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.