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Smuttynose Rhye IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Rhye IPASmuttynose Rhye IPA

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84 Reviews
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Reviews: 84
Hads: 384
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

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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Reviews: 84 | Hads: 384
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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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An interesting combination, rye and IPA flavors, can go really well, or can go bad. I remember this being good though.

Pours a slight creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a somewhat slower pace, nice layered lacing, little fluffy lacing too, some streaming bubbles on the sides to reinforce it, a hazy nectar orange colored beer.

Nose brings a nice rye right off the bat, the amount of rye aroma is crazy compared to most rye beers, a big spicy slight fruity rye, as well as the nice hops, spicy floral hops, with a mild fruity citrus note, a bit earthy too, mild grassy notes, a mild sweet caramel malt note and toasty grainy reddish malt. Quite interested unique blend that is quite nice.

Taste starts with the malts, a caramel sweetness, some toasty grainy malts, some toasty reddish malts, and a little grassy note as well. A nice big spicy rye component again, not overly rye or spicy but definitely strong, with a little fruity note too. It also seems to bring a mild caramelized sugar almost roasty note, a really interesting unique character that was slightly in the aroma too, maybe a little creme brulee note like flavor. Then hops, spicy earthy hops, little floral and grassy too, hint of a fruity citrus note as well, mild rind and sticky citrus fruit like. Fairly bitter mostly, then turns even more bitter on the dry finish, but a little sticky, mild caramel note on the finish as well, more spicy rye, little toasty reddish malt, and more spicy earthy hops all lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, decent fluffy carb.

Overall pretty nice, a really interesting combination of flavors and aromas, nice big spicy and slight fruity rye, great spicy earthy hops, little fruity citrus note as well, and that really interesting caramel toffee notes. Quite enjoyable but not a pounding beer, def a long night sipper for a bomber. I also love that they actually give all the details of the recipe, which is pretty nice.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This new is an enigma. It looks and smells amazing but the taste ribs me the wrong way.

In the glass this is a beauty. Golden yellow with beautiful lacing. Similarly the aroma is amazing and first rate. Huge pine hops smell.

Unfortunately for me, the taste rubs me the wrong way. It is so dry and malt free. No sweet taste at all.I just don't like it. The aftertaste is the same, only worse.

So this is a mixed review but a warning to me. Don't buy it again, Bob.

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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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good one!!! Pours a cloudy honey gold color into a pint glass. Big frothy white head and thick bands of lacing on the glass. Head retention is good.

Citrus hops aroma. Pleasant but not super strong.

Tastes good. Nice and bitter with mostly citrus hops. The rye sourness is noticible, mostly in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, not too light. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Enjoyable as either an AIPA or a Rye beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, orange rind, apricot, floral, grass, rye, biscuit, light caramel, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with balanced hop and malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, biscuit, rye, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of grassy/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, rye, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of citrus hops and balanced malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly sticky/crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice rye IPA. Good balance and complexity of citrus hop and rye/bready malt flavors; and smooth and crisp to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of babaracas
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with huge dense white head. This thing is structural, undisturbed it might never settle. Glass finishes coated in thick sticky rings of lace. Smell is very perfumey... floral, grapefruit peel; apricot, bready and caramel notes. Taste: grapefruit blast fading into astringent and grainy flavors. Light caramel. The rye comes through but it gets a bit monotonous.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smuttynose Rhye IPA , The Smuttynose BIG BEER Series, Brewed & Bottled by Smuttynose Brewing Company, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
1 pint, 6 fluid ounces of ale. No ABV given. Smuttynose belongs to that special club that like to keep it a secret.

Clouded, orange cast, big, beautiful, fluffy white head. Looking great.

Citrus-y, hop forward nose, fresh and zesty. We're getting a little bit of the rye malt aromatics, but not a lot. Lightly bitter, altogether pleasant.

Taste: Mmmm. Big blast of hoppiness right off the top. Clean, light to medium bodied, with a little bit of pepper-y rye malt flavor coming through. Mmm, I said it again. Tasty, tasty IPA. Never too much, easy-drinking, very satisfying.

How about that gobbledygook? "Our Rhye IPA bulls it's way into our lineup because we love really hoppy beers and were looking for an opportunity to play with rye malt and add a big boatload of hops. Would a rhino enjoy the big flavor? We don't know, but let us know if you found out."

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Photo of DrJay
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with a soapy white cap, fluffy with clumpy lacing and good head retention. Strong aroma of hops and malt, fruity and spicy with nutty notes. Sturdy bitterness that lingered in the finish. Fairly clean flavour with nutty malt, a bit of spice and quite fruity. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a bit creamy and off-dry. A solid beer.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first of the Big Beer Series from Smuttynose. I found this on tap at 4th Avenue Pub in Brooklyn.

The 16 oz draft pours an unfiltered, deep gold/orange color. The head was rather small and the lacing was average. The smell was sweeter rather than spicy. A bit of apricot and tangerine. The taste opens with pine that is followed by the caramel malt. It finished with a strong bitter piney resin taste that seriously hampered my enjoyment of this beer.

This beer was decent but the rye malt wasnt spicy enough and the hops were to bitter for my tastes.

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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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Simply says bottle conditioned in 2013.

A: Unfiltered! Huge points already. Beautiful deep golden orange with a frothy, pillowy, bright white head. Lots of lace and decent retention.

S: Very fragrant. Lots of fruit, cedar, grass. Earthy. A bit of spice from the rye is there.

T: Similar to the nose. Big hop profile but the rye really does complement it well. Malty enough to say this is balanced. Hoppy enough to say it's an IPA. And enough rye to satisfy.

M: Incredibly smooth. Seriously. Wow. Creamy, light body that makes it massively drinkable as Smutty intended. The hop resin and rye spice come together in the finish to make this a memorable beer.

