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: 133 | Ratings: 264
Photo of chocosushi
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750->Guinness Pint
A ~ Great label. Let this one rest for 20 from the fridge, then rest another 10 without the cap, yielding a large tower of foam rising from the 750. Pours light-chestnut with a touch of haze & tiny bubbles reminiscent of cask ale. HUGE amount of head, with very uniform lacing.

S ~ What a nose! Getting bits of kumquat, pastry dough, & a nice handful of estery yeast lending a melange of fruit & gum notes. Getting a good amount of Rye spice. Hop resin aromas arise upon warming more.

T ~ Citrus fruit following through, fading into tree bark & fruity yeast finally leading into dense Rye bread & mixed greens. I expected a big punch of Rye, but it's really kept in check here. Black pepper & a whisper of Cocoa Powder on the back end.

M ~ Touch of heat on the back of the throat right behind the spice. Good balance between the Hops & Rye. A tad thin in body, but with Great undertones of flavor on the palette that are very enjoyable.

D ~ First JK brew, but will not be my last. Hard not to savor, but still gone way too fast. Next time I'm Texas I would love to have this on draft or cask if available.

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Photo of coldriver
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hazy burnt orange color. Massive spongy, fluffy off white head. Lace = amazing.

Nice citrus and pine, with a bit of spicy rye. Slight bready sweetness.

Pleasant bitterness, rye tangyness, slight citrus and pine. Nice malty, bready backbone.

Creamy and rather full bodied. Despite the monstrous head, carbonation feel was good and tamed.

A damn enjoyable RIPA. JK is an amazing brewery out the gate, and a bottling date would do them wonders. Sure this is pretty fresh though.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A big thanks to Thorpe429 for this extra! My first Jester King. 750mL brown glass pry-top bottle. Can't find a date, but this label is super sexy!

Pours a medium amber brown with good clarity and thick sudsy off-white head with killer retention. Nose reminds me of living around the Tropicana plant, both citrusy and woody/smoky. Bee balm comes to mind and lemongrass too. Smells great and unique!

Palate is sharp and angular with hop acids. At first sip I was worried about infection, but now I'm convinced that this is just the hops being insane and over-done (in a good way!). Palate has that same lemongrass/bee balm/honey character plus spicy pepper notes and gripping bitterness (but not astringent at all).

I'm amazed that there's not honey or bee balm in here. Really tasty and unique within the RIPA style. Highly recommend. (Overall score suffers due to lack of date.)

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Photo of kscaldef
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml received in a trade with tjmodica, couldn't find any date on the bottle.

A: Ridiculous head. Poured into an imperial pint glass, I got about 1/3 beer and 2/3 head, even pouring down the side. Lots of active bubbles. Once the head finally recedes, there's nice lacing remaining.

S: Not a whole lot of hops aroma, mostly earthy and spicy with just a tiny bit of tropical fruit.

T: Nice malty complexity from the rye: earthy, a little sweet. Not much of a hop note here either, other than a grassy mild bitterness.

M: Slightly bitter, a bit astringent and mouth-coating. Not as much carbonation apparent in the mouthfeel as the head and bubble might have suggested.

O: A decent beer, but didn't wow me. Kinda wondering about the age of this bottle as I'm not getting much of the notes I'd expect from the hops bill.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks tjkinate for this this one, my first from Jester King...

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my trusty nonic. A gentle pour produced a massive, three-finger, off-white head. Insane retention, half way through the pint and there is still a half inch of foam, and great, sticky sip rings. Deep, hazy, auburn color. Very nice.

Smells of pine and juniper, almost like gin (must be the rye). Slight sting to the nostrils and a faint yeast funk

Tastes like it smells. Piney and juniper spice upfront, with a thoroughly malty, yeasty middle, and a dry, but slightly sweet finish. It's nice, and I like the sting of the rye, but the hops could be more floral to complement the rye and add more depth.

This drinks very nice. Sipping through the thick head reveals a slightly heavy and well carbonated brew. Slides down the back of the tongue smooth with a slight bitter sting that doesn't linger. Very nice.

Overall this is a very good beer. For sure the best bottle conditioned rye ale I've had. The head on this brew was a true standout, like nothing I've seen within the IPA style range. I could have gone with a more complex hop profile, but the stinging rye and yeasty funk more than filled in the gaps. Looking forward to more from Jester King. Cheers!

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Photo of gtermi
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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Photo of mjgooner13
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy copper color off white head leaves quickly bubbles streaming from the bottom...tons of floaties

S- smelling the rye spice and some hop flavors quite nice nothing special maybe some floral

T- hop bitterness up front followed by some pleasant spice and hints of sweetness at the end

M- kinda thin on the mouth but makes for some easy drinking...nice dryness left over

O- def a well made beer...now wowing me but this was smuggled back from texas in my suitcase so dunno if the journey affected the taste...but all in all a solid beer that def enjoyed good flavors and balance..."B+/a-"

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Photo of lnashsig
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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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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 pwsoldier
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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 drpimento
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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Photo of ReyG006
2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Brownish and bubbly! Pours a giant frothy head, lacing is very patchy.

S- Rye, spicy and a belgian pale esque.

M- Has a very carbonated feel to it.

