Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

Harpoon – Old Rusty’s Red Rye Ale

Part of their 100 Barrel series, Old Rusty’s Red Rye Ale was released in May of 2008. Not to be confused with The Old Crustacean Barleywine (I dunno, crusty, rusty… they got tangled in my head) from Rogue.

Brewed with the supervision of an old Harpoon friend and former brewer named Rusty, this one is a pleasing red color coming out of the 22 oz bottle. 

It pours with a really thin head. The smell is strong of hops and some kind of fruitiness. It doesn’t smell like a straight IPA but of something sweeter and maltier.
The taste is a very delightful rye ale. The first bit of taste is hoppy and carbonated, a tiny sting of bubbles, followed by a bready yeasty taste and a rye finish. It has a nice complexity to it but doesn’t play games in your mouth. This one is satisfying and yummy, I am beginning to get a real attachment to anything with rye – it just adds a level of savory goodness that reminds me of delicious grain. 
This would be a perfect pairing for a roast chicken dinner because it would bring out some of the spices like oregano or paprika. 
This one is a find, taste it if you find it!.
 I’ll grab their newest release, the Glacier Harvest Wet Hop Ale when I see it 🙂


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  1. Amy

    Just got our hands on a bottle. Excited to try it – perhaps we will roast a chicken per your advice 🙂 thanks for the great blog!

  2. Anonymous

    Thanks for mentioning Rusty’s. I’ve been dreaming about it ever since my Harpoon Brewery tour, and haven’t been able to find it anywhere since. Glad to know I’m not crazy. -Jay

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