Rye Of The Tiger IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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89
very good

1,525 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 1,525
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 76
Gots: 233 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: cabsandking on 12-07-2006

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,525 | Reviews: 271
Reviews by Clydesdale:
Photo of Clydesdale
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a moderately hazy orange color. The off-white head is tall and moderately dense, with a frothy, foamy texture. Retention is very nice, and a nice splattering of lace sticks to the glass.

S: Some light caramel malt aroma, along with some rye spiciness/graininess. Hop notes feature bright citrus (orange, grapefruit) and floral character. Some lightly fruity notes are also detectable.

T: Faint caramel sweetness and malty, lightly spicy rye breadiness up front. Hop bitterness is very sharp up front, with a lasting bite. Citric hop flavors are prominent, tending toward grapefruit more than orange. Floral flavors are much more noticeable than the nose hinted. A little fruity character lurks in the background.

M: Somewhat full-bodied, with moderate carbonation. The big hop bill lends a lot to the mouthfeel here: initial oiliness quickly turns into a building, robust dryness.

D: A winner from Great Lakes. The citric and floral hops pair well with the rye character. This one drinks like a spicier, maltier Commodore Perry. I'm a fan of the hop-forward seasonal offerings coming from Ohio City lately.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours amber gold with a slight chill haze under a clingy 3” cream colored foam collar.
S: Exudes spicy rye and hop aromas.
T: Spicy rye flavors with some melon backed by big but not harsh bitterness. A hop driven beer with a good balance between the fruit and the bitter.
F: Very creamy with a big rye texture, medium body to just a shade above, medium carbonation sits very soft in the mouth.
O: Very refreshing, well balanced IPA with nicely developed rye flavors.

Photo of SFNC
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rye IPA. Smells of cirtus and herbs, not to mention a little cat pee. Taste is fruity, followed by bitter. The rye is spicy and bridges the cirtus and the bitterness nicely. The first couple sips are intense, but you aclimate quickly. Carbonation is just right. Great Lakes is a very consistant brewery, and this beer does not dispel that notion.

Photo of BYOBxMadman7X
4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Creamy, rich, hoppy, and exploding with flavor. Very good!

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I rate on my likes and this pours a beautiful perfect head that settles to nice thin layer and leaves very attractive lacing. The golden hue has a blend of orange, red and gold with a bit of haze. Smell is straight forward rye grassy and fresh. Taste meets my expectation for rye flavors which I love. The hop forward flavor doesn't bite to deep in the mouth which I like. Hoppy but not too lingering and dry. Nicely carbonated, if any more it would be too much. Goes down easy, refreshing for a warm spring night. Overall the price is right and this could be a nice session beer.

Photo of Ri0
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy orange body with 1.5 finger white head. Fades quickly and leaves thin spots of lacing on glass.

S - A soft rye scent with a sweet citrusy aroma. Orange, grapefruit, and pine hops with a caramel malt.

T - The rye flavor is rather soft and pleasant, but still has a spice to it. Hops are citrusy, orange, grapefruit, along with pine. Malts are sweet caramel. Finish is bitter.

M - Soft carbonation and medium feel. Dry and spicy.

O - Finally got around to trying this and really enjoyed it. If you like rye IPAs I recommend this beer.

Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delightful, full bodied rye beer with some "crunch". Reminiscent of Yards rye, also a personal favorite. 6/5/15 Finn McCools Ale house, Philly, beer week.

Photo of mchegash
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
Very clear medium-dark orange color, with several fingers of very light beige head. Visible rising carbonation is less than average.

Smell - 4/5
A very floral hop aroma, with hints of pine and some spiciness as well. Some interesting fruitiness as well. Maybe bananas and peaches?

Taste - 4/5
Definitely get a lot more of the banana-peach fruitiness in the taste, as it is the first thing that immediately stands out to me. Some light spiciness, as well as some candy-sugar sweetness. The hops are much more subtle in the taste and seem to become most prominent near the end of the sip. The hops are floral and a little spicy. Overall I like the taste a lot. The fruitiness is interestin as are the hop flavors. Apparently according to the body, the rye malt is what adds the spiciness to the brew.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied. Quite smooth. A medium amount of medium-light carbonation. Overall a nice feel.

