Sambrook’s Brewery Battersea Rye (5.8%)

Battersea RyeOh my word, I do like a Rye beer, and this one is very good.
It pours a deep chestnut red with a frothy head and smells of forest fruit and baked sweet potato.
The malting is big and unctuous, sticky and round, with lots of treacle and biscuits and that earthy malt loaf pumpernickel thing from the rye that I find so appealing.
You get a good hop hit too, as a bunch of garden foliage, nettles, grass clippings, grapefruit and mandarin skins nip at your cheeks.
And then the finish goes all dry and bitter, but tempered with a lovely brown sugar glaze that kept me reaching for another mouthful until all too soon it was gone.

Source: Ales By Mail

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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