Guest Review: Rye of the Tiger

Name: Rye of the Tiger
Brewery: Great Lakes Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Cleveland, OH
Style: Rye IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.5%

In the Glass: Light translucent body is there, with a tight head. Looks exactly like it should.

Nose: It’s all oranges, I get a bit of the rye spiciness that balances the hop bitterness. I think Great Lakes finally caught on to where hop profiles have gone: just all fruits.

Flavor: Oh the flavor. Three key components have an equal say, and in the best way possible. The balance of each is just impeccable. The signature Great Lakes malt bill is there, but the rye is a nice addition. The hops add a nice bitterness, but interplay so perfectly with the rye. I’ve never seen a rye IPA be able to mesh so cleanly the spiciness of the rye and East Coast hop profile. It’s so drinkable, yet still extremely flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, it’s not as bitter as you’d expect. There’s bitterness, but it feels so clean and smooth. Its like a cask ale, drinkable and flavorful.

Aftertaste: I love how the tropical fruits linger forever, That chewy, grainy Great Lakes malt bill lingers like it should but gets out shown by great use of east coast hopping. I love how it finishes. Perfect IPA finish in my book.

Rating: 4.75/5

Final Thoughts: That review sound like it should get a 5, but no. The main bitterness and earthiness comes from the rye malt, not the hops. Since its an IPA by style, this thing should have some kind of bitterness from the hops. It doesn’t, but that’s really all I’ve got in terms of negativity. Its such a well put together beer and so flavorful that I don’t want to say anything more.

I’m going to drink a ton of this in the near future, as should you.

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