Rye Of The Tiger IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Rye Of The Tiger IPARye Of The Tiger IPA

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by cabsandking on 12-07-2006

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Photo of ANiklaus
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass. Initially tried at fridge temperature but experience over the course of an hour to try it at different temperatures.

Appearance: Very strong bronze color with a small head. The foam did sick strongly to the sides of the glass in the beginning bit didn't continue throughout. Very little carbonation.

Smell: As expected, strong scents of rye and hops with hints of citrus and other fruits. Excellent smell.

Taste: Extremely tasty beer with the rye flavor hitting first, then the sweetness of the fruits combined with the citrus. The hops follow with the rye's flavor continuing to the aftertaste. The aftertaste is fantastic with nothing too strong to damage the initial flavors' impact.

Mouthfeel: This became more and more satisfying the further down the glass as it seemed the rye and the IPA aspects came out more in warmer temperatures. The rye especially comes out the warmer the beer gets. The aftertaste is extremely satisfying as nothing is overpowering.

Overall: An amazing beer that seems to be highly unappreciated for what it brings to the table. Combines the best of both the rye beer worlds and the IPA worlds. Would probably be more fitting for a rye lover than an IPA lover though as the hops don't come out as powerfully as one might hope. Drink slow and enjoy the different tastes the come with the difference in temperatures.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coles in Buffalo during a Great Lakes tap takeover

I hadn't heard of Rye of the Tiger until it showed up on tap at the takeover so I figured I would give it a chance. I was glad I did.

AP: Pours a hazy bright orange with eggshell white head

AR: Massive citrus and floral notes with a hint of rye spice.

TS: Huge citrus bitterness with chalky undertones.

OV: Overall I highly enjoyed this IPA. I would really like to see GLBC bottle this even if its only a seasonal. Highly recommended to those who enjoy a super bitter IPA.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Doc Watsons in Toledo,OH.

Pours a copper straw color with a nice 1 finger white head. Lacing is badass.
What a great smelling beer. By far the best rye I have smelled. Big citrus with a faint rye aroma. Sweet and grassy.
First off I get a lot of tangerine on the palate. The rye is there with a little spicyness, but this is tops compared to other rye PA's The rye comes through on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium with a lingering bitterness that has a nice spicy rye flavor.

My favorite beer so far from GL! So fortunate Doc Watson's had this beer on tap during my travels!!

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Photo of arl851
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Deep golden body with a bright white head. Very hoppy all the way through with a lingering bitterness that's extra tangy (perhaps from the rye). Only reason I picked this up was because I had just come back from the National Zoo and happened to end my visit with the Tiger exhibit--it just felt right. Make sure to play Eye of the Tiger while first sipping this brew to complete the experience. But seriously don't let the not-so-punny name of this brew lead you astray. This is absolutely a worthwhile purchase for any hophead/IPA fan out there.

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Photo of maximum12
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Why, oh why, has this beer eluded me for so long? Three trades fallen through, one blown keg, it seemed a beer my rye-loving self was destined to never enjoy. Then came srivera14. Thanks! 64 oz. growler shared with my wife.

Growler phhhhttts encouragingly on opening; plenty of purty rollers. Lighter, closer to golden than I'd imagined. Nose is a nice mix of citrus, herbal, & spiciness. More IPA than rye, but hey, who's complaining?

Rye of the Tiger. I've been anticipating it for so long that it's sure to disappoint - & it doesn't. Wow. Blast of peppery rye greets my tongue, practically singeing the top of my delicate mouth. A hop front rolls through on its heels - more herbs, citrus, & enough bitterness to qualify as a Sheen. Bitter & rye linger on. Nice & oily on the tongue, & my first glass is already gone. Where'd it go?

Bloody hell. This could qualify for the Olympics in either the rye or IPA category & take a medal. To call this wonderful isn't sufficient - perhaps the best straight-up rye I've ever tasted.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Lovely clean citrusy and pine-like hop aroma up front. Very inviting. As the beer warms there is a hint of background bready character presumably from the rye. Clean fermentation character. The aroma is very well defined and enjoyable.

Appearance: Light amber pour with a large, dense rocky off-white head. Head retention is excellent.

