Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA | Jester King Brewery

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Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPAWytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA
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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

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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3.88
pDev:
29.12%
 
 
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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 520
Photo of RoddyMedina
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My second beer from Jester King and another amazingly different beer from them. Unfortunately I was only able to get two brought up from Dallas and I'm wishing I had more because this Watchmaker is phenomenal!

A: Had a very milky orange look to it with a nice steady head.

S: Right of the bat you can smell the malts fused with rye, slight citric fruits notes.

T: At first you get a mouthful of fruits blended in with a nice rye overtone and hops. Well carbonated beer, easy to drink and definitely enjoyable.

O: Tops the Noble King in my opinion but they are both fantastic brews. Definitely recommend Jester King to anyone looking to try a different funky beer!

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Photo of lnashsig
4.79/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been so excited about this release, and pleased to grab a bottle today at HEB Bunker Hill. Poured from bottle into my Jester King Farmhouse glass. Pours a nearly transparent dark orange color, about a finger of white fluffy head. VERY different from the previous Wytchmaker version in appearance and carbonation. Smell- wet grass, barnyard funk! juicy fruit, almost a candied orange smell. Tropical mango. A marraige of funky and tropical hops. Beautiful. Giving smell alone a 5. Taste- wet cut grass, some barnyard funk and some bitterness- a complex blend of flavor. Lovely malt sweetness and tropical hops- mango, orange rind all over my teeth. This is tremendously more complex and clean with flavors than the original Wytchmaker. Just an amazing brew. Bravo.

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Photo of J_Dub
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy orange with hints of red. Thick foamy white head. The smell is the strongest part. Farmhouse funk. Citrus. Grass. Hops. Yeast. Grass. The taste follows suit. Spicy citrus hops and rye bitterness. Grassy, yeasty hoppy goodness. Labeled as a farmhouse ipa and it fits this description perfectly. The combination of hops and farmhouse flavors compliment nicely.

As usual, JK knocks it out of the park yet again. A very solid hybrid that is reasonably priced

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Photo of GoblinPrincess
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jester King is, well, the king of developing a narrative for each of their brews. The concept behind Wytchmaker (Ergot-infected Rye was the culprit behind the mass hysteria at the Salem Witch Trials) is particularly on point. This beer is just "infected" (not with Ergot...fortunately) enough to be complex yet wonderfully drinkable. Funky fresh at its best.

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Photo of enrique_m
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.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Usually I won't go for a large bottle of IPA. But this was Jester King and it had a cool label....

Glad I bought it. This a really nice beer. Pours light golden, almost straw color. A bit hazy. Nice big rocky white head, great lacing.

Aroma is hop forward, citrus and tropical. Hints of breadiness linger, but are overpowered.

Flavors come from the world of citrus and tropical hops, with a bit of earthiness sprinkled in. White pepper here and there. Not much rye from a rye IPA, but enough to notice if you think about it. The biscuit is subtle with subtle spice. Tropical hops flavor with the citrus hops bite. Really easy drinking. Great beer

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Photo of codysjb
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Orange and yellow cloudy beer with a small head. The head doesnt dissipate.
S: A mix of IPA and saison, some minor hop and pine notes combine with an earthy lemon flavor, very cool.
T: A minor hoppy beer on the front blends into an saison on the end. Some hop notes but not too many ending with a perfect saison. Very few if any malt notes.
M: A lot more hops, perfectly balanced and some minor lemon notes on the end.
O: Really good and interesting. I think this is the most interesting beer Ive had this year and Im very excited to try other JK beers.

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Photo of brurevu
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: The Wytchmakerr poured a deep gold with a full white fluffy head while the aroma had citrus hops with a hint of pineapple and spice. The flavor is where the farmhouse yeast began to assert itself. The fruity citrus and piney hops mixed with the spicy rye flavors all rode a wave of slight barnyard and funk characteristics. There were so many dynamic flavors intertwined into a bold and balance brew. I know the farmhouse yeast flavors can be a love or hate relationship with some, but I loved it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated Batch #8 June13 2013 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma very light, yeast phenolics
Head large (6 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 4 mm ring and frothy layer
Lacing good – thick partial rings and islands of small to medium bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy (Bottle conditioned)
Flavor of yeast phenolics and rye spicyness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.1875

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Photo of elNopalero
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So is this what Texas tastes like? I’m wondering what specifically, if anything, the farmhouse yeast strain brings to the beer itself. To be honest I can’t speak to the differences—it’s been so long, and I’ve had this so many times without even realizing that they switched over to farmhouse yeast. (Plus my old review is really, really lame. Cut me some slack—I was just getting started.)

