One of my hopes for my trip last week was that while in Florida I would be able to try out something out of the ordinary from one of the locals. This next offering certainly seemed to fit the bill, but let’s see how it tasted.
Beer Name: Manhattan Double Rye
Brewery: Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, FL)
Style: Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Rye Ale
Description: Part of the brewery’s Mixology Series, this beer blends a double rye ale aged in High West rye barrels and a Belgian Tripel aged in wine barrels and infuses them with herbs and botanicals.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy light brown body with a layer white foam.
Smell: Sweet malts with a solid whiskey and rye backbone.
Taste: Mildly sweet, with distinct notes of rye and oak on the front end with the influence of the barrels picking up around mid-sip. The finish brought on hints of Belgian yeast from the Tripel and a pervasive herbal presence that really took over the beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation.
Hype: I was really intrigued by this one. I’ve definitely heard good about the brewery and it seemed like an interesting, if somewhat pricey, pickup at $6 a bottle.
Overall: Well, it sure was interesting though I can’t really say that I liked it all that much. In its defense I will said that it tasted more or less as the name suggested, but something about those flavors being in beer form just seemed off to me. The barrel influences, Belgian yeast, and herbal notes really just didn’t come together all that well for me. Glad I split the bottle.