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Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger IPA

Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger IPA bottle

My weekends have been kind of insane lately, which has led me to miss a few posts, and I’m feeling a little stir crazy so here’s my first-ever weekday LIBA post. Get pumped!

I’m cracking open Great Lakes’ Rye of the Tiger IPA tonight, and I’m psyched. I’ve reviewed a bunch of Great Lakes brews over the years, and they’re almost always delicious. Plus, I’ve been really into rye beers lately, so all the ingredients are in place.

Rye of the Tiger pours out a clear golden color, with just a touch of white foam crown and a super hoppy but spicy aroma. That smell pretty much exactly carries over to the taste, and that taste is crazy good.

Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger IPA

Pungent hops dominate the first sip, but quickly fade into a very spicy and rye that reminds me of sipping some Bulleit rye whiskey on the rocks – so good! The end note is a nice blend of sweet malts and decent mouthfeel, and it sticks around for a minute.

I can’t rave enough about this beer. It’s got everything you want in a rye beer: strong hops, spicy rye, and sweet malts in perfect balance. Another excellent Great Lakes brew, and one I’ll definitely pick up again!

Yards Rye IPA

Yards Rye IPA bottle

The stretch of amazing weekend weather here in D.C. just keeps chugging along, bringing with it tons of fun outdoor activities. And all of the sweaty confused tourists, but that’s a whole other story…

After an amazing 4th of July, I started today with a farmer’s market visit before tennis with a buddy and hours of World Cup. As soon as Holland wins (go Orange!), I’m headed to a concert with beer pong pre-game tournament. What better way to pre-game that then a quick review?

This week I’m trying Yards Brewing Company‘s Rye IPA. I’m a huge fan of this label, and highly recommend visiting their brewery if you ever find yourself in Philadelphia. I’ve taken to drinking more rye than bourbon lately, and also find myself ordering rye-flavored beers, so this one jumped off the shelf on my most recent beer run.

Yards Rye IPA

Rye pours our a bit lighter than I expected, more like an golden lager than amber ale. There’s a nice little fluffy foam head, which leaves lacing down the glass when it’s drunk down, and the aroma has a definite rye spicy undertone.

Tastewise, this is a complex and intense, but very delicious brew. Rye flavors dominate the front, but bitter hops seriously kick in through the middle with a hint of citrus, before ending on a long bitter note. There’s a lot of mouthfeel here, but it all balances out well.

I like this beer a lot, but I’m a hop head, and even I don’t think I could drink more than a few in one sitting. But I’d definitely still recommend trying it out for yourself!