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Wytchmaker Rye IPA - Jester King Brewery

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Wytchmaker Rye IPAWytchmaker Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

239 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 37
Gots: 81 | FT: 3
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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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

10-17-2012 01:53:16 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-14-2011 00:46:14 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for getting a fresh bottle of this out my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a medium golden color with a tall, tall white head. Good stability and retention time, and then really great lacing as it falls down. The nose brings some light caramel with a bit of floral and citrus character. Light hops, but what's there is nice. The taste is similar but pulls back further. There's some floral notes and a bit of light spice on top of a bready body. Medium body and a nice bitter and spicy finish. Not super awesome, but glad to try this.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 12:45:56 | More by Thorpe429
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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
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber color was transposed into the glass. Lots of carbonation actively searching for a place to go, lands it up at the top of the glass and into the mix of a rich white frothy head. Nice two inches of head quickly races by and leaves with it a nice fluffy and intact pillow across the top that slowly deposits tones of spider web like sticky lace down the sides of the glass. This was a good looking IPA.

The aroma was pungent and fresh, dripping with hop resin so bitter you could feel it through your nose. Very floral, with big notes of orange and tangerine, hints of grapefruit and lemon, with a bit of pine tar thrown in for good measure. This was what it was all about. The flavor was more of the same Huge, sticky fresh hops, loaded down with candy coated sugar. Big notes here of orange all over the place. Lots of citrus of every conceivable kind just literally dripping in here. This is what I would imagine chewing on a still growing hop vine would be like. It was intensely fresh. Nice medium body, almost chewy at times gave way with more then ample carbonation and a nice profile that really just did not let up. As for drinkability...thank you sir and may I have another! This was fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 20:41:17 | More by mikesgroove
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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
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womencantsail

California

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

A: The pour is a sort of dark amber color with an off-white head and some streaks of lacing.

S: A really nice citrus quality up front which is mostly grapefruit and grapefruit peel. There's a lot of pine in there as well, and some caramel. The rye is quite strong and provides a nice depth to the aroma.

T: Lots of pine hop notes and bitterness. The citrus is not quite as prominent, though there is some grapefruit and seems to be some pineapple, too. Definitely bready with a substantial caramel and rye flavor, but not overly sweet.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: A nicely done Rye IPA, which seems to be a difficult thing for a lot of brewers. The hops were very prominent and the rye providing something different/interesting.

Serving type: growler

01-26-2011 20:44:27 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-01-2011 18:58:32 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

11-15-2011 20:45:11 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-03-2013 03:46:44 | More by jaydoc
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

08-30-2013 12:05:48 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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
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zeff80

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/bronze color with a huge foamy head. It was foaming over. It left sudsy trails of lace when it finally receded.

S - It smelled strongly of rye and spices. Some bready malt aromas.

T - It tasted of peppery spices and rye. Bready malt and some caramel. It was kinda all over the place.

M - It was crisp, sharp and a smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay IPA. It seemed a little unbalanced with the rye.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:17:13 | More by zeff80
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe, I'm a sucker for rye IPAs, very excited about this one.

Beer has a head to it, big white head that rests on a hazy amber beer. Some lacing, carbonation moderate to low.

Aroma should be hoppier but after some consideration I find some citrus hop character in there a mix with the malt bill aromas. I hope it's not too heavy.

Light on flavors, especially in the hop department, could have gone more aggressive with such a pronounced malt bill, could have gotten away with more hop flavor. The hops that are there are citrusy and the bitterness is mild. There is an interesting malt bill overall but it ends a little astringently.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 20:31:39 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Thanks to redredwino (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a big frothy 2+ finger head, big lacing, ligth hazy golden peach color.

Nose has fresh citrus hops, tropical fruit, juicy fruit, peach, pear, apricot, tangerine, etc, bit of spicy and fruity rye, touch of musty resinous aromas and pine.

Taste has some light toasty and grainy malts, then light spicy and fruity rye, some citrus and tropical fruit, light pine and musty resinous fresh hops, bit of spicy, fairly bitter but not crazy, bit sticky and lingers on the finish with rye and citrus hops, bit more bitterness on teh finish, long bitter finish with fresh earthy hops that linger for a long time.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of carbonation.

Overall great beer, the rye cuts through the fresh piney, resinous and citrus fruity hops, a nice balance with a bit of malt to balance it well, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 17:21:08 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

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
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oline73

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with over a fist of extremely thick off white head. As the head fades, which takes quite a while, it leaves a good amount of lacing and seems to clump up in places.

Smell: Lots of rye spice. There is a slight malt sweetness with some citrus hops as well.

Taste: A whole bunch of rye spice along with citrus peel hop bitterness. The malt is mildly bready, and the finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a ton of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer was way over carbonated. The taste was pretty good, but the carbonation made it a chore to deal with.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 19:43:54 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 12/18/11 notes. Shared by BigSexy410. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a dark orange color with three fingers plus of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of rye, citrus hops, fruity malts, and pine hops. Rye jumps out up front as expected, but is followed by some nice citrus hops. Very nice.

t - Tastes of rye, citrus hops, spices, fruity malts, grapefruit, lemon, and pine hops. Follows the nose pretty closely. Quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice Rye IPA. Loads of rye and citrus hops throughout. Definitely a bottle to share with a friend or two, but something I'd like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 18:07:01 | More by mdfb79
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-04-2014 20:08:52 | More by yourefragile
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is light orange with a thin, white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma brings hops, malt, and various spices. The flavor brings a slighty off putting sulfur ethanol taste. The rye component is there, but gets overshadowed by spices, off flavors, and a dank, musty character. The finish is rather dry. Overall, I found this brew to be mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 15:09:08 | More by Huhzubendah
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superspak

Michigan

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
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drewone

California

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
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smakawhat

Maryland

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
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mdaschaf

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 21:19:40 | More by mdaschaf
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Wytchmaker Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.