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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%

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.

Sammy, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%

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

ferrari29, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Cresant
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.

Cresant, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

DabblinWiscCraft, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of mdwalsh
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.

mdwalsh, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of 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!

drizzam, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of u2carew
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

u2carew, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Soneast
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

Soneast, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

wheatyweiss, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Onenote81, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
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.

sweemzander, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 24, 2010
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Ryediculous IPA from Chameleon Brewing
75 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.