Smuttynose Rhye IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Rhye IPASmuttynose Rhye IPA

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354 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-31-2013

Originally released as part of our Short Batch Series, our Rhye IPA arose from our desire to play with rye malt. It's built on a Finestkind IPA chassis, with the following changes:

• We tweaked the grain bill adding 30% rye malt and swapped Aromatic malt for C-60. Rye adds a spicy note while Aromatic malt adds a more subtle flavor than C-60 but increases malt aroma.

• We lowered the mash rest temperature a few degrees, giving the final beer less body and more drinkability.

• We jacked up the dry hopping to four times the level of Finest Kind for big hop aroma.

65 IBU
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Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an impy nonic a dull hazed burnt orange infused medium golden with a terrific tightly formed one finger craterous white head that is not fading in the least bit,just great.Big grapefruit rind-like hops jump out at ya in the nose along with spicy rye,I like the fact that the rye plays a big role,lately some of the "hopped up rye" beers I have had leaves me wanting more rye.A fresh citric hop blasts greets the taste buds with the spicy rye coming in right afterwards making for a nice 1-2 punch,a firm lightly sweet bready base compliments the beer with the alcohol creeping a bit.Maybe the best Smuttynose beer I have had,this is what a big hoppy rye beer should be,fantastic.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from Smutty.
In a pint glass the beer was a brassy color with a thick white head. There was a lot of lace.

Aroma of citrus and piney hops, more on the citrus side. Spicy rye.

Taste agreed with the aroma. Big grapefruit, some pine. Great rye taste, with a kind of kick to it.

This beer was pleasantly hoppy, but balanced.

Very nice.

Photo of Jason
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date, sample from the brewery.

Nearly clear light amber hue, sexy lacing down the glass. Dank citrus nose. Subtle hop bitterness, more of numbing hop resin with a kick in the palate from the rye. Kickin smoothness, lush medium body. Easy drinking for a beer closing in on 7.0% abv. Bitter finish, on the dry side. Bold and wanting more sip to sip.

Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orangey apricot colored with an orangey beige head of thick and dimpled foam that lingers very long. Big hop aroma, resiny pine and orange rind, some toffee and cinnamon.

Big hoppy flavor with a mix of floral and pine, some orange rind. Good malt balance with notes of cinnamon and toffee.

Rich and full mouthfeel, creamy, filling and satisfying. Great beer.

Photo of tastybeer
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears to be muddied orange with a gold glow. (Yeast poured in). Head is modest and leaves a nice foamy layer once it fades. Shifting lace strings and spots. Aroma is sweet, flowery, fruity and peppery. Lemon, tropical something, decaying pine needles, rye aromas and grains. Flavors match. Complimentary rye and hop bitterness that lingers. Pine resin crystals....and earthy too. Mouthfeel is pretty spectacularly tingly. Fluid and foamy. The bitterness continues to push on through. Perhaps a little tooo bitter but overall, yay Smuttynose!

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of 08/18/15

Appearance - Pours clear and copper orange with a khaki colored finger width head. Fair retention; dissipates to a thin, broken layer of suds and a ring around the edge of the glass. Patchy lacing with good stick.

Smell - Citrus aroma with a peppery spice and a fair caramel undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orangey citrus flavor with a peppery spice bite from the rye. Firm caramel malt backbone. Hints of chocoolate in the finish, with a lingering pepper and citrus pith aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with fair carbonation. Pretty heavy for an IPA, though rye can thicken a brew. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Pretty delicious, though its drinkable qualities aren't quite on par with some of the top notch IPA's. Avoid after a full meal.

Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

9/11/14...pours a rusty orange amber. Thick pouring white foam. Lots of lacing. Rye tinged pine nose, good aroma. Mellow malt taste bursting into a juicy biting hop. Light sweetness.

Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best before 8/14/15, poured into a Sam Adams glass

A- pours a clear deep golden color with a peach hue, small creamy white head reduces to a thin film floating on top, no lacing left behind

S- citrus & piney hops peppery rye with a toasted malt base

T- quite sweet up front, eventually giving way to some spicy rye, followed by piney and fruity hops, more sweet malt with some bready notes on the close

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a thick foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish

O- some nice spicy rye notes, but a little too sweet for an IPA

Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the big bottle series labeled bottle conditioned 2013. Sampled on September 20, 2013.

It pours a very cloudy orange to golden yellow with this long-lasting light, fluffy off-white head. Decent carbonation.

