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Rye'd Da Lightning - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 232
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 62
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 04-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A special rye beer brewed in collaboration with our friends at Reckless Records. Brewed with American 2-row barley & rye medium bodied ale has a sweet caramel biscuit body and a deep golden color. A special blend of hops gives this rye ale an aroma of resiny tangerines & blood fruit. Cheer!
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Photo of WoodBrew
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a bomber poured into a duvel tulip. Pours a clear orange copper with an inch of off white head that shrinks with nice lacing. Aroma is tangerine, pine resin, grapefruit, apricot, and rye. Flavor follows aroma. Blood fruit, tangerine, grapefruit, some tropical fruit, and a rye based malty backbone. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Very good.

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing. Rich, citrus, perfect. I don't have much to say other then perfection. This is another one I had fresh and then 6 months after the fresher the better. This is another one I wouldn't sit on which I am sure that is not an option as they only made it once. So I don't even know if there is any out there. I know this has nothing to do with the beer but a great label as well. Floyd's just keeps killing it.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.96/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Going on a long-lost memory here, but I hope FFF releases this beer again. From its description, and when it came out, I suspect this was a Simcoe and/or rye variant of Zombie Dust. One of my early "wow" beer experiences.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a nice clean orangey/amber pour with a finger of white head, nice lacing!
smells of piney hops, caramel, grapefruit, subtle hints of toasted grains (rye).
very hoppy up front, floral, citrusy, very sweet/tart on the cheeks initially. a delicious rye ale, leaning towards an ipa. subtle hints of rye pop up behind all the hops.
medium body, nice carbonation, creamy feel on lips..

overall another phenomenal beer by 3F! awesome metallica reference, awesome artwork, great fuckin' beer.

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Photo of rappmann
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from the brewery, review based on notes

A - Light orange with one finger white head recedes quickly, colour is beautiful.

S - In your face fruitiness, smells up the room upon cracking the bottle. Peach, apricot tangerines and citrus.

T -Perfect balance of fruity juicy hops and biscuity malt really well balanced.

M - really light, easy drinking slightly heavy on the carbonation.

O - One of my favourite beers from 3 Floyds, easily drank a bomber and was wanting more! Really great and highly recommended.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to stxSS07 for sending this my way along with some of the teku glasses.

a - brew poured a fairly opaque almost pewter orange. when held to the light i could see some shadows and outlines of the objects on the other side. a thin finger of bubbles served as the head which left relatively quick leaving nothing more than just a skin of bubbles. lacing was spotty, but present.

s - HOLY MOLY! smells like a world class IPA. wonderful citric and grapefruit blast. some rye is present, but this is a hop bonanza!!! smells insanely good.

t - the taste does not disappoint. the hops in the nose are perfectly married with a wonderful rye grain presence. very earthy without being gross. just a masterpiece.

m - medium bodied. solid. even carbonation. light and easy to drink. really well balanced.

o - overall, rye beers are one of my favorites and i think i may have found the best rye beer i've ever tried. the hops are perfect right now. why, oh why can't i live walking distance to three floyds...heck, i'll take the regular offerings on the shelf. PLEASE EXPAND distro!!!

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from FFF at DLD. Had some there, but only after the palate was wrecked.

Pours deep orange with a 2 finger white head with excellent retention and lacing. Picture perfect beer.

GIANT citrus aroma with some excellent grapefruit (my personal favorite smell in an IPA) along with some rye spiciness with just a hint of sweetness.

Tastes like a IPA with rye added. Bright citrus notes again mostly featuring grapefruit. Just a touch of malt sweetness before finishing with a good spicy kick from the rye, but intertwined with piney bitterness.

A tad bit sticky with good carbonation.

Wow this beer is almost flawless and not quite like anything I've ever had before. Bravo FFF for making yet another amazingly hopped up masterpiece. It's akin to Zombie Dust with some rye. I hope they make this a regular offering.

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Photo of SebD
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Very tropical smell (citrus, mango and grapefruit) along with some piney notes, spicy rye and light caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice hop character bringing out citrus and grapefruit but some mango in there as well, some earthiness, some bready/biscuity malts, a rye spiciness and some light caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel. The flavors really work well in this one.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at FFF brewpub.
I have had this a few times, but I was slacking on reviews for the past year or so...

