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Wytchmaker Rye IPA - Jester King Brewery

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Wytchmaker Rye IPAWytchmaker Rye IPA

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very good

253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 38
Gots: 83 | 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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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