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Kind Ryed IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 694
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 6.63%
Wants: 31
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 97 | Hads: 694
Photo of timmy2b
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

cloudy orange color with a nice sized white head, about a finger upon pouring into the glass. the head lingered as a small white ring on the top of the beer in the glass. It has a light citrus almost orange scent to it. As the amount of beer in the glass lessened the scent turned to more of an orange than at the beginning. Started out with a little bit of a hoppy bitterness that quickly faded. Very light feeling beer, almost as light as a session IPA. This is a light IPA that would be decent for a nice summer day, and at only 6% would be fine. Its a little too light for me and the hoppy kick that is common in most American IPAs is not very pronounced in this. Decent beer to try, but I will not be buying another six pack of it for a little while. (755 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy orangish gold with sediment and floaties; small white head that fades and leaves great retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts and sticky grapefruit. Lots of lemon zest. There are hints of orange peel as well. There's some black pepper. Rye is there giving it a subtle spiciness. The flavors are sharp and crisp. Pretty solid bitterness. There's a solid malt background which really makes the hops pop. Lots of lemon. Lots of grapefruit. Hints of pine. Very earthy. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's extremely crisp. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's easy to drink.

This is a solid Rye IPA. It's not flashy and there's no gimmicks. It's just straight foraward and well crafted. (771 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Amber in color. 1 finger of white head.

Pleasant aroma yet somewhat mild. Some hop notes of orange and a touch of grapefruit are noticeable. Just a faint sense of rye spice is noticeable behind it.

A quick flash of citrus hops are first noticed on the palate. Grapefruit and orange again. Malt is dry, crisp, and a bit spicey. Flavor is a bit short and there's mild bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, a bit prickly. Carbonation is appropriate.

Enjoyable beer. I have to admit I wish both the hops and rye were more prominent, especially the rye, but it's a solid effort from Otter Creek. HRd to rate because I'd like to know if the brewer intends for it to be more of an IPA, or more of just a rye beer. It works better as an IPA, less so as a rye focused beer. (801 characters)

Photo of adapt313
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled 121613.

A nice hazy pineapple colored body. 2 fingers worth of very creamy foam smothers the sides and drips down. Retention is average though. Smell of spicy rye with grapefruit is nice. Flavor is very mellow, rye and hops are subdued and mild. Finish is relatively tame. Ok but expected more flavor. (338 characters)

Photo of Reillybrews
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, I like what the rye does to the flavor and mouthfeel, nice dryness. Only qualm was the appearance of noticeable "floaters" or proteins in suspension. Couldn't realy notice their impact on flavor or mouthfeel etc so otherwise, excellent. (247 characters)

Photo of BKBassist
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A - Hazy/cloudy dark golden. Big frothy head with lots of lacing.

S - An excellent, if not strong nose. Very traditional American IPA, great pine, citrus.

T - Somewhat muted initial taste. Great spicy rye/lemon zest finish.

M - Very standard American IPA feel.

O - A solid, if unremarkable, IPA that is slightly elevated by the excellent rye finish, but that falls short of outstanding due to the muted nose and overall average body and flavor. I'd snag it again on tap to see if my bottle was old, as there was no visible date stamp. (562 characters)

Photo of ElijahRivera
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle with an unreadable date. Consumed on Red Wednesday, 2013.

A- Translucent, dark orange-ish, amber pour with a big cream colored head that stays strong for several minutes, and eventually leaves a thin film in its wake. Had a strange vortex of haze that ended up dispersing throughout the glass, and obscuring any view of carbonation.

S- Sweet, spicy malts and rye, and some citrus, piney hops. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but the spicy rye was a nice touch.

T- The spicy rye is thankfully evident, and takes a front row seat in the malt bill. The citrus and piney hops round third nicely, and bring it home with a bitter finish that lasts well into the aftertaste. As it warmed, I picked out a distinct flavor of clementine zest.

M- Mid to full body. A little bit slick. Low carbonation. Nothing special, but not negative.

