Wytchmaker Rye IPA - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 36
Gots: 86 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ckeegan04 on 10-27-2010

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 
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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap - well actually out of a pitcher - at the brewery's grand opening celebration. Review number 1900.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of pine, as well as some biscuit malt and rye notes. Smells about like I figured it would.

The flavor is more of the same with the pine from the hops really standing out. The rye is present but not overwhelming and there is also some biscuit malt. Low to medium bitterness. Easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mjtiernan
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Both the bottle and glassware courtesy of davacano!

750ml bottle poured into my Jester King Grand Opening snifter

A: Hazy rusty red with a generous pillowy head

S: Sweet malt caramel, citrus and a hint of white grapes

T: Almost none of the malty sweetness that the nose indicated and the hops are more spicy/pine than citrus. Finishes with a fantastic bready dryness which I think is the rye’s contribution. Quite a bitter aftertaste but not unpleasant.

M: Medium mouthfeel and nice carbonation. I like that the head that the head stuck around all the way till the end because that adds a small but nice element.

O: A really good first impression from Jester King. I don’t know if I waited too long for the hops to play a bigger role, but I was more than pleased with what I was left with.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.78/5  rDev -54.5%
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.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note on the label: "Made from 80% organic ingredients. Great for Vegitarians and Vegans".

Good Lord, could they be any more typical "Austin". Austin - Texas' California without the ocean and earthquakes.

On to the beer:

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass a dark opaque amber-orange with a thick froathy 2 finger head. Great head retention and lacing all the way down. The nose has notes of hops and very prevelant notes of Rye bread. The taste is much the same, but not as strong of the flavors as I'd like. It's a very bready IPA. So much so that it's a little high in the dry mouthfeel than a normal AIPA.

Overall, this is my first try at Jester King and I'm impressed for a start up. I'm hoping it's better things to come in the future from them.

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

Big thanks to lnashsig for introducing me to new beers from home, thanks lee

A: Pours hazy orangish brown. Sizable head, very nice lacing.

S: Mmm. Hops. Pine. Rye. Bit Doughy from the malt. Nice. T: Interesting. Tastes like a Belgian Pale to me. Seems like the rye takes the egdge off the hops for a very nice result.Fruit character as well. Citrus, Pinapple, Grapefruit.

M: Smooth and creamy. Growing complexity with each sip.

D: Very high.

This was an impressive beer. I think if more people knew about Jester King this beer would be getting alot more buzz. Definitely worth hunting down.

Photo of lnashsig
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before many times on draft, but never in a bottle. Poured from bottle into my DFH snifter. Pours a dark dark nut brown color, crazy head fills the top of the glass, incredible retention and lacing. Takes forever to go down. Cloud like head- very appealing. Smell- spice, bisquity, citrus hops, definitely rye. Taste- tart citrus, grapefruit, dark malts and rye, a herbal spiciness, breadiness. Just so complex. The bottle conditioning has done this wonders- I much prefer this to draft offerings of it. Just a wonderful beer- great job JK.

Photo of jALEson
4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I know some people don't like the spiciness of rye beers, but I can't say enough good things about this one. Poured into an imperial pint, it left a meringue-like head that lasted and lasted, as well as leaving tons of lace as I drank it down. It was a slightly hazed, dark amber color. No mistaking the spicy rye aroma and lots of citrus/pine notes. The flavor is a smooth mirror of the aromas: spicy, peppery rye and the citrus/pine hop flavors. Little more than medium body and bubbles from the bottle conditioning that just won't quit. Side note: I know a great label can hide a bad beer, but their marketing guy gets 5 stars. I had heard of it and would buy it anyway, but that label would make me pick it off a shelf. Great job, Jester King!

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

Thanks to Lee for the bottle!

A:Pours a hazy dark copper color with a massive head, had to stop pouring because it started overflowing my glass. It lasted for a while too, at least a few minutes before I could even take a sip.

S: Nice citrus aroma with some grapefruit and some lemon zest. A little bit of pine and some caramel and spice, presumably the rye.

T: Nice combination of citrus and rye spice. Some grapefruit and bready malt as well as some light pine.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, again the head took forever to dissipate.

