Smuttynose Rhye IPA | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Rhye IPASmuttynose Rhye IPA
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3.92/5
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Smuttynose Rhye IPASmuttynose Rhye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

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
Ranking:
#7,766
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
451
pDev:
8.93%
Bros Score:
3.84
 
 
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17
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Photo of AD17
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tpauer
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 Toolbox462
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewandbbq
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -1.8%
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 Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Walleybeer
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BGCoon
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Urk1127
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze in color. White head.
Smell of toast. Rye. Pine. Citrus.
Taste of citrus. Citrus peels. Pine. Rye.
Feel is dry. Toasty. Medium carbonation. A good beer

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Photo of rjp217
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robear
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PatGreer
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 datalager
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of irrevjim
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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 jebrew
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ContentmentDIPA
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 outoffocus
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hop_junkie
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoppierheadsprevail
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bpmorrissey
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Smuttynose Rhye IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 451 ratings