Yakima Rye IPA - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Picked this one up at Varsity Liquors in Evansville while in town visiting family in Henderson during Christmas vacation 2012.
Served in an Elysian tulip.
A: Poured a very, very cloudy, dark orange color, with a nice 1/2 finger head that stain the glass with webbing all the way down.
S: Lots of malty citrus (oxymoron?), fairly rich in potency, but still rather nice. Smells fresh.
T: I liked this a lot. Sure it had a huge malt backbone, but that starts to separate at the end, leaving a big citrus attack from the mid to late palate. The rye was especially strong here, especially once I swallowed the liquid and all that was left was sugary film. Nice.
M: Not too bitter, but still enough there to please the hophead in most of us. The bitterness and rye funk started to heat up the most gulps I took, which was fine by me. The carbonation was perfect for the style and lacing was ridiculous.
O: I really dug this and think it deserves more respect here. To be honest, I don't remember how much I paid for this but I don't think it was too obscene. I'm only stating that because NA has a reputation for charging an arm and a leg. Just sayin...
01-07-2013 04:04:26 | More by Chaney
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
Appearance: Holy carbonation, Batman! The beer pours a two-finger body and an eight-finger head. Seriously, the body is a beautiful hazy-straw color but the excessive carbonation almost ruins it. It ends up looking more like an ice cream soda float than a beer. Retention is decent as well.
Smell: Citrus (mainly grapefruit) and an earthy hop aroma dominate the nose. The rye becomes more noticeable as the carbonation dies down and the beer warms.
Taste: Much like the nose, citrus notes are followed quickly by a massive hop punch. A hint of rye lingers on the tongue together with the hop bitterness. To be honest, the rye flavor could stand to be a bit more aggressive. Malts take a back seat in this beer but they are slightly noticeable. While the 130 IBU count seems exaggerated, it is still bitter enough that hop heads will love the experience.
Mouth feel: It is medium bodied. The excessive carbonation refreshingly compliments the dry aftertaste but it still seems a bit excessive.
Overall: Being a hop head, I enjoyed this beer. It is certainly not the most complex IPA but the overabundance of hops and the rye hint make for an interesting change of pace. I would gladly have it again.
11-02-2012 13:44:56 | More by Raven3464
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
Appearance: Like the others who have reviewed this beer, my bottle was a gusher, and poured with a massive head that refused to fade; the liquid was a hazy honey color when it appeared
Smell: A bit soapy, but there is a nice leafy character as well; graham cracker malt dominates
Taste: Graham cracker malt forward, with a building leafy bitterness that complements the malts in the middle; the hops have a balance between earthy and citrusy, but still very bitter; some of the spicy rye character arrives, after the swallow, allowing the finish to be rather dry
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation
Overall: I sat on this beer for about six months and, based on other comments, that gave the hops time to achieve a nice balance with the malts; definitely helps the beer out as I rather enjoyed it
Thanks, duels, for the opportunity
10-19-2012 23:12:33 | More by brentk56
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
As others have mentioned, the pour is something else. I opened the bottle about 15 minutes ago and still haven't tasted it. I've been cleaning my snifter, the bottle, and yes, the floor. My snifter is something like 18 ounces. Maybe two ounces of beer and the head won't stay in the snifter. It lasts forever. Not that you can see it, but the beer is a golden orange and kind of hazy. The head is forever huge, lots of different-sized white bubbles and simply looks like a cloud exploded in the glass.
I'm not sure it's even worth it to grade the smell because the glass is full but only the first third of it is beer and it's trapped under three inches of foam. Regardless, you can pick up the Cascade and Centennial hops and the nice citric notes they provide. Somewhere along the way is a nice honey smell that works well with the citrus.
There's some cracker-like notes, a bit yeasty. The hops dominate with an earthy, musty taste but ultimately, there's not much in the way of taste happening here. I wouldn't be able to tell you it was a RyePA had the label on the beer not suggested it. Slightly disappointing.
The feel is full on IPA, but with 130 IBUs listed on the bottle, I expected more aggression from the hops. The malt and yeast do a great job of balancing the bitter, but that's not what I was looking for in something like this. Early on it's got a bready feel to it and then mid-sip the hops take over. Sure, it's bitter, but I can still feel my tongue so something's missing. Medium bodied with a mostly oil finish.
It's an ok beer, but certainly not great. Cut back on the carbonation so it doesn't take a half hour to drink and give it some real rye taste. While it's certainly bitter, put on some big boy pants and make it a hop bomb. It's like a beer that doesn't know what kind it wants to be.
10-06-2012 04:26:29 | More by RickS95
Yakima Rye IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.