Smuttynose Rhye IPA | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Rhye IPASmuttynose Rhye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
420
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
19.13%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
60
For Trade:
1
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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 StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 metter98
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber-orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that gradually died down, leaving a patch of bubbles covering the surface, a thin collar and lacy webs of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: The rye take center stage in the taste of this beer, imparting lots of spicy flavors while the hops mostly are responsible for lending a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and only impart hints of citrus.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this rye beer because it was very bold and spicy yet remained drinkable. No traces of alcohol are noticeable in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deviating from the Finest Kind, this "pimp-my-ale" edition lands the beer with a drier and more raw flavor from the introduction of rye, more hops and a drier malt backbone. Its simply a well-made IPA that shows more rustic roots.

With an orange-copper glow, the beer pours with a creamy texture and an unadulterated in-tact haze. A dense ivory blanket of foam rises to cap the beer with long-lasting retention and intricate lacing gestures.

Citrus and bread align on the olfactories with spice and cream. But along with those bready undertones came a spicy and must raw grain scent. Not unlike the husky scent of common rye breads (but without caraway seeds), a tinge of peppercorn teases the nose ever so slighlty. But the beer is an IPA, so the hop-dominant aroma is to be expected. Upon that bready foundation builds a citrus-infused, aromatic grass, and freshly sawn pine scent. Its pungency is somewhat of musty citrus, tropical and orchard fruits.

Rye spice lays on the tongue just as sudden as malt sweetness does. As the light caramel, honey and grain sweetness begins to coat the palate, a prickle of peppercorn stings on the sides of the tongue. Its husky, raw rye, and crusty flavor gives the early palate surprising complexity until the hop flavor shows up in the middle. Dried fruits of grapefruit, oranges, lemons, apricots, mangoes and apples all seem dry, tart, and playfully acidic before falling to a dry pithy bitterness to finish. Developing late flavors take on pine, grass and stem proportions and then trails with the spicy bite that started it all.

Medium-light in body, the beer has a creamy-dry upstart, at least while its malt structures hold in tact. But after its slim sweetness recedes and the carbonation fades, the ale trends dry, warm and spicy. Mild acidity provides a modest tartness that amplifies the dryness; likewise with hop bitterness. Its clean and crisp finish extends with bright hop bitterness, rye spice and mild grain-derived astringency.

Big on flavor but light in body, the beer covers a lot of ground because of its sheer complexity. Fruit, spice, grain, sweet, bitter, bread and pepper are all represented in exact proportion. Where its rustic nature is celebrated because its a part of the complexity it also distracts from the smooth hop bitterness.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2%
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 oberon
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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 jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/15/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops, some spice and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of caramel, vanilla, spices and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty rye malt character. A strong hops bitterness brings some balance but not a lot of it. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you want something slightly different.

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Photo of Jason
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date, sample from the brewery.

Nearly clear light amber hue, sexy lacing down the glass. Dank citrus nose. Subtle hop bitterness, more of numbing hop resin with a kick in the palate from the rye. Kickin smoothness, lush medium body. Easy drinking for a beer closing in on 7.0% abv. Bitter finish, on the dry side. Bold and wanting more sip to sip.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Foamy head that settles in a rocky fashion. Leaves plenty of streaky lace on the glass. Dirty gold color with some haze and small particles floating in the glass.

Big caramel malt aroma--mild bittering hop nose. Smooth and inviting.

