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Wytchmaker Rye IPA - Jester King Brewery

Wytchmaker Rye IPAWytchmaker Rye IPA

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232 Ratings
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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 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 diamondc


4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, blood orange color. Good amount of head.

S: Spicy, citrus-y hops galore. A little pine, though. Grapefruit dominates here. Hints of cinnamon, too. Awesome.

T: Toasty, grapefruit, sweetness from the rye coming through. Aftertaste has a nice caramel with a touch of chocolate flavor towards the end.

M: Woodsy, very dry on the palate. I went thru the pint very quickly. Quaffable to the hop lover.

O: Impressed yet again with a Jester King beer. Now if I could only find it in bottles here.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 17:51:38 | More by diamondc
Photo of SWMeyer4141


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

Had on tap at Major Leauge Grill

Reviewed from Cell phone notes.

Appearance-Hazy orange body, Soapy off white head. Nice retention. Awesome sticky lacing.

Smell-Huge hop aroma, tons of grapefruit and lots of pine. Was able to pick out some rye and some alcohol.

Taste-Big grapefruit notes. Sweet malts in the backround, and the rye does linger throughout the whole beer.

Mouthfeel-Smooth, Creamy, very easy going down. Good carbonation with a medium body.

Overall-A very very nice IPA that I look forward to drinking more of.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 13:29:33 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of mltobin


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Ginger Man in Austin.
I had seen some buzz about these newer brewery and this offering from them, so was happy to try it while in town.

Appearance is a burnt orange tone with a decent head. The smell of Wytchmaker is nice, with pine, rye, citrus present. Sipping this and bitterness comes out, oranges, more rye, some caramel. MF is medium bodied. This rye ipa is good and the folks in Texas are lucky to have this young company added to their scene.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 00:52:02 | More by mltobin
Photo of bisonkron


2.53/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The color is a great deep golden color. Cloudy, 1 inch head with long retention.

S: The rye really pops here. The hops are nice and grassy. Sweet smelling too.

T: The rye really pops out in the taste as well. Its got a hop kick to it, but nothing spectacular. Sweet. muted overall.

M: Light carbonation, a little watery in mount-feel. slight silkiness which i like.

O: Won't really grab this one again if there is anything decent on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2011 00:30:33 | More by bisonkron
Photo of JayAre46


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - burnt orange some amber hues, hazy 2 fingers of egg white head that has good retention and leaves sheets of greatness down the glass.

S - citrus and pine up front, maybe some bready notes hint of something sweet, but mostly fresh hops that sting the nostrils

T - this is the moment in time where i became impressed, strange taste up front with the malts that i wasn't real familiar with but i realized it was something i was enjoying, then i find out the beer is called wytchmaker RYE ipa, not that im familiar with rye but i knew something was a little off but not in a bad way, monster grapefruit, citrus hops are prickly and crisp helped by the pine it also has. the hops didn't linger much and some heat at the end.

M - medium body and has a float like feel, carbonation is medium helping the crisp feel in a very complimenting way.

O - This was a pleasant surprise or just flew under black metal's wrath, but an excellent ipa. easy to drink and very refreshing, ill have another fasho.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 05:42:05 | More by JayAre46
Photo of thatlongname


4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark orange brown with haze. Good off white head with some lacing

Smell: Good aromatics. Some spices, and hops in the nose. A woodiness is also present.

Taste: Great hop profile. The wheat and spice flavors tame the hops and makes a highly drinkable IPA.

Mouthfeel: A little thicker than most IPAs in my opinion but it just feels right.

Overall: A great take on the American IPA. I found myself very ready to take that next sip.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 16:03:35 | More by thatlongname
Photo of chriswilkes33


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the dig pub in cedar park, tx

Appearance: deep golden brown with small white head that quickly dissipates leaving a nice lace. Slightly hazy.

Aroma: citrusy hops leaving evidence of plenty of Amarillo dry hops, very inviting.

