What I'm drinking tonight:
Bridge Brewing's Black Rye India Pale Ale!
Here's a new brew that came recommended by my local purveyor of drunkenness, Metro Liquor. Since Bridge Brewing is located in North Vancouver, it's a pretty safe bet they took their name from the famed Lion's Gate Bridge.
With a name like Black Rye IPA, and its self-description as "jet black", I was prepared for yet another mega-blast of hoppy darkness.
But what I got was surprisingly mild! At least at first it was; it took about half the bottle for my war-torn tongue to begin to appreciate this brew's full character. It's a bit sweet and malty like many dark beers, but not as powerful as a stout or a porter in that dimension. The use of rye malt in the creation of this beer is intriguing to me, alluding to a suggestion of rye whiskey. It's certainly full and rich in flavour (once it hits), but the signature hoppiness of a true IPA is subdued, revealing few of the expected hoppy flavour notes.
Certainly, there's some of the characteristic hoppy pineyness of an IPA here, but the citrus notes promised on the bottle are faint. No matter; I judge beers on their actual quality, not on what the bottle says. The bitterness of hops is clean, as advertised, but in no way dominant.
As claimed, this sip is as black as soot, with a generous light brown head that soon condenses to white and vanishes before your second sip. 5.8%abv, about $5.75 before taxes. So roughly $27 total. Thanks, Christy Clark!
My rating: 8/10. Pretty good, and I think, just what I needed this evening!
Sorry about the focus.