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

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87
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 4
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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Photo of billshmeinke
1.85/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a standard pint.

Pours an amber golden body. Half finger off white head. Decent lacing and retention.

Tons of sweet malts fragrance, basically smells like watered down honey.

Taste is toasted caramel malts and honey, then faint grassy hops and lots of vegetative bitterness. This tastes like a watery barleywine with minimal hop presence.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, watery. Maybe the worst part of this beer.

Drain pour. This was just not a good beer. I don't know what the boys of Bluegrass Brewing think an IPA should taste like, but this is not what I think an IPA should taste like (or any beer for that matter).

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of claspada
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Cresant
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of seabass87
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 25.4 oz bottle into glass.

A- Pours a dark copper with a creamy beige head that dies quickly. Leaves a nice amount of healthy lacing.

S- Sweet aroma of citrus hops combined with some boozy white grapes. A bit of nuts.

T- Relatively sweet and malty and first, followed by a bite of piney hops. Strong, piney aftertaste. Pretty simple, but effective taste that was enjoyable but needs to be smoother.

M- There's basically no carbonation here, something that I feel would have easied the taste transition a bit more gracefully. Medium-light body for an IPA, but is sticky in the mouth. I did not like the feel of this beer.

O- This was decent. You get a good price-to-taste ratio. It is a shame though, because I feel like they really could have just tweaked the mouthfeel and the harshness of the punch in the taste, as the culmination of flavors would have been great.

Photo of HopChef44
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of mntlover
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of 67couple
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lilnicky068
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reddish, copper pour, bright. Fluffly white head retained nicely.
Hints of citrus can be detected through a dense pine and grassiness in the aroma. Slight sweet malt comes through.
Ingredients in this beer seem to fight for flavor dominance. the rye adds an herbal tone to the bite, while the hops meander around citrus and pine. More pine, but perhaps that's the rye that throws in its influence. I would like to see more bite. Nice drinking, alcohol does come in on the end to add another round of kick.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big slam bottle conditioned brew split into two pint glasses and shared with a friend who brought this back to Chicago from Kentucky.

Low marks on appearance because the head is insufficient, almost nonexistent. Decent color though, a fairly bright orange with some density.

Aroma has that rye character and some hoppiness. I do like rye beers a lot, so this one gets decent marks there for the rye-ness. Not quite as much hop-nose as one would like though.

Taste follows the nose, not adding too much, but with a desirable rye flavor and some bitterness from the hops. It's decent and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is fine despite the low carbonation. Overall, even though they didn't 'nail it', this brew is a decent effort and I wouldn't mind drinking it again sometime.

Photo of cwd
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Mark000
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something about the marriage of rye and hops that makes IPA's great.

This lightly carbonated hop bomb pours with a deep copper and just slight of brilliancy. A low-lying head remains creamy and persistent throughout while leaving a lot of lacing behind. A good Enligsh looking cask ale to the eye- handsome and gentlemanly.

The nose is of very rich malts of sun-kissed grains, caramels and sweetbreads. American citrus hops dominate the rim with a spicy, pungent, and earthy rye element. In the end, I get a metalic note that could come from the grains or hops; regardless seems distracting.

The flavor has the aggressive hop bitterness, flavor and bite, compounded and yet balanced by the spicy earthy rye. Malts take hold with solid but non-descript fruitiness, toffee, and maple.

The body of the beer is creamy and probably a bit heavier than it really is because of light carbonation. Still, the beer leaves a bit more residual sweetness on the tongue despite its dry, graham cracker-like finish.

Bluegrass Brewing has always done well with the hoppy stuff. This is another great display of their mastery. Good job!

Photo of Bierlerner
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice deep and hazy copper with a murky orange hue. A nice two-finger, frothy, creamy, off-white head.

S- kinda light on the aroma. Rye is present along with citrus and floral hops.

T- Rye, sticky, sweet, and floral. Nuggety. Citrusy. Deep and rich. Hint of ginger.

M- great medium body with medium carbonation. Rich and creamy.

O- highly enjoyable. Great body and rich sweet hops. I'm lovin it.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Rye 75 from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
87 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.