Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA
Jester King Brewery

Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPAWytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #3,270
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #19,345
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 11.6%
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
564
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Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPAWytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA
Notes: Earthy rye and piny hop flavor and aroma meet spicy, funky characteristics from our farmhouse yeast in this American-inspired farmhouse ale.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sample from bottle, RBNG 2014 in Halden, Grand Tasting. Cloudy golden colour, huge white head. Typical American IPA with its hoppy character in both aroma and flavour - I did not quite get the farmhouse notes, but it had been a long day ...

Apr 30, 2021
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josanguapo from Spain

4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

De Hopt. En copa Teku. Jugando a Shantae's Half Genie Hero. Tipico sabor funky de una saison donde el centeno aporta cierta aspereza, suave y muy bien integrada, que da mayor sensacion de cuerpo. Genera mucha espuma

Aug 10, 2019
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased whilst traveling through Texas.

Pale golden body with a thick, white cap. Aromas of bread, grain, earthy hops, grass, hay. The flavor brings a lemony, citrus-like character. Nice drinkability with floral and earthy notes. The farmhouse title is apt. Tasty beer.

Feb 02, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one a gift for my good friend Tim Flanders. Thanks brother. Pours a hazy pale amber. Nice streams of effervescence rise from the bottom of the glass. Head formation is a little sluggish in the first quarter of the pour then explodes. It's difficult to keep it from over running the top of the glass regardless of how gently it is poured. Off-white/eggshell, finely bubbled, foamy and lasting the head slowly recedes leaving a dense island mound of surface cap and a thick collar ring with 3/4's inch of clumpy lace above the collar. Aroma is faintly acidic with a tiny hint of sour, rich wild yeast funk, cereal, rye bread and rye spice, aromatic orange, pine and earthy hints. Taste is earthy rye/rye spice, bread, citric and pine with subdued tropical hints wrapped up in wild yeast flavors. Not sweet or sugary it has a sugar graininess. There is a Brett-like note. Finishes light and dry, fruity and grainy. The aftertaste is mostly hop hints, rye spice wild yeast. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with high carbonation, dry, prickly, mildly astringent with a pleasant liveliness.

Jan 06, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good farmhouse style. Thick, creamy, foamy head. Hazy dark orange gold with particulates and carb. Strong funk on the nose, mildly hoppy. Taste is funky, yeasty, spicy rye undertone, some lemony hoppiness. Mouth watering, full mouth feel, easy drinking. Bit of an off flavor on the aftertaste, but worth trying once.

Oct 27, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 18 March 2018
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass boasts a cloudy orange body and floats a tall white foam leaving soapy patches of lacing.

Aroma is tart, fruity, and funky.

Flavors match adding rye and pine, with citrus pith and peel and includes a bready maltiness. There is a lot going on here, but I don't think they all get along with each other.

Mouthfeel leans full and filling, but clears the pallette cleanly

Overall it is a well brewed ale but not my style.

Aug 26, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy, yellow body with great head and lace patches. Slightly spicy and funky with a noticeable yeast strain in aroma. Not too hoppy but you can detect the citric and floral hop notes underneath a funky saison in this fuller-bodied beer that has a crisp finish. Good balance, not the best beer as it seems the styles' characteristics seem to mildly clash but it's alright.

Jun 22, 2018
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weareallfalafel from Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch no. 17, bottled 5-04-17, 5.9%abv. Pours a bright hazy golden color with a half inch of fairly stable white head that falls somewhat quickly, but leaves some lacing. May just be the lighting in this hotel room, but the haze and color of this beer is perfect. Smell is a tad faint, but you get clear notes of funky yeast (kinda like mushrooms, I suppose) and the hops which come off like citrus pith and zest. Been loving that funk+hop combo recently. On the palate, you definitely get bready character first. Then the peppery rye and some of the funky Brett. The hops come in quickly, but don't dominate over the funk or the rye, but instead plays really well with the other flavors. Really loving the complexity there. Feel is light in body and feels a bit sessionable with a beautifully dry finish that I expect with a farmhouse ale. Overall, i absolutely love this one. Great complexity without being overly complicated, with plenty of all the characteristics I wanted and expected. I can't see this doing anything but getting loads better with age too, but alas I can't afford to fly this back to RVA with me. More funky Brett and rye character than I'd expected, in the best way possible!

Jul 28, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Light straw gold color with a very creamy white head and rings of lacing around the glass. A very inviting beer.

S: Notes of tropical fruit and funk from the Brett, a piney and slightly floral hops with a nice Rye spiciness underneath.

T: Notes of tropical fruit and funk from the Brett, a large amount of pine and some floral hops, toasted malt, mixed with a nice Rye spiciness. Very easy drinking beer.

F: Creamy carbonation and light to medium body.

O: I really like how the Rye mixes with the hops and Brett.

