Better in this rye setting than Kuka’s IPA/Pale Ale versions due to more radical flavor profile. Radish-like maca root influence offers mild cacao nibs tease to honeyed raisin rye breading and chocolate-soured butternut-pecan-chestnut-walnut conflux. Stylish grapefruit, orange and pineapple fruiting gains exposure over time. Pastry-like sugaring, port wine tannins and peat-y earthiness infiltrate busy backend of inconspicuously alcoholic (9.4% ABV) medium body.
Chameleonic German-styled hybrid develops protrusely over time, crossing Maibock sour fruiting with rye-dried Roggenbier tendencies and melanoidin Weizenbock sugaring. Chewy caraway-seeded rye graining and wispy fennel powdering provide fine base. Pineapple-glazed ham sweetness picks up mellow cotton-candied banana-clove-cardamom spicing to secure affable Bavarian wheat beer stamina. Fig-dried pucker deepens oncoming saison-like citric souring.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, easygoing rye-malted IPA lags behind brighter insouciance of richer, fruitier, woodier stylistic competitors such as Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and Harpoon Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA. Hasty rye-breaded black toasting meanders to grassy-hopped citric respite. Lemon-limed apple skin remnants haunt sooty orange-grapefruit tartness as well as vegetal asparagus-celery smidge.
Shallow, golden-cleared, hybridized rye saison retains moderate-bodied soothe. Traditional saison-based sour fruiting drifts into dry earthen resin creasing mild rye breading. Lemony mandarin orange, tangerine and apple tartness fades off as soft-focus peppery hop bittering disguises unassuming 8% alcohol volume. A sessionable summery retreat for lighter thirsts.
Modest winter warmer plies tobacco-roasted cigar leafing to resinous mocha dryness and nut-grained pumpernickel rye toasting. At the midst, peat-mossy honeyed molasses sweetness abuts wispy dry-hopped bittering (reminiscent of tamer Extra Special Bitters). Just don’t expect typical seasonal spicing to dot its mild blend. 2012 tapped version at Manhattan’s Jack Doyle’s Pub upped the cinnamon-toasted gingerbread-nutmeg seasonality, gained a creamier vanilla-chocolate stead and dabbed black cherry tartness onto the spruce-tipped evergreen recess.
Terrific ‘Smoked Doppelbock Lager’ brings velvety smooth hickory-charred molasses malting, cedar-chipped bourbon whiskey sweetness and surging black chocolate creaminess to cherry wood-smoked vigor. Tertiary black cherry, red grape, pecan and almond illusions secure mossy bottom. Bacon-greased maple sapping enriches sturdy mocha backend. Advertised rye flavoring drowned out by rich mocha density to no ill effect.
Utilizing a wordy crybaby appellation stolen from Tom Hanks’ famous League Of Their Own character, this here’s a summery soft-toned steppingstone for lighter thirsts. Sessionable mainstreamer with rye-spiced nicety, subtle orange-dried fig acridity, and earthen bottom tagged “a casual slammer for boating.”
Accurately described as a ‘quasi pale ale,’ robust ESB-like dry body maintains approachable medium-bodied drinkability. Reedy molasses rye breading sops up peat-dried pumpernickel nuttiness and light Vienna-styled Munich malting. Clean eight-grain bread finish picks up tertiary sunflower seed, poppy, and whey illusions.