Harpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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2.17/5 rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Aromas are initially quite interesting. I get the spicy rye malts up front, then I dive back in and get citrus hops and a metallic/minerally odor. I little caramel maltiness in the background.
The taste begins with slight pale and spicy rye malts, not much though. The hop bite hops in soon after dominated by grassy, floral and cat pee hop flavors. Metal, old-school canned beer flavors as well. I really am not enjoying this.
Mouthfeel is sticky and full yet the finish is harsh and unforgiving. The rye and hops are too out of balance for my preferences. I love good rye beers and this is not one of them. If your going to mail in the malt bill you have to at least have late hops additions for nice hop flavors, but this doesn't have any. After making a lot of great beers in this 100 Barrel Series, Harpoon seems to have mailed in the last couple. If I was Rich or Dan, I wouldn't want my name attached to this beer... I haven't had a good drain pour in a while, adios #37!
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2011 22:35:29 | More by claspada
3/5 rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
poured from a bomber pale yellow with modest head and nice lacing. Pleasantly hoppy aroma. Taste is good but somewhat one dimensional, fairly bitter and with the slight metallic aspect mentioned by other reviewers. Definitely there but not totally off-putting. Decent, somewhat thin mouthfeel. Not a bad effort but nothing very exceptional here. Pretty drinkable as the alcohol is manageable and it is pretty crisp and refreshing. Still, the slightly overpowering metallic taste and bitterness make this one I won't be seeking out again.
Edit: as this one warmed the metallic taste vanished but all that remains is an interminably long bitter finish, totally overwhelming any other subtleties of this beer. Come on. I like hops but there's no hop notes here just bitter, bitter, bitter. One dimensional.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2011 02:23:12 | More by tobelerone
Harpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
85 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.