Overall - 4/5
A good IPA with some unique characteristics. Worth checking out.

Photo of leantom
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Although I typically don't like rye beers, this one was decent. Here goes:

A: Pours a very dark but clear orange. Lots of carbonation rising from the depths. Head and lacing could be better, though.

S: Very, very pungent grapefruit and piney hops mixed with bitter rye malt. Good olfactory profile, but very pungent.

T: Good. Follows the nose. Malt and hops are quite balanced against each other. Sweet honey and pine followed by rye malt ending with grapefruit bitterness at the back of the palate.

F: Well carbonated and sufficiently thick. Great.

O: This beer is good. Smell was a little off-putting, but the flavors are integrated very well.

Photo of dmgeng
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hadn't seen this one before but I have always enjoyed RyPAs.

A - Very nice amber color. Slight haze beer with a small, fine white head and light lacing.

S - Hop forward aroma with citrus, some floral, and some herbal characteristics. Smells like a typical American IPA with some more herbal characteristics from the rye.

T - Initially the sweet malt and American hops go together. Followed by some of the more herbal and grainy tones. In the middle the rye hits with some slight spice and a nice flavor that isn't typical for an IPA. The finish has more of a resinous hop character with some mild bitterness both from the hops and the rye. The ale yeast also provides a slight fruitiness and helps the hops give this full flavored beer a more well rounded profile.

M - Medium mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. It finishes with quite well but does have some flavors that linger as rye tends to do which makes it slightly less drinkable than some IPAs on the market.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this beer. There aren't too many RyPAs on the market and this one takes a typical American IPA and puts a little spin on it giving it just enough nuance to keep it interesting. This isn't going to be my new go to IPA but if you haven't tried a rye IPA or are a fan of the style this is a good one to get since it is more mild and conventional than some of the style I've had before.

Glass- Perfect Pint

Photo of car2052
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.
A: Slightly hazy medium orange/amber with a 1 in. off-white head.
S: Grainy, with hoppy aromas of lemongrass, citric oils and onion. Slight simcoe-like ammonia smell.
T: I get a lot of pineyness and tart citrus from the hops. Nice bitterness. Decent malts, with a hint of spicyness from the rye. It tastes a little perfumy for me, but it's not bad.
M: Medium.
O: Good. It's nice for Great Lakes to do something out of the ordinary.

Photo of J-Rye
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another good one from Great Lakes!
Look: Pale gold, 1-2 inches of head, nice lacing
Smell: peppery grapefruit, mango, hops, grains
Taste: peppery grapefruit, mango, hibiscus nectar, hops, nice sharp rye finish
Feel: incredibly smooth, nice body, sharp carbonation.

I think I'll have another 6-pack.

Photo of thehooksman
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful pour in which lots of suds take a moment to rise and form a finger and a half of frothy off-white head over a hazy orange brew. The head had some retention and there was a mild amount of lacing.

Aroma: Rye bread and tropical fruit

Flavor: Very much what you smell; rye malt and fruit. It's very much an IPA but the hops are not overpowering. It kinda reminds me of a double with the sweet malt character before the bitter hops kick in. The rye malts can be tasted throughout.

Feel: light bodied, not overly carbonated, starts smooth and sweet and finishes crisp, minimal lingering bitterness.

The first few swallows were extremely refreshing. I've tried a lot of good IPAs and I'd rank this among them.

Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gr4eat to see this beer down here in NC.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear medium golden with a nicely formed half finger white head that clung to the glass it settled.Aromas are on the lighter side with grapefruit rind and mild rye sharpness detected.Flavors of leafy hops with a tinge of grapfruit rind although not in your face,the rye gives off some sharpness,there is a firm biscuit maltiness that plays a role as well.A solid beer to be expected from GLB but not great.

Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Mike for tossing me a bottle. This one pours a highly cloudy shade that perches somewhere between amber and orange. The head is slow to form, but emerges to a size of at least three fingers before it slowly begins its descent to a ring. Lacing rings are splattered nicely at different intervals down the glass.

