Improv (Improvisación) Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Had to get this one based on the Cigar City description. Very interested to see how they could make this smorgasbord profile work.
A- Mahogany brown with light fluffy, khaki head of about 1 finger. Avg lacing and retention for the style. Beautiful color
S- A little bit of everything- chocolate, citrus hops, resinous hops, brown sugar, charred but not quite burn caramel, smoke, mocha, and black pepper. My taste buds have received the olfactory message and are curious for what's in store....
T- Follows nose. It's as if I'm on a rollercoaster in a dark tunnel- a lot of twists and turns, I don't know what's coming next, but I find myself really enjoying it! A great mix of all the smells led off by a sweet malt, then a dose of hops along with the huge spice of the rye. It's complex and well done. Dark fruits even seem to find there way in the mix. Toasted oats and caramel. Almost seems like it has a barrel aged flavor to it, or some kind of phenols. Maybe the rye again? Whatever...it works.
M- Spicy dry finish. Full body with fair drinkability. Nice carbonation for the style.
O- A ton going on here...and somehow it seems to work. One of my favorite rye beers. Gave it a little bump in overall rating because of the uniqueness and how it finds a nice continuity among the many bold elements. Would probably be in the "Specialty" category if in a BJCP tasting event
No bottled on date that I could find
$10.49 for 750 ml
Serving type: bottle
05-21-2013 16:00:58 | More by Bosoxfan20
Improv (Improvisación) Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.