RyePA | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MisterClean on 08-09-2009

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 47
Photo of Chambic
3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

01.27.10 at City Beer

A: opaque yellow, almost honey-like

S: very grassy; something about it makes me think of Thai food

T: very rye from the middle through the finish, can't detect anything else

M: very smooth!

D: nothing outstanding, but it's a nice beer. The mouthfeel really carries it.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at FiftyFifty

Look: Orange in color with a 1/4 inch off white head and ok retention with some nice circular lacing

Smell: Floral hops present themselves right away and finishes with a rye spiciness

Taste: Much of the same as the nose but actually quite a bit more potent. The back end has a tremendous amount of hop burn and is a bit astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation

Overall: In my opinion this is not that great of a rye ipa. Everytihng about it is just a bit off putting and has a lack of balance

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Photo of kaseydad
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw, amber, apricot colored pour with a small off-white foamy head. Very malty aroma with some rye whiffs. The rye is definitely present. Bitter/sour taste with some grapefruit and more citrus kicks on the swallow. Was really looking forward to this as I like the brewery, but it was just mediocre to me. Not bad...but also not great.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Hamilton's Tavern
San Diego, CA

Cloudy dark orange with a half-inch near-white head that leaves regular, circular lines of lacing down the glass. Pretty.

Floral hop aroma, along with a bit of biscuit and rye.

The flavor too is quite floral and biscuity, with a moderate level of bitterness, and a bit of earth and leaves. Moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

A nice, well balanced, drinkable IPA, though unexciting.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing the growler, mjyoung. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a dark ruddy brown with a billowing, dense, cream colored head. Head had great retention and faded into a thick film leaving rings of lace down the glass.
S: Rye, spices, herbal hops, touch of grapefruit, and bread crust malt. Complex.
T: Big rye, very spicy and herbal tasting. Bread crust, grains, bitter hops, leafy and citrusy finish. The aftertaste is very spicy.
M: Medium-full body, bitter mouthfeel, smooth yet drying, normal carbonation.
O: Gotta love the rye. Definitely powerful and bitter. If you love rye you’ll love this, but beware it’s not as drinkable as a normal ipa.

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Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Bistro DIPA Fest. Golden orange pour, sticky off-white head. Good citrusy aroma that blends well with the malt profile. Not a lot of rye really but I guess it could have been covered up by the tangy citrus notes. Strikes a good balance malt-wise, with enough caramel flavor to make it interesting but not so much that it's overly sweet. Pretty solid but why is this at the "Double" IPA Fest?

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a dark golden color with a slight haziness to it. It was served with a very small white head, but towards the end of the tasting the glass was covered in lacing. Its lacing is the reason why I was so impressed with how it looked.

The smell was of hops and a very strong malt backbone. This has higher IBU's than the IPA that was on draft.

The tasting was more malt oriented than I was expecting. It was supremely hoppy, but with a strong rye flavor in the background. It was tasty, but with a different malt would of been even tastier.

The mouthfeel was bitter and well carbonated, a perfect drink to pair my lunch with.

Really drinkable and enjoyable. It had lots of hops with a nice malt backbone.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had this many times over the years and man can it be inconsistent. If its because of age, well that doesn't make much sense as I always drink it at the source. Either way, lets commence.

Comes in with those yellow and orange color mixture, head forms up, 3/4" and dies back down. When the aroma is kicking, its pungent, when its not, it leaves you feeling like its lacking.

Taste again, sometimes the hop feels are solid, sometimes they're lacking and it becomes a real bitter bomb. I mean, this stuff could be rated close to a 5 on a good day, but closer to 3 on a bad one. Whats a guy to do.

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Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Capone's during philly beer week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Some citrus bitterness with a mild spice note from the rye. Just a touch of malt sweetness, quite mild overall.

Taste: The dominant flavors here are some citrus peel hops with the rye spice. A good amount of malt sweetness to keep things balanced, I'm really digging the rye here.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I loved the rye note in this beer. I thought the balance was quite nice. Easy to drink, I would definitely have another.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brewers- todd and kyle ashman

ibu's- 80

abv- 7

bittering hops- co2 hop extract, ctz

flavoring hops- centennial, ctz, amarillo

dry hops- centennial

overall impression is that the beer was good but didn't move me one way or another

sampled this at the bistro's 13th annual ipa festival august 7, 2010

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Photo of Cinderbike
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewery while I picked up my bottles of Eclipse.

A - Slightly cloudy amber with white head and nice lacing.
S - Pine, citrus, rye spice, lightly toasted bread.
T - Rye spiciness, grapefruit, some malt and nutty flavors at the finish. A bit of sweetness balances out the aggressive hop presence.
M - Medium. There's enough malt here to give it a nice backbone.
O - A good rye IPA.

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Photo of popery
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap, City Beer Store. Good IPA with a noticeable rye presence. I expected the rye to completely fade into the background for this beer, but it comes out as a noticeable spicy grain presence. It's not really a strong note, but because it's relatively small compared to other rye beers that I've tried, the rye seemed to come out more fully than usual. Regardless, the hopping is nice and bold - grapefruit/orange rind. The malt backbone is well done. The flavor starts out juicy and spicy and fades into a nice dry finish. Good beer.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draught at the Bistro IPA fest. hazy blond with darker hues within, and a lasting head. The rye shows some spice in the aroma, with lots of citrus from the hops as well. Great creamy mouthfeel, with the rye adding a nice balance to citrus and melon fruitiness. Bready and balanced, but with refreshing bitterness. Maybe its uniqueness and great mouth-feel just made it stand out, but this was quite nice without really having an astounding flavor.

