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Kind Ryed IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Kind Ryed IPAKind Ryed IPA

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 720
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 34
Gots: 127 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Frost-Mountain-Brew on 10-07-2013

A big, unfiltered American IPA built to accompany the big Eastern Winter. Just like an epic bluebird day follows a snow storm, a peppery build from the Rye-malt accompanies glorious hop notes of pine, citrus and fresh grass.
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Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With Ruthless Rye gone by the wayside, I am happy to say that I have found my new go-to Rye IPA. Dark amber out of the bottle with a creamy, pillowy head. Spicy rye and pine notes on the nose. Rye, pine, and citrus jostle for dominance on the palate, and blend together on the back end. Very nicely done.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice, long lasting, lacing;

S: pine, pineapple, rye, a hint of caramel;

T: a touch of rye spice from start to finish; slightly metallic at the end; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: other than bitterness, almost no hop character in the flavor;

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - A dark honey/dark orange color. Hazed. Big two finger pillowy off white'ish head.
Smell - Malt sweetness, pine, floral, orange
Taste - Floral, pine, almost like a molasses type sweetness, spice, earthy, hints of booze

Overall - Otter Creek is my favorite brewery....not totally digging this one though.

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Photo of wedge
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear gold with some floaties and a thick head that leaves some great lacing all over the glass. Aroma has a nice, toasty, grainy freshness to it - leafy, peppery hops, weed, and pine resin. Malty sweetness and spicy rye graininess balanced by herbal, woody hop oils. Grassy, resinous bitterness with a bit of flowers underneath. Pretty alright...no date on the bottle, so no idea how fresh this is.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wow. This had a cool label. I took good notes and a photo of this back in March of this year,

It's cloudy and dirty yellow in the glass. The head was pretty much MIA. The aroma is a pungent sweat sock smell. Nasty.

The taste follows in the same vein, but not as bad. You could almost tell it was a rye beer. It was almost drinkable if you could get past the smell. I wonder if this was just another bad bottle from Crafty Drafts in Ghana. I certainly would not want another and I'm avoiding the store too.

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Photo of KGilmour
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not normally a fan of IPAs, but this one was refreshing and not too hoppy.

L: Golden amber. Not sure on head, since drank from bottle.

S: Citrus and Rye aroma.

T: Rye flavor for sure. Crisp and citrus. No manky aftertaste.

F: Medium carbonation. Not a strong alcoholic flavor, despite the ABV of 6.5%

O: Giving it a 4 out of five, where a 5 for me is a perfect Stout. Because I don't drink IPAs regularly, and have actively disliked some in the past, a 4 is high praise from me.

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Photo of Rclem2010
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My love affair with all things rye continues... A solid IPA top to bottom with an unmistakable rye flavor giving a solid undertow of delicious...big fan

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/6/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, spicy rye, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready rye malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, spicy rye, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine, citrus rind, and spicy rye bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, light caramel, spicy rye bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready rye malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and resinous/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent rye IPA. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready rye malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy unfiltered golden amber color with one finger head. Not much nose but there is a little spice and citrus. Lots of flavors going on with spicy rye notes, sweet malts, grapefruit and lemongrass. Spice stays with you all the way through the finish as the hop builds. Would be a great beer for a nice Summer day but I understand it's only available during the Winter and early Spring. First beer I've tried from Otter Creek Brewing. I'm intrigued.

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Photo of adapt313
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This smelled sweet for an ipa with a fair amount of rye spice and a slight minerally character. The nose as a whole was relatively subdued, everything seemed muted, nothing jumped out. The taste is well balanced, lots of rye spice, sticky sweet malts, earthy, peppercorns, some grapefruit hop notes, mild lingering bitterness, but still getting the same mineral qualities on the finish. Mouthfeel resembles a bigger ipa, relatively full bodied, somewhat sticky, good carbonation. Overall this was good but just didn't hold up to any of the other vermont and Massachusetts ipas consumed that night.

