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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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 424
Photo of Sabtos
2.21/5  rDev -43.5%
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 Popp24
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer was a huge disappointment. It had very little hoppiness and not a lot going on at all really. This was my first beer from this brewery and thus one doesn't have me clamoring for more of their beers. This beer has pretty good reviews on this site. Maybe I got a bad bottle? Aroma was weak and flavor was the same. Very subtle for an IPA. Not how I like my IPA's at all.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
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 Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -23.3%
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 soccrgump
3.04/5  rDev -22.3%
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 taylor714914
3.09/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2013 bottle

Pours a sunset orange with a 2 finger head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving behind just a hint of lacing. Smell is somewhat subdued, with notes of pine resin, a bit of rye spice, and a hint of citrus.

Taste is mediocre. Straightforward mix of hops and malt, with just a ever so light touch of rye on the finish. I was expecting quite a bit more rye, but it was very very faint. Mouthfeel was odd, seemingly thick at times and watery at others.

My conclusion is somewhat confused. It seems like a beer that just didn’t do anything well, almost tasting like an 6 month old IPA. Maybe it was, I don’t know, because the only dating was the notch under 2013, but I won’t visit this one again.

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Photo of corby112
3.09/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy, deep golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger off-white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Decent retention with sporadic spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet and earthy aroma with grassy hops, spicy rye and a strong malt character. Lots of caramel sweet along with some bread, toffee and roasted nut. Slight floral hop presence with a bit of resinous pine but the malt profile and rye take away from the hops in the nose.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the spice and sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. The rye is very prominent with a nice spicy, zesty flavor that nicely compliments the dry, earthy bitterness of the hops. Hop profile is a bit one dimensional but still has nice flavor. The malt backbone is huge, much stronger than I prefer. Lots of caramel, biscuit and toffee. Good for balance and blends well with the rye but it takes away from the hop flavor a bit too much for my preference. Still, this beer is very dry and bitter with spicy, grassy hops and dank pine needle character. Overall a decent tasting beer but I don't think I would seek it out again.

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Photo of Pencible
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and copper hops, with some spicy rye malt and a hint of sweet honey.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus zest and resinous hops, with some copper and spicy rye. It had a mostly clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Fizzy body.
D: This was a decent rye IPA, but the scent and taste weren't anything special, and the body was weak. The finish was smooth enough, so at least it was easy to drink. Don't feel bad if you never try this one.

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Photo of wedge
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid golden orange with a bit of haze with a thick, lumpy white head that sticks to the glass. Fairly subtle floral, soapy, and oily citrus aromas. More spiciness as it warms up. Citrus pulp, some piney resin, yeast, and a pleasant addition of spicy grain in the finish. Medium-fullish body with a nice creaminess before a dry bitterness wraps it up. Some sweet toasted, almost biscuity notes, but the bitterness all but buries it. Pretty good, not sure how old the bottle is. Lots of bitter, spicy qualities, but I'd love a little more diversity in hop flavors and less plain old aggressiveness.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Photo of n2185
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a solid sheet of lacing. Lovely.

S: Some sweeter citrus notes up front before spicy rye and hop aromas bring up the finish.

T: Sweeter citrus and caramel malt flavors up front before some slightly spicy and earthy hop notes bring up a finish that is a bit sweet before a pretty bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer has a little bit of an oily slick feel.

O: A solid beer overall, though a bit too bitter. I'd like the hops to stick out a bit more as well.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cloudy amber. The ecru head quickly dissipates to a thin collar. The nose is sweet and spicy. Orange marmalade plays well with the rye spiciness. Grapefruit hop scent comes through as well.

