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California Sunshine Rye IPA - Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

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California Sunshine Rye IPACalifornia Sunshine Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
77
okay

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devil's Canyon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Red Devil Rye IPA

(Beer added by: nickd717 on 03-08-2010)
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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.2/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured out looking like a normal ipa, amber and copper colored, a bit more of foam/head coming out of the bottle, didn't think anything of it because it poured ok. And then, it hit me, whoa, this aroma is downright disgusting. . . infection, highly likely. Smell of infected garbage. Forget hops, malt, pine, grapefruit, just go stick your head in the neighbor's garbage with their kid's spoiled shitty diapers in it.

Taste, ugh, off unintentional sour musty and soggy aspects to the taste. Tried to drink it all, we just couldn't, had to add it to the grill on the corn n brats we were having while watching the 1000th episode of Raw last night (Doink & Slick in the first hour = awesome).

Would I try it again, sure, since it was only $4 a bottle, but damn, this was a disappointing bottle, but it had had had to be infected.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -40.1%

jophish17, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

TheBigBoy, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of crowsoup
2.3/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'll admit to my disappointment here. I took a chance and had high hopes, however this barely ekes out a 2.5 out of 5. I love the canning movement for quality beers, I really do, but this time the can bleeds into the beer itself. Which can be an addition, a relaxing revelation of normalcy, when you're drinking a Budweiser tallboy on a hot summer day, on the front porch of the 5 bedroom flat you share with 5 other broke-ass kids in some nameless, shapeless city, but when you're dropping $12 on a 4 pack and sharing a small apartment with your wife and kid, well, let's just say that the metallic bite bites. On the plus side, this beer contains alcohol, which is really the point. I wont even get into it past that as it's just not worth our time.

crowsoup, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of musicman575
2.4/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16-oz can poured into a pint glass

A: Dirty amber, darker than most IPAs, not the most vibrant brown. One finger of soft foam that subsided, but the bit that's left sticks nicely.

S: At 85 IBUs, I was expecting a burst of aromatic hops, but that didn't happen. Diacetyl up front and stale hops. Bit of graininess.

T: The rye comes through pretty well, especially in the aftertaste, like rye crackers. The bitterness isn't immediately strong, but it builds up and lingers.

M: There's an okay amount of carbonation for the medium-light body. Finishes okay, but kinda thin and pretty astringent.

musicman575, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Samaurer23
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Samaurer23, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of terence
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

terence, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of flexabull
2.54/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light and hazy gold color with a small white head.

Aromas are odd, light funk (infection?) that isn't overpowering, but it's there. Some light citrus and floral hoppiness, but it's hard to find.

Taste doesn't show the possible infection as much as the nose did. Lightly sweet, slight butter flavors, with a crisp and faintly bitter hop finish. All in all, the taste of this beer is really light with not much going on. Doesn't taste bad, but doesn't taste like much of anything.

Mouthfeel is light, but too light, definitely feels watered down.

While this beer wasn't a complete train wreck (I finished my half of the bottle), it certainly wasn't very good either. Boring, with not much flavor at all.

flexabull, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought on a whim as I'm unfamiliar withe the brewery and this was a first sighting, so let's give it a go. I pour a bomber into a large wine glass, showing a light to moderate amber in color. A half inch of foam offers decent retention and stickiness but this pour is a bit dark.

Nose is of light caramel roast with a minimal hop presence. Toasted bread comes to mind. Some hop notes do emerge with warming, dank and deep.

Offers a creamy carbonation and decent flavor though a bit thick and viscous for the style. A decent hit of caramel malt is noteable and a bit chalky at times. I should have known that Belmont was in the Caramel Zone as for NoCal IPA's, Pleasant yet a bit too Red/Amber/Caramel for an IPA from a SoCal perspective. When will I learn.

Overall average and limited by an excessive Caramel influence. If the first thing I smell when I pour an IPA is malts then is it really an IPA?

HalfFull, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Ouch! What the hell is this stuff? Tangy and somewhat sweet with some unusual bitter tones mixed in as well. An IPA? I thinks not. A mess of a brew? Unfortunately, yes. Nowhere near where it should be for the style, though thankfully it is still drinkable.

RblWthACoz, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

GRG1313, May 23, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

justinbrown, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Paccamacca
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Paccamacca, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of InfernoBoss
3/5  rDev -10.2%

InfernoBoss, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Bromine
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Bromine, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -10.2%

bostonryan, Oct 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

StoicBeast, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -10.2%

jenray, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Zetcha7x
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Zetcha7x, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -10.2%

t0rin0, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -10.2%

GraduatedCashew, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos.

Pours a golden hue, with a touch of burnished orange through the centre. Head is filmy, but fine, and forms some flimsy lace in nice patterns. Good weight to the body, and a pleasant fine bead. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is slightly nutty and a little organic. Some vegetative, slightly herbal notes come through, but they're the only suggestion of the hops—really, it smells a little bit like an English brown. The malt is certainly stronger than I expected.

Taste is a little empty, with not a lot of hop flavour. Instead, the malt is strong throughout, and the hops only bring a little bitterness on the finish. Even this is coupled with the nutty darker malt characters, (perhaps the rye, although it doesn't have the spiciness I expect from rye), leaving the beer feeling a little off style and not particularly exciting. Feel is a bit thin.

Overall, pretty average. Even if it were stylistically correct, there's something a little unbalanced and unappealing about it. Not a fan—for once, the rye really does an IPA some damage. But maybe it's just not a good beer to begin with.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Attractive orange amber, the usual IPA color. Nice whte cap. Reasonable carbonated and the mouthfeel is sort of slick as well as light.

One oddity is that this has the strongest biscuit taste I think I've ever encountered in a beer. I like that feature, anyway, which adds more flavor to the stew. Normally that would be a malt flavor. The hops are plenty intense. More bitterness from the rye, along with some perfume. After some initial pleasantries it gets to be just too bitter. Nice for a few sips, but undrinkable.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Best Damn in San Diego. First I have ever seen of this brewery.

mactrail, Jul 27, 2012
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California Sunshine Rye IPA from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.