Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Chatham Farmer's Daughter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1375) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2015
So many breweries are making beers they market as a rye IPA, but many of them are lacking the critical hop aroma, flavor and bitterness of an IPA. Why are breweries so scared of the “specialty grain” label? Probably because IPA is much easier to market. Chatham Farmer’s Daughter is a fine rye beer, but not much of an IPA.

I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $4.40 ($0.28 per ounce).

Appearance: Rusty brown/copper hue with a very hazy body. Carbonation is visible at first pour. Forms a large, beige, frothy head which leaves plenty of lacing and never dissipates.

Smell: Oddly enough, there is virtually no aroma to this beer I can detect. Just a faint floral scent. Nothing off-putting.

Taste: The palette is fairly simple and direct. Plenty of amber malts through the entire first half. Lightly sweet, a bit of toasty character; I even detect some chocolate on the finish. I really don’t get much in the way of distinctive rye flavor, though. No spicy sensation, but a mild bready flavor. The hops are dull; a bit of a dry spiciness at first, but they fade and homogenize quickly. At only 49 IBUs, this is not what I would consider an IPA. There was a slight tang on the finish at first, but it too fades into the background. Overall, the taste is fine and enjoyable, but nothing amazing.

Drinkability: Weighing in at only 5.5% ABV, Chatham Farmer’s Daughter is at an ideal potency. The body is overtly medium with a thick presence and soft texture with an easy finish. Leaves little aftertaste, which is fine; thankfully it’s not cloying. Perhaps a bit refreshing while on the tongue, but too big to truly session. This could stand up to an ordinary dinner.

Score: 6/10

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