Alpine Rye’der on the Storm
Brewed by: Alpine Beer Company
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Porter
- Variation: Rye, Vanilla
- Limited: Yes
- ABV: 5.3%
- IBU: N/A
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Rye porter with vanilla.
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Artwork: Follows the new Alpine branding with faux wood pattern and mountain scenery.
Color: Jet black.
Aroma: Bready with some dark roast.
Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle
Served in: Specialty Barrel Aged Glass
Alpine Beer Company’s reputation has been built on their rock solid portfolio of make-you-drool hop forward IPAs. And rightfully so, since they are all amazing! But many seem to ignore the fact that Alpine can also brew other styles with the same excellence.
So that’s why we wanted to take a closer look at Rye’der on the Storm, a porter, which are pretty hard to come by in San Diego. Not only that, its rye and vanilla ingredients sounded like a dynamic duo.
This pitch black ale was capped off with a porous mocha colored topper. Its overflowing creamy head lasted a few minutes, then slowly faded away after the first few sips. A thin ring of froth clung to the liquid line for the remainder of the glass.
Rye’der on the Storm was reminiscent of an imperial stout in both appearance, and flavors. It started off with a deep roast up front, followed by the bite of rye near the finish. So far we got the dark ale profile we were expecting, along with some peppery rye. But where was the vanilla at? It was almost non-existent…
We were drinking this porter on an extra warm day, and by about halfway through the glass the heat really helped open this dark ale up. With a few degrees of warmth under its belt, hints of vanilla aromatics appeared out of nowhere. On the palate, the finish was suddenly capped off with a nudge of vanilla sweetness.
So the moral of the story with this beer was let it rest for 10-15 minutes to intensify the vanilla. It was a tasty porter right out of the chute, but the pairing of added sweetness, rye, and dark roast took this beer to the next level.
Final Score: 4/5
Alpine Rye’der on the Storm was a light and easy drinking porter that was not short on flavor thanks to its bold roast and spicey rye, topped off with vanilla.