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Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA - Jester King Brewery

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Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPAWytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA

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very good

73 Reviews
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Reviews: 73
Hads: 472
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 29.79%
Wants: 32
Gots: 75 | FT: 4
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mora2000 on 10-30-2011

Earthy rye and piny hop flavor and aroma meet spicy, funky characteristics from our farmhouse yeast in this American-inspired farmhouse ale.
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Photo of lnashsig
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been so excited about this release, and pleased to grab a bottle today at HEB Bunker Hill. Poured from bottle into my Jester King Farmhouse glass. Pours a nearly transparent dark orange color, about a finger of white fluffy head. VERY different from the previous Wytchmaker version in appearance and carbonation. Smell- wet grass, barnyard funk! juicy fruit, almost a candied orange smell. Tropical mango. A marraige of funky and tropical hops. Beautiful. Giving smell alone a 5. Taste- wet cut grass, some barnyard funk and some bitterness- a complex blend of flavor. Lovely malt sweetness and tropical hops- mango, orange rind all over my teeth. This is tremendously more complex and clean with flavors than the original Wytchmaker. Just an amazing brew. Bravo.

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Photo of J_Dub
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy orange with hints of red. Thick foamy white head. The smell is the strongest part. Farmhouse funk. Citrus. Grass. Hops. Yeast. Grass. The taste follows suit. Spicy citrus hops and rye bitterness. Grassy, yeasty hoppy goodness. Labeled as a farmhouse ipa and it fits this description perfectly. The combination of hops and farmhouse flavors compliment nicely.

As usual, JK knocks it out of the park yet again. A very solid hybrid that is reasonably priced

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Photo of GoblinPrincess
4.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jester King is, well, the king of developing a narrative for each of their brews. The concept behind Wytchmaker (Ergot-infected Rye was the culprit behind the mass hysteria at the Salem Witch Trials) is particularly on point. This beer is just "infected" (not with Ergot...fortunately) enough to be complex yet wonderfully drinkable. Funky fresh at its best.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Usually I won't go for a large bottle of IPA. But this was Jester King and it had a cool label....

Glad I bought it. This a really nice beer. Pours light golden, almost straw color. A bit hazy. Nice big rocky white head, great lacing.

Aroma is hop forward, citrus and tropical. Hints of breadiness linger, but are overpowered.

Flavors come from the world of citrus and tropical hops, with a bit of earthiness sprinkled in. White pepper here and there. Not much rye from a rye IPA, but enough to notice if you think about it. The biscuit is subtle with subtle spice. Tropical hops flavor with the citrus hops bite. Really easy drinking. Great beer

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Photo of codysjb
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Orange and yellow cloudy beer with a small head. The head doesnt dissipate.
S: A mix of IPA and saison, some minor hop and pine notes combine with an earthy lemon flavor, very cool.
T: A minor hoppy beer on the front blends into an saison on the end. Some hop notes but not too many ending with a perfect saison. Very few if any malt notes.
M: A lot more hops, perfectly balanced and some minor lemon notes on the end.
O: Really good and interesting. I think this is the most interesting beer Ive had this year and Im very excited to try other JK beers.

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Photo of brurevu
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: The Wytchmakerr poured a deep gold with a full white fluffy head while the aroma had citrus hops with a hint of pineapple and spice. The flavor is where the farmhouse yeast began to assert itself. The fruity citrus and piney hops mixed with the spicy rye flavors all rode a wave of slight barnyard and funk characteristics. There were so many dynamic flavors intertwined into a bold and balance brew. I know the farmhouse yeast flavors can be a love or hate relationship with some, but I loved it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated Batch #8 June13 2013 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma very light, yeast phenolics
Head large (6 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 4 mm ring and frothy layer
Lacing good – thick partial rings and islands of small to medium bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy (Bottle conditioned)
Flavor of yeast phenolics and rye spicyness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.1875

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Photo of elNopalero
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So is this what Texas tastes like? I’m wondering what specifically, if anything, the farmhouse yeast strain brings to the beer itself. To be honest I can’t speak to the differences—it’s been so long, and I’ve had this so many times without even realizing that they switched over to farmhouse yeast. (Plus my old review is really, really lame. Cut me some slack—I was just getting started.)

This pours a orange-straw color with great foaming. There’s a light rye spice to this with an orange-citrus hop profile. The flavor carries that peppery rye spice along with a floral orange blossom and a delicately sweet malt profile. I enjoyed this and don’t get a chance to have it that often anymore.

