Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA | Jester King Brewery

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
534
Reviews:
88
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
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36
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Ratings: 534 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 PEIhop
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
1.74/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Over carbonated. Gusher. Bust free homie. I don't know what that smell was, but it isn't good. Farts and rye left under a wet hay bale.

Taste was lacking hops. Super malty. Offputting. Ugly copper bitterness and heavy wet wood mouthfeel.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 harpus
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

An offering from Jester King Craft Brewery, a 750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Farmhouse Wytchmaker Rye IPA has a cloudy amber appearance to it, similar to the Mad Meg, it has nice amount of off-white foam head that lingers for a little while.

S - I really get a good amount of spice and rye from this IPA, but I also smell notes of citrus and pine.

T - on the palate I mainly get earthy rye and piny-hopiness notes on the palate. This beer finishes with interesting peppery and citrusy notes that actually combine quite well to give this beer nice complexity. It is a well balanced IPA, between the malt and hops.

M - full-bodied and a bit chewy since it's unfiltered. The carbonation is just right.

O - a very good farmhouse style IPA. It's a bit more alcoholic than other IPAs I like, i.e., the 7.0% ABV is not noticeable. Like the Mad Meg, I have another bottle that I plan on letting rest for a few months. Should be interesting to see how this changes with some age.

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Photo of avalon07
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a two inch, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet, hoppy, slightly malty aroma. Nicely done.

T: Tasted of hops, a bit of pine, malt, a little citrus element, and the advertised rye. A slightly different type of for an IPA, but certainly sharp and tasty. The hops aren't overpowering and the rye is just present enough to make it interesting.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well made, somewhat unusual IPA. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of greenspointexas
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 1.11.13.

A - Pours a clear dark orange with an active two inch cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Rye, malty, pine, grass, slight citrus.

T - Lots of rye and malt, with a little pine and citrus in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light rye with a touch of pine hops and citrus.

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Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Petrol Station in Houston.

A: Pours a murky copper orange color. A minimal white head forms, and recedes in a second. Not much lace.
S: Orange, citrus, lemony. Bitter pine resin in the nose. Light spice with a lingering bitterness.
T: More of the same. Orange, citrus, bitter pine resin lingers. Where did the great balance and bread rye go that was in the base? I don't detect any sort of farmhouse/Belgian yeast either.
M/D: A medium body that has good carbonation. Crisp and dry. Not something I am coming back to often.

I hope they are not permanently replacing the regular Wytchmaker with this. Just bitter hops with no balance. The rye that I loved is all gone, and the new yeast does not add much if anything. Really nothing I would recommend.

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Photo of n2185
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper to amber color with a fluffy, semi-sticky looking white head. Spotty, soapy, sticky lacing (thanks to the rye malt) is left along the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Aromas begin quite balanced overall with equal amounts of spicy rye malt, some lesser toasted breadiness and light citrus, pine and earthy hoppiness. As it warms I get more of the Farmhouse yeast semi-funky esters and more spice notes which could be more rye or from the phenolic Belgian Yeast.

The tastes begin with the same toasty, bready, biscuit maltiness and the more predominant spicy rye maltiness. Generic citrus and earthy hop flavor combines with the Farmhouse yeast induced earthy, slight hay-like flavors. The saison yeast really drys out the beer and adds some crispness to the finish. There is a slight bit of funk from the yeast, which I expected from a beer with farmhouse in the name.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is semi-dry thanks the yeast ans semi-spicy thanks to the rye malt.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Perfect blend of Rye IPA and Belgian Farmhouse flavors. The yeast esters or spicy rye flavors could easily over power each other or not work well together, but here they do and it makes it a well balanced winner I wouldn't mind having in the future.

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Photo of threedaggers
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA from Jester King Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 534 ratings.
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