Flavor: A lovely interplay of spicy, pine, and citrus resin character with a base bready character that interweaves a wonderful blast of goodness to the front and mid-palate. Balance is to the hop bitterness but there is a lovely bready base that serves as a wonderful foundation for all the hop bitterness and flavor to play off of. Finish is clean, crisp, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: A wonderful Rye IPA. Probably the best one I've had. Just love how the rye and hop character are knit together. Ranks right up there as one of my faves from GLBC.

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Photo of cabsandking
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As for my first rye, I must try others because this was quite good and not expected. Pouring a hazy peach/golden color and a two fingered off white head with made this an excellent start. The nose was bright fruits, peaches, apricots, sweet fresh malt aromas. The first sip was something unexpected, very dry hop hits the palate first followed by bready, earthy wood, and barley notes. Bitter characters are huge and balance nicely by sweet and tart layers of floral tea, mellow fruits, and perfumes. Some spruce and phenolic astringents come a few sips later. Much of the spicy hop characters echo in the finish. Full body and a smooth mouth feel that ends with a thick creamy swill. Excellent lace coverage and nice head retention to the end. This beer was ridiculously good and just couldn’t resist going back for a few more.

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear amber, with gorgeous, still, ivory head, and webby lacing evenly distributed all down the glass.

Aroma: Full, mellow tangerine/mandarin orange aroma, with hints of tropical fruit and nectarine. Some spicy, leafy, hop/rye aromas present as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Bready malts on the tongue, with sweet honey; candied tangerine; sharp, grassy/leafy hops; and dry, spicy rye. The finish consists of grassy hops; the aforementioned rye; and grapefruit rind. The rye contributes a dryer mouthfeel, and seems to cut the resiny hop bitterness; bridging the gap between them and the bready malts.

Final Word: An exquisitely balanced IPA, and one of my favorites! Seek it out on draft and you’ll be in heaven! I’ve had it several times out of the bottle and on draft and it never disappoints, always presenting the unique flavors of the hops and rye with a rich, full, balancing malt foundation. The hop flavor here is huge, but is countered throughout by the citrus and honey sweetness, as well as the bready malts, keeping it from being overwhelmingly bitter. If you have an aversion to hops, or haven’t tried many IPAs, this one will still probably be a little too challenging for you, but it is one of the best examples of a full flavored, hoppy, yet balanced beer around. It puts other IPAs to shame with its fullness of flavor, and dedication to balance. Don’t pass up an opportunity to have this brew, especially on tap!

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Photo of BradenMK
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, well I don't have time for a full review, so I'll be brief. This beer is way better than I expected it to be, and having finished 6 of them in a week, I can say that I love this beer. I'd say it's every bit as good as Chillwave and a bargain with the price. The Rye in this is perfectly integrated. One of the best non-Imperial IPAs I've ever had, on par with, or maybe better than, White Rajah.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Great Lakes Brewpub

A- Poured a bright hazy orange with one finger of creamy head that let tons of chunky lace.

S- Big juicy citrus aroma, not much else

T- Big juicy grapefruit and orange citrus flavor, pine, resin, caramel, and a little bit of rye. Quite bitter on the finish.

M- Very smooth with very lively carbonation

O- An excellent IPA, big on flavor. I did not detect much rye flavor, but this is an outstanding IPA. This is one of the best beers I have had from Great Lakes, which is saying a lot because they make some great beers.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a decent two finger head. Had this one on tap at Great Lakes Restaurant. I've always been a big fan of rye beers and this one was great. It's also an IPA so that drew me to it. It's hoppy profile stands out as the main feature of this brew but to a hop head wouldn't be considered overpowering at all. Subtle caramel notes with the malt but it's hidden in there by the hops. Great beer overall. I had a buffalo chicken pizza and it complemented it very well i though. if your in the area, give this a chance.

