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 dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Single bottle copped from Total Wine and More. A solid brew. Grainy and earthy flavor which the rye imparts definitely noticeable on the tongue. Not very sessionable nor drinkable. I noticed some malts in there as well. Not my favorite beer, but a noteworthy rendition of the style nonetheless.

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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 dacrza1
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE: May 27, 2016... OCCASION:having negotiated the long week, I welcome the Memorial Day weekend with The Fellowship of the Ring, the Cavs' hopeful ECF-clinching win, and whatever else comes our way... APPEARANCE: dark, dense and approaching a tiger's orange-amber body... white head forms a two-finger cream that settles to coral striping and a strong surf on the surface... high-arching lace forms a distinct cloud line... effervescence is slow and steady but uneventful... AROMA: a nice bourbon and pepper draw early, after which stone fruit, melon, mango and some astringent esters... PALATE: full-bodied, intense and active on the teeth, with a vibrant, lingering aftertaste... chunky and chewy and suckable, if possible... a meal in itself... TASTE: a strong, spicy bite--pepper, allspice and warm rye bread... apple and watermelon late... a bevy of characteristics compete for the tastebuds... OVERALL: what a powerful punch of hops and rye--the rye bread malts especially develop a strong profile that supports east and west coast hop tendencies... another victory for Great Lakes Brewing...

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light orange and substantial yellow make up the appearance on this one. Great Lakes usually are top notch appearance wise. Aroma didn't punch you in the face with rye. Simcoe hops. You get some grapefruit and other orangey citrus.

Taste was bitter, didn't crush with the hop flavors. Didn't really offer much in the way of what I look for in a rye or a hoppy ipa. It was good. Just not Great Lakes thing. Erie Monster was a disappointment. Hoppy beers aren't their thing, and there was nothing wrong here.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Out of a bottle, pours a hazy orange with a light head...ok lacing

Smell - Lots of Rye...with good citrus

Taste - Has an orange flavor on the front...slammed with lots of rye....not much aftetaste past the rye

Taste - Creamy,medium body with decent carbonation

Overall - Not a bad beer, especially given the price. I don't normally drink Rye ales but I can taste the hops and it is a nice break up to alot of the IPAs and DIPAs out there.

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Photo of Act25
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this more than other BA.

A: Pours a hazy amber gold with moderate amounts of streaming carbonation and copper highlights. Significant amounts of lacing are left by a 1 finger beige dense head that rings the glass,

S: Ample aromas of pine resin first followed by citrus/grapefruit hops over backdrop of biscuit and caramel malts. Floral notes of rye spiciness towards the finish.

T: Follows the smell and ample. Upfront it's a marmalade bomb of citrus, with pine needles on a sweet toast. Then stronger flavors of pine/resin hops dominate and finish with peppery, floral, rye bitterness - almost like nasturtium flowers on top of pine/orange marmalade.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy with prickly dryness in the finish.

O: Up there with all great Rye PAs.

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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 GRPunk
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (best by 7/14/15, $1.79 from Copper Vine) into an imperial pint glass.

A- Hazy golden-orange body. 1-finger off-white head. Head settles to 1/2 finger and leaves good rings.

S- Lots of rye. Pineapple and melon. Some citrus. After a little time I pick up leafy and spicy hops as well.

T- Much as aroma suggests, but with a sweet backbone (should be expected with a fairly hefty ABV). Lots of rye and grapefruit zest. Something of a sugary sweetness mixed with doughy malts (like a Hawaiian bread). Finish is all rye and hops with spicy, leafy, and black pepper qualities.

M- Medium-full body. Decent carbonation tries to keep up. Solid, hoppy bite.

O- A really solid rye-IPA. It's way different than something like Red's Rye, but on a samilar level. Hoppier maybe. At 7.5%, it's probably a 1 in a sitting beer, but I wouldn't hesitate to order it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Princeton orange colored body, slight haze with a lazy soft rise of effervesce. One finger mashed potato textured buff colored head sits comfortably atop. Nice sheet coating all the way down the vessel.

S: Dried peppery-orange and citrus orange, average awareness with a short duration. Deeper and longer inhales reveal some stalky and celery notes. Would of liked to see a bit more rye factor here. Some toasted bread crust.

T: Peppery-orange and bittering dry citrus hop wallop makes up for the gentle nose. The rye peppercorn is spicy, with some bourbon-dill herbal notes comes on strong. Peppery and woodsy bark with some bittering dry citrus leaves as strong as it arrived. Bittering alcohol pine afterlace on the tongue.

