I am glad I saved this beer so that I could have it shortly after St. Patty’s Day in celebration of Irish heritage. Three Notch’d brewery makes this single hop beer, annually, using a different hop every year. Tollan Rye is brewed in dedication to the Irish immigrants that helped to build the Blue Ridge Tunnel in Crozet, VA. Tell me that job doesn’t take true grit, and I’ll show you a liar.
This year the beer was brewed with mosaic hops. It has a powerful hop aroma straight out of the can. It has a couple finger width head and is golden orange in color with moderate carbonation. As with most ryePAs this beer is packed with bitterness at 75 ibus. It has an earthy and peppery nose with a mellow citrusy back. The hops overpower the 6.5% ABV that this beer clocks in at. Perfect beer to have while overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. I would recommend having this beer without food to really enjoy the complexity of the rye peppery profile and juicy hop punch. Not much else to say about this one, other than I look forward to seeing what they do with the 2017 series. I give this beer 4.5 tunnelers!
This New England Style IPA packs quite a orangey/ citrusy wallop as the can suggests. It somehow conjures this flavor from Idaho-7, Galaxy and Mosaic hops. As is the custom, this IPA has a very slight orange haze and goes down smooth, clocking in at 7% ABV and only 20 IBU’s!
This beer compares well to Blue Mountain Brewery’s ” A Clockwork Orange,” but has better west coast hops pop to it, and 100% more Minute Maid copyright infringement (check the can again). While you will be able to find many other New England IPAs with better west coast hop flavor, I would challenge you to find one with as much flavor to drinkability ratio (scientific term, look it up).
I would recommend drinking this beer out on the porch while enjoying a nice spring or fall day. This beer would pair well with chicken or fish, spicy or not, and would pair particularly well with your mood if you are reminiscing about America’s colonial days and feel like really sticking it to the lobster backs! I would recommend drinking this beer in VA or MA for full colonial feel, and you get extra life points if you drink this beer at Umass for obvious reasons. I give this beer a perfect 5/5 tri-corner hats!