Smuttynose Rhye IPA
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Rhye IPASmuttynose Rhye IPA
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Rye Beer
Ranked #37
Ranked #10,293
3.94 | pDev: 8.88%
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Very Good
Smuttynose Rhye IPASmuttynose Rhye IPA
Notes: Originally released as part of our Short Batch Series, our Rhye IPA arose from our desire to play with rye malt. It's built on a Finestkind IPA chassis, with the following changes:

• We tweaked the grain bill adding 30% rye malt and swapped Aromatic malt for C-60. Rye adds a spicy note while Aromatic malt adds a more subtle flavor than C-60 but increases malt aroma.

• We lowered the mash rest temperature a few degrees, giving the final beer less body and more drinkability.

• We jacked up the dry hopping to four times the level of Finest Kind for big hop aroma.

65 IBU
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Photo of polloenfuego
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look is a rich honey gold with a nice 2 finger head. Head breaks pretty quickly, and there is some lacing. The smell is of rye, piney hops and some malts. The taste is more hop forward with pine and citrus. Then the rye spice comes in, followed by the malts. Feel is medium body and carbonation.

Pretty decent beer. I enjoyed it more when I had my second taste.

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Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy honey color one finger off white head and nice sticky lace. smells of crusty rye bread. smooth silky rye malt taste med body no cloying after taste. nice tasty beer.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicy notes of black pepper, rye and resinous pine unfold throughout, grounded by a malty core of light caramel and nutty, toasty bread flavors. Get a hint if grapefruit deep in the middle. A pleasant bitterness and spicy rye character lingers long on the dry finish.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt golden orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing sliding into the beer. The smell had a sweet rye malt with a light citrus aspect backing it up nicely. The taste took the sweet and let in a light spice in the balance and still let in a delicate citrus. All blended well into the aftertaste and left a quick semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonated nicely, this one had a nice bitterness rolling across my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA with a nice rye spice to tie things up. I’d have again.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Note, my beer lists 7% as the alcohol content. Nice orange amber somewhat cloudy look to this brew with an off white head. Scent is of citrus, I'm getting slight grapefruit and slight malt from the nose. Not near as bold of a flavor as I was expecting. Citric and sweet grapefruit pithy/piney in the finish. Somewhat bitter. This has a nice medium light body a solid carbonation. Nothing bad about this offering but to me, nothing exciting either.

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Photo of brureview
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a Amber copper color in a Speigelau glass with a 1F head.

Piney, earthy aroma.

Piney taste, which is at first masked by the spicy bitterness of the finish. The pine notes are stronger with warming.

The finish is the best element in the beer: spicy hoppy, sharp bitterness, but not overdone.

Overall an excellent Rye beer. Is it a rye IPA or some kind of hybrid as suggested by another member? Founders Red's Rye IPA is closer to the style. Much different than this beer. Regardless, an excellent beer.

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Photo of soccrgump
3.04/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed 6/17/15
A: Light copper, 1/2 finger head dissipated quickly, a lot of carbonation rising
S: Apricot, tropical fruit
T: Mango, sweet, light hop, malty finish, a little citrus pith taste
M: Smooth, creamy finish
O: Not the best example of a rye, but it's ok

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Photo of dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE: July 6, 2016... OCCASION: Greeting Shan after an attempt to score Hamilton tickets...but she is still in good spirits... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... dark, handsomely gradient amber body with ample bubbles... a frothy, off-white head settles evenly and leaves cloudy ribbons... a fresh, light, toasted bread aroma begins, with the spiciness of rye--pepper, lemon and suntan lotion (?!)--with a heaviness towards the dough... the first sip is invigorating, with a medium-bodied, creamy, thickness that is almost chewable... nutty, toasted, and bready, with a lemony citrus kick... nice peppercorn crackle, with a strong back end finish that lingers.... this beer packs a powerful flavor profile without tipping its hand in terms of ABV... an excellent stand-alone that compliments Smuttynose’s portfolio...

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Photo of Sabtos
2.21/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Gold amber.

Smell is dank, with skunk and burnt rubber. Taste is largely the same. I've rarely experienced these attributes this potently in a beer.

