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RyePA - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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90
outstanding

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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

GRG1313, Dec 10, 2011
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.

womencantsail, Feb 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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.

largadeer, Aug 07, 2010
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.

oline73, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

MarkyMOD, Dec 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

drewone, Nov 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

yourefragile, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

rolltide8425, Oct 19, 2012
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 14, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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?

illidurit, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of popery
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap, City Beer Store. Good IPA with a noticeable rye presence. I expected the rye to completely fade into the background for this beer, but it comes out as a noticeable spicy grain presence. It's not really a strong note, but because it's relatively small compared to other rye beers that I've tried, the rye seemed to come out more fully than usual. Regardless, the hopping is nice and bold - grapefruit/orange rind. The malt backbone is well done. The flavor starts out juicy and spicy and fades into a nice dry finish. Good beer.

popery, Mar 12, 2010
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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.

scottfrie, Aug 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jmdrpi, Jun 24, 2013
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.

ehammond1, May 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

PittBeerGirl, Dec 14, 2013
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

DarthKostrizer, Dec 13, 2011
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.

nickd717, Jan 25, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Feb 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Wowcoolman, May 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

tbone1384, Nov 09, 2012
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.

paco1029384756, Oct 04, 2009
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RyePA from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.