Dock Street Rye IPA
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant

Dock Street Rye IPADock Street Rye IPA
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Style:
Rye Beer
Ranked #31
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,210
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.08%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
188
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Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Dock Street Rye IPADock Street Rye IPA
Notes: An aggressively hopped American Style India Pale Ale brewed with Columbus, Simcoe and Amarillo hops. The use of 20% rye gives this ale it's trademark dry and spicy character.
Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 188 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Results of a pint can poured into a clear glass liter mug begin with its color. Too dark to be copper, light brown is probably the best description. Good standard IPA aroma is present. Mostly of hops but with some grassy malts contributing. This is one fine tasting ale. There is enough rye included to add a little earthy smoothness and enough hops to prove it is a true IPA. Flavorful and nicely bodied, it still is light on the palate. The finish is clean, except for a mildly bitter reminder. A good reason to invest in rye IPAs.

Sep 28, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Old Dock Street Brewery, LLC "Dock Street Rye IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "092117A" and sampled on 040618
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Liquor, Wine & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label with a sailor riding atop a shark. 6.8% abv and 64 IBUS. 20% rye. Sounds good. Ahh, and it looks good too. It's poured a slightly hazy deep copper/chestnut brown colored body beneath a finger-thick head of densely creamy off-white foam. Very nice. The aroma displays caramelish malt with a hint of spiciness from the rye. I'm not sure here the hops are. The neck label states that it's "... brewed with columbus, simcoe and amarillo hops." but I'm not finding them. That's OK, if the hops were there you wouldn't be able to smell the rye so it's a fair trade-off. On to the flavor... more caramel and rye, and some hops. I get the orange-like character of the Amarillo lingering in the dry finish along with a swirl of spiciness. It's a bit piney and herbal as well. 64 IBUs? Yeah, that seems right, it's a solid bitterness but there's a lot of malt there that it's got to balance as well, and of course the spiciness of the rye helps. Looking back there's a thin but almost solid sheet of lace covering the glass from where I began to where I'm at now, which is about a third of the glass. Not bad, points for that. What have I missed? Mouthfeel. Medium bodied and crisp. Not too crisp, but more than just gently crisp. Probably a pretty standard 2.5 to 2.6 volumes of CO2. It's nice, I like it. The rye gives it a lot of character, and the citrusy hops are refreshing against it. Well done all around and worth trying to be sure.
Review# 5,930

Apr 06, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours fairly dark for an IPA, with a frothy head and an aroma that is nicely balanced between piney hops and sweet maltiness. The flavor profile is similar to the nose with the bitterness being relatively prolonged.

May 20, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, rye. Taste is sharp rye, spicy, pepper stands out, minty hops, none of the citrus in the aroma, fairly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Jan 18, 2017
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StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is a nice medium brown, aroma is very malty, rye, taste is smooth, getting no hop flavor only rye and malt, no aftertaste. Overall a nice beer, just not my kind of IPA.

Nov 15, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have visited Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant in west Philadelphia on numerous occasions and I have taken away some of their large format bottles, but it was only recently when The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop here in Lancaster put some of their 12-fl. oz. bottles out as singles that they registered on my radar.

From the bottle: "An aggressively hopped American India Pale Ale brewed with columbus, simcoe and amarillo. The use of 20% rye gives this ale a unique dry and spicy character."

Another bottle, another Pop!, another day at Chez Woody, Rye-t? Wrong! My Achilles heel is rye, which is why I have numerous bottles of rye whisky here and very few of any other distilled spirit. I am VERY anxious to get this one going. A heavy-handed pour netted two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity and Deep Amber highlights. Nose smelled of black pepper and spearmint/peppermint and man, was my mouth watering! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was spectacular with a full-frontal assault of black pepper and an unidentifiable mintiness on the tongue and in the mouth, filling my sinus cavity & making me yearn for the next wave to hot the beachhead. Finish was dry, cool, dry and minty. I felt like I had just brushed my teeth and used fluoride rinse since it was so minty and clean. Swoon!

Nov 04, 2016
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jakecattleco from California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of unknown age at Red Owl into a tulip. Pours an amber bronze with 1+ fingers of medium density khaki head that left nice leaving. Nose is piney, plenty of Simcoe coming through. Taste has plenty of pine, and some spiciness. Finish lingers a bit, as I've found with most rye beers. Mouthfeel is medium body and similar medium carbonation. Very nice rye IPA. I'd have again, but not more than one.

