Monday, September 15, 2014

The Beer Diviner Rudy's Hammer Pale Ale


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1176) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2014
I’m 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 enjoyable.

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 percentage). 
Grade: 7/10