This beer was given to me by my friend Joe, which he picked up on a recent trip to the south. He really recommended this beer, and tried to brew a similar one himself at home. I also knew this was one that was somewhat well known and well liked in the beer community. This was backed up by the label, which indicated that this beer won the gold medal at the Great American beer Festival in 2002 in the American pale ale category.
Location: Enjoyed the bottled beer, in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, at home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.5% ABV, 35 IBU’s, 13.3 Plato OG, 189 Calories
Ingredients: Malt: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Malted Rye, Victory Malt, Honey Malt; Hops: Magnum, Fuggle, East Kent Golding, Amarillo (Dry Hop)
Appearance & Aroma: It’s hazy and has a dark golden color with quite a bit of carbonation in it. The head is about one finger thick, and was quite creamy. There’s a very nice rye bread aroma to it, with a hint of honey.
Taste & Feel: The body was light and it had a crisp mouthfeel. As I began to take each drink, the bread and honey aroma was the first thing I noticed as I put it to my lips. After a quick carbonation bite up front, I picked up on the bready and honey malt flavors in the middle. The flavors were still there in the finish however a bit of crisp spiciness from the rye came through in the finish along with a bit of floral hoppiness.
Food Pairing: This was a crisp, clean, drinkable beer, so I could see it being perfect to help wash down and temper some spicy foods – perhaps some chicken wings or Mexican food.
Overall Impression: Overall, I thought it was a very light, crisp, flavorful beer that was extremely drinkable. I would really enjoy this on hot days, like we’ve had lately. Thank you to Joe for picking this up for me, and hopefully he can bring more of this back when he heads down south.