Aug 25, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish copper with over a finger of head. The nose is both bready and hoppy. The flavor is predominantly nutty and malty with a good dose of rye spice. The finish shows off the hops that are not super abundant but sufficient for a nice hybrid ale such as this.

Hard to classify but this is part brown ale, part rye, part IPA - all good.

Apr 18, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Deep dark amber with thick fluffy white head that lasts, lots of lace. Toasted bread and peppery rye in the nose. Taste is malty and peppery with a fair amount of piney bitterness, big flavors that work really well together. Medium mouthfeel. Overall bold flavorful rye IPA, good stuff.

Apr 17, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at Grain & Verse, enjoyed chilled in a glass chilled.

The color is a dark ruby with light khaki head with fine bead and good retention with hazed look and lace that sticks. The smell is very hop forward with citrus and toasted grain with slight fruity ester and light grapefruit in the hop scent with very pleasant mix of malt and hops. The feel is very good with mild sweetness and moderate bitterness with med full body and light resinous texture with semi-dry finish and toasted malt texture with long lingering bitter finish.

The taste is very good with fruity and citrus flavor with spicy and bitter herbal hop flavor and mild grapefruit in the hops with toast from the rye malt and slight sweetness with gently bitter flavor increasing as it finishes on the dry side. This is a solid rye IPA with lots of hops in the taste low malt yet enough hop flavor to match and then some with lots of bitterness. The combo of rye with Amarillo Columbus and simcoe is very enjoyable

Mar 02, 2016
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GregA135 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was perfect for switching up my beer styles this past weekend. After drinking multiple wonderful stouts, I needed to drink something else besides a stout for a bit. Popped this bottle open and poured a nice amber color with a thin white head. You can definitely smell the rye and it smelled GREAT! A nice smooth Rye IPA and very easy to drink. I can see myself making this a summer beer for me. Definitely would like to get more!

Jan 11, 2016
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Wiffler27 from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours dark amber, nearly brown. solid white head as well.

smells sweet, more malty.

tastes like spicy rye malt and sweet hops. nice combination, not overpowering in any one direction. goes down smooth, easy drinking IPA. spicier than most IPAs because of the rye malt but not overpoweringly bitter.

overall a pretty good beer, rye beers are an oddity but well done Ryes can be great beers. this is a good beer but not special. Smuttynose Rhye was fantastic, this is just above average good. would drink again but have had better.

Nov 25, 2015
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gamera from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice rye I had on draft while stuck in Phillys airport. Very drinkable but it doesn't stand out from the crowd of Rye IPAs. I will take a Founders RyePA or Hop Rod Rye over this but am not sad I ordered it.

Aug 13, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

on draft, in a shaker pint glass

dark golden orange in color. slightly herbal hop aroma, and sweet malt. taste is too sweet, needs more hop bitterness to balance it out. Wouldn't call it a Rye IPA.

Feb 13, 2015
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BrianJohnson from South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another on-tap Philly airport tasting. Nice rye flavor and nice and hoppy. I think a bit lacking in smell though. Nothing extraordinary, but very tasty. Wouldn't seek out to buy in a bottle shop, but still very enjoyable. Pretty akin to most of the other rye IPAs I've had.

May 14, 2013
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woosterbill from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at a bar in the Philadelphia airport.

A: Hazy dark amber body with a finger of off-white froth. Pretty good retention, decent lace. Not bad.

S: Spicy, with hops and rye both contributing. Not too intense or complex, though.

T: Spicy, leafy hops right up front, with bready malt and spicy rye building in midway through. Long, bitter finish. Pretty tasty, but nothing spectacular.

M: Creamy, full carbonation in a medium body. Excellent.

O: Pretty good beer. I'd gladly drink it again, but won't be seeking it out.

Cheers!

Mar 22, 2013
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philerman from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a larger growler filled at Devon PA Whole Foods into a Nonic glass. Not too much head and just a bit of lacing. Pours a cloudy coppery hue. Faint flowery pine smell. Taste is very hop forward, more bitter than most IPA's in this range that lingers a bit. Overall another impressive entry in Dock Street's lineup.

Jan 06, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft offering at the source. The brew appears a hazed copper color with a finger of frothy to silky off-white head. A full wall of lace paints the glass as the cap fades. When swirled, a finger gets revived across the top.

The aroma is fruity and floral with accenting citrus hop qualities. A soft touch of alcohol is also present blending together quite well. While the nose is not bold by any means, it is enjoyable without fault.

