Rabid Beaver Bite Rye IPA | Belching Beaver Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Rabid Beaver Bite Rye IPARabid Beaver Bite Rye IPA
81 Ratings
Rabid Beaver Bite Rye IPARabid Beaver Bite Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Belching Beaver Brewery
California, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 03-05-2013

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with rye and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities that seem to overpower any rye characteristics.

 571 characters

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Handsome amber color with a nice enough head in the pint shaker. On tap at Toma Sol in Hillcrest. Robust, hoppy aroma.

Warm and rich malty flavors. Fruity hops with a pleasant bite. Brewer says the hops include Simcoe. The rye adds that appealing scratchy tang that seems to go well with spicy hops. Just enough sweetness. Not overly bitter for all the hop flavor.

Altogether this has my vote for the most drinkable San Diego IPA of 2013. Great mouthful of aromatic hops with a spicy, grainy flavor. Just a touch more carbonation would have raised the stakes.

 563 characters

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours from a bomber bottle a hazed sunburst orange under a pillowy, 1.5-finger thick slightly off-white head which lingers long and yields clumps of lace.

N: Rye and grainy malts, bready, spice and slight honey/earthy notes.

T: Follows nose with malt forward and spicy rye, some faint citrus hops, ABV noticed.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Bitter and spicy malty finish.

O: Decent and straight forward, but not overwhelming.

 443 characters

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back to the Belching Beaver, this time with a RyePA. I hope I have been properly vaccinated, because that beaver's teeth remind me of Dracula who's looking to suck our blood! From a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The light orange color with yellow hues forms the body of the beer, while on top rests a thick creamy head with excellent head retention. The hops are aromatic, but seem to have a softer character versus the common San Diego IPA. Soft hops, with notes of cantaloupe, pine, grapefruit, honeydew, and the backbone of dry crackery grain.

With rye as one of the grains used, it comes to no surprise that this beer has a spicy kick. Gentle rye spiciness help create the canvas to the mélange of orange, cantaloupe, and sweet grapefruit. Yet it doesn't taste bitter, and in fact is on the relaxed side of the IPA scale, though it still has the genes of a West Coast IPA. By San Diego standards, the Rabid Beaver is a softer kick to the gut where it comes to the hops.

 980 characters

Photo of Donkster46
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of rawfish
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled "Rabid Beaver" due to a mistake during trademarking they left out the bite.

Pours hazy amber-copper with a thick dollop of cream colored head, reaches two fingers with remarkable retention and pretty swaths of lacing.

A bit silent but very juicy with a full tangerine, Texas orange and pine hop scent. Underlyaing sweet malt is balancing with a bit of vinous fruit, grape-nuts cereal huskiness and rye spice.

Malt is clingy with the caramel sweetness constantly hanging on through the drink. Hops are stock west coast bold orange citrus with pine secondary. Fairly bitter that is enhanced by a drying/sticky mouth coating that features the pine hops, caramel malt and alcohol. Rye spice saunters in lazily near the finish and stays with you through the rest of the beer.

Adequate carbonation for this beer of medium body. The malt is sticky on the palate but so are the hops leaving a constant bitterness and drying feel. Really my mouth feels like it's velcro right now and malt sugars, bitterness, hop flavor, alcohol and rye spice are all there, just chilling out, and won't go home, quite interesting.

Mission accomplished but overall meh. I can't bash this beer too much, this rye IPA ticks every check box of what it should be and what I had envisioned. It was another stock West Coast IPA in a long line of competitors but with rye. The rye is present but not the featured player in this beer, maybe one to try when you are in a rye mood. The way every flavor in this beer sticks around far after the finish is what will make this one memorable.

 1,575 characters

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Nearly clear medium yellow color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is about average and a few wisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Spicy earthy rye. Floral and citrusy hops with an emphasis on orange and grapefruit. Touch of caramel maltiness with a strong yeasty breadiness.

3.5 T: Tastes like it smells. Spicy earthy rye. Floral and citrus hops per above. Moderate bitterness. Lots of yeasty bread.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy and chewy.

3.25 D: Decent beer overall. No real problems, but doesn't stand out either.

 621 characters

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Code is 15/22N/19/13/03:51. Best I can figure is bottled on November 22nd, 2015?

Appearance - Pours hazy and sunset orange in color with an off-white, foamy finger width head. Decent retention, then breaks down to a near barren surface. Lacing consists of fair-sized isolated chunks and small spots here and there.

Smell - Rye spice, a touch of citrus and noticeable malt that's part grain, part caramel.

Taste - Mild rye spice bite met with a huge amount of grainy malt and a touch of caramel sweetness. Mild citrus undertone that comes to the forefront in the finish, leaving a citrusy, grainy aftertaste with a touch of cardboard.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall - Not very good. Very uninspiring.

 743 characters

Photo of user785335
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MickeyHops
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of T_Hass
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Rabid Beaver Bite Rye IPA from Belching Beaver Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 81 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.