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Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Jester King - Wytchmaker [Farmhouse Rye IPA] (750ml --->Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 7.3% ABV : 55 IBU : FG 1.000)

When popping the cap in this beer, it barely made a sound, but I set it down for a second and it began foaming over like CRAZY!! So needless to say it was somewhat unexpected and leads me to believe this could be HIGHLY overcarbonated, but we shall see... It pours a fairly hazy gold with about a 2 inch head that it supported by plenty of carbonation, it has left a great deal of lacing and quite the retentive cap!! First on the nose is a nice strong spicy funk, with some fresh bananabread in there as well, playing backup... First taste is again the spicy funk, but it's very approachable and blends well with soft citrus/mango hop flavors also there... Mid palate the bitterness kicks in and brings with it some earthy grass notes, but finishes rather smooth with a few faint hints of orange zest and bananabread again... Mouthfeel on the beer is excellent as it suited the flavors very nicely, and varied from what it's visual cues were indicating it would be like... It didn't feel overcarbonated, and in fact finished satiny smooth, which was delightfully pleasant... Overall I'm extremely pleased with this beer, all of its' elements harmonized very well and am looking forward to trying more from this brewery... Another great brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rustic orange with a slight haze, abundant carbonation that settles relatively quickly. Smell has distinctive JK markings - warm barn, hay, crushed citrus. But a unique rye malt spice note, rye bread, in the background. This comes forward in the taste making it funky and savory. Would go great with fall meals; a thanksgiving beer perhaps. Body is medium, round. lingering funky haybale and rye.

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Photo of srhoadsy
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a hazy copper color with 2+ inches of airy beige head even with a gentle pour. Head slowly fades leaving a heavy surface layer and heavy lacing.

Aromas of caramelized sugar, tropical fruit with a slightly musty background.

Tastes of caramelized sugars, peaches, mango and other tropical fruit with a mildly spicy and musty follow through.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and crisp finish. Very mild alcohol burn and lingering aftertaste.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I was surprised to see some of the low scores. To me, this is exactly what a rye IPA should taste like. Plus it's packaged in one of the coolest, creepiest bottles ever "her eyes are still following me around the room".

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jester King's labels (and even their bottle caps) have awesome artwork and are very visually appealing, this one stood out among the various other bottles on the shelves when I bought it at Mr. B's in downtown Denver. I also enjoy that they put a lot of information about the beer right on the label- even finishing gravity, which is 1.000! Very cool, that's the brett at work.

A: slightly hazy, which is cool to see they did not clarify their beer and their is some slight yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle/glass. Very pale, can't be much specialty malt in this beer.

S: The funk hits you up front, with some feint hops and maybe a tinge of malt. Very fruity, musty, orange-ey brett character. The melding of the hops and the wild yeast is very nice.

T: Wow! really surprised at how much I like this. The funk melds perfectly with the fruit and hop character. It is dry on the palate, very refreshing, and delicious. It is sweet enough to not be completely bone dry and bitter, but balanced. The hops are toned down enough to let you experience the other flavors. I'm guessing that a fruity saison yeast was also used in the balance, as there are lots of peach, pear, and orange flavors coming from the yeast.

M: Very refreshing and light on the palate. The low finishing gravity and the hops really help with the refreshing character. It is light and spritzy, but not overly so. Well done.

O: I liked this more than I thought I would, enough that I would buy a few bottles to set aside for a while. The balance and complexity of all that is going on is impressive, this could have been a trainwreck given all of the factors. My first Jester king beer is a big success.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really nice and fresh bottle. a hybrid beer of rye IPA and saison. american hops with a beligan yeast. tinker of beligan undertone and particularly in the aftertaste. would say that this is the best made texas rye i've had from the best saision brewery in texas. but i haven't had many of either down here. wonderful nose of a pine floral boutique. interesting citronella hints which really seem to be the end of the palate as well in feel. lemon balm bitter, so case in point, has a dominant side but also lingers in minerality and a bit oily. smooth feel. good balance. american characteristic well suited. rather unexpectedly dry which wasn't a disappointment. wasn't particularly sweet or as malt driven as some of the midwest rye beers that i like. but rather in a realm. this sort of thing is just not happening around here and i'm glad someones doing it.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden, with a plus-size head of off-white carbonation. Lovely lace.

Nose is oddly tangy -- the rye adds a sharp, spicy aroma. Actually, I get this more than a hoppy scent. Not a bad thing.

Taste is a weird mix of spicy malts and citrus hoppiness. Actually, this drinks very smooth, with a sharp and almost sour finish. A definite unique flavor profile for a rye pale ale, and a very tasty, enjoyable brew. Very nice.

