Halligan RyePA | Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.

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Halligan RyePAHalligan RyePA

Brewed by:
Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a nice copper bronze color with an adequate head.

Smell is spicy, bready and somewhat buttery.

Taste is spicy and finishes buttery, nice clingy bitterness to the beer that stays with it to the end.

A medium bodied beer with a very rich malt profile that is balanced well with the hop bitterness. Finishes mostly dry.

Fairly drinkable IPA, but not one I would reach for if offered a multitude of these beers.

Worth trying.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber poured into a pint glass. The beer was a hazy orange color with a thick, off-white head. It had a floral aroma, with a mildly malty aroma. The rye malt came through in the taste, some spice, and a lingering pine taste. It was rather dry, and not too heavily hopped. Good beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, no freshness info, pours clear, darker amber, has that nice slightly greenish/olive oil hue,fine bubble near white head, leaving nice looking fine lace on the glass. Grainy hop nose, leads to a crisp hoppy brew. better then average hop attack. Grainy and piney. Amarillo are said to be used on the label but I don't pick up there characteristic pineapple qualities. Smooth on the tongue, oily, flavorful and all in all a decent take on the style and certainly a respectable APA. Worth a try.

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Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light citrus hops with good amounts of pale malt aromas lurking in the background. As it warms the hop aromas become more pronounced.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are joined by citrus hop flavors and just a tad of spiciness from the rye. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bomber without much problem and could drink a few of these.

Overall this is a good beer but it seems to be more of an APA than an IPA. Still, I'm a fan of the rye, even though it could be a bit more pronounced. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Dewey0603
2.69/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden/red with only few bubbles and a large white frothy head. The head is nice and leaves very good lacing. The smell is not all that strong,but you can make out some sweet malt and hops. The taste is very malty for an IPA with bread yeast,bitter hops and the above mentioned malt as the primary flavors. The m/f is light and somewhat thin with the flavors only mixing OK. Not horrible, but this is a weak IPA.

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Photo of blaje
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving @ 5-6 oC out of bomber.
Burst out of the bottle right after opening, So my guess was an hefty carbonation in this one. Pours out reddish amber, quite dark for an IPA. Very nice creamy head on top that last for a good 5 minutes.

Nose: At pouring, immediate malt scent comes up. Caramel, toffee scent was very present. Butter and blackberry (!) came up to.

Mouth: Surprisingly, since that this beer burst-out of the bottle, I was expecting a really fizzy beer in mouth, but it felt a lot more creamier then expected. Caramelized malt is very present. Bitterness is is well dissimulated by the strong malt back bone of this drink. Sweet and somewhat buttery in mouth. Cannot really sort out anything from rye used in this brew. I need more tasting of rye beer to really pinpoint those flavours.

Conclusion: For me, more hops (or more pungent hops) would have bring this beer in the range of IPA that I really like. But it was nice to have an IPA with that amount of malt. A rare beer that uses rye. Different and a good experience.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml bottle with no lot code or expiration date noticeable. Sampled on June 25, 2009. It pours a kind of amber-gold with decent carbonation and a long lasting, but small, puffy beige head. The aroma seems more sweeter than hoppy for an IPA although the fresh hops are there and you cannot miss them. The mouthfeel runs about medium and sort of smooth like honey. The taste tends to be a lot sweeter than most IPA's, which is why I actually kind of liked it. IPA purists may not find it to be hoppy enough but since IPA's are low on my list of styles, I actually enjoyed its sweetness and it merged well with my tastebuds.

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Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle courtesy of damienblack as an extra. I've been collecting the annual Pozharnik releases so I'm excited to branch out.

A: The ale is the color of maple syrup, brown and fairly clear with bright orange shine. A finger of head quickly dissapated to a thin white band.

S: Light hops, citrusy, mix with malts that are biscuity and spicy. The rye is present, peppery, but not overpowering.

