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Rye IPA - Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: roan22 on 12-01-2007)
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Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dock Street- Rye IPA

A- Deep golden copper orange with a thick foamy head Big ringed lacing.
S- Heavy caramel malt, oily pine hops and rye.
T- Heavy rye, molasses, caramel malt, black licorice, and thick earthy hops.
M- Huge bitter hops ur front with a very creamy buttery malt finish.

Overall- Quite tasty. The bitterness is a bit overpowering but the creamy malt makes up for it.

NJpadreFan, May 28, 2009
Photo of gdfan47
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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

gdfan47, May 26, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- DSRIPA holds a dark brown/copper mix with not much transparency through the glass. Does not look too thin and a nice off white 1inch head stayed a float for a few. Some patches of lace, nothing significant. Looks rather dark for an IPA but that's probably from the rye addition.

S- Good mix of the Rye plus the hops, in fact I would sat it's evenly split as the hops don't jump out at you. There is a good malt base that is very noticeable giving sweet bread baked fresh. Some pine and a mild fruit array of apples etc.

T- A nice Rye Beer. I would say that's the main taste with the hops coming in second with the malts felt all throughout. With the rye is a slight spice taste as well. Tough to get a big hop taste with the other ingredients being up front. Sweet, malty and bready with a fruity sweet aftertaste with pear and apple.

M- No complaints here. Medium build with some carb felt but not overly crisp. This one is a smooth sipper or gilper however you prefer. The balance between the main ingredients keeps this one interesting. Just the right amount of bitterness to keep this within the two styles. A nice aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.

D- A bit higher than sessionable, but the taste makes it good for a few IMO. I've had a few rye beers in my time but this is in the top five and I was quite impressed. Here's to hoping that dock street can keep up this pace and pumping out some good brews.

BARFLYB, May 22, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Mr Holland for sending me this growler. I had this one on my wants for over a year, why you ask, on recommednation from another fine BA that it was a smooth mellow IPA that I had to try, and try I did. Served cold and poured into multiple pint glasses, this one was consumed on 04/15/2009.

The pour was very nice, light pale amber with a small light head of white that caem up to maybe a half an inch on the sides of the glass, before settling down into a broken crown. The aroma was very well balanced. Lots of bready malts here that were tied in with a nice light piney hop and a touch of light spice from the rye. The flavor was a carbon copy of this. Smooth, mellow, very well balanced and super drinkable. Started out with that nice clean feel and really well balanced profile. Nice overall presentation here as the hops were played on very well with light notes of rye and biscuit like malt flavor. The growler was easily demolished during the night.

Overall this was a very very drinkable and sessionable IPA and I am very glad I was finally able to track it down!

mikesgroove, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of Hophead101
4/5  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.

Hophead101, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a orange color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Thick lacing develops during the session.

Smell: citrus, grass, and floral bitterness are up front while some fruit sweetness is hidden in the background.

Taste: the rye really come through here. Caramel, citrus, some soft pine, loads of floral bitterness, and some fruit sweetness make up a different than normal IPA. There seems to be a bit of spiciness that shows up at the finish here too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness lasts a while.

Drinkability: this is an interesting IPA that takes you away from the norm today. Easy to consume and very flavorful, so you will not grow tired of this at all.

Gavage, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of AChamberlain
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

AChamberlain, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of ccrida
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at the Jet Rock in the philly airpot, served in a 22oz pils glass, Dock Street's Rye IPA is a hazy orangish brown with a small white head that leaves a smattering of light lace. I like the dark bronze color but no head is lame for an IPA, even on draught.

Smell is caramel, spicy rye and herbal, English style noble hops, a dash of mint, not to strong on the hops.

Taste is also heavy on the malt, bittersweet with the caramel and spicy rye, with a snappy, fresh herbal hop bouquet that barely stands up to the richness of the malt. A pretty tasty beer, but a little restrained on the hops for such a stout IPA, but there's more flavor then the restrained nose.

Mouthfeel is chewy and crisp, with a slick but dry, spicy finish.

Drinkability is not bad, but this is really more of just a plain rye beer then a rye IPA by my (albeit incredibly jaded) Portland standards. Still, a sturdy beer that goes down with ease, assume you like the spiciness of rye.

ccrida, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of NoLiberty
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

NoLiberty, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper with a thin tan head that left behind nice lacing.