Even with the pungent and astringent flavors combined with bitter pine, this been somehow remains partly fluffy on the palate.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber color with a thin off white head.

Smell: Light hops and Malts, hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Bitter hops with hints of Malts and pine notes.

Overall: OK IPA, not my first choice. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Man; I really wanted to fall in love with this beer. I drink A LOT of rye whiskey and unfortunately I found the taste of rye here was too underwhelming. It's basically just a slightly maltier, spicier version of their Finestkind IPA (which is incredible) - but not what I was looking for.

Look: Pours a murky, orange brown with a one finger eggshell colored head that settles down to reveal excellent lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma smells strongly of malt. Some pine needles and pumpernickel bread. A slight maple syrup note.

Taste: Pleasant, never overbearing caramel malt notes and a generous hop bill with heaps of toffee and sweet fudge flavors. There's a sweet vanilla bean and orange flower taste.

Only on the finish does the rye come into play. It's sour and chewy, with notes of wood and smoke, like a decent rye whiskey. Faint anise note.

Feel: A relatively light body for an IPA. Very tame carbonation. Slightly dry. Pretty sessionable.

Overall: Slightly disappointed, the taste of rye isn't as prominent as I'd like. The rhino on the label had me thinking the flavor of rye would be through the roof and incredibly strong, but oh well. An okay beer, but unless they tweak the recipe I probably won't try it again for some time.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best before 9/9/16.

Pours hazy copper with decent lacing and a partial skim coat for the duration. Grapefruit, tropical fruit and plump malt in the nose. On the fuller side of medium bodied with a slick, chewy mouthfeel. Ripe malt with citrus on the palate with a balancing bitterness. A mild spicy note from the Rye. Finishes with figgy malt and moderate hops.

Tasty enough but I prefer my IPA's drier and hoppier. An actual bottling date would be nice too.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark Amber body with a white head with nice retention and lacing
S: earthy and citrus find smell; some spicy floral notes
T: earthy and citrus runs hops with a sweet, caramel backbone and a spicy finish; hints of vanilla and cinnamon, as well.
M: medium bodied bad pretty thick and smooth
D: great mouthfeel and trade combo. Nice drinking beer!

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Photo of Urk1127
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze in color. White head.
Smell of toast. Rye. Pine. Citrus.
Taste of citrus. Citrus peels. Pine. Rye.
Feel is dry. Toasty. Medium carbonation. A good beer

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I have somehow decided to make it an evening of college hockey (on TV) and R(h)ye IPAs here at Chez Woody. I began with a Two Brothers Cane and Ebel and I am continuing with this bottle, both of which came from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop.

From the bottle: "Make mine a Smutty!"; "Brewing fine beers in NH since 1994."; "Come visit our brewery and restaurant at Towle Farm in Hampton, New Hampshire. And check us out online at for events, releases and great Smerchandise in our e-store. As always, thanks for saying: Make mine a Smutty!"

I Pop!ped the cap and employed a gentle pour since this one had been in my reefer for an extended period. A swirl once in the glass raised a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention that left nice sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pronounced black pepper spiciness, but the malt gave it a slight biscuit quality. It was clearly different than Cane and Ebel, although they were of the same style. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was cool, minty, peppery and biting! I was reminded of some DIPAs which, for this self-avowed hophead, is not a bad thing at all. It drank a LOT bigger than its 6.8% ABV! Mein gott! The spiciness of the rye just cut through everything else, attacking my poor, bruised tongue and worming its way into the weakened taste buds like hydrofluoric acid. It burns, but in a good way. Finish was dry and cool, like standing in the midst of a winter evergreen forest and taking a deep breath. Phew! I was put in mind of going out to look for a cut-your-own Christmas tree.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

from a bottle to a pint tulip
look; copper with amber hues, cloudy at first but clears to a slight haze, 1/2" head that only stays for a minute or two, moderate lacing
smell; rye,pine, grapefruit, passion fruit, bittersweet, enticing
taste; add sugar and honey to the above, nice balance of rye, hops, and sweet malt
feel; smooth, mild to moderate carbonation is complementary to taste
overall; sweet bittersweet balance, a little sweeter than i expected, rye ipa candy

