PW's Year of Beer: Green Flash Imperial Red Rye

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at tips@philadelphiaweekly.com.  

When you see “rye” in a beer's name, yes, it’s exactly what you think: a beer brewed using rye grain, same as is used in rye bread. Historically it's not unheard of to brew with rye—Belgian and French farmhouse ales have long used it, and it's been a part of Finnish Sahti, among others— but it’s not common, either. Not until recently, at least, when American craft brewers began incorporating it into an array of pale ales and IPAs. Green Flash has done just that with Imperial Red Rye, the current entry in their Hop Odyssey series. This imperial red ale is packed with floral hops you can smell from across the room; IPA fans will love it, but what sets it apart is the assertive spice imparted by the rye. Clean, sharp and dry, it gives this beer a distinctive character that makes it stand out from the crowd. Try this Green Flash triumph at Monk’s.

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