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Rye Of The Tiger IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

262 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 262
Hads: 1,559
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 77
Gots: 245 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cabsandking on 12-07-2006

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Reviews: 262 | Hads: 1,559
Photo of SFNC
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rye IPA. Smells of cirtus and herbs, not to mention a little cat pee. Taste is fruity, followed by bitter. The rye is spicy and bridges the cirtus and the bitterness nicely. The first couple sips are intense, but you aclimate quickly. Carbonation is just right. Great Lakes is a very consistant brewery, and this beer does not dispel that notion. (357 characters)

Photo of mchegash
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
Very clear medium-dark orange color, with several fingers of very light beige head. Visible rising carbonation is less than average.

Smell - 4/5
A very floral hop aroma, with hints of pine and some spiciness as well. Some interesting fruitiness as well. Maybe bananas and peaches?

Taste - 4/5
Definitely get a lot more of the banana-peach fruitiness in the taste, as it is the first thing that immediately stands out to me. Some light spiciness, as well as some candy-sugar sweetness. The hops are much more subtle in the taste and seem to become most prominent near the end of the sip. The hops are floral and a little spicy. Overall I like the taste a lot. The fruitiness is interestin as are the hop flavors. Apparently according to the body, the rye malt is what adds the spiciness to the brew.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied. Quite smooth. A medium amount of medium-light carbonation. Overall a nice feel.

Overall - 4/5
A good IPA with some unique characteristics. Worth checking out. (1,009 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange color with a nice big fluffy off white head that leaves behind some nice sheet lace.

Aroma is good spicy rye notes , hops are more subdued grassy, earthy and citrus notes.

Taste is nice good does of spice from rye, with some earthy hops, hints of grass and citrus bitterness in the finish. Decent malt base always enjoyed rye in my IPA they seem to blend well. Not the best IPA in the world but the rye makes it better.

Mouthfeel is almost pushing medium with fairly mellow carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable brew, not world class but wouldn't mind having this again. (586 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle best by 6/24/15 poured into an IPA glass.

A - Semi hazy amber orange, one finger head, that dissapates at a medium pace. Good lace retention.

S - Citrus, hops (of the vegetal variety), pine.

T - Mint, mild onion, rye, a touch of back end malts. As it warms, you get more orange.

M - Carbonation medium low, sits a touch heavy, but overall it is smooth.

O - Overall, a zesty rye, and has it moments. (422 characters)

Photo of thebeers
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-gold color with modest, but long-lasting white head. Floral aroma, with a hint of spice and some breadiness. Fairly full-bodied, with spice, orange notes, caramel sweetness and lots of hop bitterness jumbled together. Not loving the mix here. (259 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy orange body with 1.5 finger white head. Fades quickly and leaves thin spots of lacing on glass.

S - A soft rye scent with a sweet citrusy aroma. Orange, grapefruit, and pine hops with a caramel malt.

T - The rye flavor is rather soft and pleasant, but still has a spice to it. Hops are citrusy, orange, grapefruit, along with pine. Malts are sweet caramel. Finish is bitter.

M - Soft carbonation and medium feel. Dry and spicy.

O - Finally got around to trying this and really enjoyed it. If you like rye IPAs I recommend this beer. (583 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 6/21/2015. Served in a snifter 4/3/2015.

A- Clear darker caramel-copper bodied, two finger white head with good retention time.

S- Crisp, malty sweetness, rye spice, grassy floral and earthy notes, crackers.

F- Sweet crackers, caramel, a mild rye spiciness in the middle, a bit more grassy and piney on the backend.

M- Medium-thin bodied, nice depth, excellent carbonation. Finish is grassy bitterness mixed in with a bit of caramel sweetness.

O- Not as rye-forward as I expected it to be, but it's well-made and easy to drink. Nice grassy hop presence. (580 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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. (187 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber with a slowly fading beige head, good lacing. Aroma of rye, grains, some malt. Taste is rye, mild toasted grains, a bit of caramel malt with some floral earthy hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body, crisp with good carbonation. Finishes with rye, grains, malt and earthy hops bitterness for balance, slightly dry ending. Overall a very good, balanced and good drinking brew. (397 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to whitenads for sending me this one.

Enjoy by: 6/23/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spicy rye, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with spicy rye, earth, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance between the rye and citrus forward hop aspects.

Serving type: bottle. (654 characters)

Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear amber, with gorgeous, still, ivory head, and webby lacing evenly distributed all down the glass.

