Wytchmaker Rye IPA
Jester King Brewery

Wytchmaker Rye IPAWytchmaker Rye IPA
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IPA - American
3.94 | pDev: 13.71%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Wytchmaker Rye IPAWytchmaker Rye IPA
Notes: This version of Wytchmaker has been permanently supplanted by the farmhouse version - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/24018/74714
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Mateo2699 from Texas

3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Hope this isn't too old to be tasted, but it's been sitting in the cellar for about a year. Pour is a semi hazy, light golden hue. Ridiculous amount of head made it hard to pour, pretty much overly carbonated. Smell is that typical JK, Belgian like yeastiness with hints of must, spicy rye, hops, green tea and plenty of grassiness. Plenty of spicy citrus in the taste. Subtle fruits. Plenty of dry grass in the back end, fair amount of hop profile. As it warms, interesting banana and bubblegum flavor arises. Very dry mouthfeel, super dry. Overall, not sure if being 2 years out of date has something to do with this, but overall I'm not impressed.

Jan 19, 2017
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gr8ful from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

fine, fine ale. when i picked it up, i didn't realize it was a RYE farmhouse ale, so was curious after i got it home. it did not disappoint, at all.
look: very nice, hazy amber color with plentiful head, leaving abundant lacing. looks as good as it tastes.
smell: pleasantly earthy. very much a farmhouse ale aroma, but you can smell the rye to a degree
taste: pleasantly different. without the rye, it would be likely be the quintessential farmhouse ale....the rye gives it a nice edge or bite.
feel...still not exactly sure what this means, but feels smooth with the right amount of carbonation.
overall: i will get this again if i can find it...supposedly it i retired.

poured from a big bottle, bottled 9.29.15. purchased at total wine and beer 5/7/16.

May 21, 2016
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LouAleHead from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a thick creamy head, that just laces for days. Aroma is the funky farmhouse, spicy citrus, that enhances the drinking experience to the fullest. Taste is citrusy and finishes off with the rye hops with just the right amount of bitterness. Beer has the feel of a sour and IPA, and is truly fantastic. Another great beer from the fine folks at Jester King!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sep 19, 2015

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Farmhouse Rye IPA. Wild yeast native to our land in the Texas Hill Country lend a sense of place to this earthy, floral farmhouse rye beer. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

The culprit behind the Salem Witch Trials was not demonic possession (which would have been kind of cool), but ergot infected rye.

Aug 30, 2015
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Domvan from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - Crazy foamy head, flakes floating around
Smell - The aroma was spicy and complex
Taste - A simple rye IPA that had been aged about 1-3 years.
Feel - Earthy, smooth, spicy
This version was very complex and although I never tried it fresh, I enjoyed it.

Jul 12, 2015
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blue-dream from Virgin Islands (U.S.)

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love me some Jester King bottle was from 2 years ago, when i opened it it gushed all over, to my surprise the hop profile was still there!! Not sure i would drink aging but still a great beer from a great brewery.

Feb 24, 2015
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J_Dub from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy orange with hints of red. Thick foamy white head. The smell is the strongest part. Farmhouse funk. Citrus. Grass. Hops. Yeast. Grass. The taste follows suit. Spicy citrus hops and rye bitterness. Grassy, yeasty hoppy goodness. Labeled as a farmhouse ipa and it fits this description perfectly. The combination of hops and farmhouse flavors compliment nicely.

As usual, JK knocks it out of the park yet again. A very solid hybrid that is reasonably priced.

Apr 29, 2014
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from old notes - non-farmhouse version. 750 mL pours a hazed copper color with a massive cap of light tan head. Retention and lacing both impressive, though I suspect the beer is a bit overcarbonated.

Alot of various hop aromas going on here - citrusy lemons, grapefruit and pine sap. Bready rye is detectable along with some caramel and light alcohol. Main show is the hops, as it should be..

Quite tasty...big and bright hops start things off flowery and citric. Malts are light and biscuity, staying in the background for the most part. Yeast leans bready but the beer is much cleaner than the farmhouse version. Bittering hops on the back end are nice and crisp. Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, but thats a minor complaint. Need this in 6-packs please...too good not to gulp. It is a bit overcarbonated and gets pretty dry after awhile. Could use some minor tweaking but shows some promise.

Dec 11, 2013
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brurevu from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: I had the Wytchmaker in a 750 ml bottle that was a bit over carbonated, but was still in excellent condition. It poured a golden amber with a healthy head that persisted for the entire tasting. This rye IPA had a creamy mouthfeel with good hop bitterness balanced by the rye malts. This bottle was with their older English ale yeast, so it will be interesting to try it with their newer farmhouse yeast to see the differences. Again this is a great IPA.

Oct 17, 2013
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BeerRefugee from Oklahoma

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a hazy medium orange. Thick foamy head with good retention. Strong aroma of tropical fruits and black pepper. Flavor is nice and spicy with rye and cracked pepper balanced by some citrus and tropical notes. Slightly dry finish. Very good.

Apr 19, 2013
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hoody711 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 days, >50 oz of Jester King to review. This is the cross I bear. The bottle says nothing about "Farmhouse" Rye IPA, it just says "Rye India Pale Ale," but they do identify themselves as a farmhouse brewery. The bottle art is again fantastic, not as attractive as Noble King, but definitely darker and creepier.

A - 25 oz bomber into a goblet. HUGE off-white rocky head that has settled to 2 fingers over 5 minutes and still has very large globs of head. Great lace. The color is an Indian red/light brown and the beer is active in there. Again, a very pretty beer. As I write this, head is foaming out of the bottle on my table. Bizarre. (Still 5 minutes later, foaming out the top of bottle. This is getting a little ridiculous.)

S - a very interesting smelling "rye." There is some sweet tart farmhousy-ness in there, bananas and subtle fruit, and maybe a little spice, buried somewhere. I don't smell much rye or a ton of hops. I really can't put my finger on much more than that.

T - there's a little bit of rye in there, maybe, but for the most part I taste toned-down farmhouse, sweet and yeasty. This is not an IPA, and there is little to no hop flavor. Absolutely no bitterness.

M - light to medium feel. The carbonation is good. Spice lingers for a while. A little warming on the way down.

O - totally bizarre beer. I really wanted to like this, but I'm not sure it knows what it is. It's certainly not an IPA, and I wouldn't say it's farmhouse. It tries to be both, but is that even a thing. Seems like a strange idea to combine these two styles. The beer itself is ok, but in the IPA world, I would never think to recommend this one.

Sep 08, 2012
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Durge from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a ton of particulate in this hazy dark amber colored brew which brings a somewhat out of control white avalanche of white head and decent gobs of lace. The smell suggests a light, dry, wheat and politely sweet clove. A little milder than I would like in any IPA but not bad. The taste buds receive more wheat and gentle clove. It has a very frothy feel with a mdedium-light body and gentle but full carbonation. I get some tropical fruits and light yeast undercurrents. A subtle and loveable brew. Very nice.

Jun 11, 2012
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mcallister from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark rye bread in color....go figure. Pours with a huge amount of carbonation and a glorious rocky head. The pour took about 10 minutes for both Duvel tulips.

Lots of resiny pine riddles hop aromas at the forefront with some rye spicy character and some other bread esters. Hints of citrus on the end of the aromas with earthy notes as well.

Nice and way to easy to drink. Nice amount of hop bitterness on the finish and showing some toffee on the finish as well. Caramel is in the middle and intermingled with nice rye flavors and piney hops. Resiny oily hops throughout. Some citrus notes or maybe stone fruit, almost more peachy with some apricot. A nice beer with a light to medium body.

May 06, 2012
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kawilliams81 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- pours a nice copper with an insane head (near full glass), effervescence is incredible.

S- spicy rye, nice citrus, and sweet toast.

T- dry, sweet malts, ry and heavy with spices.

M- medium body, high carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O- good rye beer. The high carbonation takes away from the beer a little.

May 05, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, pepper, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is very much the same with a slight alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and I am happy I was able to pick up a bottle here in California.

Apr 19, 2012
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Smakawhat from Maryland

2.69/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

ooop.. didn't realize they were not making this anymore. I am not seeing any bottle dating. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Overly carbonated head which is off white actually forms very uniform but too much. Styrofoamy consistency and very large bubbles. Body color is a chestnut brown amber, kind of opaque and lifeless. Laces well when it takes forever to settle down.

Nose feels fairly spiced rye malt going, clean with a noticeable pine push. Is that brett I smell? Mushy over ripe sense of sour orange bitter slightly. Not too bad, but I am wondering where this is going?

Palate is incredibly sharp and jagged. Tin and metallic tasting rye spice, and a very fleeting palate. Body is very weak and wet with virtually no finish except some faint tobasco quick hot hop sense. Heavily fizzy also matching the appearance and greatly exaggerating the metal and ferrous angle.

Overall it starts off tolerable, but as it continues it becomes more and more undrinkable. This didn't get it done for me, seems like a strange saison hybrid more than anything.

Apr 17, 2012
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AgentMunky from New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Stamped 0007066.

A: Quite a hiss when I crack the cap. Huge head takes up half the glass, then churns, and begins to overflow. The beer is full of bubbles and amber-clear.

S: Hard to smell through the head, but some citrus, pine, and yeast.

T: Citrus and light fruit. There is some farmhouseish influence even in this regular edition of Wytchmaker, evident in some of the funkier/yeastier flavours. The rye manifests primarily as a dryness with a touch of pepper. The maintaste is rather light, but the end/aftertaste showcases some nice hops.

M: Fruity-dry; spicy-sweet. Pretty good.

O: An interesting beer, but not a great one. I'd have another, but I wouldn't recommend it too strongly. Drinkable.

Style: Rye India Pale Ale
OG: 1.062
ABV: 6.8%
Malt: Two-row, rye, carapils, debittered black
Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe
Yeast: English Dry Ale

Apr 12, 2012
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peacebone116 from California

3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 750-mL bottle into a tulip. (Number on the pic of the barrel is 0008022.) Bottle actually lists the brew at 6.8%, 1.0625 OG.