T- The rye is strong and lingers throughout the beer and then some, and there is lots of it. Spices are a strong component of this beer as well. As the beer warms the faintest hint of hops come in at the finish, I feel that the rye/spice completely washes them out otherwise.

O- This one left me burping quite a bit. Doesn't taste like an ipa to me, the rye is a bit over done imo. I've had a few rye ipa's and pales but I definitely would not recommend this one.

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Photo of diamondc
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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Photo of BeardedRiker
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 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 sendsilk
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into my Cigar City pint glass. Reviewed from notes as I was trying to rate this while my wife and kids were getting ready to go out to dinner and wasn't too successful.

A- GIANT 2-3" head on this beer with a lot of lace on the glass. A very, very dark burnt orange in color, almost bloodlike in appearance.

S- Great. Slightly hoppy but it was a pretty subdued hop profile. Very prominent citrus smell.

T- Excellent. I never know WTF I am going to get when something says 'Rye' in it. Mild hops with a wonderful burst of orange blossom and grapefruit with a slight hint of pepper.

M- Solid

O- Very nice representation of a quality IPA

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Photo of tjkinate
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just moved to Austin, Tx and this is my first beer from Jester King. After drinking I can only hope that more local beers are of the same caliber.

A: Deep, dark amber topped with a thick finger+ frothy white head that dissipates slowly leaving behind FANTASTIC lacing.

S: The traditional floral and grapefruit smells were present (as they should be), but I could detect the unmistakable scent of sweet candy.

T: More subtle than expected, but remains fairly hoppy that leaves zero bitter aftertaste. Had a slightly more grain taste compared to other IPA's, but I guess this is a Rye IPA so that is probably why.

M: Medium bodied and lightly carbonated that slightly tingles your tongue.

O: Unique take on the IPA, will definitely be buying this beer again, if not for the flavor than just to look at Jester King's beautiful label artwork.

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Photo of obrike
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found a fresh bomber at Specs in north Austin.

Dark orange color, an incredible, ultra-sudsy head that nearly overran my pint glass...had to pull the old "lips on the rim" move to make sure there was no spillage. Super-clingy lacing throughout.

A nice, crisp IPA scent, but not one that stood out in any way...maybe a bit of citrus and spice.

Man, that's a tasty beer! Kinda surprised me a bit based on the scent. Very flavorful...could really taste the rye...and the IPA standard pine and citrus. Very good!

Super smooth, a little bitter on the backend. This is kinda like the little brother to Hop Rod Rye...well done Jester King!

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a nicely vibrant caramel amber hue with an intense head... overcarbonated a bit? gentle pour yields an overwhelming head, that eventually fades and leaves nice lacing.

aroma of bread, hints of pepper and other green spices. intense hop notes, highlighted by citrusy - most lemony - hops. some floral notes, and a bit of cinnamon.

taste is complex. malt and that bit of rye spice up front, buffering the intense hop rush that follows. citrus hops dominate, at least for my palette. lemon with some resinous pine notes.

mouth is moderate and unexpectedly creamy, especially as it warms. the carbonation is soft, supple, and really builds to create a fluffiness that is charming.

all in all, a really solid rye ipa. I wish it had a bit more rye spice to it, but that's just personal preference... and while really well balanced, I'm not crazy about the lemon-heavy hop profile. that being said, it's still an impressive brew definitely worth seeking out!

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Photo of afksports
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember there's a character in the Left for Dead video games that's a creepy witch, and no matter what, you better not run into her or you're dead. This bottle reminds me of that character, and although it started out our tasting the night my friend Mile shared it, it creeped me out long after it was finishedouSt least one thing is true - you cannot fault Jester King for their bottle design.

The beer itself pours out rich and a reddish amber. It's got that typical rye IPA look, and a lot of great head and lace. The smell is standard too, but solid. Pine and grapefruit come through, along with malty sweetness. The rye isn't too present, which is good because I'm not a huge fan of it.

The taste is a partial letdown. It's good, but doesn't exceed ordinary expectations. The rye is there adding a bitterness to the malt composition that works with the hops for a clean finish. But nowhere within it am I blown away. The beer has a medium body and drinks nicely. It's a brew I'd buy on the regular in Texas, but probably wouldn't trade for while I stay in NY.

Thanks to Mike for sharing it, and tithe label designer for creeping me out. Wait, no... I won't give out thanks for that. Seriously. The eyes sparkle. It's creepy.

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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 SWMeyer4141
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Major Leauge Grill

Reviewed from Cell phone notes.

Appearance-Hazy orange body, Soapy off white head. Nice retention. Awesome sticky lacing.

Smell-Huge hop aroma, tons of grapefruit and lots of pine. Was able to pick out some rye and some alcohol.

Taste-Big grapefruit notes. Sweet malts in the backround, and the rye does linger throughout the whole beer.

Mouthfeel-Smooth, Creamy, very easy going down. Good carbonation with a medium body.

Overall-A very very nice IPA that I look forward to drinking more of.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rust colored beer with a foamy white head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - Nicely toasted grains with nice rye. Hops is mostly citrus with some tropical fruits. Some earth tones on the end.

T - Nice rye spice with a tropical fruit blend. Sweet malts are mostly caramel, but the rye balances it out pretty nicely.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Pretty good rye IPA if that is your sort of thing. Had this a couple times now and found it enjoyable.

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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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Wytchmaker Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
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