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Rye Of The Tiger IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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very good

1,268 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,268
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 69
Gots: 111 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

sendbeer, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

tswater, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

MooseBoose, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

tectactoe, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

BeerNDoggerel, Jun 10, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best before 07/08/13.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Slightly hazy medium orange colour with one finger of cream coloured head.

S - Pine, mango, pineapple, spice and some caramel sweetness.

T - Moderate bitterness for the style with a fairly sweet caramel malt backbone. Pine, tangerine, musk and a touch of mango with a significant spice presence.

M - Medium body with some good resinous hop oils. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

KS1297, Jun 08, 2013
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Brown120, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

nosavingsaccount, Jun 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

ejh06752, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

thehappybelgian, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack the top and pour a brew of glowing sunset orange coloring. It puts up a two finger tall head of creamy, batter colored bubbles, show nice variability in size, and nice retention. Patterned lacing is left around the glass as it goes. A haze permeates the clarity, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose is both heavy and fresh, with hearty rye graininess, toasty pale malts, gritty yeast, soapy and herbal hop bite, apricot fruitiness, booze, medicinal and plastic phenols, sea saltiness, wet paint, and a caramel, toasty pizza crust, toffee malt with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring is robust and full, with palpable cleanliness and simplistic execution. As we sip, the taste opens with pale and unsweetened caramel graininess, faint buttery diacetyls, soapy and herbal hop blend, lemon rind bitterness, creamy rye grain, black pepper, and fusel booziness off the bat. The middle comes to a peak with foamy plastics, light wheat, continued bitterness and depth of rye graininess, dusk and musk, seaweed vegetal metallics, and soapy hop twang. The finish shows gritty rye graininess, iced tea tannins, chalked yeastiness, mineral and stone, light caramels, bittered citric, herbal, and earthy hops, bubblegum rumbles, sweet apricot, raisin fruitiness, freshly baked sourdough breadiness, and puckered booziness. The aftertaste breathes of more of the same, with bittered soapy and herbal hops, citric rind, big wheat and rye graininess, plastics, green grassiness, spicy peppery alcohol, dried straw, acorn greenness, and curry spice earthiness. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is low to medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, foam, and pop, with slightly lesser cream or frothiness. The mouth is coated with thick warmth, with eventual tannic and metallic astringency streaking down the palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was how clean the flavoring was, and how easy it was to drink. From the pour, things were going well for this brew. The coloring, head, and retention were all great, giving way to a hearty aroma, and a nicely contributory foamy feel. The taste followed in this same vein, with great rye backbone and bite. This might be a bit too much for some in the bitterness department, but this could easily be a fridge regular if you like that more bitter, heavier IPA.

TheBrewo, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

csmartin6, Jun 08, 2013
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NateMac13, Jun 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

swh1972, Jun 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with the usual black and white label. On this label is a beautiful drawing of a Bengal Tiger looking through a 6 finger jungle leaf. To the right is a description of the beer, ABV %, and a best before date. My bottle was best before 6/29/13. There's also a brief description of the beer on the neck label.

When poured into a Cigar City pint glass, I saw that this tiger wasn't striped at all. It was a solid and slightly hazy golden orange color. It would have been cool if they matched the color of the beer with the orange part of a tiger. On top of this bright orange brew was a thin 1/4 of an inch paper white head of foam. It had acceptable retention that left behind a big island of foam and a faint string of rings along the edge.

Starting off the aroma was the beer's crispy malted rye. The rye in this aroma roared like a....tiger. Following the malted rye was a few citrus fruits. The strongest citrus fruits were the lemon and grapefruit. After the fruits left, this beer then finishes up with a grassy hop bite a whiff of pine, and some minor floral notes.

Just like how the aroma started, it was the beer's crispy malted rye that kicked off the taste. Quickly following the rye was a citrus/grassy hop bite. Intermingled with the hops was a little lemon and grapefruit. It wasn't the rye that roared like a lion in the taste. It was the hops that roared! This interesting hop bite lingered on for a few seconds before it let through some pine and minor floral notes. This beer had a very nice rye taste and an interesting hop bite in the middle. Very Good!

This was a medium bodied rye IPA that featured a nice carbonation level and a crispy and dry aftertaste. This aftertaste had a lot of malted rye, a minor grassy/citrus hop bite, and a little pine. The malted rye got back at the hops for not being the main focus in the taste. This rye aftertaste lingered on for about a minute or two before it moved on.

Another winner from Great Lakes! The malted rye and the interesting hop bite kept my taste buds entertained. Would I drink it again? Oh yeah!

AltBock, Jun 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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IPAFan521, Jun 05, 2013
Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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