Scythe Rye India Pale Ale | Burial Beer Co.

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4.08/5
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Scythe Rye India Pale AleScythe Rye India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
burialbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,883
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
205
pDev:
8.09%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
29
Trade:
1
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 205
Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a nonic pint glass to a deep brassy hue with a dense two finger off white head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing
S: Smells of light citrus and pine with a lot of spicy rye notes going on
T: Taste is citrus and some tropical fruits up front before some spicy rye, pine and herbal notes come in to steal the show. The citrus comes back from time to time and the beer has a light malty sweetness to it to provide a little balance. The swallow on this one is more citrus with lingering pine along with those spicy rye notes.
M: This beer has a slightly creamy feel on the palate with a medium body. Carbonation is light but adequate and the beer has an oily finish from the hops.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some great flavors and some solid complexity. The rye is a nice twist on the style and this one is adequately hopped. This is what a rye IPA should be and it kicks Hop Rod Rye's ass. If you see this you need to try it.

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Photo of BrewsOverHoes
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep copper brown, reddish hues around the rim. Lot of lacing from the foamy head.

Smells of grapefruit rind, spicy floral hops and spice from the rye. Follows in the taste grapefruit, pineapple, and on the back of the palate that spicy rye comes in.

I love Rye IPAs and this is one of the better ones I've had. Burial does a great job with their ipas.

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Photo of Reef
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6/15/17, poured into a Duvel glass

Copper-orange color with a inch of creamy head. Sheet lacing. Ring of head remains.
Pretty strong citrus hop scent, rye, sea spray.
Enjoyable balanced rye and prominent hopping. Grapefruity.
Smooth, plentiful carbs, low bitterness.
Some really strong Rye IPA's available, this holds it's own.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can from 6.13.17 poured into an IPA glass. A somewhat dense amber/orange with a two and half finger fluffy white head (which is fairly common in this glass). Heavy herbal/dank hops and grapefruit in the aroma. Not picking up any pineapple as noted on the can, but can sense hints of blueberry, especially as it warms. The taste brings out more of the rye, grass, and some onion notes (just in the beginning) in addition to what's on the nose. Mouthfeel is moderately creamy, with a touch of zest on the finish. Carbonation is medium low. Overall, another recommended tasty IPA from Burial.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

well, not that these guys are seeing some distribution here in colorado, i guess i can stop trading for their beers! nice to see a few of the canned offerings spring up in the good stores around the state this week. this is the first one i am dipping in to, a rye ipa, and its a darn good one. orangey in color, not quite all the way clear, and with a frothing expansive tan head that rises higher than the edge of the glass and stays there, moustache reinforced on each sip. i dont smell so much rye here, its bready but not classically rye forward in the nose, and quite sweet, with a honey note that goes well with the oily citrusy hop profile. the flavor shows the rye almost toasted, less of the raw earthy spice complexion it often has, and instead a richer, fuller, and more interesting profile, nice with the light crystal malt i would assume makes up another good percentage of the grain bill. there is some malt sweetness to this, but it works really well with all the hops. only minimal bitterness to finish, but a huge bursting citrus and cut flowers vibe to the hops, really fresh and highly dosed, late kettle primarily i would have to posit, and quite juicy. i dont mind it being a little sweet because it all works so well together, and the carbonated keeps it feeling very lively on the palate. not as bold and intense as some of the other burial beers i have had, but a really drinkable and delicious hop forward rye beer, rye in a somewhat of a new light, i wish they sold it in four packs instead of singles...

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: My friend, Jay
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received March 10, 2017
Consumed: March 18, 2017
Reviewed as: Rye Beer
Misc.: Canned on Feb. 23, 2017

Thanks, Jay!

Was lucky enough to receive this as part of a 10-beer package sent by Jay. I believe I had heard of this brewery before, but not 100 percent sure. Usually hit and miss on rye IPAs, hoping this one is a hit.

Poured a copper amber clear color with five fingers of rocky khaki head. Just a few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, like 1-or-2 few. Excellent spiderweb foamy lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled that rye spice up front, along with Mosaic, Citra, red grapefruit, pineapple, dry orange peel, toasty grain, caramel and lightly roasted nuts. Getting that rye spice lingering on the nose, making me thing there were more hops. Leaning toward Chinook or Simcoe, and maybe even Centennial. Will try to narrow it down on the taste. Really nice mix of hops and spices. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste followed the nose, getting the mix of hops up front and rye spices at the end. Specifically got Mosaic, Citra, sharp grapefruit, pineapple, orange pulp, blueberry, floral, spicy hops (still leaning toward Chinook or Simcoe, but not Amarillo), lightly toasted grain, caramel malts, herbal, hints of green vegetables and bitter earthy notes. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Just a very good rye IPA. Would recommend it for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

4.02 | 90 | A-

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

Poured a nice dark orange-amber color with about 2 fingers of frothy head on top. There are a decent amount of bubbles streaming upwards and the beer is quite see through. I am definitely picking up some of the rye in the nose, which is quite pleasant. I also get a lot of piney, floral, and some citrus notes. The malt backbone is very present. The taste has good spiciness from the rye up front which then gives way to some piney hop qualities and malt sweetness. The malts actually overpower the hops by a good bit. The mouth if pretty juicy and sticky. It's got a good body for an IPA, which likely comes from the overwhelming malt presence. Overall, I am a fan of rye IPAs and this one fits the bill nicely.

