Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA - Jester King Brewery
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2.58/5 rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
No freshness date on bottle. boooo. Hisss.
Orangey amber in color. White head 1-2 finger in size.
Aroma was primarily of sweet malts with some noticeable peppery spices in the background once it warmed. Nothing noticeable in the hop department.
Flavor initially tasted of an old, imbalanced ipa. By I'm only guessing this is no longer fresh. So who knows...maybe it still Is relatively fresh and it just speaks to the beers imbalance. Sweet malts with a little bitter hop oil. A little funkiness hides in the background from which some Belgian-like fruitiness stems. Bitterness rears its head on the finish.
Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated. Dry, semi short finish.
Overall, not impressed. And as I have no tolerance for a brewer who does not date their bottles I will not give them the benefit of the doubt by assuming it was old and would be better fresh. The rye is too hidden for a beer that's touted as a rye ipa. Hops are not present enough, and the farmhouse aspects are nice, but not great, and do not save the beer enough. I will not seek out again.
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2012 23:46:23 | More by jbertsch
2.94/5 rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
A: Not much to its looks. Burnt orange and amber in color. A bit cloudy. Nominal head and lace.
S: Some phenols and funk. Not as hoppy on the nose as I'd expect from IPA.
T: Ample bitterness on the tongue. Starts at the sides then coats the whole palate. Some grapefruit rind and peppery notes come through. Never reveals much depth. Favors at start and finish remain consistent.
M: Tiny, dense bubbles. Overall feel is kinda clingy. Bitterness lingers extensively. Gets in the way of appreciating texture.
O: Bought this 750ml bottle and have to wonder for how long it might have sat on the store shelf or what kind of trip it may have had from TX to NorCal. Suspect that it may be past its prime or seen some hot days. Sorry to say that my experience was not good. All I got was bitterness and the wrong kind of funk.
Serving type: bottle
09-07-2013 02:18:26 | More by dv8sean
3.05/5 rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
On tap at Petrol Station in Houston.
A: Pours a murky copper orange color. A minimal white head forms, and recedes in a second. Not much lace.
S: Orange, citrus, lemony. Bitter pine resin in the nose. Light spice with a lingering bitterness.
T: More of the same. Orange, citrus, bitter pine resin lingers. Where did the great balance and bread rye go that was in the base? I don't detect any sort of farmhouse/Belgian yeast either.
M/D: A medium body that has good carbonation. Crisp and dry. Not something I am coming back to often.
I hope they are not permanently replacing the regular Wytchmaker with this. Just bitter hops with no balance. The rye that I loved is all gone, and the new yeast does not add much if anything. Really nothing I would recommend.
Serving type: on-tap
11-07-2011 14:00:33 | More by champ103
3.08/5 rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Bottle purchased at WLV Liquors.
A - Pours a mirky orange color, white head, thin collar.
S - Citrus, spicy yeast, rye notes, herbal. A bit of this and that, which really doesn't come together as good as I would liked.
T - Light rye notes, herbal, yeast, light bitter hops. More yeast-forward then anything and the rye and hops take a back seat. Not super-excited by this one.
M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.
O - Not one that I liked all that much. The yeast notes really overpower the rest of the beer and it really doesn't come together like I would have hoped for. Oh well, can't win 'em all.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2012 14:35:05 | More by Sean9689
3.13/5 rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
On tap at Petrol Station
A: Poured into a pint glass, minimal head and lacing, pours a murky golden brown, sorta a hybrid between the color of a golden saison and a amber/brown IPA tone
S: hoppy and piney as to be expected from the base beer, hint of some tart/sour/pungent spice, probably from the saison yeast and the barrel
T: hops and resin intermingle with a fruity/tart quality, almost a saison/wine flavor on the back end
M: the fruity/tart/wine flavors linger and a spicy layer coats the tongue, likely from the hops
O: pretty good, not exactly sure they did here, but I like it.
Serving type: on-tap
11-08-2011 14:20:53 | More by roodie
3.15/5 rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with moderate carbonation producing a 2-3 inch cream-colored head.
S: Spicy rye and hops predominate. Some black pepper and citrus. An herbal note with a hint of mint too.
T: Hops, hops, and more hops (pine, citrus, and herbal). Overly done. Drowns out the rest--spicy rye and hint of black pepper. Perhaps some time will allow this one to settle down a bit.
