Rye'd Da Lightning - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 232
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 3.28%
Wants: 64
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
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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 Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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! (1,767 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed in collaboration with Reckless Records for Record Store Day 2012.
Thanks to Jim for this surprise beer I thought was long gone...

Burnished orange, saturated tones with steady rising carbonation trails. Creamy foam that adheres nicely inside the glass leaving behind a halo of lacing. Extremely resilient head retention, unbroken for the duration of the glass.

Dried citrus peel and tangerine zest, some light spiciness and finally pale malt bleeding through.

Burly rye character, grainy with a mild spiciness shot through with zesty citrus notes of grapefruit and tangerine. Citrus tea and pine needles. Somewhat subdued after a few months but still holding its own and extremely drinkable. Medium bodied with a dry bitter finish, very light malt sweetness in the background. Overall very solid, with FFF's trademark hop signature all over it. (855 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer shared by Thorpe, served in a Three Floyds stemmed glass. At the time of this review, this is #4 on the "Top Beers - Rye Beer" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is brown with a thin tan off white head of small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, a little grainy, sweet with some yeast.

Not as hoppy as I thought, the rye comes through with a nice mild floral / earthiness on the palate. Decent but probably not a repeat for me. (482 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, thanks Chris. Served in a glass.

Pours a clearish golden bronze color with a quickly fading off white head that leaves smalls dots of lace trailing the glass. Malty and spicy nose, fairly bready, strong hints of rye and resiny hop. Flavor is much sweeter with citrus hops, red tropical fruit and caramel malt dominating. Spice is much less present than nose, but dry finish still has an earthy rye tinge to it. Finish also has a slight bubblegum aftertaste to it that I find unpleasant. Syrupy medium thick body with soft carbonation. If not for the finish this would be a favorite rye beer for the amount of citrus hops it packs. (645 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/13/2012

Cask at Real Ale.

A: Burnished dark gold with a big bubbly white head.

S: Concentrated citrus flesh, redolent of apricot, tangerine, and orange. Pungent pine resin. Perfumy floral notes.

T: Orange and tangerine flesh with an upper low sweetness. Upper low bitterness with no alcohol or harshness whatever. Malt is restrained.

M: Upper light body with a dry, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A very nice pale ale. Poured this into a small glass from the imperial pint glass and it came alive (512 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,381 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to jeonseth. Opened on 5.21.12.

A - Pours a clear, reddish-orange with a cream-colored head. Good retention.

S - Citrus-tangerine and orange, malty-carmel and bread.

T - Oranges, citrus, bread.

D - Tons of carbonation and a medium body.

O - More citrus than expected. A very nice balance between the hops and malts. (334 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, shared with a friend. Pours a golden-copper color with a frothy, off-white head, decent retention and lace. Aromas fill the nose with a floral hop bouquet of citric grapefruit, orange, and pine. Tastes are juicy grapefruit, peppery rye, biscuity malt, floral hops, faint caramel and pine. Well balanced and refreshing. Light-to-medium bodied, good carbonation. Overall, nice refreshing rye ale with an amazing floral hop aroma. Nice treat! (452 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clean copper tinted amber, full fluffy bone white head, good retention and lacing. Scent is strong on the tropical fruit notes, citrus and pine with moderate rye spice notes, caramel and biscuity malt presence. Fruity and bitter hops star in the flavor with the rye taking a back seat along with the lightly sweet malts. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness. Solid rye beer all around, while not completely rye forward, still stands up to some of the better hoppy rye beers such as those from Bear Republic and Founders. (534 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.74/5  rDev +11%
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!!! (1,085 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On regular, non-cask tap at DLD. It was the first beer I had, because I'll be goddamned if a sessionable ryePA didn't sound perfect after waiting in line for two hours.

Pours hazy, reddish gold with a decent head. Pretty boilerplate for a rye pale, but there's nothing wrong with that.

Smells sharply citrus with a decent rye tang.