Served in a half-pint nonic.

Looks great-- clear, glowing, orange body with a nice effervescent stream of bubbles forming a white head of a fat finger. Decent retention. Sticky fat chunks of lacing left behind.

Smells of spicy rye, touch of earthiness, big old citrusy hops, and a little hint of what I can only describe as melon?! The flavor has a dry malt bill with the spicy rye and earthiness followed by a crisp and clean hop profile. Lots of citrusy grapefruit hops and a strong bitterness. Dry finish with a lingering rye note.

Feels medium-full. Firm body. Good carbonation.

Overall-- solid. Call this an ipa, I'll drink it. Call it a pale ale, I'll drink it. Call it a rye ale, and I'll say it's one of the best rye ales I've ever had. Just delicious.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad thanks to justanothergalen for bringing this to trade at the Solar Eclipse party!

Pours out a vibrant gold color with phenomenal clarity for anything with rye in it. Lots of citrus and hoppy aroma going on, couldn't pick anything up in the aroma that would lead to me saying "rye!" but whats most important is that this smelled like a hoppy winner.

Taste, wow amazingly light bodied, this one was a lot more similar to zombie dust and gumballhead than I would have thought based on my expectations. Hops are so good and fresh, and it must have a decent shelf life, because I didn't drink it until at least 2-3 weeks after it had been trekked out here 2000 miles. Just another example of a brewery that makes great hoppy beers, being overshadowed by something bigger, in this case, Dark Lord. This tasted as good as FiftyFifty's Ryepa used to. . . i.e. in that small window when its real good or fresh, but the last few times, just all bitterness.

This is relatively straight forward, and if you're looking for just the rye, you might be disappointed, but if you're looking for minimal, but adequate rye aspects in a world class hoppy beer, go no further.

Oh, and the bitterness and sweetness are so low here, its just a ton of hops, mild citrus flavors, and fractional rye impact. If it were in their portfolio, this would be the most deserved beer in the Yum foods brand.

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Photo of shand
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Thanks to Corbet!

This beer pours an orange color with a small head. The aroma is absolutely fantastic, it's got that rye sharpness, but it is complimented by a perfect blend of hops that round out the aroma. The taste is very good, it's rather hoppy, with the citrus and rye flavors riding out a nearly perfect finish. The mouthfeel is lighter and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is great. Overall, this is an exceptional Rye IPA. It's just perfectly composed so the hops and rye compliment each other to a T.

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Photo of liamt07
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery, 650ml into a tulip.

Clear orange body with a couple fingers of white head. Good retention and lacing. Nose had a whole load of citrus, peach and tangerine, some resin and dank notes. Solid malt base, and the rye is quite present, a hint of spice. Some candy notes as well. Tastes takes it up a notch, full bodied, chewy and hoppy. Loads more citrus and resin. Light breadiness, and the rye shines again. Light spiciness to accent the hops in the best way. Great feel, moderate bitterness and medium carbonation. Just another rye based IPA that does it all right.

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Photo of aasher
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a few of these this past weekend at Three Floyds.

This beer pours a light bodied bright bronze in clor with a two finger, very soapy white head. The nose is compromised of citrusy, and I swear some Citra, hops with a nice slightly sweet malt backbone. It's hoppy without being Alpha King or Zombie Dust aggressive. The flavors are very well integrated. It is an off dry, citrusy and has a touch of pine as well as fresh soap. There is also a touch of rye spice. It drinks very smoothly and is light in body and very drinkable. For some reason I didn't really expect a beer like this but this one is really impressive. It has the Three Floyd's mark all over it. I'd recommend grabbing this while they still have some left at the brewpub.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dark Lord Day 2012. Several pours from a plastic cup into a mini snifter. Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. Good retention and plenty of sticky lacing on the way down. The nose carries a hefty amount of citrus along with some light tropical fruits and a bit of a floral character. Rye spice lingers in the background. Touch of earth makes its way through into the flavor. Great combination of rye and hops. Body is light and fairly-crisp with a solid hop bitterness. Huge fan of this one.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Weebay for sharing this one.

A - Medium orange colour with a small amount of white head.

S - Tangerine, blood oranges, sweet caramel and spicy rye. Very fresh and vibrant aroma, typical of FFF beers.

