bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Listed as Rye Ale, but it sounds a lot like this one. Rich amber beer with an off-white head. Spicy, malty, earthy aroma with slight citrus. Citrusy flavor with backing malt, earth, and spice. Nice balance. medium body. Surprising bitterness. Lingering citrus and spice.
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draft: Laurelwood Public House in Portland, OR) Apparently I just can’t ever taste the rye in rye beers. Doing a side-by-side with the standard IPA, this beer is perhaps a touch more spicy, and definitely a bit more bitter, but the biggest difference is the malt base, which unlike their other lighter colored beers, isn’t nearly as grainy in nature. What a relief! I was getting sick of the organic, grainy maltiness of their beers. In fact, this tastes more like a standard IPA than their IPA, and since it seems more hoppy and bitter, I’m shocked to find out that the IBU is almost half that of the IPA. The nose is a bit grainy, but fairly spicy and hoppy. Medium bodied, with a very clean and crisp mouthfeel. Medium golden color and an off-white head that slowly settles to a thin film, leaving intricate lacing at the top of the glass. Quite enjoyable.