Rye IPA

Recipes:
1,759
BJCP 2021:
21B
Era:
Craft
Origin:
North America
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Amber
Strength:
High
Taste:
Bitter

Profile

The history of Rye IPA is largely driven by the craft beer movement's penchant for experimentation, with brewers seeking new tastes and textures within established styles. This beer style is essentially a variation on the much-celebrated American IPA, distinguished by the inclusion of rye malt in its grain bill. This inclusion imparts unique characteristics to both the flavor and mouthfeel. It can have similarities with other styles such as standard American IPAs and American Pale Ales but differentiates itself with its notable spicy grain qualities. As such, those who enjoy hops but are looking for an ale with an added layer of complexity often find themselves drawn to this intriguing twist on traditional IPAs.

In appearance, Rye IPAs usually present a spectrum of colors ranging from pale golden to deep amber, and they often boast a noticeable haziness if rye is used extensively. The head is typically off-white, showcasing good retention – a tribute to the contribution of proteins from rye's complex carbohydrate profile. Flavor and aroma are where the Rye IPA stands out; there's an unmistakable spicy and slightly earthy character imparted by the rye that complements the hop bitterness. Expect notes of citrus, pine, or floral qualities depending on hop varieties used, intertwined with the peppery nuances of rye. Balance leans toward hop bitterness but should not be overwhelmingly bitter. The use of rye adds a unique crispness and can contribute to a more pronounced dry finish which further accentuates the hop character.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
5.5 – 8.0 %

In Database
4.9 < 6.5 < 8.4 %

Bitterness

Specification
50 – 75 IBU

In Database
39 < 61 < 85 IBU

Color

Specification
12 – 28 EBC
6 – 14 SRM

In Database
8 < 18 < 31 EBC
4 < 9 < 16 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
13.7 – 18.1 °P
1.056 – 1.075 OG

In Database
11.6 < 15.3 < 19.4 °P
1.047 < 1.063 < 1.081 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 3.6 °P
1.008 – 1.014 FG

In Database
1.8 < 3.4 < 5.4 °P
1.007 < 1.013 < 1.021 FG

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