Columbus Eyr Der, Eyr Der - Columbus Brewing Company
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Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
EYR DER! EYR DER! RED RUM! RED RUM! Installment #9 of 2010 Hop Odyssey series-Eyr Der, Eyr Der. Love the name! Nice tribute to "The Shining." For the sake of my sanity, I'll call it "Red Rye."
Red Rye pours a darker copper color. It's mostly clear. A little light gives it a really attractive deep red color. It's capped with a modest, vanilla colored head. It only stands about a finger tall, and is quick to recede. Lacing is a tad sticky, but light overall.
The nose is very good. It kicks off with a bit of a sweet, caramel/toffee malt scent. It's not overly heavy. Just enough to sweeten the field a little. As expected, hops are rather strong in the mix. They smell mostly like pine with just a touch of citrus grapefruit and pineapple. To be honest, I'm not getting much rye on the nose. I suspect it's tough to pick out given the hops. I'm hopeful it's a little stronger in flavor. Alcohol isn't much of a factor. I was told it's around 7% abv.
The flavor takes the next step, and is very impressive. It does have a sweet caramel/toffee malt base. It's very sturdy and flavorful. It's complemented perfectly by the hop profile. I'm not sure of the billing, but it features mostly pine and citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavors. The strong bitter flavor works very well with the sweet malt base. What takes it to the next level is the emergence of the spicy rye flavor. The synergistic result is one hell of a tasty beer! I'm impressed. Alcohol is buried pretty well. Finishes a little sweet, bitter, and spicy.
Red Rye has a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely, and really helps to smooth it out well. It's not quite creamy, but it has a really nice feel. Drinkability is very high. I have a special place in my heart for rye beers, and this one goes down way too easily. I won't finish the growler, but I probably could.
Columbus Brewing Company continues to impress with the Hop Odyssey series. Eyr Der, Eyr Der is another really nice release. Is it my favorite? Tough call. I don't even know any more. Too many good ones. I wouldn't change much with this one. Perhaps make the rye a little stronger on the nose??? Eh. I'm nitpicking. I know. This is really good stuff. Get out and grab a growler while you can. Can't wait to see what these guys are planning for 2011. The bar has been set very high.
09-04-2010 02:58:23 | More by prototypic
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
September is our 9th beer in the Hop Odyssey. Eyr Der, Eyr Der makes another Stanley Kubrick reference. Someone must like Kubrick films eh?
A- Red Rye is a nice looking brownish red colored ale, capped off with a nice, dense off white foam. Lacing is easy and retention is generous. This beer is about medium in a scale from dark to light. Its a really clear beer, it enables me to see lots of rising bubbles that are rushing up to feed that nice 2 finger head.
S- The nose isnt terribly loaded with rye. Its mostly sweeter malts and juicy hops. Malts come in as caramel with a splash of milky chocolate. Hops are spicy and citric, but not insane. Hints of pineapple, tangerine, banana and peach. There is a suggestion of rye in the form of spicy rye bread.
T- Thankfully rye comes out more in the taste. Bready malts with dark rye spiciness added. There is that faint splash of chocolate that comes around every once in a while and makes things very interesting and helps sweeten things up. Hops bring up the rear in typical CBC fashion with juicy tangerine and pineapple. This isnt a super bitter one, its just nice and delicately complex with intricate spiciness.
M- Dryish with a medium body. This beer finishes super clean and goes down very smooth.
D- Deadly drinkable. I had to stop myself from killing the whole growler last night over a pot of chili and a Kubrick marathon. The super clean finish makes it drink like a beer with half its ABV.
09-05-2010 17:52:51 | More by MbpBugeye
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
On tap at Bob's into a pint glass...Pours a light brownish red, pretty clear on the edges, a light off white head that has ok retention, not much lacing...Light aroma mostly malty caramel, bitter citrus fruits and only a hint of rye, which is good in my book...Taste is decent, a pretty hoppy rye with a malty backbone. Nice feel and easy to drink.
An above average rye and a good Columbus beer to drink.
09-26-2010 22:31:39 | More by jrallen34
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
Had on tap at Brazenhead in Columbus... an Irish pub with an otherwise lackluster selection, they were featuring this, GLBC Oktoberfest, and Racer 5 IPA when I was there so I was pretty happy.
This beer is amazingly deep red, even in the poor lighting in the bar.
Smells faint but hoppy. Maybe a little rye, but this beer wasn't floral at all. I was wanting much more out of it.
Tons of in your face rye in the taste with lots of massive hop bitterness.
Medium bodied and smooth, with a nice spicey aftertaste.
09-15-2010 21:09:14 | More by Spider889
3.7/5 rDev -2.9%
On tap in a pint glass on 9/2/10
Specs provided on a paper given to me by the bartender: 20% rye malt, 75 IBUs, ~7% abv. Galena, Amarillo & Bravo hops. Dry hopped with Bravo. Rye IPA." She also mentioned this was the first time they brewed one of Jamie's beers (presumably one of Eric's brewers).
Clear, coppery amber color. Poured just under one finger of billowy foam. The head settles a bit though retention is pretty good after a few minutes. By the end, retention is down to a thin skim, though lacing is solid & impressive.
The aroma is interesting, especially for the Hop Odyssey thus far. At first it has a clean, soapy smell, though it subsides. Sure, there's a good bit of the tropical citrus I expect; grapefruit, tangerine, hints of pineapple & mango. However, the hops are more than willing to concede to caramel notes & toasted rye. Somewhat juicy smell. Well-integrated. I like it more as it warms.
For my recollection's money, Red Rye tastes a lot like Uncle Rusty. Piney bitterness is manifest to a moderate degree; it's consistent throughout. Undertones of citrus are far more restrained than the nose would suggest. Pine works well with the rye to offer a formidable flavor profile. Notes of toasted caramel & cotton candy make for a subtle sweetness. Regardless, this is a dry beer.
I'm inclined to call this medium bodied; for the most part it's robust but seems slightly thin on the peripheries. I reckon it averages out. The feel is clean, save for a touch of resin that hangs around. The finish is an enjoyable blend of mild, floral-esque sweetness, hop resin & rye malt; all of which lingers.
Drinkability is solid; I've enjoyed it just fine. In my opinion it's tough to call a distinct style for this one. Red ale with rye? I can see that. Rye beer? Doesn't quite seem to have enough for that. IPA of the rye order? Maybe. In any case, it was worth a shot (like that sentiment is beneficial now that it's long gone).
10-14-2010 01:41:28 | More by Ryan011235
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
A- Pours a deep rich red color with a nice tan colored head. Head has great retention and left some really nice lacing.
S- Smell is sweeter malts, floral hops, bit of citrus hops and tiny bit of rye if at all.
T- A nice mixture of malts and hops here. Seems there just something that I'm not really digging though. Great malts sweet and toffee like. Hops are floral and citrus. A bit of a spice here too.
M- Medium in both body and carbonation.
D- Easy to drink. I think this is a good beer but not my favorite of the Hop Odyessy.
09-17-2010 10:37:54 | More by nrbw23
Columbus Eyr Der, Eyr Der from Columbus Brewing Company
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