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Showdown Rye IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Showdown Rye IPA
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BA SCORE
87
very good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 06-02-2014)
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-10-2014 02:29:49 | More by Hopmodium
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KathrynD

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +28.9%

07-30-2014 22:39:06 | More by KathrynD
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 18:32:06 | More by WVbeergeek
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-29-2014 13:05:16 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-28-2014 23:49:03 | More by thinwhiteduke
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-28-2014 19:58:43 | More by Latarnik
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Caramelly red-amber with that rusty rye IPA hue. Haze prevalent, the head size doesn't. Retention is decent, however.

Caramelized malts with an edgy sweetness. Woody, like Rumble, but not abrasive. Smells like it could have come out of a barrel. Hops have a juicy citrus and floral bent. Teeming booze makes a flashy appearance.

A lot of malty swet mush, but only offering hints of rye spiciness. Has a rustic grain approach with caramelly and toasty notes. Underlying esters get stacked beneath flowery hops and citrus notes. Hints of red apple and bitter hop leaf. Not bad. That barrel-aged note rears again, but it's not terribly convincing.

Drinks like a barleywine-lite. Medium-full body with a gummy feel. Fresh carb perkiness. Alcohol will slow down your gulp.

I still really like this style. I get suckered into enjoying mediocre versions, though. Showdown is new and fresh and good, but there are better options.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2014 03:01:17 | More by thecheapies
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-26-2014 01:23:05 | More by djrn2
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-25-2014 23:35:31 | More by zestar
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Psberrier

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-25-2014 02:28:07 | More by Psberrier
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AMCimpi

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-25-2014 02:07:56 | More by AMCimpi
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-24-2014 21:39:45 | More by anticipation23
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Hopped_up_Chuck

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-24-2014 04:54:27 | More by Hopped_up_Chuck
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-23-2014 02:01:08 | More by thatoneguymike
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 220z bottle with a bottled on date of 6/26/14; into a tulip.
Appearance - amber, almost strawberry red; huge, soapy off-whitehead that recedes slowly as it sits. Lacing isn't abundant in the tulip, but it works nicely.
Smell - rye bread, molasses, with pine forest in the background.
Taste - my first impression is an oaky, barrel aged rye; some sweet candy malts matched with a pine and grass hop character take over. Complex flavors, very nice!
Feel - medium, syrup body, slight warming alcohol and finishes with a tangy bitterness.
Overall - I can't appreciate this on a hot July day as I think I would on a cool October evening; I think I'll revisit.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 01:31:35 | More by DenverHopHead
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Pete27lax

New York

5/5  rDev +28.9%

07-21-2014 13:33:02 | More by Pete27lax
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brett_arneson

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

07-21-2014 05:49:56 | More by brett_arneson
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JakeTheDuck

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-21-2014 05:03:27 | More by JakeTheDuck
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-21-2014 01:58:58 | More by WDJersey
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Mlawrence

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-21-2014 01:55:18 | More by Mlawrence
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CalbeDacks

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-19-2014 23:02:58 | More by CalbeDacks
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McStagger

California

3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly dark amber/garnet. Excellent clarity. Finger of slightly biege head. Moderate retention. Moderate lacing. Carbonation is mild. Bubbles float to the surface.

S: Strange. Malty, with the rye spiciness rising to the surface. Hops are barely perceived. Getting some spice cake, caraway seed and mild, MILD undertones of darkened fruit, with a touch of tropics added.

T: Big malt sweetness. Rye spiciness takes over mid palate, with some fruity flavors and bitterness peeking through in the end. Aftertaste finally brings about the hoppiness, with tropical and resinous flavors appearing.

M: Medium to fuller bodied. The carbonation provides a nice backbone to keep the malt from weighing this thing down.

O: Medicore. Severely mediocre. The bottle claims a burly amount of hops, but this beer delivers none of the flavor or bitterness that a "burly" amount should produce. This tastes more like an imperial red ale made with rye. Great Divide....I am disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2014 07:21:50 | More by McStagger
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StoutMan20

Illinois

5/5  rDev +28.9%

07-16-2014 21:33:26 | More by StoutMan20
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-16-2014 03:18:08 | More by jaydoc
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden red apple colored brew with decent amount of off-white foamy head. Modest lacing. Good clarity.

Loads of roasty pineapple. Deep caramel aroma.

Rye spice shines though. Perfect for a rainy afternoon/evening. Carbonation is solid and medium. Not sweet. Piney, loads of toasty caramel, pineapple, apricot, earthy, heavily bitter and dry, Crisp and refreshing.

Calms the meat sweats nicely. Recommended @ $8/22oz, but I'm not sure I'd pay too much more. A solid brew from GD, just want I expected. Full bodied and well-rounded IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 01:56:16 | More by chugalug06
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Showdown Rye IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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