Full Moon Pale Rye AleJanuary 1, 2005 Blanco, TX
Real Ale Brewing Co.
This 15-barrel brewery is located on the Blanco town square near the Blanco River, in the scenic Hill Country of Texas.
Alcohol (wt.): 4.5
Alcohol (vol.): 5.6
Quite a head here, with rich color and a lovely invitational bouquet. Oh yes, this is good rye—almost like rye bread but with hops that are assertive, yet they fit! They meld nicely with the friendly rye malt. This is a very well-designed beer, and one-of-a-kind at that—distinctive and refreshing.
- Fred Eckhardt
The label says that this beer has “a touch of rye malt,” but I can scarcely see the point—rye doesn’t show itself in small amounts. Better to mention that the beer is bottle-conditioned. It has a hazy orange color and an aroma of hops, oranges and strawberries. Candyish malt sweetness is balanced with bracing hops on a medium-bodied frame. The finish is very crisp. No discernible sign of rye, though. A muscular, versatile beer, very good with spicy food.
- Garrett Oliver
Sunny orange color. Am I being suggestible or do I also find some orange zest in the nose? Orangey bitterness, too, in the palate. Citrus is a typical characteristic of American hops. In this beer I also picked up a hint of garden mint, a herbal characteristic I sometimes find in rye beers. The rye character is not obvious, but the beer is bursting with refreshing flavors. A lemony tartness adds to the complexity.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
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