Southern Rye IPA | Susquehanna Brewing Company

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Southern Rye IPASouthern Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Susquehanna Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 68
Photo of djkman
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour like a beer (duh!) but hazy NOT yellow but not amber. Hazy light amber
Smell; yes like apricot NOT citrusy IMHO. Fruit smell present .
Taste: NOT Boozy thats the thing in my opinion the 8 % is well disguised.
Feel; that's ALWAYS PERSONAL.. get a room LOL!
Overall : the rye is not up front but an after-taste to me.
A definite IPA body and I would drink this ice cold all the way.

Would I have another? Yes. I would be very interested how it is from the TAP. After drinking a bottle.
BTWay... again the 8% is well hidden. It sneaks up on you. So Enjoy.
And that's my review.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Susquehanna Brewing Co. "Southern Rye IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded "090115" and sampled on 3 JAN 2017... can it be that this beer is well over a year old?
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: It initially poured fairly clear until a lump of yeast came out and muddled it up. There's just a tiny spot of yeast left in the bottom of the bottle. Cloudy orange-amber body beneath a frothy head of off-white. The head retention is OK and the lacing is better than average. The aroma is citrusy and tropical with some apricot and soft pine over a sweetish caramelish malt base... there's a bit of spiciness but I can't tell if it's from the hops or the rye. The flavor is full and rich with golden caramel and soft rye. It's sweetish and quite malty, almost like a double IPA, but balanced by a solid bitterness that brings it home to a dry finish. Hmmm... the flavor and aroma are really quite similar to each other. There's a little more depth to the flavor with a touch of lemon and herbs added in, but otherwise it's very similar with a clear note of apricot followed by malt and pine. I can taste the yeast, as in "yeast", which isn't bad, but isn't helpful - perhaps it really is quite old, and if that's the case it's held up amazingly well. The alcohol never shows other than a little heat which is welcome in the dry, piney and herbal finish. Medium-full in body with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural standard carbonation. I don't normally like rye and pine together because it can get a little too spicy, although this works (perhaps the pine has died down, or the rye; or maybe the rye wasn't that spicy to begin with). And I appreciate that it's fuller and richer in malt, more like a double IPA. Would it fit the category? Yes, current standards cut off a regular American IPA at 7.5% ABV whereas this is 8.6%, and Imperial IPAs start at 60 IBUs which I'm sure it at least has. Very nice. I'd love to see them do this again. Of course it just occurred to me that if I judge this as just an IPA it'll be off (too malty, too much body, too much alcohol)... ugh... what to do?

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Photo of hopflyer
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unknown bottle date, 22oz. Bomber

Pours hazy, but bright orange. Pillowy white one finger head.

Smells of over-ripe fruit, apricot. Definitely different from a normal IPA and it must be the rye.

Taste is a blended transition between the overripe fruit and bread. I get mostly apricot and bitterness.

A bit thick and carb is on the lower side

It's ok. Not sure what I think of the rye. It doesn't really dry the beer out but gives it a bit of roughness around the edges and seems to suppress the hops from taking their bite on the palate.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Medium to dark orange in color, quite bright with a few floaties and a bright white lacing ring that's very sticky.

S - Spicy, citrus, light pine, earthiness, and some sweet biscuit malt. Overall, the nose a little weak.

T - A balanced mix mangos, oranges, sweet red grapefruit and pithy spice with a little bit of alcohol and finishes with a bitter pine/citrus bite that knocks down any remaining malt sweetness. The bitterness starts to fade out not long after the bitter finish and leaves some bitter and sweet orange peel on the palate.

M - Heavy and full bodied for the style, perhaps my favorite part of this beer, it's not wimpy and watery. A little greasy, gentle carbonation, and no alcohol warming on the way down.

O - If you are looking for a punch in the face with hops, this isn't your beer as it is more balanced and there's no bottle dating so I have no benchmark to go by. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer, would like another bottle please!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draft

amber in color, clear, off-white head. good flavor profile of the blending of the malt, rye, and hops. didn't realize by the taste of the higher ABV

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a two finger head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a grapefruit hop smell mixed with a moderately potent rye bread aroma. Along with these aromas are some quite nice smells of a tropical fruit nature with some tangerine and mango along with some other hop aromas of a pine nature. Overall the aroma has a nice blend of hop, rye, and fruity smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice smooth and moderately sweet flavor, with it being as a mix of a lighter grapefruit hop, some fruity flavors of tangerine and mango and a nice somewhat doughy and bready flavor. As the taste advances the rye that was detected in the nose starts coming to the tongue, mixing with the fruity-sweet and grapefruit nicely. Some flavors of lemon come to the tongue around the middle of the taste being accompanied by some flavors of herbs and a lighter flavor of pine. The pine grows stronger to the end with it replacing some of the grapefruit hop that was present upfront. Along with the increase in the pine, there is also an increase in the fruity flavors of the brew, and with a slight increase in the rye flavors, one is left with a pleasant sweet tropical fruity rye bread flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. These characteristics are quite nice for blending the sweeter tropical fruits with the blend of hop and the rye to make for a rather smooth and easy drinker.

Overall – A very enjoyable rye IPA with a good balance of fruitiness, rye, and hop. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of spartanfan
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed exclusively for Philly Beer Week with Steiner Experimental 0526 hops. Had in a pint at PJs Blue Bell. Pours a clear amber with nice lacing. Lots of grapefruit in the nose. Tastes of rye and grapefruit. Well balanced with a solid medium body. Overall a very enjoyable RyePA. Maybe surpassing Red's Rye as my favorite rye beer.

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Southern Rye IPA from Susquehanna Brewing Company
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