Monday, May 4, 2015

Lazy Monk Rye IPA Review

Name: Lazy Monk Rye IPA
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.1% (Per Untappd)

Today I've got another beer courtesy of Lazy Monk Brewing based out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. This time, I have their Rye IPA which is aptly named......Rye IPA. Having had their Pilsner last time around, I'm quite eager to try this out. Plus it has been a good while since I've had any beers with rye in it.

Appearance - It pours a fairly hazy orange color with a mild amount of visible carbonation. The head is thin in width, but has a rather thick feel to it. To top it off, the lacing is quite abundant

Aroma - I'm getting some potent citrus hoppiness in the nose upfront, but that rye spiciness manages to poke its head though. It also possesses a fairly strong caramel maltiness and even a hint of grape-fruitiness as well

Taste - The citrus hops & caramel maltiness are the strongest flavors here and linger throughout. However the second half of the flavor is where the rye and bitter hops start to shine through....sort of. While the bitter hops are most certainly there, the rye element of the flavor is very underwhelming when compared to the rest of the flavor.

As it stands, Rye IPA is a good beer but as I just mentioned, the actual rye aspect of the flavor falls flat, even after it warms up. However the rest of the flavor is quite good and that alone merits checking out this beer if the availability permits.

Lazy Monk Rye IPA - 8/10

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