Rye 75 | Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rye 75 IPA is a tribute to our friends along Interstate 75. The complex malt flavor in this IPA is afforded by a blend of pale barley, rye, and caramel malts. Rye 75’s malty sweetness is balanced with the spicy malt flavor from a generous addition of rye malt. In addition to its big malt profile, Rye 75 is balanced with an equally assertive dose of American hops yielding 75 IBUs. The additions of Cascade and Columbus hops, not only bitter this beer, but also lend a very citrus and floral flavor and aroma.

75 IBU

Added by beerman207 on 04-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Unfiltered medium brown with an average, quick fading head. Lacing is there but nothing too extreme and no visible carbonation in this brew.

S - Lots of hops up front with a complimentary malt aroma. The spiciness of the rye is definitely there with slight yeast aromas in the background.

T - Again lots of hops at the beginning...earthy flavored and very bitter. Smooth creamy malt parts the bittering towards the middle but finishes bitter with a nice pine flavor.

M/D - Medium body with a very dry finish and hidden alcohol strength. Strongly carbonated and very easy to drink.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $6.99 for a growler at Party Town in Florence, KY...

Pours an amber colored base with a medium sized head, great retention and minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma is a blast of fresh rye and hops.

Taste is smooth with little carbonation, has a nice sweet tooth to it, maybe caramel mixed with rye bread? Extremely not heavy and a delightful beer, very drinkable, end of story...

Final Thought: It's a really nice Rye-IPA hybrid that compares well with Founders Red's Rye P.A.; which is an amazing compliment.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, dark amber body with a thinnish, white head.

Smell: A nose smelling richly of bready, caramel-scented malts with some light buttery notes and hop scents imparting suggestions of citrus fruits and dew-damp leaves. Nice spicy rye character, too.

Taste: Starts with a markedly sweet taste of caramel and joins a touch of buttered toast to eventually give you a rich butterscotch flavor. Zesty, spicy malted rye component throughout. The hops are chiefly citrusy, though they do yield some additional leafy, floral tones. Moderate bitterness. Drying, bittersweet finish with some slight alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I like it, it's a tasty, well put together rye-based brew. I recall a time you'd be hard-pressed to find a rye beer. Isn't it nice that's hardly the case anymore?

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a murky dark orange body with a medium sized almond head. Good retention and plenty of sticky patch lacing.

Aroma is caramel and citrusy hops with a nice edge of peppery and earthy rye. Grapefruit and other citrusy esters are aggressive and join with some pine essence.

Mouthfeel reveals a moderate carbonation and a thick, almost chewy feel. Not quite full bodied.

Taste is dominated by hop bitterness but there is a sturdy caramel malt backbone. Pine, grassy, and citrusy hops all take a punch at the palate. The rye is very apparent, and contributes a bready and peppery earthiness. Finishes a bit dry.

Bet this one was really hoppy when fresh. Still quite aggressive after five months in the cellar. I'm a big fan of rye beers and this is one of the better ones I've encountered.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark copper color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is low, but there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, along with some caramel malt and rye. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's all hops, caramel malt and rye. However, the flavors are a bit more balanced compared to the aroma. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy and coating, and also has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and very easy to drink! The 7.5% ABV isn't noticable at all. Overall I think this is a good brew, I'd definitely pick this up again the next time I stop at Party Town or BBC. And it's pretty inexpensive too, IIRC. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent caramel with a finger of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready & fruity & peppery rye

T: Follows the nose with flowery & citrus hops, plus spicy rye, marmalade & grapefruit emerge as this warms, plus a touch of dryness, plus some pear & whisper of booze. Finishes crisp, dry with a nice fruityness

MF: Medium bodied, with minimal carbonation & great balance, might skew a tad fruitty

Drinks very easy, not the most in your face AIPA, i would even assert it skews English. I do like the effective use of rye

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Photo of Cresant
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. A slow boil created an upward cascade of tan head which left lots of sticky lace. The body was a murky tawny brown.

Smell was spicy with a pleasant sourness.

Taste was malt sweetness. The creeping bitterness lingered in the finish. Tobacco leaf flavors. This one leans toward the malts rather than the bitterness, which for me is unfortunate, I prefer the hops end of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel was slick and somewhat creamy. Medium to full body, really I think a lighter body would suit this style better. I would like to try this on tap.

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Photo of peabody
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a couldy copper color with onhe finger of big white bubbly suds. Lacing does occur here.
Smell is very citrusy and piney. Just what a hop-head loves. Can't detect the alcohol or much malt.
Taste is mellow sweet and bitter at the same time. Wow, this one is good. Finally Bluegrass Brewing has done something I like.
You get the sweet malt and the sugary caramel then along with that you have the dark black bitterness of the hops. Different from most IPA's and I think that is just fantastic.
Mouthfeel is just sticky enough to want another drink. The dark bitterness comes and goes here then leaves as quickly as it greets you.
I am gonna request a keg of this one to come to my local beermart!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something about the marriage of rye and hops that makes IPA's great.

