Rye Of The Tiger IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,314 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,314
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 73
Gots: 125 | 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:
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(Beer added by: cabsandking on 12-07-2006)
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass at Woodland's on 8/25/12

Pale, hazy, dirty orange hue. Thin head with skimmed retention. Patches of soapy, dissolved foam make for decent lace.

Hoppy aroma of grapefruit, tangerine, orange, peach and hints of pineapple. Juicy tropical goodness. Dry, rye bread backing. Tastes moderately bitter with a rye punch. The hops are not quite as brilliant as in the aroma, but it still tastes good; the tropicalia is dulled a bit. Medium feel with appropriate moderately high carbonation. The finish has residual rye and bitterness.

I hoped this would be good and it is! It's the best "IPA" Great Lakes has done, at least of the ones I have tried. Worth a shot if you see it around town.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of wedge
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

05/11/13 (Bottle):

Much fresher, hop-wise. Juicy orange and fresh grain aromas. Bright, green, oily hop flavor with some spicy rye. A little of that leafy earthiness that I get from most hoppy Great Lakes beers. Creamy soft medium body. Superior to when I had it on tap.

@ BrewMasters (4/3.5/4/4/4)

Hazy orange with a slender head that leaves some quality rings behind on the glass. Aromas of orange, citrus rind, pulpy juice, floral hops, and some earthiness. Sugary, juicy hop flavor upfront, citrus pulp, and spicy/peppery rye. Not too bitter and a little dry with some oiliness. Nothing amazing, but certainly worth the pint.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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2/5  rDev -49.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Blue Monkey

A- Rye comes off the tap pouring a not deep red but slight red with copper mixed in as well. I was yielded two fingers of beige head. The head faded but left the best looking lace patterns i've seen that were bumpy resembling a mountain range.

S- The Tiger gives off the expected rye scents backed by hop scent and malt sweetness. Some ripe fruits seem to make their mark also. This one is on the pungent side with a nice floral scent.

T- The rye is up front as well as the hops thankfully. A bit of graininess as well as well as a good amount of caramel from the malt varieties. All in all a well rounded beer. A spicy interplay between rye and hops with a minimal malt intrusion.

M- A medium mouthfeel as well as ample carbonation probably too much. The rye flavor and slight bitterness from the hops is felt throughout. A large amount of rye bread taste in the mouth afterwards.

D- A great offering that I hope to be available n a more regular basis in the future. Will get again in future. Not a session beer but good for a few.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to see this beer on tap in Buffalo, thanks merc for the heads up...

The beer pours a clear, rich looking amber with a wispy white head that laces poorly. The nose is quite tropical with heavy notes of grapefruit and candied pineapple. There are very pronounced aromatic hops, which makes this my type of RIPA...
The taste doesn't disappoint either with just the right touch of tropical bitterness, candy sweetness, and a distinct rye spiciness. Medium bodied and well carbonated; the aftertaste is a pleasantly biting bitter with just a touch of burning ethanol. This is an exceptional beer that makes great use of the rye grain to build up an interesting body and taste profile. I'd absolutely try this beer again, but appreciate that it's draught only and not seen often.

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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clearish yellowy auburn with a solid two finger head and typical lace on top of a very hoppy aroma. Some citric and flowery, grassy, hops (not really oily) to be precise, along with a peppery spicness. I am picking up more aromas but words fail to come to me at this moment. It is a hoppy, spicey beer, somewhat of a mix between citric hops barreling into grapefruit and a zesty, spicey pepperness for balance. What holds it together from being too sweet as there some nice, sweet malt taste, or sharp and thus easy to pass, other than good balance, is the rye. They rye is tasty and has a dry, full mothiness to it that makes this beer fuller-bodied and gives it a crisp finish. Overall a great beer.

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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass

The appearance is slightly hazy orange amber with a modest half finger head. The nose matches the taste quite well. The beer has a fresh citrus hop profile. There is a little pine but this beer is hop profile is citrus based. This is definitely a rye IPA. The rye does add a zesty flavor and spicy feel to the beer. The rye ads a spicy earthy element that compliments the beer rather well. This is a fairly easy drinking beer. Its bitter and has nice bold flavors that keep it interesting. Overall, this is one of the best rye beers I have had, I would love to see this put into a bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DrewV
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a growler from my local store. Drank two glasses before I knew it. Really smooth brew.

Nice rye graininess and flavor. A bit thin, but that's to be expected with this style of beer. I found it very hoppy for a rye beer, but it definitely blends well and adds a good amount of flavor. Really can't detect the 7.5% ABV at all. A very smooth texture and it definitely goes down easy. Something I would recommend and hope to try again someday, although it's a bit pricey. Definitely one of the best rye beers available, but I don't think I'd make it a regular purchase. For the price, there are better beers out there.

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4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Church Key last night. What an excellent beer, thanks for the recommendation, Trey!

A mildly hazy copper with a dense, off-white head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks nice. The nose is excellent. A wonderful hop expression, big, pine hop character with some grapefruit zest, this is aromatic, bitter, pungent and resiny, just the way I like it. These aromas complement the grainy rye character that's present, a little spicy but moderately toasted and slightly caramelized as well. On the palate, it's even better. A beautiful combination of hops and rye, this beer has flavors of pine, grapefruit rind and flesh which complement the rye grainy/spicy flavors near perfectly. Drying with a slight residual sweetness, mildly resiny and mildly spicy on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body, moderately carbonated and is a treat on the palate. Excellent stuff.

Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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