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Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An explosive burst of off-white froth proceeds to pass the rim of the tulip and foams all over the counter before settling into a rock-like formation of sticky lace that never really dies.* Color is a golden, reddish-orange.

Herbal hops, orange peel, bubblegum and a big yeasty fruitiness to the nose. Tastes is big on apples and oranges all encircled by more herbal hops, spice and various faint sour fruits.

Medium bodied with a faint alcohol heat and extremely carbonated to say the least. Well-blended in all respects and quite a treat.

* The froth continues to ooze out of the bottle 15 minutes after opening.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 24/9/12

A hazed orange amber without many visible bubbles but still has an enormous off white head that sticks around for along enough to leave lots of random lace

S large amounts of saison yeast with some peppery bubble gum and faint funk, the hops are floral, citric and have a touch of spruce. Awesome nose with a great mix of many things, the yeast takes center stage but spicy notes and various hops help out a great deal

T spicy notes are stronger and I get a little orange filled marmalade on top of what I smell, the yeast is mellowed and the malt profiles interesting but the nose has more going on. perhaps a combo of spicy hops, rye malt, and peppery yeast but it has a little kick no matter how you look at it

M has some body and a little bite with a spicy lingering aftertaste, the foam didn't eat up all the bubbles because there's more then enough too give it some life

O something different and a interesting mix of several different things, I was expecting a RyePA but this is more like a decent spicy Farmhouse ale and I'm feeling the 7% but that's the only proof it exists

This one would score much higher if was listed as a Saison, Rye beer or whatever... not what most people would look for in an IPA but what many people would look for in a great beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA.

As soon as it's uncapped, I can smell the funk. This is going to be an interesting beer. Pours a deep amber-hued bronze colour, with a filmy, but partially speckled head of white. Lacing is patchy, slightly sudsy, but certainly present. Body is full, carbonation is fine. Looks good.

Nose is unabashedly weird. Strong funk gives a hay-like ripeness, that mingles with a generic green hoppy character giving hints of crushed leaves and earth. The funk also gives off sweeter characters, like coconut and bruised peppers. It's a thoroughly fascinating aroma.

Taste is a lot more subdued, but it still feels pleasantly coherent and tight. Clear malt opens up with a slightly funkified grain character, before a generic hop bitterness hands off some cedar-like bitterness. There are some earthy notes on the finish which are not necessarily all that welcome, but these seem to pleasantly morph into a spicy rye note on the very finish (the first hint of the rye as its own entity). Feel is smooth, with a tickle from the hint of acidity.

Overall, nice stuff. They manage to keep all the elements close enough together to be coherent and balanced, even though they're some really weird stuff going on here. That's a good effort.

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Photo of avalon07
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a two inch, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet, hoppy, slightly malty aroma. Nicely done.

T: Tasted of hops, a bit of pine, malt, a little citrus element, and the advertised rye. A slightly different type of for an IPA, but certainly sharp and tasty. The hops aren't overpowering and the rye is just present enough to make it interesting.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well made, somewhat unusual IPA. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served into Jester King goblet, for full justice.

Pours out a stereotypical Texas orange, completely opaque but vibrant. The head just won't quit. Leaves a serious creamy dollop from entry, with head barely receding less than a finger. Extreme foamy lacing, very attractive.

Smells a little funky, with notes of tropical fruit and green apple.

The taste is sharp, a slight nutty malt giving way to big peppery rye and fresh piney hops. I had the good fortune of trying a round of this beer before they moved to make it a farmhouse, and I can say that the natural yeast only benefitted this beer. The slightly wild taste underlines the hop and rye flavor, making it that much bolder.

A big bright beer, light and sudsy in the mouth and almost hiding its bite.

A staple of Jester King's lineup, this one's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/2/12

L: An opaque medium amber/light brown with some nice lacing.

S: Strong rye spicy aromas with a sweet rye-like maltiness. Peppery and herbal, with some American hop varieties balanced by a Belgian spiciness/funk. Reminiscent of many Belgian/IPA crossbreeds I’ve had but more nuanced and less gooseberry smell.

T: American IPA and saison qualities duke it out for domination of this beer’s character. Hops are not citrusy, but certainly resinous and bitter. Also some unwelcomed herb-like bitterness that reminds me of DFH’s Saison du BUFF and really lingers on. Rather dry throughout, with rye character and a general funkiness coming through.

