Harpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Harpoon's Rich and Dan's Rye IPA (100 Barrel Series #37) sounds like quite a treat and I have to say, I'm really looking forward to it.
Before the pour, or any of that, when you pop the top off of this beer you're hit with its floral, very green, rye accented aroma.
This beer pours a light golden color with a big, two finger head that is as aromatic as it is thick. As far as lace is concerned this beer has something less like lace and more like knitted wool. This beer's big head leaves a thick coating of bubbles all along the edge of your glass for you to sniff at throughout your drinking pleasure.
And as I've segwayed to "drinking pleasure" it's time to talk about the taste of this brew. Simple enough, this beer, in mouth, is something of a typical IPA, initially offering its drinker a bitter, green taste with minimal maltiness--truly I'm having a little difficulty picking up much of any malt. An element of this beer that makes maltiness extra difficult to pick up on is certainly the rye taste that comes on between sips. For the entire time this brew is in mouth you taste the crisp, carbonated taste of floral, somewhat grassy hopps, and then, when one would normally taste an IPAs maltiness, you taste the subtle rye element of this beer.
This brew is more delicate, in that way, than I ever thought an IPA could be. While it sounds funny that I would be surprised by the rye taste in this beer, it's worth noting that almost everything about this beer more so brings out the initial taste of this beer. The carbonation is rather high, the clarity is great, overall this beer is crisp and complimentary of its bitter hopp taste; but then the rye comes in and mellows on your palate. This beer is much like a roller coaster ride from bitterness to a subtle rye taste which reiterates itself upon every sip.
A: Golden, yellow in color, there are tons of bubbles and a fantastic head with even more lace.
S: The aroma of this beer is the typic aroma of IPAs, floral, bitter and maybe a bit grassy.
T: This beer's taste, at first, is of hopps and bitterness but then comes the rye. This accent is really nice and makes this beer more of an experience. It also makes me crave a ruben!
M: The mouthfeel of this beer is light, quite carbonates and generally crisp.
O: This beer is almost a case of Jekyll and Hyde. What we have at the moment of drinking this beer is almost completely different from what is tasted between sips. One is bitter and clean tasting while the offbeat, between sips taste, is mellow and semisweet. This beer is therefore almost more of an experience than it is a beer--but it happens to be a damn fine beer too!
Serving type: bottle
09-05-2011 05:23:28 | More by mayorwalda
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