Willimantic Rail Mail Rye - Willimantic Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I picked this up my first time into CT after the growler law had passed. been looking forward to bringing home one of my favorite all time beers. Lets see why.
A great copper colored ale fills the glass with a foamy head. A bit hazy. Minimal lace while drinking. The head stays at about 1/4 inch all the way down. (impressive since this growler is a week old)
The smell is a balance of citrus hops of orange more than grapefruit. some malt and a touch of bread. A tangy sour note is slightly present.
MMM! The rye is there just enough to change the taste from a pale ale. Not sour like Roggenbier though. A dry bready character is the backbone as hops wave hi-lo from beggining to end. finishes dry with a nice snap.
Nice medium body thats makes it refreshing but you cant drink it too fast. As for drinkability though; all day, everyday, any time of year. Its a session beer for those who like hops (like me) and is dry enough to make you keep coming back for more. one of overall favorites.
Serving type: growler
08-24-2005 23:05:28 | More by UncleFrank
4.63/5 rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
The beer is a hazy amber gold, slightly coppery, topped with a creamy, thick cask head. There was an actual hop leaf sitting in the bottom of my pint, which was really cool. Great lacing towards the top, until the head diminishes to nothing about halfway through.
The aroma is dominated by a raw citric hoppiness, amazingly fresh smelling, almost exactly like sticking your nose into a bag of cascade hop pellets. Amazingly clean. Some grapefruit, with a bit of pine. A mellow pale malt, with a touch of rye coasreness takes up the rear, with minimal pear and apricot esteriness. Very clean, particularly the hops.
The flavor starts with a rich, full bodied pale maltiness, mixed with some husky coarse rye. A bit of toastiness, with mild estery pear and apricot coming through just before the hops kick in. The hops, while only moderately bitter, have a wonderful flavor, nice and citrusy, pure cascade with an incredible cleanliness. The finish is pretty much all hops, with a pleasant, but not overpowering grapefruity taste, and plenty of malt to back it up. Some toastiness and lots of resiny, citric hops in the aftertaste. Mild rye comes through again.
A really great beer, particularly on cask. Very clean and well brewed, with incredible hopping. The malt is strong, with a full, rich mouthfeel on top of the casky creaminess. I guess my only complaint, if i have to make one, would be that I'd like a little bit more fruitiness, and the rye doesn't really come through as strong as i hoped, but it's one hell of a beer. Definitely worth a pint or two.
Serving type: cask
10-20-2003 05:34:02 | More by UnionMade
Willimantic Rail Mail Rye from Willimantic Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.