Ryediculous IPA - Chameleon Brewing

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 21.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Chameleon Brewing visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.73% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 12-21-2010

Cascade and Chinook were used in the boil with a large Cascade dry hopping in the lager tank, Ryediculous has around 73 IBUs.
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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle fresh from Sprecher brewery. Floral hops, golden yellow body with a generous retained white creamy head. Average mouthfeel, with some astringency, but still a good drinker because of the edge and hop profile. Really bitter as the IBU 73 shows. Must try for hopheads and anyone a fan of the bitter or sour camp.

Photo of emerge077
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sprecher's Pub, no mention of the Chameleon name on the menu. Billed as "an IPA/Rye beer hybrid, citrusy with a crisp clean finish." Review from written notes.

Reddish copper color, visible carbonation trails, thin skim of foam, sticky white lacing, but not much. Sort of a grassy smell, mildly spicy. Not getting much advertised citrus in the nose anyway.

Mellow feel, dry bitter finish, spicy rye notes lead off, with some grassy herbal bitterness from the hops. A vague citrus impression, but the rye seems to overshadow, not in a bad way necessarily, but any citrus struggles to be defined here. Easy enough to drink. Overall it's a bit muddled, ok as a Rye Beer, not especially aggressive as an American IPA. Probably wouldn't pick this up in bottles.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.73% ABV, 10355 (Dec. 20, 2010) on the neck.

A - Collar after collar of sticky lace clings to the glass as the off-white head deflates. Ryediculous pours a hazed-over amber brown with golden highlights. A little muddy looking but certainly a great start to this beer!

S - Juicy, fruity hops exude a big, rich American hop aroma of citrus and a resin-rich blast. A sharp rye aroma follows. The bitter hop aroma is backed by a slightly amber malt nose. It's got a good bold American hop aroma.

T - Ripe chinook hops add pine-needle and a very strong oily resin flavor while cascade buds add a light citrus and grapefruit flavor. Hints of sharp rye and amber malt in the flavor don't cut through the strong hops but come in enough to provide some sort of balance. Overall it's a hop explosion.

M - This IPA has a medium body with a harsh dry finish and an increasingly bitter follow-through. I like the resiny citrus bitterness but without the balance it truly needs it seems a little like it's bitter for the sake of being bitter. High carbonation scrubs the tongue pretty well in this one. A good pairing beer for that aspect.

D - It seems like it would be moderately refreshing on a hot summer day but I don't know that I'd really want more than one of these in one sitting. The bitterness starts to wear me down towards the end. The hops seem fairly resin-oily and could use just a little more balance. This is definitely a good IPA. I know a few hop-heads that would love this.

*Also, I tried a second bottle and it went very well with white jalapeño cheddar cheese. It made the spiciness pop a lot more. Good pairing.

Photo of u2carew
3.79/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger head then slowly settles leaving a nice lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Visible sediment was seen while pouring - not my favorite sight with an IPA. Very cloudy, murky sediment filled body. Amber to ruby in color.
S) Hops and caramel. Floral and spicy spruce tones in the mix.
T) Bitter bite all the way through. Nice melding with the malts and a climax of sweetness in the finish. Lingering black pepper tones in the aftertaste. A very pleasant taste overall.
M) Medium-light body. Fizzy and slightly creamy. A nice hop bitterness on the palate.
O) Besides the presence of sediment this is a very good IPA and very drinkable.

Photo of claspada
3.32/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a red-hue bronze color with an inch of off-white head with pretty good retention and some spotty lacing on the way down.

The aromas begin with a bit of rye zest along with some mild West coast citrus hops, though those are not as forward as the rye maltiness. Also there is some earthy and floral hops in the background.

The tastes definitely showcases the rye maltiness once again, but then finishes with an odd/strong bitterness and a bit of astringency. There's some floral and herbal hop character lingering in the background. Overpowering bitterness is a bit unpleasant here. Really getting overwhelming C-hop flavors, a bit too catty for my taste.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with average carbonation and a surprisingly strong bitterness/astringency in the finish.

Overall this is not my cup of tea for sure, overpowering catty hops despite a nice dose of rye maltiness. Maybe the combination just doesn't work here or they aren't in balance but but there isn't anything too enticing about this beer. Honestly has a hard time throwing this down so I ended up draining it.

Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body is honey colored and capped by a dense, nearly white head. The head was creamy and long lasting.

The smell was fresh grain and cut green grass.