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Photo of Roguer
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge off-white head with incredible retention and lacing. Brew is a dark reddish amber, nearly transparent, and lively.

Dank and peppery nose, likely from the hops and rye, but favoring the hops. Some toffee in the background, and hints of citrus and tropical fruit, but this is really carried by the dank profile.

Flavor is much more balanced, giving a nice malt background of caramel grain and brown sugar, some light citrus and pine, and a bit of tropical fruit up front. The back half has a huge sickly sweet dank flavor to it, which really takes over, leading to a semi-dry, peppery finish, with some hop oil lingering. Crisp and lively; very drinkable.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours clear copper color with thick dense off white head. Nice lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - lots of citrus, grapefruit, orange peel hints of floral and rye. Touch of spice as well.

Taste - Very similar to the aroma, tangerine, orange, little less grapefruit in the taste. Pine, hints of rye great flavors work well together.

Feel - Medium bodied, well carbonated. Nice bite not as dry as I expected.

Overall - Outstanding beer, great flavors very balanced aroma in wonderful.

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Photo of BigGold
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had Scythe poured from pint can, gift from friend, into tulip. My first beer from Burial, and first dry-hopped rye IPA, dry-hopping complements the rye very well.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Scythe pours to a large, pebbly head the color of ancient ivory, perched atop a medium-hazy, effervescent amber-brown body. Head retention is modest, and lacing is excellent, being a solid sheet of rotting lace. The nose is big: it leads with bitter ruby red grapefruit, behind which lie spicy florals, tamarind, and hints of cannabis, cat piss and perfume; significant alcohol overtones ride atop. Up front, the palate is bitter rye-spiced grapefruit and more subtle nutty malt, spicy florals and IPA soap. Mid-palate, the bitterness recedes a bit to style-medium in the face of a more-insistent bittersweet nuttiness, and a nice pineapple character emerges; the rye spice maintains its ascendancy. The finish is a good hit of bitter rye spice and a bit of soap, and the linger is a modest resinous pine bitterness that lasts for a good while. All told, this beer is a lot less malty than its uncharacteristically dark color would suggest; it is quite in balance for the style. Mouthfeel is on point for the medium body, and is slightly astringent, while the texture is slick, medium-creamy and very peppery from the aggressive carbonation. (16 oz can, 16 days after pkg)

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Deep Amber color with pillowing off white head that just sits there forever. Clean toasted bread aroma. Taste is piney hop forward with plenty rye spice, caramel malt sweetness peeks through. Tons of flavor in this one. Medium soft feel. Got this one as an extra, pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Omnium
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pounder Can > Tulip Glass

A - Hazed darker amber with a big thick two finger foamy khaki head, huge thick lacing.
S - Really great aroma, tangerine, grapefruit, apricot, rye, grass, pepper, orange juice.
T - Flavor is there, just not as juicy as the aroma leads you to believe, the spiciness of the rye really takes control here, you get some bitter citrus peel, orange, pine, green pepper, even a little onion, then some bready malt.
M - Finishes slightly dry, lingering bitterness, a little alcohol warmth.
O - Pretty solid Rye IPA, aroma is really juicy, wish the flavor would follow through.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden orange and red hue with a fluffy white head. The smell is amazing! Spicy rye but also with a plethora of sweet citrus to accompany it. A pleasant drinking experience!

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Photo of SFNC
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can into a mug. Looks good, dark orange/garnet with a thin off white head. The lacing is pretty strong. The smell is dank, piney and fruity. The taste pine and citrus hops up front, sweet in the middle and earthy on the back end. The rye adds a spicy that's just right. The hops edge out the malts, but just. The feel is sticky and thick, the alcohol present. This is a strong DIPA from Burial, one I will revisit often.

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Photo of Gavage
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark hazy orange color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick foam covering.

