Yakima Rye IPA - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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Reviews by Chaney:
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
More User Reviews:
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
2.17/5 rDev -41.5%
Hmmm... What to say about Yakima Rye IPA? I actually thought myself quite lucky to land a bottle of this at my local bottle shop recently as I have never seen New Albanian bombers anywhere else before. The quasi neo-cowboy with the hop tattoo on his neck that adorns the label pretty much won me over.
Pouring this beer is an absolute mess. I love good head just as much as the next guy... But this..? Carbonation. Carbonation. Over-Carbonation. The gentlest pour quickly produces a 4 finger head that bellows up the glass and readies itself to make a mess on my floor. Nice try, Yakima cowboy. I was paying attention. This fuzzy and billowing brilliant white head is thick enough to scoop up and eat with a spoon. No exaggeration needed. Bubbles throughout and tons of sediment floating through this murky, chill-hazed and honey colored brew... Okay, so we aren't off to a good start buckaroo but maybe you smell and taste great.
A quick and careful sniff... Not bad. Good citrus. Bready malts. Plenty of grapefruit and pineapple and even a little apple and peach. Yakima isn't an overly pungent beer. In fact, I'd even say it's a bit muted. But it's aroma definitely makes up for it's bold and brash introduction.
Well... Here we go again. Astringent as soon as it hits my mouth, this Rye IPA tastes closer to eating firewood than it does to drinking a hop forward brew. I hate to be overly critical but too many early hop additions and what seems like NO late hop additions ruins what could have been a decently crafted beer. Where is all the woodiness coming from? It's like raw medicinal oak in my mouth with a splash of ale behind it. If you can get through the astringency and aspirin, one can eventually discern some of the biscuit-like malt flavors and some rye. Those beautiful and delicate fruits in the bouquet? Where did they go?
Something was definitely amiss here. I can only hope that this beer had been sitting on the shelf for a year and these off flavors are more a result of oxidation than of purposeful brewing. If not, this is a homebrew gone bad. Great smelling, Yakima left me disappointed and trying to get the taste of paper and Tylenol out of my mouth.
01-07-2012 21:49:53 | More by seedsofchaos
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
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
Perhaps this is simply a hops variety that isn't particularly to my taste, but this beer seemed heavy-handed and without much depth of flavor profile. Some nice spicyness and a little bite from the rye were helpful, but, overall, this beer was never able to win me over.
10-03-2011 13:53:58 | More by Brent
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada hops glass. The body that was a solid copper color with a light haze. However, the most impressive thing about the appearance was the head. Large and cream colored – it was very persistent and left fine sheets of lace in the glass.
The smell was an interesting combination of marmalade, leafy hops, and soap. There was a mild spiciness which bloomed a little as it warmed.
The taste had a lovely bitterness resulting from the whopping 130 International Bitterness Units. The grassy, lip coating bitterness was created by the 3 Cs — Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade hops. There was a spiciness from the hops but more so from the addition of rye. I wish there was more rye!
The taste was not too sweet, with plenty of bright hops, finished semi dry and left me wanting more. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation gave this beer a nice mouthfeel. However, the interesting rye spiciness is a bit obscured by the intense hoppiness in this one.
10-20-2011 13:38:26 | More by Cresant
3.43/5 rDev -7.5%
Another one thanks to erric.
Pours with a ridiculous carbonation, 4+ fingers head with about 2 fingers of beer, the head rises fizzy, fluffy, and pillowy, at starts to fade at a med pace but that's not nearly quick enough, with a hazy honey orange colored beer underneath.
Nose... 10 minutes after the head fades... some light hops, a light resin and citrus, hint floral, some spicy rye in the background with a hint of fruity aroma as well, and a light sweet malt, and some bittering hops.
Taste starts with some sweet malts, a malty pale malt flavor, as well as a bit of a caramel reddish toasty malt, and some fruity rye with just a hint of the spiciness from the rye. A bready malt melts into the hops, which come with a decent bitterness. Light floral hops as well as a bit of citrus and hint of resin, all come through but mostly is the spicy hops. A bit of a yeasty flavor also comes out. The finish dries a bit, with a decent bitter kick, the yeasty flavor comes through on the initial finish, before the bitter spicy hops and some rye all linger for a while, and starts to become a bit astringent.
Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, tons of carbonation, way over carbonated, slightest hint of booze.
Overall not bad way over carbonated, and the yeast doesn't add a nice touch, the hops are not quite complimentary to the rye and malts, a bit thick and syrupy, not quite drinkable, a decent beer to try once, but not sure if I would get this again if I had the chance.
04-01-2012 18:56:26 | More by jlindros
2.6/5 rDev -29.9%
Poured from a bomber into a Raging Bitch Tulip
It pours a nice dark golden color with lots of nice bubbles but no head to go with the bubbles. The smell is great with a light fruit and fresh hops. No hint of rye yet, could be any IPA at this point. The taste is of hops, it is a pretty dominating hop flavor with a light lemony flavor right before a hop aftertaste. The more i drink the more i get the rye and the less i get overpowering hops. Rye's are my favorite type of beer but this one leaves a lot to be wanted. As far as an IPA it isnt bad but for a RIPA i would not suggest it.
10-01-2011 05:48:00 | More by TheTot
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
Sharply citrus and earthy spice character is dominant and boastful in this extremely hop-balanced ale.
Yakima pours with a deep golden color that's just a shade off of copper or amber. A billowing white head gives a cotton-like appearance. Mildly hazy, this beer retains its head extremely well and leaves intricate patterns of lace behind. A very handsome beer!
Aromas of white grapefruit and orange zest dominate the nose with a slight background of sweet malt scent. Earthy, sharp, and somewhat pungent, the beer carries an English-like attitude. Aside from a slight plastic scent, the otherwise simple but powerful aromas sell the beer well.
Hop flavor also dominate the taste. White grapefruit pulp and pith, yellow orange peel, and English bitters give an extremely sharp flavor and eventual bitterness to the beer. The hop intensity is aided by the spicy and earthy rye grain. Probably also aided by the lack of caramel malts for sweet support, only a mild malty, grainy sweetness offer any rebuttal from the complete on slaught of hops. Where the plastic character is now void, a soapy flavor was there to replace and is likely the only real drawback to the design and execution of the beer.
Medium-light creaminess early on, the beer quickly pushes the body aside to favor a crisp, dry, and biting bitter mid palate and finish. The intensifying bitterness is bullyish and brash and dominates all other characteristic of the beer, but also accompanies harsh bite in the throat and mild grassy astringency. Very spicy with graininess and alcohol warmth with a linger of hop and grain bitterness.
Despite its intensity, the beer achieves crispness and refreshment for a well made spicy and hoppy ale.
10-04-2011 04:13:52 | More by BEERchitect
Yakima Rye IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.