House Of Clay | Raleigh Brewing Company

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House Of ClayHouse Of Clay

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Raleigh Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wedge on 03-17-2013

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 20
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first Raleigh Brewing Co. beer.Pours into an impy nonic a hazy deep burnt orange infused goden with a billowing creamy-like slight off white head.Some spicy rye and light earthy hops in the nose,there is some lactic qualities comeing from the rye.Earty and dry with spicy rye on the palate,to me it could be a rye porter if I was blindfolded and drinking it,somewhat creamy as it goes down easily.Not bad and the alcohol is pretty well hidden,damn it has porter qualities to it though.

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Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a can of House of Clay at the Burning Can Festival (NC).

Amber body. I was told this was a pale ale but it seemed too robust for style to the point of being readily mistaken for an IPA ... so the bold hoppy aroma and flavor is actually on style.
Dank, hoppy aroma - seems a bit off but may be the rye, which I was unaware of at the time.
Moderately bitter, very hoppy flavor.

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Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Beer #2 in an NC beers only tasting, thanks to Benny (styleisking).

[Appearance: 3.5] The off-white head is a tightly bubbled cap about half a finger tall that sits pretty strongly on a red-hued amber colored brew. Brightness and clarity are high. Lacing is patchy in moderation.
[Aroma: 4.0] Everything meshes here, and the rye adds the nice big spiciness and earth alongside a heavy dark breads going along with the resinous bitterness.
[Flavor: 3.75] Earthy, peppery and hoppy, it almost hits the mark set by the aroma, but there's a bit too much of a note of spent grains lingering. Otherwise, it's well hopped and has a raw nature that works well for certain IPAs.
[Mouthfeel: 4.0] The medium body holds up, with a crispness that doesn't cut the smoothness. The graininess doesn't overburden the feel, and the spiciness added by the rye imparts itself to it while refraining from weighing it down to give depth.

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Photo of twowheelssoar
2.31/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this a second (and third) time and found it to be horribly underattenuated with little hop character. I wonder if RBC is cutting corners to keep up with demand...

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of aleckpa
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SteveMi
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Heynau10
3.64/5  rDev -5%

Photo of oceanrue
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dexterk1
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hemorhoidzz
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KYGunner
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thisrinks th an obvious rye malt on the front end. The hops are a blend of citrus and floral notes like lemon, grapefruit, pine, rose petal and tangerines. My can was two months old so it may be lighter on the hop character. Love to try this in the first week.

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Photo of lzepplin01
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of HopintheSouth
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nick_perry
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange color with a thick foamy head that lingers quite a long time. Nice rye and hop taste, nothing too complex, but done well. Smooth, creamy texture.

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Photo of bonez05404
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of 13tido
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of mobrockman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of wedge
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


IPA or a Rye Beer? I don't know...I'm going to call it an IPA since that's primarily what they call it. Dry hopped with Falconer's Flight.

Hazy gold color beneath a thick, frothy head. Excellent retention and lace. Nice floral and citrus hop aromas upfront with a notable dry hop grassiness, tangerine, some sweetness. Fresh citrusy hop flavor over a sweet malt base. Light spiciness, leafy notes, and some pine needle bitterness. Gets a little sweet about halfway through. Medium bodied, drying, and bitter. This has a nice hoppiness, but I think if they dialed it back to under 7% and/or cut back on the sweeter malts, it would we better.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped pint glass. Bottom of can says 120815.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well.

S- Great combo of sweet cereal grain malt and hops that contain both earthy and citrusy characteristics. Reminds me of a homebrewed IPA and I mean that as a compliment. Also somewhat soily.

T- Flavor is much of the same with a bright hop presence giving out notes of grapefruit, lemon and orange. Very sturdy malt backbone that provides some complementary sweetness. Bitterness is more restrained but right where it needs to be given the other flavors going on.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I don't know what it is about RBC but almost every one of their beers has struck a chord with me. While they don't make particularly exceptional examples of the style, they are what I would consider in my book to be very solid pretty much across the board and this beer is no exception. And the fact that they can their beer while making sure to put freshness dates on the bottom is a big plus for me.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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House Of Clay from Raleigh Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 84 ratings