California Sunshine Rye IPA - Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 92
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Devil's Canyon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nickd717 on 03-08-2010

Formerly Red Devil Rye IPA
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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 92
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.06/5  rDev -10%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of dannydetox
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.71/5  rDev -20.3%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
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 (1,813 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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." (752 characters)

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California Sunshine Rye IPA from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.