F: Medium body with surprisingly little carbonation—could use a bit more, especially for a bottle conditioned Belgian[like] style. Leaves a slight slickness on the palate and a decent amount of alcoholic/rye warmth.

O: A very unique and quite nice beer. It could use a little tweaking to get rid of the herbal/medicinal bitter quality, but pretty good nonetheless and I could see this going great with a meal.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hennepin Chalice
A ~ Not a gusher! That makes this beer that much better than its former incarnate. Pours the same murky light-chestnut brown color, but with a touch less hazyness. Beautiful head that I let recede before getting a good whiff. Fantastic lace.

S ~ Citrus, Pine, & with Farmhouse yeast sweeping things up at the end. Medicine/plasticity linger. Sweet Wheat. There are notes of mango. Rye spice is less prevalent than the former, but it's there.

T ~ Clean citrus notes (orange/clementine) & Wheatbread with peppery farmhouse yeast in a more clean form. Slightly gummy, but no bandaid! A punch of Rye, Pineneedles, & pepper on the finish with a lingering lychee note. Improvement of flavors. Much more focus to detail here.

M ~ Citrus is more vividly expressed on the palette with the Farmhouse yeast. Finish has a peppery finesse with lingering hop flavors. Dry & spicy finish. Mild heat.

D ~ What a beer. Overall this was simply a great move. The previous Wytchmaker was great, but somewhat of a yeast-bomb which lowered drinkability. This Wytch knows what she's doing & wants to be drank NOW...so I will.
Check 'er out. Cheers JK on the tweaked brews!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at the tap and handle in fort collins, what a treat this is, i keep missing out on the bottles when they come to town, so this is fun. its super clear, especially for a jester king wild ale, golden and radiant, not at all hazy. a nose thats real funked out, some real tangy lacto sourness to it, but in jester king fashion, its a saison too, very dynamic on the yeast and bugs, these guys do that as well or better than anyone. the rye part is there, its killer too, spice that works with the saison side of the yeast, and the texture to make it big enough for its abv and flavor depth. the ipa side though, not so much. i find this only a little hoppy, and its all finishing hops, minimal bitterness, and not overly pungent at all. its okay though, there are enough other flavors going on here that it isnt missed, and although more hops might make this delicious too, it really doesnt miss them. the yeast for me is what makes this beer, and it may be oak aged, as it had a definite wood profile to it, natural and a little sweet in the middle, but very mature and rustic. carbonation may be just a tad low on it, but the acidity with all the flavor is just right. a real cool take on a rye beer, as classy as all the jester king stuff, one of my first on draft from them, and a real nice treat. oh man, i love these guys!!!

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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin white head which fades to the rim leaving scant lace.

N: Grassy and herbal and floral, slightly spicy and yeasty, trace cherry fruit bubblegum notes.

T: Herbal, spicy rye malts combined with biscuity yeast. Slightly funky and musty but mainly saison-like. Some floral hops on the finish.

M: Medium carbonation and body. Semi-dry finish.

O: Interesting melding of rye, hops, and yeast makes this a unique and interesting offering.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A-Pours a dark and dirty golden color, cloudy. A Massive fluffy off-white colored head that tapers to a very thick film, lace drapery.

S-Piney hops and spicy aromas, lemmony and floral farmhouse notes as it warms.

T- Spicy IPA and fruity saison blend of tastes.

M- Full body with an ultra-smooth finish. Semi-dry and yeasty.

O-I cannot easily detect malted rye, but I know that it's in there. It's more yeasty to me. Nice blend, drinkable.

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Photo of Myotus
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Three finger's worth of thick, dense, white foam is formed after the pour. After two and a half minutes, it finally subsides to a finger's worth (amazing retention rate). Dark yellow in color. Rising bubbles remain in high amounts even after the head settles. Lacing is thick and high.
SMELL: Mild aromas of apricots, peaches, mangos, papayas, grapefruit, oranges, malted barley, and spicy rye all mix together to create a well-balanced aroma. Hints of sour yeast and alcohol can also be detected.
TASTE: Strong fruit flavors enter initially immediately followed by mild spicy rye and subtle malted barley flavors. As all flavors persist, mild bitter hop flavors enter along with hints of sour yeast.
FEEL: Full-bodied with a subtle amount of carbonation. This goes down incredibly creamy and smooth, but thick. Kinda like a slightly watered-down syrup. Finish is overly dry like most IPAs.
NOTE: The rye was a unique addition to this IPA. I was expecting to get more of the Jester King yeast flavor than what this one offered. Also, the bitter finish was a tad bit too much for me. Not a huge fan of the bitterness.

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Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.