madvike (3135) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - I canít say I was too psyched out this beer since Iím not really a fan of rye, but I decided to give it a try anyways. Itís about what I expected -- a sweet bready smell mixed with generous amounts of both citrusy and bitter hops, as well as the dry, spicy rye in the background. Taste is roughly the same, though itís a bit more caramelly and the citrus hops leave the building. All thatís left is the bitter hops and just a bit of rye. The best part for me was the smooth, creamy, and oily texture -- I love the way it felt. Iíd like to acquire a taste for rye, but after having this and several others, Iím going to say itís not for me.
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the Tyranena taproom in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Pours a clear copper amber colored brew with a creamy off-white head that has some nice retention an spotty lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt, a hint of citrus, white pepper, and a touch of fruit. Taste is medium bodied, dry caramel malt flavor with grapefruit, citrus zest and plenty of grassy hops. Finish is semi-dry with a lingering dry hop aftertaste that lingers after the finish.
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber to copper color with a tallish taupe head that is a a bit creamy looking and has a nice sheet of lace. Fresh hops aroma, very much like Bitter Woman with the citric notes. Just a hint of caramel and rye. Does not have the thickness and "slickness" I find in many a rye. Grass and citric notes in the flavors. The malt and rye seem a bit distant and when they do show up, there is a bit of astringency. Quite bitter in the finish and linger. Sharp and spicy, with pepper and grapefruit peels. My second bottle, and Iím not feeling the rye love, just the bitter woman.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear medium amber to copper. Small off-white head, seems under-carbonated, but nonetheless leaves a good lace. Big citric hops aroma, a lot of lemon in the hops profile here, but in sipping, the hops bitterness significantly outweighs the hops aromatics; the pepperiness of the rye is the only thing here to offset the hops. Medium to full body, heavy, almost oily palate; almost more a beer to be felt than tasted.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a perfect brew for my 400th rating! (Awesome brew from my favorite brewery!)Pours a beautiful amber/copperish color with a medium beige head. Wonderful aromas of Hops,citrus and sweet caramel malts. Flavor is of mouth puckering hops that is quickly taken over by a spicey bite of the rye that then falls on to a great caramel malt backing. Wonderful bitter finish. One thing I very much enjoyed about this brew was the velvety smooth mouthfeel.This brew is a great twist on my favorite IPA!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicey ,citrusy hopping is dominating fragrance, Cascade is still the main player here,the caramel malting comes through as your nose gets a handle on that initial banzai hop charge,you can feel the strength of the brew in your nose,this will definitely be putting a little weight on Cal. Head is minimal, Kingpin said he had no head at all. The first thing you notice on the taste is the spark of the spicey peppery rye,followed closely by a solid bitter hop and rye tongue lock, Kraft caramel square backing,quite evident despite the apparent 200+ IBUís, mildly carbonated ,almost like a handpull, this mildness of the carbonation lets the oiliness of the hops become more of a manifested factor. The spicey rye bitterness is what is left in your mouth at the finish. Unlike most rye IPAís ,this brew battles your tongue the entire glass. A little to slick to be considered a thirst quencher,not complex enough to be considered uniquely special,it is still an excellent summer IPA and Iíll problay abandon her skinny sister while this is available. Bigger and smoother then Red Rye, but still bitter enough to scare away hopophobics