BOTW–Ryed Piper

First, just a reminder that Sunday, September 25, 2011, is our monthly exercise in folly, Savoy Cocktail Book Night at Alembic Bar. If any of the cocktails, (they also have a great beer selection,) on this blog have captured your fancy, stop by after 6 and allow the skilled bartenders, (and me,) to make them for you. It is always a fun time.

Picked up Ryed Piper on the recommendation of the staff at Healthy Spirits.

Ale Industries, Rye’d Piper 5.8% ABV

This hoppy red rye is a rich and flavorful beer with a touch of rye spice that compliments the roasty chocolate flavors of the malt. This beer will speak to the hop head in all of us.

This is the second beer I’ve had from Ale Industries, the first was the delicious Sour Peche they donated to the SF Chefs Unite dinner.

I tend to be a bit dubious about Rye based beer, about 9 out of 10 times they end up with an extreme alcohol nose. I also am not usually a fan of most “Red” beers, most of those are just far too sweet.

So it was a little trepidation that I approached Ryed Piper.

Those concerns proved to be completely unfounded.

This is a delicious, well balanced, hoppy California beer. Definitely worth searching out.

Come to me, my little hops, listen to my siren song…

…and into the kettle with you!

Love the label, love the beer!