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Rye beers: what's good?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by OobyDoobyLou, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. OobyDoobyLou

    OobyDoobyLou Aspirant (35) Dec 31, 2012

    Hey everybody,

    So i recently tried FW Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA and loved it! I'm new to the style and wanted to know what other rye beers I should try. Black IPAs? Any suggestions?

    Thanks! :)
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  2. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Champion (805) California Sep 4, 2010 Beer Trader

    Drinking a Ruthless Rye now :) I'm sure everyone else will suggest the same although there are other good ones out there.

  3. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Aficionado (230) Colorado Oct 26, 2012

    If Boulevard is distributed where you are, Rye On Rye is excellent and out now.
  4. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Champion (805) California Sep 4, 2010 Beer Trader

    Boulevard Rye on Rye if you want to drink liquid Rye bread.
  5. OobyDoobyLou

    OobyDoobyLou Aspirant (35) Dec 31, 2012

    Awesome! Cheers, brother!

    Im picking up a six pack today. Thanks again!

    ps. Boulevard? Im in LA and i havent seen it but it might be around somewhere. ill check it out.:)
  6. mtkennyp

    mtkennyp Zealot (95) North Carolina Apr 14, 2011

    Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale
  7. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    GD Hoss
    Ommegang Scythe n Sickle
    Hop Rod Rye

    Ruthless, IMHO, is the worst
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  8. Loganyoung

    Loganyoung Savant (290) Georgia Jul 16, 2011 Beer Trader

    The bruerys rugbrod is one of my favorite rye beers.
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  9. Roudy1

    Roudy1 Savant (385) Iowa Sep 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    Boulevard Rye On Rye
    Founder's Red's Rye
    Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye

    I haven't had it yet but I'm wondering how the new Bell's rye beer compares to these?
    19etz55 likes this.
  10. FFF's "Rye'da Tiger" is one of the best I've had in a while.
  11. HardyA

    HardyA Savant (430) Michigan Jan 26, 2013 Subscriber

    I second Founder's Red's Rye. One of my favorites
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  12. Hawkharvs

    Hawkharvs Aficionado (225) Iowa Sep 9, 2012

    Reds Rye by Founders...you will thank me.
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  13. seeswo

    seeswo Advocate (535) Ohio Jan 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Lock this one down folks.
  14. Jack's Abby RIPL
  15. philbe311

    philbe311 Advocate (635) Pennsylvania Jan 21, 2008 Subscriber

    I'll second Foudners, Hop Rod Rye, and Ruthless... Two Brothers Cane & Ebel and Sixpoint Righteous are two excellent examples not previously mentioned for a very underrated style...
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  16. 2GOOFY

    2GOOFY Savant (435) California Aug 19, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I would second Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
  17. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Savant (405) Illinois Jul 28, 2009 Beer Trader

    Two Brothers Cane & Ebel is the best.
  18. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    Are you looking for rye ipas/BIPAs? Or any beer with rye?

    Bruery- Smoking Wood or RugBrod
  19. frogfan

    frogfan Savant (380) Texas Sep 4, 2009

    Lazy Magnolia Timber Beast hasn't been mentioned and its a pretty damn good rye IIPA.
  20. mdmusch

    mdmusch Aficionado (200) Minnesota May 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    Surlyfest is my favorite, but it's ridiculous how low of quantity is produced. Rye Wyne Ale is another great one from the good ol' state of Minnesota
  21. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (890) California Nov 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    I just got one of these. Is it good?

  22. I personally like:

    -Lenny's Bittersweet R.I.P.A.- Shmaltz Brewing Co.
    -Hop Rod Rye- Bear Republic
    -Rutheless Rye- Sierra Nevada
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  23. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA and Two Brothers Cane & Ebel are probably my faves since Red's Rye PA is no longer year-round..

    Just tried Bell's Smitten the other day, and they nailed the rye aspect.

    Look out for Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger, which should hit shelves this spring, it's great..