The taste was really spicy. There was a brassy bitterness along with the slightly sweet black grape notes. The bitterness lingered a long time.

The mouthfeel was medium in density with plenty of zesty carbonation. This is a very flavorful beer. I love Rye IPAs.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Big, 4 finger off white head on a golden amber, just slightly hazy body with tons of active carbonation. The Cap on the head is extremely fine bubbled. Very attractive, but not brilliant.

S: Intense hoppy aroma fills the space around me when I pour. Citrusy, with a hint of resiny pine and a little spicey. Malt provides enough to not make it overwhelmingly sharp.

T: The beer falls a little more out of balance in the taste, going more towards the hoppy, almost astringent-like bitterness. I think the rye malt contributes here because while it is definately a hop-bitterness, there is also a grainy quality reminiscent of a more rye based beer. The sharpness really dominates the beer, there is none of the citrusy-resiny-ness of the aroma, no malt sweetness.

M: Night, refreshing, good carbonation.

D: MM, not much appealing to me here, but for a really sharp meal pairing this could work.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a red-hue bronze color with a single-finger off-white head with pretty good retention and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a bit of rye zest along with some mild hops, though those are quite muted. Somewhat earthy and floral. The taste definitely showcases the rye, but then finishes with an odd bitterness and a bit of astringency. There's some floral and herbal hop character lingering in the background. Light to medium body with average carbonation and a fairly-brisk bitterness in the finish. Drinks fairly well, but there isn't anything too enticing about it.

Photo of sweemzander
2.47/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thank you to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazy caramel colored amber. Produced a great off-white fluffy head with great retention too. Plenty of lacing all-around the glass.

(S)- A big bread-like yeasty dryness up front. Some minimal citrus notes. Finishes lightly spicy.

(T)- Similar to the smell in some ways. A big bread-like dryness with that spicy carraway aspect from the smell dominating over the now rather subtle citrus flavor. Rather malty as well for the style.

(M)- A good carbonation level. The rye definitely completely takes over the flavor profile. Dry, spicy, and overall bitter in an almost burnt/ acrid sense. Some subtle sweetness on the tail end. The citrus takes the far far backseat just barely poking its head through.

(D)- An interesting take/idea on the style, but turns out to be rather bitter and malty with very minimal citrus present.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

What country would Balky have to have been from if he said "Don't be ryediculous"? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise brass-amber topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises grass, grapefruit peel, mild biscuit, flowers, and mixed greens. The taste may or may not bring in more of the same, but I can't see very much beyond the blast of grassy bitterness, though a bit of rye bread kinda sticks out there in the distance. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I can't say I came close to enjoying this beer. It's a mess of overt bittering hops, with no concept of balance or nuance.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden wheat with off-white head that starts at about an inch but falls to a quarter inch before long. Noticeable carbonation and cling as it goes down. The bouquet yields mostly caramel and malt, with very little in the way of rye coming through. The initial taste registers as pine hops and pure alcohol; and instead of moving to what I thought would be the rye side, it settles quickly on a pronounced hop bitterness that lingers on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with distinct effervescence and a somewhat syrupy quality.

The lack of citrus notes is off-putting in this beer, especially since the only distinct flavor remaining is that of bitter pine. And the lingering aftertaste is bitterer than most other IPAs I've had, and not in a pleasant way. There is some subtle complexity to the taste, but I feel like a lot more alcohol flavor is coming through than it should.

Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Brouwerij De Molen beer stemflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average, but the idea of a rye IPA is intriguing.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is in an average range. Colour is a murky semitransparent copper. It's not real inviting, but the appearance of beer appeals to me.

Sm: Bittering hops, rye, pine, mango, and generic malts. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Overdone bitterness manifests most on the climax, but is present throughout. It's hop forward, with a sort of stale pine note that plagues the third act. Doesn't taste fresh or clean. Poorly balanced and built, with the notes from the nose competing instead of cooperating. No layering here. Badly built. I don't really care for it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some light rye coarseness. It's badly done, and doesn't suit the flavours except in its inadequacy.

Dr: A poorly executed failed experiment at brewing a rye IPA. I wouldn't have it again, even on draught at half the price. Leave this one on the shelf even if you're a big fan of the style.

D+

Photo of BrewMe-BigA
4.42/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chameleon Ryediculous is a solid American IPA. Ryediculous has a very fruity (pineapple) smell and taste. Thick head and great lacing. The color is very Amber-ish with a very murky look to it. It is exactly what I think of when I think American IPA/Summer IPA. Ryediculous IPA is one of those beers where you could easy have 3-4 of them in a night.

