Rye Craic IPA
Beara Irish Brewing Co.

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Style:
Rye Beer
Ranked #232
ABV:
not listed
Score:
83
Ranked #39,569
Avg:
3.44 | pDev: 13.95%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
12
From:
Beara Irish Brewing Co.
 
New Hampshire, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
83
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Reviews by JAFoley:
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JAFoley from New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

A - Dark hazy amber body, took a vigorous pour to bring up an off-white bubbly head. Ok retention with nice lacing.

S - Rye, sweet caramel, cherries

T - Strong bitter pine and floral hops. Rye brings in spiciness along with astringent medicine flavors. Not much at all in the way of sweetness to cut the bitter.

M - Medium body with moderate/light carbonation. Thin and fairly watery.

O - I question if I got a bad beer or if this is the intent. The carbonation was very low and the flavors are so one note, only bitter, that it seems off. Normally you get more sweetness in a Rye IPA but maybe that's the style.

Nov 18, 2014
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Boto from Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber: This one pours a hazy, copperish-amber color. There was a huge off white head that leaves some lacing. Good, but a little bit lighter nose. Grainy, earthy, touch floral. The taste is good. Very low bitterness for an IPA. Faint earthy, pine and citrus hops. A bit of graininess to it, as well as caramel malts and some rye. Not quite an IPA, but still good.

Aug 11, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Slowly foams out of the 22 ounce bottle. It creates a decent head but it dies quickly, leaving half a ring of initial lace, spots thereafter. Very dirty copper color--lots of yeast in the liquid.

Dry and mild aroma of crystal malt. A bit of caramel but no sugar.

Starts dry and ends astringent. Deep toasted malts to start, but no burnt elements. The swallow is harsh, a combination of rye and hop. Straight up bitterness aftertaste.

Overall, I think this beer is better than many of the reviews here. If you like your beer dry and bitter, you'll enjoy this. That said, it's a bit of a one trick pony.

Oct 11, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

Bottle from the Lazy Dog
Pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a smattering of bubbles that almost come to a head. Spicy and earthy aromas dominate with a solid bready caramel maltiness coming a close second. Light pine grapefruit, butterscotch, and a hint of mint round out the nose. The flavor is old school IPA with a spicy earthy twist. Resinous pine earth and spice backed up by a solid bready caramel and toffee. Serious lingering medicinal astringency builds the longer I sit without taking a sip. It literally feels like I have swallowed some orajel and its trying to numb the back of my throat. I couldn't finish this.

Oct 01, 2014
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lou50rp from Maine

3.75/5  rDev +9%

Nov 17, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on August 13, 2016.

This foamed up too much. It was copper-amber with a cream colored foamy head but way too much foam. Maybe the bottle got shook up.

The aroma is far more sweet than hopped. Caramel and toffee for certain. Low to no hop profile for an IPA.

Medium body.

The taste is all about roasted caramel malts rather than hops. Some rye grain character but mostly sweet. Mild finish.

Aug 14, 2016
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Prost76 from New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sep 09, 2016
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Cavanaghty from Maine

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy Amber with a very thick white head.

Smell: Very strong hops and citrus notes, with a hint of floral notes.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sweet honey and citrus with a bitter piney aftertaste.

Overall: Excellent IPA. I would have this one again.

Jun 01, 2016
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suminorudder from Maine

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

This is my personal favorite from the new brewery. Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance: pours with a full, light copper head with fine bubbles. Persistent, with sticky lacing all down my glass. Slightly hazy orange copper color held up to the light. Unfiltered, but pretty clear considering.

Aroma: huge aroma from the moment I pour. Dense and replete with classic citrus aroma, hints of spice and coriander and fresh picked, juicy summer berries.

Mouthfeel: sticky and velvety. balanced by a good carbonation. The carb is appropriate for the style, not to much or to little.

Taste: taste follows the aroma very well. Rye spice on the front, fading to juicy and dank hoppiness in the back of the palette, with the fruity berry flavors moving through at the end and washing it all down. Just stellar.

Overall: this is a wonderful beer, and probably my favorite rye IPA. It doesn't have to taste like a mouthful of pepper to be spicy, and this beer hits a great balance between spice, hoppiness and sweet malt character. A wonderful tasting experience.

Oct 05, 2014
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kdivers from New Hampshire

3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 08, 2015
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ptat from Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Nov 04, 2014
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Fitzy01 from Maine

3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dec 26, 2015
Rye Craic IPA from Beara Irish Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 12 ratings