M: Good carbonation amount, some syrupy feel, turning to a dry peppery warmth on the inner cheeks.

O: Considering intent of style (rye ipa) i would say this is very good. The nose, while gentle is made up for by the huge rye factor in the flavor. Bold, spicy, dry and bittering, great lakes never disappoints.

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Photo of Raime
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You ever...Be looking through your old reviews and realize for whatever reason more than a few of them are missing since your conquests over a few years ago.

So, I remember enjoying this one quite a bit, so I picked up a 1/6th keg.

Look - Golden amber with a two finger slightly off-white head with floating residue. This is one fermented beer. Carbonation appears to be on medium and the head retains quite well throughout the drink. Lacing sticks around throughout a good portion of the glass, but it is very spotty.

Smell - Grapefruit piths and rye breads dominate as expected. The rye is very, very pronounced and dominates the nose on this one.

Taste - The rye bread once again dominates with a juicyness from the grapefruit. Very bready, but not offensively bready.

Feel - Medium, creamy body with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Slightly less tasty than I remember it being. But still pretty damn good. But dear bear advocate, please stop deleting reviews :P.

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Photo of twage04
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good IPA but nothing really sets it way above the pack. Malt presence is appropriate and some rye is detectable. The hops are mostly citrusy with some pine and floral notes. I'm thinking lots of cascade or centennial. Good execution but nothing is really unique or remarkable.

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Photo of PJKSR02
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To the dismay of my Western New York family members, I've largely been disappointed by the Great Lakes offerings. I came upon 12-packs of Rye of The Tiger while in Ohio recently, and bought one. This beer has a nice rye "bite" and bitter hops flavor, along with a generous ABV. If you're an IPA fan, it'll be a nice "something different." Note, as with several other Great Lakes 12-packs, this one was out of date by a couple weeks, but the best-by date isn't given on the outside of the case.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy gold-amber with two fingers of white head on pouring. Great retention and lacing
Smell: Subdued nose, slight tropical fruit, some pine
Taste: Tropical fruity sweetness and some citrus/pine, with a slight rye twang that leads into an enjoyable hops bitterness
Feel: Medium body with a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel

Overall: Although I tend to prefer dryer IPAs, I thought the sweetness in this one was pretty tasteful (not cloying). The rye is fairly subtle and blends well with the overall flavor profile. Delicious, but the ABV packs a punch.

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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 TeamMathis
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful. Great smell of rye, fruit, and flower. Taste is a great bitter pine, with lasting bitter aftertaste. So good. I would certainly get it again.

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Photo of ClePaul
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look 9/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 86/100

Summery: Solid brew for cheap.... Why not? Won't blow your mind though~

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Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of spoony
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a tulip-like glass. Reviewed from notes dated May 29, 2015.

A-This is a good looking beer. A sort-of burnished amber color with a little bit of haze. The head is really sticky, with good retention. Lacing is ample. A few bubbles are visible in the liquid.

S-The aroma has a fair amount of honey and toasted bread malt. There is some mildly rye-spicy fruity hops and little bit of herb and pine. Nicely balanced, but nothing crazy.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. A nice bit of rye spice adds some intrigue to the peach, honey, and toast of the malts. Hop flavors like pine and mint are pretty subdued compared to many IPAs, but they work well here.

M-The feel is moderate to heavy on the palate with an almost creamy carbonation.

O-Another enjoyable beer from Great Lakes. This one provides a nice bit of rye spice and drinks easily despite the above-average heft for the style. Nicely balanced and overall and beer that I would buy a lot of if Great Lakes reached Colorado.

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Photo of J-Rye
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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Photo of leantom
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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 thehooksman
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of do_ob
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a clear orange with about 1/2 a finger of white head. Definite rye, spice, and citrus notes on the nose, along with subtle notes of pine and malt. Medium weight,mand very creamy mouthfeel. I get a big punch of rye, spice, and malt up front upon tasting. This taste lasts pretty much from start to finish. A farmiliar, piney/hoppy bitterness creeps in on the aftertaste, though, reminding you that this spicy, malty beverage is indeed an IPA.

I was impressed by how nice the mouthfeel was on this particular beer. Incredibly soft and creamy all the way through. While I feel like it could be slightly less rye-forward (just to balance it out a bit), it's a very good beer. I think I might enjoy the aftertaste moreso than the beer itself.

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Photo of dfconnor
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a smooth texture. The flavor was surprisingly citrusy without the gaminess I sometimes taste with rye-based beers. The beer was slightly flat, but not to the point of being off-putting. Had the taste of a nice citrus IPA, but with much more body. Pleasantly surprised. I would get this again.

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Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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