Once you dip your nose in the glass and smell Rye of the Tiger, there's no denying that this baby is loaded up with rye. A very spicy, dry aroma elevates from the brew and entwines with the also-spicy hop characteristics; leafy, herbal, and ashy to the core. Some bitter, white-pepper covered grapefruit peels hang in the periphery... This beers smells like it's either going to be highly spicy, highly bitter, or perhaps both.

Well, the first sip tells me that it's going to be both, but not quite in the capacity that the nose was leading me to believe... Turns out that may actually be a good thing. Spicy, highly herbal and peppery hops bonk the palate quickly and provide a nice little bitter jolt up front; the bitterness lasts softly for the duration of the sip and well into the aftertaste. It's not a high or abrasive amount of bitterness; it's actually quite nice in this amount.

The rye doesn't take long to kick in, and it meshes abruptly with the spicy characteristics of the hops to really create a cut and dry experience. It's definitely dry and spicy, so get ready for some serious tongue-scraping action. Citrus is a bit more buried, but you can still find some bitter grapefruit pith if you dig far enough into the flavor. Malt provides a slight, finishing bready sweetness for balance, but not much else. The mouth feel is just shy of sticky; it's actually almost creamy, too, with decent carbonation and a dry, warming finish.

Decent brew, although I'm not terribly fond of heavy-handed rye beers to begin with, so this is possibly a somewhat biased viewpoint. Still drinkable, although the dryness and spice from the hops and rye might begin to wear your palate down after a bottle. Something I wouldn't mind having again, but wouldn't actively seek it out myself. I enjoy things like Ruthless Rye or Reds Rye PA more than this.

Photo of ValpoExpo
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer always kicks my butt. One of the hoppiest beers to come out of GLBC. The 7.5% ABV is deceiving (I think its more than that because it always takes me close to a half hour just to finish one). I still prefer Lake Erie Monster and Alchemy Hour over Rye of the Tiger.

Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Hazed peachy amber, two fingers of head holds strong. Aromas of mint, hemp seed, grapefruit rind, pine sap, fresh grass, toasted grain, mild spice, yeast and some tropical fruity esters. Big on smoothness, subtle crispness, medium bodied. Warming alcohol, spicy, biscuity, semi-agressive hop bitterness, nutty yeast, pithy, cactus fruit, bready undertone. Bitter semi-dry finish.

Pretty complex, a whole lot for the palate to take on but I certainly can handle it. Very much an IPA and the rye element works.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Complex with honey and rye being the dominant flavors. Very bitter. I like the way the rye is showcased, but have several others in the American IPA category that I would turn to first.

Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, light orange with a thin white cap.

Smell: First notice that it smells like a Great Lakes beer, with caramel and cherry. There is also some grapefruit and lemon notes.

Taste: Tastes fairly different than the aroma, with more of a toasted, bready backbone (not caramel and cherry). Very hoppy with grapefruit, orange and lemon. The finish is bitter, but the rye also comes out strongly, with a spicy earthiness.

Feel: Fairly full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall: Great Rye IPA that I wish was bottled.

Update: yay, it is being bottled in 2013!

Update #2: And after tasting the bottle, I am getting more tropical notes than I remember on-tap. Equally outstanding.

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottle says enjoy by 06/19/2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A spicy and citrus smelling hop driven aroma that is pretty grassy. Hoppy upfront with hints of earthy pine resin, floral and herbal hints, and grass. Citrus fruit hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, and lemon zest. Big hints of rye spicing adding a pepper like scent. Bready malts with hints of biscuit, grains, caramel, and yeast. A very hop and spice driven aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a hop forward IPA taste with lots of spice and earthy notes. Earthy hops upfront with notes of spicy pine resin and grass. Herbal and floral notes. Citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and pineapple. Big rye spice presence that complements the pine spice with some pepper notes. Bready toasted malts with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, and yeast. A very good spicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and fairly oily. Very drying.

Overall: A very good rye IPA. Big bitter and spicy rye and hop flavor. Nice malt background.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger

Prowlin'

Poured into pint glass

A: Golden amber in color. Interesting looking brew. Has that "glow" that good ipa's have. Nice lacing as well.

