DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Outstanding rye IPA. Great interplay and balance between the rye and pine/citrus hops with a soft caramel malt backing. SanfordBrewer (1641) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2010
lucent copper, thin white head, highly effervescent.brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2009
aroma: caramel, citrus hops.
T1= caramel, rye.
T2= bitter citrus hops, co2.
T3= bitter hop oil, rye spiciness.
the rye spiciness is good, but leaves me desiring a richer and deeper malt character.
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+ IBU’s, 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 IPA’s ,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 I’ll problay abandon her skinny sister while this is available. Bigger and smoother then Red Rye, but still bitter enough to scare away hopophobics fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bottle, thanks to tytoanderso. Aroma big on spicy rye notes with citrus hoppiness and some fresh, lightly buttered roll. Flavor again really highlights that spiciness with ample breadiness and strong bitterness. I guess I can kind of see why others would say this is more APA than IPA, but I think that impression has more to do with the ratio of hops to malt. I think there are plenty of hops here, just also a big focus on the rye malt component as well. In any case, I like it. juiceisloose (1526) - Windermere, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Courtesy fantomas23. Pours a dark amber-orange color with a thick and foamy off white head that shows good retention and leaves sheets of lacing behind. The aroma shows pine and orange citrus hops up front to go with the toasted caramel malt backbone. Hints of rye grains and spiciness are noticeable as well. The flavor follows and is quite bitter from the citrus and pine hops, but the sweet caramel and biscuity malts are there to balance things out. The rye is more pronounced in the flavor adding bold spiciness that seems to enhance the hop bitterness. Full bodied and smooth with good carbonation that leads to a lengthy bitter finish from all the hops. I like the flavor that the rye adds in this beer. Really nicely done ipa.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 12, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks NobleSquirrel! - Pours amber with a small white head...aroma is caramel malty and floral hops...flavour is resinous hops up front, giving way to some dark grassy malt and a nice lingering bitterness...fun brew... dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows caramel, rye, oranges, and a touch of earthy hops. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of pine. Overall body is moderate and the finish is dry with a lasting bitterness. tennisjoel (1484) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Pour is red amber body with a thin soapy head. Nose is vegetal and fruity hops with some rye and caramel malts. Interesting mouthfeel, somewhat dry finish but the rye kind of slowly sneaks in, giving a interesting kick at the end. Because of its uniqueness, I enjoyed this over the regular Bitter Woman. angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Clear orangish brown pour. Aroma is soapy, citrus, and malty. Flavor is soap, astringent, grass, citrus, and some sweet caramely malts. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2009 On tap at The Malt House. Not sure if it was the Malt House’s glassware but this beer smelled kinda funky, like a damp basement in a really old house. The hops seemed pretty subdued compared to other beers I recently had. The rye smooths out some of the abrasiveness you find in some IPAs but overall, I just didn’t care for it.