This lightly carbonated hop bomb pours with a deep copper and just slight of brilliancy. A low-lying head remains creamy and persistent throughout while leaving a lot of lacing behind. A good Enligsh looking cask ale to the eye- handsome and gentlemanly.

The nose is of very rich malts of sun-kissed grains, caramels and sweetbreads. American citrus hops dominate the rim with a spicy, pungent, and earthy rye element. In the end, I get a metalic note that could come from the grains or hops; regardless seems distracting.

The flavor has the aggressive hop bitterness, flavor and bite, compounded and yet balanced by the spicy earthy rye. Malts take hold with solid but non-descript fruitiness, toffee, and maple.

The body of the beer is creamy and probably a bit heavier than it really is because of light carbonation. Still, the beer leaves a bit more residual sweetness on the tongue despite its dry, graham cracker-like finish.

Bluegrass Brewing has always done well with the hoppy stuff. This is another great display of their mastery. Good job!

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Photo of rhinos00
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Party Town for $5.99!!! Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice amber color. Produced two fingers width of white head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Just phenomenal! Lots of floral, citrus notes going on here. A little bit of rye is detectable, but the hops run the show here.

T- A lot different than the aroma. The rye dominates the taste, while the hops take more of a back seat. Still a nice combination of light floral, citrus, piney hops, which provide a great backdrop for this beer. If the rye was toned down just a little bit, this would definitely be a 4.5.

M- Medium bodied. Clean and crisp. Well carbonated.

D- This growler went by very fast between two of us. Just a great drinking beer.

Overall, to tell you the truth, I'm really not a big fan of BBC's beers. Most have been disappointing. However, this is definitely a solid beer and a very good collaboration beer. The guys at Party Town did good with this one.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of Rye 75 at Party Town.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber/copper color, with a strong head that clings to the sides of the glass as it goes down.

Smells of pine, citrus, rye, potent hops, caramel, cedar.

Tastes of grapefruit, apples, light cinnamon, bitter apples, and maybe some salty cracker/bread notes.

This is a phenomenal beer. I'm glad that the collaboration between the awesome guys at Party Town and BBC came together to make this beer. It is quite remarkable, incredibly drinkable, and one that stands out amongst the rest. I love that it's a rye beer, adding that extra bite. Nice job.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reddish, copper pour, bright. Fluffly white head retained nicely.
Hints of citrus can be detected through a dense pine and grassiness in the aroma. Slight sweet malt comes through.
Ingredients in this beer seem to fight for flavor dominance. the rye adds an herbal tone to the bite, while the hops meander around citrus and pine. More pine, but perhaps that's the rye that throws in its influence. I would like to see more bite. Nice drinking, alcohol does come in on the end to add another round of kick.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Party Town.
Congrats guys, this is a very good beer!

Pours brown in color with some slight ruby highlights. Very nice off white, fluffy head forms on the pour.
Plenty of hops in the nose. Very citrusy and nice. Taste is more of the hops. There's a very well balanced rye malt balance that brings everything together.
This is an amazingly smooth and easy drinking beer. Absolutely no sign of the alcohol at all.
This is now available in 750ml bottles as well.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper with a light rimming of tannish head.
Smells hugely floral with some grain notes underneath.
Taste has hops at every step of the way with some grains and there is some malt at the very end.
Finish is crisp with a good hop/bitter after-taste.
Drinks well, the hops may stop some but at 7.5% this really drinks easy.

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Photo of hughesm4
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Looks very nice. Light brown with a large amount of liquid like head.

S. Excellent. My initial whiff smelled exactly like a wheat field. Slight hop smell that goes along with it.

T. Overpowering pine taste that switches to bitterness as it hits the back of the mouth.

M. Leaves a very nice tingle in throughout the entire mouth that sticks around well after the drink. A minute or so after the drink your mouth becomes very dry.

D. Goes down extremely well for an IPA. You can take big gulps and get nearly the perfect amount of hops.

Great beer that I would recommend to anyone that can get there hands on it.

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Photo of degerbah
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, talk about a cheap cheap growler that turned out awesome. $6 for the growler and omg the hops. Poured a deep dark red with a tremendous aroma of earthy smelling hops.

The taste is amazing. Double IPA taste and macro lager prices. I would gladly pay way more for this and I think that BBC needs to bottle this pronto. It is a world better than any of their regular offers that I can get in Ohio,

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Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this at Party Town in Florence, KY - for $5.99, you can't beat that, plus, it's pretty tasty to boot. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep coppery color with some nice amber/red highlihgts; comes with a short 1 finger head that is off-white and fades quickly to a thin and uneven skim on the surface; body looks a little viscous on the pour and is a little cloudy; moderate carbonation is present; leaves a nice webbing of lacing throughout the glass as it goes down.

Smell: Nice strong presence of hops and toasty/bready grains, particularly the rye -- kind of makes me want a reuben...; there is also a sweet malty backing in the nose as well...

