This isn’t just any pale ale. It’s a rye beer. A RyePA, if you will. Continuing my efforts to broaden my beer horizons, I’ve moved from honey to malted rye.
RyePA isn’t all that pale, in spite of the name – it pours a gorgeous ruby red with a creamy head. The aroma is overpowering, fruity and sweet. It’s not often I come across a beer that smells like a pornstar martini, but Shipyard have managed it here.
Despite the heavily hoppy smell, it’s hardly bitter on the tongue at all. The rye comes through as a spicy warmth under the fruity hop flavours and light effervescence. I immediately want to take another sip. Further thought and tasting leads me to suspect there might also be hints of Marmite in there, but I suspect my taste buds are playing tricks on me.
Shipyard’s Rye Pale Ale is a delightful balance of fruit and malt. 4/5, would have another three or four bottles.
If you’d like to taste Rye Pale Ale for yourself, you can buy it in Morrisons or through the link here