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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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73 Reviews
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Reviews: 73
Hads: 470
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 29.79%
Wants: 32
Gots: 76 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 470
Photo of admiral
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An enjoyable brew from Jester King with good strong flavour

aroma: yeasty peach with wheat/cereal

taste: earthy, pine, grapes, spice, citrus. orange with white wine. Good malt backbone. Quite sweet with some back-end bitterness.

A big fan of the farmhouse/organic/local type philosophy behind the brewery. Quality beer.

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Photo of Myotus
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Three finger's worth of thick, dense, white foam is formed after the pour. After two and a half minutes, it finally subsides to a finger's worth (amazing retention rate). Dark yellow in color. Rising bubbles remain in high amounts even after the head settles. Lacing is thick and high.
SMELL: Mild aromas of apricots, peaches, mangos, papayas, grapefruit, oranges, malted barley, and spicy rye all mix together to create a well-balanced aroma. Hints of sour yeast and alcohol can also be detected.
TASTE: Strong fruit flavors enter initially immediately followed by mild spicy rye and subtle malted barley flavors. As all flavors persist, mild bitter hop flavors enter along with hints of sour yeast.
FEEL: Full-bodied with a subtle amount of carbonation. This goes down incredibly creamy and smooth, but thick. Kinda like a slightly watered-down syrup. Finish is overly dry like most IPAs.
NOTE: The rye was a unique addition to this IPA. I was expecting to get more of the Jester King yeast flavor than what this one offered. Also, the bitter finish was a tad bit too much for me. Not a huge fan of the bitterness.

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Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Jester King - Wytchmaker [Farmhouse Rye IPA] (750ml --->Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 7.3% ABV : 55 IBU : FG 1.000)

When popping the cap in this beer, it barely made a sound, but I set it down for a second and it began foaming over like CRAZY!! So needless to say it was somewhat unexpected and leads me to believe this could be HIGHLY overcarbonated, but we shall see... It pours a fairly hazy gold with about a 2 inch head that it supported by plenty of carbonation, it has left a great deal of lacing and quite the retentive cap!! First on the nose is a nice strong spicy funk, with some fresh bananabread in there as well, playing backup... First taste is again the spicy funk, but it's very approachable and blends well with soft citrus/mango hop flavors also there... Mid palate the bitterness kicks in and brings with it some earthy grass notes, but finishes rather smooth with a few faint hints of orange zest and bananabread again... Mouthfeel on the beer is excellent as it suited the flavors very nicely, and varied from what it's visual cues were indicating it would be like... It didn't feel overcarbonated, and in fact finished satiny smooth, which was delightfully pleasant... Overall I'm extremely pleased with this beer, all of its' elements harmonized very well and am looking forward to trying more from this brewery... Another great brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of chocosushi
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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 roodie
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Petrol Station

A: Poured into a pint glass, minimal head and lacing, pours a murky golden brown, sorta a hybrid between the color of a golden saison and a amber/brown IPA tone

S: hoppy and piney as to be expected from the base beer, hint of some tart/sour/pungent spice, probably from the saison yeast and the barrel

T: hops and resin intermingle with a fruity/tart quality, almost a saison/wine flavor on the back end

M: the fruity/tart/wine flavors linger and a spicy layer coats the tongue, likely from the hops

O: pretty good, not exactly sure they did here, but I like it.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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 HipCzech
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 oz cask pour into a wine glass at Jester King Brewery. Lightly hazy, light gold with slight pink hue; no head but a little lacing and hazy white top. Lots of sour, funky farmhouse notes in the aroma. Tart, white wine flavors tempered by herbal, bitter hops and spicy rye.

(Tried again 03-Apr-15, 1 pt 9.4 oz bottle, marked "BATCH # 12 - JULY 28, 2014", poured into a Riedel Vinum Bordeaux glass. Tart and fruity, balanced by earthiness and minerals and rye spice. Farm funk and mild hop notes. Earthier and fruitier than cask batch tried at brewery.)

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Photo of lnashsig
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been so excited about this release, and pleased to grab a bottle today at HEB Bunker Hill. Poured from bottle into my Jester King Farmhouse glass. Pours a nearly transparent dark orange color, about a finger of white fluffy head. VERY different from the previous Wytchmaker version in appearance and carbonation. Smell- wet grass, barnyard funk! juicy fruit, almost a candied orange smell. Tropical mango. A marraige of funky and tropical hops. Beautiful. Giving smell alone a 5. Taste- wet cut grass, some barnyard funk and some bitterness- a complex blend of flavor. Lovely malt sweetness and tropical hops- mango, orange rind all over my teeth. This is tremendously more complex and clean with flavors than the original Wytchmaker. Just an amazing brew. Bravo.

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Photo of Tommo
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

You get what you order, a farmhouse rye ipa. Very unique as it has boat loads of their house farmy yeast but then a good amount of rye and hop character. Overall i do not enjoy the blending of the styles, but others might

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Photo of brurevu
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Photo of codysjb
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of deuce9259
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jester King's labels (and even their bottle caps) have awesome artwork and are very visually appealing, this one stood out among the various other bottles on the shelves when I bought it at Mr. B's in downtown Denver. I also enjoy that they put a lot of information about the beer right on the label- even finishing gravity, which is 1.000! Very cool, that's the brett at work.