O- A solid showing from a brewery I'm not that fond of. Lacks the depth and complexity of some of the really great IPAs I've had the good fortune to imbibe. An enjoyable beer, and one that I might pick up in the future at the right price. (1,085 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky gold color. The head is two fingers high, and pale yellow in shade. Retention is quite good. Webbed splotches of lacing are left on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: This brings the rye spice exceptionally well - only Wookey Jack has a more vibrant rye character. In addition, some nice citrus, pine, and caramel notes also appear. Even without the rye notes, it smells like a good IPA. The former is exactly what pulls the nose past 'good', and right into 'great'. (4)

Taste: The flavor profile is more piny than citrusy, which goes great with the prevalent rye taste. Pine bitterness hits hard at first, but subsides to reveal some caramel malt. Grapefruit peel appears on the midtaste. I can't really call it balanced (it's on the bitter side, and the aforementioned rye spice is downright shameless), but it IS quite tasty. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Crisp and easy drinking, without the excess sweetness a rye beer can potentially suffer from. The feel seems balanced - not too sweet nor too biting, maybe erring toward the latter slightly. Carbonation is middling. (3.75)

Overall: This brings the rye flavor hard and fast, so I don't see this being for everyone. Those that love rye...well, here's the beer you've been waiting for! Even better, the rye flavor isn't obstructed by an overly sweet finish. While not perfect, it's a good approximation of what a rye IPA should be. (3.75)

3.68/5: A rye beer done the ryeght way (AAAAAAARGH) (1,486 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a clouded golden copper orange hue, with a thicket of off white head, intricate even lacing. Aroma has citrus bursts, apricot, hints of mango...hints of biscuit malt and dry yeast components. Let's see how it tastes, bitter, bitter, and oh yeah bitter. A wave of hops, big bitterness, lacks cohesiveness with a malt profile a bit of spicy rye in the backend, but more or less a wave of hops and finishes with bitter resins and dry yeast notes. Bottled 10/28/13 they have a bit of time on them but I think these bottles are just a bit over the top with dry hop bitterness, lacks malt sweetness, and balance. There is the spicy rye grassiness that only adds to the earthy bitterness and vegetal garlic/onion notes I'm getting it's like chewing on an everything bagel at this point. Mouthfeel completely drying bitterness, my mouth is a desert, waves of lingering bitterness ample soft carbonation resinous medium bodied ale. Overall, I appreciate the hops, but this cat who used to brew at DFH, needs to go do an internship on the West Coast to learn how to tame the hops or keep brewing collaborations with Lawson's Finest!!! (1,132 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/burnt yellow, unfiltered with a nice foamy, thick 1 inch head with lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Citric hops, oranges, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit. Slight rye, some sugars, but not getting much else.

Taste - Starts out with a citric blast of pineapple and grapefruit hops. Lemon and honey are also very present. Some spices and a herbal note add a little more flavor. The rye flavor comes in near the finish along with some malts and sugars.

Mouthfeel - The tongue gets mostly hops with some sugars. Palate gets a huge lemon blast along with some malts and spices. Aftertaste is bitter along with a little sugar sweetness.

Overall - Pretty good but, more so a west coast ipa and lacking in the rye. Packs a pretty strong bitter hop punch, but not the most balanced beer out there. A little simple flavor, but done well enough to recommend giving it a try. (909 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours a dull hazy copper with a two-finger, dense, bright white head. Thin wisps of lacing sporadically coat the sides of the glass as the brew is consumed. Nose expresses aromas of rye and light, fruity esters. Taste consistent with nose - earthy, with the addition of some more clearly identifiable citrus notes and some medicinal/piny bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with an assertive carbonation that borders on being prickly and a pleasant acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, a pretty solid Rye Beer. I have to say that I like the direction that Otter Creek has been moving in recently. (699 characters)

Photo of argock
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at RFD (Washington, DC).

A: Dusky auburn with short cap of fine bubbled off-white head with a pretty good dose of lacing.

S: Very lemony with a grassy herbal note behind, mild orange and floral notes as well

T: THe flavor starts very lemony hops as well but moves ahead with more caramel and rye notes and finshes moderately dry with an orange citrus and pine hops finish

M: Medium body with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. A bit less than moderately dry with the fairly high level of caramel malts in this beer.

