Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA | Jester King Brewery

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Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPAWytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

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.

Added by Mora2000 on 10-30-2011

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of jbertsch
2.57/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin white head which fades to the rim leaving scant lace.

N: Grassy and herbal and floral, slightly spicy and yeasty, trace cherry fruit bubblegum notes.

T: Herbal, spicy rye malts combined with biscuity yeast. Slightly funky and musty but mainly saison-like. Some floral hops on the finish.

M: Medium carbonation and body. Semi-dry finish.

O: Interesting melding of rye, hops, and yeast makes this a unique and interesting offering.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy and hazed yellowish brown with a two finger rocky off white head
S: smells sweet with notes of grapefruit, pine, and some spice from the rye malt. a little bit of peppery yeastyness comes through as well
T: rye up front with some nice citrus and pine hop yeast as well with a nice floral hop kick in the finish with some yeast flavor
M: medium body with slightly prickly carb
O: a nice rye IPA with good flavors that dares to be a little bit different. I like it.

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Photo of Florida9
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy dark amber in color. Forms an enormous off-white head that has pretty good retention. Leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

S: Aromatic and hoppy. Citrus, grapefruit, and lots of peppery spice.

T: Definitely hop forward with an appreciable bitterness. Grapefruit, citrus, and lots of spicy hops. Pine and pine resin. A slight bit of yeastiness in the background. Finishes earthy and piney with even more spice.

M: This is where this beer really doesn't work for me: medium bodied with good carbonation and an aggressive, soapy, bitterness that coats the tongue with a persistently unpleasant aftertaste.

O: As a hop head, I can say I like the hops in this one, but the bitterness is more than just bitterness - it is borderline astringency that makes this beer less than enjoyable. Lots of potential, but misses the mark.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with moderate carbonation producing a 2-3 inch cream-colored head.
S: Spicy rye and hops predominate. Some black pepper and citrus. An herbal note with a hint of mint too.
T: Hops, hops, and more hops (pine, citrus, and herbal). Overly done. Drowns out the rest--spicy rye and hint of black pepper. Perhaps some time will allow this one to settle down a bit.
M: Sharp and bitter hops. Spicy hops and rye. Light-medium body.
D: Drinkable if you love an absolute truckload of hops...which I don't. A bit of a disappointment from an otherwise solid brewery.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at WLV Liquors.

A - Pours a mirky orange color, white head, thin collar.

S - Citrus, spicy yeast, rye notes, herbal. A bit of this and that, which really doesn't come together as good as I would liked.

T - Light rye notes, herbal, yeast, light bitter hops. More yeast-forward then anything and the rye and hops take a back seat. Not super-excited by this one.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - Not one that I liked all that much. The yeast notes really overpower the rest of the beer and it really doesn't come together like I would have hoped for. Oh well, can't win 'em all.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-ruby color with a finger of super frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a very slow pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of spicy rye, citrus hops, grapefruit, some sweet bready malts, and some farmhouse yeasts.

T - Starts off with some spicy rye with some tropical and citrus hops, grapefruit flavor, and some bitterness. Through the middle, some sweet bready malts come through with some farmhouse yeasts, and a bit more bitterness and spice. The finish is a mix of citrus hops, spicy rye, some belgian yeast flavors, pepper, and some light sweet bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a spicy, dry, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. A bit on the mild side, but the rye flavor is really nice with the Belgian yeast and IPA base.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really nice and fresh bottle. a hybrid beer of rye IPA and saison. american hops with a beligan yeast. tinker of beligan undertone and particularly in the aftertaste. would say that this is the best made texas rye i've had from the best saision brewery in texas. but i haven't had many of either down here. wonderful nose of a pine floral boutique. interesting citronella hints which really seem to be the end of the palate as well in feel. lemon balm bitter, so case in point, has a dominant side but also lingers in minerality and a bit oily. smooth feel. good balance. american characteristic well suited. rather unexpectedly dry which wasn't a disappointment. wasn't particularly sweet or as malt driven as some of the midwest rye beers that i like. but rather in a realm. this sort of thing is just not happening around here and i'm glad someones doing it.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hennepin Chalice
A ~ Not a gusher! That makes this beer that much better than its former incarnate. Pours the same murky light-chestnut brown color, but with a touch less hazyness. Beautiful head that I let recede before getting a good whiff. Fantastic lace.

