Smuttynose Ry(e)an Ale

Sorry this article is a week late, but I tried to login to the site at three separate occasions only to get a server error – which I took as a sign to get really drunk for my birthday and burn a pizza box using my fridge. Either way we come now to the final review of the Nauticon Panel and as you should – we’re finishing with a beer. A beer so rare only a single brand of store sells it, in essentially a single state, in a single part of the country.


I am of course referring to the special Ry(e)an Ale – available only at Julio’s Liquor’s stores (Locations). Now we’re not new to Smuttynose and their fantastic brewing efforts, and Ryan Ale is certainly worth the trip and secrecy. – Though then again we are in the area. I’d actually like to address that – if you are one of readers and are nowhere near Mass. feel free to move along as this review will mostly just make you depressed about the shitty local beer you guys have.

Now I’d like to say that this is the cream of the crop of their line – and why it’s brewed exclusively for a store, and while make no mistake this beer is great – it’s just not Smuttynose Scotch ale great. Yes it’s a great ale with a great complexity and flavor – and the aging in bourbon barrels (something the Scotch Ale does) generally just proves that beer should be aged like whiskies (although for months not years), but it’s not the best ale we’ve had – then again that’s because we equate their scotch ale to be on a tier akin only to Johnnie Walker Blue. – And coming a bit shy of that is certainly something to proud of.

“Brewed exclusively for Julio’s Liquors. This is an Imperial Red Rye Ale, aged in bourbon barrels hand-selected by Julio’s Loch & Key Society. ”


Scores: (Note as per beer there is no breakdown)

William Henri Neve the IV: 8.5

Justice: 8.5

BuffaloJern: 7.0

DJ_Lvl: 8.0

King Weeb: FERRIS

Jav: 7.5

Reviewer Average: 8.0


Final Thoughts

This is simply a great beer – and don’t think the above is talking it down – we love this beer and it’s certainly reason to keep going to Julio’s.



I am the Buffalo editor and curator of Honest Booze Reviews

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