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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Crafted specifically for the return of spring, Ways & Means will be a full bodied ASB. It will be complex and hoppy with a spicy, peppery character, which comes from a generous addition of rye malt. This golden-amber ale is also remarkably low in alcohol, at only 4.5%, making it extremely crisp and thirst-quenching for the transition of spring into the summer season. This ASB will have pleasant bitterness, with 55 International Bitterness Units (IBU), making it smooth and refreshing.

Ways & Means will be brewed with a blend of specialty malts and rye, including North American Pilsner malt, Rye malt, Golden Naked Oats and Crystal malt. It will also contain both Liberty and Centennial hops. The combinations make for a luscious malty and hoppy aroma. Ways & Means finishes with the typical clean and refreshing character for which Port City’s beers are known, and it is bound to be an overall crowd-pleaser.

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3.7
bytemesis (8384) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 21, 2017
Tap. Pours hazy golden orange, large white head, creamy and show to dissipate, nice lacing. Aroma of rye, lemon peel, a bit grassy, tangerine. Flavors is light sweet, light bitter, lemony, citrus, a bit of rye spice. Light plus body, soft mouthfeel. Good. I seem to be rating everything a 3.7 today...

3.1
malvrich (323) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle > stemless wine glass. Date stamp is present but unreadable so who knows? A: Pours hazy medium orange with very small, quickly falling head. S: Spicy scent of pine and citrus zest T: Peppery rye bite with strong citrus pith ending zesty. M: Feels heavy for its strength with average to low carbonation and a sticky finish. O: Pretty good but not as distinctive as I expected. Of course it could just be old but didn’t wow me. Worth a try but probably not repeat buys.

3.5
hershiser2 (3240) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours a hazy orange with an inch of beige head. Aroma is lemon peel, floral hops, rye. Flavor is citrus peel, heavy rye, pepper. Really not bad - has a lot of flavor in the back end which so many session IPAs lack.

4
OnTheTrail (507) - Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Pours slightly hazy light amber, good sized white head. Aroma start’s peppery, spicy,hints of hoppy citrus and pine. Taste is malty, some rye bread, which fits in well with the bitterness. Hippy fruitiness is subdued. Lots of complexity for a session IPA. Mouthful is medium.

3.4
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle at Chris and Ruths place after GBBF 2016, Wednesday. Clear golden beer with a nice lasting offwhite head. Fruity hop aroma, caramel, grapes, some citrus. Fruity hop flavor, floral, rye bread, some grapes. Flawless.

2.9
cgarvieuk (24488) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle 5 at cropredy 2016... Copper.. Thin white lacing... Soft dry herbal orange fruit nose.. Dry bitter herbal fruit

3.5
Benzai (15608) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2016
Bottle shared @ ChrisO after GBBF Day 2. Clear yellow golden color, average sized off-white head. Aroma is lightly malts, some grains, lightly hops. Taste malts, some grains, lightly hops, quite bitter, malt bitter and hop bitter combined. Decent body, medium carbonation. Not bad.

3.7
Beerhunter111 (20476) - P´Castle, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2016
12 fl.oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy dark golden colour with a small white head. Aroma of mild bitter hops, citrus, zest. Taste of fruity mild bitter hops, citrus and zest.

4.2
tsd08460 (1166) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes Aroma: rye, citrus, spicy Appearance: slightly hazy golden with a white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Tasty

3.4
Cybercat (5834) - Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Pours clear golden amber with a nice thick pale buff head. Aroma delivers yeasty, woody hop, rye, spicy, and shy fruity notes. Flavor features yeasty, hoppy, fruity, rye, woody and subtle spice tones for a refreshing and pleasing drink. Mouthfeel presents good body and fair fizz. If you have the ways and means, grab a bottle.


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