Smuttynose Short Batch Rye IPA
From Smuttynose – Smuttynose Short Batch Rye IPA uses our best-selling Finest Kind IPA as template, but a few key changes make this beer a significantly different beer. 1) We tweaked the grain bill adding 30% rye malt and swapped Aromatic malt for C-60. Rye adds a spicy note while Aromatic malt adds a more subtle flavor than C-60 but increases malt aroma. 2) We lowered the mash rest temperature a few degrees, giving the final beer less body and more drinkability. 3) We jacked up the dry hopping to four times the level of Finest Kind. That means a big, hoppy aroma!
Smuttynose Brewing – Smuttynose Short Batch Rye IPA – 750 ml. bottle poured into a goblet. 7% abv.
Appearance: Pours a hazy orange. Leave behind great lacing and a thin cap of white atop.
Aroma: An even steven nose full of pine and citrus essence, peach.
Taste: Peach, light toffee, a little citrus tartness with a earthy bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Everything I look for in an IPA is in this beer. Well done. It wasn’t what I expected at all based on my many encounters with Rye IPAs over the years. While had some Rye spiciness, the hops were the start of this show.