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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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1,299 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,299
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)
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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
Photo of nitter
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

nitter, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

dtx00, Sep 13, 2012
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.

ThePorterSorter, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of clayrock81
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.

clayrock81, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
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.

TwelveOunces, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

bluntedboywonder, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev +0.3%

ortie, Aug 31, 2012
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.

DrewV, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
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.

DefenCorps, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With the broad spicy rye grain at its centerpiece, the well defined attributes of the underlying American IPA does more than support the guest grain, but helps to accent its earthen spice and to ground its pungent dirtiness.

Pouring a burnish gold color, the beer reads much like any other well constructed IPA. Hazy from suspended hop matter, but it's exactly those oils and proteins that aid in the tremendous head formation, retention, and sticky lace that follows.

Hops immediately command attention with its strong citrusy aromas penetrate the olfactory sense. Grapefruit, lemon, orange zest, and lemongrass abound- but then there's the spiciness and pungency of rye that seems slightly husky with notes of pepper and bark. Background sweeter and softer notes seem fructose-like and supplements the citric notions as well.

Flavors of hops rise first with a quick pang to the front of the mouth with tastes of plump white grapefruit, zested lemons and oranges. Citrus turns bitter at mid palate to coat the mouth with resinous citrus bite. All supported by just enough malt sweetness to add a juicy character to the fruit taste and offer a more rounded palate. The embedded rye both amplifies the spice, peppercorn, woody earth flavors of hops while giving the malts a "whole grain" character, and in essence bringing the beer together at the center.

Medium bodied, but with it's absolute resin dryness, fleeting malt, and warm alcohols- it's easy to interpret the textures as milder. While the hops deliver a smooth bitterness, the rye interrupts with the slight astringency of grain hulls for an unsettled bite to accompany the clean bitterness to finish.

Generally not a fan of rye, I admit that the steely grain complements American hops very well. But I'm hesitant to dismiss the harsher bite of the grain as "rye character" because hops often does the same without the same forgiveness.

BEERchitect, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with dense one inch cream head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is heavily caramel malt, rye, and floral hops. Undertones of grapefruit pith, pineapple, resin, and pine add complexity.

Flavor is resiny throughout, fairly bitter, with grapefruit, mango, and mandarin orange undertones. Bready malt ties together the hop flavor, but adds little character. Rye is present, but not overwhelming.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and a bit of astringency. The finish is somewhat warm.

Rye beers are not my fave, but there's enough hop complexity to keep me interested.

barczar, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Magery
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Magery, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of DiscGolfRobot
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

DiscGolfRobot, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

jaidenjb, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of JDizzle
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Doc Watsons in Toledo,OH.

Pours a copper straw color with a nice 1 finger white head. Lacing is badass.
What a great smelling beer. By far the best rye I have smelled. Big citrus with a faint rye aroma. Sweet and grassy.
First off I get a lot of tangerine on the palate. The rye is there with a little spicyness, but this is tops compared to other rye PA's The rye comes through on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium with a lingering bitterness that has a nice spicy rye flavor.

My favorite beer so far from GL! So fortunate Doc Watson's had this beer on tap during my travels!!

JDizzle, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of TasteTester
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

TasteTester, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of BeneathAJoe
4/5  rDev +0.3%

BeneathAJoe, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of FreshHawk
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

FreshHawk, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of maximum12
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Why, oh why, has this beer eluded me for so long? Three trades fallen through, one blown keg, it seemed a beer my rye-loving self was destined to never enjoy. Then came srivera14. Thanks! 64 oz. growler shared with my wife.

Growler phhhhttts encouragingly on opening; plenty of purty rollers. Lighter, closer to golden than I'd imagined. Nose is a nice mix of citrus, herbal, & spiciness. More IPA than rye, but hey, who's complaining?

Rye of the Tiger. I've been anticipating it for so long that it's sure to disappoint - & it doesn't. Wow. Blast of peppery rye greets my tongue, practically singeing the top of my delicate mouth. A hop front rolls through on its heels - more herbs, citrus, & enough bitterness to qualify as a Sheen. Bitter & rye linger on. Nice & oily on the tongue, & my first glass is already gone. Where'd it go?

Bloody hell. This could qualify for the Olympics in either the rye or IPA category & take a medal. To call this wonderful isn't sufficient - perhaps the best straight-up rye I've ever tasted.

maximum12, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rye Of The Tiger
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Style: Rye Beer
ABV: 7.50 %

LOOK: Pours a light copper color, good amount of frothy foam and lace stickage. Good clarity, appears well carbonated.

SMELL: Citrus upfront, mildly grainy and bready but definitely smells like an IPA. A bit of hay and sweetness are perceivable.

TASTE: Firmly bitter, with solid grapefruit rind notes and a complimentary rye spiciness and bite. Lots of hop flavor and the malts used are standard pale biscuity malt for an IPA like beer. Drinks much like an IPA and the rye added works well.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp, and drying.

OVERALL: An impressive hop focused beer from Great Lakes. Word would have it that this will be a new seasonal product in the upcoming spring/summer months.

Stinkypuss, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Nutwood
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Nutwood, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ye Olde Cock n' Bull in Toledo, new as of this review.

This rye, one I've wanted to try for a long time, is a chilled but otherwise clear amber-orange. The off-white head is smallish but thick and creamy, not forming a big head off the tap but leaving a thick trail of lacing in rings and sheeting down the glass.
The aroma on this one is a beauty. It's as hoppy as one can hope for while maintaining a good balance, with just a hint of sweetness from malts in a big floral and citrus bouquet. It's not heavy on the rye, but enough to add a touch of earthiness and a light spicy note as well. Fragrant and potent, it hits me hard and I like it.
The taste is likewise strong but verges into pinier and pithier territory. The rye works well, both in how it integrates and in how the flavor works overall.
The body is medium, with plenty of depth. It's got heft, but not too much, and carbonation is at an even level while remaining constant. The feel offers a thick, creamy smoothness without venturing from the crisp bite that isn't too hard, just playful (tiger joke?). That said, the mouthfeel is fantastic.

Brenden, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a tulip at 101 Bottles in Kent, Ohio.

A: Pours a thick, hazy, slightly rusty orange color- it looks nearly like an orange or grapefruit juice based drink. Lots of lacing left behind.

S: Orange and grapefruit citrus hops show up (possibly inspired by the beer's appearance), and a healthy dose of spicy rye adds complexity.

T: Huge citrus flavors once again, perfectly complemented by the rye malts. Sweet and tangy, with rye flavors lingering on the finish.

M: Quite creamy, with a medium body and carbonation.

O: A very well made beer by Great Lakes; the perfect combination of rye and citrus flavors made this one go down pretty quickly. I've heard that the idea of a "rye IPA" is this year's trend, but I would absolutely love to see this bottled by Great Lakes next summer. Of course, if it doesn't see bottles, it could be a very good incentive to make it to the brewpub next time they have it.

AwYeh, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of JVan
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

JVan, Aug 08, 2012
Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.