If you have tasted any American rye whiskies, you will know the distinctive spice character the grain adds to the spirit. Now, more and more brewers are turning to rye. In beer it gives a gives a spicy, earthy, and almost sour character and a crisper dryer mouthfeel. Rye beers can run the gauntlet from tropical hop bombs with just a touch of spicy rye character to brooding, dark, earthy brews.
In brewing a little rye goes a long way, usually making up less than 20% of the overall malt bill. Even a small amount of rye carries the spiciness through and can be a great match to spicier hops that accentuate the earthy spicy flavour of the rye or act as a foil to zingy citrus hops. Above the 20% mark rye becomes more dominant with those spicy and earthy tones becoming more assertive.
Try out these three great rye beers, to keep you cheerful in this changeable Autumn weather.
Dot Brew Session Rye shows how rye can be used in a delicate and sessionable ale. Restrained use of hops gives subtle mango, peach, and pine notes to support the unmistakeable spicy and toasty rye character. This is an ale of superb balance and complexity.
Wood Key take their cue from the American Amber style for The Ravens. The light caramel malt body and citrus hops is counterpointed with a light touch of rye for spiciness and nuttiness. European Bramling Cross hops add an extra layer of mild blackcurrant to the spice.
As brewer Jon notes Third Circle Rye Stout “is not your traditional Irish stout”. It is brewed using a mix of roasted rye, chocolate rye and flaked rye alongside malted barley and malted wheat. Those distinctive spicy earthy rye notes make themselves known alongside dark chocolate and coffee with a touch of fruitiness from the Belgian yeast used.
Rye-sons to be cheerful Part 2.
These rye beers along with over 150 other Irish craft beers are currently 6 for the price of 5 in our sale. But be quick this offer must end this Sunday.