Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA | Jester King Brewery

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Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPAWytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA
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3.85/5
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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

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Ranking:
#17,076
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
557
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
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Photo of mschrei
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of dsshuck
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of emeyer
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 557 ratings