Saturday, January 11th 2014
REEB Ryed IPA
(Oskar Blues Brewery)
Our very first CROWLER™ from Oskar Blues. Thanks to our friend Mike for making this possible. If you aren't familar with the awesomeness that is a Crowler™, you can learn all about it HERE. As for this fresh, hoppy, rye IPA, we can't wait to crack this quart-sized can of goodness open and enjoy what's inside.
From the Oskar Blues site:
“In the Ozarks, the masked bandit is notorious for raiding the corn patch. Or, for finding—and eating—the perfectly ripe watermelon in the garden just before it's picked. Our handcrafted Masked Bandit India Pale Ale is a black rye IPA that is raccoon proof…as long as the raccoon in your neck of the woods isn't a hop head.”
Here we go...
Pour - dark amber with ruby hues and a fluffy white head. Pours clean and with nice carbonation. Definitely impressed by how well this travelled and how it pours and looks.
Aroma - big whiffs of piney hops with some citrus and slight fruity aromas. Smells fresh and hoppy that's for sure, sort of like I just poured my own draught beer from the taps at The Tasty Weasel!
Taste - plenty of big hoppy flavors with some spicey rye notes in the finish. Nice and balanced with citrus and some caramel sweetness forming a solid malt background. Very easy drinking and one for the hopheads for sure.
Overall - this is an altogether excellent IPA! Smooth, crisp, hoppy, with just that kick of rye spiciness. If the folks at Oskar Blues are ever considering another IPA for year-round canning, well, we would certainly be in favor of this brew being made available to the masses.
Notes - REEB is the name of Oskar Blues' owner, Dale Katechis' mountain bike company. You can learn more about these incredible bikes by checking out www.REEBcycles.com
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Friday, March 8th 2013
Hop A Potamus
(Great River Brewery)
Great River Brewery in Iowa is producing some outstanding beers and doing so in a fairly quiet way. One of their beers that certainly garners them a bit of attention is their Hop-A-Potamus. This is a big, hop-laden beast they refer to as a "Double Dark Rye Pale Ale". Call it what you will, it's an altogether unique brew with a lot for your palate to experience. Once we've finished staring at the hop-munching hippo on the can we're going to dive into this...cheers!
From the Great River Brewery site:
"Hop-A-Potamus is a double dark rye pale ale made with a ton of pale and six kinds of rye malt for a "full" body. This double dark pale ale is fiercely hopped with a Northwest blend for a stampede of flavor and aroma."
Here we go...
Pour - deep auburn in appearance with a thin head. Slightly viscous at 9%. Some reddish hues make an appreance when held to the light. Dark and mysterious like the Hop A Potamus himself.
Aroma - bready and toasty, Tootsie Rolls, caramel, pineapple, candied fruits, and some hints of pine.
Taste - the malty sweetness of Hop A Potamus hits the palate first. A load of caramel, molasses, and brown bread combines with some tropical fruit flavors and other fruit esters. The rye certainly does not go unnoticed as it provides a spicy, dry finish that is anything but subtle. It really works well with the malt/hop balance of this bigger beer. This is "soft" on the palate as the carbonation is on the lighter side and it is fairly high gravity.
Overall - certainly a full-bodied brew with plenty going on. The big malt and hop flavors and the kick of bitter rye adding some dryness and spiciness in the finish all make for a solid beer drinking experience. One, perhaps two, of these and you'll be feeling just fine - drink the whole 4-pack and in the morning you may feel like the Hop A Potamus trampled you unmerficully.
Note - the can design for Hop-A-Potamus won a "Canny" award in the category of "Best Illustration of Beer Name" during the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego. It was done by Kevin Deichmueller.
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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.
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Labels: Rye Beers
Monday, July 23rd 2012
Ryeteous Rye IPA
(Renegade Brewing Company)
Renegade just recently began canning their Ryeteous Rye IPA. With the help of the nomadic canning crew at Mobile Canning, Renegade was able to put a bunch of their best-selling brew in bright white pint cans. Emblazoned with a big "R", they're hard to miss! Big thanks once again to our buddy Mike for making the trek down to Denver to pick some of these up for us. Cheers!
From the Renegade site:
"Hop head? Yeah, this one's for you. Crisp malt with a touch of caramel and a generous helping of rye. Oh yeah, and hops, hops and more hops. This Rye IPA is 7% ABV and 100+ IBU's."
Here we go...
Pour – bright orange with a peachy sort of glow and some great looking lacing filling up what little space is left at the top of the glass. Carbonation levels look spot on and this looks ready to enjoy!
Aroma – tropical fruit, caramel malts, some spiciness along with hints of citrus and pine needles. All of those aromas come together and form something quite appealing and very aromatic.
Taste - big brash hop flavors abound with plenty of grapefruit, oranges, lemons and some tropical flavors like mango mixing with sharp pine notes. The rye lends a spicy backbone to this bold hoppy brew. Its light on the palate, almost soft on the tongue, with a taste that is definitely more unique compared to the standard American IPA. The rye and the hops lend to a dry finish that keeps your face in the glass. Very tasty brew.