T: Grainy malts match with a surprisingly strong hop profile. The malts are bready with caramel flavors. A pleasant sugary sweetness nicely defines the end of the malt profile, a few drops of maple syrup. The hop profile is crisp, citrusy with a rind bitterness and grassy notes. There is a bit of rye spiciness, not much but if you search for it you'll find it.

M: The mouthfeel is grainy, loaded with bread flavors (but not enough rye). The hops are nicely bitter, coating the tastebuds.

D: The abv is quite low, significantly upping the drinkability. I'd like more rye to really seal the deal.

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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden bronze. Small creamy whiteish head that dissipated quickly into a pool of oils. Small sticky webs of frosty laces.

Spicy, herbal, pine sap, slight grapefruit. Sweet toffee, hint of marshmellow and chocolate. Hops are somewhat muted, but a nice complex nose.

Sweet malty twang of toffee and spicy rye with a hint of chocolate and some marshmellow. Tart and bitter with hops flavors including spicy herbs and resins, pine sap, and grapefruit. Mostly bittering hops, hop flavor and aroma are somewhat muted.

Dry, crisp, refreshing, sticky, med body, lively carbonation

Malt forward balanced IPA with lots of hop bitterness, but lacking in hop flavor and aroma (which keeps it from ranking higher). The rye is always welcome in hoppy IPAs. spicy dry and refreshingly bitter brew. Above average.

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Photo of philbe311
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Two and a half fingers of tightly packed batter like white head... Impressive retention... Pale copper color... Moderate carbonation...

S - Surprisingly sweet... Caramel... Toffee... Some dark fruit and sweet citrus... Slightly buttery... Rye...

T - The malts are the first to hit the pallate with minor amounts of caramel and toffee... Some sweet citrus... Lots of extra spicy rye... A nice collection of hops (amarillo, nugget, & tettnang)... A combination of rye and hops linger... Unfortunately, there are a lot of great components here, but the don't seem to work in concert and seem to be disjointed...

M - The creamy head is the first thing to reach your lips... Above average carbonation... Medium bodied... Some faint oily hop resins...

D - The beer looks good and smells very good, but seems to fall a little short in terms of taste... Quite drinkable at 5.1 ABV, but far from memorable...

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Photo of fitzy84
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 22 ounce at Table and Vine. The drink pours with a clear, slightly amber-brown color with a thin head and patchy lacing on the sides. Aromas were a bit weaker than I would have hoped for an IPA. Slightly hoppy with a mixture of subtle spice. The taste was clean with a bittersweet balance of hops and spicy malts. Mouthfeel gives it a slight crispness but it lacks a strong body. A little bit silky texture however. Overall, a subtly good, average IPA.

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Photo of TeddyBG
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Burnt orange color with cream colored head that quickly dissipates. decent lacing.

S: Heavy rye and small malt in the background. Different but cannot pick up the hops at all.

T: Strong rye and hop bitterness at the finish with some rye aftertaste.

M: Seems a bit flat and mouthfeel is slightly watery.

D: It is an interesting flavor. The rye smell is delicious but just does not translate into the taste. I guess the lack of hop smell and taste really disappoints here and is tainting the judgement of the brew. ABV is nice and conducive to a session but just cannot see me picking this as a sessionable IPA.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into nonic.

I'm not sure what to think about this one. The only Pale Ale I could find on their website was the RyePA, but the bottle label clearly states IPA. There is no ingredient list on the bottle. While the flavor is toasty, it does exhibit the slight tartness that usually comes with rye beers, but it's hard to definitively say that's what it is. Unlike other rye beers, this one is short on the hops, which seems like a negative since it's labeled as an IPA. Full bodied, plenty of carbonation. Overall it's pretty drinkable.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amberish golden beer in appearance with a good foamy head.

Smell is hoppy, fresh hops come out with a shy malt profile.

Taste is a first bitter, a cutting hoppiness comes in followed by a balanced malty caramel flavours that come out with stint of rye.

The rye aftertaste left in the mouth was pleasant to say the least even if I am not a fan of rye at all.

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a thin piney hop a soft maltiness.

