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Judge’s Review: 92 Rating – Black Soul RyePA by Low Road Brewing

February, 2022

Black Soul RyePA

Black Soul RyePA

United States
Black Soul RyePA, Low Road Brewing
Beverage Profile
Pale Malt, Rye Malt, Chocolate Malt, Dark Munich Malt
Centennial, Simcoe, Cascade, Mosaic



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Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Black Soul RyePA from Low Road Brewing was judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 21B – Specialty IPA.

A fragrant nose of roasted malt mixed with spicy rye, pine and resin hops greet me at first whiff. The beer is a quite clear dark brown with dark amber highlights and boasts a large, beige rocky head. Light chocolate and rich coffee malt aromas round out the first few sniffs. The flavor is medium-high pine and resin hops, light grapefruit hops, bold and rich chocolate and roasted malt with light roasty malt bitterness. Earthy and spicy rye malt is light but present.

A clean fermentation yields a beer devoid of fruity esters, which is perfectly acceptable here. There are, however, some dark fruit notes that are malt-derived: figs, dates and prunes. This lends a nice complexity to the beer and invites further contemplation. A medium body supports moderate carbonation and there is a light and pleasant alcohol warmth. The beer finishes with a rich malt flavor and light lingering sweetness that is dry overall.

This beer would pair well with a hearty burger topped with dank blue cheese and caramelized onions.