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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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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 262
5/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

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Photo of jALEson
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
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 gr8ful
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
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 SkipWeathers
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real find! This is a great Double IPA, with a great presentation. Brown color with powder white head. Syrupy-citrus taste, bitter pine, very refined, not tart in any way. It just glides down the palate. Incredible aroma, it emanates from the bottle and then the glass. I drank this in a wide Duvel tulip glass. The aroma is herbal and fruity. I hope to acquire another bottle of this, and soon.

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4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark orange brown with haze. Good off white head with some lacing

Smell: Good aromatics. Some spices, and hops in the nose. A woodiness is also present.

Taste: Great hop profile. The wheat and spice flavors tame the hops and makes a highly drinkable IPA.

Mouthfeel: A little thicker than most IPAs in my opinion but it just feels right.

Overall: A great take on the American IPA. I found myself very ready to take that next sip.

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4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. I don't often comment on the labels but this one calls for a major shout out. First off, the picture is creepy cool in itself and I really like the logo as well. Secondly, the label portion on the back of the bottle has what I wish each beer came with - full information on glassware, serving temp, OG, FG, IBU and full ingredient list. Awesome! The only thing missing and, again should be required by law IMHO, is the bottling date. This just hit the market in bottles so I know it's fresh now but really want to see a date for future purchases. It was a hazy amber color with lots of carb streams. It had a large, fluffy, white head that slowly settled into a good foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was excellent. Pine, spicy rye and citric show up on the hops side along with some bready malt. Good bitter aroma. The rye is there but well balanced unlike some other rye's I've had lately. The taste was also excellent. Good bitter bite balanced with the spice and bready flavors. Working my way up the bitter food chain lately and this one is right in the sweet spot for me. Add some more citrus to this and it'd be a 5 for me. Mouthfeel is medium to full with lots of carb and a nice moderately bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this is an excellent rye IPA that I highly recommend. Very worthy of the hype and glad I picked it up. I originally was going to pass cause I've been burned a lot lately on the hype train but Rick from Lone Star talked me into it...and he was right as usual. Obviously avail here in TX since from Austin. Rotation - I see a lot more bottles in my future. And some on-tap searches as well. [H;Y]

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Photo of Fenris244
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First growler fill I've ever had and I think I made the right choice, poured into my Jester King grand opening snifter.

Dark honey in color, 2 finger soapy white head, great retention, leaves an awesome sticky lace, looks to have moderate carbonation.

Very fragrant, more floral than piney but still plenty of both, lemon and grapefruit aromas as well. I can smell the rye as well, it's a pleasant aroma too, nice change of pace for an IPA

Lemony and grapefuity with the pine resin flavors backing them up, the rye flavor on the finish come through very well. The bitterness is expertly balanced with the malty rye sweetness.

Light in mouthfeel, the carbonation being moderate helps lend it a more refreshing quality, the beer is very crisp and super smooth. Drinkability is amazing, easily the best rye IPA I've eve had, I could go through a growler a night with this stuff! Full flavored local goodness, I have a new go to IPA

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to redredwino (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a big frothy 2+ finger head, big lacing, ligth hazy golden peach color.

Nose has fresh citrus hops, tropical fruit, juicy fruit, peach, pear, apricot, tangerine, etc, bit of spicy and fruity rye, touch of musty resinous aromas and pine.

Taste has some light toasty and grainy malts, then light spicy and fruity rye, some citrus and tropical fruit, light pine and musty resinous fresh hops, bit of spicy, fairly bitter but not crazy, bit sticky and lingers on the finish with rye and citrus hops, bit more bitterness on teh finish, long bitter finish with fresh earthy hops that linger for a long time.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of carbonation.

Overall great beer, the rye cuts through the fresh piney, resinous and citrus fruity hops, a nice balance with a bit of malt to balance it well, very tasty.

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4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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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4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Draught House in Austin:

A - reddish/amber, fairly clear

S - pretty intense citrus, pine, tropical fruit, grass

T - dry, firm bitterness, spicy/cracker-like rye bread, citrus and pine hop flavor

M/D - creamy moutfeel but finishes dry and exits the pallet quickly. Lots of hop flavor and little residual sugar. Very nice.

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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a nice foamy cap that leaves plenty of lacing as the clear amber liquid descends

Smell: Pithy citrus with bready undertones

Taste: Spicy rye bread flavor that is quickly joined by a very pithy bitterness; the combination gets really spicy by mid-palate and the spiciness cotinues into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A spectacular Rye IPA that really captures the essence of the style

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4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before I knew Jester King’s sours and barrel-aged marvels I had this, perhaps the most ‘conventional’ of all their beers.
It pours a wonderful golden color with a big hoppy aroma. Great flavor, with an excellent hop profile and a zesty spice to it. Delicious.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint at the Whip-In, Austin.
Cloudy, amber, with fair head retention and lace. Aroma leaning to the C-hop citrus side, but with some lactose sugar sweetness. Interesting carbonation profile. Soft front with the bite coming at the middle. Taste starts hoppy, middle better balanced with some rye spiciness and malt sugars in the middle. Bitter back end.

