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California Sunshine Rye IPA - Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

California Sunshine Rye IPACalifornia Sunshine Rye IPA

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78
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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.67%


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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litheum94

California

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, golden body, like it's namesake. Thick, yellow tinged head fills the glass and slowly falls, leaving a patchy cover. Not much lacing.

Biscuit malts with some caramel. Spicy rye and cereal grains. Some floral hops. Lemon grass. The rye really dominates the nose.

Toasted biscuit malts, with a burnt caramel sweetness. Great rye profile, grainy, spicy and creamy. Dry, grassy hops, with some fruit sweetness. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

You could claim that this is more of a pale ale than an IPA, but I don't care, because the rye flavors are fantastic, and really make this beer for me. I'm a sucker for rye, so this was right up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 04:12:47 | More by litheum94
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dannydetox

California

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a dark amber/light brown from the 22 oz bottle into my pint glass. there was an opacity to the beer which i was not expecting. big head that left sticky lacing across the sides of the glass. smell is quite bready, with sweet grain qualities leading the charge, and only hints of piney hops. doesn't remind me of west coast ipas in taste, though it isn't unpleasant the drink. more of an east coast/english style i think; the alleged 85 ibus are hidden behind the initial malt body, but there is some drying bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 06:31:34 | More by dannydetox
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 07:40:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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Seanibus

California

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Earthy and strong, with a rich rye backbone and toasty malt and a pleasant hop bitterness on the finish, like a bitter orange rind. The color is clear amber with a strong tan head. The aroma is rather weak, cardboardy and thin, but otherwise a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 02:17:50 | More by Seanibus
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AgentMunky

California

4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. New bottles hit the store yesterday, but I bought this the day before, so probably last year's vintage.

A: Just cloudy enough to perhaps be unfiltered, but still a mostly clear amber. An attractive beer, with about a finger of not-quite-white head. Great lacing.

S: It smells nice, with rollicking, familiar hops leading the way. Centennial perhaps? So it seems. A heavy fruitiness is mostly graprefruit, but also something a bit more tropical.

T: It's not going to win Best in Show, but this is a mighty fine IPA. Drinkable, complex, and layered. A bit heavy at times, which I like, with a firm malt foundation from which to build. The topnotes are rich fruit, and the main flavour is bitter resin and biscuity malt. Rye isn't obvious, but the aftertaste is indicatively drying. The carbonation is spot-on and helps the flavours shine.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this beer. I really like IPAs, which might be skewing my judgment, but I would drink several of these in a row, and will definitely be buying again. Recommended, if not highly.

Notes: "We were not trying to be revolutionary in 2002; we just wanted to brew an interesting beer style using extra ingredients we had on hand. The resulting contribution to craft beer's renaissance was this paradigm shifting style of a rye-centric India Pale Ale. At 85 IBUs, California Sunshine Rye IPA is exceptionally well balanced with assertive hop bitterness, a toasty and bready malt mouth-feel, and a grassy, dry finish. Enjoy our uniquely original re-imagining of a traditional unfiltered English style IPA while pondering being the craft beer polymath you surely are. "
ABV: 7.1%
IBU: 85
Hops: Centennial, Nugget, Northern Brewer
Malts: North American 2-Row, Rye Malt, Biscuit Malt, Caramel Malt

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 06:05:32 | More by AgentMunky
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nickd717

California

3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Alice's Restaurant in Woodside.

Pours a clear reddish-amber color with a small whitish head and some lacing.

Aroma is not too pronounced, with bready malt, caramel, rye, and somewhat restrained citrusy hops.

Flavor is bready malt, caramel, and rye. The description calls this beer a pale ale, but there's IPA in the name, which begs the question: where are the hops? This really is not bad, but it's not an IPA. I'd call it a rye pale ale, and it's a bit like a homebrew, fairly rough around the edges.

Medium-light body with average carbonation.

Drinkable at least, but pretty average overall. As the top rater of Devil's Canyon and therefore the world's supreme authority on their beers, I continue to describe them as "meh."

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 17:29:01 | More by nickd717
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California Sunshine Rye IPA from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
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