S ~ Citrus, Pine, & with Farmhouse yeast sweeping things up at the end. Medicine/plasticity linger. Sweet Wheat. There are notes of mango. Rye spice is less prevalent than the former, but it's there.

T ~ Clean citrus notes (orange/clementine) & Wheatbread with peppery farmhouse yeast in a more clean form. Slightly gummy, but no bandaid! A punch of Rye, Pineneedles, & pepper on the finish with a lingering lychee note. Improvement of flavors. Much more focus to detail here.

M ~ Citrus is more vividly expressed on the palette with the Farmhouse yeast. Finish has a peppery finesse with lingering hop flavors. Dry & spicy finish. Mild heat.

D ~ What a beer. Overall this was simply a great move. The previous Wytchmaker was great, but somewhat of a yeast-bomb which lowered drinkability. This Wytch knows what she's doing & wants to be drank NOW...so I will.
Check 'er out. Cheers JK on the tweaked brews!

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Photo of fmccormi
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 750ml pry-off champagne bottle to my nice little Belgian Independence Day stemmed tulip. No bottle dating visible, but this was brought to me by a Texan friend about three weeks prior, so I imagine it’s relatively fresh.

Appearance (4.5): Nice, very hazy dark honey-colored body with a light tan head of fine bubbles that just doesn’t die down. Starts at two fingers, and takes forever going down. Some thick lacing on the sides, very nice appearance.

Smell (4.0): Very interesting mix of light fruit and wet hay—classic musty brett character, not particularly strong but well-defined. Not an IPA aroma, but definitely a farmhouse aroma.

Taste (4.0): Malt character is actually pretty subtle, but the rye character is clear. Beyond that, the flavor is mainly dominated by the brett character, which is well-proportioned—not too musty, not too pungent, just a straight-forward presentation of basic wet hay and a mild sour character. Some grassy, slightly fruity hops come through, too. Finish is slightly sour, but very mildly so. Grows on me as it warms.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Surprisingly light body with a very mild carbonation that tingles very lightly. Dry finish, not bad. Nothing objectionable, but nothing notable for either a farmhouse or an IPA mouthfeel. Wild ale maybe, but neither farmhouse or IPA.

Overall (3.5): This is a good beer and I’m glad to have gotten the chance to try it, and I definitely want to get some more Jester King in my life. Still, I’m not sure this bottle hit the mark for either a farmhouse beer or an IPA—but it’s a decent hybrid, either way. I think a fresher hop profile (IPA), a dryer and more active body (farmhouse / saison), and a deeper funk (brett) would benefit this beer, but the state it was in tonight was not far enough in any of those directions to really be memorable.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml btl via Dajtai007 as an extra in a recent trade. Cheers for this!

Not sure I'd ever reach for this again if I was looking for an IPA. However, I would 100% drink this again.

This is dirty looking. I'm a huge proponent of brite beer and this is cloudy, opaque. Nicely colored and the head is very fluffy, leaves a good trail of sticky lacing.

The most evident part of IPA rears it's head straight from the bottle when it first opens with distinct hops aromas that really spreads its wings. Underneath you get the first inkling that this will not be a typical

The taste is heavily influenced by the Belgian flavors, banana, clove, bread. There is a lightly sweet malt portion and there are unmistakable hop notes throughout.

The mouthfeel is also impacted here, a more full bodied, richer body than is typical in an American IPA. There is no lightness to the body, or oil characteristic and the typical crisp bitter finish is absent.

Not sure what the underlying IPA tastes like, but this is a bit far from what I would expect when I reach for a bottle of this style. It's interesting, slightly different and enjoyable. That said, rating it for an IPA, this doesn't really hit the style better than average.

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Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.