Rye Of The Tiger IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2013 23:56:30 | More by tectactoe
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