Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by silver0rlead:
4.47/5 rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I really enjoyed this stuff when it came out in the fall, and was thrilled to see it return as a year rounder. Pours a deep copper color with a nice off-white head that retains OK. The aroma starts off with a big caramelized malt smell, followed by a hay like scent similar to an alt beer, then some dark fruits (cherry and fig), a rye spiciness and some mineraly hops. The taste is where this beer really shines: classic caramel maltiness upfront, followed by some doughy malt flavors, spicy rye flavors, mineraly hops and a touch of cherry. This is a really superbly balanced beer, a little sweet but with a drying finish. The mouthfeel is full and smooth but not overbearing, and drinkability is excellent. This is probably one of my top marzens, along with Ayinger's, and I'm quite glad it's a year round offering now.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2010 03:56:22 | More by silver0rlead
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3.61/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a deep clear golden with some amber hues. Thin head and light lacing. Nose is malty with notes of spicy rye and neutral lager yeast. Some earthy grain notes as well. Flavor is subtle with rye malts coming forward and no hop character to speak of. A slight spiciness towards the end. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Overall, decent flavors, well balanced, and easy drinking.
Serving type: on-tap
03-10-2014 21:57:55 | More by homebrew311
4.4/5 rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I am continuing to winnow down my backlog, especially of bottles. This one was either purchased at The Friendly Greek or dropped off by tone77, but those are really the only two possibilities.
From the bottle: "Layered"; "Crisp"; "HOSS is based on the Marzen lagers of Germany. Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Hoss finishes crisp and dry, and its brilliant red-orange color is a toast to the sunsets that make the perfect backdrop for this beer."; "Bronze Medal, Great American Beer Festival, 2009"; "Suggested Food Pairings: Veal bratwurst, barbecue chicken, carnitas (pork) tacos, Camembert cheese, German chocolate cake."
My initial, aggro pour created two fingers of dense, tawny head with moderate retention that created some great lacing as it fell. Color was a filament-bright deep-copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Beautiful! Nose had a rich, malty scent, but I was not getting the fruitiness the label mentioned, at least, not on the nose. Mouthfeel was soft, slightly bubbly and now I did get a distinct cherry flavor on the tongue. Wild! The rye manifested itself on the dry finish, giving it an earthy balance to offset the malts. This was MUCH better than I anticipated and probably one of the best beers of the style that I have encountered. Great lacing formed as I drank through it. I would definitely be interested in having this beer again.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 01:07:59 | More by woodychandler
3.4/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark yet clear copper color. The head is a little over a finger high, with an off-white shade. Its texture is more fluffy than creamy, but it still retains well. Nice rings of lacing are left on the glass.
S: Primarily, the aroma is caramel with some spicy rye and a touch of earthen hops. Rye comes out even more as it warms up. There isn't a whole lot to the nose, but what's there is definitely serviceable.
T: The malt backbone is stronger here. It opens faintly spicy - think rye and Centennial hops - and ends with a pleasant caramel finish. Not just caramel, but even some chocolate. A twinge of hop bitterness returns on the aftertaste. At times, it has a mineral quality to it. It's not an intense beer per se, and I wouldn't have it any other way: the hop/malt balance is delicate and defined in all the right ways.
M: It's coarse and prickly, though not out-and-out sharp. For some reason, this seems to make the body thicker than it really is. Still, this is a nice and drinkable marzen that doesn't rely on overdone carbonation to achieve that.
O: It's hard to go wrong with this brewery, and it's hard to go wrong with this beer. The rye adds a nice dimension without overpowering it. There's little wow factor here, but I'll be damned if I don't say I'm craving another one of these.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 21:11:12 | More by ThisWangsChung
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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