Rye IPA | Black Market Brewing Co.

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Rye IPARye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Market Brewing Co.
California, United States
blackmarketbrew.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Beerandraiderfan on 01-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
159
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.17%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
22
For Trade:
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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of malt, rye, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, another heretofore unknown Cali brewer arrives on Alberta bottleshop shelves - s'ok.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two skinny fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and rather bubbly off-white head, which leaves some rainforest canopy lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of sharp blood orange and white grapefruit pith, bready caramel and somewhat spicy rye malt, faint clammy yeast, and further piney, leafy, and kind of perfumed hops. The taste is more grainy, doughy pale and caramel malt, a sort of removed acrid rye spiciness, still testy citrusy and piney west coast hop stereotype poses, and that same leafy, floral character from the nose, but now much more hot on the ol' alcohol scale.

The carbonation is fairly low-key and innocuous in its weak frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, the various interfering interlopers at a loss as to their apparent ineffectiveness here. It finishes off-dry, sure, the complex malt bill not to be denied, while the associated hops continue to fail to get their collective shit together.

While things do seem a tad disjointed at times, overall, this works for me, for the intended style - otherwise, I would be challenging this one's heritage left, right, and center! I kid, I kid, but only because rye, in all its various foodstuff guises, has rarely ever done right by me, so, um, there.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice beige colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent. Pretty predictable looking for the style.

Sm: Floral hop character, bittering hops, cream, clean malts, and butterscotch (diacetyl). A mild strength aroma. Not particularly appealing, but it's what you'd expect.

T: Heavy hop bitterness is counteracted somewhat nicely by the full-bodied clean malts, pleasant (yet somewhat dry) cream, and floral character. It's somewhat tasty, but has some major flaws - especially balance. Like most (American brewed) IPAs, this feels more like a dicksizing hop competition than a balanced brew. What a shame. Built pretty standard for the style. It's boring and bland, and certainly not unique, subtle, or complex. It's just like every other mundane IPA out there. Meh. Why brew this?

No alcohol or yeast comes through.

I search for rye, but find very little.

Mf: Smooth (with enhanced coarseness in the third act) and wet, with some cream. Adequate carbonation. Not too heavy on the palate. Good thickness.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. It's an underwhelming IPA to be sure. Even fans of the style can safely skip this one. There's just nothing unique or special to draw me to it. I wouldn't get it again. Where's the rye?

C

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now in 22 oz bottles. Purchased at Best Damn in San Diego. Aroma of flowery hops. Dark orange amber with a decent, but not long-lasting, head.

Big and richly flavored without an overdose of bitterness. Very spicy and intense resiny sharpness. Nice balance between the scratchy rye flavor and the piney hop flavors. Plenty of malt with some roasted flavors. Rather sweet, which is quite nice with all the hops and sharp graininess.

Quite a pleasant big hoppy beer. One of my favorite breweries in the southern end of SoCal for interesting and well-made beers. Also worth trying on tap if you're in Temecula; seems to be one of the regulars.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Eureka!Burger Claremont

A: The pour is amber in color with a nice big tan head and some sticky lacing.

S: Wonderful citrus aromas right away. Nicely floral, and combined with the grapefruit and tropical notes, makes for a very fragrant beer. A touch of sweetness with a hint of rye in the background.

T: More of the same on the flavor. Perhaps a touch sweet, but the great hop flavors make up for it. Grapefruit, tangerine, and hints of pineapple along with a nice bitter pine flavor. The rye provides a nice bread quality.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Another good beer in the growing trend of hoppy rye beers.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dvmin98
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, well balanced IPA. Some of these can be too hoppy, but they kept it nice and real. If I wasn't heading out of town to go back home the next morning, I definitely would have grabbed a couple bombers to go.