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4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
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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4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice amber color with apparent carbonation out of the tap

Smell: Fantastic! Very aromatic and floral + citrus

Taste: I am a hophead so I will just say that I really enjoyed the hop flavor that gave all that the smell promised it would.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp finish. Could have been a little more thick, but overall very enjoyable.

Overall thoughts: I really dug this beer, it was aromatic and smacked me in the face a bit (which I like). Would definitely have it again and again

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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let this bottle warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a mammoth, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy, light, cream colored head that lasts forever and loads of lace. Color is a clear medium amber with no bubble trails. Aroma is a rich heady blend of caramel malt, hop, yeast, fruit, pine, old leather. Flavor is like nose, has subdued bittersweet presence, but they’re very well balanced. Body is excellent, very chewy, and great carbonation for the style. Finish is like flavor and has good lenght. Very drinkable session beer. Superior stuff.

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4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass

Appearance: Mahogany with a white head about a finger worth that lingers and then fades to a thin lacing on the top.
Aroma: Hoppy goodness! Piney and floral with subtle citrus and fruit notes.

Taste: I don’t know why more breweries don’t make IPAs with Rye in them. I think the character that rye adds to the beer is fantastic. It gives the beer a slight tartness that I feel works really well with the bitterness from the hops. There is a nice malty back bone that drives this beer and keeps it from being unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation, dancing on my tongue and opening the beer to share its flavor. To be honest this is what bottle conditioning should be like.

Overall: Another great beer from Jester King, I’m glad there is finally a brewery like this in Texas.

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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured some of a bomber into a tulip glass...

It looks perfect. The liquid is is a murky brownish orange color with a towering, pillowy shite head.
Smells extremely hoppy, mostly spicy and piney hop aromas along with a bit of citrus and some sweetness. The taste is very smooth, first you get some bitter lemon followed by peppery hops, a touch of rye and a bitter citrusy aftertaste. The beer is thicker than I expected, almost creamy, it has low carbonation and a dry finish. I really look forward to trying more from Jester King. I heard about them when their brewery was just a concrete foundation so it's cool to finally drink their beer. This one is highly recommended.

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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonik glass, as recommended on the label. What a superb pour, as well! It's an amber colored beer, slightly hazy, with a dense layer of foam about an inch thick initially, slowly fading, leaving excellent lacing. The aroma is chock full of piney, citrusy hops. The flavor follows, initially, with a burst of hop flavor. After a moment, the spicy rye becomes apparent, complimenting the hoppiness. One of the better rye PAs I've tried, with the rye really standing out. A very good beer, worth buying again and again.

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4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured up a brownish amber with red highlights and a thin, off-white head

S - sweet caramel aromas punctuated with pine a citrus notes

T - starts off with a caramel malt flavor with the piney/citrusy hops in the finish.

M - Medium-full body with good carbonation

D - a great IPA, easy drinking

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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a bottle today and I have to say I was shocked at how much head this beer produced. The smell is has a grassy hoppy smell. You can get a slight alcohol smell too. Taste is light for an IPA, but very great taste and has a slight fruity finish. This beer is very smooth and doesnt have any problem going down.

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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been really happy with Jester King in every way so far. Not only are the products excellent, the crew stand behind their products.

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy burnt orange color with a 1/2" head of tannish foam that was active, but maintained by tons of bubbles rising. The head was more than half its size a couple minutes after the pour. There is lots of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Initially the American hops are coming out clearly with the Rye taking a supporting role giving the beer a really fresh and aromatic bouquet. The hops are coming across quite floral. The malts are getting more toasty as the beer warms, but the hops are still the biggest player.

Taste: The flavor is really nice with lots of malt in there backing up the whole hop ensemble. There are lots of well blended hops in here but they are taking a supporting role in the finish. The finish is tipped slightly toward the hops, but only slightly. The overall presentation of the flavor is still quite floral with grassy notes and the Rye contributing earthy notes. The body is medium with high carbonation, but this goes well with the presentation and softens up the Rye.

Opinion: I am really happy with this beer too. I tried it on tap at The Saucer a couple days ago and really liked it. I must say that this is one of the better balanced IPAs that I have tried and I will definitely be drinking it again. This is the kind of beer that you would take to a beer club meeting for newer brewers to try so that they can have ideas to aspire to. This is a well-crafted beer, so I highly recommend that you try it.

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Wytchmaker Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
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