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Wytchmaker Rye IPA - Jester King Brewery

Wytchmaker Rye IPAWytchmaker Rye IPA

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This version of Wytchmaker has been permanently supplanted by the farmhouse version -  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 4018/74714 

(Beer added by: ckeegan04 on 10-27-2010)
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Photo of twiggamortis420


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from old notes - non-farmhouse version. 750 mL pours a hazed copper color with a massive cap of light tan head. Retention and lacing both impressive, though I suspect the beer is a bit overcarbonated.

Alot of various hop aromas going on here - citrusy lemons, grapefruit and pine sap. Bready rye is detectable along with some caramel and light alcohol. Main show is the hops, as it should be..

Quite tasty...big and bright hops start things off flowery and citric. Malts are light and biscuity, staying in the background for the most part. Yeast leans bready but the beer is much cleaner than the farmhouse version. Bittering hops on the back end are nice and crisp. Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, but thats a minor complaint. Need this in 6-packs please...too good not to gulp. It is a bit overcarbonated and gets pretty dry after awhile. Could use some minor tweaking but shows some promise.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 19:49:33 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of brurevu


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: I had the Wytchmaker in a 750 ml bottle that was a bit over carbonated, but was still in excellent condition. It poured a golden amber with a healthy head that persisted for the entire tasting. This rye IPA had a creamy mouthfeel with good hop bitterness balanced by the rye malts. This bottle was with their older English ale yeast, so it will be interesting to try it with their newer farmhouse yeast to see the differences. Again this is a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 17:39:45 | More by brurevu
Photo of BeerRefugee


4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a hazy medium orange. Thick foamy head with good retention. Strong aroma of tropical fruits and black pepper. Flavor is nice and spicy with rye and cracked pepper balanced by some citrus and tropical notes. Slightly dry finish. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 22:55:34 | More by BeerRefugee
Photo of hoody711


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 days, >50 oz of Jester King to review. This is the cross I bear. The bottle says nothing about "Farmhouse" Rye IPA, it just says "Rye India Pale Ale," but they do identify themselves as a farmhouse brewery. The bottle art is again fantastic, not as attractive as Noble King, but definitely darker and creepier.

A - 25 oz bomber into a goblet. HUGE off-white rocky head that has settled to 2 fingers over 5 minutes and still has very large globs of head. Great lace. The color is an Indian red/light brown and the beer is active in there. Again, a very pretty beer. As I write this, head is foaming out of the bottle on my table. Bizarre. (Still 5 minutes later, foaming out the top of bottle. This is getting a little ridiculous.)

S - a very interesting smelling "rye." There is some sweet tart farmhousy-ness in there, bananas and subtle fruit, and maybe a little spice, buried somewhere. I don't smell much rye or a ton of hops. I really can't put my finger on much more than that.

T - there's a little bit of rye in there, maybe, but for the most part I taste toned-down farmhouse, sweet and yeasty. This is not an IPA, and there is little to no hop flavor. Absolutely no bitterness.

M - light to medium feel. The carbonation is good. Spice lingers for a while. A little warming on the way down.

O - totally bizarre beer. I really wanted to like this, but I'm not sure it knows what it is. It's certainly not an IPA, and I wouldn't say it's farmhouse. It tries to be both, but is that even a thing. Seems like a strange idea to combine these two styles. The beer itself is ok, but in the IPA world, I would never think to recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 23:47:42 | More by hoody711
Photo of Durge


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a ton of particulate in this hazy dark amber colored brew which brings a somewhat out of control white avalanche of white head and decent gobs of lace. The smell suggests a light, dry, wheat and politely sweet clove. A little milder than I would like in any IPA but not bad. The taste buds receive more wheat and gentle clove. It has a very frothy feel with a mdedium-light body and gentle but full carbonation. I get some tropical fruits and light yeast undercurrents. A subtle and loveable brew. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 21:41:59 | More by Durge
Photo of mcallister


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark rye bread in color....go figure. Pours with a huge amount of carbonation and a glorious rocky head. The pour took about 10 minutes for both Duvel tulips.

Lots of resiny pine riddles hop aromas at the forefront with some rye spicy character and some other bread esters. Hints of citrus on the end of the aromas with earthy notes as well.

