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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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came to the table in a nonic a hazed amber/brown with a thinner head atop,fruity esters in the nose along with lightly toasted cereal grain,the hops and or rye were not really present.Flavors of toasted cereal and malty fruitiness,slight lactic sharpness in the finish but it doesn't pack a big punch.The imperial rye seems to be missing some rye,not a horrible beer but not something I would order again.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.36/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Old Chicago in my neighborhood. Pours a dense copper-amber color, very opaque and very inviting. The white head dissipated to paper thin rather quickly, but the lacing it left on the glass was great. The nose hits with a combination of floral hops, pines, woody grains, roasted barley and biscuits, and a hint of citrus (grapefruit, maybe) in the background. The taste is a head on collision filled with toasted grains and rye all the way. The floral tones and hops take a back seat to the malt and rye. Slightly overpowering and dry, but different and commendable for that. The body is medium, not too creamy, not too chewy, pretty much just average with a dry finish.

Not a bad beer at all. Haven't heard of it before I had it, and haven't seen it anywhere since then, but if I ever did manage to find it, I would most likely have another glass.

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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- A liberal pour makes for a 2-finger, tan head. Clean, copper-brown body with light carbonation. Good sustain on the head and awesome stick on the glass.

S- My first impression is pineapple, oddly enough. Things stay fairly sweet with some grainy or bready aspects, but grapefruit and a hint of rye creep in.

T- A lot more rye than the aroma suggests, with sweetness that suggests brown sugar. I assumed there is a higher ABV at work and checking in at 7.7% is pretty hefty. The grapefruit comes in late again lending a relatively clean finish to a very sweet beer.

M- Very dry. First sip was through a foamy head. Full body, thick viscosity. Some puckering from grapefruit and rye.

O- It's alright. It seems like it trying to go too big and it drowns out the rye a bit too much in the end. Glad I tried it. Not going to seek it out. As drinkability goes, I don't think I could do another in a single sitting.

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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice deep amber, almost orange beer with a two finger head that left massive lacing on the glass. Been a while since I had a rye beer so I was looking forward to this.

Aroma was of sweet, fruity malts, dark bread, and light hops. Not the hop monster the beer notes led me to believe. They were there but the sweetness dominated.

Taste was lightly bitter with a strong, full malt body full of caramel and toffee. It was not very sweet, but I got a little bit of spiciness from the rye. Light hops came in afterward.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. It was also a bit sticky and coated the tongue after the swallow.

Overall a good beer. I would not, however, have been able to tell it was a rye beer if I was not told. It seemed to be closer to a lightly hopped brown ale.

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3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, 4 oz sampler at the Corner Brewery (ABC Ypsilanti branch)
Served: 17 June 2013

Appearance: A nice deep amber color with a white head that sticks around, even in the sampler glass. Some slight lacing down the sides.

Smell: There really isn't much to mention here. Smells 'beer-y' with some hints of lightly roasty malt and some hops every now and again. The overall smell profile on this beer could certainly improve.

Taste: Incredibly smooth. The rye really makes the beer smooth and bitter to taste, which really compliments the hop characters in the beer. Like most rye beers, the hops and the malt really balance out well, and this beer is no exception.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth; invites another drink.

Overall: Another good option from Arbor, though certainly not their best. I would get this again.

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3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a brownish orange color. Slightly hazy. A finger or so of an off white to tannish head that leaves a bit of a lacing

Smell: strong spicy rye. Some hoppiness

Taste: spicy and bitter rye along with indiscernible hop character

Mouthfeel: a bit bitter and sticky

Overall: tasty rye but two one dimensional to be great

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3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3/5
Dark orange, fairly clear, about half a finger of light beige head, which dissipates to minimal head quickly. No carbonation can be seen rising up the beer, which is disappointing, it makes the beer look dead, rather than alive.

Smell - 3.5/5
Some sweet, slightly fruity malts. Pine/resin slightly floral hops. Slight alcohol aroma.

Taste - 3.75/5
Sweet, unique malt flavor (must be the rye). I'm trying to nail down exactly what it tastes like, but it's hard to define. Perhaps some carmelized sugar with a bit of alcohol flavor. Slighty fruity, with subtle pine-resin hops.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium body, slightly crisp, light amount of medium-light intensity carbonation. Slightly syrupy but not too much so.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a good refreshing brew. I liked the rye malts, a bit of a flavor change-up compared with most ales.

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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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