Fernie Quiet Rye’t

Reviewed by on April 7, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Fernie Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Fernie, BC, CA

  • Rated On: April 7, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Rye Beer

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Fernie’s namesake brewing company is in the second iteration of releasing their Bucket List IPA series, wherein they create a different IPA for each season – and spring means rye in yer eye(PA), it would seem. Awesome punny 1980s rock music reference in the name – my me(n)tal health could use a bit of a working over, so bring it on, all four fingers in the air!

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, finely frothy, and silken ecru head, which leaves some splotchy dried sudsy lace around the glass as things slowly, slowly ebb away.

It smells of a somewhat spicy rye graininess, bready pale and caramel malt, zippy black pepper aerosol, earthy yeast, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is more of same, only now things are led off by a doughy, pastry-like caramel malt, one abutted by a strong, sassy rye breadiness, one peppery all by its lonesome, but lo and behold, the added peppercorns just go and amp that spiciness right up, with a green herbal, leafy hoppiness rounding things out. The carbonation is rather low-key, just a softly lilting frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and fairly smooth, with a slowly evolving, and beyond airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the duality of the malt still quite prevalent, in the face of an equally complex black pepper siege.

Rye beers, like their whisky cousins, on a whole, don’t usually appeal to me. So, ladies and germs, meet the exception that proves the rule – nice and peppery, solid, and smooth like an indulgent hair metal guitar solo. And perhaps I’m just obtuse (the jury is still out on that), but I’m not exactly certain what the apostrophe in the name is for – would it not be pronounced the same way, with or without it?  Couldn’t they have worked an umlaut in there?

Brady White

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