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 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 ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- orange body with light carbonation visible, blonde hues... Finger thick head quickly dissipates into sticky lace and film.

S- citrusy, orange peels, piney hops.

T- still citrusy, more grapefruit like, the rye is very present and offers a tad of spice and i think contributes a bread-like quality... There's a sweet citrus finish that's nice too.

M- bitter and somewhat like biting into an orange peel.. I noticed some aggressive carbonation initially, but then it smooths out and becomes creamier... Not necessarily easy drinking due to hops and rye spice, but good...

O- good and tasty... Much more rye than a lot of so-called rye beers.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated best by 7/10/14 into an IPA glass.

Look: surprisingly light yellow, very minimal head, decent carbonation.

Smell: this is probably just my expectation playing tricks on me, but smells like pumpernickel with mango jelly.

Taste: initial taste is a one-two punch of almost overpowering sweet and much less pronounced rye spice. That initial sweetness is fruity, though not clearly identifiable as any one fruit—maybe pineapple or unripe banana. Also has a very strong malt sweetness backing things up.

Feel: pretty dry, light-bodied; inoffensive but unremarkable.

Overall: I'm not a huge fan of rye pales (though I've had ones I enjoy much more than this), but the rye takes a backseat to the wallop of sweet highlighted here.

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Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber body with a thin, white head; rings of foam. Pine scent complemented with peach and mango aromas. Juicy, malty flavors; light cereal graininess; strong hop bitterness. Medium body; coarse and dry mouthfeel.

A pretty decent IPA. Not a lot of rye spiciness present but there is plenty of excellent hop bitterness. Very respectable.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Diamond Market. Pours to the pint glass clear golden orange with a small creamy white head on top. Aroma is sweet malts, orange rinds, honey. Flavor is orange rinds, light hop grapefruit bitter, tiny hints of rye spice, and a very sweet sweet malt presence that dominates. Medium plus mouthfeel, slick, nearly syrupy, with medium low carbonation. Decent beer but disappointing by GL standards. Wonder if this is an old keg.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 6/24/14. Poured 5/28/14 into a shaker pint. $2 single bottle.

Appearance: Semi-aggressive our got it into the glass perfectly with about a two and a half finger head. Slightly hazy light amber color (or the orange of a tiger's fur?) with an off-white, creamy head. Great lacing.

Smell: Certainly a rye IPA. There's that sharp rye spiciness at first, but then a lot of citrus in it as well as some tropical fruits. Pleasing.

Taste/feel: Yes, that's nice. I wouldn't expect anything less from GLBC. This beer has an awesome, awesome balance between the spicy rye, fruitiness and bitterness from the hops, and then some sweetness and biscuity flavors from the malt. Pretty full body with a pretty light carbonation that I actually was just a little bit higher. Sweet hop flavor at the front with some spicy rye and a bit of bitterness at the end. Overall, I think it's sweeter than it is bitter, and for that reason makes this taste more like a DIPA than an IPA -- the body of this gives that impression as well.

This beer's packing some flavor for two bucks a bottle. There's a nice complexity there -- it's just a very well made IPA with depth of flavor added with the rye, and that's a perfectly good thing. This beer doesn't have nearly as much rye as some other rye beers I've had in the past. In Rye of the Tiger, it compliments rather than takes the spotlight, and it works exceptionally well.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a hazed amber color. The head is about a finger high, with an off-white shade and fluffy texturing. It retains itself quite well, too. A good ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: This shows off the rye malts fairly well. This isn't the freshest bottle (still within the best-by date, though), but there is a decent hoppiness to be found. I want to say...piny, maybe even a bit grapefruity? Still, it's more rye forward than anything. There's even some hints of ester fruitiness.

T: I'm picking up a lot of the rye spice at first. After a spicy opening, it quickly transitions into a crisp, almost tropical fruitiness. Mango, pineapple, maybe some melon as well. A touch of malt sweetness is found right before the swallow. It doesn't work amazingly, but like most everything else Great Lakes brews, it still works nicely.

