Rye Of The Tiger IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Rye Of The Tiger IPARye Of The Tiger IPA
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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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Ratings: 1,600 |  Reviews: 269
Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to whitenads for sending me this one.

Enjoy by: 6/23/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spicy rye, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with spicy rye, earth, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance between the rye and citrus forward hop aspects.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

tons of rye here, this is a bomb, its got an orange rusting color, perfectly clear and glowing, with an inch of lacey white head with excellent staying power. the nose is real spicy from the rye, notes of pepper and toasted cumin assault my nose, while other sweeter grains also come in. hops are big and bold, west coast style, sappy and dank, but not overtly bitter. the taste is more well rounded and blended out than the nose, with the heavy rye really working well with the fruity elements of the hops, which remind me of fresh cut melon, maple candy, and pumpernickel bread. the finish is all hops, bitter and intense, almost adding salt to the wounds of the spicy rye, which can be felt but not tasted in the finish. good feel, but a bit heavy to be an all day drink for me, filling and strong. I like the soft carbonation and the cask texture of this beer, and would love to experience it in that format. another solid offering from great lakes, who seems to be getting better and better here in recent years.

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Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a slightly hazy orange color. The head is white and creamy looking. The lacing and retention are pretty good. The smell is really nice, fruity and slightly spicy but just really pleasent. The taste is pretty good, plenty of rye spice with hops flooding the taste buds. The mouthfeel is thick and oily with a nice carbonation. Overall I'd actually like to have this one again. I'd like to enjoy it over a longer period of time. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With the broad spicy rye grain at its centerpiece, the well defined attributes of the underlying American IPA does more than support the guest grain, but helps to accent its earthen spice and to ground its pungent dirtiness.

Pouring a burnish gold color, the beer reads much like any other well constructed IPA. Hazy from suspended hop matter, but it's exactly those oils and proteins that aid in the tremendous head formation, retention, and sticky lace that follows.

Hops immediately command attention with its strong citrusy aromas penetrate the olfactory sense. Grapefruit, lemon, orange zest, and lemongrass abound- but then there's the spiciness and pungency of rye that seems slightly husky with notes of pepper and bark. Background sweeter and softer notes seem fructose-like and supplements the citric notions as well.

Flavors of hops rise first with a quick pang to the front of the mouth with tastes of plump white grapefruit, zested lemons and oranges. Citrus turns bitter at mid palate to coat the mouth with resinous citrus bite. All supported by just enough malt sweetness to add a juicy character to the fruit taste and offer a more rounded palate. The embedded rye both amplifies the spice, peppercorn, woody earth flavors of hops while giving the malts a "whole grain" character, and in essence bringing the beer together at the center.

Medium bodied, but with it's absolute resin dryness, fleeting malt, and warm alcohols- it's easy to interpret the textures as milder. While the hops deliver a smooth bitterness, the rye interrupts with the slight astringency of grain hulls for an unsettled bite to accompany the clean bitterness to finish.

Generally not a fan of rye, I admit that the steely grain complements American hops very well. But I'm hesitant to dismiss the harsher bite of the grain as "rye character" because hops often does the same without the same forgiveness.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a meringue-like head that sticks and shards

Smell: Biscuity malt with a hint of caramel buttressed by piney hops; the spicy rye twist completes the profile

Taste: Malt forward, up front, with the biscuit and slight caramel tones arriving; though the hint of caramel persists from start to finish, the middle is dominated by the piney hops and spicy rye; somewhat dry, after the swallow, despite the caramel

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting twist on the IPA concept though I would prefer the beer to be dryer and crisper

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/16/2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, passionfruit, floral, pine, light caramel, bread, and light rye. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; not too much rye in the nose, mostly hop forward. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, orange rind, floral, pine, spicy rye, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of piney citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, spicy rye, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of hop flavors; with a nice balance of malts with moderate rye spiciness, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Rye IPA. Nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with rye spiciness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of streaming visible carbonation and some hints of copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a small patch of thick film surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine/resin hops over the top biscuit and caramel malts. Light notes of rye spiciness towards the finish.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by some moderate to strong flavors of pine/resin hops with a lighter amount of citrus/grapefruit pith hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Light amounts of rye spiciness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: I found this beer to be pretty easy to drink and enjoyable - I thought the addition of rye to an IPA was interesting and worked well. I'll look forward to grabbing this one again next year.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Rye of the Tiger IPA
12 oz. brown bottle, dated "07/07/14 13681FM, tasted 06/23/14

This sample is pretty old but I don't find any clear signs of aging in the beer, so kudos to Great Lakes for that. If anything, the hops have died down.

The appearance is quite nice. It has excellent head retention and lacing. Overall, it seems to be a very well made beer.

As to the rye, I wasn't really paying attention but upon my first sip I immediately realized that it was a rye beer and put it all together, "Rye of the Tiger", etc. It's quite clear in the flavor, and I don't feel it's overdone either. It's nice that it makes for a unique IPA (not that there aren't other versions, but in general). The bready sweetness of the malt is balanced by a bold bitterness, as might be expected, but the hop flavor is kept in check so as to allow the rye flavor to come through. It's grassy, floral, leafy and citrusy which works nicely as a compliment to the peppery spiciness of the rye. Long-lingering, drying finish as the malt takes a moment to subside.

A pleasant, interesting beer that's got enough character to keep you interested.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gr4eat to see this beer down here in NC.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear medium golden with a nicely formed half finger white head that clung to the glass it settled.Aromas are on the lighter side with grapefruit rind and mild rye sharpness detected.Flavors of leafy hops with a tinge of grapfruit rind although not in your face,the rye gives off some sharpness,there is a firm biscuit maltiness that plays a role as well.A solid beer to be expected from GLB but not great.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to RyanMcFly1985 for going out of his way and grabbing a growler of this for me.

Pours a hazed orange copper color with a nice off white head. Smell is pretty pungent with some nice citrus hops loaded with grapefruit along with some floral notes. A bit of spiciness I assume comes from the rye and a touch of sweet caramel malt. The taste draws back quite a bit from the nose. Nice flavor bouquet, but not quite as pungent and hop-forward as I was expecting from the nose. Mouthfeel is nice and dry with a medium body. Drinkability is nice. Enough going on to keep me back and the nose is quite wonderful.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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