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Jester King Wytchmaker Rye IPA

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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 96   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jstraw (1919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Muddy orange with massive, flotsam, white head / Delicate, floral nose of orchard & tropical fruit, soap, and rye spice / Light to medium body, dry and acidic, beautiful balance with great, but stylish, bitter finish / Elegant, floral flavors of rye, apple, passion fruit, orange, caramel, pine, and coriander / Awesome and unexpected. More along the lines of a Jolly Pumpkin pale ale than anything in the traditional sphere.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (954) - Texas, USA - APR 13, 2011
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 Pours a shiny mahogany with three and a half fingers of foamy, fluffy, white head comprised of small bubbles. Smells both citrusy and piny with a strong rye sweetness. Tastes exceptionally bitter, piny notes with hints of citrus and a spicy, but sweet, rye flavor underneath; rather complex. Medium-to-full bodied with a smooth, almost creamy texture and no mouth-carbonation; Jester King Wytchmaker Rye IPA finishes with a lasting bitterness that is coupled with hints of spicy rye. Drink it without the yeast settlement at the bottom of the bottle.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2010
This beer is typical of a rye IPA. The nose is hoppy with hints of sweetness from the rye You get hops in the front end that carry through till the rye backend. Very nice rye ipa.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsIPAndDrunk (43) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 13, 2011
Citrus hoppy aroma. Orange sunset amber with a clear complexion. Somewhere between medium and heavy bitter taste with wood notes in the nose. Medium-bodied with a slick texture, complimented by soft carbonation. Bitterness gradually increases as the finish grows older. I would repeat this rye IPA.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rulas3 (107) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 27, 2012
Apariencia: ámbar cobrizo, turbio, mucho carbónico, corona muy abundante, contundente y persistente, colo hueso. Aroma: bastante intenso, muy herbal, fresco, pero también con notas típicas de las IPAs, sobre todo pino y resina. Sabor: muy complejo, muchos matices, pero agradable, muy bebible, muy equilibrada, no demasiado lupulada, notas florales, cítricos, un poco terroso, seguramente por el centeno, alcohol muy bien integrado. Final seco.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2224) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Let this bottle warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a mammoth, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy, light, cream colored head that lasts forever and loads of lace. Color is a clear medium amber with no bubble trails. Aroma is a rich heady blend of caramel malt, hop, yeast, fruit, pine, old leather. Flavor is like nose, has subdued bittersweet presence, but they’re very well balanced. Body is excellent, very chewy, and great carbonation for the style. Finish is like flavor and has good lenght. Very drinkable session beer. Superior stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmad (72) - - APR 2, 2011
I poured some of a bomber into a tulip glass... It looks perfect. The liquid is is a murky brownish orange color with a towering, pillowy shite head. Smells extremely hoppy, mostly spicy and piney hop aromas along with a bit of citrus and some sweetness. The taste is very smooth, first you get some bitter lemon followed by peppery hops, a touch of rye and a bitter citrusy aftertaste. The beer is thicker than I expected, almost creamy, it has low carbonation and a dry finish. I really look forward to trying more from Jester King. I heard about them when their brewery was just a concrete foundation so it’s cool to finally drink their beer. This one is highly recommended.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scootpolute (9) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2013 does not count
I’ve been here 3 weeks and this was my first ’good-beer’ in Austin. I’m from Kirkland WA (Seattle)...Yeah, I had to go with the hype-ie beers first (shiner bock/ lone-star) and as you could imagine there was disappointment! So I yelped a bit and found that the best beer store in ’town’ is a min-mart (7-11) likes store (no joke) called, Sunrise Mini-mart....this place was nothing less than AMAZING!! The selection was comparable to Bottle-works (those from the Seattle area will know what I mean)...good stuff OK this Beer...I requested from the knowledgeable staff (I heard that Sam is the best, but I spoke with a cool guy named Rob (or was it Ron?!)...I asked him to give me a local beer comparable to Stone IPA (cliche, eh?!) any way this was where he steered me...and here is what I think... Appearance...I’m always a ’softy’ and give kudos (is that word making a comeback, if not, my apologies!!) for unfiltered beer!! Taste: Mellow hops up front were mellow, but gained momentum as I progressed through the beer... Mouthfeel is ultra-smooth and creamy with a malty thick full-body. The initial taste is an absolute hop assualt on the palate! A spicy, stinging and salty plethora of citric nuances literally overwhelm the senses. Earth, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is definately present but gets its ass fiercly kicked by the hops. Malt includes some toasted, slightly bready and light honey flavours with an even malt sweetness. It hardly balances the beer, but does keep it somewhat control. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and malt sweetness, which tends to linger for some time. Notes: This was a pretty amazing recommendation....’MAYBE’ even worth the $10.99 Belgium bomber Sunrise Mini-Mart charged (I’m a bit of a penny-pitcher!!)...This is an absolutely marvelous beer for all the hop-heads out there, albeit very daunting for those who are not into hops to the extreme. For what it is, it’s crafted to near perfection. A "Wow!" beer for sure. 7..3 % abv. (from the bottle reading)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3381) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2013
750ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. Lots of froth and bubbles in the first our. Head slowly settles to reveal a golden amber beer. Hoppy aroma with a very good flavour that lingers in the mouth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 5, 2011
750ml bottle from Austin, Texas courtesy of my lovely wife. Pours a slightly murky orange gold with ample, foamy off white head. Aroma is pronounced piney hops, rye and some citrus. Taste is lush with solid IPA hoppiness, a good cereal malt back along with the rye note that fits in perfectly to the flavour profile. Much bigger profile than I would have expected from a 6.8% IPA. Finish is lingering and sharply bitter. Also...bonus points for the great label. Excellent and unique.


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