Rye India Pale Ale
Guadalupe Brewing Co.

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Ranked #221
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3.53 | pDev: 13.31%
Guadalupe Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 22 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To be fair, this bottle was dated 1-23-15, so it most likely is not fresh like it was intended to be drank. It pours a very cloudy dark amber, almost red color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is very good. Mostly a bready, rye, piney resin aroma. It is a little off. You can tell it is not fresh. Very bready taste up front with a strong rye presence. Nice piney hop at the end. Very, very mild citrus; which probably would have come out better if it was fresh. It is a medium to heavy bodied beer with moderate carbonation. it is drinkable, but I wish I could put an asterisk next to the rating, so I know to try it at a fresher date.

Sep 06, 2015
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a hazed, ruddy amber color with a large cap of pillowy beige head. Excellent retention and lace.

Nose is mostly zesty, bready rye with a modest amount of leafy hops in the background. IPA would not be my first guess if I didnt know what this was.

Taste is faaaar better than the appearance and smell would indicate. The rich, dark bread flavors are very smooth and inviting...almost like drinking a loaf of the bread from Outback. The hops are pretty tame, but that is ok with me here, as the rye is allowed to really do its thing. Enough bitterness on the back end keeps it from being sweet. Though not really to IPA style, I am finding this to be an incredibly tasty beer to drink - change the name to Rye Brown Ale and you have one of the better brown ales on your hands. This one gets a 'repeat purchase' stamp of approval, tasty beer.

Apr 11, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.24/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

BOTTLE: 22 fl oz. Brown glass. Unbranded pry-off pressure cap. Generic label art & design.

Acquired: At Whichcraft in Austin, TX.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: 2015.
ABV: 6.03%.
Style: Rye IPA (per the epithet).
Serving temp: Cold.
Serving vessel: Pilsner glass.
Expectations: Above average (given the brewery).

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Occupies ~60% of the glass. 5 fingers wide and off-white/khaki in colour, it's creamy and aptly thick, with decent fullness and consistency. Complexion is average. Leaves only light thin lacing as it recedes.

Retention: Good. ~6-7 minutes.

BODY: Murky dark copper. Dull and uninviting. No yeast particles or hop sediment is visible. Appears well (if over) carbonated.

It's an okay appearance for an IPA. Certainly doesn't astound, but there're no egregious flaws.

AROMA: Hints of bready malt. It's a bit more malt-dominant than it should be. Biscuity. Has a bit of an amber malt influence. Floral, and lightly soapy (indicative of too much time spent in primary fermentation). Has a kiss of rye's signature faint spiciness.

Aromatic intensity: average.

Seems a bit sweet for an IPA.

No yeast character, booze, or off-character is detectable.

TASTE: It's a poor matching of malts to hops, and has an overly sweet English feel. English pale malts, copper malts, biscuit malts, and a hint of bready malt comprise the overly-emphasized malt backbone. The lackluster hop profile brings notes of out-of-place resin and strangely oily pine. I'm not sure what they were after with this; it's as imbalanced as it is shallow, and lacks any complexity/intricacy or subtlety whatsoever. Entirely too bitter, which ruins the balance. I'm not a fan.

Flavour duration: Above average (to its detriment, as it accents the problematic bitterness)
Flavour intensity: Average.
Flavour amplitude: Poor.

Where is rye's trademark spiciness? The emphasis here is (wrongly) on the overbearing uninspired hop presence. This build has a very loose cohesion but this just isn't a gestalt beer; it tastes like an unguided melange of ingredients and lacks deliberate intent.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, fairly oily, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, overcarbonated, and overly hefty and weighty on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is subpar.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This mouthfeel is middling at best, and fails to accentuate any specific notes from the flavour profile or to elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: I don't mean to be scathing, but this is a forgettable pedestrian offering from Guadalupe which betrays the fact that this brewery should stick to darker styles. Its simplicity isn't as problematic as its imbalance. This will fail to satisfy the discerning drinker, and would be overpriced relative to its quality even if it were offered in 6-pack format. Not a worthwhile recipe, and not a brew I'd recommend to friends or trade partners. Perhaps the worst beer in Guadalupe's catalogue, with an uninspired hop profile and a generally off-putting bitter taste. Why brew this, aside from appealing to market demand?

High D (2.24)

Mar 17, 2015
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champ103 from Texas

3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Down House in Houston.

A: Pours a hazed, and nearly opaque amber/red color. A two finger white head forms with good retention, and lace left all the way down the glass.
S: Some fruity hop aromas up front. Light pine and resin. Bread and biscuit malts. Simple, but enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose with fruity and piny hops up front. Lightly resinous. Bread and biscuit from the rye. A lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little to much on the watery side for me though. Easy enough and enjoyable to drink. I could have a few in a sitting.

Not bad at all. Just a nice easy drinking Rye. Not a lot going on, and just a bit watery. Though overall, something I would come back to.

Jul 12, 2013
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draught House.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is fairly straightforward and features some rye and pine notes, with not too much else coming through. The flavor is similar. I get some sweetness from the biscuit malt, as well as some spiciness from the rye and some resin and fruit notes from the hops. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Jul 24, 2012
Rye India Pale Ale from Guadalupe Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 22 ratings