Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 439
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 29
Gots: 68 | FT: 6
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 genitempo
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Any beer enthusiast that is well-versed in Jester King would probably consider an IPA, of any extreme, to be rather elementary for the talent behind the Texas brewery. However, Stuffings and the crew throw a farmhouse-inspired Rye IPA into their catalog and the results are nothing short of avant-garde. It pours a frothy and plentiful white head that remains steadfast and dense, leaving heavy, heavy lace atop a murky body. The aroma is a balance of hoppy, citrus aroma balancing floral and pine scents, and leaving the enthusiasts with phenols on the undertone. As far as taste goes, expect a balanced and moderate hop profile with a tightly-wound bitter and dry finish. The body, a medial mass is filled with carbonation, yet never problematic.

It's interesting, it's complex, and it's living up to the so-called standard we all expect from Stuffings. (857 characters)

Photo of deuce9259
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip...unsure of the bottling date.

appearance - pours a deep orange, large head, nice lace.

smell - piney hops, earthy citrus, fruity.

taste - starts out as an ipa and finishes as a saison.

mouthfeel - smooth...a bit light for me.

overall - only JK beer i brought back from texas. i like what they did with it, and really enjoy and respect the style. with that being said, I enjoy some other beers of this style a bit better. (462 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A-Pours a dark and dirty golden color, cloudy. A Massive fluffy off-white colored head that tapers to a very thick film, lace drapery.

S-Piney hops and spicy aromas, lemmony and floral farmhouse notes as it warms.

T- Spicy IPA and fruity saison blend of tastes.

M- Full body with an ultra-smooth finish. Semi-dry and yeasty.

O-I cannot easily detect malted rye, but I know that it's in there. It's more yeasty to me. Nice blend, drinkable. (485 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden, with a plus-size head of off-white carbonation. Lovely lace.

Nose is oddly tangy -- the rye adds a sharp, spicy aroma. Actually, I get this more than a hoppy scent. Not a bad thing.

Taste is a weird mix of spicy malts and citrus hoppiness. Actually, this drinks very smooth, with a sharp and almost sour finish. A definite unique flavor profile for a rye pale ale, and a very tasty, enjoyable brew. Very nice. (426 characters)

Photo of codysjb
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Orange and yellow cloudy beer with a small head. The head doesnt dissipate.
S: A mix of IPA and saison, some minor hop and pine notes combine with an earthy lemon flavor, very cool.
T: A minor hoppy beer on the front blends into an saison on the end. Some hop notes but not too many ending with a perfect saison. Very few if any malt notes.
M: A lot more hops, perfectly balanced and some minor lemon notes on the end.
O: Really good and interesting. I think this is the most interesting beer Ive had this year and Im very excited to try other JK beers. (597 characters)

Photo of gtermi
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into wine glass at the recommended 45-50 degrees.

Pours with a large, 3F of tightly-bubbled off-white head over a cloudy amber body. Tons of thick lacing.

Aromas are spicy, floral, and fruity. Mango sweetness, orange peel bitterness, Belgian yeast, and white pepper.

Mouthfeel is delicate and dry. Flavors are prominently floral, with a dry rye bitterness in the finish. Orange peel comes through along with some lemon zest. Tight, dry finish.

Why is this listed as an American IPA? Everything about it screams Belgian IPA. (537 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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. (1,156 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty orange-brown to amber color with chunky thick off-white head that lingers forever in tulip. Lots of lacing.

Smell is funky belgian-esque cross with a typical IPA. Lots of spice and ripe fruit. Cinnamon and clove presence. Pine and citrus comes through as it warms, but really overpowered with the peppery spices.

Taste is sweet throughout. Not a lot of hop character except in the late finish. Bitterness persists in the aftertaste. Good, but not as complex as I expected from the smell.

Mouthfeel is a little watery. Lots of carbonation.

Overall this is interesting. Smell is awesome and strange for an IPA. Taste and mouthfeel were good, but not what I expected. (683 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
2.57/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No freshness date on bottle. boooo. Hisss.

Orangey amber in color. White head 1-2 finger in size.

Aroma was primarily of sweet malts with some noticeable peppery spices in the background once it warmed. Nothing noticeable in the hop department.

Flavor initially tasted of an old, imbalanced ipa. By I'm only guessing this is no longer fresh. So who knows...maybe it still Is relatively fresh and it just speaks to the beers imbalance. Sweet malts with a little bitter hop oil. A little funkiness hides in the background from which some Belgian-like fruitiness stems. Bitterness rears its head on the finish.

Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated. Dry, semi short finish.

