Drier than our flagship IPA, Centennial IPA, Rye IPA bites back thanks to generous additions of Simcoe and Nugget hops.
Necessity is not always the mother of invention. This is especially true at Barley’s, where the spirit of inquiry and the pursuit of new and different styles and flavors has inspired many styles over the years.
Enter rye. This grain has a distinctive flavor, imparting a dryness and biscuit-like quality. Our first brew with rye was Angelo’s Crooked Sky Rye. Now, Rye IPA.
Rye’s ability to thrive under poor soil conditions and cold temperatures has long made it a staple in the diets of Northern and Central Europeans. Although perhaps best known for its use in baked goods, rye also has a history of use in the production of whiskey, gin, and even beer. This scrappy, nutritious grain has over the years made its way into the hearts and beers of Germans, among others, and is rapidly making headway among brewers in the United States.
"Why rye?" you may ask, and not without good reason. Mention rye and the average person thinks of dense, flavorful breads and crisp crackers. Beer does not immediately leap to most minds. Yet rye makes for an interesting recipe component, contributing a distinctive, refreshing flavor; its growing presence on the beer frontier is well justified in light of its unique contributions to the taste and quality of beer.
Rye’s main contribution as an ingredient is its enhancement of the overall complexity of the beer’s flavor. Although the crisp, slightly spicy rye flavor does emerge somewhat distinctly (usually at the finish), at the proportions generally used it is neither too forceful nor overpowering. The subtlety of the rye flavor is due to a variety of factors, including the amount of rye used in the recipe, the form of rye used, the hopping level, the type of yeast used in the recipe, and the other ingredients involved in the brew.
In many ways, the flavor of rye beer is reminiscent of wheat beers. Light bodied and somewhat dry, rye beers tend to have a nice head and an interesting grainy, slightly spicy flavor.
Why rye? Why not?
Strykzone (5342) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the brewpub. Hazy amber with an off white ring. A big bitter citrus beginning. Rye is noted but is not huge. This is dry and fairly bitter. Yeast is nice. This is well done and far from demure.
thoramel (55) - Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A decent hazy and dark gold colored beer with a thin head...very attractive. Powerful aroma of pine and citrus. The taste is a pretty complex bitter with all of the flavors you expect from the smell. But not overly bitter thanks to the sweetness of the rye. A very drinkable beer and easily one of my favorites from this brewery.
AmEricanbrew (6181) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark gold color with ivory head. Floral, spicy hop, skanky hop aromas with rye bread. medium body, creamy, average carbonation. Nice spicy hop flavors with chewy rye malt, pale malts----very tasty ipa
Fritz123 (1272) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Barleys. American pint. Pours a very hazy, muddy light brown with thick white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma of pine, grass, orange, rye. Taste is complex with heavy rye, malts, pine resin, and soil. Very bitter finish. Mouth is medium carbonation and ends up slight yeast.
JStax (3431) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured on draft at Barleys #1. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white ring of foam. Aroma is huge citrus and just a subtle spicy presence from the rye. A little grassy, but its not very prevalent. I like the bready finish.this is one of the better rate IPAs I’ve had of late.
jsquire (3669) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Cloudy orange color with a sticky white head. Big fresh hoppy nose. Lots of grapefruit rind, orange and apricot flavors. Firm malty backbone and a nice rye note. Great with the sauerkraut balls.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Ale House No. 1. Golden sunset orange with a small white head. Huge aroma of citrus fruit (grapefruit and tangerine) with a subtle malt background. Juicy hop flavor like freshly squeezed orange juice with a slightly spicy rye finish. Very easy drinking and quite delicious.
GJF (1316) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the brewpub. A good but slightly straightforward IPA with a nice grassy aroma and just a bit of that hop sourness to it.
1010 (309) - Midlothian, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy gold color with a white head. Nice hoppy apricot taste.
Sample at the Microbrew festival at North Market.
JaBier (5160) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Alehouse. Clear orange pour with a medium off-white head. Orange and grapefruit hop nose with a bit of rye malt character, but not much. Probably wouldn’t have picked it out if rye wasn’t in the name. Flavor is of bitter orange, rye malt and grapefruit with a bitter citrus finish. Very good beer.
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