Wytchmaker Rye IPA | Jester King Brewery

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Wytchmaker Rye IPAWytchmaker Rye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
264
Reviews:
133
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
13.85%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
89
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of oline73
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with over a fist of extremely thick off white head. As the head fades, which takes quite a while, it leaves a good amount of lacing and seems to clump up in places.

Smell: Lots of rye spice. There is a slight malt sweetness with some citrus hops as well.

Taste: A whole bunch of rye spice along with citrus peel hop bitterness. The malt is mildly bready, and the finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a ton of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer was way over carbonated. The taste was pretty good, but the carbonation made it a chore to deal with.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of superspak
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for getting a fresh bottle of this out my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a medium golden color with a tall, tall white head. Good stability and retention time, and then really great lacing as it falls down. The nose brings some light caramel with a bit of floral and citrus character. Light hops, but what's there is nice. The taste is similar but pulls back further. There's some floral notes and a bit of light spice on top of a bready body. Medium body and a nice bitter and spicy finish. Not super awesome, but glad to try this.

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Photo of jlindros
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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Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a darker amber color with a huge frothy head filling half of the glass at first. Very nice head retention and excellent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a shows a very nice mix of bready rye and citrusy hops. I get some juicy, grapefruit and pineapple coming out of the hops that are particularly nice. The rye comes through nicely as well and gives it a nice bold, bready, slightly spiciness.

The taste shows a good amount of the bready, spicy, almost a little peppery rye flavor. The hops are very juicy and show a little tropical fruit character to them. A little of the pineapple and mango comes out at first, while it turns into more of a bitter, grapefruit rind like flavor in the finish. I get a little bit of a sweet, caramel like flavor coming out towards the finish as well. Very nice flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very nice beer, it had some great flavors and brought them all together pretty well. Rye IPA's are one of my favorite combinations, and this one ranks up there with some of my favorites. The rye came out maybe even a little more then some of my favorites and hops had a very nice tropical fruit like character to them. Very nice beer overall.

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2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 mikesgroove
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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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a sort of dark amber color with an off-white head and some streaks of lacing.

S: A really nice citrus quality up front which is mostly grapefruit and grapefruit peel. There's a lot of pine in there as well, and some caramel. The rye is quite strong and provides a nice depth to the aroma.

T: Lots of pine hop notes and bitterness. The citrus is not quite as prominent, though there is some grapefruit and seems to be some pineapple, too. Definitely bready with a substantial caramel and rye flavor, but not overly sweet.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: A nicely done Rye IPA, which seems to be a difficult thing for a lot of brewers. The hops were very prominent and the rye providing something different/interesting.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/18/11 notes. Shared by BigSexy410. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a dark orange color with three fingers plus of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of rye, citrus hops, fruity malts, and pine hops. Rye jumps out up front as expected, but is followed by some nice citrus hops. Very nice.

t - Tastes of rye, citrus hops, spices, fruity malts, grapefruit, lemon, and pine hops. Follows the nose pretty closely. Quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice Rye IPA. Loads of rye and citrus hops throughout. Definitely a bottle to share with a friend or two, but something I'd like to have again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I don't know why I was able to find this stuff up here in the Midwest, but I'm not gonna argue. It pours a partly hazy reddish-amber topped by a whole helluva lot o' off-cream foam. Damn, baby... The nose comprises sharp pine resin, light rye spice, mint, light menthol, orange zest, and honey. The taste starts with this blueprint, then ups the orange ante, tones down both the mint and the menthol, spices up the rye, and adds a touch of what seems like apricot. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice little rye IPA, not too much and not too little (if that makes sense...).

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Wytchmaker Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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