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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Rye Not? Is a rye dominated India Pale Ale, with a radiant orange glow and a strong aroma. Floral hop qualities, amplified by notable rye characteristics, blend together to offer subtle pine fragrances. The rye based theme continues, as the distinctive flavors of this grain intensely stand out. The focus from rye to an intense bitterness happens quickly and lingers into the dry finish.

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4.3
marv3mania (195) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2013
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.

4.1
superspak (6078) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2013
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.

4.1
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 2, 2013
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.

4.1
koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
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

4
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2013
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.

3.9
deyholla (12439) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2012
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.

3.9
Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2013
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.


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