Review: Smooth Ryed, BridgePort Brewing Co.

Smooth Ryed
BridgePort Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

  • Style: Rye Ale
  • Bitterness:  55 IBUs
  • ABV: 6.3%
  • Malts:  NW Pale Malt, Rye Malt, Crystal 30-37, Chocolate Malt
  • Hops:  UK Kent Golding pellets, Centennial whole leaf
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description: "Beer's a journey, not a destination. Each sip of Smooth Ryed's toasty malt flavor is worth savoring. With a pound of Centennial hops per barrel and a hint of spicy rye character, you're sure to enjoy the ride." — BridgePort Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Smooth Ryed is BridgePort's new spring seasonal. I shared the beer's press release a few weeks ago. I'm drinking this as part of my upcoming series on Spring seasonal beers.

The tasting:  Light amber in color, clear, with a white head that dissipates fairly slowly. Aroma has light floral notes along with some soap. Overall, it isn't particularly inviting. Flavor starts with caramel and spicy rye. Grapefruit and earthy hop bitterness emerge in the middle. Alcohol isn't noticeable in aroma or flavor. Overall hop bitterness is moderate. Smooth Ryed is medium bodied and finishes with very slight tart twang, grapefruit hop bitterness, and a mild soapy flavor.

Rating: 3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  I'm not entirely surprised by the soapy aroma and flavor. I once made a homebrew Rye Pale Ale that had similar soapy notes. I've tasted a similar flavor in some, but not all, of the rye beers I tasted. However, it does have the tangy and spicy rye flavor that I enjoy in the style. If you like beers with rye, or are curious about the style, give it a try.

Have you tasted Smooth Ryed? What's your favorite beer with rye?

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