Taste: Much like the nose the strong bitter hops are very present - I'm not getting much of a fruity or piney assignment with it because the the toasty grains blend very nicely with it and the rye is a formidable flavor; the sweet malty backing offers a pleasing balance to the drink as a whole; there is a slight presence of alcohol in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Nice and sticky throughout the palate and extra graiy/bitter flavors are left sticking around quite nicely; body is a little viscous as mentioned in the appearance and it's definitely tangible - not a watered down beer here; belly is left a little warm from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Quite nice - a fine tasting beer that is more than quaffable -- the price point is definitely a factor too... I would actually probably buy this over Red's Rye P.A., and not just because of the cost, but because it's a very well balanced beer and tastes great.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruddy copper with a nice amount of lace and a decent head.
Smells dark and rich. Lots of hops and a nice backbone of malt. The rye really comes through in the smell. No question there is rye in this.
Taste is in your face rye. There is no playing around, trying to find the rye notes. Lots of bittering hops make their presence known but leave a pretty clean finish. Just hints of citrus pine.
Feels rich and dense and slick on the tongue.
Very easy to drink. A very quenching brew. Looking forward to the Mt. Hood dry hopped as we missed the Kent Goldings version.

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Photo of mwa423
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured from my growler (current pint is even 3 days old) with about two fingers of white head. Dark brown with hints of red color. Not very clear, but a nice lacing

S - Plenty of citrusy hops, not much else but its an IPA!

T - Lots of hoppyness, a very smooth rye flavor that really mixes the best of a rye beer and an IPA. Fantastic flavor, especially with a $5.99 growler!

M - Smoth, goes down great. I could drink an entire growler, even at %7.5!

This is one of those crazy diamonds in the rough. I was expecting something ok, but this is fantastic. I'm taking 3 growlers down tomorrow to stock back up!

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler sample shared by shigadeyo.

Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy resin hop and small earthy malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration.

This is a very good beer.

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Photo of pwoods
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jeff at Party Town kicks ass. He brewed this with BBC and has growler fills exclusively at the store. And for $5.99 a growler at that($7.99 if you need the growler).

Poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a coppery amber color with good visibility. 2+ fingers of creamy head forms and has some retention. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Healthy dose of hops, Centennial(?) is prominent. Citrus, pine. Some sweet malt to balance and a nice snap from the spicy rye. Pretty straight forward but nice.

T/M: Decent bitterness level. I don't think a bit more bitterness would hurt anything but it's definitely not too low. More of the citrus and pine with a hint of spearmint. Malts balance nicely with a bit stronger rye flavor than the nose suggested, spicy, peppery, and well played. Body is medium to medium full with a very creamy body and refreshing carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. 7.5% is actually a bit surprising but that's not too much :)

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Photo of eugeneplatinum
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a tight two finger head wnd leaves a nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is floral with grass and faint pine, though not intensely smelly. The taste is exceptional with citrus hop notes, peppery spice from a high proportion of rye(33%), and nice caramel undertones. The beer has enough unfermented sugars to balance its bitterness and give a nice mouthfeel. Overall it is very drinkable.

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Photo of kels
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler of this at Party Town (for $7.99 no less!) on a recommendation from beerman207. I definitely wasn't disappointed. This review is on a pour from my growler into my pint.

Appearance: Pours a lovely deep copper color with a 1 1/2 finger white bubbly head that fades almost immediately to a thick, well-retained skim. Beer isn't clear, but not exactly cloudy, with no visible carbonation running through it.

Smell: Smell is very mild with subtle hints of citrus hops and toasted rye. Not too bold, requiring some extended effort to detect.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Feel is surprisingly filling and creamy thanks to light carbonation. Taste is very full of toasted rye, strong grassy and piney hops and a bit of peppery spiciness that becomes more pronounced in the aftertaste. Alcohol is well-masked, and the beer finishes with a slightly sticky aftertaste.

Drinkability: Definitely high. It is well-balanced but packs a little bit of a bite with that peppery-ness in the aftertaste. The smoothness of the mouthfeel helps it all go down really easy. It doesn't hurt that it's such a bargain, too.

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Photo of beerman207
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have frequented Party Town in Florence, KY for a few months now and have been impressed with the knowledge and information they provide about beer.

I was suprised to find that they actually put on Rye 75 on their growler station which they designed the recipe for and brewed through BBC. They indicated they will have 8 half barrels coming of this and I highly encourage folks to give it a try.

It's a Rye IPA

A - Looks like very dark ice tea with beautiful lacing and about 4 finger lengths of head with a direct pour into the glass

S - Smell has apricots or peach coming through for me which is a first. Very strong aroma coming through on this one

T - Fantastic as an IPA. It has bitterness throughout but isn't drying like some IPAs

M - Sits on the palate very well. I really enjoy the feel of this beer

D - Could have more than one of these. Good thing, I have a full growler because I believe I will likely have a few of these.

I'm excited to see if Party Town gets into brewing any other beers. This RYE IPA is quite impressive. The price is only $5.99 for a refill and $7.99 for a new jug. You can't beat the price for the quality.

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Rye 75 from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 49 ratings