S-LIght earthy hips with a bit of toasted malt.

T-Sharp, biting peppery/pin hops with a nice supporting caramel malt backbone.

M-medium body with a good sharp crispness and lasting bitterness.

D-Good stuff. The 20% rye bill really gives it a sharp crispness and pleasant drying feel. Nice job in using ingredients to compliment each other.

Deuane, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Philly airport.

A: Pours a nice bold copper hue with a average sized cream colored head. Retention is average with some spotty lace being noted.

S: Bold hop aromas with a big blast of citrus, pine, and rye. Hints of bready malt hide beneath with a waft of spicy rye in the finish.

T: Wow this is one big bold beer. Tons of spicy rye right from the start. Tons of fresh cut green grass come next. Touches of caramel malt and resinous pine provides just a touch of sweetness before you are smacked across the face with a load of bitter citrus hops. Wow what a wonderful treat. I did not expect this!

M: Nice and medium in body. Great carbonation, very crisp with a somewhat dry finish.

D: I got a big pilsner glass of this one, and if time permitted I would have had another. I wish I could have bought a growler to take home to share with the local tasting group.

If you find it try it!

tpd975, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty rye IPA from Dock Street.

Pours a clear deep amber with a nice white head and very good lacing.

Smell has a very strong presence of hops with grainy rye malt in the background.

Taste has a more moderate hoppiness than I expected from the nose. A very well balanced flavor with a good malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a nice carbonation.

I would be happy to drink another of these.

HV

sholland119, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a dark copper color. It was served to me with a thin, white, ceamy head. Decent retention and very lacy.

s: The menu says this was made with amarillo and simcoe hops. The hops are the dominant aroma but some sweet crystal malts and a healthy dose of earthy sour rye come through as well.

t: This is probably the best rye IPA I've had. The balance between the sour rye and the hops was damn near perfect. Piny, pungent, moderately sweet, and wonderful.

m: The rye gives this a perfectly silky body. The carbonation is creamy and spot on.

d: I had two of these and would have loved several more. Perfect example of the style.

DIM, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dock Street on 6/18/08.

A - Burnt amber/copper-colored body with thin, off-white head that receded into ample lacing around the glass. Slightly hazy body with mild amount of carbonation present.

S - Very nice fresh hop aroma with a combination of zesty citrus hops and strong grassy hops and a bit of pine thrown in for good measure. Quite a nice hop bouquet. Malt has a slight burnt quality with a nice amount of rye in the nose, but not overbearing.

T - Lots of flavors mingle together in this brew! There's plenty of hop bite that blends citrus, pine and grassy notes with a nice grainy malt aspect and pleasant rye presence. Ultimately, the hops win out in the end and provide ample bitterness, yet the brew remains very well-balanced.

M - Medium body with fairly lively carbonation. The moderately bitter finish lingers for a little while on the palate.

D - Man, this is a tasty IPA that is extremely fresh and flavorful! Very pleased with this one, not only for its well-balanced flavor and intoxicating aroma, but also its drinkability. Nice job, Dock Street!

ffejherb, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of garcia2a
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

garcia2a, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to axilla for sharing the growler...and roan for the second opportunity...
Appears a semi transparent light orange with a small white cap that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of hoppy citrus, apricot, grapefruit, and apple.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the spicey citrus, bitter, yeasty, graininess coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, grainy, bitter, fruity, and zesty.

weeare138, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Foxman
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Foxman, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed deep golden with a thick foamy head that slowly descends. Some thin broken rings of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is citric with floral notes. Rye bread and grainy backing supports the generous amount of hops.

The taste is of bitter, sharp citrus with floral notes and some resiny pine. Caramelish/grainy sweetness backs up the hop bitterness. Rye is subtle at first, but grows more prominently as it progresses, making it dry. Alcohol well-blended into the flavor. Long, dry finish.

Medium-bodied with a sharp kick that works well for the style.

Bitter and dry but well-rounded in the finish. Rye malt works well here - not too much, but enough to give it a unique, welcomed quality. Nicely done, with sharp hops controlled well by a nice malt blend.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing back a growler of this for me from PA!

jwc215, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of roan22
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
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!

roan22, Dec 01, 2007
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Rye IPA from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
89 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.