    Tommyknocker Hop Strike Black Rye IPA isn't bad if you can get it fresh..
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  24. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (770) Illinois Apr 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    Hop Rod Rye is my favorite. Two Brothers Cane and Ebel is pretty good too. Oh and Founders Reds Rye is awesome! Still waiting to try Boulevard Rye on Rye
  25. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Savant (350) California Feb 22, 2011

    WOOKEY JACK! Not much of a rye character, but still...

    Also, Ruthless Rye.
  26. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

  27. huysmans

    huysmans Savant (415) New Jersey Dec 5, 2007

    Sixpoint Righteous - don't think I saw it mentioned. Rye'd Da Lighting is the best I have ever had, but it is no longer available. I have not had Rye'da Tiger yet, sadly.
  28. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    And if you checked the list of Rye beers on BA, you wouldn't find it. Rye in the name but entered by a BA as a DIPA. Btw, I thought it was awesome and yeah, I did say this in my review: " Man, that rye really adds a great dimension to a DIPA.".
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  29. rye-on-rye, rugbrod, hop rod, ruthless, Jack's RIPL, red's rye and sixpoint righteous in that order. RIPL and Righteous are on the more sessionable end of the spectrum; hop rod and rugbrod are feasts for the senses (and rugbrod is just a sweet beer to have displayed on your shelf. That label rules). Ruthless is somewhere in the middle. And rye-on-rye... good lord.

    For some reason, Red's Rye did not do it for me. When I want to taste rye I go for a great big hoppy bomb like Hop Rod or a hearty one like rugbrod. Red's does not assert itself enough in either direction, IMO.
  30. Yeah man, I thought the rye was very pronounced in that one. Kinda surprised it's not in the rye category.
  31. I'm also in la.

    No founders, no FFF, no jacks abbey, no bells. Those don't come out here.

    Boulevard distributes some of the smokestack series out here, but not the Rye on Rye. But find the smokestack series anyway, they are killer.

    And track down hop rod rye from bear republic. It rules.

    Also a local brewery in Temecula called Black Market makes a killer Rye Ipa just called Rye Ipa. It's one of the best beers that no one knows about, and a remarkably good rye ipa.

    A great bottle shop should have all of those. The one I frequent does.

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  32. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (430) New Jersey Aug 12, 2007

    Two classics, Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye and Founders Red Rye P.A.. Enjoy!
  33. JimKal

    JimKal Savant (390) North Carolina Jul 31, 2011

    I do like Red's Rye. I just had my homebrew version of it - nice and spicy.
  34. Loganyoung

    Loganyoung Savant (290) Georgia Jul 16, 2011 Beer Trader

    Totally forgot but sweetwaters new rye ipa is damn tasty. It's calld lowryeder.
  35. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Advocate (630) Missouri Jan 26, 2013

    I also like Founder's Red's Rye. I've got a Wookey Jack sitting in the fridge. I can't wait to try it but I'm keeping it for the Super Bowl on Sunday.
  36. BlueOkie

    BlueOkie Aficionado (210) Oklahoma Jun 19, 2008 Beer Trader

    I've been curious to know exactly which Boulevard beers are distributed in CA, and (more importantly) which ones aren't.
  37. Ok so lets split this puppy up:
    Bells Smitten Rye
    Founders Red's Rye
    Bull City Rattelade RyePA
    Ruthless Rye
    Terrapin Rye PA
    Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger

    Black IPA:
    Hoppin Frog Hop Heathen
    New Glarus Black Top
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  38. Double wide ipa
    Sixth glass quad
    Dark truth stout
    Tank 7 farmhouse
    Long strange triple

    That's all. And they just started about two months ago. But certainly better than nothing.
  39. LambicKing

    LambicKing Advocate (685) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    Ry(e)an Ale
  40. Dope

    Dope Advocate (670) Massachusetts Oct 5, 2010

    Smuttynose Ry(e)an. Awwww yeah. Similar to Boulevard rye-on-rye, it's a rye whiskey barrel aged rye beer. I think it's actually multiple barrel-aged if I remember.

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