Ryediculous IPA - Chameleon Brewing
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Reviews by drizzam:
3.85/5 rDev +20.3%
Poured from the brown 12 oz twist top into one of my favorite pint glasses.
A - Pours a dark opaque amber in color...Lots of sediment floating about within the body. Topped with an off-white fluffy head that retains decently and leaves a nice veil of lace. I don't remember drinking an IPA that was this dirty looking (due to the high amount of sediment). The nice head jacked the score up half a point for me.
S - Smells of caramel malt and a slight citric hop aroma. Not overly hoppy smelling, but it seems like it should be a good balance of hops and malt.
T & M - The rye presents itself nicely among a bouquet of piney as well as citric hop flavors. There is a nice malt presence to help balance everything out. Medium bodied and it leaves a bitter aftertaste as a reminder of the hops and rye.
D - This is a decent drinker from a brewery that I haven't tried til now. Thanks to my good friend Veachster for donating some of his winnings from the BeerFM raffle at the Central Waters brewery!
04-07-2011 20:55:24 | More by drizzam
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3.68/5 rDev +15%
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.
09-11-2011 01:34:11 | More by Sammy
3.13/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
08-01-2011 21:12:44 | More by emerge077
3.88/5 rDev +21.3%
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.
12-24-2010 16:37:16 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.83/5 rDev +19.7%
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.
04-06-2011 00:18:52 | More by u2carew
3.28/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
04-22-2012 13:57:23 | More by claspada
4/5 rDev +25%
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.
08-12-2011 14:31:03 | More by Cresant
3.48/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
06-21-2011 01:26:56 | More by mdwalsh
3.03/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
02-04-2011 01:20:17 | More by Thorpe429
2.42/5 rDev -24.4%
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.
01-28-2011 04:34:45 | More by sweemzander
Ryediculous IPA from Chameleon Brewing
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