Rye'd Da Lightning | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A special rye beer brewed in collaboration with our friends at Reckless Records. Brewed with American 2-row barley & rye medium bodied ale has a sweet caramel biscuit body and a deep golden color. A special blend of hops gives this rye ale an aroma of resiny tangerines & blood fruit. Cheer!

Added by HopHead84 on 04-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
233
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
9.32%
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
21
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 233
Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/13/2012

Cask at Real Ale.

A: Burnished dark gold with a big bubbly white head.

S: Concentrated citrus flesh, redolent of apricot, tangerine, and orange. Pungent pine resin. Perfumy floral notes.

T: Orange and tangerine flesh with an upper low sweetness. Upper low bitterness with no alcohol or harshness whatever. Malt is restrained.

M: Upper light body with a dry, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A very nice pale ale. Poured this into a small glass from the imperial pint glass and it came alive

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Photo of ChiPool
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of the style & the brewery, i had to find this one asap! Poured 22 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

This guy pours the color of orange cough syryp: nice, deep amber. Gorgeous, creamy head that retains for a while. Great snowcap lacing, and plenty of stickiness to the sides of the glass. Crown jewel of this brew is the smell: super hoppy nose, with a hint of rye spiciness. Strong citrus presence here, too: orange/tangerine.

Down the hatch! To me this tastes quite similar to Zombie, with a bit more of a bitter finish. Honestly: so many 3F brews taste so similar to me, which is not a bad thing. Not quite as pronounced of a rye presence as Founders or 2 Brothers version.

Overall: great brew, just lacking a touch for the style. Had I not known this was a rye beer, would likely rank a bit higher. Another winner from 3F!

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Photo of BrewerB
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The legendary aasher sent this beer to me. In fact, it arrived today and I simply couldn't wait to open it. Cheers and thanks again, Al!

Brilliantly clear, medium orange color. Airy, off-white foam formation was large, leaves some sticky lacing behind and is retaining well. Great looking beer.

Citrus fruity hops greet the nose first. Also picking up some resiny pine. Malt seems mostly clean but I did get a whiff of spiciness.

Again fruity hops taking front stage but followed quickly by a firm malt backbone that shows off a tinge of dark toasty bread. Very slight smoky note in the background seems unusual for an APA. Bitterness is moderately high and continues to linger long in the dry finish.

Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth.

Showcasing a great hop character but with ample malt support, Rye'd Da Lightning is certainly a tasty beer. As an American Pale Ale it has a malt flavor or two that might be considered out of style but none the less, definitely a beer I'd love a second (or third or…) pint of. Tasty stuff here, thanks again Al for sending it!

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed in collaboration with Reckless Records for Record Store Day 2012.
Thanks to Jim for this surprise beer I thought was long gone...

Burnished orange, saturated tones with steady rising carbonation trails. Creamy foam that adheres nicely inside the glass leaving behind a halo of lacing. Extremely resilient head retention, unbroken for the duration of the glass.

Dried citrus peel and tangerine zest, some light spiciness and finally pale malt bleeding through.

Burly rye character, grainy with a mild spiciness shot through with zesty citrus notes of grapefruit and tangerine. Citrus tea and pine needles. Somewhat subdued after a few months but still holding its own and extremely drinkable. Medium bodied with a dry bitter finish, very light malt sweetness in the background. Overall very solid, with FFF's trademark hop signature all over it.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: translucent copper. three finger head

s: citrus. caramel. getting a bit of honey as well. not much of the rye.

t: citrusy (esp grapefruit) hops. more rye presence here than in the aroma - peppery finish

m: medium body. clean finish.

o: I've seen references to this as Zombie Dust with rye and I think it's a good quick description. Very tasty.

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Photo of tewaris
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with a whacky label poured into a tulip. Thanks Dan (dvelcich).

Clear amber colored beer with a very good head and retention. Kickass lacing. Great tropical fruit aroma typical of FFF with some piney notes. Crisp and bursting with great hop flavor, some bitterness, some sweetness and a hint of rye at the end. Medium finish and a faint lingering bitterness. Very easy drinking and very good.

