Lakefire Rye Pale Ale by Grapevine Craft Brewery Taste Test

Lakefire Rye Pale Ale by Grapevine Craft Brewery Taste Test

Lakefire Rye Pale Ale by Grapevine Craft Brewery

Lakefire Rye Pale Ale by Grapevine Craft Brewery

I’m a big time hop head, so the idea of a hoppy beer that is refreshing enough to drink during the heat of a Texas summer is pretty appealing to me.  Based on the description of Lakefire, that’s exactly what I was hoping for from this beer.

Plus, keep your eyes open for the dry-hopped special edition Lakefire that is brewed every summer.  This one might not be available in cans, so check your favorite beer bar.

Here is what Grapevine Craft Brewery has to say about Lakefire:

“LAKEFIRE RYE PALE ALE
Summer in Grapevine, Texas is filled with good times for the whole family. Every Friday night over the calm of Lake Grapevine, we celebrate the summer with fireworks and with our friends. And nothing hits the spot like Lakefire, a refreshingly hoppy American rye pale ale, spicy with a slightly sweet maltiness balanced by a smooth hop finish and subtle fruit aroma. The Lakefire is a unique pale ale and a GCB crowd favorite.

IBUs 35 | Alc. by Vol 5.5% | Body Medium
Hops – Magnum, Centennial, and Cascade
Malt Makeup – 2-row Pale Malt · Crystal Malt · Rye
Fermentation – American Ale Yeast, Lightly Estery (Fruity)”

This beer is a variation of the normal pale ale because of the rye, but here is what CraftBeer.com says an American Pale Ale should resemble:

“AMERICAN PALE ALE
An American interpretation of a classic English style. Characterized by fruity, floral and citrus-like American-variety hop character, producing medium to medium-high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. American-style pale ales have medium body and low to medium maltiness that may include low caramel malt character.”

Just think of this description with that slightly sour flavor mixed in from the rye.  Picture the flavor of rye bread.

Lakefire Rye Pale Ale in Glass

Lakefire Rye Pale Ale in Glass

Lakefire pours out a nice golden amber color.  It looks about like you should expect from a pale ale.  There is a decent head on this beer, but nothing huge.

The aroma is slightly sour which blends well with the fresh and floral hops.  The hops are present but not at all overpowering, and you can definitely smell the rye in this beer.

The flavor of this beer is made by the great balance of malts and hops.  You get a good dose of both without one overpowering the other.

The rye flavor is slightly sour and bready, and it contributes really nicely to this pale ale.

The hop flavor is light and fresh, and this beer is super crisp and refreshing.

My tasting notes say “I need to be on a porch overlooking a lake somewhere with this beer.”  I think this beer would be the most at home by the lake during a Texas summer.  It really is surprisingly refreshing.

I need to find some of the dry-hopped version of this beer.  That is definitely something that I will keep an eye out for.

The next beer that I will review from Grapevine Craft Brewery will probably be the Sir Williams English Brown Ale, so stay tuned for that.

Thanks for the read.

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