Friday, July 13, 2012

Harpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPA

Another beer kindly donated to the show by - thanks, guys! I've never been a fan of Harpoon, but I had this while at their house and actually kind of liked it. So I decided to give it a proper review.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (694) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark orange with significant brownish tint. Forms a large, white, frothy/creamy head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Earthy resin and pine plus dank sweet grapefruit juice concentrate sweetness.

Taste: Any brewer can take an IPA and add rye to it, but Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA seems to be a bit craftier than most. Strong dry bitterness throughout the course of the palate, plus the addition of rye gives is a unique palate that’s very bitter and slightly bready and sweet at the same time. Strong bitterness to start the palate with distinct rye flavor and dryness. The 70 IBUs make themselves known right away. There’s even a distinct hop bite on top of this as the palate reaches its apex. Then comes in some citrusy sweetness to balance it out. While not quite as overtly citrusy and juicy as a west coast IPA, there’s a definite citrus-based sticky sweetness to be found here. It’s very tasty and helps to round out the palate. Better than most generic rye IPAs, and probably one of Harpoon’s better beers.

Drinkability: While it’s fairly easy to throw back a glass of this beer, it’d be incorrect to call it highly drinkable. There’s a noticeable energy to the mouthfeel, probably due to the rye spiciness and the rather intense bitterness of 70 IBUs. The hops and the rye linger on the tongue and do dry out the mouth. This can be remedied by taking another swig, but I would not consider Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA to be a refreshing beer at all. The 6.9% ABV weight seems perfect for this brew and because of the intense body I’d recommend it as a meal companion and would not advise sessioning this.

Grade: 8/10

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