The nose is floral, grapefruit, and orange mainly with a dash of grainy toasted malts balancing and blending it all together.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste has an full floral and citrus taste but it is not overly bitter. It is moderately bitter and the bitterness ends dry and lingers briefly on the tail end but it is not overly so. A great variation on the rye IPA style.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, stamped with ABV 6.8%. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy golden orange color with about an inch and a half off-white frothy head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy (orange, grapefruit) and pine hops, and spicy rye. I think it tastes like the aroma, but with a good balance between the rye and the hops. There's also a long lasting bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. I liked this a lot, and it's priced well at $5.99 a bomber. I'd buy this again!

Photo of n2185
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a solid sheet of lacing. Lovely.

S: Some sweeter citrus notes up front before spicy rye and hop aromas bring up the finish.

T: Sweeter citrus and caramel malt flavors up front before some slightly spicy and earthy hop notes bring up a finish that is a bit sweet before a pretty bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer has a little bit of an oily slick feel.

O: A solid beer overall, though a bit too bitter. I'd like the hops to stick out a bit more as well.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a moderately dark brown, with a half inch head, and a really good amount of lacing.

This one smells really nice, with a big rye character, some floral/perfume aromas, and a good amount of pine.

This is a really pleasant surprise, it was quite tasty. The rye character is spicy and grainy, adding some pleasant bitterness, with a good amount of bitterness also from pine, and some floral character as well. It all comes together really nicely, and forms a coherent whole.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and biting mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

Another great beer from Smuttynose, they nailed this one.

Photo of wedge
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid golden orange with a bit of haze with a thick, lumpy white head that sticks to the glass. Fairly subtle floral, soapy, and oily citrus aromas. More spiciness as it warms up. Citrus pulp, some piney resin, yeast, and a pleasant addition of spicy grain in the finish. Medium-fullish body with a nice creaminess before a dry bitterness wraps it up. Some sweet toasted, almost biscuity notes, but the bitterness all but buries it. Pretty good, not sure how old the bottle is. Lots of bitter, spicy qualities, but I'd love a little more diversity in hop flavors and less plain old aggressiveness.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a massive, fine off-white head that continued to grow for several minutes after pouring, pyramiding above the glass. Tons of lacing. Nice aroma of citrus and floral hops, citrus and light stone fruit and caramel malt. Flavor follows aroma with a nice bready malt body, citrus hops with light herbal and piney elements, light sourness from the rye. Well balanced. Finishes with a grapefruit rind citrus hop finish and lingering hop bitterness. Great creamy body and the head is so thick and substancial it was was like whipped cream. A very nice rye IPA that leans more towards the citrus IPA end of the taste spectrum, with the rye adding nice spicy, tart notes. I liked this quite a bit and if Smuttynose was available here, I'd get this again in a heartbeat. And that's saying a lot because local Rueben's Brews is making world class rye beer a few miles from here.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As Raul looks at the rhino that is printed on the bottle, he cannot help but want to cock his tusks back, thrust them into his prey, and yell ROAR!

Now, this beer ain't makin' Raul feel it like a Victoria Secret Angel walking down the Rhino...eer, catwalk, but he is still feelin' it nonetheless.

Lets go in for another dip, shall we?


Ooo baby, now it's talking to me. That rye flavor is subtly robust like Miranda Kerr in a water bra, I mean, yes please! This thang is just devilishly sexy, smooth, tasty, and overall just money like Netflix stock.


Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber-orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that gradually died down, leaving a patch of bubbles covering the surface, a thin collar and lacy webs of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: The rye take center stage in the taste of this beer, imparting lots of spicy flavors while the hops mostly are responsible for lending a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and only impart hints of citrus.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this rye beer because it was very bold and spicy yet remained drinkable. No traces of alcohol are noticeable in the taste.

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Bright cloudy orange, one finger head, nicely carbonated.

S-Good deal of citrus hops, orange and lemon, not much grass but some. A little bit of rye spice.

T-Some rye, not much. In the finish there is a bit more. Good deal of citrus hops and nice bitterness in the finish. Balance is good but more rye would greatly improve the beer.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and some hop resins.

O-The IPA part of the beer was spot on. The Rye part wasn't. More rye to help out the balance and the beer would improve greatly.

Photo of TBoneJones
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Looks hazy orange, ok off-white head. Smells like citrus hops, slightly dank and with some rye.
Tastes nice with lemony/ orange citrus up front, and then a rye malt bread/ malt flavor to round it out and subdue the bitterness. Tasty, even a bit smokey.
Feels fairly full and nicely carbonated.
This is a pretty flavorful rye beer, and the hops are played well for big aroma and balanced in flavor.

