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Building 5 Rye India Pale Ale | Penobscot Bay Brewery

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Brewed by:
Penobscot Bay Brewery
Maine, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dry hopped Amarillo Gold at 70.7 IBUs. 25% rye in the grain bill.

Added by smakawhat on 12-24-2012

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 15
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly nice RIPA. Picked up for no particular reason in Bridgton, Maine. Very inviting, sweet, malty aroma and really nicely balanced. Solid beer and would certainly have again.

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4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no bottle date anywhere

Pours an amber color with a slight orange tint to it, good sized off-white head, fades at a slow rate, leaves some sticky patches of lacing on the glass.

Smell has a deep malt aroma, some subtle spiciness from the rye, hop presence is pretty decent with a citrusy aspect.

Taste starts out with the citrusy hops and gets mellowed by the caramel malt, some nice rye spiciness adds a nice depth, carbonation is spot on to lend a creamy body to the beer, finishes slightly dry yet also sweet.

Of all the Penobscot Bay beers, so far this is their best to date.

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4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased this at the wine shop in Bar Harbor, ME. Undated bomber priced at $5.99. Poured into a teku glass. Pours a hazy, dark-copper color with a creamy light tan head, that sticks around and leaves some huge lace. Aroma is somewhat muted, but displays some caramel, brown sugar, slight citrus - more malt character here than hops. The hops make a presence in the taste, primarily as bitterness, but with a slight grapefruit rind flavor upfront, followed by a bit of spice from the rye, then finishing with a nice combination of sugar and hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is just about right, medium bodied, silky, slightly dry and a little flat. Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a lot despite not being a big fan of rye malt in beers.

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3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass. No obvious bottle dating,

An opaque copper orange body, with lots of cola rising slow moving carbonation. Head makes a finger off white and soapy. Settles nicely, scattered ring lacing a bit too.

Spicy malt action, mixing with a little bit of orange citrus hop action, even a little bit of mango and juice flesh tropical. Light and airy. Fairly standard but pretty solid.

Juice action continues on the palate. Real solid spicy rye backbone mixes with a tropical juicy hop presence. Good rolling juice mix, with light tropical fruit notes, some mango and even pineapple. Nice lingering spice and bitterness.

A real solid brew, and nicely balanced in its simplicity. Good solid RIPA, quite a surprise and neat find.

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Building 5 Rye India Pale Ale from Penobscot Bay Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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