Beer No. 17 Rye Pale Ale

Beer Type:  Pale Ale

ABV:            4.3%

Brewer:    Shipyard

Bottle conditioned:  No

Bottle size:  500 ml

Country of origin:  USA

What the label says:

The marine black bear has a long and fruitful relationship with the State of Maine.  As the mascot of the University and this brew is in homage to this fruit loving American native.

Brewed with rye, crystal malt, Shipyard Rye has a spicy nutty taste balanced with caramel toffee flavours.  As with all Shipyard brews, this brew is packed full of American hops and the Amarillo, Citra, Cascade and Summit combine for an upfront punchy orange aroma and lingering citrus tang.

What the Beerdrinker says:

This is  very dark ‘pale’ ale, so dark it seems deceitful to call it such.  It has a tight foamy head and looks more like a brown ale.  It has a very citric and strong grapefruit nose which gives a strong indication of what is to come when it is drunk.  The taste of grapefruit is almost overpowering.  If the beer is sipped and held at the front of the mouth, it tastes of the promised orange, but when swallowed, the grapefruit tasted at the back of the tongue submerges all the other tastes.

Once the beer has been left to stand for a while, the head disperses and the beer develops a hint of a coffee nose and tastes slightly walnut taste with burnt overtones.  The Beerdrinker was unable to identify any caramel or coffee flavours, but there were sufficient other flavours to make this a complex beer.  If the brewer could reduce the grapefruit flavours to a degree, then this could be a really interesting beer.

And despite what it looks like, it is a pale ale.

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