M: A coarse beer on the palate, this seems to make it even more crisp and dry finishing. Ergo, it's superbly drinkable. It slows down a bit after around half the bottle, but it's still extremely easy going (if a bit syrupy).

O: This is a tasty rye IPA that's not overly harsh or biting - or, on the opposite side of the coin, sweet or sugary. It just drinks really easily for its ABV, all while bringing a healthy rye character. Definitely worth revisiting.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and caramel malt. Body is full and crisp. Citrusy hops dominate the palate, while caramel malt and ripe fruit provide some support. Finish is long, dry and spicy. Excellent brew.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Graded to style [American IPA, not Specialty], not personal taste. Bottle from a 6-pack bought at Walgreen's (yeah, Walgreens I was there, they had it). Best by 07/01/14. "13681FM" stamped on bottle.

Appearance: Dark gold/light copper. Clear. Aggressive carbonation. 1/2" beige head, dense. Lacing goes all the way down the glass as I drink it.

Aroma: Intensely hoppy. Citrusy, resiny. Overall impression of lightness.

Mouthfeel: Mid-to-lightweight (more mid-weight). Solid carbonation, but not overdone. Not slick at all, but I would not describe it as astringent.

Taste: Dry arrival, dry-to-spicy across mid-palate. Bitter blast at the end. Unpleasantly bitter, if you ask me. [I would not call myself a "hop-head"].

Overall: This is what I think of when I think of imbalanced IPAs. Perhaps the "West Coast" style? Too bitter to be pleasant. The rye comes through on the aftertaste for me - it tastes like the same lingering rye dankness that one gets when drinking Canadian Club. [Which, for the record, I love]. To me the rye is less about what it adds and more about what it takes away - balance. Despite this, it remains very "drinkable."

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to Todd and Jenny for this brew

A- pale wheat gold color with a 2 finger fluffy head. The lacing is magnificent. Looks like snowflakes stuck to my glass.

S- Rye bread and faint malts (maybe pine or caramel). very simple but good nose

F- wow this is beautiful! a tangy mango flavor in combination with the rye bread is very sweet and dry. love it!

M- sweet and smooth crisp. There is also a light warmth that goes down the gullet.

O- a great IPA...I love this one. I cant wait for another and will look for a sixer.

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Photo of Bone53
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Mad Mex

Appearance: Golden color with a tiny off white head

Smell: Rye bread, tropical fruits, caramel malt

Taste: Starts off with rye and sweetness, then tropical fruits that carry into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Well carbonated with a dry finish

Overall: Good balance between rye, sweetness, and hops. Not great, but always a solid option. A solid 4

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

Pours clear and orange with golden yellow hues. A fat head of creamy off white foam that persists and clings to the glass. leaves, spots, patches rings and sheets of lace that slowly fall as you drink. The head refreshes with a swirl and lasted in a layer on top throughout the drink.

Nose is lovely. Smooth with both fruit and floral. Citrusy and tangy, tropical mango and stone fruit softness. There's a bit of sweet sugar on the nose from malt and the promise of a little bread. The rye is subtle and balanced to the nose with an earthy scent. The rye spiciness is more subtle than the fruit, A soft herbal in the background.

Taste is smooth. The palate is balanced with the tropical fruit juiciness, the tangy citrus and the rye spiciness all standing toe to toe. A soft herbal and a light and fruity middle all are met by a favorable bit of bread. There is a moderate bitter that peaks with the rye . . . finally it comes forward . . .to go to a softly drying and lingering finish. The bitter peaks again on it's own in the aftertaste where a tangyness revives all the sweet fruit you just lost only momentarily. Soft moderate mouthfeel and sweetly breaddy.

Tremendous. Great lakes has never made a bad beer.


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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 Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Enjoy by: 06/24/14

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Rye is very apparent in the aroma and goes well with the tropical fruit notes brought on by the hops. Somewhat musty.

