I wanted to do a lager to try out new pressurized fermentation process/equipment, and I thought a rye lager might be cool. I was looking for a COVID-inspired name, so came up with IRL, which I learned what it meant during lockdown quarantines.
Aroma is faint sweetness like pears or some sort of light fruit. Taste is initially pretty flat on the palate, then turns to a nice mild grain taste. Not much notable hop presence, mostly overall clean malt-tasting lager. No real detectable rye “spiciness”, other than maybe hints of a slickness on the palate in the background.
Brewed: 5/2/2021. Distributed: 5/27/2021.
ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 35
Malts: Maris Otter, Rye Malt, Munich, Caramel 20L, Carafoam.
Hops: Cascade, Willamette.
Yeast: Wyeast 2308 Munich Lager.