Rye Hammer

Rating: 3.05

The fourth and final beer in Brewdog’s 2016 ‘Hammer Head’ series of beers, this one follows on from their Monk, Black and Chili Hammer offerings that I’ve already reviewed here and is one that I’ve been looking forward to after being incredibly disappointed with their Chili Hammer beer when that was released back in October. This one as you can probably guess is a rye IPA that is again brewed to 7.2% abv. and based on the brewery’s year round Jack Hammer offering. I was hoping this one can reserve the trend and improve on the last offerings in the series since they have all been downhill since the first in the series, the Monk Hammer beer that was released way back in March last year. I actually cracked this can open a couple of days before New Year as my last Brewdog beer of 2016 and naturally I was looking to go out on a high since they are my go to brewery; here’s what I thought of the beer.


Appearance (4/5): Quite a light golden colour with the odd amber tinge, this one was a slightly cloudy beer that had plenty of fine bubbles rising to the surface as well. The head was a nice, centimetre tall one that was white and foamy, initially halving in size but staying steady after that and covering the surface well.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a fruity nose initially with a lot of pine hops and coming through alongside touches of grapefruit that gave for quite a fresh aroma. There was some subtle malts following on behind with a combination of biscuit and caramel malts that added a little to the sweetness before some tropical fruits came through; in particular touches of pineapple. It was definitely a fresh beer on the nose with quite a lively aroma that was rounded off by some faint touches of rye at the end as well.
Taste (6/10): Quite a bitter opening that surpassed anything hinted at by the nose, there was some strong pine hops and grapefruit kicking things off alongside a good helping of floral bitterness and some resinous flavours as well. The beer seemed a lot stronger here too with some biscuit malts around the middle with a touch of caramel backing it up but the tropical fruits weren’t as pronounced this time around sadly which made the hops seem a little overpowering at times. It’s not a bad tasting beer but it was a little disappointing coming after the nose sadly.
Palate (2/5): Quite a bitter and almost overpowering offering, the hops and floral bitterness in particular seemed overdone when it came to the taste. There was a lot of lively carbonation and naturally it was quite a dry offering too but everything seemed a touch harsh and unbalanced really, it’s definitely not a beer I was impressed much by.

Overall (11/20): Very bitter with a lot of pine and floral hops alongside some grapefruit that started well with the nose but turned overpowering but not quite sickening come the taste; it was still enough to put you off though. It proved to be quite a one-dimensional beer after the nose with very little showing beyond some pine hops and the odd background fruits, at least the tropical fruits were a little more pronounced with the nose but I definitely expected more from them and the sweeter malts come the taste. After quite a good start, I quickly turned on this beer and it wasn’t one that I enjoyed much so I’m thankful it’s another one-off from the brewery as I couldn’t see me having it again; and it was quite a poor last beer to end the year with from Brewdog.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2016
Type: American IPA/Rye Beer
Abv: 7.2%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog BottleDog (Glasgow)
Price: £2.66

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