Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 29
Gots: 69 | FT: 6
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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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Ratings: 437 | Reviews: 69
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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!!!

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy golden color with virtually no head. A small half foamy, half carbonated head started after finished pouring, but head retention is minimal as is lacing. Has that typical Brett aroma with slight citrus and grape. Light bodied, strong Brett taste with some white wine at the. There is a mild hop to it, but not enough to really call this an IPA. Has a very tart, kind of soapy aftertaste. Not bad, but I was expecting more from this beer, given that IPAs are my favorite style.

Photo of Divo93
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely enjoyed this beer at the brewery in Austin. Left the brewery with 2 bottles to bring back to Florida

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Rye, white grape, some earthy Brett, light bitterness, white wine, very light tropical, amazing classic jester king mouth feel

Photo of MNishCT77
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4 oz. on tap in the brewery's outdoor tasting station on Sat., 12/27/2014, unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into a small bottom wine glass, drank over ~15 minutes

Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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!!

Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 oz cask pour into a wine glass at Jester King Brewery. Lightly hazy, light gold with slight pink hue; no head but a little lacing and hazy white top. Lots of sour, funky farmhouse notes in the aroma. Tart, white wine flavors tempered by herbal, bitter hops and spicy rye.

(Tried again 03-Apr-15, 1 pt 9.4 oz bottle, marked "BATCH # 12 - JULY 28, 2014", poured into a Riedel Vinum Bordeaux glass. Tart and fruity, balanced by earthiness and minerals and rye spice. Farm funk and mild hop notes. Earthier and fruitier than cask batch tried at brewery.)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Photo of J_Dub
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
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

Photo of Uanof
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #8 from June 13, 2013 poured into JK snifter glass.

A: pours a murky opaque light orange. Big head which recedes into uneven patches of foam. Slightly overcarbonated.

S: the aroma is very recognizable for JK and it's farmhouses, funky, oak barrels, dry, cracker, milk, grapefruit, fresh.

T: long sharp bitterness strikes at the beggining and carries thru to the back of the palate, very similar to grapefruit in terms of acidity and dryness.

M: dry, tartic, acidic, envolving, chewy.

O: this is an IPA with a strongly marked flavor profile, it helds itself pretty well for a bottle 8 months old. Still showing it's true character and loving how it doesn't feel watered down. The time in the bottle feels like it allowed the beer to expand it's flavors and aromas gained thru the barrel aging process. Very strong on the nose, slightly less strong, but still with a pretty decent kick on the palate. And if you let enough time pass it will end giving your mouth a cool refreshed feeling!

Photo of admiral
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An enjoyable brew from Jester King with good strong flavour

aroma: yeasty peach with wheat/cereal

taste: earthy, pine, grapes, spice, citrus. orange with white wine. Good malt backbone. Quite sweet with some back-end bitterness.

A big fan of the farmhouse/organic/local type philosophy behind the brewery. Quality beer.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of denver10
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with an orange hue and a huge whit head that sticks around and to the sides. A fantastic aroma with some funkiness, tropical fruits like pineapple and guava, a touch of orange, and a little spiciness from the rye. Flavor is dry with some breadiness, a little funkiness, tropical fruits, some rye, and a piney finish. Would have liked a touch less pineapple and a touch more rye, personally.A thinner, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, my intro to Jester King is a definite winner. Good stuff.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
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

Photo of dv8sean
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of brurevu
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep murky amber brown. Huge foaming head. The off-white foam is thick and mouse-like while still having bubbly, fizzy parts. Takes a while to subside to drink. Leaves some thick lacing.

S - funky. Earthy. Herbal. At first the nose is doughy with an earthy with a funkiness i can only assume is partially from the rye grains. As it warms piney and citrusy american hops shine through. Sweet notes of blackstrap molasses and hints of resin round it out. 3.5

T - doughy malts with notes of cereal, sweet caramel, and forest floor. Classic american hop bitterness come through in the center with a touch more intensity closer to the backend. Citrus rind flavors blend with leafy and piny notes. More grainy (rye+black malt) notes on the backend. Finish is a lingering citric bitterness and pine.

M - medium bodied. Thick creamy texture. High carbonation with large prominent bubbles.

O - very interesting ale. I like how much it changes as it warms. Glad i finally got a chance to try some texas beer.

Photo of kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

High C+

Photo of bmwats
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Large foamy head. Solid beer ring lacing.

S: Woody, pungent (from the rye I suppose), and pine.

T: Wood aged hops and rye bread.

M: Thick, syrupy, hop character.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good. Nice head and lacing. Nose is hoppy and pungent with a nice wood aged effect. Woody hops and rye bread. Overall, this is really good quaff.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows floral and light fruity apple/pear notes along with saison yeast and doughy characters.
Very saison-like flavours. Dry with fruity notes and high mineral content. A fair whack of hops with a big grapefruity bitterness.
Carbonation seems excessive.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L – Hazy pale amber color with a 3-finger bubbly, rocky, cream-colored head. Pretty nice retention and some patches of lacing.

S – Lots of piney and grapefruit hops with caramel malt and rye. There’s also some peppery yeast here, too. If you had told me this was a straight rye IPA and not a “farmhouse” rye IPA, I would’ve believed you – not much farmhouse character here.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel malt before spicy rye kicks in. Peppery yeast comes in next, followed quickly by a blast of bitter piney hops with a hint of grapefruit, too. This is one piney, spicy IPA.

F – Medium-bodied, decent carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a bitter, spicy, and dry finish. Piney, spicy hop bitterness lingers for a while.

O – This is a very tasty rye IPA, but I’m not sure where the farmhouse character comes in. There’s maybe a hint of peppery yeast, but it kind of gets lost in all the hop spice and bitterness. It’s good and drinkable for sure, but I was expecting a bit more from Jester King on this one – perhaps a bit unfair since most of their offerings are stellar. It’s still a very good beer that I would recommend if you’ve got a thing for rye IPAs.

Photo of elNopalero
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of paperbackfoster
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
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