Lion Tamer Rye IPA | Hi-Wire Brewing

Lion Tamer Rye IPALion Tamer Rye IPA
BA SCORE
68.2%
Liked This Beer
3.78 w/ 44 ratings
Lion Tamer Rye IPALion Tamer Rye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States
hiwirebrewing.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jhartley on 08-14-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,039
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
44
Liked:
30
Avg:
3.78/5
pDev:
7.67%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of DioS
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 7/17/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing copper with lots of sediment/floaties along with bubbles racing upwards; small creamy light khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of citrus along with some malts. Subtle hints of caramel. Orange and grapefruit is there. Some garlic and onions in the mix. The flavors follow the nose. More orange and grapefruit. Very herbal. Solid malt backbone, but the hop bitterness seems to outweigh the malts. Solid hop flavors. The rye is definitely there, but doesn't completely dominate. Finishes juicy and dry at the same time, but probably more on the juicier side. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation.

This is a nice "Rye IPA". The craftsmanship is on point. It's enjoyable and fun to drink.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sendbeer
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yoda22
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oakley
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buckyp
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: 12 ounce bottle with no expiration date. Bought in Asheville so hoping it is fresh. Poured a hazy burnt orange with off white head. Had a few floaties in there which was good. Lacing grabbed the glass. Outstanding looking beer.

S: Not a ton of hop, the malt is there in the aroma. Bread, orange, and a bit of pine. Not strong but interesting aroma.

T: Very nice, the bread is there with a nice balance of citrus and pine. A touch of maybe toffee. The bitter is there but not as overwhelming as many IPAs.

F: Medium to full bodied, kinda dry but still some cloying from the malt. The bitterness does not linger which is great.

O: Not just a hop bomb like many IPAs. This one was very balanced and enjoyable, very nice Hi-Wire. My guess is it gets crushed for not being there for the hop heads.

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Photo of DrBier
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thunderballroom
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from Kyle.
A: pours a hazy amber brown body, frothy off white +1 finger foam head, spotty and stringy lacing
S: slight sweet malt, toasted malt, dankness
M: medium creamy body
T: creamy malt, bitter hops, sharp rye bite, citrus, salty, slight grainy taste
O: really great brew, great for rye fans, great blend of flavors

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Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle of an unfiltered IPA (not a red ale) "aggressively hopped with ... Citra & Amarillo hops". [It also appears to be a different formulation (hop load) than an earlier version, although still 7% ABV.] "90 IBU".

I'm not sure how the formulation differs from their Hi-Pitch India Pale Ale, which I had just yesterday, but this is clearly different. The Lion Tamer ("Red" not part of the labeling) is a bit more bitter, has a darker and redder body, and is markedly more hoppy, especially in the nose. Altogether, it is as different as one might expect from an entirely different brewer. Both, however, have a similar and very good mouthfeel, with ample but soft carbonation, a medium body, and light dryness.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, pine, and a lot of rye.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of hops, a bit of malt, a decent shot of rye, a piney quality, and some caramel in the finish. The rye adds a unique dimension to the proceedings. Balanced. A very solid flavor.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat oily finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a different kind of American Amber, but a well made one. Tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of justintcoons
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a dumb plastic cup.

Appearance
Hazy amber red with 1 finger of white head. Yeast sediment dances around.

Nose
Rye, orange citrus, dank, pine sap, and caramel.

Taste
Dank and pine sap. Orange and grapefruit citrus with hints of papaya. Rich amount of spicy rye coming through backed by caramel and hints of toffee.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, oily, and dry with a moderate bitterness.

Overall
Loads of rye complimented well by dank and citrus-y hops.

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Photo of mb202060
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bitter bitter

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Photo of n2185
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Carmely tasting malts and a decent clean finish; pretty smooth for a 7%er.

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Photo of Oldmankeebler
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight hop flavor, nothing special

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Photo of italianstallion
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goast8127
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of juicebox
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Lion Tamer Rye IPA from Hi-Wire Brewing
Beer rating: 68.2% out of 100 with 44 ratings
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