Saturday, March 8, 2014

Burnside Brewing Company - Spring Rye

Spring forward...
Is it Spring yet? Not quite, but almost. Tonight we do set our clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time--an archaic, out-dated, irritating holdover from the last century that needs to be stopped now, thank you very much. Seriously, how many of us are farmers who need an extra hour of daylight to get our crops in the field? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?  That's what I thought.

Today, I'm drinking a bomber of Burnside Brewing Company's Spring Rye. The label advises that it's a single hop rye ale with coriander. ABV is 5.5%. 21 IBU's. Ultra Hops. I actually sampled this brew at Zwickelmania 2014.

The beer poured into my pint glass a clear, amber orange color with a bright white head. The head rose up to a 1/2 inch tall and dissipated quickly. A thin cap of lacing was left behind.

Aroma was light, lemony citrus and spicy, grassy rye. Distinct coriander and other herbal notes in the background.

Taste followed the nose. Grassy, lemony. Earthy malt with spicy rye. Very crisp. The coriander flavor was present but not at all over-powering.

Medium mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. Semi-dry finish with malt and herbal flavors left behind on the palate at the end.

This brew is quite a thirst quencher. Different. Lots of flavor. I like it. I'm giving Spring Rye a respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.

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