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
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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534
Reviews:
88
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
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3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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.

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4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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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...

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

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3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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.

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3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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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4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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.

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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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3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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
3.88 out of 5 based on 534 ratings.
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