Nice and way to easy to drink. Nice amount of hop bitterness on the finish and showing some toffee on the finish as well. Caramel is in the middle and intermingled with nice rye flavors and piney hops. Resiny oily hops throughout. Some citrus notes or maybe stone fruit, almost more peachy with some apricot. A nice beer with a light to medium body.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 20:04:36 | More by mcallister
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- pours a nice copper with an insane head (near full glass), effervescence is incredible.

S- spicy rye, nice citrus, and sweet toast.

T- dry, sweet malts, ry and heavy with spices.

M- medium body, high carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O- good rye beer. The high carbonation takes away from the beer a little.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 03:36:32 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, pepper, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is very much the same with a slight alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and I am happy I was able to pick up a bottle here in California.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:33:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of smakawhat


2.65/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

ooop.. didn't realize they were not making this anymore. I am not seeing any bottle dating. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Overly carbonated head which is off white actually forms very uniform but too much. Styrofoamy consistency and very large bubbles. Body color is a chestnut brown amber, kind of opaque and lifeless. Laces well when it takes forever to settle down.

Nose feels fairly spiced rye malt going, clean with a noticeable pine push. Is that brett I smell? Mushy over ripe sense of sour orange bitter slightly. Not too bad, but I am wondering where this is going?

Palate is incredibly sharp and jagged. Tin and metallic tasting rye spice, and a very fleeting palate. Body is very weak and wet with virtually no finish except some faint tobasco quick hot hop sense. Heavily fizzy also matching the appearance and greatly exaggerating the metal and ferrous angle.

Overall it starts off tolerable, but as it continues it becomes more and more undrinkable. This didn't get it done for me, seems like a strange saison hybrid more than anything.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 02:35:49 | More by smakawhat
Photo of AgentMunky


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Stamped 0007066.

A: Quite a hiss when I crack the cap. Huge head takes up half the glass, then churns, and begins to overflow. The beer is full of bubbles and amber-clear.

S: Hard to smell through the head, but some citrus, pine, and yeast.

T: Citrus and light fruit. There is some farmhouseish influence even in this regular edition of Wytchmaker, evident in some of the funkier/yeastier flavours. The rye manifests primarily as a dryness with a touch of pepper. The maintaste is rather light, but the end/aftertaste showcases some nice hops.

M: Fruity-dry; spicy-sweet. Pretty good.

O: An interesting beer, but not a great one. I'd have another, but I wouldn't recommend it too strongly. Drinkable.

Style: Rye India Pale Ale
OG: 1.062
ABV: 6.8%
Malt: Two-row, rye, carapils, debittered black
Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe
Yeast: English Dry Ale

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 03:34:42 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of peacebone116


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 750-mL bottle into a tulip. (Number on the pic of the barrel is 0008022.) Bottle actually lists the brew at 6.8%, 1.0625 OG.

A: Hazy dark copper body with prolific, soapy head.

N: Citrus and sour-apple...like old homebrew.

T/M: The taste is good with lots of citrus and pine notes (but they are somewhat faded...not sure if this is an older bottle). Their is the taste of wild yeast, like funky homebrew, with this one. I do not really pick up any of the rye flavor. This beer is dry with a light to medium mouthfeel with heavy carbonation.

Overall, I understand that this is a bottle conditioned beer and that I may have an older version of what should be an IPA. But, I am just not that stoked with this beer. The hop flavors are good, the body is where it should be, but the yeast really took off and is a bit wild here. The beer is very carbonated and prickly on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 02:22:40 | More by peacebone116
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color with a white head that lingers. The smell is citrus and spice with a nice clean follow through. It's got a big citrus follow through with a strong lingering spiciness. Very tasty beer with a strong rye character and nice sweet backbone to compensate. Definitely better fresh and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 03:12:22 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


1.75/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Over carbonated pour, lots of head gushing everywhere. Amber colored beer, actually left a decent amount of lace, but how could it not with that much bursting from the seams. Aroma, a little rye, almost no hops, not pleasant by any stretch of the imagination.

Taste, damn, all or most of the carbonation is gone. Definitely more akin to an English rye ipa than anything made in America. I realize its from Texas, so I'll cut them some slack, since I can't think of anything hoppy from there, and they're usually a few years/decades behind curves and trends. Pretty much a rye malt bomb that is pretty flat by the time it settles down.

Out of over 100 different beers during the March Madness tasting, this one was my vote for absolute worst, and even at that, I think it made everyone's bottom 5.