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Photo of SamGold
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The only thing wrong with this baby is it's only available during the winter time. Sad because while consuming it, I had pleasant thoughts of sitting on a back deck in the summer drinking a cold one of these. One of the most refreshing adult drinks I've ever had.

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Photo of iliotib
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Cloudy, almost opaque orange-beige. Thick, yeasty 2-finger head. OK lacing in glass.

Smell: Floral upfront. Citrusy with a sort of sawdust odor. Is that the rye?

Taste: Still developing my palate... slightly smokey taste. Big hops first with a little malt sweetness following. Huge hops following, lots of grapefruit (YUM!). Woody. The hopsmack continues for quite a while after a swallow.

Feel: Awesome mouthfeel. Thought it might be awesome when I first saw the pour. Loved it when the liquid broke through the head. Hearty and slightly thick. Loved it.

Overall: Thought this was a fantastic brew. My wife picked it out... She's my beer muse. Psyched to finally try a rye-beer. Respectable ABV (6.5) and IBUs (60). Great for this time of year.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from six pack into a pint glass, pours a slightly opaque orange with a one finger head and lots of lacing as it sits. The aroma is very sweet, more so than most IPAs, smells of Apple and grapefruit mostly with a hint of biscuit? Maybe. The taste is nothing special, very piney at first with a finishing of the rye used. Mouth feel is fine, slightly thinner than I like, and more carbonation. Overall it's a good IPA I really enjoy the aroma. Think I would enjoy it more off a tap. Would have again 4.25/5

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Dark, orange glow with a dense clarity and strong feverish pitch of effervesce. A two finger, dairy white colored foam head with good standing sits atop with a very good resilience. Strong foamy messy lace band.

S: Freshly sliced grapefruit, dry barley and rye bread, dry orange and some background herbal hops. A bit of trailing grassy-flowery hops with an average helping.

T: Dry peppery rye, spicy, barley, peppercorns, and dry woodsy citrus. Herbal hops with caraway, and anise spiciness. The rye factor is very strong, it doesn't hold back finishing with a dry burbon alcohol fade.

M: Good tongue dancing carbonation, creamy malts, sticky and dry, with a medium fullness.

O: A very strong rye presence that lives up to its name with an equally good dry hopped backing. O.C. continues to step up their hop game and is becoming a force with a expanding portfolio of sought after hoppy beers. This is very good, six pack worthy, and the rye factor is something to be reckoned with. 6.5% abv% and drinks fairly big.

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Photo of Chris33
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Very floral to the nose with a hint of grass and wheat

first taste came in as a wheaty-orange followed with a rye and grapefruit feel. Then a slight pine taste.

Leaves the palette with slight bitterness and an aftertaste. Nothing too overwhelming here.
Great rye IPA here. Not too bitter so a good one for a "non-IPA" fan to try. As a Vermonter, some of OC's stuff has been hit or miss for me; I would call this one a hit. Nice IPA without the overwhelming bitterness.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2015-01-23 in Columbia, PA from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Cloudy golden orange with a massive 3-finger pillowy white head that lasts and lasts and leaves nice, sheeted lace.

S - Dank and floral hops, rye bread, citrus and a touch of pine. Very nice.

T - Tart orange marmalade on toasted rye bread gives way quickly to quite-bitter grapefruit zest, which lingers a long time. There's also some grass and earthy spice that appears towards the end and continues into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Prickly, a bit resinous but ultimately, quite dry.

O - Plenty here for hop/bitter lovers with a nice rye twist. Not as balanced as I'd like (too bitter) but all-in-all; a well-made and tasty brew.

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Photo of ANelson62889
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours straw-golden color, with a frothy eggshell white head. Not much lacing on the glass.

It smells unbelievable. Floral. Super floral. Imagine walking through a field of wild flowers floral. Sweet, delicious wildflowers.

Not really bitter at all. Just a little bit on the aftertaste. Not really sweet either. Whats that mean? Well it means to me that its perfectly balanced and this is a delicious beer that everyone needs to try.

