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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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264 Reviews
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Reviews: 264
Hads: 1,575
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 25.06%
Wants: 78
Gots: 258 | 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: 264 | Hads: 1,575
Photo of djfried
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served out of 12oz. bottle and poured into an American pint glass. I bought this as part of a craft your own 6-pack and I couldn't find any sort of serve-by date on the bottle.

A- This beer poured a clear dark golden color with a light yet big head and lacing that lasted throughout the entirety of me drinking this beer.

S- It had a fruity citrus smell that is typical of an IPA, although you can definitely still smell the alcohol in this one.

T- The taste is the best part about this beer for me that classic dry rye hop taste with fruity citrus flavors that match the smell plus a touch of sweetness that really makes a great flavor.

M- Its not very carbonated which makes for a nice smooth feel that finishes dry like most IPAs.

O- This was a a good enjoyable beer that has great flavor to cover its high alcohol content. I will certainly be getting again if I see it. It was also my first beer from Great Lakes which makes me want to try some more of what they have to offer in the near future.

Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger IPA- 4.0/5

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle best by 6/22/14 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of malt and flowery hops
Head small (2 cm), off white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent, covering most of the glass with small bubbles with occasional holes
Body clear, light orange
Flavor has the spiciness of rye backing the malt with flowery hops initially strong then weakening to expose the malt backbone. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation.

A very attractive aromatic beer as well as having a good flavor. Another bulls eye by Great Lakes.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Very clear, dark yellow/light orange. The head stays strong and provides a great deal of lacing.

S- Sharp spiciness upfront followed by black pepper. There are also some slight tropical and citrus fruit notes along with an alcohol burn.

T- Very sharp grainy malt flavor upfront from the rye. The hops provide earthy, woody, and piney flavors. The bitterness lingers on the tongue long after each sip. Alcohol is present in the finish.

M- Medium/Thick bodied and moderately carbonated. The rye is sharp and heavy on the tongue.

O- Overall a good RIPA, it's very robust and would go well with spicy foods. However, I'm disappointed in the amount of alcohol in the flavor and aroma.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really solid IPA - nice appearance - towering fluffy white head nice lacing. Smells of piney / citrus hops. Taste follows the nose - resinous, hop forward and nicely balanced with a sweet malt back bone. Drying and bitter aftertaste lingers on the palate.

Overall, rock solid IPA that I will definitely have again.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured Rye of the Tiger IPA into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear light orange with a finger of white creamy head.

S - The aroma is of mango, pine, grapefruit, light citrus.

T - On first taste I get rye right off the bat, with some bitter hops and grapefruit juice. Mid palate getting more spiciness from the rye, some malt to balance the animal nicely. On the aftertaste getting more smooth malts with rye spiciness. Yum!

M - Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - Nice rye beer here. Recommended! Cheers!

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Photo of dank203
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a orange golden color. finger or two of white head, lot of bubbles streaming up. a grassy earthy aroma, some peach, mango, clementine. flavor is spicy dry and bitter, some lemon, orange peel, grapefruit, mango, burnt bready taste in the finish.

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Photo of BradenMK
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, well I don't have time for a full review, so I'll be brief. This beer is way better than I expected it to be, and having finished 6 of them in a week, I can say that I love this beer. I'd say it's every bit as good as Chillwave and a bargain with the price. The Rye in this is perfectly integrated. One of the best non-Imperial IPAs I've ever had, on par with, or maybe better than, White Rajah.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger


Poured into pint glass

A: Golden amber in color. Interesting looking brew. Has that "glow" that good ipa's have. Nice lacing as well.

S: Slightly boozy but not unpleasant. Lemon, herbs, grass and spices.

T: Rye up front. Hop bitterness in the end. Citrus & floral flavors bring it all together very nicely along with spices and what I think is a touch of honey.

M: Starts off rather juicy but finishes dry. Medium feel. Somewhat sticky and resinous.

