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Wytchmaker Rye IPA - Jester King Brewery

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88
very good

251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 38
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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Photo of Azurescens
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL capped bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/7/11

A: Pours a hazy orange red with huge light tan head. Amazing retention that leaves plenty of lacing around glass.

S: Aroma is sweet with fruity and citrus hops, some spicy rye and sweet malts coming in after all the hops.

T: Hop bitterness up front which fades to reveal quite a bit of rye that adds some nice spice with juicy citrus hops and sweet malts. Nice balance and blend of flavors, the rye really makes a great addition to this beer.

M: Crisp medium body with moderate carbonation that finishes nice and dry.

O: Definitely one of the better rye beers that I have had. Good drinkability, solid all around.

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

Thanks to johnsalurubio for this bottle.

25.4oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - ver dark orange, almost brown with a huge explosive light tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Hoppy, pine, grass, slightly floral

T - Rye, hops.

D - light, lots of carbonation.

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.

Photo of billab914
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a darker amber color with a huge frothy head filling half of the glass at first. Very nice head retention and excellent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a shows a very nice mix of bready rye and citrusy hops. I get some juicy, grapefruit and pineapple coming out of the hops that are particularly nice. The rye comes through nicely as well and gives it a nice bold, bready, slightly spiciness.

The taste shows a good amount of the bready, spicy, almost a little peppery rye flavor. The hops are very juicy and show a little tropical fruit character to them. A little of the pineapple and mango comes out at first, while it turns into more of a bitter, grapefruit rind like flavor in the finish. I get a little bit of a sweet, caramel like flavor coming out towards the finish as well. Very nice flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very nice beer, it had some great flavors and brought them all together pretty well. Rye IPA's are one of my favorite combinations, and this one ranks up there with some of my favorites. The rye came out maybe even a little more then some of my favorites and hops had a very nice tropical fruit like character to them. Very nice beer overall.

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

Thanks to champ103 for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a dark copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops that are complimented with rye

T - The spice from the rye is the first thing to hit then the citrus hops come out and balance things out some

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - Generally I have to be in the right mood for a beer with rye in it and wasn't to sure when I cracked the bottle open if I was but after 2/3 of a pint I'm very pleased with this beer the rye isn't overdone making it an enjoyable beer thats worth getting your hands on

Photo of Lunch
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle courtesy of the Counselor Thorpe429, thanks Mike!

Poured into my goddamn Jester King snifter as I will drink this beer out of no other vessel. Looks a bit dark for an IPA, but I'll attribute that to the rye. Smells malty with some earthy hops, but knowing that this bottle is pretty fresh is a real disappointment to me. Smell is balanced as is the taste. Rye is certainly there, but where the fuck are the hops? Mouthfeel is perhaps a touch thick, but I like it.

Best part of this was the bottle art, but this is certainly a drinkable beverage.

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

I have been really happy with Jester King in every way so far. Not only are the products excellent, the crew stand behind their products.

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy burnt orange color with a 1/2" head of tannish foam that was active, but maintained by tons of bubbles rising. The head was more than half its size a couple minutes after the pour. There is lots of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Initially the American hops are coming out clearly with the Rye taking a supporting role giving the beer a really fresh and aromatic bouquet. The hops are coming across quite floral. The malts are getting more toasty as the beer warms, but the hops are still the biggest player.

Taste: The flavor is really nice with lots of malt in there backing up the whole hop ensemble. There are lots of well blended hops in here but they are taking a supporting role in the finish. The finish is tipped slightly toward the hops, but only slightly. The overall presentation of the flavor is still quite floral with grassy notes and the Rye contributing earthy notes. The body is medium with high carbonation, but this goes well with the presentation and softens up the Rye.

Opinion: I am really happy with this beer too. I tried it on tap at The Saucer a couple days ago and really liked it. I must say that this is one of the better balanced IPAs that I have tried and I will definitely be drinking it again. This is the kind of beer that you would take to a beer club meeting for newer brewers to try so that they can have ideas to aspire to. This is a well-crafted beer, so I highly recommend that you try it.

