Saturday, September 15th 2012
Hayride Autumn Ale
(Baxter Brewing Company)
Baxter's ode to the cooler days ahead is something other than an Oktoberfest or a Pumpkin Ale, it's something altogether unique. Bringing together some unlikely ingredients into a beer brewed with rye they crafted something complex and delicious. Cheers!
From the Baxter Brewing site:
"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."
Here we go...
Pour - dark amber in appearnce with a big fluffy off-white head that sticks to the inside of the glass almost like batter.
Aroma - burnt sugar, vanilla, orange liqueur and various spices. Interesting and intrigueing.
Taste - Wow, very unique flavor profile. It's almost hard to describe the first sip. Malty, a bit like a brown ale but it quickly becomes more complex. There are some hints of orange and very subtle amounts of the ginger are present. The wood definitely helps to give this a silky soft mouthful as well as bit of vanilla flavor. The finish is spicy and dry from both the pepper and the rye. It has an almost savory finish about it...in a good way.
Overall - So many layers of flavor with Hayride and definitley a beer worthy of the cooler days ahead. I really enjoyed the complexity of this beer as well as the fact that it wasnt too boost. I'm also a sucker for beers brewed with pepper - a spice at does wonders for beer when used in the right amount. This has great pepper flavor in the finish. Well done Baxter! This is a truly unique and special beer.
Note - Baxter Brewing Company is located in Lewiston, Maine. The brewery is just over a year old and has released six different canned offerings, two of which have been seasonals. Currently, you can find their beers distributed in Maine and Massachusetts.
Posted by Russ
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