Ryediculous IPA | Chameleon Brewing

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Brewed by:
Chameleon Brewing
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.73%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cascade and Chinook were used in the boil with a large Cascade dry hopping in the lager tank, Ryediculous has around 73 IBUs.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 12-21-2010

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3.28
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 80
Photo of BrewMe-BigA
4.42/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chameleon Ryediculous is a solid American IPA. Ryediculous has a very fruity (pineapple) smell and taste. Thick head and great lacing. The color is very Amber-ish with a very murky look to it. It is exactly what I think of when I think American IPA/Summer IPA. Ryediculous IPA is one of those beers where you could easy have 3-4 of them in a night.

Overall, it is a great brew especially at $1.25 a bottle (I always stock up on Sprechers/Chameleon when I am at the brewery) that I would highly suggest to IPA lovers.

Cheers!

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Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body is honey colored and capped by a dense, nearly white head. The head was creamy and long lasting.

The smell was fresh grain and cut green grass.

The taste was really spicy. There was a brassy bitterness along with the slightly sweet black grape notes. The bitterness lingered a long time.

The mouthfeel was medium in density with plenty of zesty carbonation. This is a very flavorful beer. I love Rye IPAs.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.73% ABV, 10355 (Dec. 20, 2010) on the neck.

A - Collar after collar of sticky lace clings to the glass as the off-white head deflates. Ryediculous pours a hazed-over amber brown with golden highlights. A little muddy looking but certainly a great start to this beer!

S - Juicy, fruity hops exude a big, rich American hop aroma of citrus and a resin-rich blast. A sharp rye aroma follows. The bitter hop aroma is backed by a slightly amber malt nose. It's got a good bold American hop aroma.

T - Ripe chinook hops add pine-needle and a very strong oily resin flavor while cascade buds add a light citrus and grapefruit flavor. Hints of sharp rye and amber malt in the flavor don't cut through the strong hops but come in enough to provide some sort of balance. Overall it's a hop explosion.

M - This IPA has a medium body with a harsh dry finish and an increasingly bitter follow-through. I like the resiny citrus bitterness but without the balance it truly needs it seems a little like it's bitter for the sake of being bitter. High carbonation scrubs the tongue pretty well in this one. A good pairing beer for that aspect.

D - It seems like it would be moderately refreshing on a hot summer day but I don't know that I'd really want more than one of these in one sitting. The bitterness starts to wear me down towards the end. The hops seem fairly resin-oily and could use just a little more balance. This is definitely a good IPA. I know a few hop-heads that would love this.

*Also, I tried a second bottle and it went very well with white jalapeño cheddar cheese. It made the spiciness pop a lot more. Good pairing.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect.

Pours a cloudy, cloudy blond, slightly darker than honey. Head is hop oil HUGE and stays forever. The sides of the glass look like they haven't been washed in a month. Just the head on this beer makes it looks quite inviting. The only downfall is the murkiness.

Aroma is of floral spicy hop. Tea like tannin aroma in the middle with a hard hit of grassy hop on the finish.

Flavor is bitter floral hop on the front with slight tannic flavors. Middle yields to rose hip and spiciness. The rye comes through in the middle and gets stronger as the beer warms. Malt is strange, not off putting, but more smooth than crunchy. Finishes dry and with a clean bittering finish.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. The carbonation is not harsh and there is a slight oiliness to the tongue which clears completely when the dryness comes through.

Wow, for a 5.73 sessionable IPA with rye, this is pretty damn good. The rye is very nice and the hops are in th front. Slightly lacking in malt, but makes up for it in the overall profile. I would buy this again.

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Photo of drizzam
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the brown 12 oz twist top into one of my favorite pint glasses.

A - Pours a dark opaque amber in color...Lots of sediment floating about within the body. Topped with an off-white fluffy head that retains decently and leaves a nice veil of lace. I don't remember drinking an IPA that was this dirty looking (due to the high amount of sediment). The nice head jacked the score up half a point for me.

