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Jester King Wytchmaker Rye IPA

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RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
In short: A well made fruity IPA with a moderate rye presence. Nice session IPA.
How: Bottle 750ml shared at RBSG 2011 grand tasting
The look: Cloudy dark orange topped by a large off-white head
In long: Nose is citrusy/tropical fruity hops. Taste has a solid biscuity malt backbone, some rye, a bit of caramel, and a whole lot of citrusy/tropical fruity hops. Bitterness level is medium. This is not a rye-in-your-face type of rye IPA, in fact the rye just add a little twist to an otherwise very typical fruity IPA. This beer doesnít reinvent the wheel, this is a well made session IPA that should be sold in six-packs and not in fancy 750ml bottles. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Another nice beer from Texas, this beer scene has progressed a lot in the pas 10 years in this redneck state, but letís not forget that before year 2000 it was still impossible for a black person living in Texas to enter a rating on ratebeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3320) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Growler at Maltzillaís tasting. Pours hazy burnt orange color with off white head. Grapefruit aroma with some bread and rye. Bitter grapefruit flavor with some spiciness from the rye and some sweet maltiness. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
degbert (1480) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a light but durable tan head. Nose is candied apple, citrus, rosemary. Very dry and citrusy; the rye spice kicks on the midpalate and it finishes close and clean. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2786) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2011
Thanks to Don for this. Pours a deep amber with a frothy light beige head and a hint of haze. Aroma is earthy hops and spicy rye. Taste is fantastic, a solid hop bitterness, great malt, a little sweet like caramel and the rye dryness and light fruitiness is great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7909) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Bottle via a trade. Really wish this had a best buy or bottled on date. Pours with a murky orange body and a massive off-white head that leaves great lace and has good retention. Aromas are hoppy, floral, mango, grapefruit, passionfruit, pomegranate, nectarine. Lightly spicy malt profile, bready, some candied citrus. Flavors are a bit fruit, a bit bready, toasty, some esters. The hops donít quite pack the bitter punch that I was expecting. A bit fruit, citrus, tropical fruit. A crisp/bitter/spicy edge that I assume is from the rye. Quite drinkable. Medium bubbles, slightly creamy, crisp, dry finish. Very lightly warming. Another impressive offering from JK, cannot wait to try more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2011
If I say that Iíve had it in the bottle(s) and had as a session beer, that should say it all, right? If you know me perhaps it does. Maybe not CRAZY good, but pretty damn good and Iíve done my part in supporting the brewery in buying plenty of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DalzAle (2012) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Sample thanks to Caleb. Hazy light brown pour, lasting lacing and an aroma of lemongrass/hay. Flavor was also a little hoppy hay and finished dry and herbal. Ok beer, average at best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle. Thanks to Caleb. Really cool and creepy label all at the same time. Poured a slightly murky copper amber color with a light tan head. Sweet apricot and orange notes in the nose. Really donít pick up any rye at all. Light mouthfeel with carbonation. Slightly sweet start with citrus and a touch of tropical fruit notes. I like the aroma better than the taste. The light mouthfeel to me isnít all that appealing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2715) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Poured cloudy. The nose was citrus, rye, and had bready malts. Taste had the same citrus, bready malts, and the rye added a perceived firm bitterness. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2011
750 ml bottle from a recent trade. Pours a murky dark amber hue with some brown, orange glow, a darker glow, well hazed, with a big cakey tannish head atop, stays bigger but laces smaller than expected. Aromas are cereal grains, cheerios, some rye, wet bread, decent floral and citrusy grapefruit hops with some lemon, some grass, and touches of dry hops, dry toast. Perhaps lacking a little life and vibrancy, not too sweet, but malt slanted. Initial is lighter side of medium bodied with some bread, toast, and rye. Biscuits move into florals and decent citrusy hops. Dry grass, some lemons, and dry florals. The hops are in the middle, some dry earthy hops moreso with touches of spice. Some more green hops, touches of grapefruit step in, but subtle. More floral and grassy hops. Into the backend the spice remains, a solid dryness cleans up the bready and biscuity malts, a touch of toast. Fairly neutral. Meh. Lacks oomph. Very pretty pour, ok beer overall. Could use more vibrant and powerful hop experience. Solid beer.. Nothing more, nothing less. Would like to see the hop profile reworked personally.

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