The taste was subtle in both the hop and malt departments. Light citrus and pine and a light graininess.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a tasty and straight forward IPA.

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Photo of erosier
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep amber/red/brown with a medium sized and medium bodied off white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of roasted malts and a spicy rye aroma and then a slight earthy/floral/piney hop aroma at the end. Has a nice nose to it.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts up front, then a spicy rye flavor. It is followed by almost a taste rest where it tastes a bit watery and then a slight hop finish.
M: Watery, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: OK, I suppose this one was lacking on the malt character and wish there was more malt and more hops, but I really did enjoy the idea of a rye-IPA and the flavor was just about there for me.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bomber to BMS mug...

Clean, copper bourbon color. Moderate carbonation rises to thin, yeasty rye bread-colored head with moderate lacing.

Malt profile let's the rye express itself; overall nose is very mild.

Very pleasant and balanced-hop profile is very mild and grassy. A bit of earthiness.

Nice, balanced mouthfeel-full finish.

Decent, drinkable offering.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

saw this while picking up some brews and thought I'd give it a shot.

A - almost a tanish cola color with a nice off white
S - a hint of caramel, a hint of spicy hop,
T - light caramel malts, slight spicy hops, with a finish of light citric hop in the background.
M - light to medium light body, nicely carbonated, smooth sessionable beer.
D - drinks nice and easy. paired it up with a barbeque and it worked with the dinner.

A nice light brew overall. I think I may be getting too used to the west coast version of the american IPA as this felt underhopped. Set that notion aside and this worked with spicy barbeque.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/31/08 at Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, fruity citrus, rye bread and some spice.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of citrus and caramel sweetness, a good hops bite and the breadiness of the rye malt. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, good kick, not too filling, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for long time.

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a thin white head that descends to a lasting thin cover rather quickly.

The smell is of pine and cedar?. A bit resiny.

The tasteis of resiny pine. Drying rye/carob backing gives supports the piney hops. It has a fleeting finish.

Medium-bodied with decent carbonation.

It's decent - the piney hops and rye malt mix together well enough. Something rather astringent to it though.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the clear dark amber brew. Head fades gradually, with good lacing. Aroma is lightly spicy, but overall minimal. Taste is slight maltiness upfront, goes a bit prickly with the rye spicing in the middle, and then everything seems to work together when the hops come on by the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft over the tongue, and drinkability is nice and easy. Wish the flavors were a bit more substantial, but a nice brew.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper/amber with a one-finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin cap and then a ring. Spotty lacing.

Smells of sweet bready malts and citrus hops: lemon and orange mostly.

Taste is rye bread and sweet malts up front. Hop profile is almost not there, though, except for a bitterness in the middle before it finishes with a caramel sweetness. A good beer that seems well balanced, but it just does not taste like an IPA.

Light to medium-bodied mouthfeel; seems a bit watered down.

Despite being an enjoyable beer, it tastes more like an American Amber/Red Ale than an IPA. Drinkability is pretty good though.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My pour created a nice finger of off-tan head with decent retention. Color was an ornagish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant biscuit smell underlain by mild hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a welcome contrast of biscuit-y malt up front, followed by a mild hop bite behind. Finish was more malty than bitter, but the hops were there. I really though that this was more of an English-style IPA than an American one. I really liked it, but stylistically, it just was not up to snuff.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three-fingered thick cream head that slowly fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is a typical IPA, hints of caramel but quickly to hoppy bitterness at finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Overpriced at $10.99 for a 22oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH.

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Photo of dhd1491
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, light amber-copper. Head of off-white bubbles die down quickly; leaves little lacing on glass. Faint yeasty aroma.

Taste is a bit watery. Biscuity and yeasty with some toasted malts and not much hoppiness. I would have a hard time identifying this as an IPA in a blind taste test. Some caramel and butter notes add some points to the taste score.

Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy, but brew is quite easy to drink overall. Not bad, but not what I look for in an IPA.

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Halligan RyePA from Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 61 ratings