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Free State Trailrider Rye

Free State Trailrider Rye
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   ABV: -
Douglas County has it's fair share of trails - from the historically significant Oregon and Santa Fe Trails to the plethora of modern day bike and horse trails. Whatever the ride, this distinctive rye beer is just the thing to cut the dust when you're done with the trail for the day. The blend of the clean citrusy hop character of American Simcoe hops with a spicy flavor and silky smooth mouthfeel from the use of 25% flaked Rye in the grist makes a clean, refreshing ale with lots of flavor. We fermented this beer using the same German Ale strain that we use for the Ad Astra and the Golden so as not to override the flavors of the rye with the more fruity English Ale characters. O.G. -13.35/1053. Hops - 35 IBUs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5657) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2003
Light copper color with a fair head of light beige bubbles. Crisp hops aroma. Light fruit and malt flavors. Lacks the slippery rye feel. Finish is taken back by the hops. things don't seem to be balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 19, 2003
It made me sad that there wasn't more rye flavor. Very smooth but not spicy. I'm glad this is seasonal and not a permanent offering from FS, but its not undrinkable by any means.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2001
Very interesting type of rye beer. Lighter amber in color, and with a pronounced citrusy hop character that dominates the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly spicy, with some grainy flavors mixing in fairly well. Almost reminds me of a Bitter style brew. This has to be dry-hopped, and well. I liked it, but it’s not my favorite Free State offering thus far.

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