M: Sharp and bitter hops. Spicy hops and rye. Light-medium body.
D: Drinkable if you love an absolute truckload of hops...which I don't. A bit of a disappointment from an otherwise solid brewery.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2012 03:37:36 | More by mwilbur
3.23/5 rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
1 pint 9 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool label art and branded pressure cap acquired at my local HEB Grocery and served into a Spaten stange glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery – which I’ve yet to be impressed with but which seems to be well regarded by locals. Batch #8 – June 14th, 2013. Reviewed live on 08/28/13. 7.3% ABV confirmed.
Served cold – straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a five finger wide head of white colour. Nice fluffy appearance and somewhat soft complexion. Pretty good thickness. Inconsistent uneven lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Okay frothiness. Head retention is good for the ABV – ~5-6 minutes.
Body colour is a translucent, fairly transparent pale copper of below average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Overall, it looks okay for the style, but it's not unique or special.
Sm: Has some nice rustic farmhouse spice – I get some clove, allspice, and of course spicy rye. It has a starchy, grainy, crackery malt base which lets the spices shine – but perhaps at the expense of the somewhat muted hop character. In terms of hops, I get floral and lightly fruity hop character. White peppery spicing characteristic of a saison is present and is a highlight for me. Definitely has more of a yeast presence than most IPAs – to its benefit; I enjoy the spicy biscuity yeast notes here, which remind the drinker not only that this is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and natural – but more importantly that it is alive. It’s phenol-heavy, which is interesting. Some pils malts, light munich malts, and even some biscuit malts are present, but surprisingly I’m not getting much in the way of your traditional pale malts. Rye dominates – in contrast to the usual subtlety with which rye is integrated.
No alcohol is detectable.
An intriguing, pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength. By no means conventional or traditional; it’s more an experimental mix of the farmhouse ale and pale ale styles. I’m excited to try it, and the aroma is certainly inviting overall.
T: Spice – not hops – takes the forefront here. Allspice, spicy rye, white pepper, grinded peppercorn, coriander, clove.
The hop character is shockingly unevocative and restrained for the style, with only a generic floral hop character coming through. None of the piney character mentioned on the label is noticeable.
It’s definitely got an interesting foundation in terms of malts: heavy starchy and crackery malts, with some pils malt and biscuit malt coming through. Heavily phenolic. I get clean barley, even hints of straw. Quite grainy and grassy throughout.
Yeast does surface, yielding a biscuity spicy character but never quite attaining the complexity and subtlety you’d find in something like a saison. Brettanomyces do lend it a nice funky character which isn’t overdone.
Above average depth, intensity, and duration of flavour. It’s nicely balanced, but doesn’t bring enough complexity to the table. It does have some interesting subtlety, and its unique merging of three different styles (farmhouse ale, roggenbier, pale ale) is intriguing.
I find the white pepper to be the best aspect of this beer overall. I also love that it’s unfltered and unpasteurized, which allows that pleasant yeasty edge to manifest.
Mf: Good carbonation; this has certainly benefited from bottle-conditioning. Smooth and wet, with some crackly spice. Lightly crisp. It’s got a good smacky texture on the palate, which really complements the flavour profile well and even comes off custom-tailored to it. Good thickness and presence on the palate for the flavour profile and ABV. Nicely calibrated to support the taste. Good execution here. Good body.
Dr: Fans of traditional IPAs will scratch their heads, wondering where the hops are. I like this unique approach to the style, but while it’s an interesting experiment, it never quite comes off gestalt or cohesive, and is unfortunately unable to ultimately resolve the difficulties between merging a farmhouse ale, roggenbier, and IPA. The price point is also unreasonable considering the level of quality. I applaud the experimentation and innovation, and I’m glad I got to try this, but I wouldn’t recommend it to friends, nor would I get it again. Hides its ABV nicely and makes for a pleasant drinking experience. It’s certainly drinkable; I’ll have little trouble killing the bomber alone – in fact I look forward to it.
Ultimately, the biggest problem with this beer is that the spices and rye are overly dominant, taking away from the other notes in the flavour profile.
It grows on me as it warms; the rising temperature coaxes out more intricacy from the spices and rye. Serve chilled, not warm.
Probably drinks best from a goblet or tulip; my stange was fine but didn’t accentuate the character of the beer at all.
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2013 02:17:28 | More by kojevergas
Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
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