Great South Bay
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Spicy Rye Ale with floral tones
Night Rye’d is a deep crimson color, almost chestnut. This brew was prepared with Rye malt and a few other specialty malts to make this a grain forward beer, loaded with delicious spicy rye character. Notes of pepper, wood, and a touch of a floral hop presence. The mash bill is firm and supportive of the Rye character, lending some sweeter tones to provide some balance for the spiciness of the rye.
When we were coming up with the concept for Night Rye’d, we knew that we needed to brew a Rye ale since they’re so just so under-appreciated by most beer drinkers due to lack of exposure. Rye is a really tough grain to work with, but it’s so incredibly flavorful. It’s huskless, which means that it doesn’t create a grain bed for filtration, and it tends to absorb a lot of water and expand, creating a big sticky “rye ball.” It’s one of the easiest grains to get a “stuck mash” with if you’re not careful about how you brew it. As a result, many a brewer has had a shift turn into a 12 hour Night Rye’d trying to finish the brew.
Rye Ale’s are packed full of flavor with many opportunities for some very interesting pairings. We recommend breaking out your smoker and going for some St. Louis cut ribs with a good rich, tangy BBQ sauce. Cheese pairings you’ll want something relatively aromatic. A good place to start would be a Beaufort from the French Alps. Dessert, the rich toffee and toasty tones would be a fantastic pairing for S’mores.
Rye ales contain a notable amount of rye grain in the beer making process which give them mild bitterness and spicy almost sour-like characteristics. The rye, or pumpernickel, the flavor is also in the finish and influences the color of the beer. American brewers are using rye grain in many various styles which makes them so varied in the typical characteristics of beer of aroma, taste, color, etc.
In darker versions, malt flavor can optionally include low roasted malt characters (evident as cocoa/chocolate or caramel) and/or aromatic toffee-like, caramel, or biscuit-like characters. Low-level roasted malt astringency is acceptable when balanced with low to medium malt sweetness. Hop flavor is low to medium-high. Hop bitterness is low to medium. These beers can be made using either ale or lager yeast. The addition of rye to a beer can add a spicy or pumpernickel character to the flavor and finish. Color can also be enhanced and may become redder from the use of rye. The ingredient has come into vogue in recent years in everything from Stouts to lagers but is especially popular with craft brewers in India Pale Ales. To be considered an example of the style, the grain bill should include sufficient rye such that rye character is evident in the beer.