Rye Of The Tiger
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #792
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,862
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 10.22%
Reviews:
272
Ratings:
1,605
From:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
 
Ohio, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
90
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Rye Of The TigerRye Of The Tiger
Notes: Sticking and moving like a ring-savvy southpaw, our Rye IPA delivers a fierce three-hop combo with a spicy rye uppercut. We politely suggest you put up your dukes.

Crisp and clean, with fierce jabs of citrus and pine going toe-to-toe with a spicy rye finish
Reviews: 272 | Ratings: 1,605 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Apr 17, 2014
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J-Rye from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another good one from Great Lakes!
Look: Pale gold, 1-2 inches of head, nice lacing
Smell: peppery grapefruit, mango, hops, grains
Taste: peppery grapefruit, mango, hibiscus nectar, hops, nice sharp rye finish
Feel: incredibly smooth, nice body, sharp carbonation.

I think I'll have another 6-pack.

Jun 03, 2015
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DuaneL from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delightful, full bodied rye beer with some "crunch". Reminiscent of Yards rye, also a personal favorite. 6/5/15 Finn McCools Ale house, Philly, beer week.

Jun 06, 2015
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michiganmatt from California

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
Very clear medium-dark orange color, with several fingers of very light beige head. Visible rising carbonation is less than average.

Smell - 4/5
A very floral hop aroma, with hints of pine and some spiciness as well. Some interesting fruitiness as well. Maybe bananas and peaches?

Taste - 4/5
Definitely get a lot more of the banana-peach fruitiness in the taste, as it is the first thing that immediately stands out to me. Some light spiciness, as well as some candy-sugar sweetness. The hops are much more subtle in the taste and seem to become most prominent near the end of the sip. The hops are floral and a little spicy. Overall I like the taste a lot. The fruitiness is interestin as are the hop flavors. Apparently according to the body, the rye malt is what adds the spiciness to the brew.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied. Quite smooth. A medium amount of medium-light carbonation. Overall a nice feel.

Overall - 4/5
A good IPA with some unique characteristics. Worth checking out.

Apr 20, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours amber gold with a slight chill haze under a clingy 3” cream colored foam collar.
S: Exudes spicy rye and hop aromas.
T: Spicy rye flavors with some melon backed by big but not harsh bitterness. A hop driven beer with a good balance between the fruit and the bitter.
F: Very creamy with a big rye texture, medium body to just a shade above, medium carbonation sits very soft in the mouth.
O: Very refreshing, well balanced IPA with nicely developed rye flavors.

May 26, 2015
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DMarlinJ from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I rate on my likes and this pours a beautiful perfect head that settles to nice thin layer and leaves very attractive lacing. The golden hue has a blend of orange, red and gold with a bit of haze. Smell is straight forward rye grassy and fresh. Taste meets my expectation for rye flavors which I love. The hop forward flavor doesn't bite to deep in the mouth which I like. Hoppy but not too lingering and dry. Nicely carbonated, if any more it would be too much. Goes down easy, refreshing for a warm spring night. Overall the price is right and this could be a nice session beer.

May 03, 2015
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BYOBxMadman7X

4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Creamy, rich, hoppy, and exploding with flavor. Very good!

Apr 03, 2015
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thehooksman from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful pour in which lots of suds take a moment to rise and form a finger and a half of frothy off-white head over a hazy orange brew. The head had some retention and there was a mild amount of lacing.

Aroma: Rye bread and tropical fruit

Flavor: Very much what you smell; rye malt and fruit. It's very much an IPA but the hops are not overpowering. It kinda reminds me of a double with the sweet malt character before the bitter hops kick in. The rye malts can be tasted throughout.

Feel: light bodied, not overly carbonated, starts smooth and sweet and finishes crisp, minimal lingering bitterness.

The first few swallows were extremely refreshing. I've tried a lot of good IPAs and I'd rank this among them.

May 23, 2015
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy orange body with 1.5 finger white head. Fades quickly and leaves thin spots of lacing on glass.

S - A soft rye scent with a sweet citrusy aroma. Orange, grapefruit, and pine hops with a caramel malt.

T - The rye flavor is rather soft and pleasant, but still has a spice to it. Hops are citrusy, orange, grapefruit, along with pine. Malts are sweet caramel. Finish is bitter.

M - Soft carbonation and medium feel. Dry and spicy.

O - Finally got around to trying this and really enjoyed it. If you like rye IPAs I recommend this beer.

