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

258 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 258
Hads: 1,546
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 76
Gots: 242 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cabsandking on 12-07-2006

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 258 | Hads: 1,546
Reviews by bound4er:
Photo of bound4er
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A. Amber appearance with a slight haze. One inch white head that slowly recedes leaving tons of lacing behind.

S. Not overly forward smelling but nice nonetheless. Some piney spice from both the hops and rye with background notes of bready malt.

T. There's rye and bready malt on the palate in the first flavor wave and then a nice dose a fairly aggressive hops with plenty of earthy pine to them. Leaves a nice lingering finish of spice and rye that reminds me a bit of Nosferatu.

M. Light body and well carbonated. Makes for easy drinking.

O. One word describes this beer ... solid. It is not a game changer but it is plenty enjoyable and well made. This is the second new beer in a row for Great Lakes that has impressed me - the other being Alchemy Hour. (765 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of SFNC
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of BYOBxMadman7X
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Creamy, rich, hoppy, and exploding with flavor. Very good! (58 characters)

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (156 characters)

Photo of mchegash
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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 (1,405 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of J-Rye
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of thehooksman
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (2,174 characters)

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seandogg1986
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of sabitu
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of markmo
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of chip26
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ValpoExpo
3.32/5  rDev -18%
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. (274 characters)

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Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.