Sunday, July 31, 2016

Great Divide Hoss

This is a 6.2% ABV Oktoberfest style lager from the Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. It uses rye, and used to be called a Rye Lager.

The beer pours a clear and gleaming copper and amber in color. There is a short head of light tan foam. The aroma is malty, nutty, caramel, toffee, and light hazelnut. The taste follows the same notes as the aromas, malty, nutty, clean, light notes of dark fruits, with a dry finish, lightly to moderately bitter. The rye adds a spicy note to the finish. The beer drinks smooth with light carbonation. This is a very good Oktoberfest style beer.

From when it was the "Rye Lager": The beer pours a dark copper-amber in color with a bit of orange.  There is a small head that is very light brown in color.  The aroma is fresh and clean, a bit of tall green grass.  There is some fruitiness and just a bit of zesty spiciness.  The taste is somewhat sweet, a hint of rye bread, dark fruits, and a crisp finish with a dry bitterness.  This is a nice take on a Marzen.

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