Yakima Rye IPA | New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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Yakima Rye IPAYakima Rye IPA

Brewed by:
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Indiana, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dmfrench on 04-18-2011

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3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another one thanks to erric.

Pours with a ridiculous carbonation, 4+ fingers head with about 2 fingers of beer, the head rises fizzy, fluffy, and pillowy, at starts to fade at a med pace but that's not nearly quick enough, with a hazy honey orange colored beer underneath.

Nose... 10 minutes after the head fades... some light hops, a light resin and citrus, hint floral, some spicy rye in the background with a hint of fruity aroma as well, and a light sweet malt, and some bittering hops.

Taste starts with some sweet malts, a malty pale malt flavor, as well as a bit of a caramel reddish toasty malt, and some fruity rye with just a hint of the spiciness from the rye. A bready malt melts into the hops, which come with a decent bitterness. Light floral hops as well as a bit of citrus and hint of resin, all come through but mostly is the spicy hops. A bit of a yeasty flavor also comes out. The finish dries a bit, with a decent bitter kick, the yeasty flavor comes through on the initial finish, before the bitter spicy hops and some rye all linger for a while, and starts to become a bit astringent.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, tons of carbonation, way over carbonated, slightest hint of booze.

Overall not bad way over carbonated, and the yeast doesn't add a nice touch, the hops are not quite complimentary to the rye and malts, a bit thick and syrupy, not quite drinkable, a decent beer to try once, but not sure if I would get this again if I had the chance.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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2.31/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm... What to say about Yakima Rye IPA? I actually thought myself quite lucky to land a bottle of this at my local bottle shop recently as I have never seen New Albanian bombers anywhere else before. The quasi neo-cowboy with the hop tattoo on his neck that adorns the label pretty much won me over.

Pouring this beer is an absolute mess. I love good head just as much as the next guy... But this..? Carbonation. Carbonation. Over-Carbonation. The gentlest pour quickly produces a 4 finger head that bellows up the glass and readies itself to make a mess on my floor. Nice try, Yakima cowboy. I was paying attention. This fuzzy and billowing brilliant white head is thick enough to scoop up and eat with a spoon. No exaggeration needed. Bubbles throughout and tons of sediment floating through this murky, chill-hazed and honey colored brew... Okay, so we aren't off to a good start buckaroo but maybe you smell and taste great.

A quick and careful sniff... Not bad. Good citrus. Bready malts. Plenty of grapefruit and pineapple and even a little apple and peach. Yakima isn't an overly pungent beer. In fact, I'd even say it's a bit muted. But it's aroma definitely makes up for it's bold and brash introduction.

Well... Here we go again. Astringent as soon as it hits my mouth, this Rye IPA tastes closer to eating firewood than it does to drinking a hop forward brew. I hate to be overly critical but too many early hop additions and what seems like NO late hop additions ruins what could have been a decently crafted beer. Where is all the woodiness coming from? It's like raw medicinal oak in my mouth with a splash of ale behind it. If you can get through the astringency and aspirin, one can eventually discern some of the biscuit-like malt flavors and some rye. Those beautiful and delicate fruits in the bouquet? Where did they go?

Something was definitely amiss here. I can only hope that this beer had been sitting on the shelf for a year and these off flavors are more a result of oxidation than of purposeful brewing. If not, this is a homebrew gone bad. Great smelling, Yakima left me disappointed and trying to get the taste of paper and Tylenol out of my mouth.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tomlinson Tap Room. Poured a very light gold color, but with a bit of decent head and some nice lacing. Huge citrus/pineapple aroma with very little rye spiciness underneath. Very large and thick flavors, with a decent malt sweetness up front and big citrus/pineapple flavors on the end. Some hop roughness at the end, but not too bad. Nice spicy notes, without going overboard.

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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of beerbeerbeerbeer. Thanks Kevin!

Gotta love the label on this one.

A- Hazy golden/amber color. Two fingers of rocky, off-white head dissipates leaving thick, bubbly lacing.

