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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

353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 23
Gots: 55 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Envelopes, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

CrazyDavros, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -47.5%

BGsWo22, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

DaPan, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of backphish
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

backphish, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

houhkx, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

BlackBelt5112203, Jun 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jasonycurtis, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

elNopalero, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Plonk, May 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Kmat10, May 28, 2013
Photo of stephens101
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

stephens101, May 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

raffy313, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Rwalford74, May 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

pauldevay, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

ericwa1154, May 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jl28r1, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

n2185, May 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Compton25, May 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Zachtheporter, May 03, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

paperbackfoster, Apr 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

smithj4, Apr 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Ranz, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of srhoadsy
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a hazy copper color with 2+ inches of airy beige head even with a gentle pour. Head slowly fades leaving a heavy surface layer and heavy lacing.

Aromas of caramelized sugar, tropical fruit with a slightly musty background.

Tastes of caramelized sugars, peaches, mango and other tropical fruit with a mildly spicy and musty follow through.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and crisp finish. Very mild alcohol burn and lingering aftertaste.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I was surprised to see some of the low scores. To me, this is exactly what a rye IPA should taste like. Plus it's packaged in one of the coolest, creepiest bottles ever "her eyes are still following me around the room".

srhoadsy, Apr 13, 2013
Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.