Friday, May 11, 2012

Madison River Salmon Fly Honey Rye

Type: Rye...pale ale?
Origin: Belgrade, MT
Price: $9/6-pack (craft beer club)
ABV: 5.6%
NSP: 13.25

I tell ya, it's hard work keeping up with the craft beer club.  Including this one, I'm running a 12-beer backlog.  Better get to work.  This one's from Belgrade, Montana, in the Gallatin Valley just outside of Bozeman.  I don't really know for certain, but I'm going to go ahead and assume that Montana's version of Belgrade is probably prettier than the Serb version, just because the Gallatin Valley might be the most beautiful area in the entire US of A.  

I'll let you guess from the name of the beer which two specific ingredients this, it's not some kind of fermented salmon/housefly drink.  It doesn't say on the bottle or the website whether this is an ale or a lager, but by the smell it's an ale- nice and fruity.  The honey and rye are pretty obvious as well, giving it a rich sweet smell with a bit of spicy pepperiness.  There's also a light hop note in there.

The honey and rye are also the most potent pieces of the flavor- each of them is easily distinguished.  But they also combine to give the beer a nice almost maple character that I like a lot.  That's not to say that it's rich in body (as most maple beers are), though- it's pretty light, and with a hop twist and a perfect level of carbonation it ends up well-balanced.  Quite tasty, and I look forward to drinking the other two in the box.

The craft beer club is establishing a pretty nice pattern here- they're offering beers that are well-crafted and complex enough to spend a little time with them, but simple enough that once you're done studying them a bit you can just sit back and enjoy them without feeling guilty about knocking back a few at a time.  Pretty much exactly what the non-snob ordered.

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