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Jester King Wytchmaker Rye IPA

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RATINGS: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   IBU: 96   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
India Pale Ale brewed with nearly three pounds of hops per barrel and 15% malted rye. Dry, flavorful, drinkable beer with vibrant notes of citrus, tropical fruit and pine.

Note: This entry is the original Wytchmaker. Beginning around the time of their first anniversary, Jester King switched to a farmhouse yeast for all of their beers. All ratings after this switch should be entered under the Farmhouse Wytchmaker Rye IPA entry. The original Wytchmaker bottles feature a small Jester King sticker on the neck; the Farmhouse Wytchmaker bottles have the word "Farmhouse" in small print on the label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5581) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, citrus, toasted rye, and light spices. Taste of citrus, grass, spicy rye, pine, and grapefruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 28, 2011
Amber/brown, Large frothy white head, a bit cloudy (but has travelled 8,000 mls in my luggage) good lacing. Spice, cloves, cinnamon, musk, candy, pepper, flowers, fig, apple. Smooth, round oily palate. Lingering bitter, peppery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2924) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
It pours amber brown with a white head and great retention. The aroma is excellent in the nose - light sweet candy hoppy and light on the rye, right up my wheelhouse. The flavor is hops dominant over the rye as well, which is not forward at all in this one. It settles with some orange citrus bitterness that is nice on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (5490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2011
GABF 2011. Slight hazy rustic gold, thin dissipating head. Nice citrusy hoppy tones on the aroma, some grapefruit, rye bread dough, yeastiness, with mild toffee under it. Pretty big on body. Flavor has nice amounts of citrus fruit, floral hops, a wee bit of herbal hops, a good amount of toffee, but not too sweet, as hops take most of the show. Pretty good, nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8131) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber brown with a a grayish tan head that is fluffy and dissipates slowly to the edges. A decent amount of sediment in second pour. Aroma has a good amount of tropical fruits with a bit of light citrus and grass with a bit of backing rye. Flavor is similar with tropical fruits up front that mellow it to a bit of a bitter finish with pine and grass. Not as much rye on the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4377) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Pours coppery brown with a slight haze and effervescent carbonation. Billowing dense creamy off white head, significant lacing. Nose is fine, bready and spicy with some peanut hull and toasted grain. Slight astringency and bite in the flavor, zesty and spicy with some peppery notes. bready with some citrus rind. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gringo332 (573) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Hazy reddish amber with a big off-white head that lasts and lasts. Nice lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, rye, caramel and sweet fruit. Taste is sweet and fruity, malty and moderately bitter. Medium bodied, a touch fizzy, and quite dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
750ml bottle shared by duchessedubourg.
Appearance : Hazy amber with a medium foamy white head.
Aroma : Great fresh leafy hops with nice spicy rye. Nice fruits.
Taste : Light floral and leafy with spicy rye. Nice malt too. More malt on finish with spicy rye. Taste isn’t as hoppy as nose would suggest. Very soft carbonation maybe a tad too soft.
Overall : Really nice overall. Nice hoppy nose, nice floral notes. Great malt with nice rye. Very well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
nogov (121) - Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2011
750ml. Aroma is grapefruit and pine. Pours with crazy big head. Retention is forever. Head revolves slowly into big pillows. Color is rusty copper....which is kind dark normally for a pale ale. Taste is primarily hops: pine resin and grapefruit. Back palate has grainy rye prescence. All in alla nice variation on a theme. Have the feeling this beer would be much better after a year of sitting in the bottle. Flavors would probably be more integrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Dark golden color with a large head. The aroma contains some orange, grapefruit, rye, and biscuit. The flavor is bitter with some rye, citrus, lemons, and oranges. Overall this was a pretty good IPA.

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