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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -1.7%
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 Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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 brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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 -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 Thorpe429
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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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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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 oberon
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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 NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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 Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Drank in April 2013. Clear golden copper with a finger of smooth and rich off-white head. Robust sticky lacing. Smells fresh and floral, with some accompanying notes of grapefruit, lemon and dankness. Rye adds a soft doughy and spicy feel to the nose. Those hops really give this a fresh leafy character. The taste has a fresh grassy bitterness, with green citrus flavors and rye across the back, which lingers a bit in the mouth. This is dry, spicy, grainy and bitter all wrapped up in one. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm sharpness to the carbonation that expands out in the mouth. Alcohol is well hid. This is a really nice take on a Rye IPA with a well-rounded mix of flavors from those malts and hops. Its super drinkable too for the size. Recommended.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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 Jason
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Hazed peachy amber, two fingers of head holds strong. Aromas of mint, hemp seed, grapefruit rind, pine sap, fresh grass, toasted grain, mild spice, yeast and some tropical fruity esters. Big on smoothness, subtle crispness, medium bodied. Warming alcohol, spicy, biscuity, semi-agressive hop bitterness, nutty yeast, pithy, cactus fruit, bready undertone. Bitter semi-dry finish.

Pretty complex, a whole lot for the palate to take on but I certainly can handle it. Very much an IPA and the rye element works.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jaqr.

I remember really enjoying this when I rushed through it last July right before a Cubs game (and a goddamn rainout, no less!), so hopegully things haven't changed all that much. It pours a clear brass topped by two fingers of cream foam. The nose comprises bright grapefruit zest, cardamom, sweet caramel, light pine resin, and a sprinkling of cinnamon. The taste brings in more of the same, along with lemon rind and a kiss of that distinctive spiciness that unmasks the rye to the world of my tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice RIPA, one that hearteningly shows that my memory hasn't completely abandoned me yet.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one came from the recently opened bottle shop at Weis Markets in Lititz.

From the bottle: "This kitty has claws. Named for its one-two punch of fierce hops and sharp rye content, our Rye of the Tiger India Pale Ale is a trhilling ale with bite, handcrafted for the fighter in all of us."; " Like tigers creeping through tall grass, hopheads will stalk this majestic golden brew, rising to the challenge of its bold flavor attack. Full-bodied and loaded with hops, our Rye of the Tiger iPA is brewed with rye malt, adding a spicy complexity to every sip. It's an ale meant to inspire feats of strength and skill, a worthy contender in the bout against the flavorless. If you can step into the ring with this hopped-up cat, you've earned your stripes."

I just finished a Rye APA, so a Rye AIPA should be interesting. I popped the cap and let fly with regard to my pour. This caused a pseudo-cascade which resulted in two-plus fingers of rocky, eggnog-colored head that slowly fell, leaving great lacing in its wake. The nose was much more peppery on this one, as opposed to minty in the other. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and of course, Midas, Mammon and Croesus showed up for a taste. I have better things to do than to cater to them, so I began to drink while they squabbled. Mouthfeel was surprisingly soft. There was an immediate hop bite on the tongue just before the rye kicked in with a cooling, minty blast. Once more, I would quantify the finish as breath-taking simply because of the mintiness that was inherent in the beer. Man, I was starting to feel like I had just played a quarter against the Bengals! I guess that I earned my stripes.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Please approve this new spring/summer release beer label it's coming out in 12 packs, the long awaited Rye of the Tiger IPA finally hits shelves and for some reason I wasn't even looking for it when I rounded the corner at the grocery store and boom there it was one of my white whales from Great Lakes. Copper amber bodied beer with a slight off white head forming thick and creamy just like most of the beer guys in the tasting groups. Aroma has rye spiciness with big rounded caramel malts and citrus hops rounding out the group. A big air of hop bitterness arises to the forefront of my nares wanting nothing but righteous hops and barley to complement and coincide with each other the way this beer does. The nose smells of citrus and beer paraphernalia, great tasting rye IPA. Goes down so smooth it's dangerous so dangerous, I'm a lover not a fighter, but the Rye of the Tiger brings out the Survivor boxer in me that I didn't know existed. Greetings IPA fans this is a hopheads type of beer especially on draft less bitter waves of citrus peels with a tad more malt and rye spiciness.

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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 WoodBrew
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Great Lakes is Great Awesome...the Rye of the Tiger is no exception....um um good. The beer poured a clear copper with 1/2finger thick head that is lacing like a hottie. The scent is fresh pine hops with subtle blood orange hints. The taste is bitter all the way through but comes off the pallet very clean. As the beer warms the bitterness becomes more pronounced. The mouthfeel is full body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a damn fine beer!

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bottlemixx

A - goldish orange with a huge, thick, pure white head that has great retention

S - peppery rye, faint citrus, pine

T - rye, grapefruit, citrus, piney resin, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a really nice beer. The rye offers up a nice peppery spiciness and the hops add great balance. The drinkability is there as well. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of lacing on this one. Seems rare that I see this from beers anymore.

The beer carries a clearly hearty tone, but it still comes off as smooth. Burning rye character is prevalent. Feel is slick, kind of thick, and smooth. Carbonation seems to fill the mouth a bit and rest on the tongue.

Pretty easy to drink for a rye. Another good one from GLBC.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Good till June 25th 2013.

Real nice looking beer. Deep copper body, somewhat clear with slow rising carbonation, hints of red hues. Head makes about three fingers, and settles to about a finger sized puck. Off white colored, a little soapy.

Bouquet is a bit subdued and subtle. Small spicy malt, a strange salty character, and hints of earthy like hops a bit. Not sure where this is going.

Sharp mid palate of spicy malt. Woody and twiggy bark like with a large bitterness hop finish. Hop bitterness matches the spicy rye character and has a very burning pleasurable quality. Sharp wooden toasty malts and a very dry character, but with some depth to match. Earth and pine dominate after some time, with barely a hint of sweetness.

Overall it may not be my ultimate beer style these Rye based IPAs, but I seem to be enjoying this one.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep, clear golden. A thin, white creamy head leaves lacing.

The smell is of minty rye with pine and some caramel.

The taste is of pine with a nod towards grapefruit and a firm caramel-ish backing. The taste of rye is not as strong as in the aroma, which works well. It is there to give a mild spicy touch to the bitter, hoppy finish.

Smooth. Easy to drink, especially for relatively high abv (which is well-hidden). The carbonation is just right for the style and strength.

A nice use of rye in an IPA that has some citrus character but leans more piney. Very enjoyable!

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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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Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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