Red Evelyn

Colorado
United States
Red Evelyn by Black Shirt Brewing Co
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

This beer is brewed to honor and celebrate the life of Eveleyn Ann Miller; our beloved Grandmother and family matriarch. Subtle notes of caramel and toffee, beautiful fluffy white head, silky mouthfeel from the rye, and an explosive hop aroma filled with Colorado wildflowers, foxtail pine, bitter grapefruit, and sweet orange. This Imperial Red Rye IPA is just like Evie - unmatched!

Profile

ABV: 
9%
IBUs: 
90
Served at: 
45º
Hops: 
Chinook, Centennial, Mosaic, and Citra - dry-hopped twice with Mosaic and Citra
Malts: 
Premium 2-Row, Dextrine, Rye, Pale Chocolate, and Caramel as well as Colorado wildflower honey
Judges Review 
David Sapsis's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The beer pours a deep amber color with a faint haze; foam is mousey with fine light tan bubbles and modestly lasting foam stand.  Conditioning appears relatively light by the modest tracing of rising gas. Aroma is bright and citrusy, with tones of grapefruit and mandarin, above a spicy/caramel malt background. A hint of rye phenol is evident as is some ethanol, indicating a strong beer is coming.  While overall the nose is quite hoppy, it has a pronounced malt character as well.  Early flavors are dominated by sharp citrus fruit notes that trail quickly to a big hop bitterness and a surprisingly lush and sweet middle of toffee and caramel with tropical fruit (mango, passionfruit) undertones: almost nectar-like. The late palate fuses the lingering malt sweetness and alcohol warmth that then trails off into an off-dry finish with a distinct rye spice character. Mouthfeel is quite full, accentuated by residual sweetness and the relatively light CO2. Overall the beer is well-balanced and drinkable for such a strong beer, and the rye malt character offers a nice spicy counterpoint to the dominant interplay between alcohol, malt sweetness and fruity new-American hops. Drink carefully.