rye pale ale
Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company out of Athen’s GA is one of my personal favorites for a nice sessionable craft brew that has a ton of great flavor and complexity. This amazing brew pours an amazing deep red almost amber in color with a nice off-white head that seems to stand on its own for a good bit before you go to take your first sip. With that first sip of this amazing rye pale ale you notice hints or citrus on your nose and you can almost smell the rye and caramel but once you do take a nice swig you will immediately notice it seems like this craft beer taste the caramel, rye and honey malts which blend together perfectly to give you a smooth bit complex rye pale ale. At only 5.5 ABV and 35 IBU (taste more like a 45) this can easily become your goto session beer without question. Terrapin is known for their use of rye in their beers and I believe they have become the masters of adding rye to any beer and making it work perfectly adding just the right amount for character and that pepper bite rye is known for. If you haven’t tried a Rye Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Company you must put this on your short list of beer to try.
First impression when opening a Stone Ale is you expect quality and the Stone Pale Ale 2.0 from Stone Brewing is no exception. After pouring to a nice mild yellow head and slightly foggy dark copper color you take notice of the sweet caramel scent before taking your first sip. This Stone Pale Ale 2.0 from Stone Brewing could easily give most IPAs a run for their money with its hop forward flavors as you taste lush citrus notes including grapefruit mixed with a little stone fruit complimented with lots of spicy rye flavor all shared with the bitter of a 55 IBU that really seems much higher from the Magnum, Herkules and Mandarina Bavaria hops. If you love rye beers and IPA this one would make a great session beer at only 6% and compliment any spicy dish you can think of.