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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