Angry Birds Belgian Rye IPA - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Haymarket Pub & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-07-2011

The brainchild of Jeff Sparrow and our own Director of Fermentation, this Belgian IPA is 30% rye and hopped with Amarillo and Cascade. Pairs well with pulled pork chili, bacon mac n cheese... anything from a pig, really.
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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 15
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Photo of jeonseh
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Haymarker

A - Hazy yellow with a slight gold glow. Smaller, foamy white head that settled down to a light layer of foam floating on top

S - Definitely has a Belgian nose with banana and clove esters dominating. There are also hints of mango and tangerine

T - Up front there is sweet mango. Then I get a slight pine bitterness in the middle before sweet, ripe bananas come through. The finish is full of clove spice.

MF - Medium body with light carbonation. Slight resin remains in the finish

O - Solid Belgian IPA that leans more to the Belgian side with a slight hop presence. I'm not a huge fan of Belgian IPAs that are more Belgian than IPA; however, I have to admit that this one is pretty solid.

Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden yellow with a light sticky head.

The smell was a nice mixture of light citrus hops and bready rye with a touch of belgian spicy funk.

The taste was an interesting mixture of light rye notes, spicy belgian yeast flavors with a nice mix of light spicy and citrusy hops all balancing themselves out quite nicely.

The mouthfeel had a nice level of carbonation and a touch of hop resiny oil.

This was a pretty solid and fun beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Haymarket, sampled during the Bronze and Bombs Haymarket riot documentary benefit.

Hazy, opaque orange goblet, thin layer of sticky foam on top that left a good deal of tight intricate lacing just above the liquid level.

Slight Belgian yeast phenols in the aroma, bubblegum, clove. Not a big fan, but true to style I guess, not that it matters. Some hoppy citrus settles in around the yeasty notes.

Flavors are more citrus forward thankfully, and the feel is smooth and creamy. Rye lends a bit of breadiness, the yeast adds prerequisite spice. Low to medium bitterness, it's manageable to most that are familiar with IPA's. Overall it coalesces nicely, all the elements fall into place in harmony. Something i'd definitely drink again at Haymarket.

Photo of KDawg
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from tap into a tulip. Pours a solid orange color with no real head

Well balanced and very aromatic with notes of creams, oranges, spices and a touch of hops

Full bodied with a very smooth feel, but lacking a bit in the flavors. Decent depth with flavors of spices, oranges and some creams

A very good belgian IPA. Well balanced and very drinkable. The spice on it is nice, but it is lacking a slight bit in the flavors

Photo of MShirokov
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

We were at the brewery yesterday in Chicago, and tried every beer they make. This is definitely the best one.

The smell of this beer is amazing. Like you're sticking your face into a bouquet of flowers.

I was hesitant about the taste at first because bitter beers like IPA's are an instant turn-off for me. But they somehow managed to make an IPA that gives you the flavor of the hops, without leaving a bitter aftertaste. This lets the yeasty Belgian flavor shine through and create a great flavor balance and complexity. The taste is very well "sustained" throughout the drink if that makes sense. It doesn't change much while it's in your mouth - just gradually fades away, while remaining delicious.

Lots of reasons why I'm very impressed with this beer.

Photo of Rope
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper with a one finger white head.

Clean fruity hop, Belgian yeast at the end boosted by the rye.

Strangely a bit of tropical fruits of front melting into the spiciness of rye and Belgian yeast.

Thicker than most with this much hops, low carbonation.

A mixed style with many different things competing for attention, but it does an excellent job. Amarillo hops always please me, and towards the end I swear I tasted more and more banana.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at the brewpub.

Never played the game, never gonna. Yup. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, mild toffee, and very light pine needles. The taste brings in more of the same, with decidedly more pine, this time taking on a slightly grassy character. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice brew, though the Belgian-ness and rye never really fully express themselves to me. Still, it's pretty tasty, so I can sorta overlook that fact.

Photo of Lolli1315
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden yellow with a small off white head. The head disappears almost completely, but the growler was opened up yesterday (although there was not much head then either). No lacing on the glass.

