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Review by joe1510 on 11/26/09  
 
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64oz Growler
$15
Goose Island-Clybourn

6.5% abv

Goose's RyePA glugs from the growler straight down the center of the pint glass with a color that perfectly matches bourbon with a touch of haziness throughout. A dusty white head reaches a finger in height before slowly falling in upon itself and settling at a solid cap leaving spots of sheet lacing down the glass. The body shows off some crazy polished copper highlights when backlit.

I can't get enough of a hoppy rye. The notes hits upfront with some candied orange peel and brown sugar coated pink grapefruit. A quick swirl of the glass brings out the fairly substantial rye spiciness but as the head sinks so does the rye. While Columbus hops and rye dominate the nose there is a solid backbone of slightly buttery caramel. This is how I like a rye beer, hopped to the core.

Each drink bursts with candied citrus, mostly leaning toward orange peel but there's a flash of brown sugar dipped grapefruit as well. Spicy rye hits softly mid-palate and grows through the swallow until is combines with the growing hoppiness to create a moderately bitter backbone. The buttery caramel lays down a solid base but allows the rye and hoppiness to steal the show. The bitterness grows with each drink.

RyePA drinks from the growler like a cask ale. The carbonation is low and the body is heavenly smooth and creamy. The bitterness runs a buzzsaw down the middle of my tongue and down my throat after it grows.

A hoppy, rye IPA you ask? I could drink 'em all day long. As a matter of fact this first pint is going down in no time. This growler is in for a world of hurt!

Did I mention I'm a sucker for hoppy ryes? While RyePA is no Red's Rye, it's a damn fine example of the style and up there with Cane & Ebel. I don't think a growler of this will be enough. I hope it's flowing at Goose for a couple more weeks.

Reviewed: 7/26/09

Price: $15.00 Served In: Mug

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