a lot going on. Starts with spicy rye and sweet malts then has a bit of hop bite but finished clean with plenty of rye. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer that is refreshing and easy to drink.

I believe this is the last of the canned beers from Sixpoint and I have to say all are solid beers. If you find yourself in your local beer store looking for a solid beer to drink you can’t go wrong with a 4-pack of Sixpoint 16 ounce cans.
Pros: Appearance and very drinkable
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 57
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: They should be good men; their affairs as righteous… Made with Rye malt to provide a signature and distinct earthy character. Seasoned and dry-hopped with herbal and citrus hops. Truly Righteous.

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262. Founders Red’s Rye Pale Ale

I was not sure what to expect from this beer from Founders as the prior Rye beers I have reviewed were mixed with the option from Sierra Nevada being terrible and the Maine Winnah from Penobscot Bay being quite good. Fortunately for me this one ended up being very good.

Color is a nice red with single finger head that sits there throughout the entire beer leaving nice areas of lacing on the glass. Lots of aroma coming from this one with some grapefruit and pine. Smells more like an IPA than a Pale Ale. Taste mirrors the smell with a very complex mix of malts, hops and spice. Very well balanced and tastes smooth going down. This is the best of the rye beers I have had to date and one of the top options from Founders. Of course I still have a KBS to review so I am sure that will take top honors as soon as I open it.
Pros: Very well balanced
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Founders
Brewers Description: Serious hop bitterness, along with an unyielding grapefruit bouquet from the Amarillo dry hop, balances the malty richness of four varieties of imported Belgian caramel malts. Pours a spectacular crimson with a creamy tan head. A generous addition of rye malt accentuates a spicy, crisp finish.

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250. Penobscot Bay Brewery Winnah 2011

I visited Penobscot Bay Brewery last week and while I was there picked up the 3 beers they brew that I had not tried yet including the Winnah 2011 which is the beer that won the 2011 Home Brew Contest in Bangor, ME. The winner was Nate Engelbrecht and he was invited to the brewery to make a batch of his Rye IPA to bottle and sell. Penobscot Bay brewed another batch of this beer in recent weeks and is bottling one last time before the next home brew contest. I believe the beer will remain in their lineup under a different name and I hope it does.

Color is a deep orange almost brown with a thick off white head. Aroma has some citrus hops and plenty of sweet malts. Taste starts with plenty of malts and has a solid hop finish with some grapefruit and pine flavors. This is the first rye beer that I truly enjoyed and is very well balanced. Really enjoyed this one and will grab a couple more bottles the next time I am in Winterport. If you are interested in a bottle let me know and I will grab you one too as this will be gone soon.
Pros: Very well balanced
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Penobscot Bay Brewery
Brewers Description: Not currently listed on their website.

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140. Rising Tide Daymark

Rising Tide is doing great things in Portland and I was pleased to find this at The Vault in Lewiston. Also heading over there tomorrow for a beer tasting which will include offerings from Rising Tide. This is their American Pale Ale and it is all good. Nice color; some citrus, honey and other sweet tones in the aroma. Taste is slightly sweet with a solid hop finish. Beer is smooth, easy to drink and finishes clean.
Pros: Well balanced
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.5 ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Rising Tide
Brewers Description: Chart a new course with Daymark as your guide. We start with a classic, clean and crisp American pale ale brewed with spicy Columbus and Centennial hops. Then we accent the grain bill with rye grown on small local family farms right here in Maine and malted to our specifications at Valley Malts, an artisanal malt house. Finally we dry hop the finished beer for a bright floral aroma.

daymark [dey-mahrk] (n)—a navigational aid distinctively marked for daytime visibility, normally attached to a permanent structure in the water

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