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New Beer Blog Terrapin Beer Co Mosaic Red Rye India Pale Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into Terrapin Mosaic Red Rye India Pale Ale.  Terrapin was founded in 2002 by Brian Buckowski and John Cochran.  They are located at Athens, Georgia. They brew several different beer styles.  This brewery was named after Grateful Dead record.  Let us get into this rye ale.

It has a nice dark ruby-red color with a nice off white to tan color head.  The smell has a heavy malty to caramel notes with hints of earth to piney.  The taste has a malty to earthy hop notes with a dry bitter hop aftertaste.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle and website (www.terrapinbeer.com):

Like a fine piece of art, “Mosaic” Red Rye IPA is masterfully created by using 100% Mosaic™ hops throughout the brew. With it’s aesthetically pleasing ruby-red color and spatial depth from the rye malt, this hand crafted masterpiece leaves your palate’s canvas open to interpretation.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.terrapinbeer.com

Twitter:  @TerrapinBeerCo

Closing, I knew there were other craft brewery in Georgia.  I just never had the chance to get around to sample these beers.  As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Sweetwater Brewery.  I was pretty excited to see this brew in my beer trade.  I will be on hunt to sample more of Terrapin’s beers in the near future.  Rye IPA’s are one of my favorite IPA beer style.  I am always on the hunt for new Rye IPA.  The depth that is in this beer is something else.  I mean that in a good way.  I love caramel to earthy and piney notes.  They did a great job on the malty backbone and selection of hop.  They used it correctly to feature it in this brew.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Arbor Brewing RyeClops Imperial Rye PA


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In this beer blog, we are going to same RyeClops Imperial Rye PA from Arbor Brewing.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts from Arbor Brewing, you know the history of this southeast Michigan craft brewery.  If you have not read those posts, please, do so to get to know this craft brewery.  Let us get into this Imperial Rye IPA.

It has a cloudy copper color with a constant white head on this Rye IPA. The aroma has a slight malty notes. The taste has a sweet malty notes with a spicy and rye notes for an aftertaste. It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer box:

Arbor Brewing Company has been a pioneer in the craft beer industry since opening our Ann Arbor brewpub in 1995.  Our passion for handcrafted beer, local courcing, community involvement, and environmental stewardship has been our foundation for nearly two decades.  In 2006 we opened our microbrewery in Ypsilanti to brew and package our award-winning beers for distribution.  In 2012 we expanded our operation and became the first solar brewery in Michigan and also became the first American craft brewery in India with the opening of an Arbor Brewing Company pub in downtown Bangalore.  We hope you’ll pop in next time you find yourself in southeast Michigan (or southern India).  Cheers!

Here is a description from their website (www.arborbrewing.com):

Description

Ryeclops is dominated with a mouthful of distinct rye malt character complimented by the spicy fruity hoppiness of American high-alpha simcoe hops.

Use caution when confronted with the Ryeclops, as it’s delightful aroma and complex flavor camouflage a might, boozy-backboned single-hopped monster of a brew!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.arborbrewing.com

Twitter:  @ArborBrew and @ArborBrewYpsi

In the end, I had many Rye IPA or Rye PA’s.  There are not too many Imperial Rye IPA’s.  Maybe I am missing them in the market or did not realize how many are out there.  This brewery might be a head of the curb as far as the Imperial Rye IPA side of things.  Anyways, back to this review, I can always search out and see if there are other Imperial Rye IPA’s on the market later.  I really enjoyed the hop character and the build up on the malty backbone in the beer.  This is an excite beer and Arbor Brewing did a great job like the norm on it.  I highly recommend this beer while it is still in season.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Wieser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Sweetwater Brewery LowRyeder IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into LowRYEder IPA from Sweetwater Brewery.  This is the second beer to be featured on this blog.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their IPA, you know the history of this craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read it to get to know Sweetwater Brewery.  Let us get into this Rye IPA.

It has a clear copper color with a semi constant white head.  The aroma has rye and other spicy notes.  The taste has a light carbonated rye notes and hop notes.  The aftertaste is a dry hop finish.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

A flame throwin’ IPA ignited by a 25% shot of rye malt and capped by a booty hoppin’ blast of Mt Hood and Centennial hops  that makes this IPA bounce!

Here is a description from their website (www.sweetwaterbrew.com):

A flame throwin’ Rye IPA ignited by a 25% shot of rye malt and capped by a booty hoppin’ blast of Mt Hood and Centennial hops that makes this IPA bounce!

Gold medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

Grains: 2 Row, Rye Malt, CaraRye, Rye Flakes, Munich
Hops: Columbus, Mt Hood, Centennial
Dry Hop: Centennial, Mt Hood
ABV: 6.2%
IBUs: 45

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.sweetwaterbrew.com

Twitter:  @sweetwaterbrew

Closing, this is a great Rye IPA and medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.  It is pretty balance from the rye and the hops.  I love that the rye is not overpowering the rest of the beer.  They only used 25% in the brew total.  It is enough to give you some nice notes and the hops take over from there.  There is a nice well designed malty backbone that helps cut through the hops.  It is pretty well balance and well designed.  I wish this brewery was up in Michigan but I will enjoy  the bottles I have.  I love this brewery and I will keep searching for a trade partner.  I highly recommend this beer and rest of their beers.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog New Belgium RyePA


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While in Fort Collins, Co, we are going to sample another brew, which is RyePA, from New Belgium Brewery.  I was pretty excited to get out there. I had a great time at the brewery.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Top Five Craft Brewery in the States.  If you have not, please, read those beer blog posts to get to know New Belgium Brewery.  Let us get into this Rye IPA.