Photo of gonzo000
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good beer. Golden/orange color on the nose. Nice grapefruit on the nose. Good hoppiness. Enjoyed this beer.

Photo of bubseymour
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

For a rye based IPA this one is exceptional. Looks great, smell is subtle citrus aroma. Taste is extremely well balanced and very complex for an IPA. To explain, the rye/grain is noticable up front, then it gives way to a citrusy hoppiness and finishes very sweet and smooth without much bitterness at all. This may be one of the best rye IPAs I've had to date. Excellent.

Photo of BB1313
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden with a huge fluffy eggshell white head. The chunky head sticks around and leaves amazing lacing. The head and lacing alone make the appearance nearly perfect. You can always count on Smuttynose's beers looking awesome. The aromas have very subtle hints of pine and citrus. There's some orange zest in the mix. There's also a bit of breadiness and some caramel malts in the background as well. They're fine, but don't exactly wake up your senses. The flavors have a solid bitterness to them. Lots of grapefruit. There are hints of pine needles and grass. Very earthy. The rye is there, giving this one a decent spiciness. A little bit of black pepper. Flavors are sharp and crisp. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It has active carbonation, but remains very creamy and fluffy. It's drinks very smoothly.

This is a solid Rye IPA. Fans of Finestkind will like this one. The aromas and flavors are decent, but the craftsmanship is what really sells this beer for me.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I raked leaves, I drank a beer.

Gold with a cloudy dandelion haze. Thick, pillowy head. Fierce piney citrus aroma. Spicy sweet malt wraps up a big, bitter grapefruit hop profile. Resiny as all get out. Between the resin and rye spice there's a lot for my tongue to grab on to.

Aggressive. I like it.

Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how this one has flown under my radar for so long. Best by: 08/02/15.

A- An orange-amber brew falls out of the 12oz bottle and into my glass with a one-finger puffy white cap forming atop the liquid. The fairly retentive head falls back to a large band at the edges. Sticking on the glass are wide sheets of lacing.

S- Hops are most definitely at the forefront but certainly not at a "hop bomb" level as fresh citrus, pine and spicy floral scents are prominent. Added hint of stone fruit I never got in Finest Kind. Malts underneath and ever present with a bready, spicy rye, pale caramel sorta feel.

T- Much like the aroma but the rye definitely hits me harder on the taste buds with a prominent spiciness that helps cut down on much of the malt sweetness. Overlapping with that are bitter orange and pine resin hops joined by hints of apricot, floral tones, yeast bread, raw grains and earthy grasses.

MF- Right off the bat the smoothness is apparent as it comes down with a creamy, silky texture; some must be from the complex sugars in the rye. High end carbonation really makes the spicy and hoppy flavors pop off and it finishes on the high side of the bitterness scale.

Each sip seems to get better and better with this one. I find it to be the opposite in many other brews. The interplay and juxtaposition of the bitter pine and citrus hops with the rye just works out well in this case. The edgy hops and rye seem to cut into the sweetness and really smoothing things out.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smuttynose has arrived in Indiana, and I couldn’t be happier – got half a six-pack of Finestkind in the beer fridge as we speak. Cheers!

A: Shining amber, crystal-clear, with a thick, white, frothed-milk head and sheets of lacing. Beautiful.

S: Moderately-intense hops present pleasant fruit tones of cantaloupe, white grape, apricot and peach purée. Rye spice is there but just barely, bowing to an earthier scent of dark toast and peat.

T: Spicy hops meld with spicy rye in a flurry of lime zest, pine, chili pepper, and the smoky, savory tone of meat that’s been spiced and barbecued. Rye is much more prominent here, though there is a syrupy honey taste to the malt profile that distracts. Finishes with a salty cracker snap and the warm touch of astringent alcohol.

M: Thick yet drinkable, although it’s less carbonated than many offerings in this style. Frothy is a good word for it.

O: A solid IPA that reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo (which is most definitely a compliment). The balance in this beer comes through to create a meshwork of interconnected flavors; so, while I wouldn’t exactly call it complex, it’s certainly a rich, palatable brew.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/15/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops, some spice and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of caramel, vanilla, spices and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty rye malt character. A strong hops bitterness brings some balance but not a lot of it. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you want something slightly different.

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Smuttynose Rhye IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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