Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA - Jester King Brewery
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2.58/5 rDev -32.1%
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.
10-07-2012 23:46:23 | More by jbertsch
2.94/5 rDev -22.6%
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.
09-07-2013 02:18:26 | More by dv8sean
3.05/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
11-07-2011 14:00:33 | More by champ103
3.08/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
04-25-2012 14:35:05 | More by Sean9689
3.13/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
11-08-2011 14:20:53 | More by roodie
3.15/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
05-04-2012 03:37:36 | More by mwilbur
Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
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