Having tried Jester King’s Wytchmaker Rye IPA on tap a few times, and being somewhat underwhelmed by it, I was not especially enthused to crack this bottle open. Holy Crap was I wrong about that! The bottled Wytchmaker Rye IPA was great, one of the better beers I have tried in some time. It pours a cloudy burnt orange with a fluffy head and the mouthfeel is creamy and chewy and was complex with the pungent citrus, mango and piney hops offset by the rye and caramel malts. This is a beer I would give to a wine snob who claims that beer is unsophisticated, as the interplay of flavors is fantastic. Definitely a contender for Beer of the Year, 9.5/10.
In addition to making a kick ass beer, Jester King needs to be applauded for taking a stand against beer protectionism in Texas. The full story is here, but the short story is that Texas law makes it difficult for out of state breweries to sell their beers here, particularly if the beer is a one-off beer. Jester King understands that making good beer available to Texas beer drinkers, no matter where that beer is brewed, will only serve to increase the thirst for good and interesting beer in Texas. Good for them for taking a stand against a bad law, even though the law may serve their interests in the short run.