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Rye Of The Tiger IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Rye Of The Tiger IPARye Of The Tiger IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,250 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 67
Gots: 105 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cabsandking on 12-07-2006)
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.36/5  rDev +9%

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.

04-28-2013 00:08:23 | More by Clydesdale
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oberon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

05-20-2013 21:10:27 | More by oberon
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

05-12-2013 03:22:35 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

06-10-2013 23:56:30 | More by tectactoe
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sabitu

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

08-03-2014 17:11:50 | More by sabitu
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markmo

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

05-23-2014 04:09:02 | More by markmo
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%

03-02-2014 04:24:43 | More by DaftPatrick
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csmartin6

New York

4/5  rDev 0%

06-08-2013 01:36:25 | More by csmartin6
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

04-20-2013 17:25:35 | More by DWolf
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chip26

Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%

07-10-2014 03:11:23 | More by chip26
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ValpoExpo

Ohio

3.31/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

06-13-2013 21:21:34 | More by ValpoExpo
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

05-24-2013 01:42:53 | More by megamass
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

05-09-2013 01:33:29 | More by Jason
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AlaynaJo


3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

06-17-2014 15:05:44 | More by AlaynaJo
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%

05-31-2013 03:24:00 | More by Guinnsslvr
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

06-27-2014 00:27:29 | More by reitzbrewing
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

09-21-2012 18:13:42 | More by bsp77
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westcott

California

4/5  rDev 0%

09-24-2013 03:05:39 | More by westcott
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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25%

07-10-2014 22:04:50 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-10-2013 21:15:05 | More by xdefeatsy
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ryhn0

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

08-09-2014 02:54:21 | More by ryhn0
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev 0%

04-07-2013 18:27:11 | More by bpfrush
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juicebox

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

03-11-2013 01:10:20 | More by juicebox
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

04-18-2013 06:15:56 | More by MattyG85
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

06-04-2013 23:12:31 | More by Mantooth
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Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.