Taste: hops dominate this beer with Amarillo leading the way again. The spucyness from the rye in the backbone takes this beer up a notch to "next level"

Mouthfeel: perfectly carbonated and balanced, if there is a knock then this beer may be a little on the thick side.

Overall: another homerun for jester king. I just hope their beer stays at this level as they try to appease all the hype they have built.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 23:46:07 | More by chriswilkes33
Photo of dcloeren


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

Poured on tap into a pint glass

A: Poured a nontransparent glowing burnt orange with two fingers of foamy bright white head. Slowly dissipated, excellent lacing. Sticky

S: Straight pine hops! The Pine-Sol woman wishes she had this aroma to sell. Slight citrus and spice background

T: Follows the nose. Pine hops dominate, slight citrus and some spice that compliments the beer perfectly

M: Moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a great drying aftertaste.

O: Delicious. This is a great IPA and I cant help but have a soft spot for it since it was brewed in TX. Another quality beer by Jester King for sure. Can't wait for this to be available in stores

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 00:11:18 | More by dcloeren
Photo of LittleDon


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

A pint at the Whip-In, Austin.
Cloudy, amber, with fair head retention and lace. Aroma leaning to the C-hop citrus side, but with some lactose sugar sweetness. Interesting carbonation profile. Soft front with the bite coming at the middle. Taste starts hoppy, middle better balanced with some rye spiciness and malt sugars in the middle. Bitter back end.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 00:12:15 | More by LittleDon
Photo of UTCengOwl


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 15:24:31 | More by UTCengOwl
Photo of TurdFurgison


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

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston. The beer was really dark amber, clear, with off white foam that laces in full sheets on the glass. The aroma is spicy, with rye coming through nicely, otherwise pretty a balanced hops/malt ratio.

It has nice rye flavors, light citrus hops behind that, caramel malts further back. Very balanced with rye taking the lead, a little spicy burn in the throat. A medium-plus body, light carbonation, my pint went down quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 02:13:37 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Alamo!

A - pours a deep brown with significant haziness. Just a small head with very little lacing.

S - lots of juniper and citrus; just like a good IPA!

T - again doesn't disappoint with strong pine/juniper and citrus balanced out with a bit of malt, with significant bitter undertones throughout

M - slightly oily and heavy feel on the tongue; coats the mouth just a little bit

D - even with the strong bitterness this one is solidly drinkable

Very happy to see another nice local Austin beer that kicks butt. This is a solid and delicious entry.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 16:54:15 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of anap


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

Wytchmaker pours a rich persimmony color. The aroma is redolent of lemon, though the presence of the fruit shrank upon the first sip and wasn't much reflected in the flavor of the beer. Bitterness of citrus pith dominates the palate without obscuring other, subtler essences--black tea, grass, biscuit, and dandelion. Pleasantly effervescent and very drinkable, Wytchmaker is undoubtedly a righteous beer, but the flavor composite was a little skewed toward the bitter for me, and I found myself longing for a counterbalance to the sharpness.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 03:27:04 | More by anap
Photo of MattMcGinnis


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Tawny amber, hazy with a bone cream head.
Smell: Like a bag of sticky weed in a pine forest. Fresh hops and juniper berries burst in the nose.
Taste: The British army would order extra of this IPA. Grapefruit rind and pine sap mingle in smooth effervescence and linger for a long, bitter finish.

My full review is here: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/01/from-mistress-to-wife-jester-king-brewery/

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 18:06:07 | More by MattMcGinnis
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 00:00:14 | More by Mora2000
Photo of OakedCanuck


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

Had on tap in pint glass.

This beer pours a dark amber to medium brown. Off white lacing with decent stickiness. The smell is a grainy malt breadiness, with some sweetness and noticeable bitters. There is also some nice fruity hop smell. This beer is hoppier than I was expecting, which is a good thing. Pine, grass and citric hop bitterness. In the back palate is where you picked up the rye, grainy, bready malt. Subtle and nice. Heavier mouthfeel than one might expect but a good balance of bitterness and malt. Great beer from an up and coming brewery. Nice work!

