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

I raked leaves, I drank a beer.

Gold with a cloudy dandelion haze. Thick, pillowy head. Fierce piney citrus aroma. Spicy sweet malt wraps up a big, bitter grapefruit hop profile. Resiny as all get out. Between the resin and rye spice there's a lot for my tongue to grab on to.

Aggressive. I like it.

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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 RaulMondesi
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As Raul looks at the rhino that is printed on the bottle, he cannot help but want to cock his tusks back, thrust them into his prey, and yell ROAR!

Now, this beer ain't makin' Raul feel it like a Victoria Secret Angel walking down the Rhino...eer, catwalk, but he is still feelin' it nonetheless.

Lets go in for another dip, shall we?


Ooo baby, now it's talking to me. That rye flavor is subtly robust like Miranda Kerr in a water bra, I mean, yes please! This thang is just devilishly sexy, smooth, tasty, and overall just money like Netflix stock.


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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 tastybeer
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears to be muddied orange with a gold glow. (Yeast poured in). Head is modest and leaves a nice foamy layer once it fades. Shifting lace strings and spots. Aroma is sweet, flowery, fruity and peppery. Lemon, tropical something, decaying pine needles, rye aromas and grains. Flavors match. Complimentary rye and hop bitterness that lingers. Pine resin crystals....and earthy too. Mouthfeel is pretty spectacularly tingly. Fluid and foamy. The bitterness continues to push on through. Perhaps a little tooo bitter but overall, yay Smuttynose!

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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 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 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 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 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 Flounder57
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. More lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, spicy, a little caramel, a little toasted malts,

Taste: A nice spicy bite followed by slight caramel and pale malts, bready malts and citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Subtle, extremely drinkable, smooth, a little chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid rye IPA from the Portsmouth boys. God to see thus is a year round offering.

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Photo of Thads324
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowy good with lots of bubbles and big white pillows of head.

Smells of spicy hops, black pepper, grapefruit rinds and a tad bit of honey.

Taste starts watery but transitions quickly to to a sweet honey malt with a pleasant rye bite. Sharp and spicy rye quickly turns into a zippy grapefruit hop flavor. Bits of grass and pine at the end with a solid lingering bitterness.

Medium- heavy body with ample effervescence. Smooth with good lingering bitterness.

I was on the fence initially, but I love the mixture of big bold hops and spicy rye. Really good, as usual from smuttynose.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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 beergoot
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned in 2013 per the bottle label.

Slightly hazy, brilliant gold body with a thick, billowy, sticky white head. Citrus fruit hop aroma; honey and orange marmalade. Toasted grain flavors, rye tanginess and zip; lots of hop bitterness. Meduim body; clean and dry finish.

A zesty little number, packed and well-balanced with warm, soothing grains with hints of citrus fruits in the aroma and finishing with a pleasingly biting spiciness and hop bitterness.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a huge chunky cream-colored head. Big gobs of foam stick with the brew as you drain the glass. Tons of foam and lace rings.

Nice pine and spicy rye malt in the nose.

Big juicy hop note up front. Nice spicy malt comes into play with firm bitterness balanced with some nice toasted malt. Nice hoppy finish with good interplay with the malt.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

A nice spicy rye malt IPA. Easy to drink, tasty and good complexity.

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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 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 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 barczar
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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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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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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 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 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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Smuttynose Rhye IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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