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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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87
very good

389 Ratings
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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Earthy rye and piny hop flavor and aroma meet spicy, funky characteristics from our farmhouse yeast in this American-inspired farmhouse ale.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 10-30-2011)
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and poured with a finger high frothy white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface along with lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of earthy yeast in the nose along with hints of rye.
T: like the smell, the taste is very earthy and has some notes of caramel malts and hints of bitterness from the hops and spiciness from the rye.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting farmhouse beer that tastes like a hybrid between a saison and a rye beer. It is also a nice choice if you like earthy aromas and flavors.

metter98, Nov 03, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours murky yellowish brown with a nice eggshell white head that fades to a small layering and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose at first is big pine and grapefruit then the Belgian yeast kicks in with notes of cloves and candied plums.

T: The taste kicks you in the mouth with piney hops and the finish is dominated by the sweet malt and Belgian yeast.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

O: The new yeast changes this one just enough to be intersting but it's not much different. I almost expected a belgian IPA after hearing they turned this into a farmhouse beer.

GregSVT, Feb 19, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a dark clear golden body with a thick creamy light tan head that slowly fades away and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: I am picking up a strong amount of spicy and floral hops, some grain and a strong amount of rye.

T: This is a really strange flavor IPA. I get a nice amount of hops and it tastes really good at first, but the farmhouse yeast starts to come in and really changes the flavor. The flavor goes from sweet to just a weird funk that I cant really describe. The rye flavor is there too and I just dont really know what to think about the flavor of this beer.

M: The beer is super easy to drink and has a good amount of carbonation. There is a strong amount of crispness on the back of the throat.

O: This is just one of those weird beers I cant really get my mind around. BUT that is how Jester King does things. They are not afraid to try anything and I give them mad respect for that... On the other hand, I think they took a major step back on this IPA because the original recipe was much better.

gtermi, Dec 28, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper to amber color with a fluffy, semi-sticky looking white head. Spotty, soapy, sticky lacing (thanks to the rye malt) is left along the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Aromas begin quite balanced overall with equal amounts of spicy rye malt, some lesser toasted breadiness and light citrus, pine and earthy hoppiness. As it warms I get more of the Farmhouse yeast semi-funky esters and more spice notes which could be more rye or from the phenolic Belgian Yeast.

The tastes begin with the same toasty, bready, biscuit maltiness and the more predominant spicy rye maltiness. Generic citrus and earthy hop flavor combines with the Farmhouse yeast induced earthy, slight hay-like flavors. The saison yeast really drys out the beer and adds some crispness to the finish. There is a slight bit of funk from the yeast, which I expected from a beer with farmhouse in the name.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is semi-dry thanks the yeast ans semi-spicy thanks to the rye malt.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Perfect blend of Rye IPA and Belgian Farmhouse flavors. The yeast esters or spicy rye flavors could easily over power each other or not work well together, but here they do and it makes it a well balanced winner I wouldn't mind having in the future.

claspada, Jul 04, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from beastmaster shared after two gushing Black Damnations. This was the third gusher of the night but luckily not sour or gross. I guess the farmhouse yeast went a little crazy. November 4, 2013 dated bottle poured on Jan 25, 2014. Pours cloudy/hazy yellowish orange with a massive white head that goes on forever. Aroma of serious cat piss (in a good way), some lemon peel, some sharp bretty type aromas, and funky grass and hay. Flavor is light honey, lots of lemony citrus, a hint of spice (I assume from the rye but it is far back in the background), and a good bit of dry bretty finish. Light mouthfeel and medium plus carbonation, nice and airy and very drinkable. A nice changeup from the standard stuff out there. Solid brew.

BMMillsy, Jan 26, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 750ml pry-off champagne bottle to my nice little Belgian Independence Day stemmed tulip. No bottle dating visible, but this was brought to me by a Texan friend about three weeks prior, so I imagine it’s relatively fresh.

Appearance (4.5): Nice, very hazy dark honey-colored body with a light tan head of fine bubbles that just doesn’t die down. Starts at two fingers, and takes forever going down. Some thick lacing on the sides, very nice appearance.

Smell (4.0): Very interesting mix of light fruit and wet hay—classic musty brett character, not particularly strong but well-defined. Not an IPA aroma, but definitely a farmhouse aroma.

Taste (4.0): Malt character is actually pretty subtle, but the rye character is clear. Beyond that, the flavor is mainly dominated by the brett character, which is well-proportioned—not too musty, not too pungent, just a straight-forward presentation of basic wet hay and a mild sour character. Some grassy, slightly fruity hops come through, too. Finish is slightly sour, but very mildly so. Grows on me as it warms.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Surprisingly light body with a very mild carbonation that tingles very lightly. Dry finish, not bad. Nothing objectionable, but nothing notable for either a farmhouse or an IPA mouthfeel. Wild ale maybe, but neither farmhouse or IPA.

Overall (3.5): This is a good beer and I’m glad to have gotten the chance to try it, and I definitely want to get some more Jester King in my life. Still, I’m not sure this bottle hit the mark for either a farmhouse beer or an IPA—but it’s a decent hybrid, either way. I think a fresher hop profile (IPA), a dryer and more active body (farmhouse / saison), and a deeper funk (brett) would benefit this beer, but the state it was in tonight was not far enough in any of those directions to really be memorable.

fmccormi, Feb 25, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice cloudy peach/amber with a MASSIVE off-white head. The foam take forever to settle, leaving some serious lacing behind as it drinks.

S: The nose is really intriguing. It's sweet and slightly tart with a good helping of spice mixed in. I get some great citrus notes in there mixed with herbal tea.

T: The taste basically follows the nose. It's sweet up front with tart bite. Lemons mix with rye spice, and saison yeast in the middle. The finish is a melange of lemon, spice, and tea. It's really solid.

M: Medium bodied beer. This beer goes down pretty easy, but it has a good amount of heft to it. The flavors transition well on the palate. The finish is slightly dry with spice and citrus shining through.

O: I like this beer, but it's not something I'd want to drink all the time. It's like a mix of a rye with a saison, which are two of my favorite styles, but I prefer them separately. I'm really pleased to have tried this brew.

trxxpaxxs, Jul 25, 2012
Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.