22 oz bottle thanks the great Danimal in the new school BIF. Served up in a shaped pint.
A: Pours a light golden body with a light copper hue to it. Held to the light, more golden colors push through. The body is incredibly clear with a very active carbonation activity to it. The pour got me over three fingers of foamy white head. Retention is pretty good, and the lace is even better. Tons of sticky lace all the way down the glass. Really good looking brew.
S: Smell starts off with a nice citrus hop presence. Orange peel really kicks it off and brings out some bitter and sweet citrus aromas. Light sweetness of the malts. Things round off with a lightly spicy, rye character. This has a very earthy and refreshing smell to it.
T: We start with the rye in the flavor. Spicy, big, earthy. This shifts to a light herbal quality and then melds into the citrus hop presence. Orange zest, grapefruit meat, light tangerine sweetness. Every once in a while a light soapy quality comes through, but it isn't persistent or intrusive. Very tasty overall.
M: Medium mouthfeel with a medium carbonation to it. ABV brings a little bit of heat on the throat. Lightly sweet on the palate but mostly has bit, drys up really well. Aftertaste is all rye.
OA: This is probably the most aggressively hoppy rye beer I have had in a long time, and it is delicious. The right balance of citrus, rye, and earthy goodness. The only complaint I have is that occasional soapy characteristic, but it is far and few in between. Overall, dig it and could easily down more than one bomber.