Lazy Rye Pale Ale | Country Boy Brewing

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Brewed by:
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BEERchitect on 01-24-2012

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the inspiration of German Roggenbiers in mind, it makes sense to weave in a hint of this earthy and spicy rye to complement the expected flavor that celebrates the hops in IPAs so well.

The beer arrives with a hazy golden/amber glow that situates the cottony white and creamy head very well. The advent of hops and rye allow for a long-lasting head to form, retain, and lace with impressive results. The ale simply carries the appearance of well-crafted IPAs.

Expected aromas of sharp and citrusy hops are met with complementary notes of pine sap, peppery spice, and a dull grainy, earthy scent that may sound unappealing at first, but also provides a rounded and rustic scent of caramel, soil, and freshly cut grasses. Fans of English IPAs will find this scent very comfortable.

Flavors of malt actually make the first impact with supple caramel sweetness, grain, and bread. Mildly woody, the beer's rye, barley, and hops converge to give the impressions of woods, bark, and earth- stopping just shy of peat. But the mid palate of hops overtakes the flavor of malt as properly constructed IPAs should, and then gaining steam with the flavor of white grapefruit pulp and pith, pine resin, and mulled grasses which provides the semi-clean bitterness with a bit of earthy/woody grit.

Medium bodied, the beer's soft carbonation allows the beer to lay on the tongue with a bit of weight but allowing for the full appreciation of flavor. But while the mid palate of hop flavor take effect, so does the drying sensation that provides the crisp and refreshing bitterness of citrus to rise to a gripping bite of assertive spice and mild astringency.

Rye seems to make a perfect complement to hops as each inform the other with matching earthy, spicy, dry character. This gives this IPA a decidedly 'earthy' taste that remains IPA-true with the focus on citrusy hops more and more as the beer progresses to finish and aftertaste. A quite complex and hoppy ale!

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Lexington.
Large, durable and sticky off-white head over a dep golden body. Seemed a bit over-carbonated at first, but I concluded it was about right.

Tastes a bit better than it smells.. Moderately strong flavor appropriate for style.

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Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper orange color with a small cream head that dissipates quickly into a slight coating on the surface, leaving a faint ring around the rim.

Aroma is faint floral hop and orange pith, with a caramel malt background. A slight toast is present, and a bit of rye emerges as it warms. Fairly subtle character.

Flavor reveals much more citrus hop character, grapefruit pith, orange zest and a fairly intense bitter finish. The slightly sweet malt bill bows to the assertiveness of the bittering hops. The rye character surfaces as it warms, but is not obvious. The grapefruit character really comes out late in the game.

Body is moderate, with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of astringency is evident in the finish.

Overall, a nice citrus hop presence, and a pretty intense bitterness for the style. Could use a bit more rye flavor, but it's a solid brew and a work in progress. Much more complex flavor lukewarm.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a creamy, thick white head that lingers for quite some time.

S: Aromas of rye bread, black pepper, honey, lemon, lime, kumquat, and bitter orange fill the nose.

T: This ale opens with notes of biscuit, caramel, honey, black pepper, and rye bread, but these flavors quickly give way to an unbelievable assault of bitter, fruity hops. Notes of pine, juniper, bitter orange, kumquat, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and unripened pineapple absolutely throttle the palate. The finish is resinous, peppery, and intense with hugely bitter citrus notes blending with a nice rye bread flavor.

M: Medium-bodied, mildly oily, and resinous. Carbonation is gentle, but not lacking. Alcohol presence is mild.

O: This is an interesting APA. I especially appreciate how punchy and intense it is-it's almost like the brewers set out to prove that an APA can have as much hop character as an IPA. That being said, this ale is a touch rough on the palate. I like it, but I doubt I could drink any considerable amount of it.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of DCon
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Country Boy Brewing in Lexington, KY for $4. Tapped from a Creative Wooden Carved Tap Handle (they all are like this here) into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Big hops, rye, and bit of grass all hit the nose at once. Rye was surprisingly the lightest character.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a clear, golden colored body. Left a few suds behind.

Flavor- Light spiciness and hops begin this taste. Has a good amount of rye in here and then pushes toward a big hop finish. Medium-High Bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Bites with rye and then has a sweeter finish.

Overall Impression- A good overall Rye beer that was all over the place! Didn't mind but rather enjoyed trying to pick out all of the different characteristics.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Lazy Rye Pale Ale from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 33 ratings
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