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 jmdrpi
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

medium copper in color. nice mix of hoppy flavors in the aroma. nice amount of malt in the taste for the hop flavor to complement. solid overall beer.

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Photo of car2052
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.
A: Slightly hazy medium orange/amber with a 1 in. off-white head.
S: Grainy, with hoppy aromas of lemongrass, citric oils and onion. Slight simcoe-like ammonia smell.
T: I get a lot of pineyness and tart citrus from the hops. Nice bitterness. Decent malts, with a hint of spicyness from the rye. It tastes a little perfumy for me, but it's not bad.
M: Medium.
O: Good. It's nice for Great Lakes to do something out of the ordinary.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I rate on my likes and this pours a beautiful perfect head that settles to nice thin layer and leaves very attractive lacing. The golden hue has a blend of orange, red and gold with a bit of haze. Smell is straight forward rye grassy and fresh. Taste meets my expectation for rye flavors which I love. The hop forward flavor doesn't bite to deep in the mouth which I like. Hoppy but not too lingering and dry. Nicely carbonated, if any more it would be too much. Goes down easy, refreshing for a warm spring night. Overall the price is right and this could be a nice session beer.

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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 MUTINY
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review. I love that the rye is detectable without being dominant. The impressive hop-bitterness & slightly more robust malt character really offset the rye nicely. This IPA is just really well executed.

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Photo of SFNC
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rye IPA. Smells of cirtus and herbs, not to mention a little cat pee. Taste is fruity, followed by bitter. The rye is spicy and bridges the cirtus and the bitterness nicely. The first couple sips are intense, but you aclimate quickly. Carbonation is just right. Great Lakes is a very consistant brewery, and this beer does not dispel that notion.

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Photo of mchegash
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
Very clear medium-dark orange color, with several fingers of very light beige head. Visible rising carbonation is less than average.

Smell - 4/5
A very floral hop aroma, with hints of pine and some spiciness as well. Some interesting fruitiness as well. Maybe bananas and peaches?

Taste - 4/5
Definitely get a lot more of the banana-peach fruitiness in the taste, as it is the first thing that immediately stands out to me. Some light spiciness, as well as some candy-sugar sweetness. The hops are much more subtle in the taste and seem to become most prominent near the end of the sip. The hops are floral and a little spicy. Overall I like the taste a lot. The fruitiness is interestin as are the hop flavors. Apparently according to the body, the rye malt is what adds the spiciness to the brew.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied. Quite smooth. A medium amount of medium-light carbonation. Overall a nice feel.

Overall - 4/5
A good IPA with some unique characteristics. Worth checking out.

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

Pours a orange color with a nice big fluffy off white head that leaves behind some nice sheet lace.

Aroma is good spicy rye notes , hops are more subdued grassy, earthy and citrus notes.

Taste is nice good does of spice from rye, with some earthy hops, hints of grass and citrus bitterness in the finish. Decent malt base always enjoyed rye in my IPA they seem to blend well. Not the best IPA in the world but the rye makes it better.

Mouthfeel is almost pushing medium with fairly mellow carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable brew, not world class but wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle best by 6/24/15 poured into an IPA glass.

A - Semi hazy amber orange, one finger head, that dissapates at a medium pace. Good lace retention.

S - Citrus, hops (of the vegetal variety), pine.

T - Mint, mild onion, rye, a touch of back end malts. As it warms, you get more orange.

M - Carbonation medium low, sits a touch heavy, but overall it is smooth.

O - Overall, a zesty rye, and has it moments.

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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 Ri0
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy orange body with 1.5 finger white head. Fades quickly and leaves thin spots of lacing on glass.

S - A soft rye scent with a sweet citrusy aroma. Orange, grapefruit, and pine hops with a caramel malt.

T - The rye flavor is rather soft and pleasant, but still has a spice to it. Hops are citrusy, orange, grapefruit, along with pine. Malts are sweet caramel. Finish is bitter.

M - Soft carbonation and medium feel. Dry and spicy.

O - Finally got around to trying this and really enjoyed it. If you like rye IPAs I recommend this beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 6/21/2015. Served in a snifter 4/3/2015.

A- Clear darker caramel-copper bodied, two finger white head with good retention time.

S- Crisp, malty sweetness, rye spice, grassy floral and earthy notes, crackers.

F- Sweet crackers, caramel, a mild rye spiciness in the middle, a bit more grassy and piney on the backend.

M- Medium-thin bodied, nice depth, excellent carbonation. Finish is grassy bitterness mixed in with a bit of caramel sweetness.

O- Not as rye-forward as I expected it to be, but it's well-made and easy to drink. Nice grassy hop presence.

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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 Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber with a slowly fading beige head, good lacing. Aroma of rye, grains, some malt. Taste is rye, mild toasted grains, a bit of caramel malt with some floral earthy hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body, crisp with good carbonation. Finishes with rye, grains, malt and earthy hops bitterness for balance, slightly dry ending. Overall a very good, balanced and good drinking brew.

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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 Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear amber, with gorgeous, still, ivory head, and webby lacing evenly distributed all down the glass.

Aroma: Full, mellow tangerine/mandarin orange aroma, with hints of tropical fruit and nectarine. Some spicy, leafy, hop/rye aromas present as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Bready malts on the tongue, with sweet honey; candied tangerine; sharp, grassy/leafy hops; and dry, spicy rye. The finish consists of grassy hops; the aforementioned rye; and grapefruit rind. The rye contributes a dryer mouthfeel, and seems to cut the resiny hop bitterness; bridging the gap between them and the bready malts.

