Smuttynose Ry(e)an Ale

This past weekend we had our friends Adam and Elina over for dinner and drinks. Adam tweeted to me beforehand asking what beer he should bring. I immediately knew the answer! My local liquor store Julio’s has just announced the release of Ry(e)an Ale, a collaboration with Smuttynose Brewing. I asked Adam to see if Julio’s had any left. Lucky for us, they did!

The brew is a rye ale which is aged in bourbon barrels. It was nothing like any other rye ale I have had and frankly looked/smelled/tasted WAY more like a darker sweet beer (such as a scotch ale). Adam commented that it was “dangerously drinkable” given the 8% ABV. My wife said she would drink it at gun-point, which is a HUGE complement believe it or not. :)

As for flavors, it was a mix of caramel and bourbon. No bitter flavor whatsoever. Both Adam and I loved the beer!

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.