Aroma: Full, mellow tangerine/mandarin orange aroma, with hints of tropical fruit and nectarine. Some spicy, leafy, hop/rye aromas present as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Bready malts on the tongue, with sweet honey; candied tangerine; sharp, grassy/leafy hops; and dry, spicy rye. The finish consists of grassy hops; the aforementioned rye; and grapefruit rind. The rye contributes a dryer mouthfeel, and seems to cut the resiny hop bitterness; bridging the gap between them and the bready malts.

Final Word: An exquisitely balanced IPA, and one of my favorites! Seek it out on draft and you’ll be in heaven! I’ve had it several times out of the bottle and on draft and it never disappoints, always presenting the unique flavors of the hops and rye with a rich, full, balancing malt foundation. The hop flavor here is huge, but is countered throughout by the citrus and honey sweetness, as well as the bready malts, keeping it from being overwhelmingly bitter. If you have an aversion to hops, or haven’t tried many IPAs, this one will still probably be a little too challenging for you, but it is one of the best examples of a full flavored, hoppy, yet balanced beer around. It puts other IPAs to shame with its fullness of flavor, and dedication to balance. Don’t pass up an opportunity to have this brew, especially on tap! (1,461 characters)

Photo of ANiklaus
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass. Initially tried at fridge temperature but experience over the course of an hour to try it at different temperatures.

Appearance: Very strong bronze color with a small head. The foam did sick strongly to the sides of the glass in the beginning bit didn't continue throughout. Very little carbonation.

Smell: As expected, strong scents of rye and hops with hints of citrus and other fruits. Excellent smell.

Taste: Extremely tasty beer with the rye flavor hitting first, then the sweetness of the fruits combined with the citrus. The hops follow with the rye's flavor continuing to the aftertaste. The aftertaste is fantastic with nothing too strong to damage the initial flavors' impact.

Mouthfeel: This became more and more satisfying the further down the glass as it seemed the rye and the IPA aspects came out more in warmer temperatures. The rye especially comes out the warmer the beer gets. The aftertaste is extremely satisfying as nothing is overpowering.

Overall: An amazing beer that seems to be highly unappreciated for what it brings to the table. Combines the best of both the rye beer worlds and the IPA worlds. Would probably be more fitting for a rye lover than an IPA lover though as the hops don't come out as powerfully as one might hope. Drink slow and enjoy the different tastes the come with the difference in temperatures. (1,398 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours out a reddish-gold color, a little hazy, with a medium, frothy head. The nose is loaded with rosiny hoppiness with underlying malt. Flavor offers high bitterness, but it doesn't disguise the heavy malt, sticky and sweet underneath. The hop flavor tends piney, like the nose. I don't really pick up the rye much, except perhaps at the finish. This is a big beer, with big body--not a quaffing session beer, certainly. (427 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,771 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from phone, reviewed May 29, 2014. 12 ounce bottle with a 6/22/14 "enjoy by" date. A darker gold, slightly hazy beer pours into a shaker pint with a finger of frothy off-white head. Good retention and thick lacing. Lighter in color than many IPAs, but very attractive.

Bright, citrus hops in the aroma, but not too juicy. Grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest. Spiciness from both hops and the rye, which is very apparent as well. Caramel and biscuity malts bring it back down to earth.

Rye spice and citrus hops are dominant. Modest amount of bittering hops with a silghtly sweet finish from the non-rye malts. Very well balanced overall.

Medium=bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean, semi-dry mouthfeel that doesn't make much of a lasting impression, which is a good thing.

Well balanced, drinkable, and pleasant. Definitely an above-average IPA, but maybe not world-class. Overall, this is a very solid beer just like everything else from GLBC, and I'd definitely drink it again. (997 characters)

Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by date of 6/24/2014

A: Straw golden hue with a bit of haze but mostly transparent ale. Pours with one finger of white foamy head that dissipates rather quickly while still leaving good thick lacing on the glass.

S: Dank swampy hop aroma. I get citrus, a slight touch of rye and maybe a hint of sage in there as well.

T: Good balance between the citrus hop flavor and the pepper spice of the rye blend together to give a nice bitter bite to this beer. A touch of honey sweetness and a little vanilla in the finish. Nice blend of flavors with the rye taking a complimentary back seat to the citrus hops.

M: Medium creamy mouthfeel. Good smooth carbonation blends the pepper of the rye nicely.

