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Rye'd Da Lightning | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

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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Photo of SebD
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Very tropical smell (citrus, mango and grapefruit) along with some piney notes, spicy rye and light caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice hop character bringing out citrus and grapefruit but some mango in there as well, some earthiness, some bready/biscuity malts, a rye spiciness and some light caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel. The flavors really work well in this one.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of jegross2
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Rye'd Da Lightning from Three Floyds Brewing Company.
Score: 92

This bottle was picked up from the Three Floyds' brewery on June 14. Enjoyed 06/16/12, served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip and shared with my father for father's day.

Appearance: Pours an orange-amber color that is not "murky" or "cloudy," but I certainly can't see through it. Two fingers of cream colored seafoam head at pour settles to a thin layer with splotchy clumps of bubbly head. Excellent lacing and retention. Excellent cling too. 5/5

Smell: Lots of bright tropical citrus and a mild amount of rye spice. Mango, rye, grapefruit, tangerine, a little honey, and sweet pine sap. Lemon, sweet caramel malt, a touch of biscuit malt and a little peppercorn. Really nice aroma. Reminisce of Zombie Dust plus some spice, but not quite as good as Zombie Dust. 4.5/5

Taste: Very juicy and loaded with tropical fruit citrus. There's pineapple, tangerine, mango, peach and orange. Less rye spice than in the nose. Nice juice orange and caramel malt backbone. Nice bitter pine flavor in back half as well. Orange/pine/mild caramel flavor in the finish. As it layers, a bit of dirty caramel malt and earthy hops flavors comes through towards the finish/aftertaste. A lot more malty and less "hoppped up" than anticipated, but this brew is very balanced. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Super light and juicy, but no real "hop kick" on the tongue (unlike most Three Floyds IPA offerings). Light-plus bodied, low carbonation. Bitter finish with light citrus sweetness. 3.5/5

Overall: Are we sure this is actually a rye beer? This super-hopped rye beer has a super solid IPA flavor profile, but overall is not nearly as good as Artic Panzer Wolf or Dreadnaught or Zombie Dust or Alpha King in my opinion (all of which are distributed outside of the brewery).

Recommendation: Definitely worth drinking, but not worth a special trip to Munster or running around the city to special tappings in order to obtain.

Pairings: Reuben sandwich.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Weebay for sharing this one.

A - Medium orange colour with a small amount of white head.

S - Tangerine, blood oranges, sweet caramel and spicy rye. Very fresh and vibrant aroma, typical of FFF beers.

T - Grapefruit, tangerine, blood orange flavours are complimented by a decent sweet caramel malt backbone. The rye adds a nice spiciness and another layer of complexity to this beer.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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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 Treebs
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle served in a Stone nonic pint.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a nice off white head forming on the pour. Thick and frothy in nature it recedes slowly to a thick cap and collar.

S: Nice grassy hop character with some sweet caramel and some light spiced rye. A little fruity bitterness is in there as well.

T: Wow. Grassy hops are upfront with a smooth transition into great malt body. Sweet caramel and nice biscuit flavors make up the majority of the middle and the rye spiciness hits toward the middle, end of the palate. There is a light fruity flesh flavor that as a mild bitterness to it on the finish as well.

M: Light bodied, but has a ton of flavor that coats the palate. Medium carbonation. Crushable.

O: Color me impressed. The balanced flavor profile is wonderful and this stuff is absolutely off the charts in terms of drinkability. I could drink this stuff all day and I had no problem finishing the bomber.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to stxSS07 for sending this my way along with some of the teku glasses.

a - brew poured a fairly opaque almost pewter orange. when held to the light i could see some shadows and outlines of the objects on the other side. a thin finger of bubbles served as the head which left relatively quick leaving nothing more than just a skin of bubbles. lacing was spotty, but present.

s - HOLY MOLY! smells like a world class IPA. wonderful citric and grapefruit blast. some rye is present, but this is a hop bonanza!!! smells insanely good.

t - the taste does not disappoint. the hops in the nose are perfectly married with a wonderful rye grain presence. very earthy without being gross. just a masterpiece.

m - medium bodied. solid. even carbonation. light and easy to drink. really well balanced.

o - overall, rye beers are one of my favorites and i think i may have found the best rye beer i've ever tried. the hops are perfect right now. why, oh why can't i live walking distance to three floyds...heck, i'll take the regular offerings on the shelf. PLEASE EXPAND distro!!!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at FFF.

A - Pours a darker golden/orange color, white frothy head, thin collar, wisps on top.

S - Rye, hops, toasted malts, citrus up front. Not over-rye'd, nicely balanced with a good hop presence and the citrus notes add a nice complexity.

T - Citrus, bitter hops, rye, and toasted grains. Again, all very well-balanced and works together nicely. It's a hoppy rye, which is obvious since it's a FFF beer. Finish is toasted malts and hops.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry grainy finish.

O - I destroyed my pour in record time. Not sure what it's like out of the bottle, but on-tap, this is an excellent hoppy rye beer. I will definitely be having this one again if it's on-tap next time I stop by FFF.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently Reckless Records have a thing for bitterness, spiciness, earthy tones, and rustic charm. Because their Three Floyds collaboration does just that.

This strong and earthy ale gives a rusty bronze hue, softly back lit wit a gentle night-light glow. The fluffy and liquefied head shows stubborn staying power and laces with broken islands of foam that provide an artistic and random display.

Largely perfumey with an aromatic bouquet of fragrant orange blossom, sweet red grapefruit, the zest of tangerine, pulp of mango, and a soft sprucy scent that weaves together with impressions of spice, crust, and pepper, and grain- both rustic and delicate all at the same time.

