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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

413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 26
Gots: 68 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of brurevu
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
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
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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 CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MammothTarantula
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Syracuse12
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of bmwats
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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 ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Stugotzo
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TomTown
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Envelopes
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -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.

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of backphish
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of houhkx
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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 jasonycurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of elNopalero
4.29/5  rDev +12%
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 Plonk
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of stephens101
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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 raffy313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Rwalford74
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.