Tag Archives: Rye IPA

819. Bissell Brothers Brewing Lux

Bissell Brothers LuxBack to back hoppy rye beers with Light in the Window from Burlington Beer and now Lux from Bissell Brothers. I believe this is the last of the Bissell Brother’s beers for me to review. I will have to go back through and update some photos as they now have brand specific cans for Lux and Baby Genius and I am sure Noah and Peter will have some new options soon enough.

Lux pours a deep hazy orange, not nearly as murky as some of their other beers but still far from clear. Head is bright white with big soapy bubbles that left a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a mix of spicy rye and lemon and taste pretty much follows with the rye dominating and the hops there for some added flavor and complexity.

Overall a very good beer from Bissell but I prefer most of their others over Lux. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Bissell Brothers Brewing
Brewers Description: This rye ale is our tropical escape to a sunnier state of mind.

818. Burlington Beer Light in the Window

Burlington Beer Light in the WindowThere are so many great breweries out there and Vermont seems to have a lot of them. Burlington Beer may not get as much attention as The Alchemist, Lawson’s or Hill Farmstead but Joe is making some truly unique beers in Williston. Yes Burlington Beer is not actually located in Burlington but in the town right next door Williston. Everything they do is just a little different making them one of my favorite breweries. It’s Complicated Being a Wizard was the first IPA in a long time that was truly unique and you can check out their website to see the many other offerings from Burlington Beer including Strawberry Whale Cake and Bee Keeper.

This beer is their Rye IPA which generally I am not a huge fan of but this one worked. Appearance is a slightly hazy burnt orange with a solid white head. Aroma has loads of floral, earthy hops and a bit of citrus and spice from the rye. The taste was very interesting and complex with some citrus, grapefruit but also a fair amount of peppery spice. Very earthy and the finish is dry and slightly bitter. All of this might sound like an odd mix of flavors but it works.

Light in the Window is another unique offering from a very talented brewer. If you haven’t tried any of Joe’s beer yet let me know and I will bring some back on my next trip to Vermont.
Pros: Unique
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Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Burlington Beer Company
Brewers Description: A crispy Rye IPA brewed with barley and rye. Densely hopped and bursting with grapefruit hop flavors to compliment the soft and spicy nature of rye. We’ve balanced the soft malt profile with a fresh and aggressive hop flavor.

806. Burial Beer Co Scythe Rye

Burial Beer Scythe RyeWhile in line waiting at Bissell Brothers I started talking with the guy behind me. Turns out he was there from North Carolina and had brought some beer up with him. He was looking for some beer from Maine Beer Company and I happened to have a few bottles in my truck so we made a little trade after we gt our beer from Bissell, It’s always fun to meet new people while waiting in lines, really what else are you going to do.

I know nothing about Burial Beer Co but I ended up with a can of this and their Skillet Donut Stout which sounds interesting. This rye IPA pours a deep red color with a very thick off white head. It took several pours to get the glass to the point of this picture. Aroma was slightly sweet but mostly citrus and grapefruit. Based on the appearance and the nose I was expecting good things but the taste was a bit of a let down with a lot more spice and sweetness from the malts and very little of the grapefruit/citrus hops coming through. This beer also had a big bitter finish that didn’t work for me.

Overall not a bad beer and seems like they were going for more of a traditional English style IPA than I typically enjoy.  
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Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 66
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Brewers Website: Burial Beer Co.
Brewers Description: An aggressive harvest tool with a dynamic history, the scythe is traditionally used for harvesting crops. But it was adopted by the lower class as an implement of death during times of war and protest. Our Rye India Pale Ale also has a dual nature with the nose of your traditional IPA and the incredible malt complexity of your European pale ale.  We use a healthy dose of malted Rye and Belgian Crystal malts while Summit and Chinook hops add that delicious hop flavor and the exclusive addition of Mosaic in the whirlpool and dry hop adds a profoundly unique blueberry and pineapple aroma.

647. Stoneface Brewing India Red Rye Ale

Stoneface Brewing India Red Rye IPAFinally made it down to Stoneface Brewing in Newington, thank you to Pete for letting me stop by for some beer. Impressive setup and quality beer. They had the pale ale, IPA and the India Red Rye Ale on so I grabbed a full growler of the IPA and a one liter of this one. Probably should have switched as I really enjoyed this beer.

