Rye Of The Tiger IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2013 22:50:10 | More by damndirtyape
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3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle into a pint glass over the weekend. Best by 7/14/14, so just under the wire.
Looking good, darker yellow coloring, small white head, very good carbonation with m oderate lacing.
Nothing at all on the nose, except a faint sweetness. No spice or rye.
Upon sampling, it seems that the rye bit might have diminished due to being toward the end of it's shelf life. Having said that, it was very smooth, slightly sweet, with a very faint spiciness that coats the tongue.
Medium and soft on the tongue.
Overall, an enjoyable drink. Would be interesting to compare with a bottle fressh of the line, but don't shy away from one close to or just over it's BB date. Still an enjoyable beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 16:38:18 | More by MikeWard
3.84/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one came from the recently opened bottle shop at Weis Markets in Lititz.
From the bottle: "This kitty has claws. Named for its one-two punch of fierce hops and sharp rye content, our Rye of the Tiger India Pale Ale is a trhilling ale with bite, handcrafted for the fighter in all of us."; " Like tigers creeping through tall grass, hopheads will stalk this majestic golden brew, rising to the challenge of its bold flavor attack. Full-bodied and loaded with hops, our Rye of the Tiger iPA is brewed with rye malt, adding a spicy complexity to every sip. It's an ale meant to inspire feats of strength and skill, a worthy contender in the bout against the flavorless. If you can step into the ring with this hopped-up cat, you've earned your stripes."
I just finished a Rye APA, so a Rye AIPA should be interesting. I popped the cap and let fly with regard to my pour. This caused a pseudo-cascade which resulted in two-plus fingers of rocky, eggnog-colored head that slowly fell, leaving great lacing in its wake. The nose was much more peppery on this one, as opposed to minty in the other. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and of course, Midas, Mammon and Croesus showed up for a taste. I have better things to do than to cater to them, so I began to drink while they squabbled. Mouthfeel was surprisingly soft. There was an immediate hop bite on the tongue just before the rye kicked in with a cooling, minty blast. Once more, I would quantify the finish as breath-taking simply because of the mintiness that was inherent in the beer. Man, I was starting to feel like I had just played a quarter against the Bengals! I guess that I earned my stripes.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 21:54:14 | More by woodychandler
Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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