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.
Posted by Russ
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