Style: “Hoppy” American Pale Ale
Score: 3.5 of 5
This was my first time trying anything by Rhinegeist Brewery out of Cincinnati. I’ve heard good things about them and I hope they are much better that what this hoppy pale ale had to offer. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but I can think of many other beers in this style that are much better balanced and layered.
It pours a nice orange-yellowish hue with a moderate amount of lacing that lingers for some time. The pour leaves behind a very nice lacing that sticks beautifully to the glass when I swirl it around. The initial aroma is all citrusy and grassy hops with an odd follow up of dried up, stale tangerine peel. There are a lot of citrus notes going on here.
The taste follows the nose pretty faithfully with tons of citrusy hops and a high level of bitterness. I find myself enjoying this more with every sip. It is definitely reminiscent of nice crisp weather by the lake or on a boat. This is a relaxing beer. The kind of beer you want to sit back and enjoy every sip. It’s not overly complex as a whole, but just enough to savor it as the temperature settles on it. Towards the end you will get very faint, blink-and-you-miss-it light malt but barely enough to speak of.
Overall, you’re not going to find yourself writing home about Pure Fury, but it is definitely an enjoyable beer for warmer weather. This is the type of libation I want to drink on the lake, with a campfire, with some sausage and good friends.