Beer of the Weekend #702: Lakefire Rye Pale Ale

The beer of the weekend is Lakefire Rye Pale Ale, brewed by the Grapevine Craft Brewery of Grapevine, Texas.

The color is cloudy, caramel-amber. A pathetic pour produces about a finger of dense, bubbly, buttery head that is a shade or two darker than eggshell-colored. It dissipates evenly, leaving a skim and bubbles. Honestly, it smells a lot like last week’s BotW, Grapevine’s HopFest, though the aroma is a little “darker.” The aroma is a touch faint, but there are scents of tropical fruit and citrus that are tempered by dark fruit and caramel. The flavor is mostly carried by caramel, touches of citrus and tropical fruit (mostly grapefruit, lemon, and perhaps a little kiwi or pineapple), maybe some cherry licorice, rye spice, and a subtle but astringent bitterness.

Fun facts about LRPA:

• Style: Pale Ale.

• Price: $8.34 per six-pack of cans at the Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods store on Texas State Highway 121 in The Colony, Texas.

• Alcohol content: 5.5 percent ABV.

• IBU: 35.

• Description on the brewery’s website:

Summer in Grapevine, Texas is filled with good times for the whole family. Every Friday night over the calm of Lake Grapevine, we celebrate the summer with fireworks and with our friends. And nothing hits the spot like Lakefire, a refreshingly hoppy American rye pale ale, spicy with a slightly sweet maltiness balanced by a smooth hop finish and subtle fruit aroma. The Lakefire is a unique pale ale and a GCB crowd favorite.

• Despite the fact it is supposedly associated with summer, Lakefire is one of Grapevine’s year-round beers.

• Thanks to the Giants’ loss tonight, the Cubs are in the playoffs, baby!

The Quiet Man’s grade: B-.

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