Overall, not impressed. And as I have no tolerance for a brewer who does not date their bottles I will not give them the benefit of the doubt by assuming it was old and would be better fresh. The rye is too hidden for a beer that's touted as a rye ipa. Hops are not present enough, and the farmhouse aspects are nice, but not great, and do not save the beer enough. I will not seek out again. (1,072 characters)

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a very hazy yellow near the top and sides with a darker almost golden middle, with a massive long lived off white head. The smells are of of a little barn funk, some bubble gum, some floral hops, a barn yard IPA. The feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is as I expected, a large amount of hop bitterness followed by a funky barnyard saison taste, different but good. (435 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 24/9/12

A hazed orange amber without many visible bubbles but still has an enormous off white head that sticks around for along enough to leave lots of random lace

S large amounts of saison yeast with some peppery bubble gum and faint funk, the hops are floral, citric and have a touch of spruce. Awesome nose with a great mix of many things, the yeast takes center stage but spicy notes and various hops help out a great deal

T spicy notes are stronger and I get a little orange filled marmalade on top of what I smell, the yeast is mellowed and the malt profiles interesting but the nose has more going on. perhaps a combo of spicy hops, rye malt, and peppery yeast but it has a little kick no matter how you look at it

M has some body and a little bite with a spicy lingering aftertaste, the foam didn't eat up all the bubbles because there's more then enough too give it some life

O something different and a interesting mix of several different things, I was expecting a RyePA but this is more like a decent spicy Farmhouse ale and I'm feeling the 7% but that's the only proof it exists

This one would score much higher if was listed as a Saison, Rye beer or whatever... not what most people would look for in an IPA but what many people would look for in a great beer. (1,312 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (2,168 characters)

Photo of willjschmidt
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a decent sized white head.

S: Some spicy rye along with some earthy aromas.

T: An interesting beer, but not an IPA. Comes off more like a rye based saison. Lots of spicy rye. Lots of earthy flavors such as herbal and floral accents. Slightly sweet in the finish. FInish is spicy and slightly bitter.

M: Medium bodied, slightly above average carbonation.

O: An interesting beer, a pretty good saison. (510 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a fair amount of particulate in it. A good helping of a tight knit one finger head.

S - Citrus and some of that farmhouse funk dominate for me. You can also detect hops and spicy rye lingering.

T - Has a bready quality to it. Rye & pine hops up front and finishes with a funky tartness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes slightly wet.

O - I respect the merging of these 2 styles. Not sure my tastebuds are used to them yet. Very interesting to drink as the rye, hops and yeast set this beer apart. (545 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-brown with a bubbly dark egg shell colored head of foam on top. Nice bubble action in the body. Some good complexity in the body. I'm pretty impressed by the appearance.

S: A lot of fruity aromas -- pears is sticking out as the main one. Bready - some banana. There is some citrus and hops, but they aren't up front. Part of this is almost champagney. It's good, but it's also very subtle.

T: Taste like it smells for sure. Pears, bananas and a bready flavor. For sure it doesn't taste like an IPA. It taste kind of like a Hefeweizen or a Wit beer. I'm not sure how to grade this because it doesn't taste bad, but I can't recommend this flavor as an IPA. Not even any hops. Crazy.

M: It's a light-to-medium body. It's smooth and creamy. I don't think it's carbonated very well. And, maybe that's related to the hoplessness. The feel itself isn't as slick as I like. Not much chewiness here. Average.

O: Very weird beer. If somebody was looking for a good IPA, then I wouldn't suggest this. This starts off as a decent beer, but the taste and feel don't do it for me. Very strange beer overall. (1,129 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An offering from Jester King Craft Brewery, a 750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Farmhouse Wytchmaker Rye IPA has a cloudy amber appearance to it, similar to the Mad Meg, it has nice amount of off-white foam head that lingers for a little while.

S - I really get a good amount of spice and rye from this IPA, but I also smell notes of citrus and pine.

T - on the palate I mainly get earthy rye and piny-hopiness notes on the palate. This beer finishes with interesting peppery and citrusy notes that actually combine quite well to give this beer nice complexity. It is a well balanced IPA, between the malt and hops.

M - full-bodied and a bit chewy since it's unfiltered. The carbonation is just right.

O - a very good farmhouse style IPA. It's a bit more alcoholic than other IPAs I like, i.e., the 7.0% ABV is not noticeable. Like the Mad Meg, I have another bottle that I plan on letting rest for a few months. Should be interesting to see how this changes with some age. (989 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice tight white bubble action in the head. The body is slightly hazy and orange/amber. Lots o' lacing.

The sell opens with da funk. Very nice. It's got some citrusy/lemon going on with floral, pine, and a little sweetness.

The pepper and spicy rye flavors are mots excellent in this. Low level of bitterness. Hops come through as pine for the most part, a little herbal, lemon, and orange character as well. With no bottle date I don't know how old this is, but seems a little lacking in what I expect from an IPA. Lots of earthy, yeasty, breadiness going on here.

The body tends to lean a little thin and watery. Fairly dry. (631 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,327 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dirty orange/cloudy tan, trace white head,
mild lacing

S: rye, lemon peel, yeast,

T: clove, yeast, malt, solid pine, bitter/sour
rye finish

M: med body, mild sticky/oily mouth

O: My 1st Rare Beer of the Month selection!
Thanks to my loving wife. Never heard of this
brewery before, not bad. Fascinating twist,
on Rye IPA, almost tastes like Hefe/Rye IPA.

QUITE GOOD, WORTH TRYING! (389 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,279 characters)

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Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
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