Yakima Rye IPA | New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

Yakima Rye IPAYakima Rye IPA
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Yakima Rye IPAYakima Rye IPA

Brewed by:
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Indiana, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dmfrench on 04-18-2011

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of HopsMatt
1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of seedsofchaos
2.31/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm... What to say about Yakima Rye IPA? I actually thought myself quite lucky to land a bottle of this at my local bottle shop recently as I have never seen New Albanian bombers anywhere else before. The quasi neo-cowboy with the hop tattoo on his neck that adorns the label pretty much won me over.

Pouring this beer is an absolute mess. I love good head just as much as the next guy... But this..? Carbonation. Carbonation. Over-Carbonation. The gentlest pour quickly produces a 4 finger head that bellows up the glass and readies itself to make a mess on my floor. Nice try, Yakima cowboy. I was paying attention. This fuzzy and billowing brilliant white head is thick enough to scoop up and eat with a spoon. No exaggeration needed. Bubbles throughout and tons of sediment floating through this murky, chill-hazed and honey colored brew... Okay, so we aren't off to a good start buckaroo but maybe you smell and taste great.

A quick and careful sniff... Not bad. Good citrus. Bready malts. Plenty of grapefruit and pineapple and even a little apple and peach. Yakima isn't an overly pungent beer. In fact, I'd even say it's a bit muted. But it's aroma definitely makes up for it's bold and brash introduction.

Well... Here we go again. Astringent as soon as it hits my mouth, this Rye IPA tastes closer to eating firewood than it does to drinking a hop forward brew. I hate to be overly critical but too many early hop additions and what seems like NO late hop additions ruins what could have been a decently crafted beer. Where is all the woodiness coming from? It's like raw medicinal oak in my mouth with a splash of ale behind it. If you can get through the astringency and aspirin, one can eventually discern some of the biscuit-like malt flavors and some rye. Those beautiful and delicate fruits in the bouquet? Where did they go?

Something was definitely amiss here. I can only hope that this beer had been sitting on the shelf for a year and these off flavors are more a result of oxidation than of purposeful brewing. If not, this is a homebrew gone bad. Great smelling, Yakima left me disappointed and trying to get the taste of paper and Tylenol out of my mouth.

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Photo of TheTot
2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a Raging Bitch Tulip

It pours a nice dark golden color with lots of nice bubbles but no head to go with the bubbles. The smell is great with a light fruit and fresh hops. No hint of rye yet, could be any IPA at this point. The taste is of hops, it is a pretty dominating hop flavor with a light lemony flavor right before a hop aftertaste. The more i drink the more i get the rye and the less i get overpowering hops. Rye's are my favorite type of beer but this one leaves a lot to be wanted. As far as an IPA it isnt bad but for a RIPA i would not suggest it.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of getbehindthemule
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another one thanks to erric.

Pours with a ridiculous carbonation, 4+ fingers head with about 2 fingers of beer, the head rises fizzy, fluffy, and pillowy, at starts to fade at a med pace but that's not nearly quick enough, with a hazy honey orange colored beer underneath.

Nose... 10 minutes after the head fades... some light hops, a light resin and citrus, hint floral, some spicy rye in the background with a hint of fruity aroma as well, and a light sweet malt, and some bittering hops.

Taste starts with some sweet malts, a malty pale malt flavor, as well as a bit of a caramel reddish toasty malt, and some fruity rye with just a hint of the spiciness from the rye. A bready malt melts into the hops, which come with a decent bitterness. Light floral hops as well as a bit of citrus and hint of resin, all come through but mostly is the spicy hops. A bit of a yeasty flavor also comes out. The finish dries a bit, with a decent bitter kick, the yeasty flavor comes through on the initial finish, before the bitter spicy hops and some rye all linger for a while, and starts to become a bit astringent.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, tons of carbonation, way over carbonated, slightest hint of booze.

Overall not bad way over carbonated, and the yeast doesn't add a nice touch, the hops are not quite complimentary to the rye and malts, a bit thick and syrupy, not quite drinkable, a decent beer to try once, but not sure if I would get this again if I had the chance.

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Photo of dlin0sbb
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of MordorMongo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of RickS95
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As others have mentioned, the pour is something else. I opened the bottle about 15 minutes ago and still haven't tasted it. I've been cleaning my snifter, the bottle, and yes, the floor. My snifter is something like 18 ounces. Maybe two ounces of beer and the head won't stay in the snifter. It lasts forever. Not that you can see it, but the beer is a golden orange and kind of hazy. The head is forever huge, lots of different-sized white bubbles and simply looks like a cloud exploded in the glass.

I'm not sure it's even worth it to grade the smell because the glass is full but only the first third of it is beer and it's trapped under three inches of foam. Regardless, you can pick up the Cascade and Centennial hops and the nice citric notes they provide. Somewhere along the way is a nice honey smell that works well with the citrus.

There's some cracker-like notes, a bit yeasty. The hops dominate with an earthy, musty taste but ultimately, there's not much in the way of taste happening here. I wouldn't be able to tell you it was a RyePA had the label on the beer not suggested it. Slightly disappointing.

The feel is full on IPA, but with 130 IBUs listed on the bottle, I expected more aggression from the hops. The malt and yeast do a great job of balancing the bitter, but that's not what I was looking for in something like this. Early on it's got a bready feel to it and then mid-sip the hops take over. Sure, it's bitter, but I can still feel my tongue so something's missing. Medium bodied with a mostly oil finish.

It's an ok beer, but certainly not great. Cut back on the carbonation so it doesn't take a half hour to drink and give it some real rye taste. While it's certainly bitter, put on some big boy pants and make it a hop bomb. It's like a beer that doesn't know what kind it wants to be.

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Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps this is simply a hops variety that isn't particularly to my taste, but this beer seemed heavy-handed and without much depth of flavor profile. Some nice spicyness and a little bite from the rye were helpful, but, overall, this beer was never able to win me over.

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Photo of Warren2621
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwd
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jtd335
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Like the others who have reviewed this beer, my bottle was a gusher, and poured with a massive head that refused to fade; the liquid was a hazy honey color when it appeared

Smell: A bit soapy, but there is a nice leafy character as well; graham cracker malt dominates

Taste: Graham cracker malt forward, with a building leafy bitterness that complements the malts in the middle; the hops have a balance between earthy and citrusy, but still very bitter; some of the spicy rye character arrives, after the swallow, allowing the finish to be rather dry

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I sat on this beer for about six months and, based on other comments, that gave the hops time to achieve a nice balance with the malts; definitely helps the beer out as I rather enjoyed it

Thanks, duels, for the opportunity

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of beerbeerbeerbeer. Thanks Kevin!

Gotta love the label on this one.

A- Hazy golden/amber color. Two fingers of rocky, off-white head dissipates leaving thick, bubbly lacing.

S- Citrus hops and a bit of rye in the nose.

T- Starts off with bitter grapefruit rind. Rye is skillfully woven into the hop profile and compliments the bitterness nicely. Malt takes a backseat to the hops throughout. Citrus characteristics re-manifest toward the end. The finish is dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

M- Feel is medium leaning toward thick. Medium level of carbonation. No trace of the almost 8% ABV.

O- I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. Great rye flavors and hoppy bitterness. I'd have this again in a minute if it were local to me. If you like your rye IPAs bitter, you'll like this one. Recommended.

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Yakima Rye IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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