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RyePA - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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90
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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MisterClean on 08-09-2009)
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Reviews by ScottO:
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Hamilton's Tavern
San Diego, CA

Cloudy dark orange with a half-inch near-white head that leaves regular, circular lines of lacing down the glass. Pretty.

Floral hop aroma, along with a bit of biscuit and rye.

The flavor too is quite floral and biscuity, with a moderate level of bitterness, and a bit of earth and leaves. Moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

A nice, well balanced, drinkable IPA, though unexciting.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Watchin the World Cup at the brewery before the beer fest. Tried out this little gem for the first time, good clarity, orange hue. Aroma was grassy hops, didn't really detect the rye.

Drank it, was blown away. This can compete with Hop Rod Rye. Menu claims 30% rye in the grain bill, and I was suprised it was over 10%. Nuanced to say the least. Super hoppy, almost wet hops. A degree of spice, but lesser than many I've had. Excellent all the way down, and at a decent price.

Had this numorous times, many times the hops fade and the bitterness is way up. Always good, but had to take my perfect 5 taste away, but I'm suspecting that super fresh, still a 5, just its taking the Truckee locals a little longer to finish their kegs I guess.

EDIT: I keep having this beer, but dang, for whatever reason, it seems wildly inconsistent. When its on top of its game, man, its like a '5' in taste, but when its not, its just a brassy bitterness without the same flavor, malt or hop wise. The rating will continue to reflect the overall experience, rather than what it is at the top or bottom of its game.

Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the '09 Bistro IPA Festival in Hayward, CA, then again at City Beer in SF.

Hazy copper color with a nice off-white head and some decent lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt, rye, and citrusy hops.

Flavor is similar to the aroma with sweet honeyish malt, rye, and great lingering citrusy hops.

Body is medium-full for the style, and mouthfeel is somewhat lively.

Drinkable and pretty solid overall.

Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of berkey
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass at The Bistro in Hayward. From notes 05/26/10.

A small well retained head of very large loose bubbles tops a hazy orange body with hints of amber.

Smells like a rye IPA should! Spicy rye with pungent and pine hops and a hint of cannabis.

A brief shot of sweet and clean malt on the entry is almost immediately followed by tangy rye and pungent bitter hop notes. Balanced yet bold, quite impressive.

I may be short on words on this review but I'm definitely not short on love for this beer. Big on flavor but somehow it finishes clean and really draws one in for another sip.

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at The Bistro IPA fest. Cloudy copper color with a small cap that retains well. Spicy rye aroma with floral hoppiness, earthy and zesty, somewhat muted. Tastes of slightly caramelized malt and earthy, spicy rye, floral and citrusy hops. Firm earthy and grapefruity bitterness, too bitter to put down more than one pint, but enjoyable in small quantities. Nice stuff.

Update:

Sampled this fresh on tap at FiftyFifty and it was excellent, quite a bit better than the keg from the IPA fest. Rating bumped from B+ to A.

2/18/2011:

The SF beer week batch of this beer is awesome. Huge tropical fruit aromatics to balance the bitter kick in the finish. Rye comes through nicely, earthy and spicy. A fantastic batch of an already great beer.

Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Capone's during philly beer week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Some citrus bitterness with a mild spice note from the rye. Just a touch of malt sweetness, quite mild overall.

Taste: The dominant flavors here are some citrus peel hops with the rye spice. A good amount of malt sweetness to keep things balanced, I'm really digging the rye here.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I loved the rye note in this beer. I thought the balance was quite nice. Easy to drink, I would definitely have another.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at FiftyFifty

Look: Orange in color with a 1/4 inch off white head and ok retention with some nice circular lacing

Smell: Floral hops present themselves right away and finishes with a rye spiciness

Taste: Much of the same as the nose but actually quite a bit more potent. The back end has a tremendous amount of hop burn and is a bit astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation

Overall: In my opinion this is not that great of a rye ipa. Everytihng about it is just a bit off putting and has a lack of balance

Photo of Cinderbike
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewery while I picked up my bottles of Eclipse.

