Sunday, May 26, 2013

Great Lakes Brewing Company - Rye of the Tiger IPA

Turn this junk up unless you fell of the turnip truck as a kid!

Another great beer from our friends at Great Lakes; Rye of the Tiger Rye-PA. This is named for its higher rye malt content opposed to other brews omitting such malt. Its got a floral scent as most IPAs do with a sharp bite that really nips the sides of your tongue. It's got a bit of a dry after taste which isn't necessarily different that other Indian Pale Ales. If you wanted a watery aftertaste I suggest drinking this crapola in high doses.

The Rye of the Tiger is like a lot of champions; tough, surly and will put you on your tush in seven rounds (reaching a 7.5% ABV). This is not the only IPA coming out of Great Lakes. The also have the Commodore Perry IPA (available year long) and the Alchemy Double (available February). The Commodore has the same ABV (Alchemy has 9.4%) but what is notable as far as the Rye is concerned is that it has a higher IBU than the others (Rye 92, Alchemy 80, Commodore 70). So if you like your high IBUs you might want to check this mother out (available April).

Would I get this again? Possibly. It was $5 a draft which isn't as cheap as a prom date from Ohio but still not outrageous (unlike a prom date from Ohio). As far as IPAs go its pretty bitter but it wasn't like I cried home to my mommy about. This is a good sipping beer in an air conditioned bar so if you like that keep on it. I'm not a fan of the label. I just have a real phobia with Tigers and Lions on my beers but this one works out pretty well.

Other Great Lakes Beer Reviews
Alchemy Double IPA
Lake Erie Monster IPA
Conways Irish Ale
Commodore Perry IPA
Eliot Ness Lager
Christmas Ale

Drinkability: 7/10
Taste: 8/10
Value: 6/10
Curb Appeal: 4/10

Overall: 6.25/10

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