Tuesday, January 10th 2012
Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale
(Telluride Brewing Company)
A number of firsts with this beer. This is OUR first beer from Telluride Brewing Company. This is THEIR first canned offering and we believe it is also the first canned rye pale ale. The only other rye beer that we know of being canned is Surly's SurlyFest, which is an Oktoberfest-style beer brewed with rye malt. We're pretty psyched to crack this open. Cheers!
From the Telluride Brewing site:
"Brewed with a generous amount of German Rye malt and an abundance of American hops, our ale embodies an earthly flavor and finishes with a hint of spice. This powerhouse of an ale excites even the most dormant of tastes buds."
Here we go...
Pour - very nice honey, dark straw color with a good inch plus of white foamy head that leaves some great lacing within the glass. We're sold, time to dive in.
Aroma - big floral hop notes, plenty of orange peel, lemon and faint hints of grapefruit and pine. Some sweetness comes through, sort of a dried pineapple meets some bread dough and bran flakes. All in all this is a great smelling beer and will certainly draw you.
Taste - first sip brings a good amount of citrus and pine with some malt sweetness and a noticeable amount of rye spiciness. The more you get into this beer the more you're going to like it. Plenty of hoppiness to satisfy someone craving an IPA but with enough malt to back up those hops to make most anyone happy. A nice clean and bitter finish that leaves some light tropical fruit notes on the tongue. Complex but simple? Perhaps. An all around pleasure to drink. Man, I wish we had a bunch more of these.
Overall - This is super refreshing washing over your palate as it has those nice floral citrus notes along with a great spicy, bitter finish without a lot of sweetness or alcohol to weigh things down. We really enjoyed this beer and feel its a perfect "bring along" for any outdoor adventure in Colorado (or elsewhere). Looking at the scenery on the can makes us want to take a trip out to Telluride to see it ourselves - and also maybe stop in at the brewery for a pint or three! Well done on your first canned brew guys! Cheers!
Note - the "Bridal Veil" in the name of this beer refers to the 365-foot tall waterfall, Bridal Veil Falls, that overlooks the town of Telluride. That is also what you're looking at when you're holding a can of this in your hand. It is considered one of the most difficult waterfall ice climbs in North America. It was first climbed by Jeff Lowe and Mike Weis in 1974.
Posted by Russ
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