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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 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 dudecandle
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a shaker:

A: Lovely tawny orange-light brown color. Transparent. Solid, inch head, stays throughout the session, leaving significant lacing.

S/T: Nice bright, citrusy hops with a touch of herb, with a good punch of rye throughout. Bready undertones provide a really balanced rye beer. Malt is subtly sweet, a good roasted barley, perhaps carob.

M: Like the taste, quite a pleasant middle ground.

O: Excellent rye beer. Flavorful, but not unbalanced, as is often a difficulty with many a lesser rye beer. Good balance between the rye and the hops, with enough malt to carry it through without getting unpleasant.

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Photo of patpbr
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. It appears a dark amber with a one finger head.
S - Hops and Rye
T - Hops. Citrus, grapefruit, and pine. Spicy Rye. Caramel malts and well balanced.
M - Full body and noticeable carbination. slightly dry finish.
O - A strong and interesting IPA with the rye and spice flavor. Try it if you like hops and rye.

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Photo of mooseo
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Honey yellow with a inch of fluffy white head.

S - Caramel malt, fresh citrus hops, rye, slight floral notes.

T - Earthy pine, citrus, spicy rye. Sweet bready malt lends balance. Finishes mildly bitter with a soft grainy rye flavor.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium bodied. Crisp carbonation, very dry finish.

O - This is a nicely balanced, flavorful rye IPA. Extremely drinkable, the alcohol is masked well.

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Photo of minterro
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought from spartan spirits for around 2 dollars a single.

Paired with Crunchy's cheese pizza

lively transparent. golden blonde colored beer. About two fingers of off white fizzy head when poured, stabilizes at around. Great lacing, big chunky waves. Very grainy in the smell not just rye but also

Big rye punch upfront. semi bitter floral and piney hop finish. Very crisp and clean, would like to see a touch more body and less carbonation but no major complains.

Overall: very solid beer out of GLBC, one of their better ones.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip pint from a 12oz bottle. Freshness date is "07/05/13."

Pours a golden amber color with a 2 finger head and bubbles that immediately cascade the glass. It eventually dies down on both ends, but the head lasts all the way through. Not too viscous overall, but still filled with a classic IPA appearance that I'm used to seeing all over the West Coast. Some decent lacing lasts around the glass in a well presentable manner. No major complaints here.

The aroma immediately meets the rye and hoppy combo exactly as I'd expect, and also exactly as I'd predict from a quality product from Great Lakes. There's an immediate tinge of spiciness imparted by the rye that quickly switches to dried citrus rind aromas from the hops. A little bit of toffee coated malt flavor attempts to come in, but it's too subtle. Definitely pretty earthy on the nose, as well as awfully dry at the finish, to the point of being slightly astringent. The rye and the hops do fight it out as it gets progressively warmer. It's still a different twist on this ever growing style, and pretty nicely toned.

The flavor continues where the aroma left off, but builds far more off of the rye flavor this time around. There's an initial earthiness that comes right up front due to the rye, but also due to the dried, zesty nature of the dry hops. There's luckily a sweetness that follows from the malts and alcohol that balances off the initial astringency, but it soon returns and dries the palate to the point of salivation. Very bready at the finish, and also filled with lots of orange dried apricots. Slightly floral. Really nicely tasting, although the aftertaste does go on for a while in a very dry manner.

A very solid twist on the style for once. I got more interested in these rye-focused bitter beers since having Drake's Hopocalypse, but this was a solid and well made offering as always from Great Lakes. Super dry and slightly spicy due to the rye, but that should be expected. Recommended a sip.

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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 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 hosehead83
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a big cloud-deck of bone-white foam.
Aroma-A perfumy boquet of citrussy, piney hops
Taste-Spicy rye note, then onrush of citrussy piney hops that carry to the dryish finish. Great flavor, balance, and character. An excellent match for spicy fare.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by July

look is an ipa orange amber with a light creamy head. smell is orange cirrus, grass. lemon rind, pepper. taste follows almost exactly, very bitter, powerful hops and spice. semi creamy mouthfeel.

impressive rye ipa with emphasis on the ipa

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a moderately hazy orange color. The off-white head is tall and moderately dense, with a frothy, foamy texture. Retention is very nice, and a nice splattering of lace sticks to the glass.

S: Some light caramel malt aroma, along with some rye spiciness/graininess. Hop notes feature bright citrus (orange, grapefruit) and floral character. Some lightly fruity notes are also detectable.

T: Faint caramel sweetness and malty, lightly spicy rye breadiness up front. Hop bitterness is very sharp up front, with a lasting bite. Citric hop flavors are prominent, tending toward grapefruit more than orange. Floral flavors are much more noticeable than the nose hinted. A little fruity character lurks in the background.

M: Somewhat full-bodied, with moderate carbonation. The big hop bill lends a lot to the mouthfeel here: initial oiliness quickly turns into a building, robust dryness.

D: A winner from Great Lakes. The citric and floral hops pair well with the rye character. This one drinks like a spicier, maltier Commodore Perry. I'm a fan of the hop-forward seasonal offerings coming from Ohio City lately.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Thick cotton foam and copper in color. Extremely nice.

