Smuttynose Rhye IPA | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Rhye IPASmuttynose Rhye IPA

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Bierman9 on 08-31-2013

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.74/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy golden in color with tropical fruit and citrus coming through the nose. Sort of a dominate grapefruit in flavor with a slight tan head and very minimal lacing. Light and smooth with a creamy feel and no aftertaste and acceptable bitterness. Refreshing and very easy to drink. Poured into IPA glass and relatively fresh. Overall, another fantastic offering from Smuttynose!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice amber with a thick head. nice looking IPA.

smell is fantastic, sweet aroma and only mild spice. nice different aroma than i'm used to.

taste is great. starts with slight spice, gives off sweetness and bitterness then finishes dry and slightly spicy. one of the best rye IPAs i've ever had.

not overwhelmingly spicy but still enough to show it's a rye beer. certainly worth trying, an easy drinking IPA as well.

this is my 2nd time having this beer. the other time was last year.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

For a rye based IPA this one is exceptional. Looks great, smell is subtle citrus aroma. Taste is extremely well balanced and very complex for an IPA. To explain, the rye/grain is noticable up front, then it gives way to a citrusy hoppiness and finishes very sweet and smooth without much bitterness at all. This may be one of the best rye IPAs I've had to date. Excellent.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Simply says bottle conditioned in 2013.

A: Unfiltered! Huge points already. Beautiful deep golden orange with a frothy, pillowy, bright white head. Lots of lace and decent retention.

S: Very fragrant. Lots of fruit, cedar, grass. Earthy. A bit of spice from the rye is there.

T: Similar to the nose. Big hop profile but the rye really does complement it well. Malty enough to say this is balanced. Hoppy enough to say it's an IPA. And enough rye to satisfy.

M: Incredibly smooth. Seriously. Wow. Creamy, light body that makes it massively drinkable as Smutty intended. The hop resin and rye spice come together in the finish to make this a memorable beer.

O: Everything I expect from the style and from Smutty. Absolutely delicious and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 22 oz. bottle across the river in WI, always pleased to see a new Smutty beer show up. And a rye? Feed me, feed me. Split with my wife.

The beer pours like an IPA, polished wood orange. Big honker on this beast, spicy & earthy rye lipped liberally with a nice hop jolt. Touch of orange spritzer, too. Like.

Rhye IPA is the equivalent of ryemaggedon. Spiciness lifts out of the glass in tornadic clouds, whipping the top of the mouth & numbing the taste buds. Tropical, Sunkist, bright hops lend a whup & now everything from the neck up, I can no feel. Bitterness comes through in the end to wipe out any sensation that escaped the first two courses. My burps taste divine. I could drink this out of a goldfish bowl.

Attention brewers: this is how you marry rye with hops. They're beautifully balanced, aggressive, tasty as all hell. An excellent work of art.

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Photo of Krisp09
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
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 IronLover
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light copper orange in color with a heavy chill haze. Poured with a solid, billowy white foam that reduced to a wispy cap that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Fresh citrus grapefruit and spicy rye aromas, fresh pine in the background and a pleasant sweet maltiness beneath. Medium bodied with aggressive, but soft carbonation, and a tangy feel from the middle to the end. Citrus hoppiness up front followed by spicy rye malt through the middle that transitions to light pine hop bitterness to the finish. Citrus hop flavors up front that are quickly subdues by spicy rye maltiness. Rye flavors are strong through the middle until light pine hop bitterness takes a bite at the finish. This is one of the better rye beers that I’ve had. The rye malt aromas and flavors are the spotlight, never outdone by accompanying malt and hop characteristics.

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Photo of Brad007
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale golden color with a huge head into my glass. What can I say? I don't cut my foam with salt, unlike the Carling Black Label drinkers I grew up next to.

Bold and spicy with a balanced pine wallop. Wow. I'm big on rye and this beer is fucking huge on the rye!

Forget about the hops for a second. Rye malt dominates the palate here with hops playing second fiddle. I'm not complaining. Rye adds a spiciness that you just can't get in a beer unless you use spicy hops or yeast.

Ditto for the mouthfeel. Spicy all the way. Clean finish. Alcohol? Barely even there, though I wouldn't call it "big" by any chance.

