Fire in the Rye from Double Trouble Brewing Company in Guelph, Ontario pours a hazy, rusty amber colour with a frothy off-white head that leaves waves of lace as it settles into a thick, climbing collar and fuzzy-looking film. Aromas of toffee, rye, pine and citrus zest are joined by accents of black pepper, chocolate and red berry in this American-style rye beer.
The taste of Fire in the Rye is malt forward with a warm, dry roasted rye flavour present throughout. Bitter lemon rind and pith come through on the tongue and palate and remain throughout a dry finish. This ale is full-bodied, earthy, roasty and grainy, though a fairly thick oiliness keeps everything smooth-going. Moderate carbonation and a touch of yeast pop on the tongue, leading to an aftertaste that has hints of grapefruit juice and chocolate.
Fire in the Rye is packaged in cans painted in mustard yellow and red, with imagery of a field of grain engulfed in flames and the Double Trouble cat burglars being spotted by a 1950s style UFO while trying to save the rye and douse the fire. A description of the single hopped ale is found on the side and a best before date is stamped towards the bottom of the can.
Fire in the Rye is a well tuned effort in which a sturdy 60 IBU is enveloped by a thick and warming malt base. The citrus and floral qualities of Centennial hops intricately mingle with roasted rye to create an inviting brew that goes well with a variety of cheeses like Gouda, blue and aged cheddar. It’s also nice with roasted chicken and potatoes, cherries, pretzel and rye bread of all types.
You can currently find Fire in the Rye at over 100 LCBO stores and at select licensees in Ontario.
Type: Rye Beer
Region: Ontario, Guelph
Brewery: Double Trouble Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 6.1%