Created for the innovative Brewers Project, Guinness brewers created Rye Pale Ale as a gift for their families but it was so popular that they very kindly decided to share it with everyone. I've always been a big fan of Guinness; they can do no wrong in my beer-goggled eyes so let's have a look at their Rye Pale Ale.
It pours a deep golden colour with a white head that has the tight, milky appearance of the Guinness head we know and love. Unfortunately, the head does disappear to a thin foam despite the ale appearing quite fizzy with bubbles reminiscent of a fast-flowing lava lamp. What head remains tries its best to lace the glass.
The aroma isn't terribly strong but it's predominantly grapefruit and hops with a hint of spicy pepper. I didn't really get any peach smell but my nose tends to get overpowered by citrus aromas.
A lovely malty flavour comes through on my first sip and then a little kick of grapefruit but there is no citrusy bitterness at all. It has a very subtle fruit flavour that is perfectly balanced with the malt to produce a crisp, dry and refreshing ale.
It has a good, medium body and bubbles I noticed at first glance are quite harsh at first but they do settle down and it becomes a lot smoother, leaving a nice fuzzy feeling on the tongue.
A very easy drinking ale that feels light enough to drink by day and strong enough to drink by night. It's a good all rounder from Guinness, which is nothing less than I'd expect. Although I remain firmly planted on the dark side, this is one pale to which I'd say Ale Be Seeing You again.
Brewed by Guinness Brewery, Dublin
My Untappd score: 3.75/5