Rye IPA - Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: roan22 on 12-01-2007

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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 47
Photo of Foxman
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy and bouncily carbonated golden orange. A thick finger of light beige head lays puffy and fluffy for a short while. A wide net of lacing ensnares the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a pungent mélange of sweet and fruity malt, earthy deli rye, resinous pinecones, and crisp, ripe grapefruit. A bready hint meshes nicely with a warm alcohol breeze.

Upon sipping, and of course savoring, the hops erupt, with sticky pine and poignantly crisp grapefruit asserting a dry bitterness that finds its crafty way to allow caramel malt, berry fruitiness, and a swelling of earth, dusky rye. The alcohol is present, but incorporated with a deft twist. Residual grain conjures a mild sweetness and a loaf of rye, minus the carraway seeds. The finish is in the forever range, with a slowly ebbing dry bitterness that loses volume but never its crispness. This beer has an amazing flavor, no question.

Medium bodied, it has a mouth-filling, creamy presence on the palate that is at once sticky and oily and peppery. Not to mention that eternal glow.

Wa-wa-wee-wa! To call this beer a revelation would be an understatement, but that's what I'm calling it anyway. I order it assuming I would like it, and I end up loving the sweet earthy bastard. This is an IPA that grabs you by the ears and shakes you, then gives you a big wet kiss for the effort. ABV be damned, it goes down smooth and makes you want more and more. Such a blending of complexity is a tribute to Scott. I, for one, would like to thank him for this elixir. And I know I'm not the only one.

Photo of drtth
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is clear dark golden/orange color with a ½" white head that persists quite well and leaves nice thick lacing patterns in rings and sheets. Though out most of the beer there are speckles and patches of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a nice floral citric character with some traces of rye bread mingling in with malt and the hops.

Taste: The flavors are crisp and fresh with some floral citrus and some pine showing. The sweetness from the malt backbone blends in nicely to balance but never overwhelm the hops. The rye malt has its influence with a noticeable "rye bread" contribution to the flavors of the malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is relatively long and the hop bitterness accompanied by dryness persists to the end.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Sipping led to more sipping and I was ready to order another when it was finished. I will revisit this one again next time I have the chance. It would be easy to drink a few of these.

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant surprise. I don't know why I expected so little, but my expectations were confounded. I didn't get a lot of Rye out of it, and it was a huge Simcoe hop bomb, but it was tasty nonetheless.

Pours hazy, opaque copper with sticky head. Aroma is fresh and hoppy, thick with simcoe hops. Flavor is carmelly and sweet, citrusy, heavy with what seem to be simcoe hops. Mouthfeel is viscous and clingy.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz pour at Jet Rocks in the Philly airport. Chilled pint...damn, forgot where I was otherwise I would have specified.

A nice hazy orange brown with thin stark white head. Nose is a bit closed due to the cold temp. A little floral perhaps. Palate has a nice flavor profile, tastes like rye bread, bitter grapefruit rind and a little something like wood or mulch, an earthiness.

Nice, would have again.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pint with my brunch at Farmacia...

Presented in the glass with a solid 1+ inch thick, frothy head and deep amber color with some decent effervecesence, defined exceptional appearance.

Smell was a nicely citrusy hop with a mild malt finish, everything was upfront and strong very nice.

Taste was solid citrusy/piney hops with a nicely roasted malt to balance. Still working on pin pointing my hops and some addtional flavors ( i couldnt pick up the rye specifically, but it could have presented itself as the roasted flavor of malt).

Mouthfeel was great, the flavors were popping with efferevescence and lingered quite well on the cheeks and sides of the tongue.

A very drinkable brew that hides the alcohol content well, making it all the easier to drink a few.

Photo of Soonami
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rye IPA is by far my favorite beer from Dock Street. The hops in this IPA really sings, piney, citrusy and hearty. The rye adds an acuity and acidity that perfectly accentuates the grapefruit and resinous hops, the mouthfeel is chewy and carbonation is very pleasant

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz draft @ jet rock terminal b Philly airport. Chill hazes amber in appearance with a smallish near white head.
Aroma of big grapefruit and sourdough pretzels.
Spicy and floral hoppy up front. Loving this rye bread heftiness. Quite the resiny hop flavor. Fragrantly bitter...lots of pine and grapefruit rind.
Huge hoppy bitter spicy mouthfeel with great drinkability.