Smell: Pure rye whiskey, but definitely smells like beer. Lots of fruit and spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely bitter. Highly alcoholic burnt grain. Rough stuff, kind of like rye whiskey, and I like it a lot. Goes down very smoothly with a slight burn.

Overall: A beer Don Draper would love.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken almost a week ago. The day it hit the shelves here in Kentucky.

12 oz brown bottle with a prowling Tiger in the high grass. Wonderful artwork and GLBC always have appealing labels. This may be my new favorite from the boys from Cleveland. It's beautiful with a nice distribution. Poured this into a nonic pint glass. It seemed fitting to me.

A - Honey golden orange with a copper hue. Stained white head sits on top this clear liquid. Head is frothy and leaves a unmatched amount of sticky lace coating the entire glass once finished.

S - Hops and hops. Bright fruit and citrus. Rye spices and malt play 2nd fiddle but don't be fooled.. Nothing goes unnoticed in this aroma.

T - Wow. This has big time hop character. I mean punching your palate and kicking it even after its hit the floor. Somewhat citrusy with plenty of old school grapefruit hop flavors. Also a bit grassy and fresh hops that don't stop at the green. There's some earthy notes in here as well. Malt is again the backbone. Not a lot of sweetness, but the rye and spiciness create a solid 1-2-3 combination of punches. How fitting for this ale. This has IPA written all over it with a steady wave of rye character and a sturdy bitter finish.

M - Rye of the Tiger is meant to be sipped. It's big in the mouth and the bitterness is there. A real hop head's ale. Even at only 7.5% it's a big boy's brew and delicious at that. Mouthfeel reminds me a lot of straight rye whiskey from Kentucky. Not easy to down but damn enjoyable nonetheless.

O - I had high hopes for this and it exceded my expectations. I like rye IPAs/ales and Rye of the Tiger is a race winner. I'm a bit surprised this wasn't offered in bottles all along. I have always had loads of respect for GLBC, but the things they are doing so far in 2013 just take them higher and higher up the craft ladder. It's good to see an 'old faithful', 'never let you down' type brewery releasing bold new stuff that should I say is out of their comfort zone bottle wise and not just releasing it, but doing it with style and quality. The sky is the limit for these guys and it's good to see them reaching for that same sky a lot of us know they can reach. More great things to come from GLBC? I think so. Better yet, I know so. What a treat Rye Of the Tiger is.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours vibrant orange with a creamy head. Spotty lacing as it goes down.

Lots of citrus at first, lemon, pineapple, juicy hop, some rye, toffee maltiness.

Grapefruit, spicy rye bite, well balanced despite the amount of hops and rye on the palate.

Rye lingers with bitterness until the next sip, full bodied IPA.

Great take on the style. Must-try for any fan of rye beers.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark orange hue. The foam party? Who cares. Smells like an ale (go figure), bready and not at all floral or piney. Taste is well balanced, moderate, lightly toasted malt and a strong alpha acid punch without distinctive imaging. Mouthfeel is appropriate, and rich and satisfying. Dryish. Very good. Worth it. Worth it again.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

64oz growler filled 4/18/13, drank 4/25/13
DFH IPA glass

A: Clear pale orange color. Full two fingers of fluffy bright white head. Leaves lots of sticky lacing. Good carbonation still. Pretty filtered brew here.

S: Spicy notes. Earthy and piney hops. Actually pulling a good amount of grainy malts in there there. I was hoping for more hop aromas.

T: Nice bitterness up front, just a touch. Then you get some spice from the rye malts that really settle in mid palate. Close is dry and lingering piney/spice flavors.

M: Light medium bodied.

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Photo of ZAP
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Copper colored...light off white head that rims the glass....hazy

S-Spicy rye and unsweetened citrus...

T-Sharp citrus....unsweetened grapefruit, along with a spicy rye biscuity dimension...

M-Good body on this...finishes very dry...

O-Quality beer. but leans a bit too much on the unsweetened sharp citrus for my liking. Of course if you like that type of flavor this would be for you. The rye is used nicely.

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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 Catherine8189
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- dark orange caramel colored hue with minimal head. I enjoyed this beer poured into a clean glass from a bottle.

Smell- bright citrusy notes within the midst of great hoppiness. The smell of a fruity pine cone comes through.

Taste- This was a first time tasting for me and I definitely enjoyed this IPA. It has a very full mouthfeel, thats coats your tongue, but it leaves a lasting bitterness that may be unpleasant to some. The lingering of the taste can be harsh.

Overall- A very strong flavorful, grass tastes comes through

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Photo of DIM
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: This was a clear golden color. It was served to me with a small, thickly sticky head.

s: Spicy rye bread, fresh citrus rind, and sugary caramel.

t: Tons of fresh tasting hoppy citrus with a nice rye bite and touch of sugary sweetness. Awesome.

m: Just north of medium bodied, fairly chewy.

o: Great beer that hides the 7.5% extremely well. Just a half a tick below Ruthless Rye and that is high praise from me.

