Barrel Aged Rainbow Rye - Half Acre Beer Company
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3.74/5 rDev -11.8%
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain and currant flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer where actual currant qualities come through better in the taste.
07-04-2014 20:01:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Big thanks to the guys at half acre for the trio of barrel aged bottles. And per their recommendation, went out for thai food with my wife to enjoy the bottle.
Poured a slightly hazy bright orange, with a fair amount of head that quickly recedes and leaves a fair bit of lacing.
First off, I know the peppercorns are there, but I am not sure I would have picked up on them had I not known. We felt there was a lot of sourness/funk in the nose. Some barrel, but not alot. Even a little bit of a fruity sweetness. A ton going on and left me hoping it tasted like I was being led to expect.
I really really liked how this tasted. Very bright, slightly sour/tart and a tiny bit spicy all at the same time. Was surprised that the first thing I thought was this is fruity like the Captain Fantasy. I didn't get much of the barrel, but found some deep fruitiness either from the pinot or currants.
Easy to drink, period. Low carbonation made it smooth in the mouth and going down, not bitter or harsh. Easy, great.
Man, I wish they made more of this. I wish I had another to see how it develops over time. I wish I had another one to drink right now.
08-27-2011 01:14:29 | More by benpopper
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Thanks to Dave for sharing... review from written notes.
Into a tulip glass it pours a bright orange, lightly hazy, with a thin skim of white foam. Spotty lacing that sticks here and there around the edges of the glass.
Earthy peppercorns are still recognizable, barrel notes of vanilla and woody oak, even some cantaloupe elements from the yeast. Rich depth and barrel complexity, something indescribable going on for sure.
Lightly tart and mellow, barrel notes of vanilla and woody oak. Earthy with a nice dose of tart fruit. Mild acidity. Dry aftertaste, again with a mellow feel throughout. Pleasant and easy drinking... had some similar barrel character to New Glarus R&D Gueuze oddly enough.
07-18-2011 04:19:38 | More by emerge077
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle 149/177.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a good inch of foam resting on top.
Smell: The peppercorns are still noticeable, and some candy sweet light biscuity malt, oak, vanilla, and pinot grapes are present as well.
Taste: The flavor is sweet up front. Some light malt, then a flourish of spice and yeast. Vanilla and oak lead in for the fairly soft pinot flavor, but the sour flavor grows and climaxes at the end of the sip.
Mouthfeel: Overall, this has a medium body. It starts out a little bit on the full and creamy side, turns peppery and spicy, and finishes on the dry side.
Overall: There is a great level of complexity here, and the sweet and sour notes hit a sweet spot in my flavor palate.
07-05-2011 01:04:21 | More by KickInTheChalice
3.28/5 rDev -22.6%
Bit thanks to whartontallboy aka Ethan for sharing this unusual find with us at Sean's 30th Birthday Extravaganza!
A - Golden colored beer with a finger of white head. Left sheets and stick on the sides and some nice lace.
S - I liked the original beer quite a bit actually. The peppercorn smell is quite noticable as well as the rye. I'm not a huge fan of the currant addition, as I perceive it to add a kind of sweet syrupy quality that detracts. Brett and lacto seem to be one of those things everyone is adding lately to experiment and "wild" their beers up, sometimes less is more.
T - Different, but not necessarily different good. Some peppercorn spice, lacto sourness, currant syrupy sweetness. A bunch of stuff thrown together, but I don't really care for the particular blend.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O - Didn't hate it, but wouldn't say I liked it either. Nice try, but just not for me.
07-04-2011 15:19:43 | More by AgentZero
Barrel Aged Rainbow Rye from Half Acre Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.