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

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Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how this one has flown under my radar for so long. Best by: 08/02/15.

A- An orange-amber brew falls out of the 12oz bottle and into my glass with a one-finger puffy white cap forming atop the liquid. The fairly retentive head falls back to a large band at the edges. Sticking on the glass are wide sheets of lacing.

S- Hops are most definitely at the forefront but certainly not at a "hop bomb" level as fresh citrus, pine and spicy floral scents are prominent. Added hint of stone fruit I never got in Finest Kind. Malts underneath and ever present with a bready, spicy rye, pale caramel sorta feel.

T- Much like the aroma but the rye definitely hits me harder on the taste buds with a prominent spiciness that helps cut down on much of the malt sweetness. Overlapping with that are bitter orange and pine resin hops joined by hints of apricot, floral tones, yeast bread, raw grains and earthy grasses.

MF- Right off the bat the smoothness is apparent as it comes down with a creamy, silky texture; some must be from the complex sugars in the rye. High end carbonation really makes the spicy and hoppy flavors pop off and it finishes on the high side of the bitterness scale.

Each sip seems to get better and better with this one. I find it to be the opposite in many other brews. The interplay and juxtaposition of the bitter pine and citrus hops with the rye just works out well in this case. The edgy hops and rye seem to cut into the sweetness and really smoothing things out.

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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 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 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 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 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 ksimons
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel orange in color with a fingers worth of khaki head. Citrus, tropical fruits, and caramel aroma. Taste is very similar to the smell with a light spicy rye finish. Moderate body and light to moderate carbonation. Overall very drinkable, rye is a bit light, but is overall another very good beer by Smuttynose.

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Photo of Jason
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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 KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

9/11/14...pours a rusty orange amber. Thick pouring white foam. Lots of lacing. Rye tinged pine nose, good aroma. Mellow malt taste bursting into a juicy biting hop. Light sweetness.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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 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 schoolboy
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This new is an enigma. It looks and smells amazing but the taste ribs me the wrong way.

In the glass this is a beauty. Golden yellow with beautiful lacing. Similarly the aroma is amazing and first rate. Huge pine hops smell.

Unfortunately for me, the taste rubs me the wrong way. It is so dry and malt free. No sweet taste at all.I just don't like it. The aftertaste is the same, only worse.

So this is a mixed review but a warning to me. Don't buy it again, Bob.

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Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orangey apricot colored with an orangey beige head of thick and dimpled foam that lingers very long. Big hop aroma, resiny pine and orange rind, some toffee and cinnamon.

Big hoppy flavor with a mix of floral and pine, some orange rind. Good malt balance with notes of cinnamon and toffee.

Rich and full mouthfeel, creamy, filling and satisfying. Great beer.

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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 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 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 feloniousmonk
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first of the Big Beer Series from Smuttynose. I found this on tap at 4th Avenue Pub in Brooklyn.

The 16 oz draft pours an unfiltered, deep gold/orange color. The head was rather small and the lacing was average. The smell was sweeter rather than spicy. A bit of apricot and tangerine. The taste opens with pine that is followed by the caramel malt. It finished with a strong bitter piney resin taste that seriously hampered my enjoyment of this beer.

This beer was decent but the rye malt wasnt spicy enough and the hops were to bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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 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 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 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 BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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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Smuttynose Rhye IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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