Don't get me wrong. This beer is bold and a worthy purchase if you love rye beers. I could see myself drinking it more often.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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 VelvetExtract
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a cloudy orange color. Big, fluffy white head. Great retention. Lacing is nice as well.

S-Great hop profile. Really stresses pineapple and grapefruit. Rye is not overly intense but it does lend that signature spicy zest. Grassy and piney too.

T-I really enjoy this beer's hoppy flavors. Hops are very ripe and juicy. Definitely getting some pineapple and melony flavors. Peaches too. Big, bready, sweet malty flavors. Then I find the rye to be more noticeable here.

M-Creamy and not as bitter as you'd expect. Especially with this having some relation to the Finest Kind recipe.

O/D-A great beer. I really enjoyed the hop bouquet here. Pretty complex in my view. Love the label too.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a moderately dark brown, with a half inch head, and a really good amount of lacing.

This one smells really nice, with a big rye character, some floral/perfume aromas, and a good amount of pine.

This is a really pleasant surprise, it was quite tasty. The rye character is spicy and grainy, adding some pleasant bitterness, with a good amount of bitterness also from pine, and some floral character as well. It all comes together really nicely, and forms a coherent whole.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and biting mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

Another great beer from Smuttynose, they nailed this one.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 EtOHMD
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have been on a rye beer kick so was excited to see this new offering in the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. Purchased at American Provisions in Southie.

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into pint glass. Beautiful appearance. Deep orange color with golden edges. Half inch thick head which lasts throughout. Hazy. Tons of lacing. Very warm and inviting.

Aroma is pine, grapefruit, roasted, earthy. Taste varied as beer warmed a bit. Initially hop forward with long lingering rye on the back end. As it warmed, less hoppy, more malty, roasted, bready with hints of citrus. Alcohol also comes though. Thick but clean mouthfeel.

Excellent rye beer. Hope to find it on tap as well.

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle conditioned in 2013.

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Poured an extremely murky orange color with a pillowy white head that lasted a good while.

S: I started to smell this from the second the cap was popped. Lots of luscious grapefruit and orange juice in here. Nice. Not much of that cracked rye yet, but if I hold my snooter down there long enough, I can make it happen.

T: Delicious. I got the rye in there now, which was more of a sensation than an actually taste (I'll get to mouthfeel in a moment). More on the orange side of the spectrum, but grapefruit on the bitter finish.

M: Pleasantly bitter, with sort of a hot, chili pepper-esque quality that was to die for. I found I could take fairly substantial sized gulps of this stuff and it didn't wreck my palate either. Maybe I'm just used to these sorts of hop bombs now.

O: $6.99 for a world-class rye beer? Gimee, gimee, gimee!!!

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Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an impy nonic a dull hazed burnt orange infused medium golden with a terrific tightly formed one finger craterous white head that is not fading in the least bit,just great.Big grapefruit rind-like hops jump out at ya in the nose along with spicy rye,I like the fact that the rye plays a big role,lately some of the "hopped up rye" beers I have had leaves me wanting more rye.A fresh citric hop blasts greets the taste buds with the spicy rye coming in right afterwards making for a nice 1-2 punch,a firm lightly sweet bready base compliments the beer with the alcohol creeping a bit.Maybe the best Smuttynose beer I have had,this is what a big hoppy rye beer should be,fantastic.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that lasts for a few minutes before settling down to a fairly thick cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Nice and juicy with citrusy and lightly piney hops. Also get a hint of floral hops and a solid maltiness including the spiciness from the rye

T: Starts off with a wave of citrus along with some pine and earthiness. Goes into a light spiciness from the rye and some floral hops notes. Finishes with some breadiness and a lingering bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very solid rye IPA with a great balance between both the hops and malt as well as the amount of rye used. Easy to drink to go along with the great balance. Great value as always from the Smutty BBS, so definitely worth trying

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Photo of 57md
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a cloudy brownish straw color with a full finger of head that retained for some time and left delicate lacing behind. The nose has notes of both hops and rye - exactly as expected. The flavor profile is a tasty balance of hop bitterness and rye spiciness.

In all catagories, this is an exceptional example of the hybrid rye-IPA style.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first stab at this new Smutty Big Beer... Obtained through the Big Beer subscription...