It has a clear copper color with a nice constant white head.  The aroma has piney, earthy, and spicy notes.  The taste has a medium carbonation with malty and piney notes.  The aftertaste has a dry hoppy finish.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.newbelgium.com):

Artisan maltster River Bend Malt House of Asheville, North Carolina, kiln a perfect rye. And when you pair gobs of their spicy rye with heaps of spicy hops you get a great Hop Kitchen Beer. This unique, and collaborative, Rye IPA boasts a bold blend of Simcoe, Galaxy, Cascade, and Mosaic hops to bring a thunderous 75 IBU. Have a sip and feel the bang.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.newbelgium.com

Twitter:  @newbelgium

Closing out my day at New Belgium, I had a great time at the brewery and I hope to return their again soon.  I had a chance to go through a whole brewery tour and try several beers.  I trird to get take notes on as many beers as I could.  When I sipped this beer, I knew I had to write a review on this RyePA.  I love the sweet and bitter from this beer.  It is in that order on the tasting experience.  There is a nice malty backbone that holds up to a nice selection of hops used in this beer.  Rye IPA’s are quickly becoming a pretty popular beer style in the IPA world.  I will have to say this is the best Rye IPA that I have ever had.  I love Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA.  New Belgium has topped it and took it to the next level.  I wish I could get this in Michigan but I guess I will have to find someone to trade with to get a few bottles.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Harpoon Brewery Rich And Dan’s Rye IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the second brew from Harpoon Brewery.  It is their Rye India Pale Ale.  If you read my beer blog post from two days ago, you know the history of this East Coast Craft Brewery.  If you have not read that beer blog post, please, read it to get to know Harpoon Brewery.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a clear copper color with nice white head on this Rye IPA.  The aroma has a spicy hop notes.  The taste has a slight carbonated spicy citrus notes with a dry hop finish.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

A new take on IPA style, this beer has a dry, subtly spicy character derived from the rye malt, and a complex body balanced by a marked hop flavor and aroma.  Cheers!

Here is a description from their website (www.harpoonbrewery.com):

After 25 years of running a brewery, Harpoon founders Rich and Dan thought it was high time they brewed a beer together.  Truth be told, they didn’t want their name on it.  Truth really be told, they have a running joke as to whether it’s Rich and Dan’s Rye IPA or Dan and Rich’s Rye IPA. Regardless of the order, the point is the same: they’ve been friends for three decades and still love having a beer together. It’s a testament to great beer and friendship, and it made sense, in this case, to name names. Grab your pals and toast to friendship with this Rye IPA!

Description

This beer is brewed with hops, a variety of malts, our proprietary yeast – the same yeast we’ve used since first brewing Harpoon Ale – and more hops. A lot more hops. Centennial and Chinook, and the dry hop addition of Falconer’s Flight add a multidimensional hop character, and the combination of Pale, Rye, Caramel 60, Flaked Rye, and Vienna yield a complex malt body that stands up to the spiciness of the rye and the pronounced hop flavor.

Tasting Notes

  • Appearance:  hazy, deep orange with a reddish hue
  • Aroma: citrus, fruity aroma with an underlying spice note
  • Mouth feel:  medium-bodied, slightly chewy
  • Taste: the spice from the rye is balanced by the malt blend
  • Finish: dry, distinct hop finish

Here is a video from their website (www.harpoonbrewery.com) and YouTube (www.youtube.com):

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.harpoonbrewery.com

Twitter:  @harpoon_brewery

Ending, Rye IPA are fastly becoming a very popular and growing beer style in the India Pale Ale styles.  It gives the craft beer and hophead drinker something else then the normal India Pale Ale.  White IPA, IPL, and Rye IPA are new and growing.  There are craft breweries pushing the limits of their brewery to give the craft beer drinker something different.  I like this Rye IPA but I know there are better ones on the market.  This one is in my top five of Rye IPA’s.  Unlike most Rye IPA’s on the market, this is one of the few that is available all year-long.  I highly recommend this brew.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Sierra Nevada and the beer is called Ruthless Rye IPA.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts from this brewery, you know the rich history of this brewery.  I am willing to bet you have read about this brewery before this post.  If you have not read that beer blog post, please, read that beer post.  Let us get into the beer.

This seasonal IPA has a hazel copper color with a constant white head on the beer. The smell is a sweet earthly to it. The taste is a sweet malty spicy with a touch of peppery with a dry spicy aftertaste for this full body beer. It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

2013 Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with this rustic grain for refined flavors combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous to Spring.

Here is a description from their website (www.sierranevada.com):

Ruthless® Rye

Rustic grains, refined flavor, ruthless character.

Rugged and resilient, rye has been a staple grain for ages and its spicy black pepper-like flavor has been prized by distillers and brewers for centuries. Rye thrives in the harshest conditions and comes to life in Ruthless, a spicy and rugged IPA with fruity, citrus and herbal hop notes balanced with the dry spiciness of the rye, making the beer aggressive yet comforting to bolster against whatever the winter winds may bring.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.sierranevada.com

Twitter:  @SierraNevada

In the end, this is one of my favorite beers from Sierra Nevada Brewery.  It has a ton of flavor in this full body India Pale Ale with the spices.  It is pretty drinkable with everything that is going on in this beer.  There is a nice balance from the malt and the hops which is a good sign of a very well-built beer.  There are breweries that will over hop their beers to hide the faults in their beers.  Sierra Nevada is not doing that in this beer.  This is an excite beer and I highly recommend you trying this beer.  Let me know what you think of it.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser