Evil Giant - Rye IPA | Barrier Brewing Company

90 Ratings

Brewed by:
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CHickman on 10-18-2012

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by BoardwalkBock:
Photo of BoardwalkBock
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Growler purchased from the brewery. Poured into Stone pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy orange. Nice head to start which fades to a very slight lacing. Not much carbonation visible.

S: Grapefruit, biscuit, slight citrus, orange peel. Ends with a nice piney aroma that has a bit of spice to it.

T: Just like the flavor except much more of a grapefruit follow-through and a nice rye finish.

M: Not too bitter. I expected a litter more bitterness from a Rye IPA. Actually makes it more drinkable, and I love bitter beers.

O: Good beer. A little more hops would make it an outstanding beer, but thats the fault with most Rye IPAs. The Rye really overwhelms the hops. However, this beer is still very good and will def have again. Barrier definitely has better IPAs out there, especially Money and Ruckus. Love this brewery, everyone needs to try.

 843 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of JRed
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, deep orange with off white head that sticks. Aroma of citrus, rind, pine, evergreens. Tastes of citrus, rind, rye char, big bitterness, pine, evergreen. Bitterness coats the tongue. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. My favorite IPA.

 244 characters

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours clear lighter almond amber, light tan head, looser and puffy, leaves respectable spots and bits of lacing.

Nose is loaded with grapefruit, spicy mint and some soapyness.

Hop bomb, loaded with grapefruit and more grapefruit. Fruity and flavorful. Not super bitter, citric goodness is whats goin on here.

Carbonation is slightly on the low side.

Enjoyable and bold all American style IPA. Well worth seeking out this quality brew from "the Island"

 511 characters

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of socon67
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mfrogs
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Bieniek30
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-hazy burnt yellow color topped with a thin finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Some light stringy lace followed sliding down the glass.
The aroma had some sweet to semi-spicy rye up front, somewhat floral and then some orange sweetness and a light clean bready to cracker malt.
The flavor leaned slightly towards the sweet side and trying to embrace a nice bitterness about it, but seemed to only to try and be there for balance, and there was some, but not a whole lot. Mild clean malty to rye-like aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt pretty good. ABV felt as projected.
Overall, pretty nice AIPA well worthy of having again.

 789 characters

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pjkelley82
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtdirtdirtdirt
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fresh IPA keg from a skilled brewer, drunk from a wine glass, so obviously it's going to be very good.

Look: Unfiltered beauty in yellow/tan.

Smell: Creamsicle, Yeasty funk

Taste: Orange, Sourdough

Feel: Tangy, Oily, Balanced, Medium-full

Overall: You'd have to move up to DIPA to get anything "better".

Strong vanilla dryhop aroma had me worried, but it turned out to be a clever move by the brewer. Barrier has built its IPA's around a delicious yeast mixed with modern hops, and they let the malt take a back seat. Even the rye acts as a (nice) garnish here.

The head is full and lasting, and leaves artwork all over the glass upon swirling. In fact, you can feel that it never mixes with the liquid even in your mouth. While a nice, tart oiliness lingers long around the edges of your tongue, maybe you'd prefer a longer fruit taste, but you'll probably have to add 2% abv plus unpleasant sweetness to get that.

Any lover of modern IPA who rated this less than a four, I'd suggest you try this again, AFAP (as fresh as possible).

 1,048 characters

Photo of campfirebrew
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kingslotty
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of spicy rye are present in the nose along with notes of piney hops and hints of caramel malts.
T: From start to finish, the rye delivers a spicy bite to the taste, standing out in front of notes of piney hops and hints of caramel malts. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: First and foremost, this is definitely a rye beer as the spicy aromas and flavors from the rye are very much prominent in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: growler

 853 characters

Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full piney hop and a lesser grapefruit aroma.

The taste consisted of a balmy and lingering pine and citrus spice. Grainy malts and tea leaves detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a lingering spice.

Overall a very tasty hop forward ale.

 389 characters

Photo of TheLefty1616
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had it last night on tap at Croxley's Ale House Smithtown: pours hazy copper amber color with a 1 finger foamy white head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hops, lightly toasted grains, caramel, malt, floral hops and herbs; this is a very basic nose, but all of the notes are potent and quite enjoyable with very nice balance for an IPA.

Tastes like it smells, with grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hops, orange peel, lightly toasted grains, caramel, malt, floral hops, grass, flowers, piney hops, mild spices like pepper and herbs like tea leaf; mild hops for an IPA, but still full of flavor with all the right elements and pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, smooth even, a light body, light carbonation, and an almost clean finish with a nice citrus bitterness.

Overall refreshing and enjoyable, this was a good IPA that wasn't a hop bomb and lacked some real juicy hop punch, but made up for it in the drinkability. After going to the Barrier website I discovered that this was a Rye IPA, which explains it not having the huge hop presence since it was likely tamed by the rye and also accounts for the spicy-ness. A solid beer overall.

 1,214 characters

Photo of starny
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Hirshi
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BadFishNY
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Evil Giant - Rye IPA from Barrier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 90 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.