S - Smells of caramel malt and a slight citric hop aroma. Not overly hoppy smelling, but it seems like it should be a good balance of hops and malt.

T & M - The rye presents itself nicely among a bouquet of piney as well as citric hop flavors. There is a nice malt presence to help balance everything out. Medium bodied and it leaves a bitter aftertaste as a reminder of the hops and rye.

D - This is a decent drinker from a brewery that I haven't tried til now. Thanks to my good friend Veachster for donating some of his winnings from the BeerFM raffle at the Central Waters brewery!

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Photo of u2carew
3.79/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger head then slowly settles leaving a nice lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Visible sediment was seen while pouring - not my favorite sight with an IPA. Very cloudy, murky sediment filled body. Amber to ruby in color.
S) Hops and caramel. Floral and spicy spruce tones in the mix.
T) Bitter bite all the way through. Nice melding with the malts and a climax of sweetness in the finish. Lingering black pepper tones in the aftertaste. A very pleasant taste overall.
M) Medium-light body. Fizzy and slightly creamy. A nice hop bitterness on the palate.
O) Besides the presence of sediment this is a very good IPA and very drinkable.

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Photo of Herky21
3.74/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It's hazy, clouded, and somewhere between amber and pale. Rye, would be exactly the color, actually. Nice white lacing reveals the heavy carbonation.

Smell: Floral hops hit you right away, just like opening up a bag. Citrusy, lemon afternotes.

Taste: Dry in the middle with long, lingering bitter notes that sit in your mouth. Great lemon taste to follow up the sensory.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is spot on. It's just heavy enough to carry the bitter hoppy goodness.

Overall: Reminds me of Summits 25th anniversary, but slightly less dry in the middle. If you like hops you'll love it. It's definitely high in IBU's. The bittering in the middle could have a better balance. Maybe more rye, or a little more malt, or 5 minutes less with the bittering hops would push this to a perfectly balanced beer. (A little tweaking, obviously).

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle fresh from Sprecher brewery. Floral hops, golden yellow body with a generous retained white creamy head. Average mouthfeel, with some astringency, but still a good drinker because of the edge and hop profile. Really bitter as the IBU 73 shows. Must try for hopheads and anyone a fan of the bitter or sour camp.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden-orange amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades very slowly over time to leave tons of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew strongest of a grapefruit and yeasty bready smell. Along with these aromas comes smells of coriander and some grass and a little bit of a black pepper

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready flavor mixed with a little bit of a rye bread taste. There is a lighter spice flavor of coriander up front and a lighter yeasty taste, with both of these growing stronger as the taste moves forward. There is a little bit of a tangerine and caramel flavor at the start, which over time fade, and end up leaving a very dry taste on the tongue. With some other hop flavors of a hay and pine nature coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a dry and decently dank hopped rye flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side for a 6 % rye IPA with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation is rather nice overall, but a little thicker of a body may have been slightly better for the style overall.

Overall- A rather nice rye IPA overall. It had a decent blend of dank hop blended with a grapefruit and more malty base.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy pale amber with a foamy cream head. Aroma is of rye. Taste is rye. Tiny hints of blackberry. Sweet malts peak through. Relatively dry. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Overall this was ok.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Big, 4 finger off white head on a golden amber, just slightly hazy body with tons of active carbonation. The Cap on the head is extremely fine bubbled. Very attractive, but not brilliant.

S: Intense hoppy aroma fills the space around me when I pour. Citrusy, with a hint of resiny pine and a little spicey. Malt provides enough to not make it overwhelmingly sharp.

T: The beer falls a little more out of balance in the taste, going more towards the hoppy, almost astringent-like bitterness. I think the rye malt contributes here because while it is definately a hop-bitterness, there is also a grainy quality reminiscent of a more rye based beer. The sharpness really dominates the beer, there is none of the citrusy-resiny-ness of the aroma, no malt sweetness.

M: Night, refreshing, good carbonation.

