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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Photo of ajm5108
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You can definitely smell freshly baked rye bread on the nose, and that darker malt strain is present; however, the hop balance on this was a little too abrasive for me, and undercut a lot of the rye. It winds up tasting like a lot of IPAs, overloading on the hops to mask any definciencies, rather than letting the rye - a subtle flavor - come to the forefront.

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Photo of stakem
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. The brew pours a clouded copper color with more than a finger of yellowish stained froth. The cap slowly fades leaving a full wall of webby lace sticking to the glass. Taking a closer look, you can see fine particles of yeast stuck in solution despite a careful pour.

The aroma opens up a little awkward with notes of sulfur and something like cheese. Some dirty footy grain mixes with a mild toasty appeal of rye. As the brew warms up, some hints of grass, herbs and rindy hop quality come through. Some whiffs impart a solid focus of solvent alcohol.

The flavor of this brew has a bit of sulfur aspect, cheese and mild vegetative quality overtop a fresh almost cereal grain sweetness that is toasty. More sips reveal quite a bit of bitterness with almost a dirty melon flavoring that borders on vegetative. The bitterness is pretty aggressive with an oily cling that is mildly catty and pine-like. The alcohol gets more intense with every sip having a sort of neutral solvent aspect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Admittedly this was a little rough going down. I typically enjoy rye ipas but there was something strange going on in this one with an awkward dirty melon or vegetative feel that I just didnt really dig. I appreciate the chance to try this Heath, I just dont think i would be quick to buy any more of this.

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Photo of NODAK
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell is definitely there. Sharply pungent with citrus hops mostly, with a note of spicy rye and a touch of underlying sweetness.

It definitely comes strong out of the gate with a cutting citric hop bitterness. Make no mistake, this is a strong ipa even for standards of the style. The rye is present but honestly seems subdued in comparison. Towards the finish there's a candy, fruity sweetness in the background that struggled to come out as well. The bitterness has an aspirin quality on the back, closing very dry and lingering.

Props to them for the stout ipa, but I would have liked more rye and a better finish.

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Photo of ValpoExpo
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer always kicks my butt. One of the hoppiest beers to come out of GLBC. The 7.5% ABV is deceiving (I think its more than that because it always takes me close to a half hour just to finish one). I still prefer Lake Erie Monster and Alchemy Hour over Rye of the Tiger.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Diamond Market. Pours to the pint glass clear golden orange with a small creamy white head on top. Aroma is sweet malts, orange rinds, honey. Flavor is orange rinds, light hop grapefruit bitter, tiny hints of rye spice, and a very sweet sweet malt presence that dominates. Medium plus mouthfeel, slick, nearly syrupy, with medium low carbonation. Decent beer but disappointing by GL standards. Wonder if this is an old keg.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from SeaOfShells (thanks man!). Best by 6/24/13. Served in a Southern Tier snifter.

Pours a bright, clear orangey gold with two full fingers of thick pale head. Head slowly fades to a thin cap that leaves large splotches of lace.

Smells of piney and floral hops with a good bit of rye spice and a tad of biscuit.

Taste is crisp and quite sharp. Bitter pine hops and pronounced rye spice duel it out on my tongue. Flower petals, wet grass, hay, pepper, citrus zest, and earth.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Long, relentlessly bitter aftertaste.

A pretty good rye IPA. I would have liked a bit more hop flavor to accompany the near harsh bitterness but it was still enjoyable overall.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Another new seasonal!!

Pours out a very nice and clear bright, golden orange with 3 fingers of white head.

The aroma is completely dominated by rye with some subtle floral, herbal and grassy hop notes.

The taste has a huge punch of rye spice right away and is followed by some floral, grassy, herbal hop notes. There is some bready malt notes in there, but the rye is the big star in this beer.

The body is full and the mouthfeel is very crisp and clean. The alcohol is completely hidden, with no hint of the 7.5% ABV.

For being an IPA the hops are rather mild and more in the background than I would have expected. The rye is a really nice addition and I really like the spice that it adds, however, I feel like it dominates the beer and really hides the hops. Either more hops or a different variety should have been used because of the intense rye flavor that is present. Definitely not a bad beer, but a weak on the hops for an IPA.

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Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Best before 6/24/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent burnt orange with a fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing. The aromas are nice, but somewhat subtle. Lots of pine and grass in the mix. Aromas finish with a some fruity bubblegum. I can pick up some lemon zest in the mix as well. I can smell some caramel malts, but I barely taste them. The rye malt come through in the flavors. Flavors are extremely earthy and rustic. The rye malt really shines. This one has a decent bitterness to it. I can pick up some black pepper as well. Spicy beer right here, but it's not overbearing. The simcoe hops are noticeable, but take a backseat. Finishes pretty dry.The mouthfeel is wonderful. This is on the lighter side of full-bodied and is extremely fluffy and creamy. The carbonation is active and makes this very quaffable. The alcohol goes unnoticed and it's easy to drink.