O: Liked this beer and had no problem finishing off the bottle. The large head, while looking nice, was annoying since I had to wait a while to drink the beer. Well done for a rye IPA.

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

Thanks to MrHirshybar for this one.
Dark rich caramel color. Huge 3 finger frothy eggshell colored head even with a easy, non-aggressive pour. Huge retention and lacing.

Nice grassiness and spicy rye on the nose immediately. After a minute or so smelling it. That's about all it has going for it, but pleasant.

Flavor is good with real nice balance. Potpourri-like floral hops and slightly spicy rye balanced nicely with a caramel malt backbone that's slightly candy-like.

Mouth is medium bodied with high carb.

Overall it's good. A little over carbonate IMO. Good flavor and balance. Id like to try it fresh on draft to see the difference.

Photo of augustgarage
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to gawnphishin for the growler! Arrived fresh but flat, but I'll try not to dock appearance and mouthfeel too much...

Blasting some Wytchfynde, Witchery, Witchburner, Witchfinder General, Acid Witch, etc as my soundtrack...

Mahogany body that glows a burnished copper when held to the light with dark amber highlights. No head, almost no lacing, and very faint legs (again, due to a poor growler fill I suspect).

Pine, wort, and biscuity malt aromatics with a hint of caramel, orange peel, and spice.

Moderate hop bitterness is sustained throughout the profile which starts off with grapefruit and pomelo notes, growing more resinous/herbal, and finally woody/spicy in the finish. The rye adds a lingering prickly breadiness in the aftertaste. Low-level sweet malt is present at all times as well. Hints of roobois and caraway as it warms.

Medium-light bodied...this would of course be better with carbonation...some warmth from alcohol.

Despite the dubious condition of my growler, the flavor seems unaffected, and overall this is a pleasing if somewhat restrained rye IPA. I'd certainly order a fresh pint given the opportunity, and will have little trouble finishing off these 64oz.

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

This was my first try of a Jester King beer. I'd seen their Black Metal before but decided not to get it...mostly because of the price. But finally I gave in and got the Wytchmaker.

The head grows thick, bubbly-foamy, and off-white head over a copper-colored brew. It is a bit murky but just a tad. The head has pretty good retention as well. Looks lovely.

I love the smell of this. The rye is very strong that adds a woodsy spiciness to it. Earthy hops keep it floral and there's a bit of tropical fruit in there as well. I could smell this all day.

The taste is very much like the smell. The rye dominates but it's a great flavor. Spicy, woodsy, and adding a great depth of flavor. Hops add bitterness while the tropical fruit flavors bring some acidity and sweetness. It's sweet but not too sweet. I wouldn't say the taste is very complex but the depth the rye adds make up for it. Yum.

Overall this has a very smooth feel to it but the carbonation and, acidity, and spiciness makes it have a drier finish. Very clean, medium-bodied, and very drinkable.

My first Jester King beer and one that did not disappoint at all. One of the better rye beers I've tried.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to xpimptastikx for this one. Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse, white, and slightly powdery head with decent retention. Beer is a clear orange. Lacing is stringy, patchy, and web-like with great cling. Attractive.

S: Pine, sap, and grassy hoppiness with a slight balance of cane sugar. Moderately aromatic and very clean and crisp. Appropriate for the style with a very pure scent.

T: Citrus and pine hop bitterness at the start with some slight caramel and cane sugar malt sweetness coming in towards the middle for balance. Sap and pine hop finish with a similar aftertaste. Good flavor but pretty pedestrian and a bit muted overall.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with some nice crisp bubbles here and there. Oily and silky going down. Finish is dry and with a sticky aftertaste. I'd appreciate a bit more carbonation for the style but this is solid.

O: My first offering from Jester King doesn't dissapoint. This is an overall very solid IPA that more than holds its own in such a flooded category. Worth a try.

Photo of prototypic
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many, many thanks to dcloeren for the bottle.

Wytchmaker is amber in color. A moderate amount of haze clouds the scene. Light gives it more of a copper look. A vanilla colored cap stands about two and a half fingers tall. It’s very slow to recede, leaving thick, sticky waves of lace in its wake. Very impressive!

