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RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   IBU: 89   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
In craft beer, there are almost as many bad rye puns as there are bad hop puns; Smuttynose is happy to spare you from more of either. Instead, we’ll tell you about our new Big Beer, Rhye IPA. We brewed it because we like drinking hoppy American-style beers and we wanted a chance to brew with rye. The rest, as they say, is history. The result is a 7% hoppy IPA, with rye spiciness and big hop character. This beer will really get under your armor…
The image on the Rhye IPA label is a famous drawing of an Indian rhinoceros by 16th century German painter and printmaker, Albrecht Dürer. Dürer had never seen the creature before and created the drawing based on one deScription and a crudely scribbled sketch.

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3.4
JohnRMurdoch (5143) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2015
12oz bottle from Beermerchants.com. Reddish amber brown, good head. Flowery grain resin malt aroma. Flowery boiled sweet vanilla rye hop and malt flavour. Bitter citrus aftertaste. Big complex flavours, I prefer my IPAs more bitter & simple.

3.3
lmastr (59) - Norma, ITALY - JUL 9, 2015
A great beer made with rye. It’s mostly an IPA with not a huge hoppy ending, but what makes it really interesting is its wonderful aroma and its beautiful body.

3.8
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Rye, when used in combination of the right hops, can be a nice additive to an IPA. It imparts spicy, bready flavor not even found in the Noble hops. So few breweries seem to get the combination of rye, malts and hops done well, but once in a while they do. Case in point: Smuttynose Rhye IPA which is flavorful, well-balanced and highly drinkable.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best by date of 8/2/15 and cost $3.39 ($0.28 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark rusty copper hue with an extremely cloudy body. Pours to an average sized, off-white, foamy head that retains and laces pretty well.

Smell: Lemon lollipop and other citrusy scents, though rye is also present. A bit of an odd combination.

Taste: You probably wouldn’t eat grapefruit with toasted rye bread, yet those are flavors that seem to work well in beer form. Lemony hop flavor is noticeable immediately (though it seems closer to yellow lollipop – usually a sign of oxidation). Quickly followed by caramel sweetness and a hint of toffee. Through the middle comes significant bitterness, though it’s remarkably tame even at 89 IBUs. The rye stands out on the finish with a light spicy sensation and a bit of a bready flavor. I even detect a bit of coffee in this palette (it’s the aromatic malt). Overall, everything works quite well to make for a fun and interesting drink.

Drinkability: At 7.7% ABV, Smuttynose Rhye IPA is arguably a double version of the style, though it drinks like a traditional single edition. The mouthfeel is not too heavy; well carbonated so as to prevent it from being cloying, but still weighty enough so that it’s not exactly crushable. A bit of a dry lingering sensation on the tongue, but it’s tolerable. A good beer to pair with a savory dinner.

Score: 8/10

3.6
Iznogud (4683) - CROATIA - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle, 650 ml from Svijet Piva, Zagreb. shared with JFK10000. Pours dark yellow to orange with huge white head. Caramel malts, fruity and sweet, yeasty as well. Very drinkable.

3.3
Leini (2079) - SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2015
355ml bottle. Dark copper body with a medium white head. Tropical fruit, pine, caramel, rye bread. A bit too boozy finish.

3.1
RickFifty (1399) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2015
Hazy amber color, big tan head. Malty nose, caramel, wort, peppery notes, hint of grapefruit. Sweet taste, malty, ripe fruit, light bitterness. Medium body, soft carbonation.

4.2
mymaestro (55) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Malty aroma. Smooth mouth feel. Starts very malty like cereal then finishes with a slight bitterness.

3.4
fantti (1040) - FINLAND - JUN 6, 2015
Pullo @ Systembolaget. Kaatuu lasiin kuparinoranssina ja sameahkona, noin 1,5 sormen paksuisen ja pysyvän vaahdon alla. Tuoksussa on vahvaa havua ja pihkaa sekä makeampaa sitrusta. Rukiin tuoma hapan viljaisuus ja keksisyys ovat taustalla. Maussa hapan rukiinen viljaisuus on vahvempaa, humaloinnin ollessa havumetsän havuisuuteen ja pihkaa taipuvaa. Keksiäkin on hieman joukossa. Suutuntuma on yllättävän mieto katkeroiden ollessa jo kadoksissa (yli 0,5 v vanhaa), jälkimaku on vähän jopa tyhjä. Hyvä tuoksu, mutta yllättävän pliisu maku. Ruis tuntuu selvästi, mutta katkerot eivät enää tasapainota ja jälkimakukin on sitä kautta hieman tyhjä.

3.7
spacecube (1810) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2015
330 ml bottle, pours red tinged gold with a bubbly white head. Aroma is sweet and sticky rye and cereal, caramel, pine and citrus. Body is medium, texture is sticky, medium sweet malt balanced with a hoppy bitter finish. Soft carbonation.

3.7
MrJoller (101) - ITALY - JUN 2, 2015
Dark golden pour, sweetish cereal aroma, followed by strong cereal taste paired with a thick body and a light carbonation. Very well balanced, very complex for this style. A must try.


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