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Photo of Lee45102
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer doesn't have an overwhelming alcohol taste when compared to other beers with around the same ABV. A perfect beer for sitting down and sipping throughout the night. Has a great hoppy taste not to strong. However I am a double IPA kinda guy so it may be a bit more hoppy for some. I bought a six pack in bottles and really enjoyed every sip. Hats off to Great Lakes for coming out with some top notch beers!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a beautiful golden-orange color with a nice and thick two finger orange tinted head. The head is amazing in retention very slowly fading to leave a wonderful level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The has a nice smell of rye and a bready aroma. With these malty aromas is a good presence of sweeter aromas as well as hops. The hops are mainly of a grapefruit smell but are accompanied by some grassy hop as well. The sweeter aromas are of a citrus tangerine and some smells of caramel. Rounding out all the aromas is some spicy notes creating an overall pleasing smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a fantastic rye and bready flavor mixed with a bit of caramel sweetness. A grapefruit hop flavor quickly complements these. This grapefruit grows stronger through the taste, but is balanced by a sweeter orange flavor that begins coming to the tongue. Some grassy and spicy hop flavors later develop in the taste, with the sweeter flavors beginning to fade some at the end and the grapefruit flavor getting stronger. The rye and bready flavors remain consistent throughout the taste profile and create a great base of support for all the hop flavors. In the end a pleasant and rather balanced rye and bitter hopped flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is nice and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the average to just below average side. The creamier body and lower carbonation are great for allowing all those wonderful rye and hop flavors to be sensed by the tongue while not being too overwhelming to effect the beers drinkability.

Overall – This is a very enjoyable and tasty rye IPA. Just about everything is awesome. It has a great look, smell, taste, and feel. This is one that I will certainly buy on much more occasion.

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Photo of UA8
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Two fingers of thick beige head, deep amber in color

S- Nose a bit subtle but hint of citrus hops and a grain

T- Rich palate of pine/ citrusy hops are well balanced with malts, finishes smooth yet bitter.

M- Rich, full mouth feel. Coats your mouth with rich with resinous malts and hops

D-Refreshing and a very well balanced beer. I can only hope that they will put this in a bomber or six pack.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap for CBC week at South Loop Binny's.

A - Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange color with a white head. There a slight cap on top of the body and a few bubbles here and there. Otherwise, just a yellow/orange glass of deliciousness.

S - Rye, citrus, floral, touch of malts. Very well-balanced and an amazing beer to smell.

T - Similar to the nose. Again, well-balanced. The hops, rye, and malts work together so well with this beer, I was telling Alex (Masterski) over and over how great this tasted to me. A nice bitter finish that works together with the rye notes.

M - Light bodied, crisp, medium carbonation with an oily finish.

D - I had two of these and could have easily had more. I really really liked this beer. IMO, it blows Red's Rye out of the water. Not even f'n close. Mad props to Great Lakes for making this one!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Binny's South Loop taproom. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A half-finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a thin ring and light haze, and leaves some spotty lacing. The body is a hazy orange peach color.

S - Rye and sugary malt. Tons of centennial hops contributing plenty of citrus rind, grapefruit, and a touch of cattiness. Quite potent and delicious.

T - Zesty rye, fresh oranges, grapefruit, multi-grain bread malt. The bitterness mounts pretty quickly, but never gets out of hand. This stuff is dope!

M - Smooth, light carbonation zest, dry resiny finish. Body is medium-light, but sufficient for the style and ABV.

D - I had two, and strongly considered having a third. Why isn't this bottled? I think I like this more than Red's Rye. Seriously, if this came in four or six-packs it'd be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to see this beer on tap in Buffalo, thanks merc for the heads up...

The beer pours a clear, rich looking amber with a wispy white head that laces poorly. The nose is quite tropical with heavy notes of grapefruit and candied pineapple. There are very pronounced aromatic hops, which makes this my type of RIPA...
The taste doesn't disappoint either with just the right touch of tropical bitterness, candy sweetness, and a distinct rye spiciness. Medium bodied and well carbonated; the aftertaste is a pleasantly biting bitter with just a touch of burning ethanol. This is an exceptional beer that makes great use of the rye grain to build up an interesting body and taste profile. I'd absolutely try this beer again, but appreciate that it's draught only and not seen often.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack from the local liquor store. Poured my first 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a golden/orange color with about one and a half fingers of frothy white head that had good retention. Left nice lacing.

