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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88
Ratings:
534
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 534
Photo of macrosmatic
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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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 Florida9
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy dark amber in color. Forms an enormous off-white head that has pretty good retention. Leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

S: Aromatic and hoppy. Citrus, grapefruit, and lots of peppery spice.

T: Definitely hop forward with an appreciable bitterness. Grapefruit, citrus, and lots of spicy hops. Pine and pine resin. A slight bit of yeastiness in the background. Finishes earthy and piney with even more spice.

M: This is where this beer really doesn't work for me: medium bodied with good carbonation and an aggressive, soapy, bitterness that coats the tongue with a persistently unpleasant aftertaste.

O: As a hop head, I can say I like the hops in this one, but the bitterness is more than just bitterness - it is borderline astringency that makes this beer less than enjoyable. Lots of potential, but misses the mark.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at WLV Liquors.

A - Pours a mirky orange color, white head, thin collar.

S - Citrus, spicy yeast, rye notes, herbal. A bit of this and that, which really doesn't come together as good as I would liked.

T - Light rye notes, herbal, yeast, light bitter hops. More yeast-forward then anything and the rye and hops take a back seat. Not super-excited by this one.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - Not one that I liked all that much. The yeast notes really overpower the rest of the beer and it really doesn't come together like I would have hoped for. Oh well, can't win 'em all.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dirty orange/cloudy tan, trace white head,
mild lacing

S: rye, lemon peel, yeast,

T: clove, yeast, malt, solid pine, bitter/sour
rye finish

M: med body, mild sticky/oily mouth

O: My 1st Rare Beer of the Month selection!
Thanks to my loving wife. Never heard of this
brewery before, not bad. Fascinating twist,
on Rye IPA, almost tastes like Hefe/Rye IPA.

QUITE GOOD, WORTH TRYING!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-ruby color with a finger of super frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a very slow pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of spicy rye, citrus hops, grapefruit, some sweet bready malts, and some farmhouse yeasts.

T - Starts off with some spicy rye with some tropical and citrus hops, grapefruit flavor, and some bitterness. Through the middle, some sweet bready malts come through with some farmhouse yeasts, and a bit more bitterness and spice. The finish is a mix of citrus hops, spicy rye, some belgian yeast flavors, pepper, and some light sweet bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a spicy, dry, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. A bit on the mild side, but the rye flavor is really nice with the Belgian yeast and IPA base.

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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 denver10
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with an orange hue and a huge whit head that sticks around and to the sides. A fantastic aroma with some funkiness, tropical fruits like pineapple and guava, a touch of orange, and a little spiciness from the rye. Flavor is dry with some breadiness, a little funkiness, tropical fruits, some rye, and a piney finish. Would have liked a touch less pineapple and a touch more rye, personally.A thinner, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, my intro to Jester King is a definite winner. Good stuff.

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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 KensWorld
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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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 inlimbo77
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jester King
Farmhouse Rye Wytchmaker (lime green label)
750ml into NB Globe
No bottle date, but purchased from the brewery recently

A: Pours a cloudy orange amber color.  Almost a finger of off white head that drops fairly quickly.  Sticky lacing bits.

S: Farmhouse barnyard funk. Also, some of those spicy rye notes. This combination really cuts in on the amount of hops that you'd get normally from an IPA.

T: Much like the nose, the taste is dominated by the Farmhouse strand.  You get that spicy rye notes as well, but the hop profile is masked by these almost totally. I wish I could taste more of the IPA hints. Seeing the hops used in the recipe on the label, you should be able to pick them out but I can't.

M: Medium bodied with a nice spicy mouth coating

O: Solid beer from a small up and comer, but s little tweaking might help this one a bit.

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Photo of bmwats
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Large foamy head. Solid beer ring lacing.

S: Woody, pungent (from the rye I suppose), and pine.

T: Wood aged hops and rye bread.

M: Thick, syrupy, hop character.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good. Nice head and lacing. Nose is hoppy and pungent with a nice wood aged effect. Woody hops and rye bread. Overall, this is really good quaff.

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Photo of jbertsch
2.57/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No freshness date on bottle. boooo. Hisss.

