Review: Doan's Craft Rye IPA


I think this is the first time I've ever tried anything by Doan's Craft Brewery out of Vancouver. Today I'm checking out their Rye IPA which is described as a Pacific Northwest style IPA brewed with Rye Malts. Citrus, Pine, Resin from the hops and a balanced malt profile coming from Simpsons English base malt. Medium-Light bodied and with the addition of an earthy/spicy character from the Rye Malts that balances well with the Ahtanum hops.

Apparently the brewery recently closed but will still be brewing at a different location.. so nothing like the present to try out this Rye IPA.

Appearance: Pours an a deep orange with a light amount of carbonation in the body, as well as a thick light beige head on top.. lots of frothiness in this beer.

Aroma: Notes of rye to give off a bit of spiciness and the typical aroma of rye that one can only describe as.. well... rye! There's a bit of an orange peel aroma in there, good amount of sweetness, and a bit of melon to it.

Taste: The first thing I get is the malted rye right off the bat, it has a bit of a spiced profile to it, as well as a moderate amount of sweetness - some caramel notes in there, orange peel, a bit of a breadiness to it, and a mild hop bitterness to it.

Overall Thoughts: Pretty straight forward Rye IPA and has the sweetness yet hoppiness you expect in a Pacific Northwest IPA. The rye adds a bit of spice to it that you don't really see in a typical IPA. For some reason I was expecting a darker colour from this beer, but nope - looks like an IPA!

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