Evil Giant - Rye IPA - Barrier Brewing Company

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Evil Giant - Rye IPA
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Barrier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CHickman on 10-18-2012

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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours clear lighter almond amber, light tan head, looser and puffy, leaves respectable spots and bits of lacing.

Nose is loaded with grapefruit, spicy mint and some soapyness.

Hop bomb, loaded with grapefruit and more grapefruit. Fruity and flavorful. Not super bitter, citric goodness is whats goin on here.

Carbonation is slightly on the low side.

Enjoyable and bold all American style IPA. Well worth seeking out this quality brew from "the Island"

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full piney hop and a lesser grapefruit aroma.

The taste consisted of a balmy and lingering pine and citrus spice. Grainy malts and tea leaves detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a lingering spice.

Overall a very tasty hop forward ale.

Photo of CHickman
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had it last night on tap at Croxley's Ale House Smithtown: pours hazy copper amber color with a 1 finger foamy white head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hops, lightly toasted grains, caramel, malt, floral hops and herbs; this is a very basic nose, but all of the notes are potent and quite enjoyable with very nice balance for an IPA.

Tastes like it smells, with grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hops, orange peel, lightly toasted grains, caramel, malt, floral hops, grass, flowers, piney hops, mild spices like pepper and herbs like tea leaf; mild hops for an IPA, but still full of flavor with all the right elements and pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, smooth even, a light body, light carbonation, and an almost clean finish with a nice citrus bitterness.

Overall refreshing and enjoyable, this was a good IPA that wasn't a hop bomb and lacked some real juicy hop punch, but made up for it in the drinkability. After going to the Barrier website I discovered that this was a Rye IPA, which explains it not having the huge hop presence since it was likely tamed by the rye. A solid beer overall.

Photo of BoardwalkBock
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Growler purchased from the brewery. Poured into Stone pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy orange. Nice head to start which fades to a very slight lacing. Not much carbonation visible.

S: Grapefruit, biscuit, slight citrus, orange peel. Ends with a nice piney aroma that has a bit of spice to it.

T: Just like the flavor except much more of a grapefruit follow-through and a nice rye finish.

M: Not too bitter. I expected a litter more bitterness from a Rye IPA. Actually makes it more drinkable, and I love bitter beers.

O: Good beer. A little more hops would make it an outstanding beer, but thats the fault with most Rye IPAs. The Rye really overwhelms the hops. However, this beer is still very good and will def have again. Barrier definitely has better IPAs out there, especially Money and Ruckus. Love this brewery, everyone needs to try.

Photo of bkbassdude
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not that rye-ey, but tasty overall

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark amber. Big head leaves light lacing. Head retains pretty damn well. Mostly clear in the body.

S-Interesting. I initially got a full-on whiff of dirt. Legitimate soil. I thought that was pretty neat. I even get a soft chocolate note. Rye tickles my scent glands. Concentrated grapefruit. Piney too. Balanced with caramel malt.

T-I still get a bit of dirt and chocolate. Then comes bitter pine and flower petals. Unripe grapefruit flesh. Spicy rye comes and goes. Thick caramel. Hops also tend to be quite herbal at certain points. Definitely interesting.

M-While the flavor was unusual and amusing, the drinkability was not very high. I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it was that dirty flavor, or maybe it was the bitterness. It took me quite a while to finish it. Very dry and bitter. A touch of booze too.

O/D-Tried this one on a whim without any information about the brewery or the beer. I ended up enjoying it. It did take a while to drink, but it was a cool take on a sometimes-worn out style. Would probably try more beers from Barrier now.

Photo of mdfb79
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

From 10/18/14 notes, growler.

Pours a clear amber color, one inch off white head, low carbonation evident. Large amount of citrus and pine hops, followe dby bready and caramel malts. little more malty than I like in an IPA but nice. Easy to drink, medium body, low carbonation.

Photo of FMSmith
4/5  rDev +2.3%

I am not a hophead so IPA's in general aren't my favorite but...... I love Rye's so....you gotta try it. Most of done well because I wound up buying two growlers and keep it in stock at the house for those necessary times when you just need to mellow out.

Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dry-hopped with Columbus - on cask

Photo of frankrizzo
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well rounded rye IPA that thankfully wasn't too heavy-handed on the rye... classic west-coast hoppiness. Went down super easy.

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Evil Giant - Rye IPA from Barrier Brewing Company
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