Overall - perhaps the "Rye Beer" category is a bit too broad and we need to give the Rye IPAs there own category. There seems to be more and more these days. This is a great beer and the combination of the rye and the hops really give it something special. We could definitely enjoy a few of these every week.
Note - A few months ago I was out in Denver and stopped in for a visit to Renegade Brewing. What really struck me about this new, and relatively small, craft brewery was the fact that it was truly a neighborhood place. It had a taproom with some tables and a food truck parked outside. There were bikes locked up out front that showed that a bulk of the patronage was coming from close by. To me it just seemed to represent a part of the craft beer industry that is truly taking off. Its not about being the next Sierra Nevada or Dogfish Head, instead its about making a living brewing beer and supporting the community in which you operate. If you're ever out in Denver be sure to check it out.
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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.
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Friday, June 17th 2011
(Sixpoint Craft Ales)
This is definitely one of my favorite brews from the folks at Sixpoint. Righteous Ale, or what I used to know as Righteous Rye, is a beer I fell in love with years ago when I had my first pint. I can't express how excited I am to now be able to buy this beer at my local beer store and enjoy it whenever I want. It is indeed a good time to be a craft beer lover!
From the Sixpoint site:
"Rye is the tough, resilient cousin of wheat. Able to survive brutally harsh winters and acidic souls, it was the saving grace and staple of central and northern European cultures. Where wheat and barley withered and died, rye survived.
This tough resilient cereal grain doesn't have the gentle sweetness of barley or wheat. Why should it It lives a tough life of survival against the elements. Yet underneath its tough exterior is a unique, signature style of flavor that has remained dormant in the brewing world like scattered seeds underneath a blanket of snow.
We decided to not overlook this gem of a species. What we discovered was Righteous Ale."
Here we go...
Pour - dark amber to chestnut in color with a good inch of off-white foam on top that leaves some lacing in what little bit of my glass is left unfilled. You've got to live 16 oz. cans! When held to the light this beer shines bright orange and auburn. Quite nice to look at really.
Aroma - nice fresh hop aroma is the first thing that greets my nose. Hi nose, I'm hops. Hi hops, I love you. Sort of a lemon, lime, orange citrusy smell along with some pineapple. There is also some nice notes of honey and molasses.
Taste - that first sip will likely make many, many beer lovers happy. This is a full-bodied, full-flavored beer that has a lot of nice things going on. First is the pronounced hoppiness that hits the tongue and numbs it. Plenty of citrus and piney notes from that are followed by the spicy, dry and bitter flavor that rye imparts. I'm a big fan of rye in beers and this one is exceptionally done. A good amount of maltiness makes keeps both the rye and the hops in check and rounds things out nicely with a sweet, brown sugary finish.
Overall - put everything together and you've got a great beer. Rye beers are not the most popular beers on the American craft beer landscape and if you're a fan you've got to give this one a shot. This beer should also please the palate of folks that like a hoppy amber ale or IPAs in general. I think that with this beer coming to cans I can say that one of my beer dreams has come true.
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely, positively. Once these four cans are gone, which won't take too long, I'll be buying more...much more!
Note - Sixpoint is currently canning four of their beers. These include; The Crisp (Pilsner), Sweet Action (Cream Ale), Righteous Ale (Rye Beer) and Bengali Tiger (American IPA). Collect and enjoy them all! Cheers!
Posted by Russ
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Wednesday, April 21 2010
(Surly Brewing Company)
It might be a little out of season but the weather sure feels like fall here in New England. Its warm-ish outside but the nights are still quite cool. I figured this one still tastes fresh so why not, right?
From the Surly site:
"A traditional Oktoberfest bier from Surly? Nein! If you want one of those, grab your passport and head over to Munchen (bring us back some pretzels.) Our Fest inspired beer is brewed with imported malted barley, rye, and a German lager yeast strain. We hop this beer with a single variety... and then we dry hop it. A single hop, dry hopped, rye lager bier? Ja!"
Here we go...
Pour - gold to dark golden in color. Head is about an inch of tight whiteness. Looks very nice in a big glass, all 16 oz. of it!
Aroma - malty sweetness, some grainy smells, corn syrup, caramel and a little earthy/dirty hops.
Taste - sweet like honey and caramel combined followed by a very sharp crispness that I'd imagine is the slap of spiciness that is asserted by the rye in the grain bill. Very balanced and the crispness that this beer has is so refreshing. Very, very tasty. I could go for a few more of these that is for sure!
Overall - I really dig the battle between sweet and spiciness. This is definitely different than most of the beers associated with Oktoberfest. Personally, I think it has more character and I really dig that rye.
Note - Surly hosts "Surly Fest" each September. Your paid entry gets you four Surly beers, a .5L SurlyFest stein and lots of live music and fun at the brewery. Man, I wish I lived a LOT closer...
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