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

Added by ckeegan04 on 10-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 267 |  Reviews: 133
Reviews by MattMcGinnis:
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Tawny amber, hazy with a bone cream head.
Smell: Like a bag of sticky weed in a pine forest. Fresh hops and juniper berries burst in the nose.
Taste: The British army would order extra of this IPA. Grapefruit rind and pine sap mingle in smooth effervescence and linger for a long, bitter finish.

My full review is here: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/01/from-mistress-to-wife-jester-king-brewery/

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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 gr8ful
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap - well actually out of a pitcher - at the brewery's grand opening celebration. Review number 1900.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of pine, as well as some biscuit malt and rye notes. Smells about like I figured it would.

The flavor is more of the same with the pine from the hops really standing out. The rye is present but not overwhelming and there is also some biscuit malt. Low to medium bitterness. Easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Both the bottle and glassware courtesy of davacano!

750ml bottle poured into my Jester King Grand Opening snifter

A: Hazy rusty red with a generous pillowy head

S: Sweet malt caramel, citrus and a hint of white grapes

T: Almost none of the malty sweetness that the nose indicated and the hops are more spicy/pine than citrus. Finishes with a fantastic bready dryness which I think is the rye’s contribution. Quite a bitter aftertaste but not unpleasant.

M: Medium mouthfeel and nice carbonation. I like that the head that the head stuck around all the way till the end because that adds a small but nice element.

O: A really good first impression from Jester King. I don’t know if I waited too long for the hops to play a bigger role, but I was more than pleased with what I was left with.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.78/5  rDev -54.6%
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.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note on the label: "Made from 80% organic ingredients. Great for Vegitarians and Vegans".

Good Lord, could they be any more typical "Austin". Austin - Texas' California without the ocean and earthquakes.

On to the beer:

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass a dark opaque amber-orange with a thick froathy 2 finger head. Great head retention and lacing all the way down. The nose has notes of hops and very prevelant notes of Rye bread. The taste is much the same, but not as strong of the flavors as I'd like. It's a very bready IPA. So much so that it's a little high in the dry mouthfeel than a normal AIPA.

Overall, this is my first try at Jester King and I'm impressed for a start up. I'm hoping it's better things to come in the future from them.

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Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of beenitty
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lnashsig for introducing me to new beers from home, thanks lee

A: Pours hazy orangish brown. Sizable head, very nice lacing.

S: Mmm. Hops. Pine. Rye. Bit Doughy from the malt. Nice. T: Interesting. Tastes like a Belgian Pale to me. Seems like the rye takes the egdge off the hops for a very nice result.Fruit character as well. Citrus, Pinapple, Grapefruit.

M: Smooth and creamy. Growing complexity with each sip.

D: Very high.

This was an impressive beer. I think if more people knew about Jester King this beer would be getting alot more buzz. Definitely worth hunting down.

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Photo of cisteve
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

I've had this before many times on draft, but never in a bottle. Poured from bottle into my DFH snifter. Pours a dark dark nut brown color, crazy head fills the top of the glass, incredible retention and lacing. Takes forever to go down. Cloud like head- very appealing. Smell- spice, bisquity, citrus hops, definitely rye. Taste- tart citrus, grapefruit, dark malts and rye, a herbal spiciness, breadiness. Just so complex. The bottle conditioning has done this wonders- I much prefer this to draft offerings of it. Just a wonderful beer- great job JK.

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Photo of jALEson
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I know some people don't like the spiciness of rye beers, but I can't say enough good things about this one. Poured into an imperial pint, it left a meringue-like head that lasted and lasted, as well as leaving tons of lace as I drank it down. It was a slightly hazed, dark amber color. No mistaking the spicy rye aroma and lots of citrus/pine notes. The flavor is a smooth mirror of the aromas: spicy, peppery rye and the citrus/pine hop flavors. Little more than medium body and bubbles from the bottle conditioning that just won't quit. Side note: I know a great label can hide a bad beer, but their marketing guy gets 5 stars. I had heard of it and would buy it anyway, but that label would make me pick it off a shelf. Great job, Jester King!

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

Thanks to Lee for the bottle!

A:Pours a hazy dark copper color with a massive head, had to stop pouring because it started overflowing my glass. It lasted for a while too, at least a few minutes before I could even take a sip.

S: Nice citrus aroma with some grapefruit and some lemon zest. A little bit of pine and some caramel and spice, presumably the rye.

T: Nice combination of citrus and rye spice. Some grapefruit and bready malt as well as some light pine.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, again the head took forever to dissipate.

O: Liked this beer and had no problem finishing off the bottle. The large head, while looking nice, was annoying since I had to wait a while to drink the beer. Well done for a rye IPA.

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

Thanks to MrHirshybar for this one.
Dark rich caramel color. Huge 3 finger frothy eggshell colored head even with a easy, non-aggressive pour. Huge retention and lacing.

Nice grassiness and spicy rye on the nose immediately. After a minute or so smelling it. That's about all it has going for it, but pleasant.

Flavor is good with real nice balance. Potpourri-like floral hops and slightly spicy rye balanced nicely with a caramel malt backbone that's slightly candy-like.

Mouth is medium bodied with high carb.

Overall it's good. A little over carbonate IMO. Good flavor and balance. Id like to try it fresh on draft to see the difference.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 mhenson42
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BeardedRiker
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first try of a Jester King beer. I'd seen their Black Metal before but decided not to get it...mostly because of the price. But finally I gave in and got the Wytchmaker.

The head grows thick, bubbly-foamy, and off-white head over a copper-colored brew. It is a bit murky but just a tad. The head has pretty good retention as well. Looks lovely.

I love the smell of this. The rye is very strong that adds a woodsy spiciness to it. Earthy hops keep it floral and there's a bit of tropical fruit in there as well. I could smell this all day.

The taste is very much like the smell. The rye dominates but it's a great flavor. Spicy, woodsy, and adding a great depth of flavor. Hops add bitterness while the tropical fruit flavors bring some acidity and sweetness. It's sweet but not too sweet. I wouldn't say the taste is very complex but the depth the rye adds make up for it. Yum.

Overall this has a very smooth feel to it but the carbonation and, acidity, and spiciness makes it have a drier finish. Very clean, medium-bodied, and very drinkable.

My first Jester King beer and one that did not disappoint at all. One of the better rye beers I've tried.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to xpimptastikx for this one. Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse, white, and slightly powdery head with decent retention. Beer is a clear orange. Lacing is stringy, patchy, and web-like with great cling. Attractive.

S: Pine, sap, and grassy hoppiness with a slight balance of cane sugar. Moderately aromatic and very clean and crisp. Appropriate for the style with a very pure scent.

T: Citrus and pine hop bitterness at the start with some slight caramel and cane sugar malt sweetness coming in towards the middle for balance. Sap and pine hop finish with a similar aftertaste. Good flavor but pretty pedestrian and a bit muted overall.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with some nice crisp bubbles here and there. Oily and silky going down. Finish is dry and with a sticky aftertaste. I'd appreciate a bit more carbonation for the style but this is solid.

O: My first offering from Jester King doesn't dissapoint. This is an overall very solid IPA that more than holds its own in such a flooded category. Worth a try.

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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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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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Wytchmaker Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 267 ratings