Final Word: An exquisitely balanced IPA, and one of my favorites! Seek it out on draft and you’ll be in heaven! I’ve had it several times out of the bottle and on draft and it never disappoints, always presenting the unique flavors of the hops and rye with a rich, full, balancing malt foundation. The hop flavor here is huge, but is countered throughout by the citrus and honey sweetness, as well as the bready malts, keeping it from being overwhelmingly bitter. If you have an aversion to hops, or haven’t tried many IPAs, this one will still probably be a little too challenging for you, but it is one of the best examples of a full flavored, hoppy, yet balanced beer around. It puts other IPAs to shame with its fullness of flavor, and dedication to balance. Don’t pass up an opportunity to have this brew, especially on tap!

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Photo of ANiklaus
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass. Initially tried at fridge temperature but experience over the course of an hour to try it at different temperatures.

Appearance: Very strong bronze color with a small head. The foam did sick strongly to the sides of the glass in the beginning bit didn't continue throughout. Very little carbonation.

Smell: As expected, strong scents of rye and hops with hints of citrus and other fruits. Excellent smell.

Taste: Extremely tasty beer with the rye flavor hitting first, then the sweetness of the fruits combined with the citrus. The hops follow with the rye's flavor continuing to the aftertaste. The aftertaste is fantastic with nothing too strong to damage the initial flavors' impact.

Mouthfeel: This became more and more satisfying the further down the glass as it seemed the rye and the IPA aspects came out more in warmer temperatures. The rye especially comes out the warmer the beer gets. The aftertaste is extremely satisfying as nothing is overpowering.

Overall: An amazing beer that seems to be highly unappreciated for what it brings to the table. Combines the best of both the rye beer worlds and the IPA worlds. Would probably be more fitting for a rye lover than an IPA lover though as the hops don't come out as powerfully as one might hope. Drink slow and enjoy the different tastes the come with the difference in temperatures.

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

This pours out a reddish-gold color, a little hazy, with a medium, frothy head. The nose is loaded with rosiny hoppiness with underlying malt. Flavor offers high bitterness, but it doesn't disguise the heavy malt, sticky and sweet underneath. The hop flavor tends piney, like the nose. I don't really pick up the rye much, except perhaps at the finish. This is a big beer, with big body--not a quaffing session beer, certainly.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass over the weekend. Best by 7/14/14, so just under the wire.

Looking good, darker yellow coloring, small white head, very good carbonation with m oderate lacing.

Nothing at all on the nose, except a faint sweetness. No spice or rye.

Upon sampling, it seems that the rye bit might have diminished due to being toward the end of it's shelf life. Having said that, it was very smooth, slightly sweet, with a very faint spiciness that coats the tongue.

Medium and soft on the tongue.

Overall, an enjoyable drink. Would be interesting to compare with a bottle fressh of the line, but don't shy away from one close to or just over it's BB date. Still an enjoyable beer.

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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 Phocion
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from phone, reviewed May 29, 2014. 12 ounce bottle with a 6/22/14 "enjoy by" date. A darker gold, slightly hazy beer pours into a shaker pint with a finger of frothy off-white head. Good retention and thick lacing. Lighter in color than many IPAs, but very attractive.

Bright, citrus hops in the aroma, but not too juicy. Grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest. Spiciness from both hops and the rye, which is very apparent as well. Caramel and biscuity malts bring it back down to earth.

Rye spice and citrus hops are dominant. Modest amount of bittering hops with a silghtly sweet finish from the non-rye malts. Very well balanced overall.

Medium=bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean, semi-dry mouthfeel that doesn't make much of a lasting impression, which is a good thing.

Well balanced, drinkable, and pleasant. Definitely an above-average IPA, but maybe not world-class. Overall, this is a very solid beer just like everything else from GLBC, and I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by date of 6/24/2014

A: Straw golden hue with a bit of haze but mostly transparent ale. Pours with one finger of white foamy head that dissipates rather quickly while still leaving good thick lacing on the glass.

S: Dank swampy hop aroma. I get citrus, a slight touch of rye and maybe a hint of sage in there as well.

T: Good balance between the citrus hop flavor and the pepper spice of the rye blend together to give a nice bitter bite to this beer. A touch of honey sweetness and a little vanilla in the finish. Nice blend of flavors with the rye taking a complimentary back seat to the citrus hops.

M: Medium creamy mouthfeel. Good smooth carbonation blends the pepper of the rye nicely.

O: Very good beer. Nice solid ipa with just a touch of rye that blends perfectly with the bitter hop flavor. I take the hop flavor was a bit more intense when fresh, but the blend of the bitterness with the pepper rye flavor is where this beer shines.

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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 JG-90
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rye of the Tiger has a clear, orange/peach body with hints of light brown. Pours a moderate sized white head with good retention and heavy lacing. Smells of doughy and floury bread, with light floral hops, caramel malt with a touch of darker malt, with hints of pineapple and grapefruit throughout.

Taste starts with rye bread, then a hit of citric hops with pineapple, and grapefruit flesh and rind. Has a malty and doughy finish along with a touch of floral hopes. Citrusy and spicy rye finish. Feel is on the light side with less than average carbonation for an IPA, this could use a bolder body in my opinion.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-cloudy golden, with double-finger of off-white foam. Nice tree-line lace.

Nose is crisp citrus hops, yeast, and a pronounced sharp rye malt character, too. Really pleasant.

Taste is sharp, with plenty of bitter hoppiness alongside a sharp rye note. A solid and enjoyable, if not outstanding rye IPA.

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Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,595 ratings.
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