Showdown Rye IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Showdown Rye IPAShowdown Rye IPA

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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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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 microbrewlover
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This brew pours a solid opaque copper color with minimal head and lacing.

The smell is a mix of hops, it is hard to discern what is in there, it smells like mostly grapefruit and orange, but the rye definitely dominates. This being a Rye Beer that is good.

The taste is dominated by the rye and citrus hops. However the hops seem to run together and the subtle characteristics are lost in the confusion. The rye is dominant however the peppery spice on the back end that I am used to tasting with rye beers is not present. There is a thick caramel backbone and some hop oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is not as good as some of the other rye beers I have tried although I have to admit I am not a huge fan of the style. If you want to try an exemplary rye beer try "Ruthless Rye" by Sierra Nevada.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this bottle at 6 months old. This was a gusher with about half the bottle oozing out.
L: Hazy amber, 3” cream colored foam cap. S: Spicy malt, citrus.
T: Starts with spicy malt, rye, and big citrusy hop flavors.
F: when it settled down the body was full, a little slickness from the rye and a hint of oiliness with a light astringency on the finish.
O: Despite the infection this was a flavorful DIPA.

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 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 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 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

Photo of ocelot2500
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is red brown in color with a white head that is a finger thick.

Aroma is of American hops, pine and citrus and a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel is smooth and beer is full bodied.

Beer has a malt backbone with a very happy finish and lingering bitterness.

Overall an ok beer. The hops are one dimensional and the bitterness lingers a little long. Impressive drinkability for the 8.3% abv.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Great Divide cervoise glass.

Look: The body is deep copper with murky clarity. The vanilla colored head is thick and foamy and leaves a soapy film of bubbles after receding. Nice foamy lacing initially, but it eventually fades.

Aroma: One of the best smelling beers I have ever put my nose to. Spicy rye and clean cedar boards blend with a nice mellow sweet caramel note. They could almost make a cologne out of this, and I'd buy it -- and wear it.

Taste: More of that sweet caramel comes out up front, which is delightful. The rye follows the sweetness and gives a nice balance in it's dryness and spicy woodiness. The finish has some heat in it, where the 8.3% ABV comes out.

Mouthfeel: A little thick, a little creamy. This is a sipper.

Overall: I have been blown away by the last two Great Divide beers I've tried, including this. Really impressed with the aromatics and mellow taste. There's enough of a malt bill to not get kicked in the teeth, I love that.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head head. Good lacing.

S: The rye was very apparent in the aroma, but there were also traces of hops, fruit, and malt as well.

T: Tasted of hops (more than I would have expected), rye, citrus, a hint of pine, and malt. The rye adds a welcome new dimension to this DIPA, fitting in well. It's surprisingly balanced and complex.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, interesting beer. Definitely drinkable.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, dated Aug 14 2014

pours a hazy dark copper color, with off-white head. nice pleasant hop aroma - floral, a little citrus and earthy flavor as well. the taste has a lot of malt flavor - the hops are really only in the smell and aftertaste. slightly sweet, a little nutty, bready, and caramel. medium bodied, low to medium carbonation.

overall - balanced and good flavor, but maybe not hop forward enough to call an IPA though.

Photo of mactrail
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Handsome dark amber with a big creamy head and a lively carbonation in the mouth. Streaming bubbles in the tall Belle-Vue glass. Resiny aroma with roasted malt in the nose.

Spicy and resiny with an excellent balance of bitterness and malt. Slightly sweet and rich with just enough hoppy intensity. Less sharp than a lot of IPAs, but more tangy and spicy with the rye. Plenty of bitterness in the aftertaste but that warm richness of the rye and malt is quite delicious.

Tremendously drinkable and a style of IPA I hope they will catch on to in Washington State, which is getting to be the "hoppier than thou" place. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.

Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

A-a hazy copper color with a two finger head that fades slow and laces the glass

S- high hop aroma with a good malt base

T- taste was malt with high hop aftertaste with the hops staying with you til the end

M-medium carbonation and full body

O-great mix of rye and an IPA interesting beer from Great Divide Brewing

Photo of stephens101
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright ruby red and a voluminous, bubbly, tan head.

The floral hop aroma is slightly restrained among an array of fruits (orange, grapefruit, plum).

Carmel malts are quickly called into check by an herbal and earthy hop bitterness. Fruits lie low. A snap of spice hits at the very end. A rye graniness exists in the aftertaste.

Alcohol heats it up to the "bitter" end. Fairly smooth all things considered.

Full on consistency from a brewery that rarely disappoints.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%

Bottled on: 6/26/14.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, rye, earth, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, earth, and rye flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of earthy rye characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of delta490
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured a deep copper with a slightly cloudy body from the body. The head burns off pretty quickly but hangs on around the circumference and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has nice pine hops note and nice caramel malt. The taste is much like the aroma but balancing and blending the two and a smidge of a grain spice. The body is not very heavy but there is a nice silky quality to it. This is an excellent addition to the Great Divide range of IPAs.

Photo of Bfarr
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy amber and frothy tan head with great retention. Big pine hop resinous aroma and a fair amount of spice. Sticky hop bittering right up front quickly gives way to spice and pine with a fair amount of caramel sweetness that doesn't balance out. The high bittering finish with a long slow linger. Creamy but very meaty mouthfeel.

First of all, Great Divide needs to use different foil or not at all. It sticks and flakes and falls in the beer when you pull the top. Anyway, while this doesn't quite have the look of an IPA considering the darkness of the beer, it certainly has all the flavor profile of one. There is a great rye flavor although I think it somewhat competes with the pine of the hops. It's also quite a mouthful for an IPA. However, it's an interesting and enjoyable beer.

Photo of chugalug06
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +3.9%

June 2014 bottle, opened September 2014.

A – Man I love a good looking rye. Light mahogany and cranberry body with an off white head that pours a finger high with low lace and ok retention.

S – Light and slightly sweet. Red grape, muscat grape, grapefruit rind, touch of wood.

T – Similar to the nose. Bitter woody hops with semi-sweet red grapes and fresh bread crust. Caramel, toast and cilantro finish.

M – Smooth with a medium-full body for the style

O – A little too sweet and full to session with, but still a really nice brew.

4.00 Showdown Rye IPA
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Anth- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.50 4.75 ------- 4.50 4.58 10%
S - 3.50 4.50 ------- 4.00 4.00 20%
T - 4.00 3.80 ------- 3.75 3.85 40%
M - 4.00 4.25 ------- 3.50 3.92 10%
O - 4.00 4.13 ------- 4.00 4.04 20%

Photo of FLima
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful amber mahogany color with a thick head.
Aroma of red fruits, mild pine, spices and caramels.
Bitter flavor with notes of pine, heavy on rye spiciness, citrus lemon zest, red fruits and caramels. Very dry aftertaste with a forever lasting bitterness.
Medium body with mild carbonation. A bit sticky. Alcohol of 8.3% abv is felt, but it is in harmony with the overall beer.
Bold beer with heavy spices from rye and a decent amount of hops. A bit cloying, though.
Ap.3,75 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,75

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Showdown Rye IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
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