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.