Real Ale Pale Rye Ale

Real Ale Brewing Co.
Blanco, TX
Full Moon Pale Rye Ale

Well, after a reasonably successful review of Real Ale’s Rio Blanco yesterday, why not try another?

The pour yields a rocky, slightly yellowish head that clings to the side of the glass as though the beer were wearing grampons.

The color is an impeccably gorgeous light coppery orange. There is plenty of turbulent effervescence circulating up from the center etching of the glass.

The nose is wet grain, all the way, though some slightly vinous stone fruit comes through just before a subtle but present aroma of oily hops.

The mouthfeel is pleasantly milky and the rocky head and fine carbonation helps. The first sip gives you almost all hops – it’s wonderful. Grapefruit and some bitter tobacco residue hit you first and foremost, though the rye shows up with a slightly spicy-yet-smooth breadiness towards the back and helps temper the bitterness just a tad. The finish relies on the hops to seal the deal, and they perform nicely.

All in all, an excellent RyePA, with good body, plenty of hops, and some really nice lace curtains.

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