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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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1,300 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,300
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 73
Gots: 117 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
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4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a libby globe porter glass. Best by 06/16/13.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden amber. Off-white foam upon pouring died back to a thin film across the top. Thick sheets of persistent lacing, and with a swirl, still plenty of persistent lacing.

Smell: Tropical fruit (mango, papaya?), pine, grapefruit. Plenty of rich aroma here.

Taste: Sharp spiciness up front which I'm guessing is the rye, then a hoppy middle with citrus and grapefruit. Sweetness from the malt is muted under the hops, maybe a bit biscuity in the middle. Long bitter finish, piney and clinging to palate. I think it is not just hyperbole to say that there is a bite and claw to this beer, and it is at the end of the swallow. But...it's not painful, rather it is something that makes you take notice. By the end of the glass I'm definitely noting it as lingering for awhile even after I've finished the beer, but I don't mind it. More interestingly for me, the recommendation is to drink at 45 F, but I think it's better as it warms up. I suspect this is a personal preference as I think more of the malt flavor comes out as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, spiciness on the tongue, hop oils sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Very hoppy and bitter, but not so bitter that I'm getting slapped around here. Strong on the palate but not overwhelming. Deep in flavor and I think I could easily have another of these. Went well with burritos for dinner and I think would be good to have on its own as well.

damndirtyape, Apr 13, 2013
More User Reviews:
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.

oberon, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

DanGeo, May 12, 2013
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.

tectactoe, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of sabitu
3.75/5  rDev -6%

sabitu, Aug 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

markmo, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

DaftPatrick, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

csmartin6, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev +0.3%

DWolf, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

chip26, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of ValpoExpo
3.31/5  rDev -17%
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.

ValpoExpo, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +0.3%

megamass, May 24, 2013
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.

Jason, May 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

AlaynaJo, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Guinnsslvr, May 31, 2013
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.

tigg924, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

reitzbrewing, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

bsp77, Sep 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

westcott, Sep 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

xdefeatsy, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

ryhn0, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

bpfrush, Apr 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

juicebox, Mar 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

zapx, Nov 02, 2014
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Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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