Scarlet Red Rye Ale (Barley Wine) 2017 – Steamworks Brewing


From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Scarlet Red Rye Ale” a Rye Barley Wine that is part of their 2017 Barrel Aged series.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of rye malts and rye whiskey, oak, red wine, dark fruits and some sweetness.  The flavour is of  rye malts and whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, red wine, sweetness, low bitterness and an alcohol note.  The alcohol content comes in at a healthy 9.5%.  This is probably the breweries most complex beer to date and I really enjoyed it.  This beer has some good aging potential also.

Commercial Description:  This robust Rye Barley Wine was carefully aged for months in Woodford Reserve rye barrels resulting in a vibrant red brew we fittingly named Scarlet. With rich flavours and a warming finish, it’s perfect for rainy days.

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Golden Vox (Rye Pale Lagered Ale) – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario conceived collaboratively with Canadian Hip Hop artist K-OS comes their “Golden Vox (Rye Pale Lagered Ale)”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of rye spice, grainy, caramel, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of huge rye notes, caramel, peppery, citrus, some sweetness, herbal and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% and an IBU of 46.  I have a love for Rye in beer and this one delivered.  If you see this on the shelve it would be well worth your time to pick up a bottle.

Commercial Description:  Rye pale lagered ale is something of a hybrid creation, blending the noticeable citrusy hop character of an American Pale Ale with the spicy elements of rye malt, and adding in the signature crisp finish of a lagered ale. An aging on rye-whiskey-soaked oak adds subtle complexity to this balanced, approachable pale-golden beer.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Soft creamy blue cheeses such as Gorgonzola dolce, Cambozola, or medium cheddar & gouda cheeses; smoked herb-rubbed tofu; eggplant, ricotta & roasted pepper flan with chimichurri; cheese agnolotti with gorgonzola & rosemary cream.

Ryegar Rye IPA – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks


From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Ryegar Rye IPA”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, rye malts, mild spice and a floral hops.  The flavour is of rye malt, rye spice, citrus, pineapple, earth and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 68.  I am a huge fan of the Rye IPA style and this one is a great version of it.  I hope that this beer becomes one of their mainstay beers.

Commercial Description:  Ryegar Rye IPA:  A ligth malt body with a kick of spiceiness from rye, and a citric / floral explosion of hops!  Featuring Mosaic, Colombus, Cascade, Nugget, Centennial and Citra hops.

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Rye & Ginger Amber Ale – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their “Rye & Ginger Amber Ale” a tap exclusive with Tap & Barrel.  The beer pours a deep amber red colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of rye malts and rye spice, bready and caramel malts, ginger, candied ginger and leafy, grassy hops.  The flavour is of rye malts, rye spice, bready and caramel malts, ginger, candied ginger, earth, fruity notes and grassy hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 21.  This is a nice mix of flavours and is really refreshing.  If you find yourself near a Tap & Barrel or the brewery make sure to check this one out.

Commercial Description:  With smooth spice from rye malt and the ginger, this amber ale is lightly hopped and very refreshing.  Pouring a pale amber, this beer is a take on the classic rye and ginger without the ginger kick.

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Blood From A Stone Red Rye IPA 2016 – Bomber Brewing (Stone Brewing)


Bomber Brewing in Vancouver has re-released their collaboration with Stone Brewing this year in tall cans called the “Blood From A Stone Red Rye IPA”.  The beer pours a deep reddish copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of rye and caramel, with mango fruits and floral hops.  The flavour is of rye and rye spice, caramel, earth, mild citrus, maybe mango, mild resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% and an IBU of 50.  Much like last time this was released in 2014 in Bombers this stuff is quite tasty.

Commercial Description:  By using American yeast and hops, along with Canadian rye and malted barley, we have created a smooth and spicy IPA with creamy body and clean, dry finish. Calypso and Ella hops add tropical notes to the rye and malt aromas in this rich Red Rye IPA.

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