Second Chance Clever Hoppy Name #2 Rye IPA

Second Chance Beer Company - [Clever Hoppy Name #2] Rye IPA

Brewed by: Second Chance Beer Company

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: IPA
  • Variation: Rye, American
  • Limited: Brewery Only
  • ABV: 7%
  • IBU: N/A

Notes: Part of ongoing “Clever Hoppy Name” series.

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Slightly spicy malt character from rye malt. Extensively dry-hopped with HBC 366 and Comet, for juicy citrus and tropical fruit hoppiness.

Hops: HBC 366* and Comet

Malts: Rye

* HBC 366 was formerly known as Equinox and has been re-branded as Eukanot.

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First Impressions

Artwork: No label.

Color: Bright and clear copper color.

Aroma: Mild notes of citrus and tropical fruit.

The Tasting

Arrived in: Growler

Served in: Specialty IPA Glass

Every year we review a series of beers from a given brewery. Some have been all India Pale Ales like Sierra Nevada’s Harvest or The Hop Concept, and even a variety of styles within a series like Four Seasons of Mother Earth.

Now we’re going to chronicle Second Chance Beer Company’s ongoing Clever Hoppy Name series. How did we arrive at this choice? Not only is Second Chance Beer Company our closest local brewery, but that word “hoppy” in the title caught our attention.

Their inaugural batch from fall of 2016 was a crushable Extra Pale Ale with Citra and Mosaic. We are picking things up with the second installment (Batch 2), a rye-based India Pale Ale. This is a beer either of us — or both — will order every time we stop by Second Chance. None of the Clever Hoppy releases are canned, so you’ll have to head over to Rancho Beernardo if this beer sounds appealing to you.

Clever Hoppy Name #2 Rye IPA was a beauty to admire in the glass. In what’s starting to become uncommon these days — it was an IPA we could actually see through! With a bright bronze to coppery colored transparent body, its endless trails of pinhead sized effervescence put us in a trance.

On the nose, this ale was surprisingly mellow. With the use of rye, we were expecting some spiciness, but it offered up mild aromas similar to a fruit forward IPA, with notes of citrus and tropical fruits. It was pleasant surprise to find the more nuanced fruity bouquet.

What made Clever Hoppy Name #2 so much fun to drink, was that it offered a multitude of profiles. On the nose we got the tropical and citrus fruit. But on the palate, it was a completely different experience thanks to a crisp and dry mouthfeel that only helped to accentuate its flavors.

Underneath there was some tropical fruit, and as the beer warmed, peach became more apparent. From there, a chaser of pine and orange combined beautifully for a slowly developing bitterness. That hoppy finish also rolled into a gentle rye spice that lingered with each sip. Such a myriad of flavors!

We could drink this beer all day long, but its well hidden, yet substantial 7% ABV doesn’t really make that possible. Tears might be shed when Second Chance takes Clever Hoppy Name #2 off the menu, but if its successor is this good, that could help cushion the blow.

Final Score: 4/5


4 Stars

Clever Hoppy Name #2 has been one of those beers we fall in love with the more we drink it. The beer delivers all the fruit profiles an IPA could offer, some piney bitterness, as well as rye spice.

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