7 December 2019

Rye Pale Ale (Sainsbury’s) By @SpectreUK

I do like a good rye ale, especially this time of year with its warming spicy flavour. This Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Rye Pale Ale was brewed by Marston's, which is a favourite brewer of mine. I do love a pint of Marston's Pedigree now and then, so trying a Rye Pale Ale produced by the same brewer sounds like a real treat.

Ay 4.4% volume this Rye Pale Ale was brewed with Rye Crystal malt, which is supposed to give it a 'toasty character'. There is the citrus fruity bitterness from Summit and Cascade hops, and dry hopping with the tropical and zesty orange flavours from Citra and Amarillo hops. This Rye Pale Ale should go very well with my protein packed tuna baguette after my weight lifting session today. It's pretty heavy on the calories though on 196 calories, so I'm glad I've had a seriously long session at the gym.

On opening the bottle this deep red Rye Pale Ale has spicy malty notes to begin with, and then the pale malt and citrus hops come in at the back of the aroma. On taste this is a truly sumptuous pale ale. It's full of character with its full bodied rye spices to start with, followed closely by sweetness from the malts, and then there's that citrus and light orange bitterness from the hops giving my tastebuds a final nudge into the aftertaste. I could happily drink this Rye Pale Ale all through the winter months and beyond. I'm going to have to get a few more bottles of this, I can tell you!

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