Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Grayton Redneck Rye-Viera (2014 vintage)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1669) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA - Rye IPA

AROMA: Sweet butterscotch (oxidation) and piney/resiny hops. Plenty of malty presence as well. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Murky rusty orange/brown; some sediment and CO2 visible. Small, tan froth but nice lacing. 1/3

FLAVOR: Sweet butterscotch and toffee confectionery notes with minor sherry background note (oxidized). Strong amber malt presence with a vanilla finish. Rye imparts a bready sensation; not much actual spice (just a minor bite on the finish). Hop bitterness and flavor is low. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium/full body; low carbonation. Thick, soft, smooth mouthfeel - yet finishes clean so as to not seem sticky or syrupy. Alcohol presence is gentle and supportive. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Age of bottle has effectively turned it into a barleywine, but it works as such. I’m sure a fresh bottle would work well as an IPA, though. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 36/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.