The mouth feel is ehhhh medium. Not thick, not light. The right feel to be able to pound down 6 of these guys and not feel like you ate at a Chinese buffet.

This beer is surprising. I didn't care for OC's Overgrown. This beer however definitely deserves the outstanding rating it's receiving. Its an excellent IPA to give to a buddy if you want them to get into craft and IPAs.

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Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy golden amber color with a two finger white head.

S- Spicy rye, citrus hops, floral notes.

T- Rye, piney and slighly dank finish, citrus, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice rye IPA, definitely will seek out again.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from brewmaster Mike. A golden honey pour with some noticeable suspended particles, and a thin bubbly head. A fresh hoppy scent leads to a mouthful of fruit, pineapple, and berry. I think there's a hint of clove in there too. The malts balance out a long bitter finish, yum. Well done, I'll have another.

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Photo of jfmorey
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle poured into a pint glass

A cloudy Amber with a good head

Aroma is floral and spice

Taste is well balanced with the rye sour and mainly floral and citrus hops, some bitter I the aftertaste

Overall a good rye ale

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to joe_grizzly, who sent this along with a buttload of Alchemist that I promptly devoured. Have always liked Otter Creek , & haven’t had their rye…shame on me. 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is unfiltered orange, middling carbonation. Nose is like a lotion Kleenex, gentle, unabrasive, to be used repeatedly.

Kind Ryed is like a rye five toes in the nuts. Luckily, I like that kind of thing. To say this is rye-forward is like saying Coke if sugar-forward. The rye is spicy & sharp, almost veering into white pepper territory, crushing the hops into a background watercolor of mild bitterness & a damp earthiness. While I usually hate dirt in my beer, the contrast with the rye works. Chewed pine needles finish it off, & damn, but I shouldn’t have shared this with my wife. The entire bottle would have been welcome from lips to liver.

Very good stuff & if I had a bucket full, this might get ass-bumped into the excellent sphere. Another fine brew from Otter Creek.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle gotten as a Christmas gift.

A - Darkish orange color with some haze to it. White head starts tall, retains very nicely as a thick half-finger or so, pretty good lace left.

S - Big dose of rye outdoes the hops, which is nice, and seemingly/somehow rare for the style. Good herbal, grassy, citrus hops. Unfortunately quite faint.

T - Taste is great. Still a good amount of rye, but the hop profile opens up quite a bit bringing grassy, floral and tangerine/citrus flavors, along with some spice and light dankiness. Malt is faint but there is some caramel and toasted bread popping up here and there.

M - Solid, good body and nice carbonation, lots of hop flavor while bitterness is on the softer side. Quite drinkable.

O - Maybe not as exciting or standout as the many 'really great' IPAs of today, but this serves as a great example of a Rye-PA. They don't shy away from emphasizing the rye and it interplays with a nice hop profile.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is radiant orange with a decent head and limited clarity. An average amount of lacing remains on the glass after consumption. The smell is black pepper, lemon, and grass. More of the same in the taste with additional notes of citrus, pumpernickel grain, and spice. While not the biggest fan of Rye IPAs, I do enjoy the kick this one provides. The finish is semi-dry and very bitter, but I'm not complaining. Reasonably executed.

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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a clear dark gold with no head.
S: It smelled like floral and spicy hops and rye.
T: It tasted like cooper and floral hops with spicy rye. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with little a little carbonation. Oily body.
D: This had a nicely balanced scent and taste, with decent body. Solid brew, even if not super unique or exiting.

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Photo of topofthehops
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this right now for the first time on draught at a bar in Baltimore. This is absolutely delicious. As a self-described hop head I'd begun to wonder whether anything under 8% would satisfy my admittedly overwrought taste buds. But at "only" 6.5% this delivers loads of flavor. I'd love to regale you with all the flavor nuances but I'll leave that to the folks who can actually wax poetic about that stuff. All I know is that this is an exceptional IPA that delivers loads of wonderful hop flavor. Love it!

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Kind Ryed IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.