Saucy Intruder
Black Acre Brewing Co.

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Style:
Rye Beer
Ranked #15
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,124
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 7.86%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
124
From:
Black Acre Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  28
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: An American style IPA with large additions of rye malt and Falconer’s Flight hops, creating bold citrus notes and earthy spicyness.

75 IBU
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 124 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in January as part of a flight at my local drafthouse. I didn't think the rye was that prominent at first, but I eventually picked up the subtle rye spiciness. It's good, but I like a bit more rye.

Jul 25, 2019
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had poured from pint can, no date, into nonic pint.

Saucy Intruder is a very interesting beer. Even though highly-hopped, the spicy rye balances the significant malt sweetness more than the hops.

Oct 29, 2018
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Michiganbeersnoberoo from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Recommended by the bartender at the Yard House in downtown Indianapolis when I asked for the most bitter IPA available. Their selection was vast and I enjoy trying something new. It paired well with the Ahi Tuna salad. Good hop profile

Jun 12, 2018
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really really good rye IPA.., spiciness from the rye mingle with the bitterness punch and pine rush from the hops perfectly... Super refreshing and I'm glad I got to try this...

May 03, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to FlintB. Received in NBS BIF #6.
Light amber to copper in hue. Frothy off white head.
Smell hints at some pine, earthy citrus, and a tad of peppery spice.
Flavor is very much the same with a little pine thrown in.
Mouthfeel is full enough for style, moderate carbonation.
Overall a pretty good Rye.

Oct 14, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can bb 12/14/17 poured into a.5L becher pint glass at fridge temp 7.2% ABV 75 IBU 10.2 SRM per label. Label calls out Falconers Flight hops as well. The beer pours bright and light honey amber in color. The head is tan, sticky and leaves significant lacing. This beer does not ever completely loose it's head. The aroma is not overpowering cold. I get citrus, pine, spicy rye and earth all mixed together. The initial taste is spicy rye and then you get the pine, citrus & earth in a nice offsetting bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a little residual malt & hop oil in there to keep things from getting real dry. Overall, very good to excellent. Extremely well crafted, beautiful in the glass and great taste and feel. Recommended for rye IPA enthusiasts.

Sep 30, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange. Thick, short, off white head lasts a while with light lacing.

Smells citrus peel, light orange, pine, peppery rye and bready linger.

Tastes peppery rye, citrus peel, grapefruit, earthy, bready malt and pine. Finish is dry with a pine and rye linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

Sep 21, 2017
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jeffreed61 from Indiana

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured at about 40 degrees from undated can. Rye is all over both the nose and tongue with peppery spiciness. Nice counterpoint to bitter hops. Medium - thick feel is another plus.

Feb 03, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the gkheater for this seriously cool, black-and-white silhouette, 16 oz. can. Somebody went professional with their can design. Consumed in lovely Austin, MN, looking out over a corn field from my window while watching the Twins (not lose for a change – yet).

The pour is orange with a slash of red; I have to take a heaping mouthful to get all of it into my traveling glass (never travel without your own glass; I’ve drunk out of plastic hotel glop, & this hipster says ‘not cool’). Mild rye farmland dirt in the nose, nothing else. Weak.

Saucy Intruder: no fancy dance steps here. Straight peppery rye with a blending of sixteen different years of earthiness, touch of caramel, light citrus & pureed pine, moderate bitterness on the finish. Bit thick, but slipping down like an oily stripper.

Hit buttons, produce rye IPA. No molds were shattered in the making of this beer, just a good, solid brew.

Sep 14, 2016
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Jaypeajus from Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Looks Amber orange min head. Smells rye and mild citral tones. Taste is a bit piney like its a 90+ IBU but only at 75. Dry Rye and citrus and caramel malts with a bit of a nutty complex. Interesting. Feel is creamy at front, mid is bitter rye and a mix of both on back. Overall enjoyable offering.

Aug 08, 2016
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange/ Amber appearance 1 finger head. Pineapple aroma, grapefruit, grass, sap. Taste- quite good. Pineapple, and orange. Mild bitterness, with a bitter ripe fruitiness to it. Bubbly mouthfeel. Overall good tasting beer. (Natural Liberty is available though. ; D)

Jul 31, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is citrusy, grapefruit, with sweet mango, caramel malt, and peppery rye hints.

Flavor reveals more rye upfront, with a peppery, lightly bitter earthy hop and rye finish. Grapefruit juice and pith complement well mid palate, along with toasted, nutty malt.

Apr 29, 2016
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Gear54 from Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a burnt orange copper color with a bit of haze and nice light head.

Smell is dank hope, grape fruit, rye and bready malts. Relay nice combo of smells.

Taste is spice, rye, and grapefruit. Nice hop and malt balance gives bitterness in the back of the tongue with sweetness upfront.

Mouth feel is very dry with high drink ability.