O: Very good beer. Nice solid ipa with just a touch of rye that blends perfectly with the bitter hop flavor. I take the hop flavor was a bit more intense when fresh, but the blend of the bitterness with the pepper rye flavor is where this beer shines. (956 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Rye of the Tiger IPA
12 oz. brown bottle, dated "07/07/14 13681FM, tasted 06/23/14

This sample is pretty old but I don't find any clear signs of aging in the beer, so kudos to Great Lakes for that. If anything, the hops have died down.

The appearance is quite nice. It has excellent head retention and lacing. Overall, it seems to be a very well made beer.

As to the rye, I wasn't really paying attention but upon my first sip I immediately realized that it was a rye beer and put it all together, "Rye of the Tiger", etc. It's quite clear in the flavor, and I don't feel it's overdone either. It's nice that it makes for a unique IPA (not that there aren't other versions, but in general). The bready sweetness of the malt is balanced by a bold bitterness, as might be expected, but the hop flavor is kept in check so as to allow the rye flavor to come through. It's grassy, floral, leafy and citrusy which works nicely as a compliment to the peppery spiciness of the rye. Long-lingering, drying finish as the malt takes a moment to subside.

A pleasant, interesting beer that's got enough character to keep you interested. (1,152 characters)

Photo of JG-90
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rye of the Tiger has a clear, orange/peach body with hints of light brown. Pours a moderate sized white head with good retention and heavy lacing. Smells of doughy and floury bread, with light floral hops, caramel malt with a touch of darker malt, with hints of pineapple and grapefruit throughout.

Taste starts with rye bread, then a hit of citric hops with pineapple, and grapefruit flesh and rind. Has a malty and doughy finish along with a touch of floral hopes. Citrusy and spicy rye finish. Feel is on the light side with less than average carbonation for an IPA, this could use a bolder body in my opinion. (614 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-cloudy golden, with double-finger of off-white foam. Nice tree-line lace.

Nose is crisp citrus hops, yeast, and a pronounced sharp rye malt character, too. Really pleasant.

Taste is sharp, with plenty of bitter hoppiness alongside a sharp rye note. A solid and enjoyable, if not outstanding rye IPA. (314 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep, clear golden. A thin, white creamy head leaves lacing.

The smell is of minty rye with pine and some caramel.

The taste is of pine with a nod towards grapefruit and a firm caramel-ish backing. The taste of rye is not as strong as in the aroma, which works well. It is there to give a mild spicy touch to the bitter, hoppy finish.

Smooth. Easy to drink, especially for relatively high abv (which is well-hidden). The carbonation is just right for the style and strength.

A nice use of rye in an IPA that has some citrus character but leans more piney. Very enjoyable! (581 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- orange body with light carbonation visible, blonde hues... Finger thick head quickly dissipates into sticky lace and film.

S- citrusy, orange peels, piney hops.

T- still citrusy, more grapefruit like, the rye is very present and offers a tad of spice and i think contributes a bread-like quality... There's a sweet citrus finish that's nice too.

M- bitter and somewhat like biting into an orange peel.. I noticed some aggressive carbonation initially, but then it smooths out and becomes creamier... Not necessarily easy drinking due to hops and rye spice, but good...

O- good and tasty... Much more rye than a lot of so-called rye beers. (647 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated best by 7/10/14 into an IPA glass.

Look: surprisingly light yellow, very minimal head, decent carbonation.

Smell: this is probably just my expectation playing tricks on me, but smells like pumpernickel with mango jelly.

Taste: initial taste is a one-two punch of almost overpowering sweet and much less pronounced rye spice. That initial sweetness is fruity, though not clearly identifiable as any one fruit—maybe pineapple or unripe banana. Also has a very strong malt sweetness backing things up.

Feel: pretty dry, light-bodied; inoffensive but unremarkable.

Overall: I'm not a huge fan of rye pales (though I've had ones I enjoy much more than this), but the rye takes a backseat to the wallop of sweet highlighted here. (743 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber body with a thin, white head; rings of foam. Pine scent complemented with peach and mango aromas. Juicy, malty flavors; light cereal graininess; strong hop bitterness. Medium body; coarse and dry mouthfeel.

A pretty decent IPA. Not a lot of rye spiciness present but there is plenty of excellent hop bitterness. Very respectable. (342 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Diamond Market. Pours to the pint glass clear golden orange with a small creamy white head on top. Aroma is sweet malts, orange rinds, honey. Flavor is orange rinds, light hop grapefruit bitter, tiny hints of rye spice, and a very sweet sweet malt presence that dominates. Medium plus mouthfeel, slick, nearly syrupy, with medium low carbonation. Decent beer but disappointing by GL standards. Wonder if this is an old keg. (435 characters)

Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.