Smuttynose Rhye IPA (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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2.84/5 rDev -27.2%
This beer was a huge disappointment. It had very little hoppiness and not a lot going on at all really. This was my first beer from this brewery and thus one doesn't have me clamoring for more of their beers. This beer has pretty good reviews on this site. Maybe I got a bad bottle? Aroma was weak and flavor was the same. Very subtle for an IPA. Not how I like my IPA's at all.
09-29-2013 17:03:17 | More by Popp24
3.09/5 rDev -20.8%
Pours a sunset orange with a 2 finger head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving behind just a hint of lacing. Smell is somewhat subdued, with notes of pine resin, a bit of rye spice, and a hint of citrus.
Taste is mediocre. Straightforward mix of hops and malt, with just a ever so light touch of rye on the finish. I was expecting quite a bit more rye, but it was very very faint. Mouthfeel was odd, seemingly thick at times and watery at others.
My conclusion is somewhat confused. It seems like a beer that just didn’t do anything well, almost tasting like an 6 month old IPA. Maybe it was, I don’t know, because the only dating was the notch under 2013, but I won’t visit this one again.
11-01-2013 18:49:46 | More by taylor714914
3.09/5 rDev -20.8%
Pours a hazy, deep golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger off-white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Decent retention with sporadic spots of soapy lacing left behind.
Sweet and earthy aroma with grassy hops, spicy rye and a strong malt character. Lots of caramel sweet along with some bread, toffee and roasted nut. Slight floral hop presence with a bit of resinous pine but the malt profile and rye take away from the hops in the nose.
On the fuller end of medium bodied with a crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the spice and sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. The rye is very prominent with a nice spicy, zesty flavor that nicely compliments the dry, earthy bitterness of the hops. Hop profile is a bit one dimensional but still has nice flavor. The malt backbone is huge, much stronger than I prefer. Lots of caramel, biscuit and toffee. Good for balance and blends well with the rye but it takes away from the hop flavor a bit too much for my preference. Still, this beer is very dry and bitter with spicy, grassy hops and dank pine needle character. Overall a decent tasting beer but I don't think I would seek it out again.
09-18-2013 04:19:17 | More by corby112
3.48/5 rDev -10.8%
A: This poured a clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and copper hops, with some spicy rye malt and a hint of sweet honey.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus zest and resinous hops, with some copper and spicy rye. It had a mostly clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Fizzy body.
D: This was a decent rye IPA, but the scent and taste weren't anything special, and the body was weak. The finish was smooth enough, so at least it was easy to drink. Don't feel bad if you never try this one.
12-06-2013 16:11:47 | More by Pencible
3.5/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
09-18-2013 23:17:48 | More by BB1313
Smuttynose Rhye IPA (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.