Albino Squid Assassin
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Style:
Rye Beer
Ranked #49
ABV:
7.4%
Score:
87
Ranked #13,841
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 8.1%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
64
From:
BrewDog
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Wants
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Gots
  12
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Photo of secondtooth
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Tawny opaque amber with a huge khaki head. Thick loops of lace.

Aroma: Crisp crisp citrus and pine hop notes. Caramel malts add to the pleasure.

Taste: Plenty of citrus hops up front, with a punch of spicy rye and deep caramel malt sweetness giving a layered flavor profile. Very nice, but not up to par with other BrewDog offerings.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, date stamped 09/19/19. A hazy, rusty colored ale is capped by a tremendously frothy beige head that holds great retention and leaves chunky foam down the glass. Aroma is spicy & earthy rye, caramel malt, rye bread, citrus, and pine. Spicy rye is presently bold in flavor and melds well with notes of rye bread crust, toasted grain, caramel, grapefruit, and earthy pine. Full body, creamy and very resinous, moderate carbonation, and a wicked bitter finish that is very drying on the palate. I always love a red rye IPA and this one does not disappoint.

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Photo of jernjawn
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours a hazy copper with a small creamy head which dissipates quickly to a film on the surface
smell is mild but the rye really comes through and is appetizing
rye is quite prevalent up front followed by bitter hops and a pleasant, caramel and malt aftertaste
mouthfeel is medium with mild stickiness
overall it's pretty well balanced and tasty

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Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear copper pour with thick foamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts and rye/spice.

T.F: Sweet up front. Caramel, brown sugar, and toasted grains. Moderate bitterness with the rye. Sharp with a bit of spice and floral character. Light citrus at the finish. Medium bodied... sticky on the tongue.

O: A very well executed malty rye IPA. Nice mix of sweet malts and bitter spicy rye. Made for a nice changeup from the juice bomb IPA's.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rye beer done right if you screw it up you can make a pretty dry harsh beer. This beer was bitter and hoppy but balance of rye was on point. Bonus points for sick cover art I am a sucker for cool cover art.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is a depth of character in this glad that makes me smile. I don't know how to say it other than a rich piney flavor that finished with a floral citrus with an added zing from the rye. Enjoyed with a Godzilla Pie at Caliente in Pittsburgh with Dave.

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Photo of jkblr
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can stamped 09/19/19 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 7.4% ABV. The beer pours bright copper amber in color with sticky light khaki head. The head recedes to an generous cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is faint with rye malt, caramel and pine. The taste is rye malt, dark toffee and chocolate balanced against piney, bitter hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good. Nothing great, but no real dings either. Nice throwback to a few years ago when Rye IPAs were easy to find.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a snifter from draft at O'Toole's on December 18, 2018. Toasted caramel and cinder toffee from crystal malts. Cacao richness from intensely roasted malt and the spiciness of rye. Zesty pithiness from Citra and the robust resin of chinook.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/31/2018. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper/light reddish color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/zest, wood, light peppercorn, pine, caramel, brown sugar, spicy rye, toasted biscuit, light nutty/toffee/roast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/rye/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/zest, wood, light peppercorn, pine, caramel, brown sugar, spicy rye, toasted biscuit, light nutty/toffee/roast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness; and rye spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, caramel, brown sugar, spicy rye, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/rye/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness and rye spiciness balance; with no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.4%. Overall this is an awesome red rye IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/rye/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not aggressive. Awesome Citra/Chinook profile. Very juicy and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a great dark/rye/bready malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive style example. Not overly bitter/spicy on the rye.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got a sixer of this (Columbus version) and a very nice Columbus Brewdog t-shirt as a Christmas gift my daughter and family. I raised her right.

This pours a reddish brown with nice head. The aroma is a nice dry rye malt and hops smell. The malt keeps things on the dark side and the hops cut through and make thing nice and bitter. This is an extremely enjoyable example of the style.

Brewed 10-31-2018 and rank 12-27-2018. Still fresh. Though not quite local, I'm in Columbus frequently. This is currently my favorite Columbus brewer.

Highly recommended, as are all the Brewdog offerings.

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Photo of BB1313
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 10/31/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours amber with some burnt orange hues; some haze to it; small white head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas have some floral and citrus notes. Some grapefruit. Some caramel apple. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More grapefruit along with some hints of orange. More floral notes. Some apple and pear in the mix. More caramel along with some hints of toffee. The rye is there, but it's not spicy. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing. It finishes clean and dry for the most part. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, crisp, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid brew. It's clean, crisp and refreshing. It's straight forward and not flashy, but that's not a bad thing. It's enjoyable and fun to drink.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml can poured into a teku glass.