Taste is similar. Firm rye spiciness backed by hops and a surprising residual sweetness. A little too sweet for my tastes and I'm surprised to see the notes indicating it was mashed lower than Finest Kind IPA. Otherwise a nice balance between the rye and hops. Firm bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, orange rind, apricot, floral, grass, rye, biscuit, light caramel, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with balanced hop and malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, biscuit, rye, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of grassy/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, rye, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of citrus hops and balanced malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly sticky/crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice rye IPA. Good balance and complexity of citrus hop and rye/bready malt flavors; and smooth and crisp to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber color in the tall Maredsous glass. A nice cap of white foam and very spritzy in the mouth. Light and pleasantly watery body. Interesting resiny aroma.

This has the scratchy rye grain flavor, but not as strong as many others in the style. However the persistent perfumey, grainy taste is quite distinctive. Malty and a little sweet after some sipping, but quite tangy and sharp.

The good part is this is hugely drinkable and refreshing. A great quaff with modest bitterness and tangy gulpability. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap as a guest beer at Amherst brewing. this pours a greyish shade of light brown, funny looking and cloudy, with only minimal white soapy head. the nose is heavy on the rye, more bready than spicy, but robust nevertheless. also well hopped, dry hopped obviously, with some residual oil and bitterness to boot. the taste is actually lighter on the rye malt than the smell, it just accentuates the other malts. the hops are real aggressive, plentiful, and bitter more than anything else. I get some high alpha varietals, but I also get some more subtle English stuff, it really works. light and delicate for a rye beer, because of the grain. it drinks easy, and the higher alcohol is well disguised. nice in the early fall, smuttynose continues to impress me. rye beer is boom or bust most of the time, and this falls on the right side of that for sure.

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Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good one!!! Pours a cloudy honey gold color into a pint glass. Big frothy white head and thick bands of lacing on the glass. Head retention is good.

Citrus hops aroma. Pleasant but not super strong.

Tastes good. Nice and bitter with mostly citrus hops. The rye sourness is noticible, mostly in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, not too light. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Enjoyable as either an AIPA or a Rye beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly murky apricot, stark white head, lots of cling.

S - Light malt, rye and hop.

T - Huge rye, destroys all other flavors :) Seriously, pretty long lasting rye, hops and some malt..

M - Medium body, good carb, finishes with heavily bittered malt note.

D - Good one to try!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper color. The head is two fingers high and eggshell in shade. Retention is average for the style, and so is the head's texture (neither very creamy nor rough). Some lacing sticks to the glass - all told, though, it doesn't help this beer's aesthetic appeal. (2.75)

Smell: I could sum the nose up in three words: 'dat grapefruit doe'. I mean, I do pick up other notes (the sweet caramel-laden malts and the rye), but its grapefruit notes hit me over the head like a sack of...grapefruit. As it opens up, a bit more rye spice appears, as do piny characteristics. It's a good nose, enough said. (3.75)

Taste: The tastes seems to skew more toward the rye/crystal malt interplay, with hops serving to ballast the sweetness, rather than be at the forefront. Subtle notes of pine, grass, and grapefruit seemingly finishes it off; all while traces of stone fruit esters float around throughout. Once again, Smuttynose pulls through with a rock-solid brew. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: This is one smooth, creamy-feeling brew. Rye beers can be a bit coarse, so Smutty should be given credit for such a silky mouthfeel. The general feel leans closer to sweet rather than dry - and yet, the unfiltered nature makes it crisper than normal. Carbonation is quite gentle, also. This is more of a sipper than a drinker, but I don't care. (4)

Overall: This is one tasty rye ale. The hops and malts intertwine extremely well, and the drinkability isn't at all compromised by the smooth texture and full body. This is definitely worthy of another purchase in the future. (3.75)

3.72/5: Another solid Smuttynose beer

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Photo of babaracas
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with huge dense white head. This thing is structural, undisturbed it might never settle. Glass finishes coated in thick sticky rings of lace. Smell is very perfumey... floral, grapefruit peel; apricot, bready and caramel notes. Taste: grapefruit blast fading into astringent and grainy flavors. Light caramel. The rye comes through but it gets a bit monotonous.