A: Hazy dark copper body with prolific, soapy head.

N: Citrus and sour-apple...like old homebrew.

T/M: The taste is good with lots of citrus and pine notes (but they are somewhat faded...not sure if this is an older bottle). Their is the taste of wild yeast, like funky homebrew, with this one. I do not really pick up any of the rye flavor. This beer is dry with a light to medium mouthfeel with heavy carbonation.

Overall, I understand that this is a bottle conditioned beer and that I may have an older version of what should be an IPA. But, I am just not that stoked with this beer. The hop flavors are good, the body is where it should be, but the yeast really took off and is a bit wild here. The beer is very carbonated and prickly on the tongue.

Apr 10, 2012
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color with a white head that lingers. The smell is citrus and spice with a nice clean follow through. It's got a big citrus follow through with a strong lingering spiciness. Very tasty beer with a strong rye character and nice sweet backbone to compensate. Definitely better fresh and highly recommended.

Apr 01, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

1.78/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Over carbonated pour, lots of head gushing everywhere. Amber colored beer, actually left a decent amount of lace, but how could it not with that much bursting from the seams. Aroma, a little rye, almost no hops, not pleasant by any stretch of the imagination.

Taste, damn, all or most of the carbonation is gone. Definitely more akin to an English rye ipa than anything made in America. I realize its from Texas, so I'll cut them some slack, since I can't think of anything hoppy from there, and they're usually a few years/decades behind curves and trends. Pretty much a rye malt bomb that is pretty flat by the time it settles down.

Out of over 100 different beers during the March Madness tasting, this one was my vote for absolute worst, and even at that, I think it made everyone's bottom 5.

Not good.

Mar 28, 2012
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy reddish brown with tons of foamy head (over carbonation?) and nice amounts of lacing. smells very fruity (almost like a light barley wine) with floral hop aroma. a nice sweet taste, very different from every other rye.p.a. i've had. slight metallic aftertaste. more sips and am tasting more fruit.. maybe plums? hops are not very present in the taste.

very smooth, sweet with a dry finish. the over carbonation (aka constant foaming) makes me burp constantly throughout which is getting in the way of full enjoyment.

this is a good change of pace from the usual rye ipa's. very sweet which makes it a fun experience to drink. the only downside to this one was the foam problem, it was a mess.

Mar 23, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a friend in a trade. 750 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a huge 2-3 finger foamy off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of biscuit, caramel, rye, pine, citrus, pepper, herbal, clove, and floral notes. Nice balanced aromas, and quite a bit weaker than I was expecting. Taste of big pine, spicy rye, caramel, biscuit, pepper, citrus, clove, and herbal spiciness. Nice sized spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of biscuit, herbal spiciness, caramel, and citrus on the finish for a while. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly prickly mouthfeel. Fairly smooth to drink, but is still a bit of a sipper with the big bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming after the finish present. Overall a very nice offering from Jester King. Definitely felt more like a really hoppy rye saison, but I really enjoyed this one.

Mar 14, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured slowly into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy orange amber. A slow pours forms a huge fine white head that takes up half the glass, dissipates slowly leaving massive lacing and foam on the glass. Aroma of piney hops, hint of rye. Flavor starts quietly with light malt and piney hops, then slowly deveolps a nice rye sourness with a spicey hop finish. A slight funky flavor like a mild saison adds a bit of character. Flavor is not intense, but pleasant and well integrated. A nicely made rye IPA. I'm glad I stumbled on this bottle as Jester King is not distributed to my state. I would certainly buy again if I ever see it.

Mar 08, 2012
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a super huge off-white foamy head with great retention and excellent lacing. Aroma consists of bitter hops with some light citrus notes with a nice touch of spicy rye malt. Taste is also a nice mix between a solid spicy rye malt backbone with some bitter and citrus hops. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and very interesting beer to try.

Feb 27, 2012
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FosterJM from California

3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1121st Review on BA
Bottle to HF Pint glass
750 ML

Purchased for 8.99 @ El Cerrito Liquor

App- A very deep amber with large spotty orange and some yellows. Amazing carb level produces a huge 3-4 finger head that was super slow to recede. Huge stick and cling! Just amazing looking in the glass.

Smell- Its an IPA with a tiny bit of rye. Seemed a bit faded on the hops note but just is kinda there. The Rye comes in on the ending notes but isnt all that upfront. Really a step up from average.

Taste- Its a pretty tasty beer. A little bit above average but not by much. A bit muted by the duality of rye and hops but really doesn't pop with any one flavor over the other.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation. Leaves a residual small rye flavor with a bit of hop oil.

Drink- It's a tad above average and thats about it. It's smooth and tasty but doesn't have a certain pop about it. I'd have it again and hopefully the carbonation level recedes a bit and the rye balances the IPA flavors more.

Feb 27, 2012
Wytchmaker Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 268 ratings