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 19:30:59 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of NefariousR


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Flying Saucer, Houston, TX.

A - Deep mahogany red with orange notes. Formed a foamy, lacy white head leaving traces down the glass.
S - Grapefruit citrus and a fair bit of malt, rounded out by a slightly spicy note.
T - Piney hops and citrus. Finished up with a dry, spicy note -- somewhat potpourri-like, but not in an obnoxious way.
M - Medium-bodied, oily but not sticky.
D - Very drinkable yet full on flavor. A nice diversion from more standard IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 17:13:25 | More by NefariousR
Photo of hiikeeba


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured up a brownish amber with red highlights and a thin, off-white head

S - sweet caramel aromas punctuated with pine a citrus notes

T - starts off with a caramel malt flavor with the piney/citrusy hops in the finish.

M - Medium-full body with good carbonation

D - a great IPA, easy drinking

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 22:03:25 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of wagenvolks


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

On-tap at the Black Star Co-op.

Served in the pint, Wytchmaker shows a bright copper body with an attractive cap of sticky custard foam. Amazing aroma, with all the right notes in perfect balance: rye, bubblegum, tropical-fruit hops, toasted malt, caramel, and pine. Really gets the mouth watering.

The flavor follows the aroma nicely, but I do wish the rye were a bit more prominent in the taste (as other reviewers have noted previously). Still, the IPA in Wytchmaker is quite solid, with a great balance of caramel malt and fruity/piny hops. Mouthfeel is medium-thin with a good carbonation level and crisp finish. All in all, a solid beer that quickly jumps to the upper echelon of the "Texas-made IPA" list for me. Will absolutely be revisiting this one, and soon.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2010 23:19:29 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a nice foamy cap that leaves plenty of lacing as the clear amber liquid descends

Smell: Pithy citrus with bready undertones

Taste: Spicy rye bread flavor that is quickly joined by a very pithy bitterness; the combination gets really spicy by mid-palate and the spiciness cotinues into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A spectacular Rye IPA that really captures the essence of the style

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 02:01:15 | More by brentk56
Photo of dnarx


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice amber color with apparent carbonation out of the tap

Smell: Fantastic! Very aromatic and floral + citrus

Taste: I am a hophead so I will just say that I really enjoyed the hop flavor that gave all that the smell promised it would.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp finish. Could have been a little more thick, but overall very enjoyable.

Overall thoughts: I really dug this beer, it was aromatic and smacked me in the face a bit (which I like). Would definitely have it again and again

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 00:39:49 | More by dnarx
Photo of Reagan1984


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to try this IPA w/rye since I am a big fan of rye beers. Enjoyed a glass of this at the Whip In while in Austin, TX.

Brown amber. Thinner head. Light lacing.

Nice aroma. Very fresh. Grassy, perfume like green.

All the notes from the aroma appear in the flavor. Crisp, green (vegetal), fruit, bread. Fresh/nice hop flavor. Nice malt backbone. Fairly aggressive hop bitterness. Not much in the way of spice from the rye, but still fairly dry.

Crisp and clean dry finish.

A decent IPA, certainly not a classic..

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 22:51:52 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of redraider2323


4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Draught House in Austin:

A - reddish/amber, fairly clear

S - pretty intense citrus, pine, tropical fruit, grass

T - dry, firm bitterness, spicy/cracker-like rye bread, citrus and pine hop flavor

M/D - creamy moutfeel but finishes dry and exits the pallet quickly. Lots of hop flavor and little residual sugar. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 05:07:41 | More by redraider2323
Photo of JonathanCrites


3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 22:21:15 | More by JonathanCrites
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Wytchmaker Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.