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Photo of BB1313
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden with a huge fluffy eggshell white head. The chunky head sticks around and leaves amazing lacing. The head and lacing alone make the appearance nearly perfect. You can always count on Smuttynose's beers looking awesome. The aromas have very subtle hints of pine and citrus. There's some orange zest in the mix. There's also a bit of breadiness and some caramel malts in the background as well. They're fine, but don't exactly wake up your senses. The flavors have a solid bitterness to them. Lots of grapefruit. There are hints of pine needles and grass. Very earthy. The rye is there, giving this one a decent spiciness. A little bit of black pepper. Flavors are sharp and crisp. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It has active carbonation, but remains very creamy and fluffy. It's drinks very smoothly.

This is a solid Rye IPA. Fans of Finestkind will like this one. The aromas and flavors are decent, but the craftsmanship is what really sells this beer for me.

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Photo of farrago
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice big head of around three fingers, very even surface even with a full spectrum of bubble sizes, dark eggshell white in color, nice retention plus the lacing is quite thick and sticks like glue. The liquid itself is a paler orange to yellow gold, has a sort of metallic sheen to it, fully transparent and shiny with extra tiny bubbles rising quickly within. The nose comes on first with tangy white grapefruit to mandarin orange notes, followed closely by dried grass and hay and then veers into cocoa powder and flowers, minimal breadiness but what’s there is country style, very light pineapple, peach to nectarine fruit scents. Medium-bodied, the carbonation seems creamier through the mouth entry but afterwards tends to prickle in support of the bitter herbaceousness and hoppiness. Peppery with some saltiness too, any pine or flowers come across as dried in nature. That said, there’s juice in the sour orange to lemon citrus. The rye clearer here and helps fill the blank spaces left by the spotty mixed white fruit component. Minor maltiness peeks out by the end, cocoa and caramel. No alcoholic heat but it is fairly intensely bitter which can create a similar impression. Just seems attenuated and lacking in volume and palate weight, especially at the end.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smuttynose has arrived in Indiana, and I couldn’t be happier – got half a six-pack of Finestkind in the beer fridge as we speak. Cheers!

A: Shining amber, crystal-clear, with a thick, white, frothed-milk head and sheets of lacing. Beautiful.

S: Moderately-intense hops present pleasant fruit tones of cantaloupe, white grape, apricot and peach purée. Rye spice is there but just barely, bowing to an earthier scent of dark toast and peat.

T: Spicy hops meld with spicy rye in a flurry of lime zest, pine, chili pepper, and the smoky, savory tone of meat that’s been spiced and barbecued. Rye is much more prominent here, though there is a syrupy honey taste to the malt profile that distracts. Finishes with a salty cracker snap and the warm touch of astringent alcohol.

M: Thick yet drinkable, although it’s less carbonated than many offerings in this style. Frothy is a good word for it.

O: A solid IPA that reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo (which is most definitely a compliment). The balance in this beer comes through to create a meshwork of interconnected flavors; so, while I wouldn’t exactly call it complex, it’s certainly a rich, palatable brew.

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Photo of sleazo
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A_Cloudy yellow orange with and off white head. Some lacing

S_Aroma of orange, sugar, a bit of spice

T_Unlike the smell fairly bitter up front. A nice citrus and pine hop follows this leading to the distinctive rye finish. Aftertaste is pretty dry and bitter

M_tight high carbonation hits first, followed by a minor stickiness. Fairly dry and astringent in the aftertaste

O_I like this more as it warms. A nice mash up of rye and IPA.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight rye flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence, but the rye aspect is quite subdued in my opinion.

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Photo of DrJay
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with a soapy white cap, fluffy with clumpy lacing and good head retention. Strong aroma of hops and malt, fruity and spicy with nutty notes. Sturdy bitterness that lingered in the finish. Fairly clean flavour with nutty malt, a bit of spice and quite fruity. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a bit creamy and off-dry. A solid beer.

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