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Showdown Rye IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Showdown Rye IPAShowdown Rye IPA

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very good

202 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 4
Gots: 29 | 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

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Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 06-02-2014

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Ratings: 202 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by baklo:
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell: An earthy, spicy, and juicy hop forward aroma with hints of rye spice, grass, and pine. Upfront earthy, floral, and herbal hops with dank hints of pine resin and grass. Citrus hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, tangerine, and melon. Big scent of rye spicing. Pale malt with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. A really solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, earthy, and pretty spicy hop driven taste with good notes of rye, grass, and pine. Upfront presence of juicy and oily hops with earthy and herbal notes of damp grass and pine resin. Also some citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, melon, and tangerine. Good taste of the rye spicing along with sweet malt notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and very drying. Some alcohol heat is felt but things aren’t overly hot.

Overall: A pretty good spicy take on an Imperial IPA. The rye mixes well with the spicy and juicy hops.

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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!

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Atlanta. - 8.3% ABV

Bold and spicy flavor with a surprisingly mild aroma featuring hops with a hint of caramel.

Medium body lacks clarity but has an excellent bone colored head.

O: A robust and strong IPA with partially hidden alcohol.

Photo of LXIXME
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GilGarp
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Showdown is a clear amber red color with thick white head. It settles quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is more malty than hoppy.

Flavor is balanced with a good caramel sweetness up front followed by great hop flavor and bitterness. The rye provides some subtle spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good balance and carbonation.

Overall a solid rye IPA but a bit over priced in bomber form.

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

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Bdel34
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent copper orange with slight chill hazing & 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Stellar head retention & lacing, stays hazy

S: Faint graininess & breadyness

T: Peppery rye, grassiness, pine, & a bit of grapefruit & toffee up front. More pepperiness & pine as this warms, along with drynesss, some medicinal/herbal notes also. Finishes peppery, with slight bready sweetness, citric hops & a little grassyness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, turns a little prickly once warm

Drinks super easy. Hard to believe this beer was bottled in late June, seems much fresher

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Showdown Rye IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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