Chatham Brewing
Farmer's Daughter (Rye IPA Made With Columbia County Rye)
American IPA
New York
16oz, 4-Pack
Pours close to three fingers of dark tan foam, mottled surface, it sizzles around the edges causing a swift evaporation, the lacing teases you but slides off the glass like it was greased. Dark coppery orange with a reddish brown tint, clean as a whistle, the glass is filled with a hyperactive storm of super tiny bubbles and I mean filled throughout. Heavy caramel, toffee influence to the nose, the rye gives it a roasty, peppery nuance, more grainy than grassy, likes bite, there's a concentrated, if not reduced, feel to the peach, apricot, to melon fruit scents. Full-bodied, the carbonation is persistent, but persistently downy rather than scrubbing. The rye more focused and spicy on the palate and the herbaceous element picks up speed so it has some erectness in spite of its heft. In turn, minerally and earthy, cleans up some of the excess caramel, molasses flavors. Mild orange citrus accents add life to the apricot, apple, pineapple fruit. It seems like it aimed too much at presenting certain ingredients rather than noting what it lacked and filling the holes. Fine enough, would be more drinkable were it lighter in body.
3 out of 5