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Smuttynose Rhye IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Rhye IPASmuttynose Rhye IPA

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83 Reviews
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Reviews: 83
Hads: 375
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 18.83%
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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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 375
Photo of Thads324
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowy good with lots of bubbles and big white pillows of head.

Smells of spicy hops, black pepper, grapefruit rinds and a tad bit of honey.

Taste starts watery but transitions quickly to to a sweet honey malt with a pleasant rye bite. Sharp and spicy rye quickly turns into a zippy grapefruit hop flavor. Bits of grass and pine at the end with a solid lingering bitterness.

Medium- heavy body with ample effervescence. Smooth with good lingering bitterness.

I was on the fence initially, but I love the mixture of big bold hops and spicy rye. Really good, as usual from smuttynose.

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Photo of Brad007
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale golden color with a huge head into my glass. What can I say? I don't cut my foam with salt, unlike the Carling Black Label drinkers I grew up next to.

Bold and spicy with a balanced pine wallop. Wow. I'm big on rye and this beer is fucking huge on the rye!

Forget about the hops for a second. Rye malt dominates the palate here with hops playing second fiddle. I'm not complaining. Rye adds a spiciness that you just can't get in a beer unless you use spicy hops or yeast.

Ditto for the mouthfeel. Spicy all the way. Clean finish. Alcohol? Barely even there, though I wouldn't call it "big" by any chance.

Don't get me wrong. This beer is bold and a worthy purchase if you love rye beers. I could see myself drinking it more often.

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

Bottle conditioned in 2013.

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Poured an extremely murky orange color with a pillowy white head that lasted a good while.

S: I started to smell this from the second the cap was popped. Lots of luscious grapefruit and orange juice in here. Nice. Not much of that cracked rye yet, but if I hold my snooter down there long enough, I can make it happen.

T: Delicious. I got the rye in there now, which was more of a sensation than an actually taste (I'll get to mouthfeel in a moment). More on the orange side of the spectrum, but grapefruit on the bitter finish.

M: Pleasantly bitter, with sort of a hot, chili pepper-esque quality that was to die for. I found I could take fairly substantial sized gulps of this stuff and it didn't wreck my palate either. Maybe I'm just used to these sorts of hop bombs now.

O: $6.99 for a world-class rye beer? Gimee, gimee, gimee!!!

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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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Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned in 2013 per the bottle label.

Slightly hazy, brilliant gold body with a thick, billowy, sticky white head. Citrus fruit hop aroma; honey and orange marmalade. Toasted grain flavors, rye tanginess and zip; lots of hop bitterness. Meduim body; clean and dry finish.

A zesty little number, packed and well-balanced with warm, soothing grains with hints of citrus fruits in the aroma and finishing with a pleasingly biting spiciness and hop bitterness.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a huge chunky cream-colored head. Big gobs of foam stick with the brew as you drain the glass. Tons of foam and lace rings.

Nice pine and spicy rye malt in the nose.

Big juicy hop note up front. Nice spicy malt comes into play with firm bitterness balanced with some nice toasted malt. Nice hoppy finish with good interplay with the malt.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

A nice spicy rye malt IPA. Easy to drink, tasty and good complexity.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber color in the tall Maredsous glass. A nice cap of white foam and very spritzy in the mouth. Light and pleasantly watery body. Interesting resiny aroma.

This has the scratchy rye grain flavor, but not as strong as many others in the style. However the persistent perfumey, grainy taste is quite distinctive. Malty and a little sweet after some sipping, but quite tangy and sharp.

The good part is this is hugely drinkable and refreshing. A great quaff with modest bitterness and tangy gulpability. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

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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.

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Photo of Popp24
2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
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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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of Triglycerides
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of 57md
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap as a guest beer at Amherst brewing. this pours a greyish shade of light brown, funny looking and cloudy, with only minimal white soapy head. the nose is heavy on the rye, more bready than spicy, but robust nevertheless. also well hopped, dry hopped obviously, with some residual oil and bitterness to boot. the taste is actually lighter on the rye malt than the smell, it just accentuates the other malts. the hops are real aggressive, plentiful, and bitter more than anything else. I get some high alpha varietals, but I also get some more subtle English stuff, it really works. light and delicate for a rye beer, because of the grain. it drinks easy, and the higher alcohol is well disguised. nice in the early fall, smuttynose continues to impress me. rye beer is boom or bust most of the time, and this falls on the right side of that for sure.