S- Citrus hops and a bit of rye in the nose.

T- Starts off with bitter grapefruit rind. Rye is skillfully woven into the hop profile and compliments the bitterness nicely. Malt takes a backseat to the hops throughout. Citrus characteristics re-manifest toward the end. The finish is dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

M- Feel is medium leaning toward thick. Medium level of carbonation. No trace of the almost 8% ABV.

O- I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. Great rye flavors and hoppy bitterness. I'd have this again in a minute if it were local to me. If you like your rye IPAs bitter, you'll like this one. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada hops glass. The body that was a solid copper color with a light haze. However, the most impressive thing about the appearance was the head. Large and cream colored – it was very persistent and left fine sheets of lace in the glass.

The smell was an interesting combination of marmalade, leafy hops, and soap. There was a mild spiciness which bloomed a little as it warmed.

The taste had a lovely bitterness resulting from the whopping 130 International Bitterness Units. The grassy, lip coating bitterness was created by the 3 Cs — Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade hops. There was a spiciness from the hops but more so from the addition of rye. I wish there was more rye!

The taste was not too sweet, with plenty of bright hops, finished semi dry and left me wanting more. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation gave this beer a nice mouthfeel. However, the interesting rye spiciness is a bit obscured by the intense hoppiness in this one.

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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sharply citrus and earthy spice character is dominant and boastful in this extremely hop-balanced ale.

Yakima pours with a deep golden color that's just a shade off of copper or amber. A billowing white head gives a cotton-like appearance. Mildly hazy, this beer retains its head extremely well and leaves intricate patterns of lace behind. A very handsome beer!

Aromas of white grapefruit and orange zest dominate the nose with a slight background of sweet malt scent. Earthy, sharp, and somewhat pungent, the beer carries an English-like attitude. Aside from a slight plastic scent, the otherwise simple but powerful aromas sell the beer well.

Hop flavor also dominate the taste. White grapefruit pulp and pith, yellow orange peel, and English bitters give an extremely sharp flavor and eventual bitterness to the beer. The hop intensity is aided by the spicy and earthy rye grain. Probably also aided by the lack of caramel malts for sweet support, only a mild malty, grainy sweetness offer any rebuttal from the complete on slaught of hops. Where the plastic character is now void, a soapy flavor was there to replace and is likely the only real drawback to the design and execution of the beer.

Medium-light creaminess early on, the beer quickly pushes the body aside to favor a crisp, dry, and biting bitter mid palate and finish. The intensifying bitterness is bullyish and brash and dominates all other characteristic of the beer, but also accompanies harsh bite in the throat and mild grassy astringency. Very spicy with graininess and alcohol warmth with a linger of hop and grain bitterness.

Despite its intensity, the beer achieves crispness and refreshment for a well made spicy and hoppy ale.

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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps this is simply a hops variety that isn't particularly to my taste, but this beer seemed heavy-handed and without much depth of flavor profile. Some nice spicyness and a little bite from the rye were helpful, but, overall, this beer was never able to win me over.

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2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a Raging Bitch Tulip

It pours a nice dark golden color with lots of nice bubbles but no head to go with the bubbles. The smell is great with a light fruit and fresh hops. No hint of rye yet, could be any IPA at this point. The taste is of hops, it is a pretty dominating hop flavor with a light lemony flavor right before a hop aftertaste. The more i drink the more i get the rye and the less i get overpowering hops. Rye's are my favorite type of beer but this one leaves a lot to be wanted. As far as an IPA it isnt bad but for a RIPA i would not suggest it.

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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Poured a nice golden/amber color with 1 finger white foamy head that didn't last long but left decent lacing. Smell was of rye, malt and some hops. Taste followed suit pretty well but definitely blasted through with the rye. Still a decent hop bitterness to it (as expected with 130IBU) Rye was definitely the most prevalent feature. Medium to light-bodied and went down smooth. Overall, a pretty good beer from an 'under the radar' brewery. Well done, New Albanian.

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Yakima Rye IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 51 ratings