D: MM, not much appealing to me here, but for a really sharp meal pairing this could work.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly coppery amber in color with a two finger off-white foamy head with decent retention time and some mediocre lacing effects. Has a very large grainy component to the aroma alongside an large earthen noble hopping and yeasty breadiness. The flavor is split almost evenly between orange peel and rye malt, but it lacks a certain nuance and complexity of hopping variety that many other IPAs have. Kudos for using the rye, though it could certainly use quite a bit more of it to make it take the center stage... The body is on the thinner side of medium and the carbonation is a bit sluggish...

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Pours a small foamy white head, a bit hazy, brown-burnt orange, strong internal carbonation, looks good

S: Citrus, some pineapple, decently sweet-smelling, smoke, various wood notes, decently fragrant overall

T: Begins with citrus, hops, quickly becomes quite bitter, certainly not bad, but a tad out of balance, strong hops

M: Other than being a little too bitter, generally smooth, has some watery qualities, but drinkable, a bit drying on the mouth and therefore a tad over-lingering

O: A nice strong rye, solid ipa as a whole, just a little too bitter and overpowering on the palate

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Photo of ferrari29
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer poured with a half finger white colored head; dissipated very quickly, but formed a nice layer of lacing around the sides of the glass; very well carbonated; body color is a bit of a mix of dark copper and brown porter; clear

S - Deep rye smell; plenty of breaded or toasted malt scents; some hop and pine; caramel

T - Clean combination of dry hop and rye flavor; smooth caramel and biscuit malt back-end; slight grainy taste

M - Dry, thin blistering hop taste; very profound hop bitter aftertaste; slightly effervescent

D - Pretty good drink; kind of lingers for a bit longer than I enjoyed; very bitter and hoppy which is great for hop heads but a little too much for guys like me who just want to enjoy a glass of brew

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Photo of travMI13
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one from my quarterly beer of the month club. 2011 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy, murky, light orange body with an inch of frothy, white head. Tons of lacing left down the side of the glass. Whoa. I really love how this looks.

S: Gentle grapefruit and orange notes with hints of rye and malt. The nose is not very strong here.

T: Strong lingering bitterness from almost lemony hops. Definitely getting some lemon peel here. The rye and the hops play off each other pretty well. This is bombing my palate pretty nicely, actually. Not a whole lot of balance; this thing is in your face.

M: Medium carbonation with a dry, bitter finish.

O: This is a solid IPA. I would definitely say better than average. I really enjoy the lingering bitterness here. The rye is probably a little subdued for a RyePA, but this is certainly not a bad beer.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a cloudy brown with a light brown two finger head and a lot of sticky head.

S- some toasty malt and rye, a light spice, a piney hop aroma as well.

T- front of the palate is a great balance of rye and a bright orange citrus, then the hops take over the rest of the palate. More balance and more rye would get this beer at least a 4 in taste, but the initial taste is great.

O- a pretty good rye ipa, not enough rye to really win me over like some others in the style but still nice.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Bitter, Rye, Husky, Pith

While American brewers have bastardized the dead IPA style for years hoppy rye ales are very much an American style. What we have here is an very brash version of that, very rough around the edges. Hop bitterness and spicy rye dominate throughout. Not half bad.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 5.73% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of claspada
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a red-hue bronze color with an inch of off-white head with pretty good retention and some spotty lacing on the way down.

The aromas begin with a bit of rye zest along with some mild West coast citrus hops, though those are not as forward as the rye maltiness. Also there is some earthy and floral hops in the background.

The tastes definitely showcases the rye maltiness once again, but then finishes with an odd/strong bitterness and a bit of astringency. There's some floral and herbal hop character lingering in the background. Overpowering bitterness is a bit unpleasant here. Really getting overwhelming C-hop flavors, a bit too catty for my taste.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with average carbonation and a surprisingly strong bitterness/astringency in the finish.