The taste mimics the aroma with mild biscuit grain feel slightly imparted by the rye inclusion. The hops present thenselves with flavors that are grassy with some vegetative matter. It displays a pleasant resinous feel across the back. It is surprising how fruity, floral and citrus-like the aroma is with the flavor being quite contrasting.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall this is a smooth and easy drinking brew that I would have again if the opportunity presented itself. I bet this brew is pretty awesome when fresh.

Dec 06, 2012
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B33R501 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i dont know if this is different from their regular rye ipa (never had it) but it is listed as fresh hop rye. i do know this was delicious, maybe even a little better than my favorite fresh hop port high tide, tasted side by side tuesday night.

pretty darkish amber and clear. big fresh hop blast aroma and taste, bitter grapefruit noted with that distinct simcoe hop flavor. nicely mated and very drinkable. i like the bitter, dry finish. notes of spice from the rye, not like hop rod rye but still noticeable.

would certainly get this again.

Nov 02, 2012
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BeerForHokie from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DSB.

Pours a dark gold color,opaque. Dime thin layer of head stays on it throughout. Piney and hoppy smell,nothing fantastic or overwhelming.

T-citrus and pine,seems like a pretty standard ipa,which is not a knock

M-here's where this beer shines. Absolutely smooth on the palate,very pleasant

May 07, 2012
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Cloudy amber color, little head and what's there has low retention and minimal lacing.

Mild aroma, faintly metallic, floral, grassy hops, muted malt. Flavor is also fairly mild and a bit muddled; bitter and lightly sweet, with a touch of spicy rye, and a vaguely metallic note. Brewery describes this as "aggressively hopped" but it came up a bit short for me. Again, there's the spiciness from the rye, which is nice, and a little grassy flavor, but the hops are mostly generically bitter and not particularly nuanced.

Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Pretty average for the style.

Mar 28, 2012
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz pint glass enjoyed on-tap at the Whole Foods in Glen Mills, PA.

A: Pours a mildly hazy almost clear orange amber color. 1/4 finger of off white head initially, but that faded really quickly into just a ring around the outside of the glass. I do get some sticky lacing, but not tons.

S: I get some earthy, piney hop aromas. Along with that comes the spiciness from the Rye. It's a nice blend of the two.

T: Up front, you get some of those piney hop bitter notes. They are certainly more earthy hops used here, instead of the floral or fruity types. As the sip moves to the middle of the mouth, the spice from the rye malts matches up will with the hops. It's actually fairly balanced and easy drinking. The finish is nice and crisp IPA like. Leaves you wanting another sip.

M: Medium bodied IPA.

Mar 26, 2012
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SFLpunk from Vermont

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz pour at Jet Rocks in the Philly airport. Chilled pint...damn, forgot where I was otherwise I would have specified.

A nice hazy orange brown with thin stark white head. Nose is a bit closed due to the cold temp. A little floral perhaps. Palate has a nice flavor profile, tastes like rye bread, bitter grapefruit rind and a little something like wood or mulch, an earthiness.

Nice, would have again.

Dec 22, 2011
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap in philly

Pours a clear cherry red color with some darker amber hues. A layer of beige head rests on top, retaining for a while while leaving curtains of lacing on the glass.

A punch of hops with pine tones and some rye driven spice. Sweeter caramel malt and citrus mix in as well, with very faint alcohol.

Slice of bitterness up front on the tongue with some pine and resiny edges. Tempered by citrus tones with orange and pulp, along with some noticeable rye flavor. Decent malt backbone with caramel and bready tones, a bit sweet. Finishes bitter and dry with a dash of rye spice.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Very nice integration of rye and malt into an already hoppy beer - I'd definitely drink this again.

Aug 12, 2011
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bayougutter from Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap while at the Philly airport.

Beer as presented was in a tall pilsner type glass. Light amber, clear, and with a good one inch creamy off white head. Head hung around for the whole drink with good lacing.

The smell is of floral and citric hops, then the rye with some earthy sweetness from the malts. Nice strong aromas.

Taste was so balanced with the grassy/floral hops then a little bitter citrus, all the while the rye comes thru. Malts provide the perfect backbone for this one. Well done.

Mouthfeel was spot on, medium, creamy, with perfect carbination for a 7% abv.

Overall I really enjoyed this one, as a matter of fact I had two. Well worth seeking out if you are in Philly.

Jul 12, 2011
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 188 ratings