I've had this on-tap numerous times over the years. I think this bottled version matches up with what those who've had it would come to expect. It's a well crafted beer. Great Lakes really nails the rye aspect. Unfortunately, my final verdict is telling me that this isn't the mindblower that I've always thought it was for years.. BUT, it's an enjoyable beer and worth seeking out. I always thought I prefered this over Commodore Perry, but not so much. Commodore Perry and Rye of the Tiger actually have more in common than I thought. I need to try them side by side..

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Complex with honey and rye being the dominant flavors. Very bitter. I like the way the rye is showcased, but have several others in the American IPA category that I would turn to first.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap: Poured a clear dark golden color ale with a small foamy head with medium retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of spicy rye notes with some citrus hops notes. Taste is dominated by citrus notes with some spicy rye malt with light bitter finish. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Not bad just a little bit softer then I was expecting with rye not coming out as much as expected.

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Photo of n2185
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a finger of off-white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Sweeter citrus notes up front followed by dry pine aromas. It's all a bit muted smelling.

T: Grapefruit, citrus rind, and pine flavors with a little spicy rye mixed in. Some caramel malts come through as well. The finish is moderately bitter.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is nicely carbonated and avoids being too watery or oily.

O: An alright beer overall, though nothing special. The nose is a bit muted and the flavor lacks the depth and explosive hop punch that come with the best IPA's.

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Photo of sharlie
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a orange, caramel colored appearance with little head. The nose is citrus with a slight smell of hops. The taste was enjoyable. Had a strong mouthfeel that coated my tongue but was very unpleasant when done drinking, the aftertaste was bitter and long.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange-pinkish slightly hazy body, a few lazy streams of bubbles. Only remnants of the head are a few weak clouds on the surface and tiny dots of lace.

S: Great tropical fruits, some pine, the occasional waft of... urine? Still, it's good.

T: Orange, pine, good bitterness. Not as spicy or aggressive as what I'd been led to believe it would be like- where's the rye??

F: Finally aggressive, those lazy streams of bubbles have bite.

O: It was good, wish it was bolder, I'll move on now.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pilsner glass. Clear Yellow. Big white head. Aroma is mostly grassy, some hoppyness and citrus. Taste: rye is forthright, some acetone in the finish. Feel is fairly smooth,medium carbonation. The little bite in the finish is smoothed out by a creaminess, but it almost tastes soapy at that point. Not too shabby. Rocky......WIN!!!!"

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Photo of mothman
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beige head. Color is a dark golden orange.

A big juicy fruit profile. Orange and citrus flavors. Tangerines. A lot of rye and bready malt flavors. Way too much. It takes away from the hops. The hops are very floral.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and dry. Medium bodied. Ends sticky.

Overall, I liked the nose much better than the taste because the nose was more fruit and hop forward. I still enjoyed this a bit.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a hazed amber color. The head is about a finger high, with an off-white shade and fluffy texturing. It retains itself quite well, too. A good ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: This shows off the rye malts fairly well. This isn't the freshest bottle (still within the best-by date, though), but there is a decent hoppiness to be found. I want to say...piny, maybe even a bit grapefruity? Still, it's more rye forward than anything. There's even some hints of ester fruitiness.

T: I'm picking up a lot of the rye spice at first. After a spicy opening, it quickly transitions into a crisp, almost tropical fruitiness. Mango, pineapple, maybe some melon as well. A touch of malt sweetness is found right before the swallow. It doesn't work amazingly, but like most everything else Great Lakes brews, it still works nicely.

M: A coarse beer on the palate, this seems to make it even more crisp and dry finishing. Ergo, it's superbly drinkable. It slows down a bit after around half the bottle, but it's still extremely easy going (if a bit syrupy).

O: This is a tasty rye IPA that's not overly harsh or biting - or, on the opposite side of the coin, sweet or sugary. It just drinks really easily for its ABV, all while bringing a healthy rye character. Definitely worth revisiting.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] Beer has a slightly reddish cast to it. The beer pours out with a minimal 1/4 finger white head. The bottle lists the ABV (7.5%) and also lists the best by date (07/06/15). So this one is about 1.5 months past best by date.

S: [3.25] Sweet and sugary. Like grilled pineapple. Some caramel and bread notes too.

T: [3.75] Overall the beer is sweet. It has a lot of malty sweetness throughout. There are some subdued fruit flavors under the malt. Flavors like pineapple. There is a flush of bitterness at the end.

M: [3.50] Decent carbonation and mouthfeel. The bitter dryness at the end is a nice addition to the overall mouthfeel.

