Sunday, June 19, 2011

Short's Rich's Rye

Have I ever had a Rye beer? I don't know that I have. And only being a semi-fan of rye bread, I've been curious but not super-excited about trying this style. Rye beer uses...um, rye. And is marked by bitter, sour, and spicy notes. Short's Rich's Rye is described as a "super-hopped golden rye beer." And there is an adorable picture of a "brewery dad" on the label. So I figured this was a good choice to start with.
This is a unique-looking beer. And not in a "Well, at least you've got a great personality" kind of way. It is good looking! Handsome, even. This is a very hazy muted amber. A sudsy and sturdy white head left lots of lacing. This is also an intensely-carbonated beer.
It smelled like rye, peppery spice, and sourness. It reminded me of overly ripe peaches.

The taste was interesting. At first like a regular lager but then you get hit with some bitter hops, strong spice, and a touch of sourness. The rye definitely gives it a unique flavor. I like the combination of bread, spice, and bitter pine hops.
The mouthfeel was medium, smooth, and creamy. Great drinkability, especially considering the fact that its a style and flavor I'm not used to. I can't compare it to other Ryes, and I assume this one is extra hoppy. But I would welcome some other Ryes in my future. Feel free to recommend some!

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

may the beer in me be the beer in you: namaste

Check out this film trailer. For The Love of Beer, a documentary focusing on women working in the craft beer industry in the Pacific Northwest. Awesome! And while I love women and beer and am excited for that aspect of the film, I also got real excited about Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head brewery and all around beer rock star. I'm pretty gay, y'all. But I want to beer-marry this man. Whatever that means.
When I first began to explore the craft beer world, I hit up Dogfish Head right away. I've tried a lot of their beer. I don't love it all, but I love a lot of it and I respect their creativity and boldness. Anyways, after seeing this little trailer with Mr. Calagione I had Dogfish Head in my head and went to search out something new. I went searching for an answer. I found namaste.
The label is very cute and informative/entertaining:
Namaste the word kinda sorta means the spirit in me recognizes and celebrates the spirit in you. Namaste the brew kinda sorta means white ale as in wheat and coriander but also means dried orange slices and lemongrass. A refreshing summer thing, Namaste.
(Check out the cute skeleton label!)
Namaste poured a completely hazy bright orange-yellow. Lots of visible sediment floating around along with the carbonation. Nice 1.5 finger of solid white head, excellent retention, and just a bit of lacing. This is sunshine in a glass.

It smells...Juicy. "Drink me." Strongly orange and lemon. Wheat and just a bit of spice. It tastes great - very refreshing. A strong wheat flavor, plenty of fruity citrus, and a strong coriander spice. The spice is a little much at times, but really, this is a super tasty flavorful beverage. It's also just a little sour. Looks good, smells good, tastes good too.

The body is medium and creamy, and the drinkability is great. 5% alcohol is pretty low, making this a good "hot summer day beer."

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