Photo of Hophead101
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

was in transit heading home from a work trip on 3.10.09 and was pleasantly surprised to see this beer on tap at the Jet Rock bar in the F terminal of the Philly airport.

It poured a great looking cloudy dark amber/brown color. much lighter at the bottom of the glass getting darker as you move up. GREAT head. nice and frothy and stuck around for quite some time. Initial smell is tough (might be bad washing of the glass), but with second and third efforts you get a really good rye smell.

first taste - WOW. you get a great taste of the rye, it sort of disappears quickly after it hits your mouth with a fresh train of hops coming right behind it. in the end it balances extremely well. it has a light to medium body. as you drink more it becomes a bit creamier. nice beer.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on draught whilst waiting at the Philly airport. Lovely off white head. Transparent brown. Rye and hop aroma, nice. Perfectly subtle. Sweet and bitter, hop/rye. Very good. Ends bitterly. Sort of on the thin side, but still ok. A good drinker. Not too heavy and very flavorful.

Photo of garcia2a
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first Dock Street that I have had on tap since the days of Jeffery Ware. DR had it on tap for their hopfest.

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with light carbonation and a decent foamy head, about a quarter inch of the head held during my tasting.

The bouquet was full of strong, sweet hops with a slight malt, gains and yeast. This translates nicely to the taste as it has a sweet ascerbic bite that is big and tasty. The hops and rye really balance each other nicely, creating an enjoyable backtaste.

Mouthfeel is kinda big, but well balanced. Drinkability is good, but again, this is a big feeling beer. A nice tasty that you can have one or two of.

Photo of NoLiberty
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Pours from a fresh growler as a light golden orange with a massive meringue and off-white head. Settles into a solid cap with high lacing. Slightly cloudy complexion.
Aroma: Pineapple, fruit aroma up front. Beautiful Simco fruit and slight pine smell blends with mild sweet malt backbone. Good pear and apple along with nice pineapple.
Taste: Really nice flavor both cold and as it warms up. Light apple-pear sweetness up front followed by hoppy-malt sweet flavor and fruit esters. Pineapple, pine, floral, honey follows. Refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Nice body - fluid but light to medium bodied. Very nice soft delicate but potent carbonation. Nice balance of sweet and dry.
Drink: Yes, very good. Incredibly refreshing, crisp, and slightly dry.

Photo of BeerForHokie
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DSB.

Pours a dark gold color,opaque. Dime thin layer of head stays on it throughout. Piney and hoppy smell,nothing fantastic or overwhelming.

T-citrus and pine,seems like a pretty standard ipa,which is not a knock

M-here's where this beer shines. Absolutely smooth on the palate,very pleasant

Photo of gdfan47
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nice dark amber with a little white head
S- Hops, rye, some sugar, maybe cascade... a little ammarilo maybe..
T- The hops comes out first, then the rye very crisp. A nice bite, its really hard to taste the alcohol
M- really smooth, goes down way to easy for a beer at 7 percent...
D- I really wish/ hope the bottle this beer, very easy and inviting to drink but has enough character to make it stick out

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery. Dark brownish amber, clear with frothy cream colored head. Good retention and great lacing. Smell of bready malts, clean/earthy hops and lots of rye. Taste chewy malts up front then the rye hits hard. Almost overpowering rye, not as balanced as Hop Rod Rye or Red's Rye, but still quite good. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of roan22
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of Scott Morrison's beers, and I am convinced he is the best local brewer around me [Philly}. This IPA is a gold color, with perfect foam and excellent rings of lace [which incidently, Rosemarie herself noticed and stopped to comment on, actually picked up the pint glass and went around showing her staff!].

the beer smells of bread and piney/resiney/perfumey hops. This beer is made with amarillo and simcoe hops, and 15% rye. It tastes incredible...this is the best local made IPA, ever....to me its better than weyerbacher double simcoe and dogfish head 60 minute IPA. Why? its the rye...it gives it a luscious dry, spicy character that I simply adore in an IPA....Boy am I lucky I only live 15-20 minutes away!

