Thanks for taking the time to clarify. I was wondering if that was the driving reason. I'll throw in some unsolicited advice that you should toss aside if it doesn't mesh with your approach. Trying different beers according to how they are classified here is a great goal, but don't get caught up in the idea that a beer is this and not that. In other words, don't view things as absolutes. Generally speaking, every "rye IPA" is a rye beer and an IPA. Weather or not it gets classified as one or the other is irrelevant and relatively meaningless. Beers aren't literally categorized in two different categories here. Just look at the system as an imperfect (and not static) but very useful way of sorting things. Look at it as boxes you can throw a beer into. That rye IPA can be dumped in either box, but at least it won't get dumped in with the Hefeweizens (although there might be some Roggenbiers in there ). Don't let that stop you from trying a rye beer that doesn't resemble an IPA if you want that style tick. Although rye beers aren't really a specific "style" so to speak, just a category for beers with rye in them... the real point of the tick is to broaden ones experiences anyway. Good luck and have fun.