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Rye 75 - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Rye 75Rye 75

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Rye 75 IPA is a tribute to our friends along Interstate 75. The complex malt flavor in this IPA is afforded by a blend of pale barley, rye, and caramel malts. Rye 75’s malty sweetness is balanced with the spicy malt flavor from a generous addition of rye malt. In addition to its big malt profile, Rye 75 is balanced with an equally assertive dose of American hops yielding 75 IBUs. The additions of Cascade and Columbus hops, not only bitter this beer, but also lend a very citrus and floral flavor and aroma.

75 IBU

(Beer added by: beerman207 on 04-26-2009)
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Reviews by RustyDiamond:
Photo of RustyDiamond


3.88/5  rDev 0%

hazy chesnut whitish head that quickly dissipated

malty..pretzel...doughy rye taste

citric bitter...subtle hop flavor up front...nutty

deep citrus...sharp yet grassy. citrus not on the forefront, the malt is

resiny bitterness...teeth coating

good drinkablity

06-01-2010 19:20:14 | More by RustyDiamond
More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

750 ml bottle. Pours a murky dark orange body with a medium sized almond head. Good retention and plenty of sticky patch lacing.

Aroma is caramel and citrusy hops with a nice edge of peppery and earthy rye. Grapefruit and other citrusy esters are aggressive and join with some pine essence.

Mouthfeel reveals a moderate carbonation and a thick, almost chewy feel. Not quite full bodied.

Taste is dominated by hop bitterness but there is a sturdy caramel malt backbone. Pine, grassy, and citrusy hops all take a punch at the palate. The rye is very apparent, and contributes a bready and peppery earthiness. Finishes a bit dry.

Bet this one was really hoppy when fresh. Still quite aggressive after five months in the cellar. I'm a big fan of rye beers and this is one of the better ones I've encountered.

03-07-2010 23:12:53 | More by merlin48
Photo of pwoods


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

Jeff at Party Town kicks ass. He brewed this with BBC and has growler fills exclusively at the store. And for $5.99 a growler at that($7.99 if you need the growler).

Poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a coppery amber color with good visibility. 2+ fingers of creamy head forms and has some retention. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Healthy dose of hops, Centennial(?) is prominent. Citrus, pine. Some sweet malt to balance and a nice snap from the spicy rye. Pretty straight forward but nice.

T/M: Decent bitterness level. I don't think a bit more bitterness would hurt anything but it's definitely not too low. More of the citrus and pine with a hint of spearmint. Malts balance nicely with a bit stronger rye flavor than the nose suggested, spicy, peppery, and well played. Body is medium to medium full with a very creamy body and refreshing carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. 7.5% is actually a bit surprising but that's not too much :)

05-26-2009 23:44:17 | More by pwoods
Photo of hughesm4


4.53/5  rDev +16.8%

A. Looks very nice. Light brown with a large amount of liquid like head.

S. Excellent. My initial whiff smelled exactly like a wheat field. Slight hop smell that goes along with it.

T. Overpowering pine taste that switches to bitterness as it hits the back of the mouth.

M. Leaves a very nice tingle in throughout the entire mouth that sticks around well after the drink. A minute or so after the drink your mouth becomes very dry.

D. Goes down extremely well for an IPA. You can take big gulps and get nearly the perfect amount of hops.

Great beer that I would recommend to anyone that can get there hands on it.

08-03-2009 01:45:55 | More by hughesm4
Photo of degerbah


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

Wow, talk about a cheap cheap growler that turned out awesome. $6 for the growler and omg the hops. Poured a deep dark red with a tremendous aroma of earthy smelling hops.

The taste is amazing. Double IPA taste and macro lager prices. I would gladly pay way more for this and I think that BBC needs to bottle this pronto. It is a world better than any of their regular offers that I can get in Ohio,

08-03-2009 01:40:03 | More by degerbah
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Thanks to BEERchitect for this one, obtained while in Lexington.

Pours an exceptionally dark amber with a bit of head. Nothing spectacular, but still nice.

Smells of rye and hops. The rye brings a nice fresh bread quality and the cops come off as a slightly more spicy bitterness than usual.

The taste follows fairly nicely. Lots of fresh bread and some spicy citrus in the finish. Sweet and spicy, great combination.

The creamy feel of this beer is very luxurious. Nice and smooth with good carbonation complimenting the hoppy bite.

This is another great brew from BBC. Great drinkability.