Photo of B33R501
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i dont know if this is different from their regular rye ipa (never had it) but it is listed as fresh hop rye. i do know this was delicious, maybe even a little better than my favorite fresh hop port high tide, tasted side by side tuesday night.

pretty darkish amber and clear. big fresh hop blast aroma and taste, bitter grapefruit noted with that distinct simcoe hop flavor. nicely mated and very drinkable. i like the bitter, dry finish. notes of spice from the rye, not like hop rod rye but still noticeable.

would certainly get this again.

Photo of Atricapilla
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice amber-chestnut color with a frothy white one finger head. Aroma of pine, rye (of course!), and malt...a little sweet; slight flavor of honey, although not sticky. The malt adds a bit of chewiness to the beer. Not overpoweringly hoppy, fairly well balanced.

Photo of william5586
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler of this before I made the trip back home from school because I knew my home fridge would be a barren wasteland.

Poured a beautiful burnt orange/copper color with a huge creamy off white head that was close to tan. It had good retention and great lace.

The smell was full of hops, but there was also crystal malt and a rye smell.

There is no doubt that the taste was definitely based around the great pine hops. However, there was also some malt to back it up along with tons of rye flavors. This all lead up to the great, grainy, dry, bitter finish.

The creamy, smooth medium body perfectly complemented the taste.

I had to come home from school for an appointment. I spent the night at home hanging out with my dad listening to some great music and drinking some great beer. I had absolutely no problem polishing off a growler of this delicious beer.

Photo of bayougutter
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap while at the Philly airport.

Beer as presented was in a tall pilsner type glass. Light amber, clear, and with a good one inch creamy off white head. Head hung around for the whole drink with good lacing.

The smell is of floral and citric hops, then the rye with some earthy sweetness from the malts. Nice strong aromas.

Taste was so balanced with the grassy/floral hops then a little bitter citrus, all the while the rye comes thru. Malts provide the perfect backbone for this one. Well done.

Mouthfeel was spot on, medium, creamy, with perfect carbination for a 7% abv.

Overall I really enjoyed this one, as a matter of fact I had two. Well worth seeking out if you are in Philly.

Photo of philerman
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a larger growler filled at Devon PA Whole Foods into a Nonic glass. Not too much head and just a bit of lacing. Pours a cloudy coppery hue. Faint flowery pine smell. Taste is very hop forward, more bitter than most IPA's in this range that lingers a bit. Overall another impressive entry in Dock Street's lineup.

Photo of jameswaldo
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had a long wait between planes at the Philadelphia Airport, an excellent excuse for a couple IPAs at the Jet Rock Bar & Grill. This bar has a large selection on tap, including one of my favorites, Victory's Hop Devil, so I thought I'd try this rye IPA to see how it compared with Hop Devil. Drinking a Philly IPA in PHL seemed real PC.
Poured a big head. Bartender took a while to pour foam off to tame my glass. Foam dense, long lasting, made good rich scummy lace the way I love it.
Color is hazy brownish amber, the haze murkier than just chill haze, with a yeast beast that flipped up from glass bottom after something like five minutes when high carbonation floated it.
Smell of sweet yeast buns, hops not as dominant as I like them in IPA style.
Taste real molasses malty yeasty sweet, not balanced by enough hops for an IPA, though aftertaste brought out some hop echo. Hop character was too simply piney, needed more variety to balance maltiness. I was drinking in a "Rock" bar, so thought of the need for more notes in the chord. Mouth feel nice and thick and chewy, one of the best things about it.
Wouldn't want more than one of these when Hop Devil is available. For a while I had two glasses to compare from and much preferred the devilishly complex hops in Victory's IPA to this too-simple Dock St rye brew.
Still, if Hop Devil weren't available, I'd drink more of this next time I'm in Philly.

Photo of BrianJohnson
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another on-tap Philly airport tasting. Nice rye flavor and nice and hoppy. I think a bit lacking in smell though. Nothing extraordinary, but very tasty. Wouldn't seek out to buy in a bottle shop, but still very enjoyable. Pretty akin to most of the other rye IPAs I've had.

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Rye IPA from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
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