Aroma: strong earthy and pine notes are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: strong malt profile with grapefruit, pine, spicy rye, some nuttiness, and some ripe fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness throughout with some dryness arriving late. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a great rye IPA that has a great flavor profile.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From 16 oz 4-pack can fresh from brewery. Pours a clear Amber color with think cream colored head that lasts awhile leaving nice lacing on glass. Smells strong and resiny. Floral notes and your typical citrus aromas. Taste is sweet up front ending with a bitter hop bite. Nicely balanced leaving lots of Rye lingering on tung, hard to believe it's only 66 IBU. Much more complex than any other North Carolina IPA I've tried so far on me trip. This is not just the best Asheville IPA I've had but also the best brewery experience as well. Long live Magnum PI

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Photo of jpro
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from Bruisin' Ales poured into a mug... Cloudy, copper-tinged orange and hazy; a fluffy, two-finger head of foam leaves some patches and lines of lace. Smell is citrus hops and rye / tropical fruit with a touch of pine resin. Taste is nice and bitter - grapefruit, citrus rind, stone fruit, rye... There is a touch of sweetness on the end that provides a little something to counter the hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-full, and carbonation is moderate. Overall... A super IPA... Hope to pick up more next time in Asheville.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one had a really nose nose and nice look, but was a little too bitter for my taste. The IBU's aren't super high, but somehow this beer is not balanced well at all. Could be the rye. Not sure.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall boy into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, bright, caramel coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of bright citrus notes, heavy on grapefruit and lemon, with bitter grains and roasted notes throughout. Very balanced. Flavors are very tart and sweet citrus forward, heavy on grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine, all on a roasted bitter rye backbone, with heavy mossy and piney hops notes. Very bitter and roasted aftertaste, resinous and citrusy, on a full body. Smooth, dry finish, with a solid bitter hops linger.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the harvest season behind us, we can put up the Scythe... but not the fine folks at Burial Beer. Their liquid version of the tool goes into a can and hits the road. With a firm caramel base and the common citrus hops, the IPA uses rye for a special bite that not only accessorize the malt but gives greater zip to the hops as well.

Deep amber and well headed, the mildly hazed ale carries its caramel, nutty and toasty grain profile well, and does so with the aromatic aura of citrus, robust berry and exotic tropical fruit. While its taste is malty-sweet to a moderate tone, the bite that rye provides adds an earthy, somewhat soiled taste for complexity and rusticity.

But the balance shifts across the middle as the malt sweetness recedes and the hops begin to churn. What was floral to start turns to acute grapefruit, pineapple and orange peels to give its taste a decidedly IPA turn. Further development in taste leads to a deeply resinous pine finish with the grit of rye carrying its own bitter, earthen and husken charm.

As the finish nears, the final taste of torn pinecone, sappy bitterness and peppercorn resonate on the finish. Convincingly crisp and refreshing, the beer cannot achieve a clean taste- the rye won't allow it. But drying to a comfortable drinkability is the beer's final impression. An aftertaste of peanut skins, citrus peels and peppery grain hulls ensure an extended antagonistic jab.

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Photo of Extol
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - opaque light brown in color. Smell - rye for sure, slight alcohol smell, and hops. Taste - follows the nose, I don't find it overly bitter. It is smooth to me. Overall - I would drink this again. My first rye IPA, willing to try more now.

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Photo of farrago
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Basic head close to two fingers, tan color and a dense, even surface, stays thick for a good while, the lacing has good stick, randomly spread, few longer streaks. Dark colored liquid, all orange, brown and red, clear with hardly any visible bubbles, the color is very attractive. Aggressive nose featuring sweet tangerine, blood orange citrus in the lead, pine sap, black tea leaf, wet herbal matter, pineapple rinds and apple cores, the rye comes through with good clarity, caramel and cocoa last longer to soften the dissolve, has sufficient punch that the sappy texture doesn’t get to be too much. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied, smooth and creamy so that the bitterness is more momentary than sustained. The tangerine, white grapefruit citrus more sour here and knit into the whole, the pine element grows. The fruit remains in the background and while tropical the beer is too dry to let it shine. Spicy rye and even darker pumpernickel like bread notes. The carbonation at once capable at adding to the creaminess and tickling your tonsils. There’s a roasty feel to the caramel, brown sugar, not burnt but close. For all of its energy it does not wear you down which is a rare bonus.

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Photo of twage04
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dank herbal and zesty hops, with some pine and fruit coming through as well. I'd almost say I'd eat my hat if there were no nelson sauvin hops in this beer, but it could also just be a truck load of herbal dank hops piled on each other too. Bitterness is subtle and the rye plays well off of the dank nature of the hops. Not my favorite approach to an IPA but I do like the uniqueness of the hop selection playing off the rye. The body is okay and it pours a pretty orange. Overall a unique take on the rye IPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright dark tea tinted amber under a 2” light cream colored foam cap that takes 2 minutes to recede to 1/3 its original size. S: Rye spice, citrus, some pumpernickel, some light sugars and light fruit. T: Light fruit, rye, spice, traces of pumpernickel, medium high hop bitterness, medium malt, medium hop flavor. Has a dry, lingering bitterness. F: Very creamy. Medium body and carbonation. O: A nicely made and easy to drink rye.

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Scythe Rye India Pale Ale from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 205 ratings