Brewer's Notes

Smuttynose Rhye IPA Available Year-Round

Rhye IPA: from Big Beer to Seasonal to Full-time.

Rhye IPA will be available year-round starting April 3rd wherever our beers are sold. This is the part where we start making rye puns, but rye would we do that? Ok, that was the only one we’ll make, we promise. Otherwise, you can call us…ryer ryer pants on fire. Ok…we’re done now.

Rhye IPA is a perfect example of what can happen when you experiment and innovate to combine beer styles. When it was first conceptualized, we envisioned Rhye IPA as a fun, experimental beer to include in our Big Beer series. People were so excited about it that we decided to include it in our Seasonal line-up, and that still wasn’t meeting the demand. So, it goes without saying that we’re thrilled to share this with everyone every single day of the year.

Rhye IPA uses a variety of malts, including North American 2-Row, Rye, Aromatic, and Cararye malts. Magnum hops were used for bittering, and Falconer’s Flight and Citra were added for flavor and dry-hopping.  Officially, Rhye IPA comes in at 6.9% and 71 IBUs.

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. It’s available in 12 oz. bottles in six and twelve packs, and in draft wherever Smuttynose beers are sold.

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