T - Grapefruit, tangerine, blood orange flavours are complimented by a decent sweet caramel malt backbone. The rye adds a nice spiciness and another layer of complexity to this beer.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of hoody711
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short aging on this bad boy, maybe 4 weeks. First of all, the art is magnificent on the bottle. The awfulness of the name almost takes the bonus of the art away, but the art wins. But seriously, "da"? Come on, guys. Anyways...

A - poured from the bottle semi-vigorously into a bordeaux glass. Dark orange/golden in color. Almost opaque. Very pretty. The head is thin and initially fluffy with minimal lacing.

S - Maybe a little rye in the background, but I mostly smell caramel sweetness and tropical fruitiness. Don't smell the booze at all. It smells very much like a couple other fantastic FFF beers. I could sit here and smell it all night.

T - But maybe I'll drink it instead. Tropical fruitiness and a little malty sweetness. A tiny bit of bitterness at the end, but nothing palate-smashing, and it definitely doesn't stick around. At least the bitterness doesn't. You're left with a very nice aftertaste, mostly sweet malts. It actually tastes exactly like it smells. Which is to say, it is really, really good.

M - medium. The carbonation is spot-on, and leaves a nice crisp finish that offsets the malty aftertaste.

O - yeah, this one is amazing. Although I wouldn't put it in the category of Red's Rye and Hop Rod, it certainly has it's own place. The rye is not the main player here, but if you can get past that almost insignificant fact, you will love this beer. It is crazy good, and dangerously easy to drink. Would love for the boys in Munster to put this on a rotation. Maybe they could boot Jinx Proof for it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this multiple times at DLD on-tap, and then again out of the bottle. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Off-white foam settles to wisps, thick collar, and a few spots of lace. Transparent copper body.

S - Rye, zesty citrus, earthy hops, and some sweeter tangerine notes that comes out as the beer warms up. There's a hint of cattiness as well. Other than the rye there isn't a ton of malt character.

T - Taste is similar, with citrus, sugary malts, nice rye zest, a hint of herbal flavor, and moderate finishing bitterness. Nice depth, balance, and intensity.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, super dry, with a resinous enamel-coating finish.

D - This stuff is great. I hope they make it regularly, as it's too good to be a mere one-off. Chris and I easily crushed a bomber, and I suspect either of us would have been happy to do so on our own.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had multiple pours of this while at DLD 2012. Now time to try the bottled version picked up at the event.

Poured into a FFF pint glass.

Pours a clear golden/yellow color with two inches of off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing clinging all day.

The nose has an ample amount of citrus hops with a hefty amount of rye spice intertwined. This smells similar to Zombie Dust with a rye twist. Very interesting and lovely.

The taste is hoppy and has those earthy, rye spices noticed in the nose. Bitter citrus and tropical fruit notes are very prominent and big on the taste buds. The rye is noticed on the back end of the hop madness. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a perfect amount of carbonation. Creamy right before the carbonation sinks in.

Overall, this is an amazing rye infused pale ale from FFF. Once again, setting the bar for such a beer. Not many others can live up to these tastes. Great brew.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Chris for sharing this one.

Pours a clear orange with a thin white head and decent lacing. Smell is really quite good - a fantastic citrusy aroma (Nelson hops?) really takes over and hits you in the face in a great way. Taste follows the nose - it's a huge citrusy hops flavor while not being too bitter, which makes it very easy to drink. The rye isn't as prevalent as I had hoped, but still hides in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little sticky, which some nice carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer, not quite up to the level of Zombie Dust, but actually quite similar and damn good.

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Photo of Treebs
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle served in a Stone nonic pint.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a nice off white head forming on the pour. Thick and frothy in nature it recedes slowly to a thick cap and collar.

S: Nice grassy hop character with some sweet caramel and some light spiced rye. A little fruity bitterness is in there as well.

T: Wow. Grassy hops are upfront with a smooth transition into great malt body. Sweet caramel and nice biscuit flavors make up the majority of the middle and the rye spiciness hits toward the middle, end of the palate. There is a light fruity flesh flavor that as a mild bitterness to it on the finish as well.

M: Light bodied, but has a ton of flavor that coats the palate. Medium carbonation. Crushable.