A: slightly hazy, which is cool to see they did not clarify their beer and their is some slight yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle/glass. Very pale, can't be much specialty malt in this beer.

S: The funk hits you up front, with some feint hops and maybe a tinge of malt. Very fruity, musty, orange-ey brett character. The melding of the hops and the wild yeast is very nice.

T: Wow! really surprised at how much I like this. The funk melds perfectly with the fruit and hop character. It is dry on the palate, very refreshing, and delicious. It is sweet enough to not be completely bone dry and bitter, but balanced. The hops are toned down enough to let you experience the other flavors. I'm guessing that a fruity saison yeast was also used in the balance, as there are lots of peach, pear, and orange flavors coming from the yeast.

M: Very refreshing and light on the palate. The low finishing gravity and the hops really help with the refreshing character. It is light and spritzy, but not overly so. Well done.

O: I liked this more than I thought I would, enough that I would buy a few bottles to set aside for a while. The balance and complexity of all that is going on is impressive, this could have been a trainwreck given all of the factors. My first Jester king beer is a big success.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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 srhoadsy
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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".

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Photo of thepenguin
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/2/12

L: An opaque medium amber/light brown with some nice lacing.

S: Strong rye spicy aromas with a sweet rye-like maltiness. Peppery and herbal, with some American hop varieties balanced by a Belgian spiciness/funk. Reminiscent of many Belgian/IPA crossbreeds I’ve had but more nuanced and less gooseberry smell.

T: American IPA and saison qualities duke it out for domination of this beer’s character. Hops are not citrusy, but certainly resinous and bitter. Also some unwelcomed herb-like bitterness that reminds me of DFH’s Saison du BUFF and really lingers on. Rather dry throughout, with rye character and a general funkiness coming through.

F: Medium body with surprisingly little carbonation—could use a bit more, especially for a bottle conditioned Belgian[like] style. Leaves a slight slickness on the palate and a decent amount of alcoholic/rye warmth.

O: A very unique and quite nice beer. It could use a little tweaking to get rid of the herbal/medicinal bitter quality, but pretty good nonetheless and I could see this going great with a meal.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of genitempo
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Uanof
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #8 from June 13, 2013 poured into JK snifter glass.

A: pours a murky opaque light orange. Big head which recedes into uneven patches of foam. Slightly overcarbonated.

S: the aroma is very recognizable for JK and it's farmhouses, funky, oak barrels, dry, cracker, milk, grapefruit, fresh.

T: long sharp bitterness strikes at the beggining and carries thru to the back of the palate, very similar to grapefruit in terms of acidity and dryness.

M: dry, tartic, acidic, envolving, chewy.

O: this is an IPA with a strongly marked flavor profile, it helds itself pretty well for a bottle 8 months old. Still showing it's true character and loving how it doesn't feel watered down. The time in the bottle feels like it allowed the beer to expand it's flavors and aromas gained thru the barrel aging process. Very strong on the nose, slightly less strong, but still with a pretty decent kick on the palate. And if you let enough time pass it will end giving your mouth a cool refreshed feeling!

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Photo of BeersCriteria
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark orange with a BIG WHITE HEAD. I don't know what it is about Jester King, all their beers produce huge heads. Every time I poured it in a glass, the head in the bomber would constantly overflow from the bottle...it kind of got annoying. Anyways, expect HUGE heads from Jester King brews.

S- Orange Juice and some honey. It was rather pleasant.

T- A good strong citrus taste of grapefruit and lemons with a malty backbone and a good hop bite. There's also a HINT of breadiness which Im assuming is from the rye but eh, I really dont taste the rye.

Food Pairing- Due to the strong citrus notes this beer would pair well with some fish, specifically a white fish. Possibly a bass with some couscous and vegetables.

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Photo of dv8sean
2.97/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Not much to its looks. Burnt orange and amber in color. A bit cloudy. Nominal head and lace.

S: Some phenols and funk. Not as hoppy on the nose as I'd expect from IPA.

T: Ample bitterness on the tongue. Starts at the sides then coats the whole palate. Some grapefruit rind and peppery notes come through. Never reveals much depth. Favors at start and finish remain consistent.

M: Tiny, dense bubbles. Overall feel is kinda clingy. Bitterness lingers extensively. Gets in the way of appreciating texture.

O: Bought this 750ml bottle and have to wonder for how long it might have sat on the store shelf or what kind of trip it may have had from TX to NorCal. Suspect that it may be past its prime or seen some hot days. Sorry to say that my experience was not good. All I got was bitterness and the wrong kind of funk.

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Photo of GoblinPrincess
4.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jester King is, well, the king of developing a narrative for each of their brews. The concept behind Wytchmaker (Ergot-infected Rye was the culprit behind the mass hysteria at the Salem Witch Trials) is particularly on point. This beer is just "infected" (not with Ergot...fortunately) enough to be complex yet wonderfully drinkable. Funky fresh at its best.

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Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.