Jun 22, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Up front - this was consumed Nov. 4, 2016. My local bottle shop got it from the distributor approximately a week previous to that. It was dated as being bottled just over a year before that. Whether or not this should hold up to age is a question of whether you believe it to be more of a Farmhouse versus an IPA, I suppose. Either way, I bring it up since I believe the brewery has a responsibility in selecting its distributors well.
On with it...

A: Hazy light gold, with a big three-finger white craggy fluffy head with great, or borderline obnoxious, retention. Tons of visible carbonation.

S: Barnyard earthy funk that I'm assuming is largely due to Brettanomyces. Resin and grassy hops have stuck around through the last year. Light citric tartness over bready malts that do not have caramel to them.

T: Funk (almost certainly Brett) up front, with lemony lactic acid and tartness. Grapefruit, grassy and mild dank hop flavors. Some mild bready malty sweetness, though this is only a small component. I don’t really get anything much that suggest rye, aside from maybe a little toastiness to the malts. Grapefruit rind and more funk in the hang.

M: Medium body, low alcohol presence, and a great amount of carbonation sensation.

O: Not bad, but this is not my favorite Jester King beer nor sour IPA by a long shot. The funk is decent, but I think I’d like it better if either the sour or the hops were more present. Still, decent.

Jan 07, 2017
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narwhal from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Batch 16 - opened just about six months after the brew date. 750ml bottle into pint glass.
Let's start with the best: the aroma is absolutely fantastic. This is a beer to sniff before you quaff. Just a wonderful mixture of rye notes, fruit, sour, and pine. On second thoughts, don't sniff, inhale.
The taste is flavorful, a typical rye IPA with a slightly higher than average yeast component.
The one downside - as everyone else has noted, really large fluffy head (not my thing, maybe its yours), and under-carbonated to my palate.
Another very solid offering from Jester King, and farmhouse style to boot so you can let it sit. Now, I wonder if I drank it too soon - might leave the other bottle a few more months...

Nov 22, 2016
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KensWorld from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #15 9/30/2015.
Quite unusual taste and feel for an IPA. Funky with lots of rye character. Still holding on to its hop bitterness after a year. Epic looking head and funky citrus smell.

Oct 11, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange-amber with a massive khaki foam head.

Nose is lime, mint, orange, popcorn and cracker.

Taste is rye spice, mint, orange, and a slight wheat funk.

Nicely dry and bittersweet.

It's amazing what a brewery like Jester King can do with aged hops. A beer like this sitting in a bottle for months can taste as fresh as a two-day old New England IPA. It may not be as intensely juicy as some of the juiciest NE has to offer, but it's also not hop water either, and most importantly, is not at risk of turning into a malty caramel bomb in the future thanks to the deft but light-handed use of Brett.

Summer 2016 batch.

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Having a March 2020 Batch #19 in August 2020, I find the body's appearance to be a slightly lighter foggy burnt gold, but it still has that very actively tall head performing its lumpy collapse like a dense hefe cream foam, leaving all kinds of spongy lace on the glass.

One aspect I seemed to only gloss over last time--being on a cruise in the middle of the Caribbean--is that this is easily the most bitter Jester King brew, and possibly the most bitter ale in the general farmhouse arena, at least that I've had. It's surprisingly woody, grassy and weedy, but also still juicy as I noted above, in its uniquely farmhouse aged-hop way, exhibiting notes of orange and bitter grapefruit with hints of apple and kiwi. Meanwhile the nose is more classic JK: ashy, oaky, nutty and farmhousey. The body is light and slick with a soft but light carbonation coming to a just paper dry finish that disappears instantaneously. Still the finish is substantially bitter, almost puckeringly so, for a saison, but mid-session a bit of toasty biscuit comes out on the exhale.

I'd happily drink this on the regular if it was canned...and I was a Texan again XD

Aug 22, 2016
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA batch #16 is the latest batch of Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA and it has a little less alcohol and more farmhouse/fruity flavor than previous batches if I remember correctly. It has an alcohol level of ABV 6.00% and an IBU of 71. I really liked it.

(L) It has a cloudy amber hue with 2-3 inch thick white head, but it was not a gusher.

(A) Nice fruity, yeasty, and pine aroma.

(T)It has a distinct rye and yeast flavor, it is juicy, dry, grapefruit, as well pine and a distinct biting IPA flavor/bitterness at the end as well.

(F) It was light and very drinkable in the Texas heat.