O: Color me impressed. The balanced flavor profile is wonderful and this stuff is absolutely off the charts in terms of drinkability. I could drink this stuff all day and I had no problem finishing the bomber.

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Photo of warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear light copper with almost two fingers of white head. Head has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing. A small stream of carbonation rises slowly in the middle of the glass.

S - Nice big citrus aroma, with orange, some grapefruit zest and some subtle sweet malts.

T - Hops and malts are pretty evenly matched here. Definitely not an APA posing as an IPA, but still a nice hop presence, especially on the initial taste and with some lingering bitterness on the finish. Rye brings a nice subtle spiciness to the taste. Similar to smell, the hops are very citrusy.

M - Medium mouthfeel is very smooth, and finishes clean and dry with some bitterness.

O - Very enjoyable APA. Crisp and clean with a nice complement of malt. For the price point, I would still take Red's Rye to get my rye fix, though the hop profile here is very nice. If this made it into the FFF year-round six-pack line up, I could see this being a regular purchase.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently Reckless Records have a thing for bitterness, spiciness, earthy tones, and rustic charm. Because their Three Floyds collaboration does just that.

This strong and earthy ale gives a rusty bronze hue, softly back lit wit a gentle night-light glow. The fluffy and liquefied head shows stubborn staying power and laces with broken islands of foam that provide an artistic and random display.

Largely perfumey with an aromatic bouquet of fragrant orange blossom, sweet red grapefruit, the zest of tangerine, pulp of mango, and a soft sprucy scent that weaves together with impressions of spice, crust, and pepper, and grain- both rustic and delicate all at the same time.

Light sweetness of the most terse caramel possible with other hearty sweetnesses of crusted breads, earthen rye, dull peppercorn, grain and honey quickly face and pave the way for a mid palate of hop character to charge ahead. Vibrant orange pulp and zest, ruby red grapefruit juice, pine, mangoes and apricots allow for a highly juicy and dry taste all at the same time. Finishing cleanly bitter with resiny hop character and that of citrus pith, only the earthen spice of rye stands in the way with complexity and dirty affair.

Creamy and light bodied, the malty meringue of carbonation and fruit gives an almost-medium feel except for the grain spice (without any astringency), the alcoholic minty warmth, and dying sweetness allows the beer to snap close with confidence and awakening.

Rye and hops come together like this- somewhat embattled conflict yet seamless accompaniment.... aah, folks- this is where complexity is made at its highest level. And where are the grain derived astringency? Where is the earthy distraction? Where are the unresolved malty sweetness? Nowhere!

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber I picked up at DLD 2012, no bottled on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear orange color, topped with a couple fingers of white head, good retention, leaves tons of crusty lacing.

S- Nice juicy citrus aroma, grapefruit and orange, some biscuity pale malt.

T- More fruity hops, grapefruit, tangerines and blood oranges, spicy, peppery rye, bitter grassy finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel.

O- A really tasty pale ale, rye and fruit flavors are awesome.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at the brewery in Munster, IN for $10. I didn't really have any expectations, since I am not a huge fan of Rye beers, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one!

A - Pours a light golden brown color. Pretty light and clear for a rye beer.

S - I was not expecting this hoppy of a smell, but I should have known, since Three Floyd's will do that to you. It has an awesome citrus / mango / pine smell. Almost like a Zombie Dust or a Gumballhead.

T - This was definitely the most unique and hoppy tasting rye beer I've had, but it was VERY surprisingly easy to drink. Very well balanced and refreshing. Almost thirst quenching, which is weird for a hoppy rye. You get that citrus / pine hop right up front, but it fades quickly into a beer I could actually gulp down if I didn't restrain myself.

M - Nicely carbonated and actually a lot thinner than I was expecting.

O - Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this. If I had an opportunity to, I would definitely buy several more.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a nice copper with a 2 finger off- white head. Some small blotches and tear drops of lacing.

S- sweet caramel, huge citrus nose (grapefruit, orange, pineapple) and some spiciness from the rye.

T- sweet orange and grapefruit along with some caramel. Citrus rind and rye come in mid and late palate. Perfectly amount of bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly dry and effervescent.

O- awesome beer! More ipa than rye, but the rye plays perfectly with the citrus and bitterness. I think I will have to stop at 3 Floyds soon and pick up some more.

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Rye'd Da Lightning from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.