4.5, 4, 4, 4, 4

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Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a 20 oz. nonic pint glass

Pours a deep gold with orange hues and a clean white two finger head. Aroma of citrus with an undertone of pine. Grapefruit greets your taste buds upfront transitioning into a bit of pine and finishes with dry rye spicyness. Well carbonated with a slick medium body. A very balanced brew. Those that appreciate a drier pale ale will especially enjoy this brew.

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Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper with a finger off white head. Fluffy and pillow like with great retention.

Smells like a Lagunitas beer too me. Bright citrusy hops, reisouny, oily hop aromas covering up most of the malt and leaving only a ester of the rye spiciness.

Rye comes out more in the mouth. A bit thin big bright citrusy hops, hints of toffee, very clean on the palate with brisk carbonation. Not overly complex but easy drinking and quaffable. Some tropical fruit as well.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to jeonseth. Opened on 5.21.12.

A - Pours a clear, reddish-orange with a cream-colored head. Good retention.

S - Citrus-tangerine and orange, malty-carmel and bread.

T - Oranges, citrus, bread.

D - Tons of carbonation and a medium body.

O - More citrus than expected. A very nice balance between the hops and malts.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tanks merc for sharing

The beer pours a clear amber with a thin off-white head that laces. The nose is citrusy hoppy with a touch of rye spice and malt. The taste is relatively underwhelming with an expected amount of citrus hoppiness and touch rye spice. I could imagine this taste popping with a fresh bottle. The mouthfeel is almost syrupy sweet with a lingering spiciness. Good beer that'd be made great with freshness.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, thanks Chris. Served in a glass.

Pours a clearish golden bronze color with a quickly fading off white head that leaves smalls dots of lace trailing the glass. Malty and spicy nose, fairly bready, strong hints of rye and resiny hop. Flavor is much sweeter with citrus hops, red tropical fruit and caramel malt dominating. Spice is much less present than nose, but dry finish still has an earthy rye tinge to it. Finish also has a slight bubblegum aftertaste to it that I find unpleasant. Syrupy medium thick body with soft carbonation. If not for the finish this would be a favorite rye beer for the amount of citrus hops it packs.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into dimpled glass mug. Pours burnt orange and deep golden with thin but nice-lasting white head that lasted well throughout. Aromas of rye, wheat, resiny tangerines, blood fruit, biscuit, and sweet wet hops. Flavors of sweet caramel, wheat, hops, and a somewhat bitter back finish. Medium bodied. Overall, a nice rye beer with some complex characters underneath.

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Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cool beer for a great record store in Wicker Park. Pours an orange tiger eye color with a nice head. Nose consists of onion, dank, earthy hops with some spicy rye notes. Taste opens up with citrusy hops, which move on to caramel malts; these are quickly overwhelmed by a barrage of onion, dank hops with a subtle amount of spicy rye malts. Mouth is full and smooth. Overall, this is a solid rye IPA...I love this style and I love the execution of FFF's part.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer shared by Thorpe, served in a Three Floyds stemmed glass. At the time of this review, this is #4 on the "Top Beers - Rye Beer" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is brown with a thin tan off white head of small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, a little grainy, sweet with some yeast.

Not as hoppy as I thought, the rye comes through with a nice mild floral / earthiness on the palate. Decent but probably not a repeat for me.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle share! Part of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel artist tulip. Notes from last night's Skins/Cowboys game.

A: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is a one finger white color with unimpressive retention.

S: There's a really nice tropical fruit profile from the hops - which I've now come to expect from FFF. In particular, it's melon, grapefruit, and cantaloupe that I notice aromatically. There's a lot of rye malts that come through in this one.

T: The first thing that hits the palate is mango, melon, and grapefruit hop flavors. Rye comes through strongly afterwards, and some slight herbal piny hops in the finish almost gives off an onion/garlic vibe when backed up with the rye flavors. A bit on the rough side - both in texture and flavor.

M: Like I said, a little rough and heavily textured. It's not really dry per se, but the tingly coarseness doesn't mesh well with the slick, lingering finish. Low carbonation seemingly makes the texture come across as being thicker than it is.

O: I'm totally blaming palate fatigue as to why I only think this is just good. Going from a quartet of sours, a cucumber beer, a sweet vanilla/coffee porter, and freakin' BCBCS to a rye pale ale isn't the smoothest transition - but this beer still came off as a little rough. I'd love to try it again, though, because this was apparently an old bottle.

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Rye'd Da Lightning from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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