On tap at Craft House, affable rye-spiced Octoberfest brings lightly mocha-smoked Vienna malting, crisp barley roast and light toffee sweetness to subtle fig-dried citric bittering, dry hop foliage and dainty floral nuances. Well-balanced, though a bit passive and ambiguous.
Wayward Brit-styled India Pale Ale salutes the First Infantry with Extra Special Bitter-like peated rye dankness and dewy fungi mossing, picking up pleasant mocha-spiced fruiting crosscut by sharp hop astringency. Tertiary whiskey, cocoa and tobacco notions fill out the back end.
Pleasing rye-toasted pale malting picks up residual sugaring over moderate Citra-Chinnok hop dryness. Light wood tones fade alongside nutty caramel tinge.
On tap at Ambulance, worthy Oregon-Virginia collaboration offers buttery rye-toasted honey nut sweetness, spiced prune-raisin richness and dry cereal graining to sharp charred hop thrust and subtle grapefruit dirge. Mild chocolate roast inundates caraway-seeded chestnut, almond and praline subsidy. In the 22-ounce bottle, heady auburn-browned roggenbier brings spicier prune-raisin affluence to Blackstrap molasses-sapped pumpernickel rye thrust.
Dubiously advertised as a hop bomb, rye-influenced pale ale brings terse mineral graining to lemony orange, pineapple and grapefruit zest. Resinous piney hop astringency contrasts juicy fruited sweetness. Moderated tea-leafed rye toasting picks up crystal-malted sugaring at sharp citrus finish. A crossover for lighter thirsts may be too timid for hardened hopheads.
Sessionable summertime suds with beige-cleared body, billowy pearl head and low alcohol content offers soft rye breading to dry-hopped lemon lime spree and subtle yellow grapefruit tartness. Delicate herbal nuances and possible sawdust whim found at gentle rye-spiced citrus finish. Serve to light pilsner fans.
Emanating from fine Brewmaster Reserve Series (circa spring ’15), dry-hopped rye ale contrasts caramelized grain roast with moderate hop-spiced grapefruit bittering. Wavered rye malting needs a push forward.
Crowded, yet creative, flavor profile brings oaken-dried rye whiskey and bourbon influence to highly spiced citrus fruiting. Grapefruit-peeled navel orange, peach, apple and tangerine tang to rye-malted finish, leaving mild black peppered tobacco roast in its wake. Citric rind bittering gains strength along the way. (Picture coutesy of mybeerbuzz.com)
Well-defined rye-influenced pale ale receives subtle brown chocolate roast, reedy tea-like earthiness, dewy peat mossing and light pumpernickel-caraway tease. Cardboard-ridged dry rye pertinence advances to pale malt finish unimpeded.
On tap at Ambulance, dry-hopped ’06 cult fave (with heavily kilned rye and wheat malting) makes comeback eight years hence. ‘De-bitterized’ black rye graining picks up ashen hop char, black toast acridity and burnt nuttiness. Black chocolate roast and raw molasses bittering deepen complexity.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, rye-toasted red ale offshoot spreads its welcoming piney hop bitterness across tangy citrus zest and light sugared spicing, comparing favorably to mid-range IPA’s. Evergreen freshness enlightens navel orange, grapefruit, pineapple and apricot fruiting.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, dry-hopped rye pale ale brings illustrious yellow grapefruit bittering to resinous hop pungency. Tangy tangerine, orange and pineapple fruiting helps secure soft rye-breaded white wheat backbone.