Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Hot Rod Rye

Hot Rod Rye is brewed in Healdsburg/Cloverdale, California, by the Bear Republic Brewing Co. According to the label on the 355mL bottle, this stuff is brewed with 18% rye. It contains a healthy 8% alcohol and pours the cloudy copper colour of an old penny.

Hot Rod has a layered and complicated aroma--there's a malty sweetness that is supplanted by a hearty hop profile and some boozy warmth. The flavour begins with a somewhat unexpected helping of sweetness, with some raisin notes. The back end has some rowdy hop crunch and a solid slap of toasty booze. Throughout, there's a nice rye spiciness.

This beer is at once textured and fierce. It's a rich and punchy rye ale.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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