Southern Rye IPA | Susquehanna Brewing Company

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Southern Rye IPASouthern Rye IPA
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Southern Rye IPASouthern Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Susquehanna Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by spartanfan on 06-07-2013

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Susquehanna Brewing Co. "Southern Rye IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded "090115" and sampled on 3 JAN 2017... can it be that this beer is well over a year old?
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: It initially poured fairly clear until a lump of yeast came out and muddled it up. There's just a tiny spot of yeast left in the bottom of the bottle. Cloudy orange-amber body beneath a frothy head of off-white. The head retention is OK and the lacing is better than average. The aroma is citrusy and tropical with some apricot and soft pine over a sweetish caramelish malt base... there's a bit of spiciness but I can't tell if it's from the hops or the rye. The flavor is full and rich with golden caramel and soft rye. It's sweetish and quite malty, almost like a double IPA, but balanced by a solid bitterness that brings it home to a dry finish. Hmmm... the flavor and aroma are really quite similar to each other. There's a little more depth to the flavor with a touch of lemon and herbs added in, but otherwise it's very similar with a clear note of apricot followed by malt and pine. I can taste the yeast, as in "yeast", which isn't bad, but isn't helpful - perhaps it really is quite old, and if that's the case it's held up amazingly well. The alcohol never shows other than a little heat which is welcome in the dry, piney and herbal finish. Medium-full in body with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural standard carbonation. I don't normally like rye and pine together because it can get a little too spicy, although this works (perhaps the pine has died down, or the rye; or maybe the rye wasn't that spicy to begin with). And I appreciate that it's fuller and richer in malt, more like a double IPA. Would it fit the category? Yes, current standards cut off a regular American IPA at 7.5% ABV whereas this is 8.6%, and Imperial IPAs start at 60 IBUs which I'm sure it at least has. Very nice. I'd love to see them do this again. Of course it just occurred to me that if I judge this as just an IPA it'll be off (too malty, too much body, too much alcohol)... ugh... what to do?

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Bottle from my parents.
This was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a soft medium yellow to dull-ed amber color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that fell off at a fairly slow pace. Lace was spotty and sliding.
The aroma had some sweet rye coming across somewhat floral and then some apricot flesh-like sweetness playing with a little bit of bready notes.
The flavor was moderately sweet through the prior aromas. Seemed like the malty notes flowed into the aftertaste and pushed out the rye notes.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt just a touch under but still, I didn't mind. Finish was semi-malty with a brisk rye sweetness.
Overall, I didn't mind this for me, but since I am a huge fan of rye IPA's I was hoping for more of the full component of the "florally sweet and spiciness" of the rye coming about to kick the malts further back. Wishing there was a date on this bottle, still, this stands until I can get another.

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Southern Rye IPA from Susquehanna Brewing Company
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