Review: Line Dry Rye, Oakshire Brewing

Line Dry Rye
Oakshire Brewing Co. — Eugene, Oregon

  • Style:  Pale Ale
  • Bitterness:  35 IBU
  • ABV: 5.5% ABV
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Line Dry Rye is a honey-orange colored pale ale. It is crafted with 10% rye malt and 10% flaked rye for a complex malt profile. American hops give Line Dry a crisp bitterness and a slight citrusy flavor. Clean and refreshing, it ends with just a small note of blackberry honey in the finish that brings all of the elements together. The name ‘Line Dry’ was chosen as the perfect fit for summer in the Willamette Valley. With only a small window of opportunity to practice this energy saving practice, we think it is time you sit back with a pint of Line Dry Rye and watch the clothes dry!”  — Oakshire Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  I've tasted many Oakshire brews at beer fests, but this is the first I've formally profiled. It's about time! In May, Oakshire launched the Hellshire series of limited release barrel-aged beers. Hellshire I was a barleywine. Hellshire II will be released later this year. This is part of my 2nd series on Summer seasonals.

The tasting:  Copper in color with a white head that dissipated quickly. I noticed some sediment floating around in the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, floral hops, and light honey sweetness. Flavor of caramel malt, with grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness that emerges in the middle.  I didn't notice the rye or honey in flavor. Alcohol wasn't noticeable. Line Dry Rye is light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and has a smooth mouth feel.  It finishes dry with a mild grapefruit hop bitterness. 

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!   I enjoyed Line Dry Rye because it's different from most of the bready malt-based summer seasonals I've tasted recently. If you're looking for a beer that has a solid malt backbone with a nice dose of hops (yet not overly bitter), you should consider Line Dry Rye.

Have you tried Line Dry Rye or any other Oakshire beers?

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