House of Clay Rye IPA by Raleigh Brewing is a nifty IPA from Raleigh, North Carolina that features a twist of rye. Pretty straight forward so far, eh? The naming and can design are where the simplicity ends. This beverage was much more complex than I expected and a pleasant surprise. I learned a valuable lesson today: don’t judge a beer by its cover! This rule does not apply to bars.
The can is also refreshingly nonjudgmental, stating that this beer can be enjoyed after a hard day of laying bricks or a day of laying around. Whatever laying you’re into, this beer’s for you!
The House of Clay RyePA pours a hazy, dark amber with a thick, off-white head. The aroma features roasty, sweet rye breadiness with fireworks of citrus. The nose definitely gives this beer away as not your baseline IPA. If smelling this blindly, I may have mistaken it for a porter.
The flavor profile kicks the complexity into high gear with a smattering of malty and hoppy characteristics that share the spotlight. Caramel and citrusy grapefruit hit the palate first with a mild undertone of sweetness and coffee that coats the tongue. Spicy hop notes finish off the profile crisply with a bitter encore that follows shortly after and lingers for roughly 37.5 seconds.
Whether you’re laying bricks, laying around, laying up, layering a cake, Layla by Eric Clapton, or laying down the sick beats, House of Clay is the RyePA for you. Simple packaging hides a complex, reasonably priced brew that you won’t want to pass up. Cheers, Raleigh Brewing!
- Appearance: Hazy, dark amber
- Aroma: Sweet rye, citrus
- Flavor: Caramel, grapefruit, coffee, mild sweetness, spicy/bitter finish
- Mouthfeel: Medium plus
- ABV: 7.1%
- Size/Price: 6pk 12 oz. / $8-$9
- Score: 86