marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Appearance is golden amber with an orange hue. There is a paper-thin white head. The aroma is rich grapefruit, other citrus, light pine, and bit of rye spiciness. The taste is similar. However, the rye is more prominent, and there is some bitter hops taste. Very smooth, lightly crisp feel. A very high quality beer.
superspak (5110) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 2/18/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a small fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a tin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, floral, spicy rye, honey, light caramel, and bread. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of hop notes with good malt balance. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, spicy rye, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, spicy rye, honey, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice hop flavor complexity with a good malt balance; only a moderate rye presence that is nice; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent rye IPA. Very nice hop flavor complexity and balance of malt with moderate rye; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Hop aroma that leans lightly citrus, but more spice infused, a la cilantro, lemongrass, and fennel. Flavors produce a similar profile, a little more controlled and subdued, extra fresh and juicy. I like this. I’m imagining some earthy spice from the Rye is contributing to the overall zesty complexity of this beer, but it’s hard to tell. Whatever case, the emergent flavor profile and accompanying dry texture works. It’s fresh, full of juice, and delightful.
koleminer20 (3069) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at HopCat in East Lansing. The pour is a medium gold, no real head or lacing. The smell is very hoppy and with quite a bit of hops. The rye comes through on the end of the nose and I’d very prominent in the taste. The hoppyness contributes to the dry finish, and it lingers a tad, just like what I’d want
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Aroma has notes of spicy rye malts, caramel, citrus hops. Medium amber orange hue with an average white head that left good lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily with an average carbonation. Overall a very good rye brew. Loved it.
deyholla (10781) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from the tap at the 15th annual MBGSF. Pours a clear amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has bitter pine hops with a hint of grass and grapefruit backed by a nice rye note. Flavor has a nice combination of rye and grapefruit with some pine up front and more of the rye coming out in the finish.
Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light ruby and cloudy. Nose is light rye, pepper and grapefruit. Taste is big rye at beginning then smacked by the 84 IBUs of hippy goodness. Big grapefruit and a little rye spiciness to finish with a little sweet malt.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Super hazy orange color. The beer simply glows when held up to light due to the amount of haze.
Aroma: Citrus-y rye, and that’s pretty much the best way to describe it.
Taste: Most definitely a rye beer. It should sound absolutely disturbing, but since the beer as a whole is quality it forgives it, but the initial taste reminds me of vomit -- very acidic. After that, tropical hops mix with the rye to make for a pleasant-to-drink rye.
Feel: Decent amount of carbonation here, and a nice, smooth feel to it. Nothing too spectacular, but it works very well with this particular rye.
Overall: Rye Not? is a beer that I’m glad to have tried. I’m not a HUGE fan of rye beers, but I like to try them every now and again. This beer looks good, smells good, and tastes pretty decent. Not the best rye beer in the world, but no doubt one that’s drinkable.
BigBeer45 (1469) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this ale had a burnt orange-red pour with a little haze, and made a white and faint off-white cover that receded to a thin layer of orange-yellow tinted bubbles and ring, the glass had a slow moving center stream of bubbles, it left small spots and fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, the bottle had a thin layer of medium to dark colored sediment,
it had aromas of citrus and grass hops with orange fruit and pith, a little guava fruit, rye spice, light toasted malt, and a little citrus fruit sweetness,
there were flavors of toasted malt, spice, lemon and guava citrus fruit, lemon, grapefruit citrus and grass hops, it had a little fruit and malt sweetness, the finish had citrus and bitter hops,
the mouth feel was light and creamy on the palate and had average carbonation,
this beer had a nice nose and flavor, there was a lot of citrus in this beer, and it was easy to drink, I enjoyed this drink.
bwa5879 (915) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: solid orange to tan pour with quarter inch whitish orange head. Super cloudy, almost does not pass light.
Aroma: simple but good: strong juicy citrus hop and floral hop aroma.
Taste: sweet citrus hop with a ton of malted rye bitterness. Perfect blend.
Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy and oily mouth feel, just slightly dry on finish.
Overall: 12oz bottle from Kalamazoo MI drakes party center. Fairly awesome rye IPA, high recommendation.