Harpoon Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA

Yesterday, the other half and I went to Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick. I ordered a beer. It came without a glass. I asked for a glass. I got a glass for it about fifteen minutes later. The glass was not all that clean, as you can see below. Anyways, I hadn’t tried this beer yet, so let’s see how it went.


ABV: 6.9%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “After 25 years of running a brewery, Harpoon founders Rich and Dan thought it was high time they brewed a beer together. Truth be told, they didn’t want their name on it. Truth really be told, they have a running joke as to whether it’s Rich and Dan’s Rye IPA or Dan and Rich’s Rye IPA. Regardless of the order, the point is the same: they’ve been friends for three decades and still love having a beer together. It’s a testament to great beer and friendship, and it made sense, in this case, to name names. Grab your pals and toast to friendship with this Rye IPA! This beer is brewed with hops, a variety of malts, our proprietary yeast – the same yeast we’ve used since first brewing Harpoon Ale – and more hops. A lot more hops. Centennial and Chinook, and the dry hop addition of Falconer’s Flight add a multidimensional hop character, and the combination of Pale, Rye, Caramel 60, Flaked Rye, and Vienna yield a complex malt body that stands up to the spiciness of the rye and the pronounced hop flavor.”

Random: If you’re going to advertise yourself as a beer bar, you should at least offer a glass when serving a beer, just saying.

This brew poured with a two finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the wonderfully clean glass. The body was a clear, amber color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was light with some grassy hops and rye present. There was also some lemon rind as well. The taste was a bit stronger than the nose. There was definite rye notes with some spice and grass with lemon on the end. After a few sips, I got a touch of pine as well. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemon. This beer was only alright and I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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