S: Slightly boozy but not unpleasant. Lemon, herbs, grass and spices.

T: Rye up front. Hop bitterness in the end. Citrus & floral flavors bring it all together very nicely along with spices and what I think is a touch of honey.

M: Starts off rather juicy but finishes dry. Medium feel. Somewhat sticky and resinous.

O: Another awesome brew from Great Lakes. Probably my favorite rye ipa along side Hop Ryot. As it warmed it began to remind me of Hopslam and Hop Ranch . . . probably because of the touch of honey.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into becker pint glass; can't wait to try it, I'm loving rye beers. Pours a clear golden/yellow orange with a thick fluffy white head that doesn't go anywhere and leaves a ton of beautiful intricate lacing. Smells of juicy fruits, citrus and mango with some piney hops behind it and just a hint of rye behind that. Taste is just about the same, although a bit subdued compared to the nose. Clean, smooth malts beneath big juicy hops; the rye sneaks in for a kick towards the end, and is joined by bittering hops over the clean finish. Mouthfeel is a little fuller than you'd expect, probably from the extra grain (rye) in the malt bill. I'd almost like a little more from the rye in this one, but it is a rye IPA, not a full rye beer, so it seems spot on.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Broke out a bottle of this before the SDSU/Nevada game. It was Shipley's last home win for the Wolfpack.

Pours a light mild orange and darker yellow. Looks nice, Great Lakes have never had a hard time making a professional looking beer. Aroma was mild on the rye, Simcoe hops were in good use, but not overly heavy handed about it. Fruit leaning aromas from the hops, grapefruit & tangelo.

Taste and body of the beer was lighter on the feet than expected with the rye, the rye is not heavy or plentiful apparently. But that is not to say the beer is compromised in any way, it just means its actually a little easier to drink than I may have expected, smoother flowing, higher carbonation to the mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol quite well. If you were expecting a rye heavy beer, you are probably disappointed.

I liked it. I don't think west coast ipa's are great lakes strength, but they showed they can make a good one here.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Please approve this new spring/summer release beer label it's coming out in 12 packs, the long awaited Rye of the Tiger IPA finally hits shelves and for some reason I wasn't even looking for it when I rounded the corner at the grocery store and boom there it was one of my white whales from Great Lakes. Copper amber bodied beer with a slight off white head forming thick and creamy just like most of the beer guys in the tasting groups. Aroma has rye spiciness with big rounded caramel malts and citrus hops rounding out the group. A big air of hop bitterness arises to the forefront of my nares wanting nothing but righteous hops and barley to complement and coincide with each other the way this beer does. The nose smells of citrus and beer paraphernalia, great tasting rye IPA. Goes down so smooth it's dangerous so dangerous, I'm a lover not a fighter, but the Rye of the Tiger brings out the Survivor boxer in me that I didn't know existed. Greetings IPA fans this is a hopheads type of beer especially on draft less bitter waves of citrus peels with a tad more malt and rye spiciness.

Photo of Brenden
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ye Olde Cock n' Bull in Toledo, new as of this review.

This rye, one I've wanted to try for a long time, is a chilled but otherwise clear amber-orange. The off-white head is smallish but thick and creamy, not forming a big head off the tap but leaving a thick trail of lacing in rings and sheeting down the glass.
The aroma on this one is a beauty. It's as hoppy as one can hope for while maintaining a good balance, with just a hint of sweetness from malts in a big floral and citrus bouquet. It's not heavy on the rye, but enough to add a touch of earthiness and a light spicy note as well. Fragrant and potent, it hits me hard and I like it.
The taste is likewise strong but verges into pinier and pithier territory. The rye works well, both in how it integrates and in how the flavor works overall.
The body is medium, with plenty of depth. It's got heft, but not too much, and carbonation is at an even level while remaining constant. The feel offers a thick, creamy smoothness without venturing from the crisp bite that isn't too hard, just playful (tiger joke?). That said, the mouthfeel is fantastic.

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Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,525 ratings.