Far more dry than the smell indicates--the obvious presence of rye. I think this makes the hop more pronounced as well. Dry, nearly astringent finish that creates a very long aftertaste. Neutral body with a heightened level of carbonation.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 09/12/13 notes. On tap at Rattle n Hum. 12 oz. pour in a tulip.

a - Pours a murky medium burnt orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of rye, citrus hops, oranges, pine hops, lemons, grapefruits, and earthy notes. Some spice as well. Rye is up front, but lots of citrus still.

t - Tastes fo citrus hops, oranges, pine hops, rye, spice, yeast, bread, earthy notes, and grapefruit. Less rye in the taste and more pine and hops in general. Better in my opinion.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Not much of a bitter kick at all.

o - Overall a decent DIPA; some nice citrus hops throughout and definite rye in the nose. Worth checking out.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +12%
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 smuttynose.com 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 johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's.
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a huge off white head that persists forever. Aromas of spicy rye, onion, garlic, and pine with a very subtle and almost completely hidden light bready malt. The flavor is spicy and lightly tart with huge pine and onion flavors and just a hint of malty sweetness. Long lingering spicy and hop bitterness persists long after every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Really nice spicy hoppy brew!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smuttynose Rhye IPA , The Smuttynose BIG BEER Series, Brewed & Bottled by Smuttynose Brewing Company, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
1 pint, 6 fluid ounces of ale. No ABV given. Smuttynose belongs to that special club that like to keep it a secret.

Clouded, orange cast, big, beautiful, fluffy white head. Looking great.

Citrus-y, hop forward nose, fresh and zesty. We're getting a little bit of the rye malt aromatics, but not a lot. Lightly bitter, altogether pleasant.

Taste: Mmmm. Big blast of hoppiness right off the top. Clean, light to medium bodied, with a little bit of pepper-y rye malt flavor coming through. Mmm, I said it again. Tasty, tasty IPA. Never too much, easy-drinking, very satisfying.

How about that gobbledygook? "Our Rhye IPA bulls it's way into our lineup because we love really hoppy beers and were looking for an opportunity to play with rye malt and add a big boatload of hops. Would a rhino enjoy the big flavor? We don't know, but let us know if you found out."

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, orange-gold color with a frothy, chunky, clingy, off-white head. Nose of toasted grains, heavy rye, and a citrus/tropical blend that is tangy and balancing. Flavors of toast and earth forward, with a solid bitterness following, both resiny and fruity. Peppery and grainy end-feel into a spiced and subtle citrus aftertaste. Light, slightly effervescent body. Dry, bitter, and spicy lingering finish. Solid, well balanced beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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 LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a massive, fine off-white head that continued to grow for several minutes after pouring, pyramiding above the glass. Tons of lacing. Nice aroma of citrus and floral hops, citrus and light stone fruit and caramel malt. Flavor follows aroma with a nice bready malt body, citrus hops with light herbal and piney elements, light sourness from the rye. Well balanced. Finishes with a grapefruit rind citrus hop finish and lingering hop bitterness. Great creamy body and the head is so thick and substancial it was was like whipped cream. A very nice rye IPA that leans more towards the citrus IPA end of the taste spectrum, with the rye adding nice spicy, tart notes. I liked this quite a bit and if Smuttynose was available here, I'd get this again in a heartbeat. And that's saying a lot because local Rueben's Brews is making world class rye beer a few miles from here.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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 puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the big bottle series labeled bottle conditioned 2013. Sampled on September 20, 2013.

It pours a very cloudy orange to golden yellow with this long-lasting light, fluffy off-white head. Decent carbonation.

The nose is floral, grapefruit, and orange mainly with a dash of grainy toasted malts balancing and blending it all together.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste has an full floral and citrus taste but it is not overly bitter. It is moderately bitter and the bitterness ends dry and lingers briefly on the tail end but it is not overly so. A great variation on the rye IPA style.

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Photo of corby112
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 VelvetExtract
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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 barczar
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden apricot with a foamy cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Grapefruit, resin, pine, fresh cut grass, and a touch of peppery rye form the very hop forward aroma.

Flavor is more rye spicy throughout, becoming very bitter at the finish. Grapefruit underpinnings are dominated by rye and bittering hops mid palate. The nutty, toasted malt backbone it's a nice complement.

Body is moderate to a tad full, with moderate carbonation, hop astringency, and light alcohol warmth.

Not a fan of rye, not a fan of bitter, but the hop character is nice. Not a bad beer at all, but not my style.

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Smuttynose Rhye IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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