Overall solid for the style.

Mar 04, 2016
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper red hazy body, with tight, full white head that laces extravagantly.

S - Huge hop hit, dank, with big pith.

T - Spicy front, black pepper, grapefruit flesh and pith, and powerful bitter bite in the close.

M - Brisk and dry. But there is not much build, so it is readily drinkable.

O - A rye beer that punches with big hop and a nice spiciness. A lovely showcase for both.

Nov 10, 2015
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Chris585 from Indiana

4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clean looking nice head. Great color. Muted on the nose but crisp. Taste in medium to high carbonation, not bad at all. Beautiful rye pop with the hops and malts working very nice. The Taste is much better than the nose but that's ok it works where it needs to. Nice one

Nov 10, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dirty, earthy, raw and gritty- everything that describes this beer should be a solid turn off. Bitter, bity, grainy and rustic. Why would anyone want to drink it? Why? ...because that's what makes the beer awesome.

Black Acre's Saucy Intruder pours with strong murk that shades a medium amber austere. As a dense and creamy blanket unfolds across the surface, the nose is striken with caramel, apple, citrus, pine and earthen spice. As the malt stretches across the tongue, it grips it with the toasted sweetness of peanut and overcooked caramel.

And as the malt sweetness is firm and is intent to act in supporting fashion, it is quickly overshadowed by the rustic graininess of rye that imparts a peppery, husken grit that's mildly off-putting but also historically charming. Roasted peanut skins, charred hickory and peppercorn complete the husken bite of the beer that accessorizes the citrusy hops in taste and their resinous piney bitterness to close.

Somewhat soiled and gritty, the medium-bodied IPA finishes with a malty-dry texture and extended pine and citrus pith sticky bitterness. Reminding me of one of my favorite beers, Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale, this IPA takes a softer tone but lingers on the palate with a dirty grain bite that we shouldn't like... but we do.

Oct 06, 2015
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cvzigs76 from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look- Burnt orange, copperish color with a pillowy carbonation atop.

Smell- Overripe peach and mango, sticky sweetness and hop resin.

Taste- Rye comes through to add a little spicy bitterness balancing out the juicy tropical fruit flavors. However, there is a generic soapy bitterness on the finish I find off putting.

Feel- The best part of the beer. Fluffy, slightly undercarbed mouthfeel reminiscent of those NE IPA's we all know and love.

Overall- If not for the off putting bitterness on the finish this would definitely be up a few notches for me.

Sep 16, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Copper body. Clear. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Lots of rye. Light grapefruit. Some caramel and bready malt.

Taste - Grapefruit. Caramel sweetness. A little toasty. Rye is very prominent, especially in the finish. Blends with the bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Very nice rye character. Definitely the highlight.

Sep 06, 2014
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W9820 from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saucy Intruder has a beautiful red color. It smells earthy and the hops shine through. The initial taste is malty but gives way to hops almost immediately. The mouthfeel starts off coarse but mellows out very quickly. Overall, this is a great beer and my favorite at Black Acre Brewery.

Great Beer!

Apr 06, 2014
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BuckeyeSlim from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler filled a few days ago poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a slightly pale but glistening golden straw yellow into the glass. A one-finger head of eggnog-white foam with lots of sudsy bubbles in the middle dissipates at a purposeful pace, leaving a thin ring of lace around the glass and large bubbles on the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a sunset orange-red and almost completely clear, with a thick column of bubbles rising to the surface up the center.

S - Luscious, ripe, freshly cut grapefruit served in a pine forest. Hints of orange and lemon zest. Freshly sawed wood with a touch of dried flowers. In the background, medium toasted multi-grain bread fresh from the toaster and a touch of caramel occasionally poke through. It's a decently complex nose and a pleasure to linger over.

T - An exact match of the nose, freshly squeezed grapefruit envelopes the tongue. As it passes, the rye provides a roughened quality to the foundation of the toasted malts, along with a bit of spice. Hints of orange candy sugars and a drop of honey appear in the back-end in an attempt to provide some balance. A noticeable dried herbs and pine hops presence lingers in the finish and rules the tongue.

M - Moderately fizzy with respectable carbonation. Body is a bit on the thin side, but not watery. Structure is tight, with well-integrated components. Finish is almost pucker-dry and takes its time fading away.

O - This is a rather robust IPA, in the sense that the flavors are full and up-front and feature the hops throughout. The rye provides both a roughed-up aspect to the taste as well as a deeper quality to the malt background/foundation. The folks at Black Acre said it's their most popular beer, and that's understandable - this guy is ready to play middle linebacker for the ole alma mater. Looking for an IPA that's just a bit more tuned-up than a bucket full of hops dumped onto a pedestrian grain bill? Check this beer out.

Mar 26, 2014
Saucy Intruder from Black Acre Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 124 ratings