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