2-row, Rye Ale Malt, Torrified Rye, Crystal Rye 75, Crystal Malt 65, Wheat, Kiln Amber, Caramel 70
Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial. Dry Hopped with Amarillo and Crystal
HOLY CRAP IS RIGHT!
Had a bomber of this about a week ago, and I think I'll be going on a beer run later to pick up a few more for NYE purposes. Not just a hop bomb IIPA as that hop bill might suggest (as many IIPA's are...not that there is anything wrong with that), but there is a subtle complexity here for such a hoppy brew and that Rye really comes through. Its a deep caramely-red with a creamy head and each sip is better than the last. It takes half a bottle before you start picking up each new characteristic. At first it was piney and you definitely felt the alcohol (10% ABV), but after that subsides you get that rye bite and it tastes a little sweeter, then the richness of the malts kick in. Of course, with the amount of hops used here, the bitter characteristics of a IIPA are present throughout.
Combined with the fact that the beer is a tribute to Lenny Bruce makes it all the more kick ass.
A runaway A+ as far as I'm concerned. This is right up there with Two Bros. Cane & Ebel as far as hoppy-rye brews go for me. I'll definitely be buying this one often.
Anyone else tried this and have any thoughts.