Brooklyn I Wanna RyeIT

Posted: May 27, 2015 in Brooklyn Brewery, Reviews, Rye Beer

The other half and I had a very productive holiday weekend. We stopped for a snack after buying a mattress for the guest room. I never purchased a mattress before and lying on a bunch in the showroom was not any bit of fun. After about 20 minutes, we decided on one and were out of there. Anyways, I had this in South Jersey when we finished up there.

rye

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In the ‘old days’ (days you may recall from movies like ‘High Noon’ and ‘True Grit’), when people drank whiskey, it was almost always rye whiskey. And in the ‘old country’ (which you may remember from countries like ‘Estonia’ and ‘Germany’), when people ate bread, it was often rye bread. So what’s so great about rye? Look at it this way: rye is the bad-boy cousin to those two better-known grains, barley and wheat. There’s nothing delicate about it; it’s tough and it grows where it wants, when it wants. Rye is fun, but it has an edge to it, like a gruff antihero riding into town. It’s got complex, spicy, nutty flavors, and that makes it exciting, but it sometimes gets a little out of hand, especially when it hangs out with equally edgy American hops. Don’t get us wrong, rye can be silky smooth and seductive when it wants to be, making it pretty irresistible at times. Brooklyn I Wanna RyeIT takes that wayward grain on a little joy ride through spicy flavors, a little smack of caramel, an explosive pop of hops and a sharp dry finish. And when your pint is finished, we think you’ll pick yourself up, dust off your jacket, smile and ask us for another one. You’d better ask quick, though – rye doesn’t like to be kept waiting.”

Random: I was really not into buying a mattress, at all. It was not nearly as bad as I thought.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that was very thick and dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the tulip glass. The body was a hazy red color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of rye and then bitter hops. The rye gave it a lot of spice. The taste also had a lot of spice from the rye. It also had pronounced nuttiness. It was mildly bitter, which allowed the rye to take center stage. It had a very thick body with lots of carbonation. It had a long finish with rye. I really enjoyed this one and would have it again if I was in the mood for a rye-centric beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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