Hazy mahogany brown hue with some amber tinge, the pour forms up thick frothy light tan head that is here to stay with pretty good retention before sinking to some long-lasting bubble sheet atop and leaving some sticky lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

In a nose, there is strong scent of pine, resin, grass, and grapefruit. Rye mingles with its spiciness together with malt with its breadiness and sweet caramel.

The palate senses hoppiness first with the flavors of pine, resin, grass, and grapefruit. Malt harmoniously plays along with notes of caramel, sweetness, slight roasted, and bread while rye provides its spicy and peppery taste. The finish and aftertaste are wrapped up by moderate hop bitterness together with piney resin.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and some lively carbonation generated crisp and refreshing feel through the palate, finish is dry.

This one tends to be much on IPA and has rye as a good supplement. Good brew indeed, cool bottle by the way.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rusty brown with no carbonation, topped with a finger of foamy, beige head with large and small bubbles.

Spicy, black pepper, pine, caramel, malt, onion, burnt sugar.

Black pepper, light sweet caramel notes, garlic, rye, evergreen, hints of orange, floral finish. The evergreen isn't really pine but almost like cedar.

Medium almost light feeling body, soft, foamy carbonation.

I really dig this brew. Its just different in its smell and taste from any other brew, and comes in a really cool can. The rye comes through and really adds to it. Got on wishbeer, drank Aug 4th, 2016.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can

Pours a lovely mahogany red tinged brown. Clarity is great, small head.

Piney, citrusy, floral, fuity - cherry on the nose with a touch of toffee

Decent bitterness, dryness, body all good. Above average carbonation

A real nice beer from the brewpups

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Deep amber, half finger head, not to many bubbles
S: Hoppy, flowery, rye,
T: A hoppy, toasted malt back, with a smooth flavor of rye
F: Slightly thicker than other Rye beers I've had that makes it smooth, even throughout, low carbonation
O: A nice beer that would be great with a steak, also its got some awesome can artwork

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Photo of kitch
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 330ml can with a best before date of 16th December 2016 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a very nice clear dark amber colour with a two finger beige head that had good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Nice tropical aromas of mango and pineapple with a hint of caramel, spice and alcohol.

Taste: Some light but sweet mango mixed in with toasty bread graininess and a long lasting piney grapefruit pith bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: This was only ok for me. Looks and smells great but I thought that the taste was a bit light (cancelled each other out) with too much grain and pith and not enough fruit.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma has spicy rye, dark malt and a bit of caramel, complemented by some earthy hops. Taste starts slightly sweet and malty with spicy rye but the hops kick in quickly with intense earthy bitterness. Finish is slightly boozy. Medium body and carbonation. Not bad but the alcohol is too present and doesn't mix very well with the hops.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Spongy caramel look. Candy like tan head with good retention. The surprise goes one with the smell. It's like a lemon cake with a hint of strawberries and a bit of other spices. The taste starts sweet, refreshing. It finishes with some lemon and orange zest feel. After taste is dry, boozy and not as good.

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Photo of mothman
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper amber color with a slightly tan head. Splattered lace left.

Rye and hops. Some grapefruit resin and citrus. Earthy and floral hops. Bready malts. Not a bad rye ipa. Sticky and resiny. Solid offering.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red-mahogany with low head that leaves lacing and a creamy film that stays. Nose is resin, citrus, and wood...not sure what the hop combo is exactly. Flavor is firmly bitter with the same resin and woody notes, along with a bit of that rye spiciness you'd expect. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

CAN
Rusty amber with fluffy pitted can pour tan head. 4
Intoxicatingly fresh caramel orange nose with hints of spice, resin, and red grapefruit. 4.5
Caramel apple and dark rye bread, a bit of grassy spice, then dank, grapefruit sorbet, and light pine needle. 4.25
Cedar chip end and long minty bitter linger.
Lighter more than medium, oily, crisp. 3.75

Magnum, Citra, Chinook

Smells fantastic - raises hope of Red Rocket and the classic hoppy ambers. In the event it goes more for the lighter citrus of Citra than any heavy notes from the 2 bittering hops. The only letdown is the body, which choose snap over chew - malt bill shows lots of crystal, but over *extra* pale malt. That's easy drinking/too thin for a 7.4% beer and 65 IBUs (though it tastes more like 45.) BD's best in a while, but falls just short of fabulous. 4

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Photo of flyingpig
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml Can from Brewdog's DogHouse BottleDog, Glasgow (£3.00):
A pretty good offering, it did start fairly average but improved plenty as things went on; the taste in particular being a good one with plenty bitterness with grain, rye & tropical fruits coming through strong. It seemed more American IPA than rye beer but I enjoyed it anyway with lots of fruits & floral touches that came with a nice alcohol kick too.

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