“The Rye Hard IPA is burnt orange in colour with a lacy, creamy head. The aroma is a blend of floral, herbal and citrus notes with a spicy, fruity finish from the addition of Bramling Cross and Santiam hops. This IPA features 8 different hops, Including Columbus, Pride of Ringwood, Ahtanum, Centennial, Challenger, Bramling Cross, Santiam & Simcoe. The full malty flavour has hints of orange, mandarin and an earthy hop bitterness, which finishes dry and spicy from the addition of rye.”
From this respectable microbrewery in Brunswick East Victoria, comes their latest brew…a rye IPA. Poured into a tulip glass, there is a lovely Amber/ burnt orange with mild carbonation and a small creamy head that laces very nicely on the glass. First aromas are that of sweet malt with floral hops of oranges, mandarin, and a herby resinous hit. First mouthfeel is full of bitterness but nicely contained and not overpowering. More malts here on the palate. We get a bit of alcohol on the throat and from observation on the glass, it sits at 6.3%. Definate hit of spice on the palate and this must be either ella hops or most likely the rye grains used. The hops on the palate are quite earthy, akin to a dustiness on the tongue. Definately not the the tropical fruit like flavours of an American IPA that’s for sure! Mouthfeel is medium bodied and again only mild to medium carbonation presenting. Patchy lacing all over the glass as we get the bottom. For some reason this beer just doesn’t have that ‘wow’ factor. We have gotten to the bottom and we wouldn’t need another. It’s not a bad beer at all. Just not that interesting.