O: Everything I expect from the style and from Smutty. Absolutely delicious and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Pencible
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deviating from the Finest Kind, this "pimp-my-ale" edition lands the beer with a drier and more raw flavor from the introduction of rye, more hops and a drier malt backbone. Its simply a well-made IPA that shows more rustic roots.

With an orange-copper glow, the beer pours with a creamy texture and an unadulterated in-tact haze. A dense ivory blanket of foam rises to cap the beer with long-lasting retention and intricate lacing gestures.

Citrus and bread align on the olfactories with spice and cream. But along with those bready undertones came a spicy and must raw grain scent. Not unlike the husky scent of common rye breads (but without caraway seeds), a tinge of peppercorn teases the nose ever so slighlty. But the beer is an IPA, so the hop-dominant aroma is to be expected. Upon that bready foundation builds a citrus-infused, aromatic grass, and freshly sawn pine scent. Its pungency is somewhat of musty citrus, tropical and orchard fruits.

Rye spice lays on the tongue just as sudden as malt sweetness does. As the light caramel, honey and grain sweetness begins to coat the palate, a prickle of peppercorn stings on the sides of the tongue. Its husky, raw rye, and crusty flavor gives the early palate surprising complexity until the hop flavor shows up in the middle. Dried fruits of grapefruit, oranges, lemons, apricots, mangoes and apples all seem dry, tart, and playfully acidic before falling to a dry pithy bitterness to finish. Developing late flavors take on pine, grass and stem proportions and then trails with the spicy bite that started it all.

Medium-light in body, the beer has a creamy-dry upstart, at least while its malt structures hold in tact. But after its slim sweetness recedes and the carbonation fades, the ale trends dry, warm and spicy. Mild acidity provides a modest tartness that amplifies the dryness; likewise with hop bitterness. Its clean and crisp finish extends with bright hop bitterness, rye spice and mild grain-derived astringency.

Big on flavor but light in body, the beer covers a lot of ground because of its sheer complexity. Fruit, spice, grain, sweet, bitter, bread and pepper are all represented in exact proportion. Where its rustic nature is celebrated because its a part of the complexity it also distracts from the smooth hop bitterness.

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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.

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Photo of farrago
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice big head of around three fingers, very even surface even with a full spectrum of bubble sizes, dark eggshell white in color, nice retention plus the lacing is quite thick and sticks like glue. The liquid itself is a paler orange to yellow gold, has a sort of metallic sheen to it, fully transparent and shiny with extra tiny bubbles rising quickly within. The nose comes on first with tangy white grapefruit to mandarin orange notes, followed closely by dried grass and hay and then veers into cocoa powder and flowers, minimal breadiness but what’s there is country style, very light pineapple, peach to nectarine fruit scents. Medium-bodied, the carbonation seems creamier through the mouth entry but afterwards tends to prickle in support of the bitter herbaceousness and hoppiness. Peppery with some saltiness too, any pine or flowers come across as dried in nature. That said, there’s juice in the sour orange to lemon citrus. The rye clearer here and helps fill the blank spaces left by the spotty mixed white fruit component. Minor maltiness peeks out by the end, cocoa and caramel. No alcoholic heat but it is fairly intensely bitter which can create a similar impression. Just seems attenuated and lacking in volume and palate weight, especially at the end.

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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.


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Photo of IronLover
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light copper orange in color with a heavy chill haze. Poured with a solid, billowy white foam that reduced to a wispy cap that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Fresh citrus grapefruit and spicy rye aromas, fresh pine in the background and a pleasant sweet maltiness beneath. Medium bodied with aggressive, but soft carbonation, and a tangy feel from the middle to the end. Citrus hoppiness up front followed by spicy rye malt through the middle that transitions to light pine hop bitterness to the finish. Citrus hop flavors up front that are quickly subdues by spicy rye maltiness. Rye flavors are strong through the middle until light pine hop bitterness takes a bite at the finish. This is one of the better rye beers that I’ve had. The rye malt aromas and flavors are the spotlight, never outdone by accompanying malt and hop characteristics.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2013 bottle

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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly murky apricot, stark white head, lots of cling.

S - Light malt, rye and hop.

T - Huge rye, destroys all other flavors :) Seriously, pretty long lasting rye, hops and some malt..

M - Medium body, good carb, finishes with heavily bittered malt note.

D - Good one to try!

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Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 22 oz. bottle across the river in WI, always pleased to see a new Smutty beer show up. And a rye? Feed me, feed me. Split with my wife.

The beer pours like an IPA, polished wood orange. Big honker on this beast, spicy & earthy rye lipped liberally with a nice hop jolt. Touch of orange spritzer, too. Like.

Rhye IPA is the equivalent of ryemaggedon. Spiciness lifts out of the glass in tornadic clouds, whipping the top of the mouth & numbing the taste buds. Tropical, Sunkist, bright hops lend a whup & now everything from the neck up, I can no feel. Bitterness comes through in the end to wipe out any sensation that escaped the first two courses. My burps taste divine. I could drink this out of a goldfish bowl.

Attention brewers: this is how you marry rye with hops. They're beautifully balanced, aggressive, tasty as all hell. An excellent work of art.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudy, chunky yeasty, rusty colored ale capped with a frothy off-white head; good head retention with tons of lacing left on the glass
S - earthy, piny, grapefruit, bready malt, caramel, pungent
T - earthy spicy rye, pungent grapefruit, plenty of pine, rye bread crust, caramel
M - full bodied, resinous, ample carbonation, finishes with lingering bitterness and is slightly drying
O - excellent example of a ryed IPA. I may buy this one again.

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Smuttynose Rhye IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.