I’m still on the road for work, traveling from Denver, Colorado to Birmingham Alabama today. We arrrived and got settled into the hotel and headed downtown in search of good local beer. Thanks to a recommendation from my friend @jkaiseresq we stopped at The J. Clyde for dinner and beers. He had also recommended several local breweries and fortunately, they had a beer from each on the list. I decided to start with this special beer they had in the cask from Good People Brewing.
Location: Enjoyed an imperial pint glass at The J. Clyde in Birmingham, Alabama
Numbers: 6.6% ABV, 72 IBUs, ~ 205 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: The first thing I noticed was the huge frothy, inch-thick, cream-colored head from the cask, which also left some very nice lacing as I drank it. It was fairly cloudy and brown in color. There was a grassy, earthy hop aroma to it.
Taste & Feel: It was pretty smooth and slightly creamy with a bit of sweet bready maltiness and healty does of rye spiciness up front. The bready maltiness and rye spiciness careied through the middle before an earthy, slightly muddy, spicy, and citrusy hop flavor kicked in.
Food Pairing: The flavorful rye spiciness and earthy hop flavor would stand up to any meal, but to enjoy them more fully, and pull out some of the bready notes, I would suggest pairing this with a somewhat bland or bready meal. I think it would go great with a pasta or seafood dish, such as shrimp scampi. It would also stand up to a heartier dish, such as a shepards pie or chicken pot pie as well.
Overall Impression: This was my first beer from Good People Brewing and I was looking forward to it. This beer was a dry-hopped rye IPA in the cask, so I was expecting a big hoppy aroma and flavor. I’m not sure how long they had it, but I was surprised that both were fairly muted for an IPA. I appreciated the nice malty flavors and rye spiciness, reminding me of a nice rye brown ale, but it fell a little short on hop flavor for me. The hop flavor was there, but I found it a bit light and muddy. I’d really likea chance to try this beer fresh without the dry hopping for comparison.