Breakfast Beer Tasting: Kernel London Brick Collaboration Red Rye Ale

Who can resist a red rye ale? Well me, for one. Obviously.  For, as we know, rye in beer usually spells trouble. It’s ruined many a good beer and, combined with the word “red”, conjures up an image of a caramel/toffee bomb with rye thrown in for good measure. But wait. This is from Kernel and contains Simcoe, Centennial and Cascade. Is there hope for it yet?
It’s a 330ml bottle-conditioned affair and weighs in at 6.8%. It poured ruby-red with good carbonation and a medium beige head. Murky London lovers please note; it’s not murky at all. What is the world coming to? There’s a very pungent aroma: a work of beauty is the only way to describe it. Punchy C hops giving mango, pineapple, grapefruit and a slight floral tang with a hint of sweet malt. Very, very appealing.
The taste didn’t disappoint either. This one comes at you fast and heavy. The initial flavour of liquorice, light spice and caramel is quickly blown away by a resinous C hop blast. Plenty of juicy citrus flavours here that build to a resounding bitter finish. The rye is confined to a very minor bread note. And although the alcohol does peek through, it’s always subdued by the hops.
Tyson says: Who’d thought it? Not only a drinkable rye beer, a very drinkable rye beer.


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