Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA | Jester King Brewery

Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPAWytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA
BA SCORE
3.85/5
545 Ratings
Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPAWytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Earthy rye and piny hop flavor and aroma meet spicy, funky characteristics from our farmhouse yeast in this American-inspired farmhouse ale.

Added by Mora2000 on 10-30-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,213
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
545
pDev:
11.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
109
Trade:
5
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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to rejtable

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Photo of kccraftenthusiast
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bryan12345
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.88/5  rDev +26.8%
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!

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Photo of Grackos
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Parmesan
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Dharmelink
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MTKATL
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of macrosmatic
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucoli
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of batt6343
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of narwhal
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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...

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Daniellobo
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Musineer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Timato
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of varian7
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 545 ratings
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