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Ryediculous IPA | Chameleon Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Chameleon Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
chameleonbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,888
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
80
pDev:
20.19%
Bros Score:
3.37
 
 
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3.44/5  rDev +6.8%
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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1.95/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a conical pint, came in my beer club this week.

A: Despite a careful pour this one is near opaque with lots of large visible sediment in suspension and otherwise very hazy. Small white film of a head and no lacing.

S: Surprisingly absent a strong hop aroma, just a light whiff, and considering the name, no discernible malt character.

T: The bitterness level here ends any possibility of a structured tasting. After one sip I pulled away and sneezed--something I usually do when I start drinking an IPA, but there wasn't a lot of accompanying hop pleasure. The hop character is piney, but the lingering flavor is unpleasantly bitter. The malt character is grainy and difficult to pick out amidst the hopping here.

M: Appropriate to the style with the right level of carbonation, but of negligable importance in absence of an otherwise decent tasting.

I would not recommend this beer to anyone, except for an example of what to do wrong in an IPA. The solution is not just "add more hops". In this case despite the advertised 73 IBU, the perception of bitterness is so strong in the finished product that I'm surprised this recipe ever went to production. I hate to crap on a local brewery but I am disappointed and would consider telling the brewer to reconsider this beer if I had the energy--feels like a flop.

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2.35/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Brouwerij De Molen beer stemflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average, but the idea of a rye IPA is intriguing.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is in an average range. Colour is a murky semitransparent copper. It's not real inviting, but the appearance of beer appeals to me.

Sm: Bittering hops, rye, pine, mango, and generic malts. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Overdone bitterness manifests most on the climax, but is present throughout. It's hop forward, with a sort of stale pine note that plagues the third act. Doesn't taste fresh or clean. Poorly balanced and built, with the notes from the nose competing instead of cooperating. No layering here. Badly built. I don't really care for it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some light rye coarseness. It's badly done, and doesn't suit the flavours except in its inadequacy.

Dr: A poorly executed failed experiment at brewing a rye IPA. I wouldn't have it again, even on draught at half the price. Leave this one on the shelf even if you're a big fan of the style.

D+

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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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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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3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
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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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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3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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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2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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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3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
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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3.79/5  rDev +17.7%
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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2.72/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Local bottle store started carrying this brewery, so I figured I may as well give them a shot, starting with this RyePA which is one of my favorite styles.

Pours a murky, golden/bronze color. Lots of sediment in the bottle. Grows a bout a half-inch cream colored head, that is fairly creamy, although recedes rapidly to a thin bubble layer.

Aroma is pretty nice, with a juicy fruity hop character, no so much citrus as tropical fruits, with a slight grassiness overall. I don't really get much rye on the nose, mostly a semi-sweet graininess with the overall fruity hop character.

Well I certainly get the rye in the flavor profile, adding a relatively strong, sweet grainy flavor. The hops seem less flavorful than I was hoping for, the juicy, tropical fruit hop aromatics do not carry through into the flavor, rather just a mild spoiled fruit flavor. The bitterness isn't real intense, but it has a medicinal, aspirin like quality to it, which is pretty unpleasant. The rye leaves an overall sweet grainy flavor in the finish, which combined with the powdery, aspirin bitterness, is pretty unpalatable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pretty high amount of carbonation. The beer is fairly drinkable, well balanced, but lacking a bit in hop flavor and the rye seems to be a little much giving the beer an overall sweet graininess, that I for one, am not a big fan of.

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Ryediculous IPA from Chameleon Brewing
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 80 ratings
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