Posts Tagged ‘american india pale ale’

Tasted: The Train Man

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

the train main

Azacca is the focal point of this IPA: a new hop profile for me. I could only predict what I thought might happen rather than have confidence in a known outcome. Probably not the smartest to pair it a beer with three pounds of rye: what is the actual profile of the hop? felt the rye should play nicely with the supposed tropical fruit and, especially, the citrus profile of Azacca.

I have brewed other rye centered beers: Rye IPA, Texas Wedge Rye Saison (multiple times), and tasted some commercial beers along the way. It seems that my palate has yearned for more rye. This the reasoning behind the three pounds of rye.

The Train Man Review

Look: Pours a cloudy gold orange. Inch of whit foam. Retention is what is expected of the styles: loiters for bit before receding almost completely. Sticky lacing that coats the sides of the glass throughout.

Aroma: Tropical, orange with back-end rye. Mango, pineapple and grapefruit are distinguishable. Light pepper.

Taste: Rye throughout. Juicy mango, pineapple and orange citrus are boldest. Rye pushes through late, lingering almost like a bitterness. More pepper as it warms, especially in the finish: rye and columbus.

Drinkability: Medium body. Spritzy carbonation. Dry. Low bitterness.

Overall: Smooth beer. Great hop profile. Rye adds nice complexity. Azacca is an all-star. Low bitterness is stepped up by the rye. Really nice beer.

Hands down, azacca is a solid hop. I am glad that I paired this hop with rye. An amazing combo with the columbus syncing with the rye. I will have to brew this beer up again, shortly. After re-reading the review I gave rye ipa earlier this year, I really need to ramp up my rye beer production. Enjoy!

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Maine Beer Company Lunch

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
maine beer company lunch

Maine Lunch

The freedom of having favorite American craft beers over and over again is sending a tingling sensation down to the very fibers of my being that appreciate beer. It brings back fond memories, sort of like muscle memory for athletes but for American craft beer connoisseurs. The aroma, the flavor, the look, and the feel on the palate are all titillated with old repetitions and snap into shape quite quickly. Of course this is all bull shit but it makes my mouth water for the American craft beer that is on the docket for this evening.

Lunch, brewed by Maine Beer Company, is an American IPA that can confuse you from which coast this beer is brewed. Citrus and pine hops are center stage in all facets of this beer, there is an underlying sweetness that is barely noticeable, creating a ridiculously delicate balance.

I always get his beer from a transaction partner up in Maine. I am delighted each time I receive it and any of the other Maine offers. They do a solid job and you owe it to yourself to try their beer. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 9.3

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