Overall this is not my cup of tea for sure, overpowering catty hops despite a nice dose of rye maltiness. Maybe the combination just doesn't work here or they aren't in balance but but there isn't anything too enticing about this beer. Honestly has a hard time throwing this down so I ended up draining it.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a walnut colored body beneath the foamy, off-white head which slowly dissolves to leave a scattered lacing.

Plenty of malty backbone to support the spicy rye and hops in the aroma.

Similar to the aroma there is a malty sweetness that comes forward before the spicy rye and hops arrive.

Medium to fuller in body with medium carbonation and a pretty hearty finish.

Not a bad brew overall, nice rye touch, that could be brought out more with a bit less malt and additional pine hops.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for this bottle! This is the last of their offerings I've needed to try. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very cloudy dark brownish-orange. Can't see through this at all for the murky floaties. A small off-white head coats the top. Minor lace drips down the glass. The nose carries mild notes of pepper and fresh-mulched hops. But this lacks zip. It is really tame; I really need to drag to get anything out of this.

The mouth is firm. Good depth and carbonation level. I can sense the rye right away, with the slightly sour aspect that finishes bitter and dry. The hops come to play more in the flavor than the nose [maybe they used all of the "aromatic" hops in their Hop on Top, and forgot about this one]. Mild spicy bitterness. Some faint toffee-like sweetness in the middle, that then gets dried out at the finish. All-in-all, not a bad beer. A middle-of-the-road IPA. I'd have it again, but wouldn't actively seek it out.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper - orange with two fingers of white head. Seems a little overcarbonated as it was overly fizzy. Decent lacing and stick.

Smells citrusy and hoppy - quite pungent. The smell carries over and this is a nice hoppy brew, but almost too much hop and sourness without any finesse or balance.

Overall, this is worth a try, but not a staple.

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Photo of emerge077
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sprecher's Pub, no mention of the Chameleon name on the menu. Billed as "an IPA/Rye beer hybrid, citrusy with a crisp clean finish." Review from written notes.

Reddish copper color, visible carbonation trails, thin skim of foam, sticky white lacing, but not much. Sort of a grassy smell, mildly spicy. Not getting much advertised citrus in the nose anyway.

Mellow feel, dry bitter finish, spicy rye notes lead off, with some grassy herbal bitterness from the hops. A vague citrus impression, but the rye seems to overshadow, not in a bad way necessarily, but any citrus struggles to be defined here. Easy enough to drink. Overall it's a bit muddled, ok as a Rye Beer, not especially aggressive as an American IPA. Probably wouldn't pick this up in bottles.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a red-hue bronze color with a single-finger off-white head with pretty good retention and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a bit of rye zest along with some mild hops, though those are quite muted. Somewhat earthy and floral. The taste definitely showcases the rye, but then finishes with an odd bitterness and a bit of astringency. There's some floral and herbal hop character lingering in the background. Light to medium body with average carbonation and a fairly-brisk bitterness in the finish. Drinks fairly well, but there isn't anything too enticing about it.

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Photo of schatzs
3/5  rDev -8.5%

A: Amber, quite a large head when poured into a pint glass
S: Yeasty, sweet
T: Not too strong, dry/bitter finish
M: Carbonated, bit watery
O: Just OK for me, nothing too special, but I'm happy to drink it.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden wheat with off-white head that starts at about an inch but falls to a quarter inch before long. Noticeable carbonation and cling as it goes down. The bouquet yields mostly caramel and malt, with very little in the way of rye coming through. The initial taste registers as pine hops and pure alcohol; and instead of moving to what I thought would be the rye side, it settles quickly on a pronounced hop bitterness that lingers on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with distinct effervescence and a somewhat syrupy quality.

The lack of citrus notes is off-putting in this beer, especially since the only distinct flavor remaining is that of bitter pine. And the lingering aftertaste is bitterer than most other IPAs I've had, and not in a pleasant way. There is some subtle complexity to the taste, but I feel like a lot more alcohol flavor is coming through than it should.

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