Ryeclops Imperial Rye - Arbor Brewing Company

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Ryeclops Imperial RyeRyeclops Imperial Rye

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SupaCelt on 02-03-2011)
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came to the table in a nonic a hazed amber/brown with a thinner head atop,fruity esters in the nose along with lightly toasted cereal grain,the hops and or rye were not really present.Flavors of toasted cereal and malty fruitiness,slight lactic sharpness in the finish but it doesn't pack a big punch.The imperial rye seems to be missing some rye,not a horrible beer but not something I would order again.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.36/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Old Chicago in my neighborhood. Pours a dense copper-amber color, very opaque and very inviting. The white head dissipated to paper thin rather quickly, but the lacing it left on the glass was great. The nose hits with a combination of floral hops, pines, woody grains, roasted barley and biscuits, and a hint of citrus (grapefruit, maybe) in the background. The taste is a head on collision filled with toasted grains and rye all the way. The floral tones and hops take a back seat to the malt and rye. Slightly overpowering and dry, but different and commendable for that. The body is medium, not too creamy, not too chewy, pretty much just average with a dry finish.

Not a bad beer at all. Haven't heard of it before I had it, and haven't seen it anywhere since then, but if I ever did manage to find it, I would most likely have another glass.

Photo of GRPunk
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- A liberal pour makes for a 2-finger, tan head. Clean, copper-brown body with light carbonation. Good sustain on the head and awesome stick on the glass.

S- My first impression is pineapple, oddly enough. Things stay fairly sweet with some grainy or bready aspects, but grapefruit and a hint of rye creep in.

T- A lot more rye than the aroma suggests, with sweetness that suggests brown sugar. I assumed there is a higher ABV at work and checking in at 7.7% is pretty hefty. The grapefruit comes in late again lending a relatively clean finish to a very sweet beer.

M- Very dry. First sip was through a foamy head. Full body, thick viscosity. Some puckering from grapefruit and rye.

O- It's alright. It seems like it trying to go too big and it drowns out the rye a bit too much in the end. Glad I tried it. Not going to seek it out. As drinkability goes, I don't think I could do another in a single sitting.

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3.61/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance - 3/5
Dark orange, fairly clear, about half a finger of light beige head, which dissipates to minimal head quickly. No carbonation can be seen rising up the beer, which is disappointing, it makes the beer look dead, rather than alive.

Smell - 3.5/5
Some sweet, slightly fruity malts. Pine/resin slightly floral hops. Slight alcohol aroma.

Taste - 3.7/5
Sweet, unique malt flavor (must be the rye). I'm trying to nail down exactly what it tastes like, but it's hard to define. Perhaps some carmelized sugar with a bit of alcohol flavor. Slighty fruity, with subtle pine-resin hops.

Mouthfeel - 3.6/5
Medium body, slightly crisp, light amount of medium-light intensity carbonation. Slightly syrupy but not too much so.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a good refreshing brew. I liked the rye malts, a bit of a flavor change-up compared with most ales.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a brownish orange color. Slightly hazy. A finger or so of an off white to tannish head that leaves a bit of a lacing

Smell: strong spicy rye. Some hoppiness

Taste: spicy and bitter rye along with indiscernible hop character

Mouthfeel: a bit bitter and sticky

Overall: tasty rye but two one dimensional to be great

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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, 4 oz sampler at the Corner Brewery (ABC Ypsilanti branch)
Served: 17 June 2013

Appearance: A nice deep amber color with a white head that sticks around, even in the sampler glass. Some slight lacing down the sides.

Smell: There really isn't much to mention here. Smells 'beer-y' with some hints of lightly roasty malt and some hops every now and again. The overall smell profile on this beer could certainly improve.

Taste: Incredibly smooth. The rye really makes the beer smooth and bitter to taste, which really compliments the hop characters in the beer. Like most rye beers, the hops and the malt really balance out well, and this beer is no exception.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth; invites another drink.

Overall: Another good option from Arbor, though certainly not their best. I would get this again.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, caramel, spicy rye, toast, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus hops and caramel/rye malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, spicy rye, toast, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, spicy rye, toast, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and solid complexity of juicy citrus hops and moderate caramel/rye malt sweetness; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial rye ipa. Good balance and robustness of juicy citrus hops and moderate caramel/bready rye malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Aubree's tavern in Northville, MI, in a pint glass. Slightly hazy amber body with a half finger off-white head. A small amount of creamy lacing along the top portion of the glass.

Decent hoppy aroma up front, with some grapefruit and some minor piney notes. Some slight sweet malt aroma in the background.

The flavors mix fairly well. A really good bitter hop bite blends with some malty sweetness. The hop character is not very complex, but still tasty enough to enjoy.

Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable. I definitely enjoyed two pints. Solid brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Ryeclops Imperial Rye from Arbor Brewing Company
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