Showdown Rye IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +3.6%
22oz bottle at fridge temp served in a tulip. Bottled on June 19, 2014.
Pours a pretty, clear ruby amber with a nice light tan head, strong retention, and a fair amount of carbonation. Smell is lovely, rich, rye, malty-sweet, slight spicy hoppy characteristic.
Taste is rye, bitter, sweet, very pleasing. Slight roasty/toastiness. Hops have a pretty piney tilt to them.
Mouthfeel is rich but dry. Overall, nice beer. I like it.
08-19-2014 03:17:23 | More by snaotheus
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
Why do I always get burnt by Great Divide IPAs other than the Fresh Hop Pale ale I really don’t think I’ve ever cared for their IPAs other than Titan fresh. The rye in this beer is stealing the show at first smell, but on a bright note it has a great burgundy shade of caramel ruby with a light shade of khaki head forming thick. Bottled on June 19th, 2014, so freshness shouldn’t be an issue here, label jumped out at me with the two bucks engaging and about to lock antlers.
Aroma, juicy malts, big spicy rye, herbaceous hops coming through with perceived sweetness in loads and loads of caramelized malt sugars with lingering spicy rye and muted hops.
Flavor this reminds me of some Bath and Body Works gift I received in my teens from one of my great aunts it was musky and piney, meant to use in the shower but at the time I didn’t think I wanted to smell like the outdoors and a big dose of lumberjack so I ditched it for some Davidoff Cool Water the quintessential late 90s fragrance to get some tail with. However, these big pine notes and musky rye additions bring me back to Bath and Body Works circa 1997! The muddled malts, rye spice, dirty water, and a blend of earthy/herbal/pine accented hops leave me wanting something else hoppy.
Mouthfeel is complex with big malts, more bitter earthy/pine lingering, and the alcohol becomes quite unpleasant as the beer begins to warm…hop burps are burning my nares with fusel alcohols and crushed pine needles. Full bodied DIPA only listed as a RYE IPA but at 8.3% I’m calling it a double.
Overall harsh and beaten up the palate is drained from attempting to drink this big bottle solo, I should take a nap now!
07-29-2014 18:32:06 | More by WVbeergeek
3.76/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours a clear copper color with a soapy, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.
Smells of rye notes along with some pine hops.
Tastes of the rye malts and piny hops. Malts lead off with spicy rye notes. Piny, earthy, and slightly fruity hops come next. Caramel malts come through more towards the middle before more rye finishes it off leaving a lingering spicy note.
Mouhtfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.
Overall, this is tasty but could use a bit more hops.
08-07-2014 03:07:04 | More by ocelot2500
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
Appearance: 3.5 | Smell: 3.75 | Taste: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Overall: 4
A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film covering the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of pine resin hops.
T: The taste starts out with initial flavors of pine resin hops and quickly transitions to strong flavors of caramel malts along with underlying notes of citrusy hops and spicy rye, the latter of which becomes a lot stronger towards the finish and lingers through the aftertaste. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The rye prickles your mouth in the finish.
O: I thought that this beer had a nice balance between the malts, hops, and rye and all of the flavors seemed to come together very well. If you can get past the spiciness of the rye, the beer isn't that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2014 02:20:55 | More by metter98
Showdown Rye IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.