Not good.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 00:02:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy reddish brown with tons of foamy head (over carbonation?) and nice amounts of lacing. smells very fruity (almost like a light barley wine) with floral hop aroma. a nice sweet taste, very different from every other rye.p.a. i've had. slight metallic aftertaste. more sips and am tasting more fruit.. maybe plums? hops are not very present in the taste.

very smooth, sweet with a dry finish. the over carbonation (aka constant foaming) makes me burp constantly throughout which is getting in the way of full enjoyment.

this is a good change of pace from the usual rye ipa's. very sweet which makes it a fun experience to drink. the only downside to this one was the foam problem, it was a mess.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 01:11:46 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of superspak


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a friend in a trade. 750 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a huge 2-3 finger foamy off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of biscuit, caramel, rye, pine, citrus, pepper, herbal, clove, and floral notes. Nice balanced aromas, and quite a bit weaker than I was expecting. Taste of big pine, spicy rye, caramel, biscuit, pepper, citrus, clove, and herbal spiciness. Nice sized spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of biscuit, herbal spiciness, caramel, and citrus on the finish for a while. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly prickly mouthfeel. Fairly smooth to drink, but is still a bit of a sipper with the big bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming after the finish present. Overall a very nice offering from Jester King. Definitely felt more like a really hoppy rye saison, but I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 04:37:20 | More by superspak
Photo of LiquidAmber


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured slowly into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy orange amber. A slow pours forms a huge fine white head that takes up half the glass, dissipates slowly leaving massive lacing and foam on the glass. Aroma of piney hops, hint of rye. Flavor starts quietly with light malt and piney hops, then slowly deveolps a nice rye sourness with a spicey hop finish. A slight funky flavor like a mild saison adds a bit of character. Flavor is not intense, but pleasant and well integrated. A nicely made rye IPA. I'm glad I stumbled on this bottle as Jester King is not distributed to my state. I would certainly buy again if I ever see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 04:33:52 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a super huge off-white foamy head with great retention and excellent lacing. Aroma consists of bitter hops with some light citrus notes with a nice touch of spicy rye malt. Taste is also a nice mix between a solid spicy rye malt backbone with some bitter and citrus hops. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and very interesting beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 03:06:47 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of FosterJM


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1121st Review on BA
Bottle to HF Pint glass
750 ML

Purchased for 8.99 @ El Cerrito Liquor

App- A very deep amber with large spotty orange and some yellows. Amazing carb level produces a huge 3-4 finger head that was super slow to recede. Huge stick and cling! Just amazing looking in the glass.

Smell- Its an IPA with a tiny bit of rye. Seemed a bit faded on the hops note but just is kinda there. The Rye comes in on the ending notes but isnt all that upfront. Really a step up from average.

Taste- Its a pretty tasty beer. A little bit above average but not by much. A bit muted by the duality of rye and hops but really doesn't pop with any one flavor over the other.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation. Leaves a residual small rye flavor with a bit of hop oil.

Drink- It's a tad above average and thats about it. It's smooth and tasty but doesn't have a certain pop about it. I'd have it again and hopefully the carbonation level recedes a bit and the rye balances the IPA flavors more.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 00:41:56 | More by FosterJM
Photo of GrumpyJunglist


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a duvel tulip

A: pours a dark murky brown color, with an incredible amount of head on this one, and it takes forever for this one to settle down.

S: Smells kind of funky, no real big hop scent present, its there but subtle along with a little rye aroma.

T: Rye up front, a little spice, with a hop aftertaste that lingers.

M: for all the head on this beer its not overly carbonated taste wise, actually kind of smooth.

O: The beer was pretty good, but my god the massive amount of head on this beer was annoying, it overflowed my glass twice.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 03:47:33 | More by GrumpyJunglist
Photo of elNopalero


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before I knew Jester King’s sours and barrel-aged marvels I had this, perhaps the most ‘conventional’ of all their beers.
It pours a wonderful golden color with a big hoppy aroma. Great flavor, with an excellent hop profile and a zesty spice to it. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 17:40:48 | More by elNopalero
Photo of drewone


2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour into snifter, but than shift to pint glass. On the neck of the bottle are 190 11, 15 30 L

High carbonation. Hear it at opening and pours a huge frothy head - settles after a minute or two.

Nice deep golden color, some haze.