Poured most of the bottle into an imperial nonic. Color is a bright, slightly hazy golden-orange. Head is a super fine and creamy layer of off-white foam, settling in at about 1/4". Lacing is top-shelf, too. Aroma has a quite noticeable rye lean to it, which masks the heavy hopping a bit. Body is a nice medium, and it is verry smooth and creamy. The feel somewhat reminds me of those old widget cans of Boddingtons.

Taste has a bit of toasty malt sweetness to start, but then shifts gears quickly. The rye spiciness is right up front, and the hopping is solid. It has a good background of resiny citrus with a hint of pithiness added for good measure. But the rye still sticks around to the finish, which tends towards the dry side. Quite nice, indeed! Nice work (again!), Smutty! Prosit!

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a thin orange with a tall white head - very good retention and excellent lacing.

Big citrus punch = orange and grapefruit followed by a nice tropical fruit push mango and passion fruit backed by a subtle floral bouquet and slight earthy/herbal notes.

Delicious hop punch bouncing all over the mouth just enough sweet notes to keep it lively but mostly bitter. Definitely get herbal, grapefruit, orange on the bitter side with slight floral, mango, and malt sweetness hidden in the intensity.

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Photo of scotorum
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 6/15.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Translucent orange with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to patchy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate strength citrus and pine.

t; Very smooth orangelike citrus over moderate bready malt followed by a light to moderate hop bite. Very slight bitterness lingers on the otherwise mainly dry finish.

m; Smooth medium to full. Great body and medium carbonation tingle.

o; A tasty IPA with more citrus than spice for a rye. Here the rye seems to have affected the brew more by adding body rather than spiciness, which is fine considering the more evident dominance of hops. Substantial and enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An interesting combination, rye and IPA flavors, can go really well, or can go bad. I remember this being good though.

Pours a slight creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a somewhat slower pace, nice layered lacing, little fluffy lacing too, some streaming bubbles on the sides to reinforce it, a hazy nectar orange colored beer.

Nose brings a nice rye right off the bat, the amount of rye aroma is crazy compared to most rye beers, a big spicy slight fruity rye, as well as the nice hops, spicy floral hops, with a mild fruity citrus note, a bit earthy too, mild grassy notes, a mild sweet caramel malt note and toasty grainy reddish malt. Quite interested unique blend that is quite nice.

Taste starts with the malts, a caramel sweetness, some toasty grainy malts, some toasty reddish malts, and a little grassy note as well. A nice big spicy rye component again, not overly rye or spicy but definitely strong, with a little fruity note too. It also seems to bring a mild caramelized sugar almost roasty note, a really interesting unique character that was slightly in the aroma too, maybe a little creme brulee note like flavor. Then hops, spicy earthy hops, little floral and grassy too, hint of a fruity citrus note as well, mild rind and sticky citrus fruit like. Fairly bitter mostly, then turns even more bitter on the dry finish, but a little sticky, mild caramel note on the finish as well, more spicy rye, little toasty reddish malt, and more spicy earthy hops all lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, decent fluffy carb.

Overall pretty nice, a really interesting combination of flavors and aromas, nice big spicy and slight fruity rye, great spicy earthy hops, little fruity citrus note as well, and that really interesting caramel toffee notes. Quite enjoyable but not a pounding beer, def a long night sipper for a bomber. I also love that they actually give all the details of the recipe, which is pretty nice.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
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 barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudy, chunky yeasty, rusty colored ale capped with a frothy off-white head; good head retention with tons of lacing left on the glass
S - earthy, piny, grapefruit, bready malt, caramel, pungent
T - earthy spicy rye, pungent grapefruit, plenty of pine, rye bread crust, caramel
M - full bodied, resinous, ample carbonation, finishes with lingering bitterness and is slightly drying
O - excellent example of a ryed IPA. I may buy this one again.

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Photo of Triglycerides
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange colour with a 1/2" head with lacing down the glass.

S: Great citrusy hop aroma with a bit of lingering rye in the background.

T: Hoppy citrus notes of grapefruit and pine dominates with some malt. The finish brings a very nice balance of the spiciness of the rye and the astringency of the hops.

M: Great creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied with some light carbonation. There's a pleasantly bitter, dry feel at the finish.

O: Overall, this is a great variation on rye beer/IPAs. The beer comes of as hoppy, yet still easy to drink. Very nice work to Smutty again! I hope to find this on-tap/next time I go to the store.

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