Tastes the same, but the neat balance between the sharp hops and slightly-less sharp rye and barley back end becomes more apparent and much more interesting. Most brewers overload their rye beers with tons of hops, basically blotting out the neatness of the rye. Here, the Floyds show some uncharacteristic hop-restraint, and try instead to but the hops and rye in more productive communication with one another. The results aren't quite perfect, but still pretty close. (806 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear copper in color. Forms a thin off white head that is fairly stable. Some light lacing.

S: aromatic. Full of citrus with lots of grapefruit and orange with hints of tropical fruit and mango.

T: Zesty grapefruit with notes of orange. Some mild caramel malts and rye create a peppery base that accents the citrus hops nicely. Clean finish. Very mild bitterness.

M: on the lighter side of medium. Good carbonation. Very mild bitterness

O: A very nice easy drinking beer. Like the citrus character (reminiscent of Citra) with the peppery quality. Almost like a rye Zombie Dust. (589 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cool beer for a great record store in Wicker Park. Pours an orange tiger eye color with a nice head. Nose consists of onion, dank, earthy hops with some spicy rye notes. Taste opens up with citrusy hops, which move on to caramel malts; these are quickly overwhelmed by a barrage of onion, dank hops with a subtle amount of spicy rye malts. Mouth is full and smooth. Overall, this is a solid rye IPA...I love this style and I love the execution of FFF's part. (458 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle share! Part of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel artist tulip. Notes from last night's Skins/Cowboys game.

A: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is a one finger white color with unimpressive retention.

S: There's a really nice tropical fruit profile from the hops - which I've now come to expect from FFF. In particular, it's melon, grapefruit, and cantaloupe that I notice aromatically. There's a lot of rye malts that come through in this one.

T: The first thing that hits the palate is mango, melon, and grapefruit hop flavors. Rye comes through strongly afterwards, and some slight herbal piny hops in the finish almost gives off an onion/garlic vibe when backed up with the rye flavors. A bit on the rough side - both in texture and flavor.

M: Like I said, a little rough and heavily textured. It's not really dry per se, but the tingly coarseness doesn't mesh well with the slick, lingering finish. Low carbonation seemingly makes the texture come across as being thicker than it is.

O: I'm totally blaming palate fatigue as to why I only think this is just good. Going from a quartet of sours, a cucumber beer, a sweet vanilla/coffee porter, and freakin' BCBCS to a rye pale ale isn't the smoothest transition - but this beer still came off as a little rough. I'd love to try it again, though, because this was apparently an old bottle. (1,383 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at FFF.

A - Pours a darker golden/orange color, white frothy head, thin collar, wisps on top.

S - Rye, hops, toasted malts, citrus up front. Not over-rye'd, nicely balanced with a good hop presence and the citrus notes add a nice complexity.

T - Citrus, bitter hops, rye, and toasted grains. Again, all very well-balanced and works together nicely. It's a hoppy rye, which is obvious since it's a FFF beer. Finish is toasted malts and hops.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry grainy finish.

O - I destroyed my pour in record time. Not sure what it's like out of the bottle, but on-tap, this is an excellent hoppy rye beer. I will definitely be having this one again if it's on-tap next time I stop by FFF. (720 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tanks merc for sharing

The beer pours a clear amber with a thin off-white head that laces. The nose is citrusy hoppy with a touch of rye spice and malt. The taste is relatively underwhelming with an expected amount of citrus hoppiness and touch rye spice. I could imagine this taste popping with a fresh bottle. The mouthfeel is almost syrupy sweet with a lingering spiciness. Good beer that'd be made great with freshness. (424 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-orange amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, pine, spices, earthy

T-rye, citrus, pine, pepper, nice bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and spicy

O-flavorful rye ale with nice balance, easy drinking (258 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper with a finger off white head. Fluffy and pillow like with great retention.

Smells like a Lagunitas beer too me. Bright citrusy hops, reisouny, oily hop aromas covering up most of the malt and leaving only a ester of the rye spiciness.

Rye comes out more in the mouth. A bit thin big bright citrusy hops, hints of toffee, very clean on the palate with brisk carbonation. Not overly complex but easy drinking and quaffable. Some tropical fruit as well. (481 characters)

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Rye'd Da Lightning from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.