Light sweetness of the most terse caramel possible with other hearty sweetnesses of crusted breads, earthen rye, dull peppercorn, grain and honey quickly face and pave the way for a mid palate of hop character to charge ahead. Vibrant orange pulp and zest, ruby red grapefruit juice, pine, mangoes and apricots allow for a highly juicy and dry taste all at the same time. Finishing cleanly bitter with resiny hop character and that of citrus pith, only the earthen spice of rye stands in the way with complexity and dirty affair.

Creamy and light bodied, the malty meringue of carbonation and fruit gives an almost-medium feel except for the grain spice (without any astringency), the alcoholic minty warmth, and dying sweetness allows the beer to snap close with confidence and awakening.

Rye and hops come together like this- somewhat embattled conflict yet seamless accompaniment.... aah, folks- this is where complexity is made at its highest level. And where are the grain derived astringency? Where is the earthy distraction? Where are the unresolved malty sweetness? Nowhere!

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Photo of liamt07
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery, 650ml into a tulip.

Clear orange body with a couple fingers of white head. Good retention and lacing. Nose had a whole load of citrus, peach and tangerine, some resin and dank notes. Solid malt base, and the rye is quite present, a hint of spice. Some candy notes as well. Tastes takes it up a notch, full bodied, chewy and hoppy. Loads more citrus and resin. Light breadiness, and the rye shines again. Light spiciness to accent the hops in the best way. Great feel, moderate bitterness and medium carbonation. Just another rye based IPA that does it all right.

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Photo of rappmann
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from the brewery, review based on notes

A - Light orange with one finger white head recedes quickly, colour is beautiful.

S - In your face fruitiness, smells up the room upon cracking the bottle. Peach, apricot tangerines and citrus.

T -Perfect balance of fruity juicy hops and biscuity malt really well balanced.

M - really light, easy drinking slightly heavy on the carbonation.

O - One of my favourite beers from 3 Floyds, easily drank a bomber and was wanting more! Really great and highly recommended.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, shared with a friend. Pours a golden-copper color with a frothy, off-white head, decent retention and lace. Aromas fill the nose with a floral hop bouquet of citric grapefruit, orange, and pine. Tastes are juicy grapefruit, peppery rye, biscuity malt, floral hops, faint caramel and pine. Well balanced and refreshing. Light-to-medium bodied, good carbonation. Overall, nice refreshing rye ale with an amazing floral hop aroma. Nice treat!

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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 ForrestChess
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

delicious beer and highly recommended.
great fruity-hoppy balance to a mild grainy-flavor from the rye.
very drink-able, and great (rye) ale flavor.
And i understand its a limited edition batch so I'm excited to have gotten a chance to try it, even out here in Boston!

(sorry for the short review, and thanks to Adam for bring this east for me and Jules)

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Photo of thydarkprevails
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a bomber poured into a duvel tulip. Pours a clear orange copper with an inch of off white head that shrinks with nice lacing. Aroma is tangerine, pine resin, grapefruit, apricot, and rye. Flavor follows aroma. Blood fruit, tangerine, grapefruit, some tropical fruit, and a rye based malty backbone. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Very good.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this multiple times at DLD on-tap, and then again out of the bottle. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Off-white foam settles to wisps, thick collar, and a few spots of lace. Transparent copper body.

S - Rye, zesty citrus, earthy hops, and some sweeter tangerine notes that comes out as the beer warms up. There's a hint of cattiness as well. Other than the rye there isn't a ton of malt character.

T - Taste is similar, with citrus, sugary malts, nice rye zest, a hint of herbal flavor, and moderate finishing bitterness. Nice depth, balance, and intensity.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, super dry, with a resinous enamel-coating finish.

D - This stuff is great. I hope they make it regularly, as it's too good to be a mere one-off. Chris and I easily crushed a bomber, and I suspect either of us would have been happy to do so on our own.

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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 kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a nice copper with a 2 finger off- white head. Some small blotches and tear drops of lacing.

S- sweet caramel, huge citrus nose (grapefruit, orange, pineapple) and some spiciness from the rye.

T- sweet orange and grapefruit along with some caramel. Citrus rind and rye come in mid and late palate. Perfectly amount of bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly dry and effervescent.

O- awesome beer! More ipa than rye, but the rye plays perfectly with the citrus and bitterness. I think I will have to stop at 3 Floyds soon and pick up some more.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Chris for sharing this one.

Pours a clear orange with a thin white head and decent lacing. Smell is really quite good - a fantastic citrusy aroma (Nelson hops?) really takes over and hits you in the face in a great way. Taste follows the nose - it's a huge citrusy hops flavor while not being too bitter, which makes it very easy to drink. The rye isn't as prevalent as I had hoped, but still hides in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little sticky, which some nice carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer, not quite up to the level of Zombie Dust, but actually quite similar and damn good.

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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 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 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 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 Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dark Lord Day 2012. Several pours from a plastic cup into a mini snifter. Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. Good retention and plenty of sticky lacing on the way down. The nose carries a hefty amount of citrus along with some light tropical fruits and a bit of a floral character. Rye spice lingers in the background. Touch of earth makes its way through into the flavor. Great combination of rye and hops. Body is light and fairly-crisp with a solid hop bitterness. Huge fan of this one.

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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 Vonerichs
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Florida9 for grabbing me one of these at DLD.

Golden orange body, about the color of apple juice. It's clear and has an average white head.

Aromatic grapefruit and tangerine hops with a hint of biscuit malt.

Grapefruit, tangerine, light malt, and nice peppery finish.

Fresh and clean mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A damn good rye pa. The peppery rye and citrus go well together.

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