Overall, it is a great brew especially at $1.25 a bottle (I always stock up on Sprechers/Chameleon when I am at the brewery) that I would highly suggest to IPA lovers.

Cheers!

Photo of vitrael
1.95/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a conical pint, came in my beer club this week.

A: Despite a careful pour this one is near opaque with lots of large visible sediment in suspension and otherwise very hazy. Small white film of a head and no lacing.

S: Surprisingly absent a strong hop aroma, just a light whiff, and considering the name, no discernible malt character.

T: The bitterness level here ends any possibility of a structured tasting. After one sip I pulled away and sneezed--something I usually do when I start drinking an IPA, but there wasn't a lot of accompanying hop pleasure. The hop character is piney, but the lingering flavor is unpleasantly bitter. The malt character is grainy and difficult to pick out amidst the hopping here.

M: Appropriate to the style with the right level of carbonation, but of negligable importance in absence of an otherwise decent tasting.

I would not recommend this beer to anyone, except for an example of what to do wrong in an IPA. The solution is not just "add more hops". In this case despite the advertised 73 IBU, the perception of bitterness is so strong in the finished product that I'm surprised this recipe ever went to production. I hate to crap on a local brewery but I am disappointed and would consider telling the brewer to reconsider this beer if I had the energy--feels like a flop.

Photo of ferrari29
3.47/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer poured with a half finger white colored head; dissipated very quickly, but formed a nice layer of lacing around the sides of the glass; very well carbonated; body color is a bit of a mix of dark copper and brown porter; clear

S - Deep rye smell; plenty of breaded or toasted malt scents; some hop and pine; caramel

T - Clean combination of dry hop and rye flavor; smooth caramel and biscuit malt back-end; slight grainy taste

M - Dry, thin blistering hop taste; very profound hop bitter aftertaste; slightly effervescent

D - Pretty good drink; kind of lingers for a bit longer than I enjoyed; very bitter and hoppy which is great for hop heads but a little too much for guys like me who just want to enjoy a glass of brew

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly coppery amber in color with a two finger off-white foamy head with decent retention time and some mediocre lacing effects. Has a very large grainy component to the aroma alongside an large earthen noble hopping and yeasty breadiness. The flavor is split almost evenly between orange peel and rye malt, but it lacks a certain nuance and complexity of hopping variety that many other IPAs have. Kudos for using the rye, though it could certainly use quite a bit more of it to make it take the center stage... The body is on the thinner side of medium and the carbonation is a bit sluggish...

Photo of Onenote81
3.19/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for this bottle! This is the last of their offerings I've needed to try. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very cloudy dark brownish-orange. Can't see through this at all for the murky floaties. A small off-white head coats the top. Minor lace drips down the glass. The nose carries mild notes of pepper and fresh-mulched hops. But this lacks zip. It is really tame; I really need to drag to get anything out of this.

The mouth is firm. Good depth and carbonation level. I can sense the rye right away, with the slightly sour aspect that finishes bitter and dry. The hops come to play more in the flavor than the nose [maybe they used all of the "aromatic" hops in their Hop on Top, and forgot about this one]. Mild spicy bitterness. Some faint toffee-like sweetness in the middle, that then gets dried out at the finish. All-in-all, not a bad beer. A middle-of-the-road IPA. I'd have it again, but wouldn't actively seek it out.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect.

Pours a cloudy, cloudy blond, slightly darker than honey. Head is hop oil HUGE and stays forever. The sides of the glass look like they haven't been washed in a month. Just the head on this beer makes it looks quite inviting. The only downfall is the murkiness.

Aroma is of floral spicy hop. Tea like tannin aroma in the middle with a hard hit of grassy hop on the finish.

Flavor is bitter floral hop on the front with slight tannic flavors. Middle yields to rose hip and spiciness. The rye comes through in the middle and gets stronger as the beer warms. Malt is strange, not off putting, but more smooth than crunchy. Finishes dry and with a clean bittering finish.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. The carbonation is not harsh and there is a slight oiliness to the tongue which clears completely when the dryness comes through.

Wow, for a 5.73 sessionable IPA with rye, this is pretty damn good. The rye is very nice and the hops are in th front. Slightly lacking in malt, but makes up for it in the overall profile. I would buy this again.