Smell is totally disappointing - very little hops (is this a older bottle and they have just faded? - I know they just arrived in CA within the last week or 2, but...) Overwhelmed by a smell that is yeasty? reminds me of home brew - the less successful batches.

Smell effects the taste - if I don't breath I enjoy the taste. Again very little hops - rye is very dominate (which is nice) and so is the yeast. Ends with a spiciness - nice.

Mouth feel reminds me of a triple.

Def disappointed - had high hopes, great label - not sure what to make of this - bad/old bottle or just not what i was thinking it was going to be?.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 05:52:29 | More by drewone
Photo of ghostwalker


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wonder if this may be a bit infected. Head is just too, too much. Not falling off at all, but growing to do a slow motion explode from the bottle neck. I had to fill a second glass to avoid a huge mess. Cloudy orange-red-brown body.

Nose is tart rye and malt. Not getting as many hops as I expected. No serious infection evident in the nose, though there is a bit of funk. Maybe this is drinkable after all.

Flavor is actually pretty good. The rye spicyness is there. The finish is tart and I guess you could call it citrusy, but I would say it's a one-dimensional bitterness without the desirable characteristics I look for in my favorite types of hops. Tasty, but I was hoping for more. Ruthless Rye is better.

Mouthfeel is the strongest category for this one. Effervescent, zesty, palate scouring.

Overall it's OK. It's good, not great. The bad points I noted above keep me from wanting more. Here's hoping I have a better experience with Black Metal.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 00:47:00 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of maximum12


3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to smithjl10 for sending me a box full of rye, which included this attractive little number. 750 ML bottle with, I must say, a very nice label. Two tulips readied for beer.

The pop tops with an explosion that would do a rocketry hobbyist proud. Putting down the opener is a mistake: the foam bubbles out the top like a rabid Old Yeller. The pour is time-consuming. Pour. Wait for head to fall. Pour. Rinse & repeat. Eventually, I do get to enjoy the beer. Reddish orange, & did I mention the head? Wildly overcarbonated. Nose brings orange, citrus, & a dry breadiness. Hops are stronger than expected. Wytchmaker Rye IPA hides the saison behind it’s back. But it arrives in the taste, a mild but insistent character that is hard to define: funky, but barely, maybe hay, definitely farmish. The hops so apparent in the nose are barely visible; pine & citrus, kind of. Rye is subdued too, faintly bready & spicy in the back. Lots of quiet mixed together to produce a whisper. Easy to sip. Overcarbonated.

Overall this isn’t quite what I hoped. The rye is standing next to invisible, the hops are in hiding, & all that’s left is a vague impression of faint saison. If it weren't for the distinctive label I'd swear this was the farmhouse version. Just OK

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 15:18:19 | More by maximum12
Photo of TMoney2591


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I don't know why I was able to find this stuff up here in the Midwest, but I'm not gonna argue. It pours a partly hazy reddish-amber topped by a whole helluva lot o' off-cream foam. Damn, baby... The nose comprises sharp pine resin, light rye spice, mint, light menthol, orange zest, and honey. The taste starts with this blueprint, then ups the orange ante, tones down both the mint and the menthol, spices up the rye, and adds a touch of what seems like apricot. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice little rye IPA, not too much and not too little (if that makes sense...).

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 05:19:38 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of inlimbo77


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter glass. No bottle date, but I believe this is really fresh (from brewery).

A: Bottle opened with a pronounced hiss. Love bottle conditioned beers. Tons of awesome carbonation. Streaming off the bottom of the glass. Three fingers of tight bubbled fluffy white head. Stays around a while! The swirl makes it even more pronounced. Sticky lacing all over the place.

S: God as my witness, I think this bottle is mislabeled (as the regular is purple and farmhouse is green). I get a lot of farmhouse/Saison notes in the nose. It really overpowers the hops and the rye and everything. If the farmhouse version, good. If not, wow....interesting beer.

T: Strange if it's the regular Wyrchmaker instead of the farmhouse. Dominated by Saison tastes. Masks the rye and hops. After warming I do get some hop bitterness and some of that rye spiciness. Nice dry finish too. But there is definitely something up with this bottle.

M: Medium bodied. Coats the mouth.

O: Either way, this is a tasty little beer. I liked it very much. Can't wait to sample the farmhouse version to compare my notes on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:53:50 | More by inlimbo77
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Wytchmaker Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
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