What is India Red Rye Ale? Is it an amber/red, a rye or an IPA. Well it is probably all 3 with the coloring of a red, the hop profile of an IPA and the slight spicy/sweetness of a rye. Appearance is a typical red with a deep amber color and a nice white head. Aroma has lots of citrus hops, very nice. Taste follows but adds the spicy rye flavors and an added earthy hop profile to the citrus you get in the aroma.

Very nice beer from Stoneface brewing and if you have not stopped in to see them yet you should. 
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Complex but balanced
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Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Stoneface Brewing
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556. Otter Creek Kind Ryed IPA

Otter Creek Kind RyedAfter tasting the collaboration beer – Double Dose IPA – I have been on the look out for more from Otter Creek. I missed this one in the stores but fortunately my mother-in-law found a six pack at a local store and purchased it. She bought it because she liked the label with the dog and the guy in the car not knowing that it was something I was looking for. Anyway I ended with a couple of bottles when we went up to her house to do some wood and roof her porch. She also brought over another six pack she found on another shopping trip so I drank this beer for an entire week, which is very unusual for me.

Kind Ryed is a rye IPA which is a style that I am really enjoying, unlike the black IPA. Color is a deep orange with a thin white head that left tons of lacing on the glass. Aroma has a significant amount of citrus, tangerine – similar to Double Dose but dialed back a notch or two but with an added sweetness from the rye. Taste is very similar to the nose with a solid amount of tangerine from the hops but plenty of rye as well. Overall this was a very enjoyable beer and one of my favorite rye IPAs.

Hoping this one becomes a regular in the Otter Creek line.
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Nice mix of hops and rye
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Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Otter Creek
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440. Short’s Brewing Rye Not

Short's Brewing Rye NotThis one came from a trade and was from a brewery I had not tried before. Short’s is a brewpub in Northwest Lower Michigan and it looks like the only distribute in Michigan.

The Rye Not? is a rye IPA and part of their specialty bottle release program. Appearance is a nice unfiltered orange with a thin white head. The rye dominates the aroma with some citrus and floral hops coming through. Lots of rye spiciness in the flavor with a fair amount of bitterness. Overall this was an enjoyable rye beer but nothing too exciting.
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Very drinkable and good rye character
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Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 84
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Brewers Website: Short’s Brewing
Brewers Description: Rye Not? has massive floral hop qualities, amplified by notable rye characteristics that blend together perfectly and offer ample citrus and subtle pine fragrances, creating a truly memorable nose. The rye-based theme continues as the distinctive flavors of this grain stand out as the distinguishable malt characteristics. The focus from rye to an intense bitterness shifts quickly and lingers well into the finish, transitioning into a heavy dryness during prolonged tastes.

392. Harpoon Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA

Harpoon Rye IPAI first had this beer last Summer as part of a Harpoon variety 12-pack and was definitely impressed. I didn’t realize until recently that I never reviewed the beer so I had to grab another one and give a proper review.

First difference you notice is the rye IPA is a bit darker than regular IPAs. Aroma is a very nice mix of citrus hops and spice from the rye. Overall this beer gets high marks even before I have tasted it. Taste follows the smell with some nice flavorful hops, a nice level of spice and plenty of sweet malts to balance things out. Finishes dry and refreshing, this beer is nice on a hot Summer afternoon or as with this one on a dark Winter evening.

I believe this beer started as part of their 100 Barrel Series but I am glad they kept it around and made it available in 6-packs. If you have not tried Harpoon Rich & Dan’s IPA yet pick one up, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Pros: Flavorful and inexpensive
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Alcohol Content: 6.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 70
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Brewers Website: Harpoon
Brewers Description: This beer is brewed with hops, a variety of malts, our proprietary yeast – the same yeast we’ve used since first brewing Harpoon Ale – and more hops. A lot more hops. Centennial and Chinook, and the dry hop addition of Falconer’s Flight add a multidimensional hop character, and the combination of Pale, Rye, Caramel 60, Flaked Rye, and Vienna yield a complex malt body that stands up to the spiciness of the rye and the pronounced hop flavor.