Saturday, March 26, 2011

Rye Harvest Ale - Review

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange, dense two finger white head with some serious staying power, its there till half the glass is gone and leaves dense tight lacing along the sides of the glass

Aroma: Sweet bready aroma, Marris Otter shines through very strongly, lots of earthy hoppiness from all the late EKG's

Taste: Starts off very smooth and malt forward, very neutral yeast profile that lets the malt flavors really shine. The beer is very bready with a hint of spiciness from the rye (it always reminds me of calvados) it finishes with a very balanced, yet aggressive bitterness, that lingers on the palate for a long time after your finish your drink

Mouthfeel: Extremely full body, all that rye really did give it a nice slickness, beers with Marris Otter are generally fairly full feeling but you can really tell the contribution from the rye here. I kept the carbonation really low, almost cask like and it really pairs well with the thickness of the beer

Drinkability: Sessionable, its a touch higher than most of my beers I would consider drinking several of but the flavors really meld well together, that and I really love bitters

Overall: A really good sessionable bitter, the beer definitely highlights the best characteristics of rye but has a lot of depth from using Marris Otter as a base. Definitely a beer I will brew again


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