O: Another awesome brew from Great Lakes. Probably my favorite rye ipa along side Hop Ryot. As it warmed it began to remind me of Hopslam and Hop Ranch . . . probably because of the touch of honey.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice amber with a full bodied head which laces nicely. Well carbonated. The nose is of citrus and piney hops with a rye overtone. The rye flavor is more pronounced than Founder's Red's Rye. Both have the bitterness of an IPA, as they should. Light/Medium bodied with a pleasant bitter aftertaste with a hint of rye against a solid malt backbone. More balanced than Founders, but both have hop bitterness as the dominant flavor. Finishes cleanly with malt and hop bitterness. My favorite rye IPA, so far.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Drank in April 2013. Clear golden copper with a finger of smooth and rich off-white head. Robust sticky lacing. Smells fresh and floral, with some accompanying notes of grapefruit, lemon and dankness. Rye adds a soft doughy and spicy feel to the nose. Those hops really give this a fresh leafy character. The taste has a fresh grassy bitterness, with green citrus flavors and rye across the back, which lingers a bit in the mouth. This is dry, spicy, grainy and bitter all wrapped up in one. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm sharpness to the carbonation that expands out in the mouth. Alcohol is well hid. This is a really nice take on a Rye IPA with a well-rounded mix of flavors from those malts and hops. Its super drinkable too for the size. Recommended.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of streaming visible carbonation and some hints of copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a small patch of thick film surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine/resin hops over the top biscuit and caramel malts. Light notes of rye spiciness towards the finish.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by some moderate to strong flavors of pine/resin hops with a lighter amount of citrus/grapefruit pith hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Light amounts of rye spiciness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: I found this beer to be pretty easy to drink and enjoyable - I thought the addition of rye to an IPA was interesting and worked well. I'll look forward to grabbing this one again next year.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich amber color with white head and plenty of lacing. Nose features a nice rye forward profile that brings some spice and grain to the nose. This is paired with some pine hops and citrus. Taste is grainy and has quite an ibu umph. Plenty of hops, mainly pine and resin all the way to a nice finish. Mouthfeel is light an well carbonated. Overall, nice flavorful rye IPA with plenty of hops.

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Photo of GreenJetta912
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really love this beer. It hides its 7.5%abv very well. It has an aggressive hoppy middle not typical of east coast IPA varieties. Usually RyePAs are good if they get the balance between spicy rye malt and pungent, bitter hops right. This beer has terrific balance of the two.

Appearance - nothing special. aggressive pour gave me slightly less than a finger of head in a standard pint glass. golden amber color. decent retention.

smell - nothing special. more rye malt then hops (not much dry hop)

taste - awesome. aggressive bittering hops. good rye vs. hops balance

finish - hoppy but more rye-dominant than the middle. malty sweet.

mouthfeel - a 1 oz sip of this beer had the flavor of 4 oz of beer. I don't see how mouthfeel could be any better than this.

overall - great beer. reasonably-priced. this is a good daily favorite for a hop-head

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Photo of alexipa
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Yellow-Orange with a long lasting bright white head. Lots of lacing on this. This is a beautiful IPA, but I don't think 'rye' when I see it.

S: As soon as I popped the cap off I was blasted by the scent of rye. Rye definitely dominates, but there's also some citrus and sweet malts.

T: Rye again is a forefront, but crystal and biscuit malts are also very evident. The hop character I would describe as 'American'. I'm not a huge fan of American hops personally but I can definitely appreciate them. For me these particular hops don't compliment the rye too well, they almost seem to clash.

M: Low carbonation, tastes almost cask-like which is really nice in a rye. Pretty full bodied; I wouldn't be able to drink too many of these.

O: This is a solid beer and nears the 'great' category. I'm a big fan of the malt bill on this but the hops need work to push it over the top.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

tons of rye here, this is a bomb, its got an orange rusting color, perfectly clear and glowing, with an inch of lacey white head with excellent staying power. the nose is real spicy from the rye, notes of pepper and toasted cumin assault my nose, while other sweeter grains also come in. hops are big and bold, west coast style, sappy and dank, but not overtly bitter. the taste is more well rounded and blended out than the nose, with the heavy rye really working well with the fruity elements of the hops, which remind me of fresh cut melon, maple candy, and pumpernickel bread. the finish is all hops, bitter and intense, almost adding salt to the wounds of the spicy rye, which can be felt but not tasted in the finish. good feel, but a bit heavy to be an all day drink for me, filling and strong. I like the soft carbonation and the cask texture of this beer, and would love to experience it in that format. another solid offering from great lakes, who seems to be getting better and better here in recent years.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes freshness dates always puzzle me. It seems like every bottle I get expires like... yesterday: 7/2/13 - I assume that's the "enjoy by" date.

