Description: As part of the breweries “IPA Bucket List” – which is described as “a collection of four unique and flavoursome small-batch IPA’s launching throughout the year” – this rye IPA is available during the months April/May, alongside their Last Cast Summer IPA.
Tasting Notes: While I am a fan of this brewery, my range of sampling from this brewery is unfortunately limited. So I’m glad I’m getting into their limited run stuff, since they are a pretty good way of seeing exactly what a craft brewery can do. And their rye IPA was a good example of a West Coast IPA, being both strong in malt and containing a good dose of citrus and tropical fruit notes. This is nicely balanced by the rye flavor, which provides some bittering but also evens out the malt and hop flavors.
Appearance: Amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Sweet malts, sugar, citrus, pineapple
Taste: Strong malt, slight sweetness, tang, citrus hops, passion fruit, rye bitterness
Aftertaste: Lingering malt flavor, citrus and rye bitterness