I traveled to White Birch Brewing recently and got to sample some of their more popular beers on tap, as well as their brew rooms and storefront, which is actually built in the husk of a car sale showroom from years past. I picked up a closeout bottle of this at $3.
This is a strain of rye ale seemingly crossed with a smooth, malty English pale ale, from what the bottle states, though WB utilize American hops, specifically whole-leaf Cascades. The beer pours opaque copper-orange with a strangely lacking head and some soapy lacing forming. The smell features leafy and spicy hops prominently, while pale and rye malt add in some sweet, biscuit-like flavors and aid in the spiciness, respectively. There might even be a bit of sweeter caramel malt, as the scent opens up as the body warms and becomes a bit sweeter and rounder overall. My first sip is definitely powerful, with a bold punch of flavorful hops pushed by a burly carbonation before the flavor takes a turn for the nutty, yeasty and malty before closing with the intense spiciness of the rye.
This is a strain of rye ale seemingly crossed with a smooth, malty English pale ale, from what the bottle states, though WB utilize American hops, specifically whole-leaf
The official breakdown:
- Style: Rye Pale Ale
- ABV: 4.2%
- Appearance: A beauty of a golden, ruddy beer with some rusty overtones. Though the head is unspectacular and lacing seems distant, suspension is fantastic and clarity is low
- Scent: Strong and pungent spicy rye, some caramel/sweeter and biscuit-y, cracker -likemalts, leafy/citric hops and some light nuttiness from the yeast
- Taste: Well-rounded but highlights citric rind in combination with solid, crisp malt and spiciness from the rye. Simple-leaning but totally more than the sum of its parts
- Mouthfeel: Definitely a bit of biting acidity at some points, but it's well-balanced enough to afford it some smoothness here and there
- Drinkability: This is definitely fairly easy drinking but it has enough heft and complexity to really make it a winner. Applause to WB for making an out-of-the-box idea so great