Photo of alleykatking
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 drabmuh
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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 allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonik glass, as recommended on the label. What a superb pour, as well! It's an amber colored beer, slightly hazy, with a dense layer of foam about an inch thick initially, slowly fading, leaving excellent lacing. The aroma is chock full of piney, citrusy hops. The flavor follows, initially, with a burst of hop flavor. After a moment, the spicy rye becomes apparent, complimenting the hoppiness. One of the better rye PAs I've tried, with the rye really standing out. A very good beer, worth buying again and again.

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

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

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass

Appearance: Mahogany with a white head about a finger worth that lingers and then fades to a thin lacing on the top.
Aroma: Hoppy goodness! Piney and floral with subtle citrus and fruit notes.

Taste: I don’t know why more breweries don’t make IPAs with Rye in them. I think the character that rye adds to the beer is fantastic. It gives the beer a slight tartness that I feel works really well with the bitterness from the hops. There is a nice malty back bone that drives this beer and keeps it from being unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation, dancing on my tongue and opening the beer to share its flavor. To be honest this is what bottle conditioning should be like.

Overall: Another great beer from Jester King, I’m glad there is finally a brewery like this in Texas.

Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

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

A - The look of this beer is fantastic! Pours into my snifter dark amber with two plus fingers of big thick off white head, great retention, and super sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Rye, fruity citrus hops, toasted malt, sweet caramel and pine.

T - Caramel malts, fruity and piny hops, rye, and a bit of bitterness and spice. Could use a bit more rye but overall really nice.

M - Medium, well rounded and crisp. Carbonation is a little on the bright side.

O - Very good rye IPA and another solid offering from Jester King, highly recommend giving this one a try.

Photo of prototypic
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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 beerwolf77
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to exiled for this beer. He sends me a box every month with random stuff he's hand picked for me. Jason you are the man. Bottle split into to tulips.

A: Amber orange hue. Solid finger of off white head recedes leaving sticky lace around the glass.

S: Solid piney hops and a good dose of rye. Nothing super powerful but decent.

T: Fairly bitter piney hop blast greets me first. A subtle malty bready backbone with just a touch of rye.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Decent but nothing exciting. I was hoping for more rye personally.

Photo of SkipWeathers
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real find! This is a great Double IPA, with a great presentation. Brown color with powder white head. Syrupy-citrus taste, bitter pine, very refined, not tart in any way. It just glides down the palate. Incredible aroma, it emanates from the bottle and then the glass. I drank this in a wide Duvel tulip glass. The aroma is herbal and fruity. I hope to acquire another bottle of this, and soon.

Photo of JayAre46
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at MAJOR LEAGUE GRILL

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.

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.

Photo of JMad
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured some of a bomber into a tulip glass...

It looks perfect. The liquid is is a murky brownish orange color with a towering, pillowy shite head.
Smells extremely hoppy, mostly spicy and piney hop aromas along with a bit of citrus and some sweetness. The taste is very smooth, first you get some bitter lemon followed by peppery hops, a touch of rye and a bitter citrusy aftertaste. The beer is thicker than I expected, almost creamy, it has low carbonation and a dry finish. I really look forward to trying more from Jester King. I heard about them when their brewery was just a concrete foundation so it's cool to finally drink their beer. This one is highly recommended.

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

Jester King has some balls, I'll give 'em that much. I particularly like the fact that I feel like I could "Pans Labyrinth" somebody with one of their hefty bottles (which also feature some of the coolest labels I've seen...I mean gold ink! that's not cheap).

Anyway, this one pours a nice unfiltered looking orange. Some particles floating for good measure.

Smell is subtle but distinctly rye with some hop character.

It has an up front bitterness with a lingering malt/rye character. Not a lot of distinction in the hop profile against the malt backbone.

This is a damned fine beer that makes good use of rye and hops without completely burying either. Now, to put on "THE WITCHING HOOOURR!!!!"

Photo of whoneeds8
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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 augustgarage
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Wytchmaker Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.