Smuttynose Rhye IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Rhye IPASmuttynose Rhye IPA

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 374
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 7
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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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 JebBeerFish
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I prefer DIPA's to IPA's. Pours Hazy copper/amber. Citrus in the nose. Taste is ok for first 1/2 of the bottle, but as it warms near total dominance of lemon and maybe the rye malt. I really didn't care for this one, but IPA's are not one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold crowned with a 2” white moussey foam cap that produces excellent lace. Big grassy nose with spicy grain. Hop driven with some grapefruit rind and resin on the tongue with some rye spice. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with an acceptable head; dots of lacing hang around

Smell: Caramel, rye bread and pine

Taste: Although the beer is not sweet, there is a good foundation of caramel malt, at the outset; the spicy rye aspect keeps the sweetness in check; in the mid-palate, the hops take over, bringing tropical fruit and piney bitterness; the finish is balanced, with an edge to the bitter side

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting twist to the standard IPA; while I don't ordinarily like a lot of malt in my IPAs, this one has an interesting complexity from the rye

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Photo of Krisp09
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip. Clear orange Amber color with thin head. Aroma is floral and pine with nice malt notes as well, really well balanced. Taste is spice from rye and nice floral and resiny pine hop flavor. Overall a great ipa

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(best by 08/18/15 - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: liquid is, at first, a fairly clear, medium-orange/amber... sediment does slip out and murk it up a little... the foam is slightly off-white, quite open and spongy in structure... nice chunky lace ring left at the mouth of the glass

S: your average West Coast juicy citrus - lots of orange and lemon... great potency to the hops... only maybe the most subtle hint of rye malt coming through the middle... pretty straight-forward hop showcase... little bit of alcohol piercing in on the back end, enhancing the fruit

T: really full malts coated in hop-resin up front... a bit of the rye, bready, showing through in the finish... trail of mildly tannic hop leaf in the aftertaste... midway through the candy-like citrus elements gradually intensify with each sip, while the restrained bitterness subtly creeps up, but not quite to balance... lemony burps

F: silky, fatty, and plush - like a fine doughy ass in track pants... the finish swipes that up and out with a porcelain-ian soft booze... so smooth

O: again, I don't understand why you'd want to marquee this as a rye beer, then stuff each bottle with a fistful of hops - let the rye shine, mofos!... rye IPAs all taste about the same, anyway, but Smutty does a fine-ass job with all their IPAs... I'm feeling now like it was a great move getting that variety pack - Finest Kind is one of my all-time faves anyway, and this compliments it quite well

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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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fave east coast brewery and place.
A: Pitch perfect in a tulip. a hazy nectar orange body topped by a dense, lasting 1 finger head that laces ok.
S: Sharp, stinging, peaty rye on top of classic. spicy, floral east coast IPA profile.
T: Follows the smell, more rye than most others (And I like the style). With spicy complexity and great feel - fruity citrus notes, earhy hay, grassy notes, sweet caramel malt wrapped in a nice see saw combination that finishes spicy. Lingering earthy, spicy hops.
F: Great weight and body, a bit fuller body, fine finish. Peaty, smokey, liquor-like.

O: Great combination of flavors and aromas, nice big spicy/ fruity rye, great earthy hops. Great finish. A meditation beer packed with complex flavors.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper color. The head is two fingers high and eggshell in shade. Retention is average for the style, and so is the head's texture (neither very creamy nor rough). Some lacing sticks to the glass - all told, though, it doesn't help this beer's aesthetic appeal. (2.75)

Smell: I could sum the nose up in three words: 'dat grapefruit doe'. I mean, I do pick up other notes (the sweet caramel-laden malts and the rye), but its grapefruit notes hit me over the head like a sack of...grapefruit. As it opens up, a bit more rye spice appears, as do piny characteristics. It's a good nose, enough said. (3.75)

Taste: The tastes seems to skew more toward the rye/crystal malt interplay, with hops serving to ballast the sweetness, rather than be at the forefront. Subtle notes of pine, grass, and grapefruit seemingly finishes it off; all while traces of stone fruit esters float around throughout. Once again, Smuttynose pulls through with a rock-solid brew. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: This is one smooth, creamy-feeling brew. Rye beers can be a bit coarse, so Smutty should be given credit for such a silky mouthfeel. The general feel leans closer to sweet rather than dry - and yet, the unfiltered nature makes it crisper than normal. Carbonation is quite gentle, also. This is more of a sipper than a drinker, but I don't care. (4)

