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Guinness Rye Pale Ale

Rating: 2.95

A new Guinness beer for the second half of 2016 now, this one is a beer that I’d first learnt existed only a couple of days before picking up a bottle while over in Ireland for the New Year holidays, and as yet it’s not a beer that I managed to spot anywhere in Scotland. This one follows one from the pint of the same brewery’s Hop House 13 that I tried back in the summer of 2015 as another ‘craft beer’ offering from Guinness and although that one wasn’t the best of beers out there, it was still an okay effort so I picked this one up thinking it would be more of the same. The beer apparently features citrus and grapefruit notes thanks to the user of Mosaic and Cascade hops and was one I went into with high hopes; here’s what I thought of it when I cracked it open right at the start of the year.


Appearance (4/5): Bright amber with a half centimetre head that’s bubbly and white, covering the surface pretty well; there is a lot of fine bubbles rising through what is a semi-clear body.
Aroma (5/10): Quite a subdued nose with some odd floral notes and a touch of orange in the early going but it did seem a touch weaker than expected. There was some touches of rye and the odd earthy malts with a basic sweetness and some grains nearer the end.
Taste (6/10): Starting with some light malts and a few earthy touches, there was a definite citrus base to this beer and some floral flavours featured as well. Again things were a bit weak and subdued with some rye and earthy hops nearer the middle but it was at least a touch stronger than with the nose. Towards the middle and end some pine hops and grassy flavours featured before some nondescript fruits gave it a fresh finish.
Palate (3/5): Light-medium bodied with a slight tang and lively carbonation, the beer had quite an odd bitterness to it though. There was a semi-fresh feel to proceedings and the balance seemed okay but the beer in general was quite light and lacking at times sadly, almost seeming bland at points.

Overall (9/20): Quite a poor showing from Guinness on the whole, I was definitely expecting more from this one going in but it ended up being too subdued and weak with a lot of blandness to it as well. There was the odd citrus burst that helped things along and I enjoyed the brief glimpses of pine that appeared in the taste but beyond that there wasn’t a whole lot to keep you interested and the floral touches even seemed a little off. There was at least some of the promised rye flavours and there was some nice bitterness towards the end but it seemed to disappear far too quickly for my liking; this one definitely struck me as a poor attempt at craft beer and it’s not likely I’ll have it again either.

Brewed In: Dublin, Ireland
Brewery: St. James’s Gate Brewery
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Rye Beer/Speciality Grain
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Reilly’s (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.99

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