O: [3.50] Unfortunately I let this one sit in the fridge for a few months and it may be suffering from hop fade. What I did drink was a nice beer. Good malty flavor with subdued hints of the hops. The finish still had a little of the hop bitterness. Overall this is a nice beer. I think there are better beers in the 7.5% ABV range.

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Photo of blankenhoney
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, to be enjoyed by 6.17.14, poured into a goblet.

A: dark golden orange; substantial head after a vigorous pour, with slight foamy lacing

S: light rye spice and some maltiness; faint pine

T: malty upfront with nice spice from the rye; segues and becomes quite bitter; finishes nice and dry

M: medium-bodied; leaves a pleasant dry bitterness on the tongue

O: A crisp and refreshing rye IPA. Pretty mild, but this is overall a very enjoyable beer and one of Great Lakes's better beers.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Brass Rail, enjoyed in a teku chilled from the 12oz brown bottle w/enjoy by date of 6/22/2014.

The color is deep rosy amber with mild haze and thick bone white head with fine bead. Lace collects in ringlets on the glass and carbonation is visible rising at a moderate rate to the surface. The smell is more floral and fruity with a subtle toasted grain aroma, but not very hop forward even though it does express more aroma as it warms gradually. The feel is moderately earthy and has a gentle caramel type sweetness with low bitterness and slight grassy tinge with nutty finish and medium carbonation with dry texture.

The taste is good with some moderately tea-like hop flavors, mellow on the bitterness with more caramel and toasted malt in the middle with slight pepper and hint of lime in the background, very muted hop -not fierce as the label mentions however the alcohol is almost non-existant in the taste with light nutty malt and light citrus complimenting. Overall I would not say this is less than drinkable in any way-just a strong pale which is a little tame in hop flavor compared to how it is described which is a little disappointing.

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Photo of thebeers
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-gold color with modest, but long-lasting white head. Floral aroma, with a hint of spice and some breadiness. Fairly full-bodied, with spice, orange notes, caramel sweetness and lots of hop bitterness jumbled together. Not loving the mix here.

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with dense one inch cream head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is heavily caramel malt, rye, and floral hops. Undertones of grapefruit pith, pineapple, resin, and pine add complexity.

Flavor is resiny throughout, fairly bitter, with grapefruit, mango, and mandarin orange undertones. Bready malt ties together the hop flavor, but adds little character. Rye is present, but not overwhelming.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and a bit of astringency. The finish is somewhat warm.

Rye beers are not my fave, but there's enough hop complexity to keep me interested.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass at Woodland's on 8/25/12

Pale, hazy, dirty orange hue. Thin head with skimmed retention. Patches of soapy, dissolved foam make for decent lace.

Hoppy aroma of grapefruit, tangerine, orange, peach and hints of pineapple. Juicy tropical goodness. Dry, rye bread backing. Tastes moderately bitter with a rye punch. The hops are not quite as brilliant as in the aroma, but it still tastes good; the tropicalia is dulled a bit. Medium feel with appropriate moderately high carbonation. The finish has residual rye and bitterness.

I hoped this would be good and it is! It's the best "IPA" Great Lakes has done, at least of the ones I have tried. Worth a shot if you see it around town.

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Photo of Goldopelgt
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crisp, golden-amberish color with a two-finger off white head with some decent lacing

S: Bready malts up front, with some rye and a hint of citrusy hops...all in all, pretty decent...

T: Similar to the nose, more rye and bitter hops though, slightly resinous...piney, and malty...good balance going on here, nothing overpowers, a tasty brew...

M: Medium bodied, crisp...well carbonated, with a lingering biscuit taste that coats the palate.

O: A pretty good brew. Maybe not as rye forward or hoppy as I would have liked based on the style (granted a 'rye beer' isn't necessarily a 'rye ipa', but more of a personal preference than a knock to the beer). Another strong seasonal offering from Great Lakes that is definitely worth trying, and probably re-visiting. Cheers...

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a yellowish orange. a small white head. leaves a slight lacing on the sides. slightly hazy

Smell: hops, citrus and possibly some pine. spicy rye

Taste: has a citrusy aspect right up front quickly followed by spicy rye, if there was any pine in the smell it has been taken over by the spicy rye. lots of bitterness and hop like tastes in this one

Mouthfeel: slightly crisp at first but lingering and dominating bitterness.

Overal: To me Great Lakes never disappoints, but at the same time I always expect a lot from their beers. this one was another good price, good beer, but it didn't blow me away.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: nice amber color with a 3 figer off white head, nice lacing

s: light citrus with a spice note

t: creamy with a rye bite, resinous pine, malts and bready finish

m: slightly bitter, medium carbonation and lasting dry finish

o: a nice contribution by great lakes to the rye-pa market and will enjoy it again in the future

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