Overall: This is one tasty rye ale. The hops and malts intertwine extremely well, and the drinkability isn't at all compromised by the smooth texture and full body. This is definitely worthy of another purchase in the future. (3.75)

3.72/5: Another solid Smuttynose beer

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangey-amber with a short lived off-white head. No retention and the smallest amount of lacing left from the beginning. The aroma light, floral and tropical hops with just a hint of rye spice. The taste is just about the same. The body has a nice full feeling to it, mostly smooth with just a little spicy bite on the finish.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper coloring with a finger of foam capping it off. Big mix of earthy and tropical fruits in the nose, predominately pineapple and grape. A touch of apple and mango in the aroma as well. The rye comes through in the taste, lending a slightly spicy aspect to a ton of grapefruit flavor. Some bready notes and a bit of caramel sweetness balance this out really well? Slightly resinous mouthfeel that gets nicer as the beer finishes.

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

Dark amber, almoust orange, hazy beer with a two finger high offwhite head.

Nose: Orange marmelade, peach, mango, resin and rye.
Taste: Resin, orange, wood (oak?), citrus, pine, honey and ryee.
Body: Medium to full body. Smooth as silk! Great bitterness and a sweetness in the back of the tongue. A soft, small carbonation.

This is a GREAT beer! I'm glad there are a lot of bottles left at Systembolaget - I'm going to get a LOT more bottles tomorrow!

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks. Golden Amber with a tinge of nut brown and somber red. Looks murky but actually very heady. Good sized light tan head.
Smell. Fresh, light, citrusy, slightly yeasty.
Taste. Hoppy, citrusy, medium happiness all around the mouth.
Mouthfeel. Medium body, puckery, fuzzy and tangy, good round feel, denser than a normal IPA.
Overall. I guess the rye adds some weight and tang to the mixture. Interesting halfway stop between a traditional IPA and a dark beer.

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Photo of Bone53
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden orange color with a two finger egg shell colored head

Smell: Good balance between Citrus (orange, grapefruit), slight pine, and rye malt

Taste: Flavors transition well with the rye upfront and a orange/grapefruit finish. Just the right amount of sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sort of coats the mouth. Goes down silky smooth with a slight bitter finish

Overall: This is a fine rye IPA if you ask me. Nothing to go crazy over, but the balance of rye and citrus hops is well done. Id put it up there with GL Rye of The Tiger

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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.

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Photo of scotorum
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 6/15.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Translucent orange with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to patchy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate strength citrus and pine.

t; Very smooth orangelike citrus over moderate bready malt followed by a light to moderate hop bite. Very slight bitterness lingers on the otherwise mainly dry finish.

m; Smooth medium to full. Great body and medium carbonation tingle.

o; A tasty IPA with more citrus than spice for a rye. Here the rye seems to have affected the brew more by adding body rather than spiciness, which is fine considering the more evident dominance of hops. Substantial and enjoyable.

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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.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cloudy amber. The ecru head quickly dissipates to a thin collar. The nose is sweet and spicy. Orange marmalade plays well with the rye spiciness. Grapefruit hop scent comes through as well.

Taste is similar. Firm rye spiciness backed by hops and a surprising residual sweetness. A little too sweet for my tastes and I'm surprised to see the notes indicating it was mashed lower than Finest Kind IPA. Otherwise a nice balance between the rye and hops. Firm bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

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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.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy golden in color with tropical fruit and citrus coming through the nose. Sort of a dominate grapefruit in flavor with a slight tan head and very minimal lacing. Light and smooth with a creamy feel and no aftertaste and acceptable bitterness. Refreshing and very easy to drink. Poured into IPA glass and relatively fresh. Overall, another fantastic offering from Smuttynose!

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

Caramel orange in color with a fingers worth of khaki head. Citrus, tropical fruits, and caramel aroma. Taste is very similar to the smell with a light spicy rye finish. Moderate body and light to moderate carbonation. Overall very drinkable, rye is a bit light, but is overall another very good beer by Smuttynose.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Foamy head that settles in a rocky fashion. Leaves plenty of streaky lace on the glass. Dirty gold color with some haze and small particles floating in the glass.

Big caramel malt aroma--mild bittering hop nose. Smooth and inviting.

Far more dry than the smell indicates--the obvious presence of rye. I think this makes the hop more pronounced as well. Dry, nearly astringent finish that creates a very long aftertaste. Neutral body with a heightened level of carbonation.

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Smuttynose Rhye IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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