Given that you’re apparently voluntarily reading something with “beer” in the headline, I’ll assume I don’t have to explain to you who Three Floyds are or what they do. Let’s just get down to business. Rye da Tiger is a double rye IPA, an amped-up version of a beer the brewery released in collaboration with Reckless for Record Store Day in April—that one, in an even more obvious metal reference, was called Rye’d da Lightning. A rye IPA, to get remedial for a moment, replaces a substantial portion of the barley malt in a traditional IPA with rye, usually also malted. Rye can impart much more foreground flavor than barley, depending on how much you use—”grassy” and “peppery” are beer nerds’ favorite words to describe it.

Rye da Tiger is the color of dark honey with a blush of pink, though I suppose that last could’ve been a side effect of the red tablecloth in my friends’ dining room. Its bone-white head thins quickly to a lacy ring, but the beer itself is substantial and chewy. Unless you pour it with borderline monastic patience, you’ll end up with a bit of sediment on the bottom of your glass. Go ahead and drink it—it’s just as tasty as everything else in the bottle.

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.