Attack of the Ryeclops, the second beer in our Weird Beard beer week spectacular, was always going to be onto a winner for me, since whenever anything has the word “rye” in it – whether it’s a beer or a whiskey – then I’m 9 times out of 10 going to love it. Attack of the Ryeclops, an American Pale Ale from Weird Beard, is no different.
From the moment the bottle opens, you get hit with a strong, rye, hoppiness which reminded me of the smell when you’re making a fresh batch of bread dough. But once you pour the beer out, which is a wonderful vibrant reddish-amber, he aroma transform into a sweet, fruitiness with a hint of spices which you get from the rye. These aromas follow through into the flavour, which has plenty going on, and gives you a initial fruity sweetness which then morphs into a slight bitterness which reminds me of blood oranges and there are also notes of yeast and bread there which comes from the rye. The overall texture of the beer is quite dry, but it’s still very easy to drink thanks to the complexities which makes it very enjoyable.
All in all, I really rate Attack of the Ryeclops. Your mileage may vary depending on if your palate enjoys the bitter dryness which is quite prominent but, for me, it’s still a great beer which I would quite happily keep a space for in my fridge.
A wonderful rye APA which has become a personal favourite.