To say that this beer tastes exactly like marmalade on toast might be the most silly and obvious thing to say, but it’s the best way I can come up with to give an initial description!
(Do I get extra points for having a Tempest bottle-opener *and* coaster?)
Marmalade on Rye Double IPA tastes perfectly like a Seville orange marmalade, with loads of bitter orange rind on the first sip, and a sharp aftertaste. You can really tell Tempest have added lots of orange zest to the recipe, as well as orange juice.
A few more sips and you get a wonderfully smooth, buttery, toast-like flavour, due to the oats and rye. The ginger in the beer tasted more like crystalised ginger than root ginger to me, and I had to ‘search’ for it in the flavours when I was drinking, but I am grateful for its presence since I imagine it helped towards the lovely overall zinginess!
The smell is juicy, jammy and sweet, and is has such a rich, bittersweet and satisfying mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink, especially out in the evening sun.
I don’t tend to like overly fruity or citrusy beers, but this one was excellent. It’s a pretty heavy-going beer (especially at 9% ABV!), so one glass is enough, but it’s absolutely marvellous.