Ryeclops Imperial Rye | Arbor Brewing Company

Ryeclops Imperial RyeRyeclops Imperial Rye
58 Ratings
Ryeclops Imperial RyeRyeclops Imperial Rye

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ryeclops is dominated with a mouthful of distinct rye malt character complimented by the spicy fruity hoppiness of American high-alpha simcoe hops.

Use caution when confronted with the Ryeclops, as it’s delightful aroma and complex flavor camouflage a might, boozy-backboned single-hopped monster of a brew!

Added by SupaCelt on 02-03-2011

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of Beerdanza
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

No sweetness here! This is for people who like the bitter taste of beer. Simcoe single hop, with 10% rye malt. 70 IBU, but without the really sweet malts, it's an almost savory brew. I've found that rye IPAs are about my favorite beers, and this is an exceptional one. With almost 8% ABV, it has quite a kick as well.

It's a beer for tough folks who aren't afraid of a little bitterness and don't need sweetness. Try it!

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4.45/5  rDev +21.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Izraehl
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of uccle81
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Matt2509
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DruC4
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This being my first rye beer, I wasn't sure what to expect.
look was orange, not much head OR carbo to speak of. looks OK
smell was slightly floral with some malty overtones, not sure if i could smell the rye.
taste was pleasant with resin-y hops & I could definitely taste the rye. sweet malts & some fruity aspects.
a little sticky.... not bad though. medium body with a light finish.
Overall I gotta try more rye beers to compare. MIGHT try this one again... I am from Michigan.

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Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "imperial rye" ale us a thick, heavily clouded dark orange with a bit of clarity in the very thinnest parts at the edges. The head is a creamy one a full finger tall that shows some stick as it drops to a heavy layer that remains. Lacing clings in a solid ring followed by a blend of patching and spotting.
The nose is initially fruity with a lot of pineapple before earth comes in with floral notes, something almost nutty, and quite a lot of spiciness. There's something almost dank, but appropriately so, weaving its way in to balance the sweetness well.
Earth, spice and must are first in the flavor before fruity hops hit. They blend and balance well in the middle, with the hops presence accumulating with each sip. Something like pumpernickel rides the middle, the rye showing strongly without overtaking the other flavors, while the hops turn more floral and seem to accentuate the spiciness and earth into the finish, which lingers well.
The body is on the border between medium and full, and there's a lush creaminess that makes the tongue uncertain at first. Ultimately it falls medium but edges into full, while a crispness evens the smoothness a bit.

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Photo of lochef81
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a big fan of rye beers I was quite excited to sample this offering when I saw it on the shelf at my local bottle shop. This ale pours a deep amber color with a thick off white head that gives way to a nice film and substantial lacing. The aroma is spicy rye, hops, and a nice malty backbone. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick, and a little creamy. Almost a touch to much body. Definitely makes it a little difficult to drink more than one. The flavor is a rye lovers dream. Spicy and bitter but well balanced by the malt presence. This is a damn good rye, really lets the rye shine through and not be overpowered by any other flavors. If you like a rye, you'll love this.

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Photo of yancot
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SupaCelt
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Logan's Alley 7 AM Happy Hour: Pours a dirty penny colour with a dusty cap of an eighth of an inch that endures. Rolling hills of lace in giant patches rim the glass.

The nose is floral. Grapefruit and other undiscernable nectar scents flourish. Perhaps apricot. Bready characters lay underneath the more bold notes.

The taste is more bitter than sweet with a lingering dryness that creeps in slowly and stays until the next swallow. Grapefruit and grains dominate with the sweet tones taking a back seat. This is not a display of a balancing act, but it is big and brash and somewhat interesting.

Mouthfeel approaches heavy. The drinkability is fine. The dryness is striking and may cut into the repeatability factor. Not the most balanced creation, yet imperial to be certain.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan... from a cask.

Glad I tried this beer -- I really enjoyed it. I almost went with Buzzsaw, but got this when I saw it was a cask. Being from a cask, it was a little flat, but the beer still had a slightly creamy body. The rye in here is "raw", with a fair amount of hoppiness. Nice balance, despite being loaded with rye.

Very good rye beer -- I don't know if it's actually retired or not like BA says, but I enjoyed it. Some rye beers are a mess, this one certainly is not.

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Photo of Gregf51
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Ryeclops Imperial Rye from Arbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 58 ratings
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