This pours a orange-straw color with great foaming. There’s a light rye spice to this with an orange-citrus hop profile. The flavor carries that peppery rye spice along with a floral orange blossom and a delicately sweet malt profile. I enjoyed this and don’t get a chance to have it that often anymore.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Has that typical Brett aroma with slight citrus and grape and a mild piney hop. Light bodied, strong Brett taste with some white wine at the. Good hoppy finish. Has a smooth and slightly astringent aftertaste.

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Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Jester King - Wytchmaker [Farmhouse Rye IPA] (750ml --->Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 7.3% ABV : 55 IBU : FG 1.000)

When popping the cap in this beer, it barely made a sound, but I set it down for a second and it began foaming over like CRAZY!! So needless to say it was somewhat unexpected and leads me to believe this could be HIGHLY overcarbonated, but we shall see... It pours a fairly hazy gold with about a 2 inch head that it supported by plenty of carbonation, it has left a great deal of lacing and quite the retentive cap!! First on the nose is a nice strong spicy funk, with some fresh bananabread in there as well, playing backup... First taste is again the spicy funk, but it's very approachable and blends well with soft citrus/mango hop flavors also there... Mid palate the bitterness kicks in and brings with it some earthy grass notes, but finishes rather smooth with a few faint hints of orange zest and bananabread again... Mouthfeel on the beer is excellent as it suited the flavors very nicely, and varied from what it's visual cues were indicating it would be like... It didn't feel overcarbonated, and in fact finished satiny smooth, which was delightfully pleasant... Overall I'm extremely pleased with this beer, all of its' elements harmonized very well and am looking forward to trying more from this brewery... Another great brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rustic orange with a slight haze, abundant carbonation that settles relatively quickly. Smell has distinctive JK markings - warm barn, hay, crushed citrus. But a unique rye malt spice note, rye bread, in the background. This comes forward in the taste making it funky and savory. Would go great with fall meals; a thanksgiving beer perhaps. Body is medium, round. lingering funky haybale and rye.

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Photo of srhoadsy
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a hazy copper color with 2+ inches of airy beige head even with a gentle pour. Head slowly fades leaving a heavy surface layer and heavy lacing.

Aromas of caramelized sugar, tropical fruit with a slightly musty background.

Tastes of caramelized sugars, peaches, mango and other tropical fruit with a mildly spicy and musty follow through.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and crisp finish. Very mild alcohol burn and lingering aftertaste.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I was surprised to see some of the low scores. To me, this is exactly what a rye IPA should taste like. Plus it's packaged in one of the coolest, creepiest bottles ever "her eyes are still following me around the room".

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jester King's labels (and even their bottle caps) have awesome artwork and are very visually appealing, this one stood out among the various other bottles on the shelves when I bought it at Mr. B's in downtown Denver. I also enjoy that they put a lot of information about the beer right on the label- even finishing gravity, which is 1.000! Very cool, that's the brett at work.

A: slightly hazy, which is cool to see they did not clarify their beer and their is some slight yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle/glass. Very pale, can't be much specialty malt in this beer.

S: The funk hits you up front, with some feint hops and maybe a tinge of malt. Very fruity, musty, orange-ey brett character. The melding of the hops and the wild yeast is very nice.

T: Wow! really surprised at how much I like this. The funk melds perfectly with the fruit and hop character. It is dry on the palate, very refreshing, and delicious. It is sweet enough to not be completely bone dry and bitter, but balanced. The hops are toned down enough to let you experience the other flavors. I'm guessing that a fruity saison yeast was also used in the balance, as there are lots of peach, pear, and orange flavors coming from the yeast.

M: Very refreshing and light on the palate. The low finishing gravity and the hops really help with the refreshing character. It is light and spritzy, but not overly so. Well done.

