There seems like there is a lot going on in the name of this beer, as there are three separate titles.
Honey, which is based on the use of honey malts. Rye, which is another malt that is added to beer, usually for spiciness of the malt. Finally there is Pale Ale, which classifies a beer brewed with pale malt, and plenty of hops. For Sam Adams description of this unique beer click here.
Honey Rye Pale Ale pours amber with a huge cream head, that has amazing retention, and refuses to dissipate. A citrus burst hits me in the face at first sniff, followed by the spicy rye. The taste is rye malt with caramel, followed by subtle grapefruit & pine, with a spicy rye finish. The feel is light to medium bodied, with average carbonation. Overall, a nice balanced Rye Beer that has the pine notes of a Pale Ale.
*Honey Rye Pale Ale is under the supervision of the Star-K*