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 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 dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -43.5%
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 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 BloodSoakedAleMug
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 +0.5%
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 -1.5%
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 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 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 tempest
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -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 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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +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 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 TheSixthRing
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -1.5%
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 -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 Act25
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fave east coast brewery and place.
A: Pitch perfect in a tulip. a hazy nectar orange body topped by a dense, lasting 1 finger head that laces ok.
S: Sharp, stinging, peaty rye on top of classic. spicy, floral east coast IPA profile.
T: Follows the smell, more rye than most others (And I like the style). With spicy complexity and great feel - fruity citrus notes, earhy hay, grassy notes, sweet caramel malt wrapped in a nice see saw combination that finishes spicy. Lingering earthy, spicy hops.
F: Great weight and body, a bit fuller body, fine finish. Peaty, smokey, liquor-like.

O: Great combination of flavors and aromas, nice big spicy/ fruity rye, great earthy hops. Great finish. A meditation beer packed with complex flavors.

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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 delta490
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangey-amber with a short lived off-white head. No retention and the smallest amount of lacing left from the beginning. The aroma light, floral and tropical hops with just a hint of rye spice. The taste is just about the same. The body has a nice full feeling to it, mostly smooth with just a little spicy bite on the finish.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper coloring with a finger of foam capping it off. Big mix of earthy and tropical fruits in the nose, predominately pineapple and grape. A touch of apple and mango in the aroma as well. The rye comes through in the taste, lending a slightly spicy aspect to a ton of grapefruit flavor. Some bready notes and a bit of caramel sweetness balance this out really well? Slightly resinous mouthfeel that gets nicer as the beer finishes.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber, almoust orange, hazy beer with a two finger high offwhite head.

Nose: Orange marmelade, peach, mango, resin and rye.
Taste: Resin, orange, wood (oak?), citrus, pine, honey and ryee.
Body: Medium to full body. Smooth as silk! Great bitterness and a sweetness in the back of the tongue. A soft, small carbonation.

This is a GREAT beer! I'm glad there are a lot of bottles left at Systembolaget - I'm going to get a LOT more bottles tomorrow!

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks. Golden Amber with a tinge of nut brown and somber red. Looks murky but actually very heady. Good sized light tan head.
Smell. Fresh, light, citrusy, slightly yeasty.
Taste. Hoppy, citrusy, medium happiness all around the mouth.
Mouthfeel. Medium body, puckery, fuzzy and tangy, good round feel, denser than a normal IPA.
Overall. I guess the rye adds some weight and tang to the mixture. Interesting halfway stop between a traditional IPA and a dark beer.

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Photo of Bone53
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden orange color with a two finger egg shell colored head

Smell: Good balance between Citrus (orange, grapefruit), slight pine, and rye malt

Taste: Flavors transition well with the rye upfront and a orange/grapefruit finish. Just the right amount of sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sort of coats the mouth. Goes down silky smooth with a slight bitter finish

Overall: This is a fine rye IPA if you ask me. Nothing to go crazy over, but the balance of rye and citrus hops is well done. Id put it up there with GL Rye of The Tiger

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