not usually a fan of any beer that claims to be “English-style” since
that tends to be code for “fermented with Ringwood yeast and tastes like
butter.” Thankfully, The Beer Diviner Rudy’s Hammer Pale Ale is nothing
like that. This is definitely an American take on the classic British
style with plenty of biscuity malt and mild fruit presence, though the
hops are still noticeable.
I poured a 16oz growler into a tulip glass. It cost $5 ($0.31 per ounce).
Appearance: Flame orange hue over a mostly transparent body. Pours to a
small, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces fairly well.
Smell: Biscuity malt and light fruity/marmalade notes.
Taste: There’s a certain malt character that some English and
English-style beers have that are quite reminiscent of biscuits; not
bread, not muffins, but biscuits. That flavor is present right away in
Rudy’s Hammer. And thankfully, these biscuits haven not been buttered by
Ringwood yeast. There’s also some mild marmalade-like sweetness of
orange and banana here (not a flavor combination I often find in the
style). The hops are reserved, but noticeable. Just a touch of crisp
bitterness on the back end and perhaps a hint of black pepper. It
finishes lightly sweet and leaves no aftertaste. This is quite
Drinkability: This beer definitely has the makings of an English-style
brew in both flavor and delivery. The mouthfeel here is a bit thin
(perhaps my growler started going flat), though it’s comfortable in the
mouth and goes down with the greatest of east. Rudy’s Hammer is actually
rather refreshing while in the mouth. If only it weren’t 5.5% ABV; as
this is definitely something I could session (but at a lower alcohol