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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 23
Gots: 51 | FT: 4
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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fun drinkable mixture of saison yeast, citrus,bold hops and some rye. Interesting spicy (and a bit funky) aroma. An enormous head on cloudy yellow body.Smooth mouthfeel, good drinkability.Suitably carbonated.Overall something different but for summer sure why not.
John's bottle.

Sammy, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

djrn2, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Thorpe429, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

nmann08, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

acurtis, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For whatever reason, I quip upon a first gaze at the label- I feel as if I'm being scolded by the wychmaker on in the bottle art. But with rye being the historical bastard child of the brewer's grain family, maybe I cower because I'm certainly guilty of liking this beer.

With a murky rust appearance, it seems that the dull earthiness of the rye is playing also on its appearance. But capped with a dense blanket of foam, the eggshell froth laces up the glass with both isolated pockets and connected rings in formidable fashion. It's a great looking beer from the meniscus upward, but below the line it could be more appealing to the eye.

A very spicy scent springs from the nonic with a blend of hops, phenols, and unmistakable rye. Grounded with malty aspects of starch, caramelized barley, and light toast; its the hops that command most of the attention because of their grapefruity and sprucy notes. But then there's the complementary aromas of spicy rye and earthen leaf matter that covers all the bases.

Likewise, the flavors of malt coat the palate with the dry malt taste of terse caramel, biscuity toast, and whole grain (whether barley or rye). But a quick step into the middle palate brings a lot of complex spiciness that leads to bitterness in finish. Freshly grated grapefruit, muddled grasses, tea-like herbs, pine sap and bark, and a spicy grainy taste that stops shy of fresh cracked peppercorn- this spicy dry matrix hits the palate all at once; some attributes are sharp, others are dull but all point toward a strong hop-derived bitterness in the end.

Medium bodied to start, the beer's strong carbonation keeps the beer creamy which furthers the impression of fullness. But the carbonation recedes as the spiciness builds and allows the beer to finish dry, peppery, warm, and with spicy rye astringencies.

What's what's worth mentioning is that this is likely the beer that best represents both roggenbiers and ipas. Neither pulls so far ahead of the other that its counterpart gets lost. Still, rye is a tricky grain and can dampen some flavors while amplifying others. Jester King's attempt brings light to the struggles of rye in beer.

BEERchitect, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5%

Texasfan549, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

GRG1313, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5%

kylehay2004, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. More creepy label imagery from this brewery, with the titular witch seemingly following me with her malevalent eyes.

This beer pours a glassy, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, effervescent off-white head, which leaves a nice array of cloudform lace rings around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of mildly sour, peppery rye grain, dried orchard fruit, tart citrus and pine hop notes, and a further dank leafiness. The taste is bitter citrus pith, pine needles, somewhat funky yeast, spicy rye malt, a general sugary sweetness, and more earthy mustiness. The extra few points of booze do well to stay entirely under the radar.

The carbonation is a tad edgy, but softens as it goes, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and actually pretty smooth. It finishes sweet, but with a still pungent melange of bitter hop, spicy grain, and musty, funky earthiness.

A decent yeast-altered Yankee IPA, so much so, that I feel the American theme becoming washed out, as the Belgian character of the yeast outshines the rye malt. Ipso facto, Belgian IPA would likely be a better classification for this offering.

biboergosum, Oct 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

nickfl, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draught House 43rd Anniversary Party. I really have no idea which category to put this in. It is the standard Wytchmaker recipe, with the only difference being they use a French saison yeast rather than their standard ale yeast.

The beer pours a slightly hazy copper to amber color with a white head. The aroma has some nice orange citrus and resinous pine notes, as well as some biscuit malt, Belgian yeast and spice notes. It smells about like I expected, a rye IPA blended with a saison.

The flavor is also about what I expected. The biscuit malt and rye are complimented by nicely by the hop flavors of citrus and pine. The saison yeast really drys out the beer and adds some crispness to it. There is a slight bit of funk from the yeast, which I expected from a beer with farmhouse in the name. Overall, an interesting combination of flavors that I think works quite well.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

mendvicdog, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

MarkyMOD, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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+

kojevergas, Sep 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

oriolesfan4, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

yourefragile, May 04, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

duceswild, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
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

Mebuzzard, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ShanePB, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 1.11.13.

A - Pours a clear dark orange with an active two inch cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Rye, malty, pine, grass, slight citrus.

T - Lots of rye and malt, with a little pine and citrus in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light rye with a touch of pine hops and citrus.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 22, 2013
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Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.