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Ryediculous IPA - Chameleon Brewing

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 21.88%
Wants: 0
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:
Cascade and Chinook were used in the boil with a large Cascade dry hopping in the lager tank, Ryediculous has around 73 IBUs.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 12-21-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +15%
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 Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
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 emerge077
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
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 TMoney2591
2.71/5  rDev -15.3%
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 Rochefort10nh
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -28.1%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of claspada
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
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 sweemzander
2.42/5  rDev -24.4%
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 KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Herky21
3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
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 richkrull
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Onenote81
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +25%
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 HarmonMW
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of bismarksays
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Soneast
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
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 WastingFreetime
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
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 u2carew
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
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 Hessian257
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of drbenderdo
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Tschnab
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Rihup
1.5/5  rDev -53.1%

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Ryediculous IPA from Chameleon Brewing
75 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.