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Rabid Beaver Bite Rye IPA - Belching Beaver Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 0
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Belching Beaver Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 03-05-2013

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3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with rye and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities that seem to overpower any rye characteristics.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours from a bomber bottle a hazed sunburst orange under a pillowy, 1.5-finger thick slightly off-white head which lingers long and yields clumps of lace.

N: Rye and grainy malts, bready, spice and slight honey/earthy notes.

T: Follows nose with malt forward and spicy rye, some faint citrus hops, ABV noticed.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Bitter and spicy malty finish.

O: Decent and straight forward, but not overwhelming.

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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back to the Belching Beaver, this time with a RyePA. I hope I have been properly vaccinated, because that beaver's teeth remind me of Dracula who's looking to suck our blood! From a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The light orange color with yellow hues forms the body of the beer, while on top rests a thick creamy head with excellent head retention. The hops are aromatic, but seem to have a softer character versus the common San Diego IPA. Soft hops, with notes of cantaloupe, pine, grapefruit, honeydew, and the backbone of dry crackery grain.

With rye as one of the grains used, it comes to no surprise that this beer has a spicy kick. Gentle rye spiciness help create the canvas to the mélange of orange, cantaloupe, and sweet grapefruit. Yet it doesn't taste bitter, and in fact is on the relaxed side of the IPA scale, though it still has the genes of a West Coast IPA. By San Diego standards, the Rabid Beaver is a softer kick to the gut where it comes to the hops.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Rabid Beaver Bite Rye IPA from Belching Beaver Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.