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Photo of tempest
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pulling some lovely, subtle bready barley and spicy rye notes, but I dont think the hop aroma is where Smutty expects it to be. I've got a fresh bottle, and while it's big and pleasant, it's not huge. I get a big pine and burnt orange aroma, while the malts kick in during the flavor. The bitter finish does develop nicely and linger.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I prefer DIPA's to IPA's. Pours Hazy copper/amber. Citrus in the nose. Taste is ok for first 1/2 of the bottle, but as it warms near total dominance of lemon and maybe the rye malt. I really didn't care for this one, but IPA's are not one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold crowned with a 2” white moussey foam cap that produces excellent lace. Big grassy nose with spicy grain. Hop driven with some grapefruit rind and resin on the tongue with some rye spice. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with an acceptable head; dots of lacing hang around

Smell: Caramel, rye bread and pine

Taste: Although the beer is not sweet, there is a good foundation of caramel malt, at the outset; the spicy rye aspect keeps the sweetness in check; in the mid-palate, the hops take over, bringing tropical fruit and piney bitterness; the finish is balanced, with an edge to the bitter side

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting twist to the standard IPA; while I don't ordinarily like a lot of malt in my IPAs, this one has an interesting complexity from the rye

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Photo of Krisp09
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip. Clear orange Amber color with thin head. Aroma is floral and pine with nice malt notes as well, really well balanced. Taste is spice from rye and nice floral and resiny pine hop flavor. Overall a great ipa

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(best by 08/18/15 - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: liquid is, at first, a fairly clear, medium-orange/amber... sediment does slip out and murk it up a little... the foam is slightly off-white, quite open and spongy in structure... nice chunky lace ring left at the mouth of the glass

S: your average West Coast juicy citrus - lots of orange and lemon... great potency to the hops... only maybe the most subtle hint of rye malt coming through the middle... pretty straight-forward hop showcase... little bit of alcohol piercing in on the back end, enhancing the fruit

T: really full malts coated in hop-resin up front... a bit of the rye, bready, showing through in the finish... trail of mildly tannic hop leaf in the aftertaste... midway through the candy-like citrus elements gradually intensify with each sip, while the restrained bitterness subtly creeps up, but not quite to balance... lemony burps

F: silky, fatty, and plush - like a fine doughy ass in track pants... the finish swipes that up and out with a porcelain-ian soft booze... so smooth

O: again, I don't understand why you'd want to marquee this as a rye beer, then stuff each bottle with a fistful of hops - let the rye shine, mofos!... rye IPAs all taste about the same, anyway, but Smutty does a fine-ass job with all their IPAs... I'm feeling now like it was a great move getting that variety pack - Finest Kind is one of my all-time faves anyway, and this compliments it quite well

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of 08/18/15

Appearance - Pours clear and copper orange with a khaki colored finger width head. Fair retention; dissipates to a thin, broken layer of suds and a ring around the edge of the glass. Patchy lacing with good stick.

Smell - Citrus aroma with a peppery spice and a fair caramel undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orangey citrus flavor with a peppery spice bite from the rye. Firm caramel malt backbone. Hints of chocoolate in the finish, with a lingering pepper and citrus pith aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with fair carbonation. Pretty heavy for an IPA, though rye can thicken a brew. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Pretty delicious, though its drinkable qualities aren't quite on par with some of the top notch IPA's. Avoid after a full meal.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Looks hazy orange, ok off-white head. Smells like citrus hops, slightly dank and with some rye.
Tastes nice with lemony/ orange citrus up front, and then a rye malt bread/ malt flavor to round it out and subdue the bitterness. Tasty, even a bit smokey.
Feels fairly full and nicely carbonated.
This is a pretty flavorful rye beer, and the hops are played well for big aroma and balanced in flavor.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best before 8/14/15, poured into a Sam Adams glass

A- pours a clear deep golden color with a peach hue, small creamy white head reduces to a thin film floating on top, no lacing left behind

S- citrus & piney hops peppery rye with a toasted malt base

T- quite sweet up front, eventually giving way to some spicy rye, followed by piney and fruity hops, more sweet malt with some bready notes on the close

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a thick foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish

O- some nice spicy rye notes, but a little too sweet for an IPA

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Smuttynose Rhye IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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