Served in a Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Poured a beautiful mildly cloudy, bright orange color, with an aggressively aggressive white head.

S: If IPAs suddenly became Wasa crackers, this would be it. Holy cow. This is a rye beer lover's dream: Citrus instead of a yeasty component like I often get with moderately aggressive IPA, this one has a stone ground flair.

T: First of all, the thing I like about this most is that the aftertaste reminds me of one of my favorite underrated beers: Victory "Yakima Glory." It had that same pomegranate-esque quality on the finish. Citrus, mothballs, and some fresh rye bread to boot.

M: Pretty bitter, but not in an offensive way. The lacing was ridiculous.

O: I tried this a few months ago and believe it or not, I actually liked it even better then. With the exception of "Great Lakes Monster," Great Lakes doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit, apricot, and light pineapple. It ends with fruity/malty sweet slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – A nice flavourful beer. It seems pretty well rounded.. it has a nice balance of malts, hops, and fruity notes. The rye doesn't really stand out all that much though. A beer well worth trying, I'm sure it would be fantastic fresh on tap.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
7.5% ABV, Best Before 06/16/13.

A - Rye of the Tiger pours totally hazy and golden in color, topped by an intense ivory head that last forever! Thick, chunky lace cakes the glass with sticky foam nearly impossible to see through!

S - Pungent citrus notes from American hops billow out with lemongrass, juicy honeydew melon, and grapefruit skin followed by light pine resin and spicy rye notes. Sweet malt presents some balance on the finish but lingers in the background fearfully.

T - Sticky, resiny hops remain up front, touting strong fruitiness that mirrors the aroma and finishes just the same; mellow sweet malt that balances but doesn't intrude. Rye adds a finishing bite of sharp spice that's not to be ignored.

M - This Rye IPA creeps up smoothly, inching forward with a soft malt feel before attacking with hard rye spice and an aggressive hoppy bitterness bite on the finish, drying the palate out, begging for one more sip.

O - Rye of the Tiger resembles it's label quite well; a tiger lying in wait, ready to attack it's prey. We're the prey and we're subdued by sweet fruity nuances and smooth malt, only to be bitten by hoppy bitterness and a firm rye snap. This is a hophead's dream; a wonderful IPA laced with a good helping of rye.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into becker pint glass; can't wait to try it, I'm loving rye beers. Pours a clear golden/yellow orange with a thick fluffy white head that doesn't go anywhere and leaves a ton of beautiful intricate lacing. Smells of juicy fruits, citrus and mango with some piney hops behind it and just a hint of rye behind that. Taste is just about the same, although a bit subdued compared to the nose. Clean, smooth malts beneath big juicy hops; the rye sneaks in for a kick towards the end, and is joined by bittering hops over the clean finish. Mouthfeel is a little fuller than you'd expect, probably from the extra grain (rye) in the malt bill. I'd almost like a little more from the rye in this one, but it is a rye IPA, not a full rye beer, so it seems spot on.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a hazy orange body with a nice white head that quickly lays down to a nice thin lace around the top of the body. The smells has a great grapefruit, citrus aroma to it.
The taste is bitter and citrus all day. The rye comes through really nicely closer to the back. The mouthfeel is good, the beer is a little thicker than other ipa and leaves a nice bitter after taste on the tongue. Overall this is a damm good beer.

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Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured hazy gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like bitter grapefruit and citrus zest, with some bready yeast and spicy earthy rye.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and waxy hops, with some spicy rye and earthy bread. It had a lasting bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent rye IPA, but not great. The scent and taste were alright, but the body was excellent. The finish was a little rough, so it wasn't to easy to drink. Meh.

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Photo of ValpoExpo
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer always kicks my butt. One of the hoppiest beers to come out of GLBC. The 7.5% ABV is deceiving (I think its more than that because it always takes me close to a half hour just to finish one). I still prefer Lake Erie Monster and Alchemy Hour over Rye of the Tiger.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.