Aug 09, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BATCH 16
Poured gently at 43°F from a 750ml bottle (batch #16 23May16) into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 45°F before reviewing. Consumed on 31Jul16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of peaches, apricots, mangos, and guavas, entangle with mild aromas of salty minerals and earthy yeast along with subtle hay, spicy rye, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, sour green apple, and bitter hop aromas.
TASTE: An immediate balance is established as mild flavors of mango, papaya, peach, and apricot join with subtle flavors of bitter hops. Mild flavors of salty minerals and subtle sour green apple and earthy yeast flavors bring the desired Jester King funk as the prior flavors both grow significantly stronger. The funkiness is heightened somewhat with subtle flavors of hay as the saltiness grows slightly stronger and as the bitterness from the hops now becomes strong. A slight touch of citrus enters the taste profile and brings subtle flavors of oranges, grapefruit, and tangerine while flavors of hay grow stronger. Subtle flavors of spicy rye close out this complex symphony as all prior flavors maintain.
NOTE: This was undoubtedly a unique IPA. The Farmhouse aspect brought along wonderful characteristics that are rarely, if at all, associated with the style. Although the bitterness was equivalent in strength with the fruit flavors, it was still too prevalent. I know Jeffrey (the founder of 6he brewery) loves his bitterness, but I personally would have liked to perceive less of it. The rye was a wonderful aspect that I wish would have been more noticeable. At the end of it all, this is a great IPA that I would suggest to any fan out there.

Aug 04, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter appears a hazy copper color with yellowish stained head that holds very well slowly fading leaving webby lace.

Aroma is herbal with hops, a slight carbonic/mineral bite and some clean yeasty saison phenolics.

Taste is quite bitter, resinous with pine and some solvent/yeasty bite slightly phenolic like plastic.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Interesting and enjoyable but likely not something I feel I need to have again.

Jul 15, 2016
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Tuck_leepulin from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch #16, Bottled 05/24/2016

Appearance: Pours a pale gold with slight haze and 2 fingers of ample head with beautiful lace

Smell: Primarily wild yeast funkiness with some floral, herbal hop notes

Taste: Hop bitterness up front followed by yeast funk with bright hop flavors in the finish

Mouthfeel: Very light and dry; well attenuated

Overall: I've had this one before but this is the first time I have had this so fresh and I have to say I prefer it that way. The hop flavors are far more brighter and give it great balance with the funk.

Jul 07, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Big beautiful foamy head, great lacing and a cloudy golden yellow color. Fragrant with an herbal, hoppy smell. The taste is herbal and rye spice with a bit of sour funk that makes it different. Very nice beer!

Mar 17, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 750ml bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Hazy light golden yellow color with a thick frothy head.

Lot of funk on the nose with a clear citrus pine hop note.

Taste is a barely balanced blend of hops and funk that maybe shouldn't work but does. Simultaneously comes off intensely hoppy and funky. Lots of farmhouse wet straw and blanket with bright hop notes. I'm sure the rye has a lot to do with making this interplay work.

Feb 24, 2016
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - About as perfect as a beer can look. A light golden color with about 1.5'' in head make for a beautiful pour.

Smell - Grass, rye, hops, malt.

Taste - A lingering rye stays with you from start to finish but it really just adds a dimension to a solid base saison. Slightly spicy, and definitely bitter. I don't love how strong the rye is and feel it takes away from the hoppy saison goal.

Feel - Light, foamy, smooth.

Overall - I wish the rye wasn't so strong in this. I feel it is a strange variation.

Feb 21, 2016
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ElJacobian from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it at Jester King Brewery because I live in the best city (Austin) in the best country (Texas) in the world. This beer is crisp, fizzy and very sharp with the rye and hops. Loved it.

Feb 13, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jester King Brewery "Wytchmaker"
via cask at the brewery on 6 November 2015
$4.5 for 8 oz.

Notes: Hazy golden-orange body beneath a 2 finger thick head of bright white froth. Earthy and floral in the nose... not sure if that earthiness is from rye or yeast, probably yeast. Subtly peppery/spicy. Flavor brings in some not particularly defined fruit that hints at tropical/citrus, and a biscuity/bready maltiness with the expected rye component, although far from bold. Slight funkiness like wet hay and damp earth. Dry, underlying pine component. Solid bitterness, or is that seemingly so because of an acidic edge? Remarkably balanced, nothing seems to stray too far from center. It seems very much the same from start to finish but there are slight bumps. Medium-light in body and superbly smooth (not sure if that's because of the cask pour). Silky. Enjoyable. More of a 'sit back and relax' sipper in my eyes than might be expected of a "rye IPA".

Feb 05, 2016
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mpk_tx from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is something special, without doubt. It has great aesthetics, and even though I'm not a yeast fan, I can appreciate this one. It isn't a true IPA, but the flavors are complex enough to really entertain. I'm not sure I'll seek it out again, but it is certainly worth trying. A really unique offering from Jester King.

Feb 02, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

1.74/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Over carbonated. Gusher. Bust free homie. I don't know what that smell was, but it isn't good. Farts and rye left under a wet hay bale.

Taste was lacking hops. Super malty. Offputting. Ugly copper bitterness and heavy wet wood mouthfeel.

Dec 23, 2015
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enrique_m from Texas

4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pick up a dozen different flavors and this is my second one. I poured ithis brew into a St feuillen glass and it smells sweet and barnyard funky.it poured a dark golden color with about 3 inches of a white head with lots of lacing,. It's an easy drinker and the brew is full of a citrus and rye taste. It has a good feel with the tanons and it's overall a quite enjoyable brew.

Dec 19, 2015
Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 564 ratings