Friday, March 12, 2010

Summit Brewing Co.: India Rye Ale

India Rye Ale
910 Montreal Circle
St. Paul, MN

Aroma: (10/12)  [rate40.png]
A very nice malty presence; together 
with medium hoppy aroma. Rye is 
definitely distinguishable!

Appearance: (3/3)
Color is a burnt sienna. Head is a one-
fingered creation. It dissipates rather
quickly, but is recreated with a nice
swirl.  Nice compact bubbles.

Flavor: (17/20)
Interesting marriage of chocolate malt
and rye malts. The hops do make
themselves known, towards the end
or even mid-tongue. The malt flavors
seem to dove-tail nicely with the hop
flavors - creating a very enjoyable brew.
Not a crisp rye finish, but more of a 
malty finish.

Mouthfeel: (4/5)
Fairly light; similar and right within style of
an IPA or Rye IPA. Slight dryness, but not too
much at all.

Overall Impression: (8/10)
A very interesting offering from Summit and
brewer Mike Lundell. The flavor of malts and hops
work well together in a strange and intriguing way.
I would have thought this would be fairly crisp,
but the finish is more malty.

TOTAL: 42/50

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoy this rating system. 12 for aroma, 3 for appearance, etc.
    Excellent work, Kelly.
    I am a big fan of craft beers, and here in NYC i can't really get my hands on them. Brooklyn, the only real brewery in town, moved its operations out about three years ago.
    so i enjoy reading your reviews, and fantasizing about better beer selections.