T- Again, the rye is the dominant force as it melds with the bitterness and citrus of the hops making for a great synthesis of flavor. Tangy, spicy and vibrant while still remaining very drinkable.

M- Very sharp, tight and dry. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side which is remarkable since usually rye-heavy beers tend to be more viscous in my experience.

O- Such a well-balanced but still somehow assertive IPA. Been wanting to try this for a while and it certainly did not disappoint.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Lovin' Cup in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a gold color, slightly hazy, with a half inch head, and lots of sticky lacing down the glass.

Smells grassy and piney, with some definite rye grain aromas, and some caramel like malt.

The taste is similar, quite hoppy, and quite tasty. There's a big citrus blast up front, followed by a piney and spicey bitterness both from the hops and the rye. Slightly peppery. There's a little bit of a malt backbone that provides some sweetness, but this mostly stays pretty dry.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry mouthfeel, medium carbonation, very drinkable.

This was great. Would love to get it again.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin white mousse that recedes quickly.

S: Gentle, layered aromas of caramel, biscuit, rye bread, honey, apricot, white peach, tangerine, mandarin orange, and mango are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, rye bread, crackers, biscuit, honeyed apricot, nectarine, white peach, tangerine, mandarin orange, mango, papaya, lemon, and lime fill the mouth. The finish is extremely fruity and subtly spicy with rye bread and biscuit notes contrasting with mango, apricot, tangerine, and papaya flavors.

M: Medium-bodied and dry, at least for the style. Carbonation is delicate, yet crisp. Alcohol is barely detectable.

O: An excellent rye-based IPA. Great hop aromas and flavors and a nice balance provided by the malts. Overall, this is an excellent effort.

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Photo of rkat32
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of 6/15/14.

Pours dark orange / copper. Two-finger, eggshell white head, recedes slowly. Sticky lacing abound.

Nose is vibrant citrus hops and white pepper spice courtesy of the rye.

Taste includes a heavy dose of citrus – mandarin orange, mango and pineapple – followed by a subtle pepper spice note, piney hops, grapefruit rind and a touch of honey. Hops are backed by a moderate malt bill which adds some sweetness. Sticky mouthfeel with a dry, bitter finish.

Refreshing and a complex take on the Rye IPA style.

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

This is another tasty brew from Great Lakes. It's a beautiful cloudy golden orange color. Very nice tropical fruits in the nose here especially some more sweeter fruits such as kiwi and starfruit. Taste is similar and even sweeter than the nose. The rye is there but it shows up rather mildly midway through the taste profile and its definitely much more of an understated taste to it. Lightish body and mid carbonation produces a very refreshing and drinkable rye IPA. This is quite good.

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Photo of mikeburd1128
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Best by date of 6/28/15 makes this just over a month old.

Appearance - Pours a burnt orange, copper color with roughly a finger of off-white head.

Nose - Dominated by this lush, rich, lightly spiced rye. Very clean. Not overwhelming. Some orange citrus helps to round it out. Maybe a hint of pine.

Taste - Much of the same as the nose. Juicy citrus steps up to the front - but that rye is always there. Finishes super clean and dry. Tons of bread in the finish and lingers for a while on the palate.

Feel - Medium-full body for an IPA. Low-moderate carbonation. Perfect.

Overall - Really love this beer. Look forward to it every year, and it never disappoints. All the flavors go play so well together, and it drinks so well for its relatively high ABV. Highly recommended. This is easily a 4-4.25 out of 5.

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Photo of philbe311
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An active swirling pour yields a finger and a half worth of crisp fluffy off white colored frothy goodness comprised of medium and large sized bubbles... Audibly fizzy... Decent retention... A full lacing turn creamier as it continues to settle... The color is an exceedingly pale amber... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation...

S - A slightly pungent hop forward aroma... Perhaps just the lightest hit of rye... This all sits atop a solid malt base comprised of caramel and biscuit...

