Needed a beer to go with a fine delivery of Indian food, had this one ready to drink. A lovely circle of lace sits atop an amber body. Excellent retention. This one really made me want to drink it. Not sure what the picture on the bottle is. Maybe that is Rye Guy?
It smells like fruit and malts. Sweet. The taste features a bite of hops in the front, rye taste, and hops bitter in the back. Well composed, a bit sweet, a bit hoppy, balanced.
I’d come back for more in this session if this were my thing, because it is truly and solidly composed. But it’s not. Still, it’s the best rye beer I’ve tasted, and I could see myself being very happy to find another bottle for a food pairing.
Just maybe for a food that doesn’t leave me so comatose as tonight’s. Time to find some coffee.
Grade: A- (4.03 of 5)
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Reviewed on: 12-08-2010