American Ales: Rye Beer

Notes: The grist should include sufficient rye so that rye character is evident in the beer. Rye character is often described as spicy and/or black pepper-like and/or earthy. Beers brewed with rye that do not exhibit rye character should be categorized in other beer styles. Versions served with yeast should possess a full yeasty mouthfeel. When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, brewers may be asked to provide supplemental information about entries in this category to allow for accurate evaluation of diverse entries. Such information might include the underlying beer style upon which the entry is based, or other factors which influence perceived sensory outcomes.

  • ABV:
  • ABW: Varies
  • IBU: Varies with style
  • Color (SRM): Varies with style
  • Color (EBC):
  • Original Gravity: Varies with style
  • Original Gravity °P:
  • Final Gravity: Varies with style
  • Final Gravity °P:

Style info provided entirely or in part by the Brewers Association 2021 beer style guidelines.

10 Rye Beer Reviewed

Beer Brewery Rate Avg.
Acer Quercus The Bruery 8.98
Alrye'd Alrye'd Alrye'd Sun King Brewery 6.58
Hop Strike Black IPA Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub 9.40
India Style Rye Ale Summit Brewing Company 8.76
Line Dry Rye Oakshire Brewery 8.08
Rastafa Rye Ale Blue Point Brewing Company 6.00
Red's Rye PA Founders Brewing Company 8.94
Rich's RIPA Short's Brewing Company 8.05
Ry(e)an Ale Smuttynose Brewing Company 9.34
Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale New Glarus Brewing Company 6.27