Rye Beer Sucks! | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A bright and spicy rye IPA loaded with chinook, citra and simcoe hops.

Added by orangesol on 04-21-2013

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 10
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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Photo of orangesol
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours clear pale yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving sticky webs of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of grassy hops, dash of tropical fruit, pine needles, dulled spicy rye and a tiny bit of booze once it warms up. The rye plays second fiddle to the hops, which is fine by me.

T - Starts off with plenty of hop bitterness, both tropical and grassy, slowly giving way to hints of the backing spicy rye and a touch of booze. Finish is kinda bready with some hop bitterness mixed in, lingering on the palate long after the finish. A bit muted when fresh from the taps, gets better as it warms up in the glass.

M - Smooth, bready feel with plenty of hop bitterness. This is where the rye really comes through, providing a solid backing for all the hops to play off of.

O - It fits the description quite well. The hops are strong like a typical IPA yet not overpowering thanks to the rye core. A very nice hybrid beer with plenty of flavor that is easy to drink, give it a shot if you get a chance.

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Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft offering at the source. Served in a tulip shaped pint glass. The brew appears a pale golden color with a finger of off-white head. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma has lots of citrus, freshy juicy fruit, herbs, rinds and zesty hops. A mild toasty grain sweetness is almost bready at times. Overall a solid smelling brew that is complex and very enjoyable.

The flavor includes all the hoppy character described in the nose: citrus, fruit, herbs, rinds and zest with a grassy bitterness and mlkd fruity to grainy sweet inclusion perhpas imparted by the rye.

A very well balanced brew. It is medium to lighter in the feel with a modest amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking, in fact a crushable ipa that I will end up consuming a lot of when given the chance. Very well done.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of coldshowers
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Rizzy17
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at Al's.

A: Hazy appearance with a dark golden hue. Slightly translucent.
S: Nice floral aroma with hints of tropical fruit.
T: The rye is strong upfront and fades quickly. It's very nice and not overly bitter.
F: Somewhat dry. The bitterness lingers on the tongue but is not overbearing.
O: This is very nice. Super drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of philbe311
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - About a finger's worth of pure white frothy head... Minimal retention... The lacing and collar are minimal as well... The color is a light yet lively gold... Moderate carbonation... An ever so faint haziness lingers...

S - A big whiff of hoppy goodness to start... The hops take on a mix of mostly citrusy and earthy with a slight bit of pine mixed in... Orange zest... A bit of lemon zest... A slightly grass and wheat component... There is a very subtle spice component from the rye that lingers beneath the surface...

T - The nose was a perfect indicator of what to expect on the palate... The hop presence is first and mirrors the nose with a wide variety of hoppiness... Next are layers of orange and lemon zest... Next is the very slight spicy kick of the rye... This all sits above a mild malty base...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Brisk yet light carbonation... Even and consistent... Clean and crisp... Goes down smoothly sip after sip...

D - A very sessionable and quite refreshing American IPA... Solid in all facets... Better than average... Actually it's rather rock solid, but it falls a bit short-term from being excellent.... I could easily enjoy a couple of this in a sitting and would suggest you do the same if passing through the area...

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Photo of Fievel
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Stofko1992
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours with a bright white head which dissipates quickly with mild to little lacing. Slight haziness with a straw color.

Aromas of orange, pine and rye with tropical fruit as it warms.

Taste is bitter up front with orange and pine. Slightly malty at end with nice moderate hop, rye bitterness. Slightly sweet in finish but well balanced with bitterness.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Can't call it light but very easy drinking.

Another excellent interpretation of style (if Rye IPA is a style) from Pizza Boy. Really nice beer. ABV is slightly lower than last batch (5.3%), not sure if recipe is different but this version nails it.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ppoitras
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Screw-top growler received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Deuane!

First stein pours with a 1/2" blonde head over the cloudy golden brew. Head holds amazingly, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is spices and citrus.

Taste starts sweet, lots of lemon in the middle, with a bitter piney close. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with drinkability is great. Finishing this growler shouldn't be a problem...

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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler poured into pilsner

Clear golden yellow, constant stream of bubbles, pours a frothy two finger white cap that settles into a generous white , bubbly cap with good lacings.

Aroma of pine and citrus

Rye in the middle of the tongue. Bitter in the back, slight bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel is smooth, gentle carbonation, light mouthfeel. clean and crisp.

In the area, hear about Pizza boy and bought a couple of growlers. Went for the highest rated beers on BA. I Prefer malts beers. This is a god beer but not the style that I prefer.

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Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is straw in color with a half finger of head that retained rather well and left thick lacing. Both hop and spicy rye notes are present in the nose. The spiciness of the rye dominates the flavor profile and there is a pleasantly dry finish.

This beer is tastier and more full bodied than it appears at first blush.

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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of epyon396
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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Rye Beer Sucks! from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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