Symbolic of Raskolnikov’s inner struggle with ideological intoxication, eventual surrender, and acceptance of his fate, Rye and Punishment begins with high notes of exceptionally floral and citrusy hops. It then descends into a classic struggle between hop and spicy malt character on the palate. Finally, the Epilogue arrives with an extreme, inescapable lingering bitterness. As Dostoyevsky’s classic deftly balances themes of Greek tragedy and Christian resurrection, so too does Rye and Punishment struggle to exact and balance the forces of malt and hops.
While Rye and Punishment makes no attempt to counteract the nefarious consequences of nihilism, utilitarianism, and rationalism according to the 19th Cen. author, it does provide a beverage to spur some good old fashioned social intercourse and debate.
beerbill (3409) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the brewpub. Arrived a lightly hazed amber with a thin-moderate tan head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left moderate lace. Pleasant aroma of grapefruit and mild rye grain. The flavor begins with malt and quickly transitions to moderate-sharp grapefruit pith bitterness. Pith and rye grain linger on the palate in the aftertaste. Medium bodied. Solid rye IPA.
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