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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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a cloudy orange color. Big, fluffy white head. Great retention. Lacing is nice as well.

S-Great hop profile. Really stresses pineapple and grapefruit. Rye is not overly intense but it does lend that signature spicy zest. Grassy and piney too.

T-I really enjoy this beer's hoppy flavors. Hops are very ripe and juicy. Definitely getting some pineapple and melony flavors. Peaches too. Big, bready, sweet malty flavors. Then I find the rye to be more noticeable here.

M-Creamy and not as bitter as you'd expect. Especially with this having some relation to the Finest Kind recipe.

O/D-A great beer. I really enjoyed the hop bouquet here. Pretty complex in my view. Love the label too.

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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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Found this on the shelf in San Diego yesterday. Score! Really glad to see these guys here. Hopefully we get a lot more from them soon.

A: Pours a slightly hazed amber color with beautiful gold highlights. A nice one finger cream colored head leaves a curtain of lace after each sip.

S: A good amount of tropical and citrusy hops right away. Some spicy rye behind that. Mango, grapefruit and a good amount of caramel. The smell is a bit faint, but I like what I'm getting.

T: Pine under a blanket of caramel and toffee malt flavors. Spicy rye near the middle with a good amount of bready malt. The peppery rye shows up on the finish with some light pine resin. A really solid beer.

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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.

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Photo of corby112
3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 09/12/13 notes. On tap at Rattle n Hum. 12 oz. pour in a tulip.

a - Pours a murky medium burnt orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of rye, citrus hops, oranges, pine hops, lemons, grapefruits, and earthy notes. Some spice as well. Rye is up front, but lots of citrus still.

t - Tastes fo citrus hops, oranges, pine hops, rye, spice, yeast, bread, earthy notes, and grapefruit. Less rye in the taste and more pine and hops in general. Better in my opinion.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Not much of a bitter kick at all.

o - Overall a decent DIPA; some nice citrus hops throughout and definite rye in the nose. Worth checking out.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, orange-gold color with a frothy, chunky, clingy, off-white head. Nose of toasted grains, heavy rye, and a citrus/tropical blend that is tangy and balancing. Flavors of toast and earth forward, with a solid bitterness following, both resiny and fruity. Peppery and grainy end-feel into a spiced and subtle citrus aftertaste. Light, slightly effervescent body. Dry, bitter, and spicy lingering finish. Solid, well balanced beer.

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Photo of Kendo
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Note: Stamped on the bottle, the ABV is listed at 6.8% rather than the 7% that BA has. . . . .

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy orangey-amber with a 1-finger ivory head. Leaves good amount of lacing behind.

S: CItrusy hops and a touch of spicy rye. Not a really strong nose, and I was surprised that the rye wasn't more pronounced, instead being subsumed by the citrusy (orange peel, grapefruit) hops.

T: OK, now here's the rye. Starts out with a bready foundation, then the spicy rye takes hold. Juicy citrus from the hops at the finish - oranges, orange peel, tangerines. Lingering in the aftertaste is the rye. Nice dry finish too.

M: Good creamy feel; carbonation is active but light and modestly fizzy, providing a bit of a creamy feel.

O: This is good stuff; like oranges and rye in a beer.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a thin orange with a tall white head - very good retention and excellent lacing.

Big citrus punch = orange and grapefruit followed by a nice tropical fruit push mango and passion fruit backed by a subtle floral bouquet and slight earthy/herbal notes.

Delicious hop punch bouncing all over the mouth just enough sweet notes to keep it lively but mostly bitter. Definitely get herbal, grapefruit, orange on the bitter side with slight floral, mango, and malt sweetness hidden in the intensity.

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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.

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Smuttynose Rhye IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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