O: I liked this more than I thought I would, enough that I would buy a few bottles to set aside for a while. The balance and complexity of all that is going on is impressive, this could have been a trainwreck given all of the factors. My first Jester king beer is a big success.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really nice and fresh bottle. a hybrid beer of rye IPA and saison. american hops with a beligan yeast. tinker of beligan undertone and particularly in the aftertaste. would say that this is the best made texas rye i've had from the best saision brewery in texas. but i haven't had many of either down here. wonderful nose of a pine floral boutique. interesting citronella hints which really seem to be the end of the palate as well in feel. lemon balm bitter, so case in point, has a dominant side but also lingers in minerality and a bit oily. smooth feel. good balance. american characteristic well suited. rather unexpectedly dry which wasn't a disappointment. wasn't particularly sweet or as malt driven as some of the midwest rye beers that i like. but rather in a realm. this sort of thing is just not happening around here and i'm glad someones doing it.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden, with a plus-size head of off-white carbonation. Lovely lace.

Nose is oddly tangy -- the rye adds a sharp, spicy aroma. Actually, I get this more than a hoppy scent. Not a bad thing.

Taste is a weird mix of spicy malts and citrus hoppiness. Actually, this drinks very smooth, with a sharp and almost sour finish. A definite unique flavor profile for a rye pale ale, and a very tasty, enjoyable brew. Very nice.

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Photo of puck1225
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!

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Photo of mpk_tx
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An explosive burst of off-white froth proceeds to pass the rim of the tulip and foams all over the counter before settling into a rock-like formation of sticky lace that never really dies.* Color is a golden, reddish-orange.

Herbal hops, orange peel, bubblegum and a big yeasty fruitiness to the nose. Tastes is big on apples and oranges all encircled by more herbal hops, spice and various faint sour fruits.

Medium bodied with a faint alcohol heat and extremely carbonated to say the least. Well-blended in all respects and quite a treat.

* The froth continues to ooze out of the bottle 15 minutes after opening.

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

750ml bottle poured into tulip 24/9/12

A hazed orange amber without many visible bubbles but still has an enormous off white head that sticks around for along enough to leave lots of random lace

S large amounts of saison yeast with some peppery bubble gum and faint funk, the hops are floral, citric and have a touch of spruce. Awesome nose with a great mix of many things, the yeast takes center stage but spicy notes and various hops help out a great deal

T spicy notes are stronger and I get a little orange filled marmalade on top of what I smell, the yeast is mellowed and the malt profiles interesting but the nose has more going on. perhaps a combo of spicy hops, rye malt, and peppery yeast but it has a little kick no matter how you look at it

M has some body and a little bite with a spicy lingering aftertaste, the foam didn't eat up all the bubbles because there's more then enough too give it some life

O something different and a interesting mix of several different things, I was expecting a RyePA but this is more like a decent spicy Farmhouse ale and I'm feeling the 7% but that's the only proof it exists

This one would score much higher if was listed as a Saison, Rye beer or whatever... not what most people would look for in an IPA but what many people would look for in a great beer.

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

Bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA.

As soon as it's uncapped, I can smell the funk. This is going to be an interesting beer. Pours a deep amber-hued bronze colour, with a filmy, but partially speckled head of white. Lacing is patchy, slightly sudsy, but certainly present. Body is full, carbonation is fine. Looks good.

Nose is unabashedly weird. Strong funk gives a hay-like ripeness, that mingles with a generic green hoppy character giving hints of crushed leaves and earth. The funk also gives off sweeter characters, like coconut and bruised peppers. It's a thoroughly fascinating aroma.

Taste is a lot more subdued, but it still feels pleasantly coherent and tight. Clear malt opens up with a slightly funkified grain character, before a generic hop bitterness hands off some cedar-like bitterness. There are some earthy notes on the finish which are not necessarily all that welcome, but these seem to pleasantly morph into a spicy rye note on the very finish (the first hint of the rye as its own entity). Feel is smooth, with a tickle from the hint of acidity.

Overall, nice stuff. They manage to keep all the elements close enough together to be coherent and balanced, even though they're some really weird stuff going on here. That's a good effort.

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Photo of Myotus
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.

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