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Beer of the Week: Real Ale Full Moon Pale Rye Ale

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Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.




Real Ale Brewing Company Full Moon Pale Rye Ale

This week’s brew is from up the road in Blanco, Texas, where the Real Ale Brewing Company has been producing some quality handcrafted ales for the past 15 years.

The Full Moon Pale Rye Ale was one of the brewing company’s original creations. The current bottling, from brewer Brad Farbstein, uses Willamette and Cascade hops, according to the company’s website. The result is a beer bursting with floral and coriander notes on the nose that’s noticeable from the moment you open the bottle.

As you pour it into a glass, you’ll notice an amber, orange-brown color with a touch of cloudiness, all of which reminds you of autumn and that welcome break in the weather we got this week. A medium head of foam rises up, and it lasts a decent amount of time before thinning and retreating to the edges of the glass.

The first sip is a bit more bitter than the sweet hoppy aroma might have led you to believe, but there’s a fine balance of orange/coriander, rye and wheat flavors, and malt. The ale has a medium-bodied feel on the tongue and a nice weight without being too heavy. A spicy finish lingers a great while, making it a perfect match for something truly Texan with a little spice of its own. At the Lion & Rose, that could be the peppery sausage used in the Scotch Eggs, the rĂ©moulade sauce that comes with the fried calamari or the Grilled Jerk Chicken.

The 12-ounce bottle sells for $4.75 at the Lion & Rose.

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