The nose features a light caramel malt scent up front. It doesn’t smell overly sweet. Citric hop notes of grapefruit and mango follow. Pine isn’t far behind. The hop notes seem to be quickly swallowed up by rye. It definitely left a breadlike scent on the nose. Alcohol is blended well and goes unnoticed. Smells good.

The flavor is pretty good, but is just a step below the nose. It does have a nice, solid caramel malt base. It’s not very sweet, but has a nice flavor. The hops are mostly piney and citric. Grapefruit and mango flavors are noted. It’s bitter, but the strong rye presence quickly overshadows the hop flavors. It definitely has a spicy edge, and is a little pumpernickel-esque. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes very dry with a bitter/spicy clash.

Wytchmaker has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is lighter and restrained. It goes down easy, but feels just a tad thin. A 750 won’t be any trouble.

Wytchmaker Rye IPA is my first go with Jester King beer. All in all, it’s pretty good stuff. I’m a big fan of Rye beers, and this one’s pretty good. Frankly, the rye probably comes through a little strong. I’d prefer just a little less rye and a little more hops. Pretty good stuff in any event. Just needs a small tweak. I can’t give extra points for it, but the label is first class. Thanks a ton, Dereck!

Photo of thagr81us
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to lnashsig for sending me multiple bottles of this one in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a massive five finger cream colored head that subsided to three fingers very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, rye, citrus, citrus hop, spices, and subtle cinnamon. The flavor was of sweet malt, rye, citrus, citrus hop, clove, and subtle nutmeg. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. The citrus aspect on this one comes on quite strong in the aroma and flavor. However in the flavor, the rye has a definite presence for sure as well. Quite complex for a Rye IPA as far as I'm concerned. Definitely worth trying without a doubt.

Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Spicy bitterness, grapefruit, floral and perfumy, some rye as it warms.

L: Hazy orangish red, tight, white creamy head with excellent retention and lacing.

T: Spicy, bitter malt with a slight bready maltiness. Firm spicy medium bitterness leads to a touch of rye. Finishes quite dry with some spicy hop resin.

M: Medium full mouthfeel, medium carbonation, quite creamy.

A really solid IPA, great flavors with a nice subtle rye component that contributed more towards the bitterness than flavor.

Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle. Thanks to johnsaulrubio for this bottle. Very excited about trying this one.

A- Pours a light hazed orange color with amber hues to it. Three finger white head shows great retention. Thick sticky lace in sheets left on the glass as I drink this one down.

S- Citrus hops with caramel malts in the front of the beer blend together very well. Piney hops do show up a little in the next part of the nose. Rye comes through more so in the ending than anywhere else in the aroma. Alcohol shows a little in the final whiff but doesn't stand out at all.

T- Surprised that the first thing I tasted was caramel malts which came through in the underbody of the beer. Citrus hops come through with mango and light grapefruit. Caramel malts does come back again in the middle with a light rye tone. Ending of the beer is a nice big rye flavor that overtakes the light pine hop ending. Alcohol does come through in the ending but doesn't bother the other flavors going on.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Caramel malts, citrus hops, and light rye are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, big rye notes, hints of caramel malts, and light pine hops. Flavors for the beer are very in line with one another for the style I thought. No off flavors are present in this beer. Light to medium alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- I really thought this beer was worth seeking out. The rye really shows up in the ending making this beer come full circle. The ABV is not really noticed at all which makes this a great drinker. A brewery that is getting all the praise it deserves. Good job Jester King and don't give up the good fight for great tasting craft beer!

Photo of blue-dream
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love me some Jester King bottle was from 2 years ago, when i opened it it gushed all over, to my surprise the hop profile was still there!! Not sure i would drink aging but still a great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a few times... even had it on tap at their Draughr House debut. This review is from catching a pint at Opal Divine's downtown at the end of the night.

I dunno if Opal Divine's just has the cleanest glasses ever, but the head retention and lacing on this sucker were fantastic. I had a wall of rings down the side of my glass. Props to both parties on that. The beer itself was a reddish amber with a brown-tinged head. Good looking stuff.

The beer itself is a wonderful balance of hoppiness and rye spice. The floral and pine notes are present and welcome, but they don't ever overpower. Te rye slickness comes back and really pulls it together. The balance makes this quite drinkable, too.