T - Huge flavor... A rush of malty sweetness to start highlighted by the caramel and biscuit form the nose... Next comes the hop components which are mostly pungent and slightly piney... The rye component emerges on the distant finish and adds nice depth and complexity...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lush and exquisite throughout out... Delicate and fluffy on the tongue... Moderate carbonation... A moderately blistering puckering from the hops on the finish...

D - A really nice beer from Great Lakes... I've always been a fan, but trying this and Chill Wave recently, my fondness for the brewery continues to grow... My only complaint is that with "rye" in the title, I expect more of a rye kick... It's present, but it's a distant after thought to the rest of the brew...

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Photo of lochef81
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This rye pa pours a deep amber hue with a small off white head that leaves a nice lacing. The nose is a pure hop bomb reminiscent of great lakes other great ipas. Lots of grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruits. There is a little spice due to the rye but it is minimal and overwhelmed by the hops. The mouthfeel is sticky and coating in that awesome dipa way. The flavor is pure hop bomb. Virtually no rye flavors in the palate just hoppy bitter goodness. This is a great beer for those that love hops. Try it now before you have to wait til next year.

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Photo of Ohiolager
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rye Of The Tiger IPA 6pk bottles $8.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. As always freshness date clearly marked.

Pours a nice gold color with a very subtle haze. A three finger head lasts for a while. Giving way to Soap bubble like lacing all over the glass.

The aroma is what a quality IPA should be. Strong grapefruits. Strong Citrus notes. With a nice piney surrounding.

Taste follows the nose. A blast of hops. Strong citrus notes and an excellent finish with pine. Smooth from start to finish. not very bitter at all for 92 IBU's.

Mouth feel is great. A full bodied IPA that leaves many tastes clinging to your palate. Great carbonation. Not bitter for an IPA at 92 IBU's

Overall this is another great brew from Great Lakes Brewery In Cleveland Ohio. Great IPA but I think its seasonal. First time I have seen it in over a year.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle to my Sammy Adams perfect pint glass...

A. Clear goldenrod with very subtle haze. Two fingers of head that quickly settles to a half finger of crisp white foam. Lacing washes over the glass like soap. Pretty.

S. Strong pine, tangerine, peach from the hops. Also a hefty amount of malt on the nose, with raw biscuit dough, grain, and yeast. The lingering notes are tangerine zest and cracked wheat.

T. Pine, tangerine, kiwi, and honey dew wash over the mid. A zesty, spicy dryness erupts on the back end and resolves to a clean, dry finish. The proper notes are hit here, and the flavors do not overstay their welcome. Quite a bit of complexity to this.

M. Quite complex for a Rye IPA. The malt and yeast share the stage equally with the hops. The ABV is well-hidden...while complex, Rye of the Tiger is reasonably easy-drinking. Balance and complexity are showcased well in this beer.

O. A very nice IPA from Great Lakes that exemplifies what rye malt can bring to the table. True to this brewery's style, this beer is balanced, easy drinking, and superiorly crafted. With enough dank to satisfy the hop heads, complexity to intrigue any beer fan, and an approachability that is the hallmark of Great Lakes, Rye of the Tiger IPA is worthy of your attention.

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Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours more IPA than rye, by which I mean it looks like an IPA and not as red as other rye IPAs. The color is a clear medium gold with a creamy white head, so it's just what I'd want from an IPA. The aroma is pretty mild, but there are definite hop notes, floral and citrus. The taste is a little disappointing. It's muted and muddled, and for me, it just misses. I can't can't pick out any one or two flavors or even "hops" or "malt". I had this the same day I had Founders Red Rye IPA and the differences between the two were sizable. It was a little thin but had a nice silky feel and crisp finish. Maybe it's just me, but not a favorite.

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Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a finger of head that stuck around for a bit and left nice lacing behind as it dissipated. The nose had notes of hops, rye and citrus. The flavor profile resembled the nose, but everything seemed just a bit muted.

This is a very good beer that could be great if the flavors were all just a touch more pronounced.

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Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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