Photo of Herky21
3.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It's hazy, clouded, and somewhere between amber and pale. Rye, would be exactly the color, actually. Nice white lacing reveals the heavy carbonation.

Smell: Floral hops hit you right away, just like opening up a bag. Citrusy, lemon afternotes.

Taste: Dry in the middle with long, lingering bitter notes that sit in your mouth. Great lemon taste to follow up the sensory.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is spot on. It's just heavy enough to carry the bitter hoppy goodness.

Overall: Reminds me of Summits 25th anniversary, but slightly less dry in the middle. If you like hops you'll love it. It's definitely high in IBU's. The bittering in the middle could have a better balance. Maybe more rye, or a little more malt, or 5 minutes less with the bittering hops would push this to a perfectly balanced beer. (A little tweaking, obviously).

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Pours a small foamy white head, a bit hazy, brown-burnt orange, strong internal carbonation, looks good

S: Citrus, some pineapple, decently sweet-smelling, smoke, various wood notes, decently fragrant overall

T: Begins with citrus, hops, quickly becomes quite bitter, certainly not bad, but a tad out of balance, strong hops

M: Other than being a little too bitter, generally smooth, has some watery qualities, but drinkable, a bit drying on the mouth and therefore a tad over-lingering

O: A nice strong rye, solid ipa as a whole, just a little too bitter and overpowering on the palate

Photo of andrewjraab
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper - orange with two fingers of white head. Seems a little overcarbonated as it was overly fizzy. Decent lacing and stick.

Smells citrusy and hoppy - quite pungent. The smell carries over and this is a nice hoppy brew, but almost too much hop and sourness without any finesse or balance.

Overall, this is worth a try, but not a staple.

Photo of travMI13
3.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one from my quarterly beer of the month club. 2011 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy, murky, light orange body with an inch of frothy, white head. Tons of lacing left down the side of the glass. Whoa. I really love how this looks.

S: Gentle grapefruit and orange notes with hints of rye and malt. The nose is not very strong here.

T: Strong lingering bitterness from almost lemony hops. Definitely getting some lemon peel here. The rye and the hops play off each other pretty well. This is bombing my palate pretty nicely, actually. Not a whole lot of balance; this thing is in your face.

M: Medium carbonation with a dry, bitter finish.

O: This is a solid IPA. I would definitely say better than average. I really enjoy the lingering bitterness here. The rye is probably a little subdued for a RyePA, but this is certainly not a bad beer.

Photo of Tschnab
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a cloudy brown with a light brown two finger head and a lot of sticky head.

S- some toasty malt and rye, a light spice, a piney hop aroma as well.

T- front of the palate is a great balance of rye and a bright orange citrus, then the hops take over the rest of the palate. More balance and more rye would get this beer at least a 4 in taste, but the initial taste is great.

O- a pretty good rye ipa, not enough rye to really win me over like some others in the style but still nice.

Photo of Soneast
2.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Local bottle store started carrying this brewery, so I figured I may as well give them a shot, starting with this RyePA which is one of my favorite styles.

Pours a murky, golden/bronze color. Lots of sediment in the bottle. Grows a bout a half-inch cream colored head, that is fairly creamy, although recedes rapidly to a thin bubble layer.

Aroma is pretty nice, with a juicy fruity hop character, no so much citrus as tropical fruits, with a slight grassiness overall. I don't really get much rye on the nose, mostly a semi-sweet graininess with the overall fruity hop character.

Well I certainly get the rye in the flavor profile, adding a relatively strong, sweet grainy flavor. The hops seem less flavorful than I was hoping for, the juicy, tropical fruit hop aromatics do not carry through into the flavor, rather just a mild spoiled fruit flavor. The bitterness isn't real intense, but it has a medicinal, aspirin like quality to it, which is pretty unpleasant. The rye leaves an overall sweet grainy flavor in the finish, which combined with the powdery, aspirin bitterness, is pretty unpalatable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pretty high amount of carbonation. The beer is fairly drinkable, well balanced, but lacking a bit in hop flavor and the rye seems to be a little much giving the beer an overall sweet graininess, that I for one, am not a big fan of.

Photo of schatzs
3/5  rDev -6.5%

A: Amber, quite a large head when poured into a pint glass
S: Yeasty, sweet
T: Not too strong, dry/bitter finish
M: Carbonated, bit watery
O: Just OK for me, nothing too special, but I'm happy to drink it.

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Ryediculous IPA from Chameleon Brewing
75 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.