Wytchmaker Rye IPA | Jester King Brewery

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Wytchmaker Rye IPAWytchmaker Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This version of Wytchmaker has been permanently supplanted by the farmhouse version - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/24018/74714

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 267
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to twiggamortis420 for this.

4.0 A: Deep orange, nearly amber color. Seems to be a bit overcarbed as the first pour yielded a good four fingers of head. Second pour gave me two and a half fingers of creamy, pillowy white head with good retention and glass covering lacing.

4.5 S: Good mixture of barley, rye, and hops. Surprisingly strong caramel backbone with perhaps a light toastiness. Hops work really well with the malts and add a mostly citrus vibe. Mango and orange are at the forefront. Rye completes what turned out to be a wonderful nose with an earthy spiciness.

4.0 T: Taste is a lot like the nose, but the proportions are much different. Much less caramel in the taste and less malty sweetness in general. Hops give a moderate, but soft bitterness and orange, mango, a light earthiness, and an even lighter piny-ness. Rye could be a bit stronger, but as it stands, it complements the other flavors well. Light breadiness from the yeast. This would be much better if the caramel was maintained for this to be a malt first IPA. At least a 4.5 here with more maltiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and a light chewiness from the yeast.

4.0 D: For a malty IPA like this, a thicker body would have made this one hell of a beer. Despite this complaint, it still is mighty tasty and Jester King does a great job at balancing the three main ingredients (rye, barley, hops). This is still a good beer and one worth getting a hold of.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LouAleHead
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/bronze color with a huge foamy head. It was foaming over. It left sudsy trails of lace when it finally receded.

S - It smelled strongly of rye and spices. Some bready malt aromas.

T - It tasted of peppery spices and rye. Bready malt and some caramel. It was kinda all over the place.

M - It was crisp, sharp and a smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay IPA. It seemed a little unbalanced with the rye.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Lee for this bottle. Cheers!

Review input from notes

Even a careful pour produces a massive head. Antique white head is rocky and creamy. The head works its way back every so slowly leaving a health sheet of lacing clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a golden copper color, slight haze can be noted.

The aroma displays a bigger malt presence than most IPAs while still remaining relatively hop forward. The hops lean heavily towards the citrus side of things. Big juicy tangerine and grapefruit aromas. The malt balances out beneath. A bit of warm breadiness and spicy rye add a pleasant layer of complexity.

The flavor begins with heavy citrus on the front of the palate. Sweet citrus couples with a bitter pith and pine flavor. The first several sips are really dominated by the hops. The further you get into the glass the rye becomes rather assertive. The rye provides an appropriate counterpoint to the citrus hops. A bit of warm malt flavor can be noticed outside of the rye, again at a pleasant level.

Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The texture is rather smooth and creamy. Slight resinous flavor is left coating the tongue. The finish is rather dry, rather pleasing.

Over all an enjoyable beer. I do wish this can in a smaller format bottle however. While I have no complaints about this beer I am not sure I want 750ml bottle of it. Good beer, worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of diamondc
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, blood orange color. Good amount of head.

S: Spicy, citrus-y hops galore. A little pine, though. Grapefruit dominates here. Hints of cinnamon, too. Awesome.

T: Toasty, grapefruit, sweetness from the rye coming through. Aftertaste has a nice caramel with a touch of chocolate flavor towards the end.

M: Woodsy, very dry on the palate. I went thru the pint very quickly. Quaffable to the hop lover.

O: Impressed yet again with a Jester King beer. Now if I could only find it in bottles here.

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Photo of jefe2
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jester King Wytchmaker Rye IPA
Had on tap (just a taster) at Whip In 11/18/2010
appearance - medium dark copper, thin white head
smell - floral piney hops
taste, drinkability - woody rye and piney floral and bitter hops, finishing quite bitter, which builds across quaffs. Drinkable for hop heads, but not long term sessionable due to bitterness that builds up.
mouthfeel - nice, medium bodied, with maybe a little bit of hop oil mouth coating

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Photo of prototypic
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many, many thanks to dcloeren for the bottle.

Wytchmaker is amber in color. A moderate amount of haze clouds the scene. Light gives it more of a copper look. A vanilla colored cap stands about two and a half fingers tall. It’s very slow to recede, leaving thick, sticky waves of lace in its wake. Very impressive!

The nose features a light caramel malt scent up front. It doesn’t smell overly sweet. Citric hop notes of grapefruit and mango follow. Pine isn’t far behind. The hop notes seem to be quickly swallowed up by rye. It definitely left a breadlike scent on the nose. Alcohol is blended well and goes unnoticed. Smells good.

The flavor is pretty good, but is just a step below the nose. It does have a nice, solid caramel malt base. It’s not very sweet, but has a nice flavor. The hops are mostly piney and citric. Grapefruit and mango flavors are noted. It’s bitter, but the strong rye presence quickly overshadows the hop flavors. It definitely has a spicy edge, and is a little pumpernickel-esque. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes very dry with a bitter/spicy clash.

Wytchmaker has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is lighter and restrained. It goes down easy, but feels just a tad thin. A 750 won’t be any trouble.

Wytchmaker Rye IPA is my first go with Jester King beer. All in all, it’s pretty good stuff. I’m a big fan of Rye beers, and this one’s pretty good. Frankly, the rye probably comes through a little strong. I’d prefer just a little less rye and a little more hops. Pretty good stuff in any event. Just needs a small tweak. I can’t give extra points for it, but the label is first class. Thanks a ton, Dereck!

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of depechemode1983
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of shaebs99
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Lunch
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle courtesy of the Counselor Thorpe429, thanks Mike!

Poured into my goddamn Jester King snifter as I will drink this beer out of no other vessel. Looks a bit dark for an IPA, but I'll attribute that to the rye. Smells malty with some earthy hops, but knowing that this bottle is pretty fresh is a real disappointment to me. Smell is balanced as is the taste. Rye is certainly there, but where the fuck are the hops? Mouthfeel is perhaps a touch thick, but I like it.

Best part of this was the bottle art, but this is certainly a drinkable beverage.

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Photo of drewone
2.74/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour into snifter, but than shift to pint glass. On the neck of the bottle are 190 11, 15 30 L

High carbonation. Hear it at opening and pours a huge frothy head - settles after a minute or two.

Nice deep golden color, some haze.

Smell is totally disappointing - very little hops (is this a older bottle and they have just faded? - I know they just arrived in CA within the last week or 2, but...) Overwhelmed by a smell that is yeasty? reminds me of home brew - the less successful batches.

Smell effects the taste - if I don't breath I enjoy the taste. Again very little hops - rye is very dominate (which is nice) and so is the yeast. Ends with a spiciness - nice.

Mouth feel reminds me of a triple.

Def disappointed - had high hopes, great label - not sure what to make of this - bad/old bottle or just not what i was thinking it was going to be?.

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Photo of tfidler
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber color was transposed into the glass. Lots of carbonation actively searching for a place to go, lands it up at the top of the glass and into the mix of a rich white frothy head. Nice two inches of head quickly races by and leaves with it a nice fluffy and intact pillow across the top that slowly deposits tones of spider web like sticky lace down the sides of the glass. This was a good looking IPA.

The aroma was pungent and fresh, dripping with hop resin so bitter you could feel it through your nose. Very floral, with big notes of orange and tangerine, hints of grapefruit and lemon, with a bit of pine tar thrown in for good measure. This was what it was all about. The flavor was more of the same Huge, sticky fresh hops, loaded down with candy coated sugar. Big notes here of orange all over the place. Lots of citrus of every conceivable kind just literally dripping in here. This is what I would imagine chewing on a still growing hop vine would be like. It was intensely fresh. Nice medium body, almost chewy at times gave way with more then ample carbonation and a nice profile that really just did not let up. As for drinkability...thank you sir and may I have another! This was fantastic.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Shared by Bobby at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Dark gold and hazy with a huge white head of froth and nice lacing.

