Here I am this evening enjoying a mug of Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye, another regular offering from one of Georgia’s newest brewers, Creature Comforts in Athens, Georgia. I am a big fan of rye beers, or roggens as the Germans call them, and Reclaimed Rye is a tasty example of a rye ale indeed. Here in Georgia, Terrapin Rye Pale Ale is perhaps the best known rye brew, but there are many others and Reclaimed Rye is a tasty new local offering in the style of rye pale ale.
Creature Comforts beers are only available on draft currently. In Georgia, that is a more substantial market than you might think, given the large number of multitap draft emporiums and growing numbers of growler shops popping up. This is the third beer I’ve tried from this brewery, and the third beer that I have very much enjoyed. Here’s what the brewery has to say about their Reclaimed Rye:
A uniquely complex and flavorful amber ale. French oak and rye malt lend to a well-rounded body with delicate undertones of toasted bread, spice, and subtle vanilla. We set out to show a new light onto the amber style with this beer, and to reclaim it back from the ordinary. Easy to drink with friends at the pub, or just as good as a companion contemplating the stars, Reclaimed Rye is a collection of familiar voices singing a new harmony.
Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye has an alcohol content of 5.5% by volume. I paid $6 for a full mug pour at Taco Mac, and when it was pouring at Stout’s Growlers 32 ounces would run you $6.25.
My mug of Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye arrived a dark reddish amber color with a generous head of lively foam and a vibrant spicy hop aroma in the nose. Taking a sip, I immediately enjoy the creamy texture in the palate, rich flavors of juicy stewed malts, and spicy rye notes. The latter are especially noticeable in the finish. A respectable lingering dry hop bitterness at the last rounds this one out nicely.
What I’m not getting is much from the oak ageing, but that’s OK. I am getting plenty of the spicy rye with a robust maltiness and plenty of hops, all things I enjoy in a rye pale ale (or rye amber as they call this one). Once again, a very delicious brew indeed from Creature Comforts.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.