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Showdown Rye IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Showdown Rye IPAShowdown Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

142 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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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Reviews by beergoot:
Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

The body showcases a deep copper color and a thick, foamy head. Bright, spicy aroma with a complementing roasted graininess. The taste sports a spicy tanginess atop a nice bread crust-like maltiness; crisp, sharp bitterness. Medium body; crisp and dry finish.

Well now, a rye IPA that actually exhibits some rye flavor and spiciness. Warm and crisp overall, a nice example of a rye/hop marriage that works.

beergoot, Aug 17, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

snaotheus, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Jason, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +2.6%

juicebox, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Mantooth, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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!

WVbeergeek, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +2.6%

ONovoMexicano, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of GilGarp
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

GilGarp, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Psberrier
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Psberrier, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +2.6%

whatname, Today at 12:51 PM
Photo of tclipse
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

tclipse, Sep 18, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

PretzelCity, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of mjstacker
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mjstacker, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

zonker17, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

sonofliberty2, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

GRG1313, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Chilly_E
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Chilly_E, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of ocelot2500
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

ocelot2500, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Hopmodium, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

XicanoBeerRun, Sep 07, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Faroveryonder, Sep 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

cistercian12, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Label says Bottled On: Jun 26 2014.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient sporadic lacing formation.

S- Rye, light hops and not much else.

T- Again, a decent amount of toasty, spicy rye but not a lot of hop presence. Granted, it's a bit over two months old but there should still be more bitterness and hop flavor than what I'm getting. That said, the rye is tasty and there's a slight bitterness on the back end after taking multiple sips. Also, the ABV is very well hidden.

M- The best part of the beer. Semi-creamy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I say this is just a straight up rye beer, which is fine. I just don't see the IPA characteristics. Could be palate fatigue but the two other beers I had today weren't hoppy, so I don't know. I have two others in this variety pack so maybe I'll be coming back to edit this review.

Immortale25, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 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

metter98, Aug 29, 2014
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Showdown Rye IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.