Smuttynose Brewing Company (Hampton, New Hampshire) has announced that Rhye IPA has been officially promoted to the brewery’s Year-Round line-up.
If it is possible for a beer to serve as an example of persistence, that beer would be Rhye IPA. This offering originally got its start as an experimental release in Smuttynose Brewing’s Big Beer Series, and its popularity quickly earned this brew a place in the brewery’s Seasonal line-up. Even with this change, the hop-loving masses voiced that they wanted more access to Rhye IPA. The brewery has listened and will now meet that demand by once again reclassifying Rhye IPA to become a Year-Round offering.
The brewers at Smuttynose lay the base of Rhye IPA with a variety of malts (including North American 2-Row, Rye, Aromatic, and CaraRye), but the goal is to ensure that the spiciness of rye stands out. To complement that character, “Magnum hops were used for bittering, and Falconer’s Flight and Citra were added for flavor and dry-hopping.” This all results in 6.9% ABV, “hoppy IPA, with rye spiciness and big hop character.”
Rhye IPA will officially roll out as a Year-Round offering beginning on April 3. This offering will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New Hampshire and throughout the rest of Smuttynose’s distribution area. It has been a long road for Rhye IPA, so make sure you show the beer a little love by picking up a sixer while on your next beer run. Prost!
Vital Information for Rhye IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Release – Year-round, April 3, 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale/Rye Beer
ABV – 6.9%
IBUs – 71
Hops – Magnum, Citra & Falconer’s Flight
Malts – North American 2-Row, Rye, Aromatic & CaraRye
Yeast – American Ale
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://smuttynose.com/beer-finder/
Suggested Food Pairings – “Spicy Asian foods: Thai, Vietnamese especially, sweet BBQ ribs and Jamaican food.”
Fun Fact – “The bottle label and package art is inspired by a drawing of an Indian rhino drawn by 16th century German painter and printmaker, Albrecht Durer. Durer was renowned throughout Europe for his wooden prints, and he worked with some of the most famous painters and artists of the day, including Da Vinci, Raphael, and many more.
Durer had never seen a rhino before, and created the drawing based on a description and a crudely scribbled sketch.”