The stretch of amazing weekend weather here in D.C. just keeps chugging along, bringing with it tons of fun outdoor activities. And all of the sweaty confused tourists, but that’s a whole other story…
After an amazing 4th of July, I started today with a farmer’s market visit before tennis with a buddy and hours of World Cup. As soon as Holland wins (go Orange!), I’m headed to a concert with beer pong pre-game tournament. What better way to pre-game that then a quick review?
This week I’m trying Yards Brewing Company‘s Rye IPA. I’m a huge fan of this label, and highly recommend visiting their brewery if you ever find yourself in Philadelphia. I’ve taken to drinking more rye than bourbon lately, and also find myself ordering rye-flavored beers, so this one jumped off the shelf on my most recent beer run.
Rye pours our a bit lighter than I expected, more like an golden lager than amber ale. There’s a nice little fluffy foam head, which leaves lacing down the glass when it’s drunk down, and the aroma has a definite rye spicy undertone.
Tastewise, this is a complex and intense, but very delicious brew. Rye flavors dominate the front, but bitter hops seriously kick in through the middle with a hint of citrus, before ending on a long bitter note. There’s a lot of mouthfeel here, but it all balances out well.
I like this beer a lot, but I’m a hop head, and even I don’t think I could drink more than a few in one sitting. But I’d definitely still recommend trying it out for yourself!