Over the last 3 days I worked my way through sample bottles I had received of newish seasonal brews in a wide range of styles. Some like Ninkasi’s Radiant I have tried before and others are brand new this year like Oakshire’s Line Dry Rye. Typically I try to get a panel of reviewers but after a few failed attempts at getting everyone together I decided to man up and drink them all myself.
The results were mixed…
Oakshire: Line Dry Rye
Pours with a frothy white head and a hazy orangish-yellow color with many tiny bubbles. Aroma is malty cereal grains and over ripe almost tart fruit, like a fruit salad: grape, plum and peach. Mouthfeel is light and again very cereal-like grains, almost a fresh dry husk like character. Perhaps pilsner malt. There is that fruitiness again but not nearly as pronounced in flavor as aroma. In taste it is far more ethereal and is probably just from the hops. The Rye is there too and adds some body to the brew and that distinct dry rye spiciness. The beer goes down spicy and hoppy with a fairly good bitterness of a balanced pale ale that drys the mouth but is quenching at the same time. Very nice.
Score: 4 out of 5
Kona: Wailua Wheat
This beer has a small white head but it does not dissipate. Looks pretty effervescent and I would have trouble differentiating it from a Budweiser in its appearance. The aroma however smells distinctly like a wheat beer and a fruit wheat beer at that. Creamy cereal and mango aromas dominate with perhaps a bit of apricot tartness. Tastes lite crisp and tart. Fruitiness dominates with more of that apricot and mango juicy flavor. The wheat is really subdued in the flavor and that makes sense considering this beer is crystal clear so clearly it is filtered out which removes much of the wheat character. And well that is pretty much it. No malt or hop edges to the beer. I do enjoy the tartness of it and could definitely drink it on a hot day but it is very one note.
Score: 2.5 out of 5