Barrel Aged Rainbow Rye | Half Acre Beer Company

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Barrel Aged Rainbow RyeBarrel Aged Rainbow Rye

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Long Thai Rainbow Rye aged nine months in a Pinot Noir Barrel innoculated with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus and 30lbs of locally grown Currants.

Added by GbVDave on 06-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain and currant flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer where actual currant qualities come through better in the taste.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the guys at half acre for the trio of barrel aged bottles. And per their recommendation, went out for thai food with my wife to enjoy the bottle.

Poured a slightly hazy bright orange, with a fair amount of head that quickly recedes and leaves a fair bit of lacing.

First off, I know the peppercorns are there, but I am not sure I would have picked up on them had I not known. We felt there was a lot of sourness/funk in the nose. Some barrel, but not alot. Even a little bit of a fruity sweetness. A ton going on and left me hoping it tasted like I was being led to expect.

I really really liked how this tasted. Very bright, slightly sour/tart and a tiny bit spicy all at the same time. Was surprised that the first thing I thought was this is fruity like the Captain Fantasy. I didn't get much of the barrel, but found some deep fruitiness either from the pinot or currants.

Easy to drink, period. Low carbonation made it smooth in the mouth and going down, not bitter or harsh. Easy, great.

Man, I wish they made more of this. I wish I had another to see how it develops over time. I wish I had another one to drink right now.

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4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave for sharing... review from written notes.

Into a tulip glass it pours a bright orange, lightly hazy, with a thin skim of white foam. Spotty lacing that sticks here and there around the edges of the glass.

Earthy peppercorns are still recognizable, barrel notes of vanilla and woody oak, even some fruity cantaloupe esters from the yeast. Rich depth and barrel complexity, something indescribable going on for sure.

Lightly tart and mellow, barrel notes of vanilla and woody oak. Earthy with a nice dose of tart fruit. Mild acidity. Dry aftertaste, again with a mellow feel throughout. Pleasant and easy drinking... had some similar barrel character to New Glarus R&D Gueuze interestingly enough.

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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle 149/177.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a good inch of foam resting on top.

Smell: The peppercorns are still noticeable, and some candy sweet light biscuity malt, oak, vanilla, and pinot grapes are present as well.

Taste: The flavor is sweet up front. Some light malt, then a flourish of spice and yeast. Vanilla and oak lead in for the fairly soft pinot flavor, but the sour flavor grows and climaxes at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Overall, this has a medium body. It starts out a little bit on the full and creamy side, turns peppery and spicy, and finishes on the dry side.

Overall: There is a great level of complexity here, and the sweet and sour notes hit a sweet spot in my flavor palate.

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Barrel Aged Rainbow Rye from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 28 ratings