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Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the '09 Bistro IPA Festival in Hayward, CA, then again at City Beer in SF.

Hazy copper color with a nice off-white head and some decent lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt, rye, and citrusy hops.

Flavor is similar to the aroma with sweet honeyish malt, rye, and great lingering citrusy hops.

Body is medium-full for the style, and mouthfeel is somewhat lively.

Drinkable and pretty solid overall.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a small white head.

Scent of strong bitter hops, citrus, grain, and rye. A balanced and awesome scent.

Taste of rye, grain, bitter hops, and citrus. About on par with Founders' Red's RyePA. Still tasted fresh and hoppy from a three week old growler.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a biting carbonation.

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Photo of berkey
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass at The Bistro in Hayward. From notes 05/26/10.

A small well retained head of very large loose bubbles tops a hazy orange body with hints of amber.

Smells like a rye IPA should! Spicy rye with pungent and pine hops and a hint of cannabis.

A brief shot of sweet and clean malt on the entry is almost immediately followed by tangy rye and pungent bitter hop notes. Balanced yet bold, quite impressive.

I may be short on words on this review but I'm definitely not short on love for this beer. Big on flavor but somehow it finishes clean and really draws one in for another sip.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a hazed dark amber color with a couple fingers of rocky off-white head and lots of sticky lacing.

S: Just a ton of fresh grapefruit aroma as soon as I open the growler. Lots of resinous pine to go along with it and plenty of other citrus aromas. A nice bit of a rye and some slight bread.

T: Bitter grapefruit peel and pine to go with some juicy grapefruit flavor. Plenty of rye which provides its signature flavor. Bready malts serve as a base without providing too much sweetness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a bitter finish.

D: My first non Eclipse experience with FiftyFifty and I am impressed. A really solid hoppy beer that is just very easy to drink.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Watchin the World Cup at the brewery before the beer fest. Tried out this little gem for the first time, good clarity, orange hue. Aroma was grassy hops, didn't really detect the rye.

Drank it, was blown away. This can compete with Hop Rod Rye. Menu claims 30% rye in the grain bill, and I was suprised it was over 10%. Nuanced to say the least. Super hoppy, almost wet hops. A degree of spice, but lesser than many I've had. Excellent all the way down, and at a decent price.

Had this numorous times, many times the hops fade and the bitterness is way up. Always good, but had to take my perfect 5 taste away, but I'm suspecting that super fresh, still a 5, just its taking the Truckee locals a little longer to finish their kegs I guess.

EDIT: I keep having this beer, but dang, for whatever reason, it seems wildly inconsistent. When its on top of its game, man, its like a '5' in taste, but when its not, its just a brassy bitterness without the same flavor, malt or hop wise. The rating will continue to reflect the overall experience, rather than what it is at the top or bottom of its game.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at The Bistro IPA fest. Cloudy copper color with a small cap that retains well. Spicy rye aroma with floral hoppiness, earthy and zesty, somewhat muted. Tastes of slightly caramelized malt and earthy, spicy rye, floral and citrusy hops. Firm earthy and grapefruity bitterness, too bitter to put down more than one pint, but enjoyable in small quantities. Nice stuff.


Sampled this fresh on tap at FiftyFifty and it was excellent, quite a bit better than the keg from the IPA fest. Rating bumped from B+ to A.


The SF beer week batch of this beer is awesome. Huge tropical fruit aromatics to balance the bitter kick in the finish. Rye comes through nicely, earthy and spicy. A fantastic batch of an already great beer.

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Photo of mjl21
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap and fresh from a growler on my recent Tahoe trip. This review is from the growler I picked up. It comes in at 6.5% and 75 IBUs.

A-Pours a hazy yellow-brown with a nice half finger white head. It leaves a huge amount of lace.

S-Tons of dank and is strong on grapefruit. It smells great. I also pick up on some spice from the rye.

T-It is a tad sweet at the start. There is lots of citrus flavor consisting of grapefruit and lemon. In the back the spiciness from the rye is evident. It finishes with a nice bitter grapefruit taste.

M-Medium bodied with a smooth level of carbonation.

D-Incredibly drinkable.

I had 3 pints of this at the brewery and a growler of this at our cabin. A truly great beer that I would love to have better access to on a regular basis.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at City Beer Store in SF,CA.
Pours a hazy orange with noticible carbonation, a fat head and very nice lace.
Smells like awesome. Spicy rye, citrus (grapefruit), earth and a bit of sweet near the end.
The taste is much like the smell, spicy rye, bitter citrus and fresh soil.
The mouth tops this by a bit. So easy going down I could get drunk without trying.
Love the beer, wish it came in bottles.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bistro IPA Festival

A - Poured copper with a 2 fingered orange-white head. Apparently nobody told the beer to dissipate and it left beautiful lacing. Looks danged tasty!

S/T - Rye, honey-malt sweetness, citrus hops, and bittering hops as well.

M - Moderate-Full bodied, with a slight hop domination. Finished very smooth and none to dry.

D - Great overall. My pick for the winner of this event.

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Photo of juhl31
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

-dark gold in color with a very white head. not heavy lacing nor head retention, but good enough to not lose many marks here

-boom! right away, a nice hops blast. grassy and some faint sweetness. at the very last sip of my second glass from the growler there was still a strong hops nose to it

-awesome. grassy, and a bit piney on the hop flavor. the spiciness from the rye melts in after that. good and bitter, but still balanced well throughout

-nice and crisp. not too oily or dry. carbonated well without any unwanted bite

-fantastic IPA. the 3 hop aspects were incredible throughout. will never go to tahoe without filling my growler with this beer

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RyePA from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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