Rye Of The Tiger IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

267 Reviews
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 twage04
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good IPA but nothing really sets it way above the pack. Malt presence is appropriate and some rye is detectable. The hops are mostly citrusy with some pine and floral notes. I'm thinking lots of cascade or centennial. Good execution but nothing is really unique or remarkable.

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Photo of PJKSR02
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To the dismay of my Western New York family members, I've largely been disappointed by the Great Lakes offerings. I came upon 12-packs of Rye of The Tiger while in Ohio recently, and bought one. This beer has a nice rye "bite" and bitter hops flavor, along with a generous ABV. If you're an IPA fan, it'll be a nice "something different." Note, as with several other Great Lakes 12-packs, this one was out of date by a couple weeks, but the best-by date isn't given on the outside of the case.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy gold-amber with two fingers of white head on pouring. Great retention and lacing
Smell: Subdued nose, slight tropical fruit, some pine
Taste: Tropical fruity sweetness and some citrus/pine, with a slight rye twang that leads into an enjoyable hops bitterness
Feel: Medium body with a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel

Overall: Although I tend to prefer dryer IPAs, I thought the sweetness in this one was pretty tasteful (not cloying). The rye is fairly subtle and blends well with the overall flavor profile. Delicious, but the ABV packs a punch.

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Photo of ajm5108
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You can definitely smell freshly baked rye bread on the nose, and that darker malt strain is present; however, the hop balance on this was a little too abrasive for me, and undercut a lot of the rye. It winds up tasting like a lot of IPAs, overloading on the hops to mask any definciencies, rather than letting the rye - a subtle flavor - come to the forefront.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful. Great smell of rye, fruit, and flower. Taste is a great bitter pine, with lasting bitter aftertaste. So good. I would certainly get it again.

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

Look 9/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 86/100

Summery: Solid brew for cheap.... Why not? Won't blow your mind though~

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Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delightful, full bodied rye beer with some "crunch". Reminiscent of Yards rye, also a personal favorite. 6/5/15 Finn McCools Ale house, Philly, beer week.

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Photo of spoony
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a tulip-like glass. Reviewed from notes dated May 29, 2015.

A-This is a good looking beer. A sort-of burnished amber color with a little bit of haze. The head is really sticky, with good retention. Lacing is ample. A few bubbles are visible in the liquid.

S-The aroma has a fair amount of honey and toasted bread malt. There is some mildly rye-spicy fruity hops and little bit of herb and pine. Nicely balanced, but nothing crazy.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. A nice bit of rye spice adds some intrigue to the peach, honey, and toast of the malts. Hop flavors like pine and mint are pretty subdued compared to many IPAs, but they work well here.

M-The feel is moderate to heavy on the palate with an almost creamy carbonation.

O-Another enjoyable beer from Great Lakes. This one provides a nice bit of rye spice and drinks easily despite the above-average heft for the style. Nicely balanced and overall and beer that I would buy a lot of if Great Lakes reached Colorado.

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Photo of J-Rye
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another good one from Great Lakes!
Look: Pale gold, 1-2 inches of head, nice lacing
Smell: peppery grapefruit, mango, hops, grains
Taste: peppery grapefruit, mango, hibiscus nectar, hops, nice sharp rye finish
Feel: incredibly smooth, nice body, sharp carbonation.

I think I'll have another 6-pack.

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

Hadn't seen this one before but I have always enjoyed RyPAs.

A - Very nice amber color. Slight haze beer with a small, fine white head and light lacing.

S - Hop forward aroma with citrus, some floral, and some herbal characteristics. Smells like a typical American IPA with some more herbal characteristics from the rye.

T - Initially the sweet malt and American hops go together. Followed by some of the more herbal and grainy tones. In the middle the rye hits with some slight spice and a nice flavor that isn't typical for an IPA. The finish has more of a resinous hop character with some mild bitterness both from the hops and the rye. The ale yeast also provides a slight fruitiness and helps the hops give this full flavored beer a more well rounded profile.

M - Medium mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. It finishes with quite well but does have some flavors that linger as rye tends to do which makes it slightly less drinkable than some IPAs on the market.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this beer. There aren't too many RyPAs on the market and this one takes a typical American IPA and puts a little spin on it giving it just enough nuance to keep it interesting. This isn't going to be my new go to IPA but if you haven't tried a rye IPA or are a fan of the style this is a good one to get since it is more mild and conventional than some of the style I've had before.

Glass- Perfect Pint

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Photo of leantom
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Although I typically don't like rye beers, this one was decent. Here goes:

A: Pours a very dark but clear orange. Lots of carbonation rising from the depths. Head and lacing could be better, though.

S: Very, very pungent grapefruit and piney hops mixed with bitter rye malt. Good olfactory profile, but very pungent.

T: Good. Follows the nose. Malt and hops are quite balanced against each other. Sweet honey and pine followed by rye malt ending with grapefruit bitterness at the back of the palate.

F: Well carbonated and sufficiently thick. Great.

O: This beer is good. Smell was a little off-putting, but the flavors are integrated very well.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours amber gold with a slight chill haze under a clingy 3” cream colored foam collar.
S: Exudes spicy rye and hop aromas.
T: Spicy rye flavors with some melon backed by big but not harsh bitterness. A hop driven beer with a good balance between the fruit and the bitter.
F: Very creamy with a big rye texture, medium body to just a shade above, medium carbonation sits very soft in the mouth.
O: Very refreshing, well balanced IPA with nicely developed rye flavors.

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

Appearance: A beautiful pour in which lots of suds take a moment to rise and form a finger and a half of frothy off-white head over a hazy orange brew. The head had some retention and there was a mild amount of lacing.

Aroma: Rye bread and tropical fruit

Flavor: Very much what you smell; rye malt and fruit. It's very much an IPA but the hops are not overpowering. It kinda reminds me of a double with the sweet malt character before the bitter hops kick in. The rye malts can be tasted throughout.

Feel: light bodied, not overly carbonated, starts smooth and sweet and finishes crisp, minimal lingering bitterness.

The first few swallows were extremely refreshing. I've tried a lot of good IPAs and I'd rank this among them.

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Photo of do_ob
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a clear orange with about 1/2 a finger of white head. Definite rye, spice, and citrus notes on the nose, along with subtle notes of pine and malt. Medium weight,mand very creamy mouthfeel. I get a big punch of rye, spice, and malt up front upon tasting. This taste lasts pretty much from start to finish. A farmiliar, piney/hoppy bitterness creeps in on the aftertaste, though, reminding you that this spicy, malty beverage is indeed an IPA.

I was impressed by how nice the mouthfeel was on this particular beer. Incredibly soft and creamy all the way through. While I feel like it could be slightly less rye-forward (just to balance it out a bit), it's a very good beer. I think I might enjoy the aftertaste moreso than the beer itself.

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

Had a smooth texture. The flavor was surprisingly citrusy without the gaminess I sometimes taste with rye-based beers. The beer was slightly flat, but not to the point of being off-putting. Had the taste of a nice citrus IPA, but with much more body. Pleasantly surprised. I would get this again.

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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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Rye Of The Tiger IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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