Ryeclops Imperial Rye - Arbor Brewing Company

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43 Ratings
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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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Photo of mchegash
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%

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "imperial rye" ale us a thick, heavily clouded dark orange with a bit of clarity in the very thinnest parts at the edges. The head is a creamy one a full finger tall that shows some stick as it drops to a heavy layer that remains. Lacing clings in a solid ring followed by a blend of patching and spotting.
The nose is initially fruity with a lot of pineapple before earth comes in with floral notes, something almost nutty, and quite a lot of spiciness. There's something almost dank, but appropriately so, weaving its way in to balance the sweetness well.
Earth, spice and must are first in the flavor before fruity hops hit. They blend and balance well in the middle, with the hops presence accumulating with each sip. Something like pumpernickel rides the middle, the rye showing strongly without overtaking the other flavors, while the hops turn more floral and seem to accentuate the spiciness and earth into the finish, which lingers well.
The body is on the border between medium and full, and there's a lush creaminess that makes the tongue uncertain at first. Ultimately it falls medium but edges into full, while a crispness evens the smoothness a bit.

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Bsarmstr51
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of marcb105
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of JeffONeal
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of jemarent
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of 98green
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of MrBIP
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Matt82
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Nszuch8
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of linnymtu
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Beerdanza
4.56/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

No sweetness here! This is for people who like the bitter taste of beer. Simcoe single hop, with 10% rye malt. 70 IBU, but without the really sweet malts, it's an almost savory brew. I've found that rye IPAs are about my favorite beers, and this is an exceptional one. With almost 8% ABV, it has quite a kick as well.

It's a beer for tough folks who aren't afraid of a little bitterness and don't need sweetness. Try it!

Photo of EricTKole
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of oberon
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.

Photo of superspak
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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Ryeclops Imperial Rye from Arbor Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.