Apr 05, 2015
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SFNC from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rye IPA. Smells of cirtus and herbs, not to mention a little cat pee. Taste is fruity, followed by bitter. The rye is spicy and bridges the cirtus and the bitterness nicely. The first couple sips are intense, but you aclimate quickly. Carbonation is just right. Great Lakes is a very consistant brewery, and this beer does not dispel that notion.

Apr 23, 2015
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leantom from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Although I typically don't like rye beers, this one was decent. Here goes:

A: Pours a very dark but clear orange. Lots of carbonation rising from the depths. Head and lacing could be better, though.

S: Very, very pungent grapefruit and piney hops mixed with bitter rye malt. Good olfactory profile, but very pungent.

T: Good. Follows the nose. Malt and hops are quite balanced against each other. Sweet honey and pine followed by rye malt ending with grapefruit bitterness at the back of the palate.

F: Well carbonated and sufficiently thick. Great.

O: This beer is good. Smell was a little off-putting, but the flavors are integrated very well.

May 30, 2015
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car2052 from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.
A: Slightly hazy medium orange/amber with a 1 in. off-white head.
S: Grainy, with hoppy aromas of lemongrass, citric oils and onion. Slight simcoe-like ammonia smell.
T: I get a lot of pineyness and tart citrus from the hops. Nice bitterness. Decent malts, with a hint of spicyness from the rye. It tastes a little perfumy for me, but it's not bad.
M: Medium.
O: Good. It's nice for Great Lakes to do something out of the ordinary.

May 09, 2015
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dmgeng from Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hadn't seen this one before but I have always enjoyed RyPAs.

A - Very nice amber color. Slight haze beer with a small, fine white head and light lacing.

S - Hop forward aroma with citrus, some floral, and some herbal characteristics. Smells like a typical American IPA with some more herbal characteristics from the rye.

T - Initially the sweet malt and American hops go together. Followed by some of the more herbal and grainy tones. In the middle the rye hits with some slight spice and a nice flavor that isn't typical for an IPA. The finish has more of a resinous hop character with some mild bitterness both from the hops and the rye. The ale yeast also provides a slight fruitiness and helps the hops give this full flavored beer a more well rounded profile.

M - Medium mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. It finishes with quite well but does have some flavors that linger as rye tends to do which makes it slightly less drinkable than some IPAs on the market.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this beer. There aren't too many RyPAs on the market and this one takes a typical American IPA and puts a little spin on it giving it just enough nuance to keep it interesting. This isn't going to be my new go to IPA but if you haven't tried a rye IPA or are a fan of the style this is a good one to get since it is more mild and conventional than some of the style I've had before.

Glass- Perfect Pint

May 31, 2015
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enelson from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Apr 17, 2013
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lovindahops from New York

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting the chance to try rye of the tiger

A- extremely bright orangish copper color. Massive carbonation rising to the top of the glass with excellent lacing on the edges of the glass

S- pine and sweet citrus rise to the top of the glass without question. A strong caramel malt scent trails behind with a whiff of spicy rye. I definitely get some tropical notes at the end as well

T- tropical mango flavors with a strong spicy and zesty rye flavor. More heavy and sweet with the caramel than I prefer, there could be more piney and citric hop presence in the taste profile. Still, a major presence in the spicy rye department

M- coating flavor all over. Well carbonated

O- good spicy rye ale that's really potent with flavor.

May 18, 2013
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rderedin from Maine

3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good IPA but not memorable.

May 24, 2015
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jplopez21 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Apr 09, 2013
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TDavis from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Jun 29, 2013
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jgroebner21

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Jul 01, 2014
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y2jrock60 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Very clear, dark yellow/light orange. The head stays strong and provides a great deal of lacing.

S- Sharp spiciness upfront followed by black pepper. There are also some slight tropical and citrus fruit notes along with an alcohol burn.

T- Very sharp grainy malt flavor upfront from the rye. The hops provide earthy, woody, and piney flavors. The bitterness lingers on the tongue long after each sip. Alcohol is present in the finish.

M- Medium/Thick bodied and moderately carbonated. The rye is sharp and heavy on the tongue.

O- Overall a good RIPA, it's very robust and would go well with spicy foods. However, I'm disappointed in the amount of alcohol in the flavor and aroma.

Apr 28, 2014
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mjm47 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Jun 17, 2013
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st9647v3 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

May 20, 2013
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CraftBeerGuild from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

May 23, 2014
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DeFaz from Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Apr 26, 2014
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nate_nate_nate from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Jul 04, 2014
Rye Of The Tiger from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1605 ratings