06-13-2010 18:59:14 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of russpowell


3.88/5  rDev 0%

Pours an effervescent caramel with a finger of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready & fruity & peppery rye

T: Follows the nose with flowery & citrus hops, plus spicy rye, marmalade & grapefruit emerge as this warms, plus a touch of dryness, plus some pear & whisper of booze. Finishes crisp, dry with a nice fruityness

MF: Medium bodied, with minimal carbonation & great balance, might skew a tad fruitty

Drinks very easy, not the most in your face AIPA, i would even assert it skews English. I do like the effective use of rye

01-14-2010 05:31:05 | More by russpowell
Photo of cwd


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-24-2013 22:22:33 | More by cwd
Photo of bluejacket74


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark copper color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is low, but there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, along with some caramel malt and rye. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's all hops, caramel malt and rye. However, the flavors are a bit more balanced compared to the aroma. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy and coating, and also has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and very easy to drink! The 7.5% ABV isn't noticable at all. Overall I think this is a good brew, I'd definitely pick this up again the next time I stop at Party Town or BBC. And it's pretty inexpensive too, IIRC. Definitely worth a try.

02-15-2010 00:49:51 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of peabody


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours out a couldy copper color with onhe finger of big white bubbly suds. Lacing does occur here.
Smell is very citrusy and piney. Just what a hop-head loves. Can't detect the alcohol or much malt.
Taste is mellow sweet and bitter at the same time. Wow, this one is good. Finally Bluegrass Brewing has done something I like.
You get the sweet malt and the sugary caramel then along with that you have the dark black bitterness of the hops. Different from most IPA's and I think that is just fantastic.
Mouthfeel is just sticky enough to want another drink. The dark bitterness comes and goes here then leaves as quickly as it greets you.
I am gonna request a keg of this one to come to my local beermart!

12-03-2009 22:23:27 | More by peabody
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

clear reddish amber, the amount of red in the color actually was a bit suprising as it actually had a deep ruby almost hue to it. Lots and lots of carbonation were visible on the pour and continued for a good bit afterwards as well. The head that formed on the top was a monster of truly epic proportions.

Very fresh aroma coming off of this one and I mean very fresh, you could almost taste I with the smell it was soo much. Just tons and tons of sweet, sticky, floral hops. This was just great. really great fresh hop taste here. Now it wasn’t that overly bitter jaw breaking bitterness that some IPA’s bring. No not at all here, this was a much more subtle, and sweet and sticky nugget like hops that was like candy it was soo good. It was just a nice full flavor, nothing extreme, nothing mellowed, nothing watered down. A good back of grain was easily apparent way underneath and this is what was built upon with layer after layer of pine nugget like freshness. Really a quality brew here.

09-25-2011 22:22:44 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Bierguy5


4/5  rDev +3.1%

Growler from Party Town. Pours a clear, reddish copper color. Nice white fluffy head. Pretty good retention, and lace.

Caramel malt aroma. Some spicy and earthy notes, fitting for rye. Some citrus and pine hop notes softly in the background.

Solid caramel malt background. A nice layer of spicy rye, combined with some earthy bitterness. Some citrus notes fall softly in the background.

Medium body, a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol pretty well hidden. This is a pretty nice beer, especially for the price.

07-04-2010 21:07:23 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of freduardo


4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-07-2011 08:13:50 | More by freduardo
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -25.8%

Aromas of light sweet caramel maltiness with lesser notes of herbal and grassy hops; faint spiciness from the rye.
The taste begins with sweet honey and light caramel maltiness but quickly shifts to floral, grassy and herbal bitterness. The finish lingers for a long time unpleasantly and has this metallic characteristic; mouthfeel is light and watery with not enough carbonation. Overall this is one of the worst examples of beer brewed with rye I have had to date; I wonder if freshness is an issue. I wish every craft beer over $5 had a date on it so people wouldn't waste money on beer past its prime.

03-31-2011 22:24:26 | More by claspada
Photo of Cresant


3.13/5  rDev -19.3%

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. A slow boil created an upward cascade of tan head which left lots of sticky lace. The body was a murky tawny brown.

Smell was spicy with a pleasant sourness.

Taste was malt sweetness. The creeping bitterness lingered in the finish. Tobacco leaf flavors. This one leans toward the malts rather than the bitterness, which for me is unfortunate, I prefer the hops end of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel was slick and somewhat creamy. Medium to full body, really I think a lighter body would suit this style better. I would like to try this on tap.

12-20-2009 16:39:06 | More by Cresant
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.15/5  rDev +7%

Growler from Party Town.
Congrats guys, this is a very good beer!

Pours brown in color with some slight ruby highlights. Very nice off white, fluffy head forms on the pour.
Plenty of hops in the nose. Very citrusy and nice. Taste is more of the hops. There's a very well balanced rye malt balance that brings everything together.
This is an amazingly smooth and easy drinking beer. Absolutely no sign of the alcohol at all.
This is now available in 750ml bottles as well.

