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Smuttynose Rhye IPA (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-31-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Popp24
2.84/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden apricot with a foamy cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Grapefruit, resin, pine, fresh cut grass, and a touch of peppery rye form the very hop forward aroma.

Flavor is more rye spicy throughout, becoming very bitter at the finish. Grapefruit underpinnings are dominated by rye and bittering hops mid palate. The nutty, toasted malt backbone it's a nice complement.

Body is moderate to a tad full, with moderate carbonation, hop astringency, and light alcohol warmth.

Not a fan of rye, not a fan of bitter, but the hop character is nice. Not a bad beer at all, but not my style.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange colour with a 1/2" head with lacing down the glass.

S: Great citrusy hop aroma with a bit of lingering rye in the background.

T: Hoppy citrus notes of grapefruit and pine dominates with some malt. The finish brings a very nice balance of the spiciness of the rye and the astringency of the hops.

M: Great creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied with some light carbonation. There's a pleasantly bitter, dry feel at the finish.

O: Overall, this is a great variation on rye beer/IPAs. The beer comes of as hoppy, yet still easy to drink. Very nice work to Smutty again! I hope to find this on-tap/next time I go to the store.

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4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a cloudy brownish straw color with a full finger of head that retained for some time and left delicate lacing behind. The nose has notes of both hops and rye - exactly as expected. The flavor profile is a tasty balance of hop bitterness and rye spiciness.

In all catagories, this is an exceptional example of the hybrid rye-IPA style.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight rye flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence, but the rye aspect is quite subdued in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Smuttynose Rhye IPA (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.