Great Divide “Hoss Rye Lager” Review (#063)

Great Divide Brewing Co.
“Hoss Rye Lager”
Denver, Colorado

From The Brewery:

Hoss is based on the Marzen lagers of Germany. Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Hoss finishes crisp crisp and dry, and its brilliant red-orange color is a toast to the sunsets that make the perfect backdrop for this beer. 6.2% ABV


Appearance: I poured this red-orange liquid into my favorite tasting glass; my tulip. There was a small, creamy head with some chunk, that dissipated shortly. As this is Marzen, related to the Oktoberfest, it has that orange hue that I love, but with a bit more red. A great looking beer.

Smell: Mild smelling; sweet caramel and a little bit of spice mixed with a light roast. Also a nice amount of lager yeast.

Taste: Deep and spicy, with a bit of earth. The rye is very subtle, but noticeable in a peppery way on the finish. There is a faint amount of hops, as the rye spice balances out against malt sweetness, which is mixed with the rye on the finish. Crisp up front, spice on the back.

Mouthfeel:Light and drying; the spice finishes nice and leaves you wanting another sip, similar to a bitter IPA.

Drinkability/Palitability: Medium; enjoyable and smooth, but you want something to quench your thirst after this due to its spice.

Notes: Enjoyable. I am really interested in trying more rye beers; the only other one I have sampled to date has been Saranacs Rye Pilsner, which I also enjoyed. I was hoping to try this with some corn beef and cabbage as rye bread is great with that meal.


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