O : I enjoyed this beer but the signature lemon hoppiness probably limits this to a 1 pint beer. The heavy dose of caramel malts also drags down drinkability somewhat. But not a bad beer at all. (759 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of citrus, hops, some pine. Taste is grapefruit, tropical fruits, some bitterness, a bit of pine, finishes dry and tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer. (287 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy orange amber color with a one finger white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of citrus and some malty smells. The citrus is mainly of a hoppy grapefruit smell, but contains notes of lemon and a bit of tangerine. The malty smells are mainly of a bready nature, but contain a little bit of rye as well. Along with these aromas are a bit of caramel and a hint of grass, overall producing a rather pleasant smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a good bready base. Upfront there is also a decent showing for rye and a bit of tangerine sweetness. As the taste advances the rye grows stronger in flavor with a grapefruit hoppiness growing more and more potent as the flavor advances. A bit of grassiness and some more grainy flavors join the now very rye, bready, and grapefruit flavor to leave a rather thick hoppy and citrus flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average side. Both are quite nice for the mix of citrus, rye, and hop flavors of the brew making it a rather rich yet still easy drinking IPA.

Overall – A rather tasty rye, with a rather nice blend between citrus, rye, grass, bread, and sweet.. While not quite all it is chalked up to be it is very tasty and quite balanced. (1,501 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/21/2013 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty rye malt character. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in along with some caramel and citrus sweetness creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are better choices in the style but this is still a solid beer to drink for a while. (736 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a dark red-amber, with a fair amount of haze. Bottle conditioned, plenty of yeast noticeable at the end of the pour. Thick 2" head formed and dissipated slowly, leaving behind a good amount of lacing. Nice looking beer.

S - An Earthy bitterness, a very slighly fruity hoppiness and some spice. Everything comes back to the rye, as it's very prevelant.

T - Rye malts up front, as well as some toasted malts. Hops are more noticeable in the taste. A general earthiness, a fair amount of bitterness, and a unique mixture of fruity and English hops. They may not have used English hops, but the hop taste is unique. Rye and tart bittnerness at the end. Very nice tasting beer.

F - Crisp yet powerful. Not a beer you'd chug, but has a nice feel. Very drinkable.

O - Am starting to become a fan of Rye beers, and this is a good one. Good amount of rye and hops, which feature a very unique flavor. Recommended. (976 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper with over a finger of white head that lingered for a decent amount of time. The nose has mild hop and rye notes. The same notes are present in the flavor profile. The finish is nicely bitter with the rye spiciness coming on a bit stronger.

This is a decent effort, but it is not a top tier rye beer. (322 characters)

Photo of qchic
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy copper and a creamy, chunky head (seriously). Smells of citrus, grass, and pine, along with the spicy tang of rye and a touch of fruit. The rye steps it up in the flavor, with the hops keeping things piney bitter throughout and beyond. Nice medium body and fine carbonation in this nicely priced beer. Recommended. (319 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The nose on this beer is great. Super piney resin with a very mild hint of citrus; and it's consistent. That's the most interesting part as most beers fade quickly on the fragrance aspect of things. As far as the flavor goes, it's pretty decent. Mildly full and it follows through. A nice IPA. Wouldn't mind a bit more punch, but it works. (339 characters)

Photo of MarkLinton1
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden body with good head that left a little lace. Strong floral hop aroma and you can pick up touches of sweet caramel malt and rye. The hops and carbonation give the beer an overall dryer, sharper feel, but the sweetness and the rye offer great balance so the beer is never cutting and easily passes over the tongue. Straddles the line between hoppy ale for the hop heads and milder ale for those who aren't IPA fans. Overall, a really good beer (nuff said). (470 characters)

Photo of OrangeMen
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 2.5 months old

Light golden orange color, tons of floaties, big chunks even. Im assuming this is by design as the bottle isnt ancient.
Wonderful mixture of spicy rye character and brighter citrus / piney hops. Nice balanced bitterness from hops and rye, but citrus doesnt lighten it up a bit.
Very nice rye ale. Seems Otter Creeks seasonal offerings are all solid nowadays. (381 characters)

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Kind Ryed IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.