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

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37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 49
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 13.88%
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:
Beer added by: beerman207 on 04-26-2009

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
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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 49
Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, dark amber body with a thinnish, white head.

Smell: A nose smelling richly of bready, caramel-scented malts with some light buttery notes and hop scents imparting suggestions of citrus fruits and dew-damp leaves. Nice spicy rye character, too.

Taste: Starts with a markedly sweet taste of caramel and joins a touch of buttered toast to eventually give you a rich butterscotch flavor. Zesty, spicy malted rye component throughout. The hops are chiefly citrusy, though they do yield some additional leafy, floral tones. Moderate bitterness. Drying, bittersweet finish with some slight alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I like it, it's a tasty, well put together rye-based brew. I recall a time you'd be hard-pressed to find a rye beer. Isn't it nice that's hardly the case anymore?

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of claspada
2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.15/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of peabody
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler sample shared by shigadeyo.

Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy resin hop and small earthy malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration.

This is a very good beer.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this at Party Town in Florence, KY - for $5.99, you can't beat that, plus, it's pretty tasty to boot. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep coppery color with some nice amber/red highlihgts; comes with a short 1 finger head that is off-white and fades quickly to a thin and uneven skim on the surface; body looks a little viscous on the pour and is a little cloudy; moderate carbonation is present; leaves a nice webbing of lacing throughout the glass as it goes down.

Smell: Nice strong presence of hops and toasty/bready grains, particularly the rye -- kind of makes me want a reuben...; there is also a sweet malty backing in the nose as well...

Taste: Much like the nose the strong bitter hops are very present - I'm not getting much of a fruity or piney assignment with it because the the toasty grains blend very nicely with it and the rye is a formidable flavor; the sweet malty backing offers a pleasing balance to the drink as a whole; there is a slight presence of alcohol in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Nice and sticky throughout the palate and extra graiy/bitter flavors are left sticking around quite nicely; body is a little viscous as mentioned in the appearance and it's definitely tangible - not a watered down beer here; belly is left a little warm from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Quite nice - a fine tasting beer that is more than quaffable -- the price point is definitely a factor too... I would actually probably buy this over Red's Rye P.A., and not just because of the cost, but because it's a very well balanced beer and tastes great.

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Photo of pwoods
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 :)

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Photo of kirok1999
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruddy copper with a nice amount of lace and a decent head.
Smells dark and rich. Lots of hops and a nice backbone of malt. The rye really comes through in the smell. No question there is rye in this.
Taste is in your face rye. There is no playing around, trying to find the rye notes. Lots of bittering hops make their presence known but leave a pretty clean finish. Just hints of citrus pine.
Feels rich and dense and slick on the tongue.
Very easy to drink. A very quenching brew. Looking forward to the Mt. Hood dry hopped as we missed the Kent Goldings version.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brew house in a nonic pint glass. Creamy, off-white two-finger head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing. Ruby red body that is mostly clear.

Strong piney hop aroma that hits you hard out of the gate. A slight note of citrus and light caramel malt.

The flavor follows the aroma closely and has a solid pine resin hop flavor. A light note of spiciness from the rye is present and blends with the background citrus hop flavors. Not too sweet as a minor amount of the malt takes a back seat to the hops and rye.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel. Enjoyable for sure; I'd have it again.

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Photo of billshmeinke
1.87/5  rDev -51.9%
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).

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Party Town for $5.99!!! Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice amber color. Produced two fingers width of white head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Just phenomenal! Lots of floral, citrus notes going on here. A little bit of rye is detectable, but the hops run the show here.

T- A lot different than the aroma. The rye dominates the taste, while the hops take more of a back seat. Still a nice combination of light floral, citrus, piney hops, which provide a great backdrop for this beer. If the rye was toned down just a little bit, this would definitely be a 4.5.

M- Medium bodied. Clean and crisp. Well carbonated.

D- This growler went by very fast between two of us. Just a great drinking beer.

Overall, to tell you the truth, I'm really not a big fan of BBC's beers. Most have been disappointing. However, this is definitely a solid beer and a very good collaboration beer. The guys at Party Town did good with this one.

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Photo of mwa423
4.82/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured from my growler (current pint is even 3 days old) with about two fingers of white head. Dark brown with hints of red color. Not very clear, but a nice lacing

S - Plenty of citrusy hops, not much else but its an IPA!

T - Lots of hoppyness, a very smooth rye flavor that really mixes the best of a rye beer and an IPA. Fantastic flavor, especially with a $5.99 growler!

M - Smoth, goes down great. I could drink an entire growler, even at %7.5!

This is one of those crazy diamonds in the rough. I was expecting something ok, but this is fantastic. I'm taking 3 growlers down tomorrow to stock back up!

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Photo of kels
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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