Jess' Goodbye Rye P.A. | Northampton Brewery

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Northampton Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by asabreed on 08-01-2010

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rye IPA. A nice combination. It arrives in a sample glass, a clear amber liquid with a thin layer of head. It left nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma was mainly of citrus hops. Very little rye twang was noticeable. Good for an IPA, but it hid the star of the show.

Taste was somewhat spicy, with very sharp pine hops evident. It was hard to tell if the rye was the cause of the spiciness, because the hops were a little overpowering.

Mouthfeel was very good. Creamy and smooth.

Drinkability rates a bit higher than I would normally rate it, because of the mouthfeel. Overall, if I didn't know there was rye in there, I wouldn't know it was present.

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3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the brewery.

From the brewery's website: "An India pale ale brewed with rye. It has a hoppy, spicy bite, a dry finish, and some say the bitter sweetness of a friend leaving. Brewed to commemorate 9 years of hard work."

Appearance: A darker amber color with a good amount of carbonation floating to the top, leaving nice clumps of white lacing down the glass with each sip.

Smell: The rye seems pretty powerful here, as a dominant factor instead of just a hint added. There's a good pungent twang of sweetness that seems to go well with the citrus bitterness and earthiness coming through.

Taste: I think calling this a Rye P.A. is a good idea; as I said before, it's a fitting name, rather than "an IPA with rye," as the rye is the forefront here, and works well with the bitterness, making it slightly sweeter up front, but letting the hops do their thing on the back end, finishing slightly spicy, sweet, and bitter, for a pretty good balance and lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: A little more watery than I would've liked for a medium-bodied brew, but it didn't take much away at all.

Drinkability: I would've gotten another pint, but I wanted to try something else. That said, I'm becoming a bigger fan of the style, and I hope the experiments with rye and craft brewing keep taking off and become bigger, badder, and more challenging.

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Jess' Goodbye Rye P.A. from Northampton Brewery
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 3 ratings