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Harpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is brewed with our proprietary yeast – the same yeast we’ve used since first brewing Harpoon Ale – and some interesting hop varieties. The combination of Pale, Rye, Caramel 60, Flaked Rye, and Vienna yield a complex malt body that stands up to the spiciness of the rye and the pronounced hop flavor. The rye also adds a reddish hue to the beer. The kettle additions of Centennial, Apollo, and Chinook, and the dry hop addition of Falconer’s Flight add a multidimensional hop character.

70 IBU

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

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Reviews by mayorwalda:
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon's Rich and Dan's Rye IPA (100 Barrel Series #37) sounds like quite a treat and I have to say, I'm really looking forward to it.

Before the pour, or any of that, when you pop the top off of this beer you're hit with its floral, very green, rye accented aroma.

This beer pours a light golden color with a big, two finger head that is as aromatic as it is thick. As far as lace is concerned this beer has something less like lace and more like knitted wool. This beer's big head leaves a thick coating of bubbles all along the edge of your glass for you to sniff at throughout your drinking pleasure.

And as I've segwayed to "drinking pleasure" it's time to talk about the taste of this brew. Simple enough, this beer, in mouth, is something of a typical IPA, initially offering its drinker a bitter, green taste with minimal maltiness--truly I'm having a little difficulty picking up much of any malt. An element of this beer that makes maltiness extra difficult to pick up on is certainly the rye taste that comes on between sips. For the entire time this brew is in mouth you taste the crisp, carbonated taste of floral, somewhat grassy hopps, and then, when one would normally taste an IPAs maltiness, you taste the subtle rye element of this beer.

This brew is more delicate, in that way, than I ever thought an IPA could be. While it sounds funny that I would be surprised by the rye taste in this beer, it's worth noting that almost everything about this beer more so brings out the initial taste of this beer. The carbonation is rather high, the clarity is great, overall this beer is crisp and complimentary of its bitter hopp taste; but then the rye comes in and mellows on your palate. This beer is much like a roller coaster ride from bitterness to a subtle rye taste which reiterates itself upon every sip.

A: Golden, yellow in color, there are tons of bubbles and a fantastic head with even more lace.
S: The aroma of this beer is the typic aroma of IPAs, floral, bitter and maybe a bit grassy.
T: This beer's taste, at first, is of hopps and bitterness but then comes the rye. This accent is really nice and makes this beer more of an experience. It also makes me crave a ruben!
M: The mouthfeel of this beer is light, quite carbonates and generally crisp.
O: This beer is almost a case of Jekyll and Hyde. What we have at the moment of drinking this beer is almost completely different from what is tasted between sips. One is bitter and clean tasting while the offbeat, between sips taste, is mellow and semisweet. This beer is therefore almost more of an experience than it is a beer--but it happens to be a damn fine beer too!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of everythingiszen
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

The rye that got me into ryes. Heavy bodied, golden hued, grapefruity. Lingering bitter finish, maybe too lingering.

I'm probably biased in Harpoon's favor, but it's good regardless.

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a clear rich copper with a creamy-like one finger white head that never really settles,just some nice froth.Aromas have a nice spicy rye kick to go along with the citric hops,a bit of nutty malt is detected as well.Flavors start with citric and earthy hops wich is good but the rye doesn't quite stand out as much on the palate,there is a slightly sweet and nutty malt base wich holds up well to the hops.There is a nice creamy feel to the beer and it has alot of stuff going for it,a little beefing up on the rye malt and this beer would be outstanding,as is it's still pretty damn good.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malty; very rich and flavorful.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a Sam Adams pint glass this beer was a gold color, not at all hazy. It had a medium-sized white head that left a little bit of lace.
Rye malt aroma, fairly sharp. Citrus and herbal notes.
Rye malt taste against grapefruit. Some piney hops showed up late.
This beer was certainly on the crisp side. It had a nice bite to it.
Would drink it again.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Ravenz98
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TTripp725
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Twifiter
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Guden
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy copper in color with a big egg shell head that fades slowly leaving impressive lace.

S- Big nose of American hops, lots of pine and fruit, with some spicy and sweet breadiness.

T- Smooth and light up front, with a strange pit fruit character that is quickly whisked away by a refreshingly bitter and fairly smooth bitterness.

M- Thin and dry with medium low carbonation, this one goes down pretty easily.

O- An enjoyable IPA thought I don't get a huge amount of rye, just enough to poke around the hops. This beer could also use a little more hop flavor up front rather than just the finishing bitterness.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with a batch # on the bottle.

LOOK: Hazed golden peach color, more than ample head

SMELL: Orangey, grassy, catty, spicy rye, yeast, juicy fruit, over ripe lemons

TASTE: Hoppy, herbal, spicy rye, bready, buttery yeast, mangoes, hemp seeds, dried grass, bitter dry finish

Gratz on the 25 years, certainly a good stab at the Rye IPA style. Big and hoppy equals fun and the house character keeps it interesting.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Premium Gourmet of Buffalo. Poured into a Duvet goblet.

Bright amber brew, nice billowing head that settles into a nice little layer. Good lacing, decent looking brew.

Nose is sweet malt, very little hops at all, with the caramel, toffee and rye grain dominating things.

Nice rye brew, with the hops having a bit more of a go on the palate. A bit of citrus there, and with a nice rye character.

Thinner bodied, carbonation is touch hot. Hop bitterness lingers a bit.

Interesting rye brew, I enjoyed it. Again, more hops would have been great, but I did get that chewy rye grain flavor, which is a good thing.

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Photo of chudson1992
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jondeelee
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rich & Dan's Rye IPA begins with an aroma that is heavy on the hops (as is to be expected), with lovely pine and grapefruit notes. Beneath that is a healthy dose of grains, including fresh-cut wheat aromas, as well as light hints of rye and pumpernickel bread.

On the tongue, the beer provides a massive upfront hit of hops, heavy on grapefruit and grapefruit rind. The malts add a touch of apricot. The rye flavors come later in the mouthful and are quite light, but do add a hint of spicy undercurrent, resembling marble rye bread with fresh-cracked black pepper. The aftertaste is heavy on hops, with light remnants of apricot and rye, and has a lingering hop and, unfortunately, alcohol tang.

Overall, this is a good IPA, though problematic in that the rye flavors are not as prominent as the label would suggest--indeed, not knowing this was a Rye IPA, I wouldn't have necessarily known rye was in it. And the heavy alcohol in the aftertaste did become overwhelming after about a third of the bottle. Still, the hoppy tones are delicious, and there's just enough spice to give the beer a welcome kick. Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of juicebox
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of skivtjerry
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber color, slightly hazy, with a small sticky head.

S: Hoppy, lots of resin/pine notes with a little dankness and some soapy notes (no, my glass is clean, nothing but hot water touches it). A slight rye note that seems to be lightly toasted unmalted rye rather than rye malt.

T: A respectable but not harsh hop bitterness up front followed by piney hops balanced by some spiciness and the smooth flavor of rye malt. Medium-dry, bitter finish.

M: Moderate carbonation and the slick body that rye malt lends. Finish is a tad too dry and bitter but that is splitting hairs.

O: A very drinkable beer with no real faults, just doesn't blow me away. I would buy it again. Would like to try this on draft.

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Photo of mjh0527
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.36/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Culture
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has no signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of spicy rye malts along with some notes of citrus and pine resin hops.
T: The taste is both malty and spicy; the spiciness from the rye particularly stands out in the finish while the initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness. There is a mild to light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness towards the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink for the style because the spiciness from the rye is not overpowering.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Harpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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