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Bomber of the Week: 4th Anniversary Oak Aged Rye Pale Ale
September 7, 2015
I’ve come to the conclusion that I am, more often than not, a sucker for the ever prevalent supply of annualized bombers that are hallmarks of the distributed brands of Colorado beer. This of course includes Anniversary offerings which are put out by a select few brewers who are fortunate enough to have expanded over their tenure enough to warrant this kind of release. Generally these will be iterations of the same recipe, with minor tweaks to distinguish from the years prior, but some are truly unique creations unto themselves. That is what I found in the 4th Anniversary bomber from Denver Beer Co, which promised to be something special even without the distinction of its title.
On pouring this Rye Pale Ale, the signature amber hue of a Rye beer is unmistakable. An impressive compliment to the color is the remarkable clarity that accompanies shows a level of craftsmanship that is often absent in other, cloudier, rye beers. This strong visual presence is finished out by a perfectly balanced head being fed by undulating strings of carbonated pearls. The enticing qualities are continued by a complex aroma, hinting at the citrusy and warm flavors to come. These tasty qualities invoke the warm bready notes of rye and layer a perfect amount of grapefruit like qualities from the hops. These mixed with a heavier mouthfeel and light lingering aftertaste of caramel make this pint truly delicious.
All of these factors marry together to form a beer that is truly exceptional. As anniversary ales are concerned, this bomber holds something that is truly worthy of the title. As with any beer in this category, it’s tenure on store shelves will undoubtedly be quite limited. If you can, I strongly recommend picking two up, one to try for yourself, and another to add to your collection. Cheers everyone!