Hop Ryot Rye IPA

Jackie O’s Brewery, Athens, OH

Jackie O’s Hop Ryot Rye IPA @ Dewey’s Pizza – Brown St., Dayton, O.

Sampled on draught at Dewey’s Pizza near the University of Dayton.

Review by Bill Lau | Potable Pastime

March 10, 2014

Recently, my wife and I found ourselves near the University of Dayton, just south of downtown, around dinner time. That area is chock-full of a variety of restaurants and dining options, but on this particular occasion we ended up at Dewey’s Pizza, a gourmet pizza chain that started in Cincinnati but now has locations as far away as Columbus and Cleveland in Ohio, and even St. Louis, MO. Dewey’s features a variety of specialty pizzas, with toppings like goat cheese, pesto, whole roasted garlic cloves, and so on, as well as several very good salads, available in full or side salad portions. They also feature 7 craft beers on tap, including local and regional selections.

Walking from the parking lot to the door, the aroma of baking pizza wafted past on the breeze, intoxicating and appetizing. We had come at the right time, as there was no wait for a table. (There was a wait for tables by the time we left.) We sat by a window, enjoying the mostly clear sky and late afternoon/early evening sunlight angling past from the west, opposite our window; a welcome change after many days of cloudy and dreary skies. This set the mood nicely for our meal, which only wanted a nice beer for it to be complete.

The choices when we visited were: Dewey’s Seasonal Ale by Mt. Carmel from Cincinnati; Brooklyn Brown Ale from New York; Rivertown Roebling Imperial Porter from Cincinnati; New Holland Sun Dog Amber Ale from Michigan; Southern Tier Live Pale Ale from New York; New Belgium Ranger IPA from Colorado; and this rye IPA from Jackie O’s in Athens, Ohio. Good pizza and craft beer; what’s not to like?

I asked for and received a sample of the Hop Ryot, and quickly decided it was worth ordering a pint. I was surprised at just how light in color this one came out – bright, clear yellow-gold color with minimal head of pure white foam, as you can clearly see from the photo.

Aromas of grapefruit zest, citrus blossom, and a catty note all teased my senses.

It presented a medium body with light carbonation. Smooth on the palate.

Flavors featured citrusy hops and bitterness up front with what at first came across as a catty note, but upon reflection I realized was a dry pineapple note. Had a little bite to it.  Biscuity malt followed, then floral and resiny hops led into a lengthy, dryish finish. Some bitterness lingered on the palate.

Enjoyed this quite well with a Greek salad and Rocky Balboa pizza which came topped with olive oil, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, seared onions & peppers, steak, and fontina cheese, to which we added banana pepper rings. Very flavorful beer. I’ll be on the lookout for more beers from Jackie O’s based on how well I liked this one.

Rating:     Appearance: 4.5/5     Aroma: 8/10     Palate: 4/5     Flavor: 8/10     Overall: 16.5

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