S- Really great aroma from this beer. A good deal of hops, citrus, and a lot of rye. The rye really smacks you in the face and combines nicely with the hops.

T- Much like the smell, it does not disappoint. Really great hop bite, slightly citrusy/earthy, amazing rye flavor, balanced with some sweetness.

M- Well balanced, medium bodied brew. The 7.5% ABV is well balanced by hop and rye.

O- A really delicious beer that has a nice amount of both hops and rye. Well balanced with sweetness and bitterness. Overall, a really tasty brew that I am glad I purchased.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky pale yellow. Lots of white frothy head. Smells hoppy and spicey. Rye, bitter hops, the nose is wonderful. Tastes mostly like a nice crisp IPA. The rye is most prominent on the back of the tongue. Good carbonation and overall very enjoyable. Not sure how it compares to Nelson but a damn impressive offering!

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's for a Great Lakes tasting.

A: Pours a nice cloudy golden. The haze is reminiscent of wheat fields. There is a serious amount of white head that lasts forever.

S: This beer smells hoppy (of citrus and pine) with a tiny bit of spice. There is still a wonderful malty presence to this beer, as well.

T: This beer starts off sweet and syrupy. BUT... the hops and the carbonation kick in fast. The sweet and bitter are perfectly balanced. The finish is straight spice. The citrus notes still hold their own.

M: Medium bodied bodied beer, It is a hefty brew that can be chewed down. But, it finishes super dry and spicy. It is fantastic. The heat isn't overwhelming at all.

O: Great beer! The rye spice is perfectly balanced in this brew from start to finish. I wish this was bottled!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
7.5% ABV, Best Before 06/16/13.

A - Rye of the Tiger pours totally hazy and golden in color, topped by an intense ivory head that last forever! Thick, chunky lace cakes the glass with sticky foam nearly impossible to see through!

S - Pungent citrus notes from American hops billow out with lemongrass, juicy honeydew melon, and grapefruit skin followed by light pine resin and spicy rye notes. Sweet malt presents some balance on the finish but lingers in the background fearfully.

T - Sticky, resiny hops remain up front, touting strong fruitiness that mirrors the aroma and finishes just the same; mellow sweet malt that balances but doesn't intrude. Rye adds a finishing bite of sharp spice that's not to be ignored.

M - This Rye IPA creeps up smoothly, inching forward with a soft malt feel before attacking with hard rye spice and an aggressive hoppy bitterness bite on the finish, drying the palate out, begging for one more sip.

O - Rye of the Tiger resembles it's label quite well; a tiger lying in wait, ready to attack it's prey. We're the prey and we're subdued by sweet fruity nuances and smooth malt, only to be bitten by hoppy bitterness and a firm rye snap. This is a hophead's dream; a wonderful IPA laced with a good helping of rye.

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Photo of Auspice
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from 7/2; cracked open 9/6 that I had stored in my cellar.

Pours into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint with a finger and a half of of head and a hazy caramel color.

Strong citrus aroma with a slight pine smell and rye greets your nose on the back end.

Strong cascade hops as the very first sip pours down my throat with a sweet/tart bite on the finish reminding me a bit of peaches and apricots.

The body is slightly heavy and very smooth.

Another stellar beer from Great Lakes; it's a damn shame that this is currently not in their bottle lineup. Very easy drinker and incredibly tasty; kudos to the chef!

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Expo.

Tangerine colored, rather hazy, but this looks like a very lively haziness that begs to be swirled and drank. Nice white head. Oh the nose is excellent! Huge citrusy and piney notes. Who threw a pine cone in my beer? And lots of bready notes from the rye. And no, rye does not add a pepper flavor to beer. Eat some rye sometime people. This is a fantastic blend of flavors. The light malts, bread, and honey flavors are followed by juicy citrus and finally the piney bitterness that lasts until your next sip. Quite smooth. I'll take a growler of this please.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I luckily drank this on tap at the Map Room into a pint glass.

The beer pours a cloudy orange with a nice bubbly white head.

The aroma is nice with a floral start, some citrus and a touch of rye at the end.

The taste is nice citrusy grapefuit with a rye finish.

Nice feel and easy drinker.

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