08-09-2009 17:30:38 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of mntlover


3.35/5  rDev -13.7%

Pours a hazy copper color with nice big frothy tan head that falls slow and laces well. Thanks go to merlin48 for this one.

Aroma is big caramel malts with some spicy rye notes.

Taste big chewy caramel malts to start then the rye kicks in some light tart notes mingled with some lemon/lime hops. Finish lingering rye and some light peppery alcoholic spice. No real alcohol notes per say just adds a little spice kick.

Mouthfeel is nice big medium with medium carbonation.

Overall seems like a decent beer might have just little to much age on it, rye aides in the feel and adds some tart spicy notes.

07-28-2011 02:20:42 | More by mntlover
Photo of 67couple

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-04-2013 20:46:32 | More by 67couple
Photo of mobyfann


4.15/5  rDev +7%

Paid $6.99 for a growler at Party Town in Florence, KY...

Pours an amber colored base with a medium sized head, great retention and minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma is a blast of fresh rye and hops.

Taste is smooth with little carbonation, has a nice sweet tooth to it, maybe caramel mixed with rye bread? Extremely not heavy and a delightful beer, very drinkable, end of story...

Final Thought: It's a really nice Rye-IPA hybrid that compares well with Founders Red's Rye P.A.; which is an amazing compliment.

03-21-2010 00:13:23 | More by mobyfann
Photo of VaTechHopHead

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

A - Unfiltered medium brown with an average, quick fading head. Lacing is there but nothing too extreme and no visible carbonation in this brew.

S - Lots of hops up front with a complimentary malt aroma. The spiciness of the rye is definitely there with slight yeast aromas in the background.

T - Again lots of hops at the beginning...earthy flavored and very bitter. Smooth creamy malt parts the bittering towards the middle but finishes bitter with a nice pine flavor.

M/D - Medium body with a very dry finish and hidden alcohol strength. Strongly carbonated and very easy to drink.

04-01-2010 23:31:13 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of TMoney2591


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

Served in a Finch's shaker pint glass at Local Option.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza shuffles its way down to the Local Option. Get some! This encounter there pours a mostly clear sunset copper topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises toffee, cashews, spicy rye, and a touch of grapefruit rind. The taste holds notes of caramel, very light cocoa, plenty of spicy rye, and then a nice combo zing of pine and grapefruit peel. Those last three elements duke it out in the finish for some time; the lingering isn't exactly the most pleasant experience out there, but it's not too offensive, either. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice rye IPA, one that harnesses the power of rye spice rather well. Good times.

09-03-2011 17:18:29 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of movingtrain


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

Picked up a growler of Rye 75 at Party Town.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber/copper color, with a strong head that clings to the sides of the glass as it goes down.

Smells of pine, citrus, rye, potent hops, caramel, cedar.

Tastes of grapefruit, apples, light cinnamon, bitter apples, and maybe some salty cracker/bread notes.

This is a phenomenal beer. I'm glad that the collaboration between the awesome guys at Party Town and BBC came together to make this beer. It is quite remarkable, incredibly drinkable, and one that stands out amongst the rest. I love that it's a rye beer, adding that extra bite. Nice job.

10-13-2009 23:31:20 | More by movingtrain
Photo of kels


4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

Picked up a growler of this at Party Town (for $7.99 no less!) on a recommendation from beerman207. I definitely wasn't disappointed. This review is on a pour from my growler into my pint.

Appearance: Pours a lovely deep copper color with a 1 1/2 finger white bubbly head that fades almost immediately to a thick, well-retained skim. Beer isn't clear, but not exactly cloudy, with no visible carbonation running through it.

Smell: Smell is very mild with subtle hints of citrus hops and toasted rye. Not too bold, requiring some extended effort to detect.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Feel is surprisingly filling and creamy thanks to light carbonation. Taste is very full of toasted rye, strong grassy and piney hops and a bit of peppery spiciness that becomes more pronounced in the aftertaste. Alcohol is well-masked, and the beer finishes with a slightly sticky aftertaste.

Drinkability: Definitely high. It is well-balanced but packs a little bit of a bite with that peppery-ness in the aftertaste. The smoothness of the mouthfeel helps it all go down really easy. It doesn't hurt that it's such a bargain, too.

05-02-2009 20:25:28 | More by kels
Photo of Tone


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, hint of floral hops, rye, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, slight rye, and slight wet hop flavor. Overall, good aroma and body.

05-04-2011 19:43:55 | More by Tone
Photo of HopChef44


3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

11-17-2013 03:43:26 | More by HopChef44
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Rye 75 from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
87 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.