S- Belgian yeast hits first with noticeable bubblegum and phenolic clove. There may be a hint of banana underneath as well. Citrus hops begin to come through in the middle with a resiny smell following. Slight alcohol in the finish.

T- The beer starts strong with the belgian yeast characteristics again. the bubblegum character is prominent with clove lingering in the background. Seems to be a little candied fruit as well. The middle brings the citrus hops the work together well with the yeast. Slight bitterness build in the middle and continues into the finish of the beer. All the while there is a slight belgian phenolic yeast characteristic hanging in the background. Great balance.

M- Medium bodied with medium low carbonation. Its a little less carbonated than yesterday according to notes so I am going to chalk it up to the opened growler. Smooth on the tongue and slightly dry in the finish.

O- I love this beer. I personally believe its one of the best, if not the best, examples of the Belgian IPA I have had to this date. Great mix between hops and yeast characteristics. Easy to say that I will be refilling my growler often. Not surprising to see it brought home the Gold Medal at the GABF.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler courtesy of my brother-in-law Brian. Advocacy at its finest! Thanks, B-Mac!

Pours yellow with a thin cover and minimal stick.

Spicy lemon drops, bubblegum, and yeast on the nose. Too much Belgian yeast and not enough IPA for my taste here.

Rye bread, lemon from the Amarillo is not so much zest as it is the type that comes from the little plastic lemon bottles, and a heavy bubble gum and banana yeast infection atop.

Bah! I just don't care for Belgian yeast in general and it really does nothing beneficial for this beer. I'd like to try this rye ipa without the detrimental effects of the yeast as I feel it's really detracting here.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It reminds me of something from the other side of the pond (as in: it's that good). Great floral and perfume tones. Mellow sweetness that is pronounced but not obnoxious. I consider it, and most other aspects of this brew, spot on. I can definitely highly suggest this beer. And this would definitely be a personal favorite if I had easy access to it.

Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery

A-hazy yellow with a white head that quickly disapates

S-hops, rye and Belgian yeast

T-definite rye. Bitterness of the hops comes through. Pretty good

M-light body and crisp. The dry finish makes me my mouth water for more

O-good beer. Who wouldn't want to drink a beer that has to do with angry birds?

Photo of kawilliams81
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Haymarket.

A- light copper with w finger white head. Lacing clings to glass throughout.

S- belgian yeast, bananas and clove

T- rye is there with some banana and clove in there. Has a astringent pine bitterness at the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation

O- just an ok beer. Would not get it again

Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm...not sure what category to list this one under. It's 30% rye so I'm going to go with rye beer. Served in a 4oz taster at Haymarket.

A - Hazy golden yellow body, with a finger of white foam that settles to a thick collar and partial cap, leaving minimal lace.

S - Lots of rye in this one, along with some other bready malts, and a perhaps the faintest hint of Belgian yeast. Orange and floral hops are present but not overpowering.

T - Taste is a mixture of zesty rye, lemon and floral hops, and bready malts. Again, not very Belgian. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Surprisingly light body for 7.5%, zesty moderate carbonation, dry and earthy finish.

D - Pretty easy to drink, with a nice blend of hops and rye flavors. I'd recommend ditching the Belgian yeast as it seems to serve no purpose. It's not Rye of the Tiger, but it's fairly enjoyable all the same. I would have this again as a change-of-pace beer.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a hazy golden body. Aroma is fruit and spicy but the alcohol is strong for the ABV. The same thing happens with the flavor with the ABV and alcohol content coming through sharply for the 7.8 ABV. It distracts from the carmal malts, syrup and candied citrus flavors. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not a fan of this one. The Belgian character is poorly applied and it's hard to drink.

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On guest tap at the Three Floyds.

Pours dark amber with a nice little head. Smells spicy, with honey nodes and euro hops. A very dry aroma, although some light citrus nodes become more present as the beer gets a little warmer.

Flavor is hoppier than the aroma, with cascade hops washing over the aforementioned dry spice profile. It isn't exactly complicated--it's basically cascade into spice and then a dry aftertaste--but everything comes together quite nicely, and while strong it's also smooth and that smoothness belies the fairly high ABV.

Angry Birds Belgian Rye IPA from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.