I would definitely drink it again, and if I lived in the area, this would be my go-to local IPA for sure. The DIPA was good as well.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium bronze amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Nice caramel malt with piney and citrus hops and light rye. Flavor follows aroma with a good caramel malt supporting bright citrus and piney hops. Light grapefruit and a hint of spicy rye. Good mouth feel with a medium body with pleasant creaminess, more than expected from an IPA. A tasty rye IPA with well selected hops supported by a substantial malt body and a good touch of rye, all well balanced. Enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rock solid IPA from these guys; this is the only beer of theirs I've had.

Nice dark caramel pour, clean and clear. Foamy off white head of about 3 fingers. Rocky in the middle. Sparse yet sticky lacing.

Aromas of pine and grapefruit dance around, with a bit of caramel and bready spice. Some booze. it does give off more of a citrus vibe than earthy

Flavors are great and down to Earth. Nothing overpowering or arrogant here. Citrus, pine, green grass and pomello fruit. The caramel and rye blend nicely with each other and give the finish and bit of a zip along with the bitterness hops.

Great beer. Not over the top, and is more of what I think what an IPA should be

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A Black Market beer, now from the bottle. No date on the bottle though. 22 ounces, on to the beer:

The beer's color is orange copper with a clean filtered body, which you can spot a few carbonation bubbles running through. The head starts an inch thick, retaining adequately and leaving some lace around the glass. Modestly hoppy even by IPA standards in the aroma, featuring grapefruit, resin, bitter citrus, and toffee crisp.

Bittering citrus flavor is the calling card of this IPA's flavor. Bitter grapefuit in general, but there is the occasional sugar-dusted ones which provide some needed sweetness. Orange and resin notes arrive. Slightly spicy with a noticable alcohol edge, carried by a medium and syrupy body with a soft carbonation.

Satisfying IPA in general. It's in a very competitive market being just north of San Diego, so it may get lost in the shuffle.

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Photo of fthegiants
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of HopHead84
1.96/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

3/4/2011

On tap at URGE.

A: Dark golden orange with a frothy white head. Nice color and good clarity.

S: A lot of caramel malt with bready notes. Light rye presence. It takes much swirling and coaxing to bring out feeble orange notes. Fruit is muted. I guess you could call it subtle, but it just seems quite muted. Hop aroma is lacking.

T: Taste is all over the place. There's a harsh astringent bitterness that suffuses the palate, it's really bruising. A little sweet orange. A touch of rye perhaps. Big medicinal/aspirin taste. Some caramel malt notes. A bit hot in the finish for 7.6%.  Ouch.

M: Lower medium in body with moderate draft carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel and dry, with evidence astringency.

Overall: I hate to trash a beer from a small brewery with few reviews, but this is one to avoid.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Has the appearance of rye, light brown color, full 1"+ of head on it. Aroma lacked hopping or rye.

Taste also lacked hops, even the bitterness. Rye and brown malt most pervasive in the mouthfeel. Just wasn't anything going on here that I was looking for. Expectations a little higher than average because of some of the good Black Market stuff I've had.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Donkster46
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of maximum12
1.72/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to kyle2k10 for this 22 oz. bomber...& yes, the haul is almost gone. Only one more in the fridge (sigh). Split with my wife.

The bottle pops like a small firecracker & I stand poised...but no overflow. The pour, however, is like pop rocks & soda, grotesquely rising head even with the softest decantational. Nose is pale sweet malts, gentle floral hops, & a smidgeon of rye; not sure I could I.D. the body unless someone told me its name. Tame.

Black Market's Rye IPA is a weird-ass piece of liquid refreshment. There's an up-front taste that's rye-laced, but not really rye. Earthy in an arsenic, body-odor kind of way. Hops? None apparent. As it warms, the muddiness gets worse & there's really nothing else. This is headed rapidly towards a pipe that leads out of the house.

Glancing at the reviews, I have to believe I got a bum bottle, since this seems like a beer that's right in my wheelhouse; but roaring carbonation is never a good sign. This bottle, however, is dismal.

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Rye IPA from Black Market Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 159 ratings.
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