A - Slightly cloudy amber with white head and nice lacing.
S - Pine, citrus, rye spice, lightly toasted bread.
T - Rye spiciness, grapefruit, some malt and nutty flavors at the finish. A bit of sweetness balances out the aggressive hop presence.
M - Medium. There's enough malt here to give it a nice backbone.
O - A good rye IPA.

Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Chambic
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

01.27.10 at City Beer

A: opaque yellow, almost honey-like

S: very grassy; something about it makes me think of Thai food

T: very rye from the middle through the finish, can't detect anything else

M: very smooth!

D: nothing outstanding, but it's a nice beer. The mouthfeel really carries it.

Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a hazed dark amber color with a couple fingers of rocky off-white head and lots of sticky lacing.

S: Just a ton of fresh grapefruit aroma as soon as I open the growler. Lots of resinous pine to go along with it and plenty of other citrus aromas. A nice bit of a rye and some slight bread.

T: Bitter grapefruit peel and pine to go with some juicy grapefruit flavor. Plenty of rye which provides its signature flavor. Bready malts serve as a base without providing too much sweetness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a bitter finish.

D: My first non Eclipse experience with FiftyFifty and I am impressed. A really solid hoppy beer that is just very easy to drink.

Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brewers- todd and kyle ashman

ibu's- 80

abv- 7

bittering hops- co2 hop extract, ctz

flavoring hops- centennial, ctz, amarillo

dry hops- centennial

overall impression is that the beer was good but didn't move me one way or another

sampled this at the bistro's 13th annual ipa festival august 7, 2010

Photo of scottfrie
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing the growler, mjyoung. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a dark ruddy brown with a billowing, dense, cream colored head. Head had great retention and faded into a thick film leaving rings of lace down the glass.
S: Rye, spices, herbal hops, touch of grapefruit, and bread crust malt. Complex.
T: Big rye, very spicy and herbal tasting. Bread crust, grains, bitter hops, leafy and citrusy finish. The aftertaste is very spicy.
M: Medium-full body, bitter mouthfeel, smooth yet drying, normal carbonation.
O: Gotta love the rye. Definitely powerful and bitter. If you love rye you’ll love this, but beware it’s not as drinkable as a normal ipa.

Photo of MisterClean
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bistro IPA Festival

A - Poured copper with a 2 fingered orange-white head. Apparently nobody told the beer to dissipate and it left beautiful lacing. Looks danged tasty!

S/T - Rye, honey-malt sweetness, citrus hops, and bittering hops as well.

M - Moderate-Full bodied, with a slight hop domination. Finished very smooth and none to dry.

D - Great overall. My pick for the winner of this event.

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Bistro DIPA Fest. Golden orange pour, sticky off-white head. Good citrusy aroma that blends well with the malt profile. Not a lot of rye really but I guess it could have been covered up by the tangy citrus notes. Strikes a good balance malt-wise, with enough caramel flavor to make it interesting but not so much that it's overly sweet. Pretty solid but why is this at the "Double" IPA Fest?

Photo of paco1029384756
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a small white head.

Scent of strong bitter hops, citrus, grain, and rye. A balanced and awesome scent.

Taste of rye, grain, bitter hops, and citrus. About on par with Founders' Red's RyePA. Still tasted fresh and hoppy from a three week old growler.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a biting carbonation.

Photo of juhl31
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

-dark gold in color with a very white head. not heavy lacing nor head retention, but good enough to not lose many marks here

-boom! right away, a nice hops blast. grassy and some faint sweetness. at the very last sip of my second glass from the growler there was still a strong hops nose to it

-awesome. grassy, and a bit piney on the hop flavor. the spiciness from the rye melts in after that. good and bitter, but still balanced well throughout

-nice and crisp. not too oily or dry. carbonated well without any unwanted bite

-fantastic IPA. the 3 hop aspects were incredible throughout. will never go to tahoe without filling my growler with this beer

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RyePA from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.