Woodcutter Rye IPA | Branchline Brewing Co.

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Woodcutter Rye IPAWoodcutter Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Branchline Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.55%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mactrail on 05-27-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 52
Photo of Can_has_beer
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very small head that stayed around for a few minutes. I didn't enjoy this at all. The rye character was overwhelmingly spicy without enough malt backbone to prop it up. The hops were lost in all the rye and I was left with nothing but a scorched palate.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into nonic
Aroma of rye whiskey
Head enormous (7.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to 1 cm ring and 1.7 cm mesa
Lacing fair – medium islands and archipelagoes
Body medium orange, slight haze
Flavor begins very spicey with some bitterness; no specific hop flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good IPA. Nothing mind blowing but an easy drinker. Definitely has the bitterness but not the hoppiness. Good color and good smell. I personally prefer hoppier beers but still enjoy this one for sure. Would definitely drnk it again. Branchlike is a young brewery here in San Antonio and for a startup this is a great beer. I look forward to them fine tuning th IPA over the years. It can only get better.

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Photo of EGreen
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Floral pines, sweetness, some biscuit, but mild... aromas. Caramel with a mild rye funkiness and some mild pine. Hops bitterness kicks in And finishes the beer pretty strong. A pretty good IPA that I will definitely finish, but not overly differentiated. I do like the rye funkiness, but would like some citra hops or something to enlighten the hops profile.

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Photo of jlindros
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been saving this to crack with rudzud, but after many failed attempts and he couldn't make it tonight, decided to finally crack it before it's too old. No date to be found, thanks to AdamR46 (reddit) for this one.

Pours with a ton of carbonation, big fizzy 2 finger slight creamy looking head that fades at a med pace with some big bubbles popping but the rest seem to stick around nicely. Nice lacing, sticky soapy lacing all over, mostly clear orangey slight amber colored beer.

Nose brings a ton of rye, a big spicy earthy rye, with some doughy rye bread like aroma as well, and a bit of yeast, the yeast increases a bit and borders annoying but then seems to fade back as the other aromas come forward, a fruity aroma, little estery apple skin, generic fruitiness, with some grassy mild herbal hops but not a lot, some amber toasty malts and a little sweet caramel note.

Taste brings lots of caramel notes, burnt toffee and caramelized sugars like but without the big sweetness, and some toasty amber malts, mostly amber malts with the big caramel flavor. Then a fruity component, I think the rye is bringing a big fruity note itself, a little pear and apple skin again. Malts get a bit sweet with a little syrupy note, and a mild bready doughy character but not a lot. Hops are mostly bitter, with a little earthy herbal note, mild grassy flavor too, and a hint of herbal tea. Fairly bitter at first, but the finish dries and it gets very bitter, a little sticky too, with more earthy herbal hops that also turn spicy and a little briny, some black tea, and into a big spicy rye component as well.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb that even gets a little too much and distracting.

Overall meh, not what I was hoping for. Rye is fairly nice, spicy and quite fruity with some nice flavors, decent malt profile, but don't really tie together as well as they could have. Hops are the big letdown, they don't blend very well with the rest of the beer unless you're going for an ESB iwth rye, hops are fairly bland overall, which I hope that is not a product of the possible age on it, but I'll never know without a bottling date! Even the carbonation is distracting and just too much.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange and very clear with a one-ish finger head and ok lacing. Pretty nice looking in the glass despite the smallish head.

Aroma and flavor are in line with what I would thihk of when I consider rye IPAs. It's somewhat spicy, with a notable component of vanilla, some nice malt and caramel malt notes to round it out. Piney, and to a lesser extent citrus/grapefruit rind hops are primary and forefront in the flavor, but more of a section in the orchestra for the aroma. The aromatic qualities increase as it warms.

Body is relatively full, almost double-IPA like, with the caveat that I'm talking about your malt-bomb double IPAs, not the super dry Cali IPAs.

This is as local as it gets, and it's tasty beer. I will definitely be seeking more from this brewery, both because buying local is very important, but also because the beer is worthy. I have a large selection of beers within a short distance, so when I plan to buy one twice, that's saying something significant. Good job on this one.

I don't remember off hand what the other varieties were from this brewery, but I'll try something else from BB next time I'm picking up beer.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from this new San Antonio brewery. It's great to finally see new breweries and brew pubs popping up around the state. I like the label too.

Pours kind of a dirty orange color with a thin head and faint traces of lace. Nothing spectacular in appearance. The nose is a muted citrus smell (faint grapefruit, really), with maybe some pint and malty vanilla. Nice enough, but nothing special there either. The taste is a bit more assertive. Deep hoppiness. Some faint citrus here too. Rye and pine as well. It really begins to make itself known after it's been sitting out for a while. I found that right out of the fridge was a bit too cold to fully appreciated the taste of this one. But as it warms to room temp things begin to mellow out a bit. Mouthfeel is solid with a smooth malty finish.

Not a bad effort here. It's a nice example of a rye IPA, which a lot of breweries don't do, but which I seem to be seeing more of these days. There's at least one other TX brewery doing a solid rye ale as well, and I like them. I think this one will probably grow on me over time, and it's entirely possible after a second or third sampling I might want to come back and increase my ratings.

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Photo of nsheehan
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Woodcutter Rye IPA on draught at Flying Saucer Austin
Tap to shaker pint

A - Kind of clear nice golden color. Translucent and nearly very transparent, but not quite. Still quite a clear gold. Head is thin but retained decently, and lacing is quite nice.

S - Pine and citrus in the nose, a little floralness too. Definitely butter (diacetyl).

T - Decent but kind of muddled between a buttery/cabbagey, piney, and woody taste. A little bit of floralness up front but then nothing impressive.

M - Quite creamy which is unexpected. Nearly heavy bodied, not very crisp. Fuzzy tongue and a finish of average dryness.

D - It's an average IPA, with a heavier than normal body.
4.25, 3.5, 3.25, 3.25, 3.25; 3.3

Not worth seeking out or getting unless it's the only IPA or you're a ticker. I liked the brewery's intent (based on the printed slip), for an IPA with better head retention, but the cost is a proper body. Hops are OK, but the buttery character detracts.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Friendly Spot in San Antonio. Pours an attractive golden, orangey amber in the pint shaker. Decent head and plenty of carbonation. Flowery aroma. Biscuits and bitterness are the main flavors.

The rye adds that nice grainy, resiny, scratchy taste that plays well with the hops. The hops are Cascade, Amarillo Gold, and Nugget, and the brewery rates this at 65 IBUs. This should be bitter enough for the hard-bitten IPA freak, but it's thoroughly quaffable. Enough mellow malt to balance the more aggressive hoppiness, and the bitterness is balanced by the flavorful richness. I think some West Coasters should stop bragging about their gut-bomb IPAs and note how much tastier they can be with a little restraint.

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Woodcutter Rye IPA from Branchline Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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