Rabid Beaver Bite Rye IPA - Belching Beaver Brewery
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3.94/5 rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Handsome amber color with a nice enough head in the pint shaker. On tap at Toma Sol in Hillcrest. Robust, hoppy aroma.
Warm and rich malty flavors. Fruity hops with a pleasant bite. Brewer says the hops include Simcoe. The rye adds that appealing scratchy tang that seems to go well with spicy hops. Just enough sweetness. Not overly bitter for all the hop flavor.
Altogether this has my vote for the most drinkable San Diego IPA of 2013. Great mouthful of aromatic hops with a spicy, grainy flavor. Just a touch more carbonation would have raised the stakes.
Serving type: on-tap
08-19-2013 06:25:16 | More by mactrail
3.81/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle labeled "Rabid Beaver" due to a mistake during trademarking they left out the bite.
Pours hazy amber-copper with a thick dollop of cream colored head, reaches two fingers with remarkable retention and pretty swaths of lacing.
A bit silent but very juicy with a full tangerine, Texas orange and pine hop scent. Underlyaing sweet malt is balancing with a bit of vinous fruit, grape-nuts cereal huskiness and rye spice.
Malt is clingy with the caramel sweetness constantly hanging on through the drink. Hops are stock west coast bold orange citrus with pine secondary. Fairly bitter that is enhanced by a drying/sticky mouth coating that features the pine hops, caramel malt and alcohol. Rye spice saunters in lazily near the finish and stays with you through the rest of the beer.
Adequate carbonation for this beer of medium body. The malt is sticky on the palate but so are the hops leaving a constant bitterness and drying feel. Really my mouth feels like it's velcro right now and malt sugars, bitterness, hop flavor, alcohol and rye spice are all there, just chilling out, and won't go home, quite interesting.
Mission accomplished but overall meh. I can't bash this beer too much, this rye IPA ticks every check box of what it should be and what I had envisioned. It was another stock West Coast IPA in a long line of competitors but with rye. The rye is present but not the featured player in this beer, maybe one to try when you are in a rye mood. The way every flavor in this beer sticks around far after the finish is what will make this one memorable.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 00:52:08 | More by rawfish
3.46/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Cloudy amber with brown tinge; fluffy, off-white, quickly-dissipating head; good lace
Smell: Pineapple; Mango; Rye spice
Taste: Pine; Apricot; Rye; Lingering Bitterness
Mouth-feel: Low carbonation; Medium body; One note
Overall: Really good, but not great RIPA. Lacks in complexity. One note, a good note, but one note doesn’t make a song.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 04:06:34 | More by JoshuaMason
Rabid Beaver Bite Rye IPA from Belching Beaver Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.