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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 StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Rye Of The Tiger last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I have had a few different Rye beers lately that have been pretty good and I'm interested too see how this beer stands up to them, so lets see how it goes. Best by 6/18/13. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's nicely done and it goes good with the name. It poured a slightly hazy golden yellow color that took on an orange hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some nice bready and grainy malt aromas with some bread crust seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a medium amount of spicy rye followed by a medium hop aroma with some citrus, floral and real light pine aromas. This beer had a good aroma, the hop profile was goo and the rye showed up nicely, I liked it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with some malts that impart a grainy, bready, biscuity, and some bread crust like flavors. Up next comes a good amount of rye that imparts some pretty spicy rye flavors. Towards the end comes the hops that impart a citrus, floral and slightly piney flavors followed by medium amount of bitterness with a grainy and spicy rye like aftertaste. This beer tasted good, the rye stuck out nicely and I thought the flavors were balanced nicely.

M- Fairly smooth, fairly dry, a little crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of slightly prickly carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, it wasn't overly bitter, it had good hop profile and the rye stuck out nicely imparting some good spicy flavors. This beer had good drinkability it was fairly smooth, not filling, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these, but this isn't the type of beer I would session, good drinkability for the style. What I liked the most about this beer was how balanced it was, none of the aspects of this beer were tou overpowering and they blended well together. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything that I disliked or would change. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good Rye Beer, but it isn't something I would buy all the time, but it would be nice to have one every once in awhile and it was priced nicely. I recommend this to anyone who likes Rye Beers, the Rye is represented nicely in this beer. All in all I thought this was a really solid Rye beer, Great Lakes always comes through with solid beers so this wasn't a big surprise, it was a good and well round Rye beer, Good job guys solid beers like this are the reason why Great Lakes is my favorite Ohio brewing company, keep up the good work guys.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 06/18/13 best by on the botte.

A: Pours a hazy golden wheatish gold with a half finger head. Average carbonation with small bubbles. Fair amount of lacing.

S: Herbal and citrus blend of hops make of the front end. Reminds me a bit of a lemon poppyseed muffin. Loads of rye on the backend compliment the hops.

T: Very complimenting blend of hops and rye. Starts off with a nice sweet rye and then transitions into a quite bitter citrusy hop profile. The two blend together for a spicy sweet earthy flavor. Quite a complex brew.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. The tip of my tongue salivates from the rye and the back of my mouth is dry from the hops. Interesting feel but still very drinkable for 7.5%

Overall a really tasty beer that I'll definitely be getting more of. Would recommend to any IPA fan.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Schnuck's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 6/23/2013
Glass: Tulip

Great Lakes' RyePA is a compressed package of hop bitterness and spicy hop extractives with a backbone of lightly bread-like and caramel malt holding it all together. While it's rather cold (40F) tonight and raining, I think this would be satisfying on a warmer spring, summer, or fall evening. Overall, a good, but not excellent (it's not that unique) beer that I look forward to enjoying again.

Pours a substantial 2.5cm head of very dense bubbles, the beige color giving the entire piece a toasted meringue-like look. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes in decline to a thin film coating the top of the body. Lacing is excellent, thick sheets that cling to the walls of the glass for the duration of enjoying the beer. Body is a mostly transparent (0-15% opacity) copper orange color, with light bringing out toasted orange hues, even a slight yellow along the edges. Carbonation is visible, but it's not numerous in number or vigorous in exertion.

Aroma of slightly sharp grapefruit citrus, lightly toasted malts, and spicy wild herbs and peppercorns. Pleasant, good, appetizing to the IPA drinker, if not a bit standard and generic at this point.

The overall flavor of the beer is of hoppy bitterness with hints of grapefruit, light caramel malts, and spicy hop contributions. The rye is present, but at seemingly at minor levels, mostly contributing to the herbal and dry flavor characters. Front of palate picks up pleasant light caramel malts with hints of bread and rye flavor, some fruit grapefruit, and mild hints of bitterness to come. Mid-palate of assertive bitterness, grapefruit, spicy herbs and peppercorns, pine, light caramel, and slight bready malt. The rye presence is here, but it's fairly limited; I wonder how much of the grain bill consists of that particular grass. Back of palate finds continued, assertive bitterness, minor grapefruit and bready caramel, spicy hop and herb flavors, mild ethanol. Long lingering hop bitterness, fairly sharp, with some grapefruit and rye, more herbal and dry than fruity and sweet.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in weight, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a gently fizzy, then slightly foamy mouthfeel. Borders being a bit undercarbonated, but never feels stagnant on the palate. Closes mostly dry, with light residual stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of jt31914
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle:

A: Perfect Copper color for the beer. Lacing is decent as well, although it doesn't stick as long as I would expect. Beautiful color, I can't wait to taste it.

S: Hops and Rye. And then more Hops and Rye. Great smell for a rye beer - loving it.

T: The front has a strong taste of citrus and is a bit dry. The finish is hoppy/bitter. It is delicious. The finish is extremely hoppy and the front has a bit of malt balance. It is maybe a bit too hoppy actually for the style, but I love it.

M: Smooth and strong. This is a solid beer overall - probs in my top three rye pa's alongside Red's Rye and Short's Rye Not?

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Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,594 ratings.
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