By Julia Burke, Beer Editor
I enjoyed this summer seasonal from Lake Placid Brewing, a member of the F.X. Matt family of beers, for the first time on a kayak on a gorgeous summer evening last week. Though I enjoy all of Lake Placid’s beers, this one impressed me as a solid example from my least-favorite beer season.
Honey Rye pours a lovely reddish-bronze with a two-finger head, delicate lacing, and good retention sipped from a wheat glass.
The nose shows buckwheat honey, orange peel, and almonds with the sweet bready rye and crisp hops standard for the style.
A full, creamy, smooth palate hits the spot and completes the rye profile, with a crisp, clean finish.
Too often, the term “summer seasonal” seems mistaken for “flavorless macro-style lager” -- the rye element is subtle in this brew but just present enough to lend much-needed palate depth. Damn refreshing on a hot summer day, it’s one of the best offerings from Lake Placid I’ve had in awhile.Producer: Lake Placid (F.X. Matt Brewing Company)
Sample Size: 12 oz. bottle (355 mL)
Stemware: Wheat glass