S: Rye bread with light caramel notes. There's a faint spiciness accompanying orange and grapefruit.

T: Dry orange pith and grapefruit rind with light pine notes. Malt balances the hops with notes of rye bread and caramel. Alcohol is faint.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation.

Overall: A solid rye IPA, though a bit maltier than I normally like.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very strong hop aromas, lots of citrus fruits like orange grape fruit and spice aromas are very present. It has a very thick tan head, its bubbly and last quite a long time, its body is a dark copper/amber color and is very hazy with lots of carbonation; lots of lacing. It’s crisp when it first hits your mouth and it has a heavy mouth feel to it. It bitter and the hops are present but not overwhelming. It’s very spicy and really warms up your tongue. There’s a slight hop flavor in the aftertaste, but the alcohol is hidden very well.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from whoneeds8. Thanks Maston!

750ml bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed amber color with a huge fluffy head that wouldn't go away despite leaving loads of thick lacing.

S - the rye stands out with a earthy background.

T - starts out a little sweet with citrus rind bitterness finishing things off.

F - medium bodied, creamy smooth and easy to drink.

O - good use of rye in this RYE-PA.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Jenray
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Ginger Man in Austin.
I had seen some buzz about these newer brewery and this offering from them, so was happy to try it while in town.

Appearance is a burnt orange tone with a decent head. The smell of Wytchmaker is nice, with pine, rye, citrus present. Sipping this and bitterness comes out, oranges, more rye, some caramel. MF is medium bodied. This rye ipa is good and the folks in Texas are lucky to have this young company added to their scene.

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours slightly cloudy, deep copper with a magnificent pillowy, off-white head that refuses to go away. Lacing is moderate.

S - Spicy hops dominate the nose, fueling aromas of pine, citrus, and a bit of tropical fruit. A caramel-like sweetness keeps the sharp hops from being too overpowering.

T - Hop profile is a bit more earthy than fruity on the palate. Citrus flavors quickly give way to a mineral-like bitterness that's softened by a sturdy malt center. There's some spiciness here as well, prossibly coming more from the rye than the hops. A very well-balanced beer overall.

M - Medium-bodied with a dry finish. Carbonation level is fairly high. The hops leave a bitter, citrusy aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

O - An exceptional IPA, and definitely one that I'll be revisiting in the future.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to gawnphishin for the growler! Arrived fresh but flat, but I'll try not to dock appearance and mouthfeel too much...

Blasting some Wytchfynde, Witchery, Witchburner, Witchfinder General, Acid Witch, etc as my soundtrack...

Mahogany body that glows a burnished copper when held to the light with dark amber highlights. No head, almost no lacing, and very faint legs (again, due to a poor growler fill I suspect).

Pine, wort, and biscuity malt aromatics with a hint of caramel, orange peel, and spice.

Moderate hop bitterness is sustained throughout the profile which starts off with grapefruit and pomelo notes, growing more resinous/herbal, and finally woody/spicy in the finish. The rye adds a lingering prickly breadiness in the aftertaste. Low-level sweet malt is present at all times as well. Hints of roobois and caraway as it warms.

Medium-light bodied...this would of course be better with carbonation...some warmth from alcohol.

Despite the dubious condition of my growler, the flavor seems unaffected, and overall this is a pleasing if somewhat restrained rye IPA. I'd certainly order a fresh pint given the opportunity, and will have little trouble finishing off these 64oz.

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Photo of Durge
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of coldriver
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams glass. Pours a deep amber with huge fluffy head and massive lacing. For an IPA, the aroma really doesn't have much citrus or pine, maybe some slight oxidation here. Taste is more pepper-spicy than citrus/pine, but decent balance of rye malt and hops. Medium mouthfeel, spicy hops really hit the back of the tongue.

Overall this is a nice effort from Jester King. I enjoyed this much more on tap a few months ago and I'm wondering about the age of the bottle. Really like the heavy metal themes of Jester King's bottles.

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Wytchmaker Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
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