Jen discovered this beer at RIBco last Wednesday during the Local beer tapping party. I was so excited I asked Thad (manager of Hy-vee Wine and Spirits) if he had it in. He did. The very next evening we bought a six pack. Luckily I had one left before I realized I needed to jot a review down for 2011!
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Mouthfeel: A front of the tongue fizz sizzles initially, but then is distributed palatably across the entire mouth. The higher end of Medium bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The finish, due to the hops is confined with a spiced, yet dry afterfeel. Definitely stickiness is left on the lips. Refreshing, nonetheless.
Overall Impression: I still love it. Perhaps this one has a bit more of a body to it than those of the past, but the flavor is extremely similar and the rye is still to die for. Smooth and crisp, yet fulfilling and satisfying. The flavor profile is equally complex with fruits and malt flavors running rampant throughout.