Orangey amber in color. White head 1-2 finger in size.

Aroma was primarily of sweet malts with some noticeable peppery spices in the background once it warmed. Nothing noticeable in the hop department.

Flavor initially tasted of an old, imbalanced ipa. By I'm only guessing this is no longer fresh. So who knows...maybe it still Is relatively fresh and it just speaks to the beers imbalance. Sweet malts with a little bitter hop oil. A little funkiness hides in the background from which some Belgian-like fruitiness stems. Bitterness rears its head on the finish.

Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated. Dry, semi short finish.

Overall, not impressed. And as I have no tolerance for a brewer who does not date their bottles I will not give them the benefit of the doubt by assuming it was old and would be better fresh. The rye is too hidden for a beer that's touted as a rye ipa. Hops are not present enough, and the farmhouse aspects are nice, but not great, and do not save the beer enough. I will not seek out again.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice tight white bubble action in the head. The body is slightly hazy and orange/amber. Lots o' lacing.

The sell opens with da funk. Very nice. It's got some citrusy/lemon going on with floral, pine, and a little sweetness.

The pepper and spicy rye flavors are mots excellent in this. Low level of bitterness. Hops come through as pine for the most part, a little herbal, lemon, and orange character as well. With no bottle date I don't know how old this is, but seems a little lacking in what I expect from an IPA. Lots of earthy, yeasty, breadiness going on here.

The body tends to lean a little thin and watery. Fairly dry.

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Photo of Budlum
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy golden in color with a silky white head that holds onto the top for the whole glass. The nose is bright and floral with plenty of hops mixed with a sweetness I can't identify. The flavors start as IPA and quickly switch to a strong yeasty funk. It is almost too much funk such that the beer steps too far from IPA, but other sips seem to flow nicely. Feel is dry and spicy typical of a funky saison.

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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 SHODriver
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy and hazed yellowish brown with a two finger rocky off white head
S: smells sweet with notes of grapefruit, pine, and some spice from the rye malt. a little bit of peppery yeastyness comes through as well
T: rye up front with some nice citrus and pine hop yeast as well with a nice floral hop kick in the finish with some yeast flavor
M: medium body with slightly prickly carb
O: a nice rye IPA with good flavors that dares to be a little bit different. I like it.

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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 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 cvm4
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a fair amount of particulate in it. A good helping of a tight knit one finger head.

S - Citrus and some of that farmhouse funk dominate for me. You can also detect hops and spicy rye lingering.

T - Has a bready quality to it. Rye & pine hops up front and finishes with a funky tartness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes slightly wet.

O - I respect the merging of these 2 styles. Not sure my tastebuds are used to them yet. Very interesting to drink as the rye, hops and yeast set this beer apart.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a very hazy yellow near the top and sides with a darker almost golden middle, with a massive long lived off white head. The smells are of of a little barn funk, some bubble gum, some floral hops, a barn yard IPA. The feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is as I expected, a large amount of hop bitterness followed by a funky barnyard saison taste, different but good.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with moderate carbonation producing a 2-3 inch cream-colored head.
S: Spicy rye and hops predominate. Some black pepper and citrus. An herbal note with a hint of mint too.
T: Hops, hops, and more hops (pine, citrus, and herbal). Overly done. Drowns out the rest--spicy rye and hint of black pepper. Perhaps some time will allow this one to settle down a bit.
M: Sharp and bitter hops. Spicy hops and rye. Light-medium body.
D: Drinkable if you love an absolute truckload of hops...which I don't. A bit of a disappointment from an otherwise solid brewery.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into wine glass at the recommended 45-50 degrees.

Pours with a large, 3F of tightly-bubbled off-white head over a cloudy amber body. Tons of thick lacing.

Aromas are spicy, floral, and fruity. Mango sweetness, orange peel bitterness, Belgian yeast, and white pepper.

Mouthfeel is delicate and dry. Flavors are prominently floral, with a dry rye bitterness in the finish. Orange peel comes through along with some lemon zest. Tight, dry finish.

Why is this listed as an American IPA? Everything about it screams Belgian IPA.

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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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