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Category: American IPA

Rye of the Tiger – Great Lakes Brewing

Rye of the Tiger – Great Lakes Brewing

Great Lakes Brewing Co introduced Rye of the Tiger as a pub exclusive beer quite a few years ago, but only began bottling it recently. A Rye IPA is rare enough, much less a world-class one. Rye of the Tiger combines the spicy bite of the rye with the citrusy bouquet of the hops. Finishes dry with a nice bittering kick. Has a mainly grapefruit flavor and is highly drinkable despite its 7.5% ABV. Moderately carbonated and has a nice light to medium body. Definitely one of my favorite spring beers by far (it’s been released in the spring in both 2014 and 2015).

Rating: 98

Flower Power India Pale Ale – Ithaca Beer Company

Flower Power India Pale Ale – Ithaca Beer Company

World-Class IPA from New York. Pineapple-grapefruit aroma and finish. Smooth finish despite being very hoppy (wonderful attribute for an IPA). Honey & caramel malt help balance the hops out. Not carbonated very heavily. All in all, almost a perfect example of what an American IPA should be. Delicious beer, but you will definitely not feel the ABV hit until later.

Rating: 98

IPA – Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

IPA – Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

World-Class IPA from New York. Aroma is of citrus with a flowery/fruity flavor. Ephemeral mouthfeel with superb balance between the malt and hops. Highly drinkable to the point where you’ll tilt the bottle back only to find that you’ve already drank all the beer. Very tasty and sessionable for an IPA. Not ruinous on the palate.

Rating: 96.