I think this is quite a solid offering and I'd slot a lot of the ratings somewhere between a 4 and 4.5. I ended up deciding to bump up taste to be generous. Good work JK!

Photo of TexIndy
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. I don't often comment on the labels but this one calls for a major shout out. First off, the picture is creepy cool in itself and I really like the logo as well. Secondly, the label portion on the back of the bottle has what I wish each beer came with - full information on glassware, serving temp, OG, FG, IBU and full ingredient list. Awesome! The only thing missing and, again should be required by law IMHO, is the bottling date. This just hit the market in bottles so I know it's fresh now but really want to see a date for future purchases. It was a hazy amber color with lots of carb streams. It had a large, fluffy, white head that slowly settled into a good foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was excellent. Pine, spicy rye and citric show up on the hops side along with some bready malt. Good bitter aroma. The rye is there but well balanced unlike some other rye's I've had lately. The taste was also excellent. Good bitter bite balanced with the spice and bready flavors. Working my way up the bitter food chain lately and this one is right in the sweet spot for me. Add some more citrus to this and it'd be a 5 for me. Mouthfeel is medium to full with lots of carb and a nice moderately bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this is an excellent rye IPA that I highly recommend. Very worthy of the hype and glad I picked it up. I originally was going to pass cause I've been burned a lot lately on the hype train but Rick from Lone Star talked me into it...and he was right as usual. Obviously avail here in TX since from Austin. Rotation - I see a lot more bottles in my future. And some on-tap searches as well. [H;Y]

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

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

A - Poured a very dark copper. Was dark in the bar but it almost looked like a black/Cascadian IPA.

S - Lots of hop aroma, mostly pine and green grass smells with a little bit of rye coming through.

T - Hops carry through from the aroma into the taste. Hops are strong all the way through with a little balance from the rye. I love rye ales and wished it came through a little more in this ale.

M - Clean mouthfeel, medium body and a clinging hop finish.

D - Good drinkable IPA, I wish it could have a little more of the rye.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very strong hop aromas, lots of citrus fruits like orange grape fruit and spice aromas are very present. It has a very thick tan head, its bubbly and last quite a long time, its body is a dark copper/amber color and is very hazy with lots of carbonation; lots of lacing. It’s crisp when it first hits your mouth and it has a heavy mouth feel to it. It bitter and the hops are present but not overwhelming. It’s very spicy and really warms up your tongue. There’s a slight hop flavor in the aftertaste, but the alcohol is hidden very well.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hazy burnt orange color. Massive spongy, fluffy off white head. Lace = amazing.

Nice citrus and pine, with a bit of spicy rye. Slight bready sweetness.

Pleasant bitterness, rye tangyness, slight citrus and pine. Nice malty, bready backbone.

Creamy and rather full bodied. Despite the monstrous head, carbonation feel was good and tamed.

A damn enjoyable RIPA. JK is an amazing brewery out the gate, and a bottling date would do them wonders. Sure this is pretty fresh though.

Photo of smakawhat
2.69/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Photo of mindspin315
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

RE-REVIEW (original bottle was *INFECTED*)

Pours an insane mountainous head, off white with a blanket of thick dense bubbles. A light brownish body with orange hues throughout. Lacing all over the glass.

A very strong floral aroma. Pine needles dipped in sweet cream. Light peppery yeast scents. The hops impart mild aromas, but are not very strong or pronounced they blend in. Very bready with a dose of rye/caraway seed oil.

The malty flavors come thru with a significant amount of pepper and clove from the yeast and rye. The hops are adding more of a drying and bitterness to the beer than any pine or citrus, but floral flavors do come through. The rye sits on the tounge upfront, not heavy though. Also the alcohol comes through way more than expected for a 6.7% brew.

This beer is quite an intersting take on an IPA. For me a bit more hop aroma/flavor would put this beer into the 'A' category. The hops play a nice part in this beer as well as the malts. The yeast imparts some great qualities in this beer as well. Carbonation feels almost right maybe a touch high.

Glad I got to try this one. This is a very interesting take on an IPA and tastes like no other IPA I've had. I can tell a lot of 'craft' went into this beer. A touch more pine and/or mild citrus from the hops would push this beer into an outstanding category.


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Wytchmaker Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.