Great Divide Showdown Rye IPA

Although it’s not widely available in Virginia, Great Divide is one of my all time favorite breweries. I’ve been going to the brewery in Denver since the 1990’s. I can’t say I like every beer they make, but I do like a lot of them. This one was a solid Rye IPA. I’ve not yet done a survey of Rye IPAs to say whether it’s my favorite Rye IPA, but I’m pretty sure it would be up there. I actually haven’t seen a Rye IPA from Great Divide before. I know they had a Rye Lager called Hoss, but this may be the first Rye IPA they’ve done. Anyway, it pours a nice copper color with a medium white head. The aroma is of piney hops. The taste is a bite of both hops and a peppery spiciness from the rye, along with a pronounced caramel malt in the middle of the flavor wave. The finish is a slight citrus. It’s a fairly big beer at 8.3% ABV, but drinks really easily. I could see this going really well with pizza or a burger. I would probably aim to have it on a day that was warm, but not hot. I would call it a shoulder season beer. I give it four out of five proper pints.

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