Kind Ryed IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

Not Rated.
Kind Ryed IPAKind Ryed IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

97 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 97
Hads: 694
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 6.63%
Wants: 31
Gots: 107 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 97 | Hads: 694
Photo of JAFoley
4/5  rDev -1.7%

A - Almost clear pale golden body with thin bubbly white head. Ok retention but nice lacing.

S - Citrus hops and rye.

T - Pine hops mix with toasted rye spiciness. Some sweet cherries and medicine flavors in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Sticky and resinous.

O - Really great rye IPA. I love the spiciness and smokey flavors. (367 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 sierratwohearted
4.6/5  rDev +13%

hazy gold in appearance. couple fingers of soapy head. sticky lacing all the way down. big citrusy rye aroma. this is so incredibly smooth. creamy medium bodied ale. big floral rye spiced taste. cirtrusy hops linger...almost a little piney. this is a solid IPA. love the addition of rye in pale ales.
Update: second thought...raising rating from 4.4 to 4.6 (356 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, light amber color with a bubbly, white froth of a head. The head settles to a nice thin layer of bubbles and some decent lacing on the glass.
S: Floral, spicy, piney hops with a mellow malt profile of fresh bread and more rye spice.
T: Soft doughy malt notes with a crisp, dry bite of floral, spicy and pine hop notes. More dry grains and a finish of bitter and spicy rye notes.
M: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a noticeable breath of alcohol.
O: Otter creek is on the mark with this beer it has a great flavor and balance with a good hit of spiciness. Taste is clean and fresh. I would certainly try this again. (646 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'll buy anything with a drivin' dog on it.

Hazy gold color. Crescent moon retention leaves foamy curtains down my glass.

Smells like damp, fresh cut grass and peppery sawdust. Citrus rinds. Nice break from the tropical fruit outburst IPAs.

Flavor is dank, wet citrus and grass. Peppery rye is a nice compliment.

Dank, wet, heavy, spicy - I think it's one of the best things Otter Creek has done. A bit of a standout from their normally good but very balanced beer portfolio. (482 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 Roguer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big fluffy white head. Pulpy and cloudy, almost opaque orange brew. Solid head retention and thick lacing.

Citrus hops and caramel malt. Grapefruit, mango, honey, good fruity aroma. Light pepper.

Bite of spice and rye, followed by a wave of hops: mostly tropical, following the nose, but also a hint of light citrus. Biscuity caramel malt backbone, complementing the rye.

Fairly dry, easily drinkable, but a big dose of hops with massive lasting flavor means you could gulp, but will probably savor.

At two months old, this IPA still has plenty of hop character, and the malt is not overpowering. Very tasty. Good balance, and an interesting hop profile. (666 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges and grapefruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of citrusy hops and a moderate amount of associated bitterness and then transitions to spicy notes of rye. Hints of pine resin hops and caramel malts are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a really nice balance between the hops and rye as the citrus, bitter and spicy flavors all complement each other. (830 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a tall two finger soapy head, plenty of lacing about.

Aroma brings in a juicy mix of hops with some spicy rye.

Flavor is spicy from the rye but juicy from the hops in an interesting blend.

Mouthfeel is medium,carbonation brisk.

Sold rye IPA, reasonably priced six pack widely available, worth trying if you like a spicy rye note, which is not for everyone. (377 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a somewhat hazy golden color with two fingers worth of white head

S-pale malts, fruity sweetness, and a nice floral and citrus hop blend

T-very similar to the smell, pale malt sweetness, light fruits, spicy rye, and citrus and floral hops

M-medium body, moderate to high carbonation

Overall a really well done beer by Otter Creek, very drinkable and I could easily have another (383 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-orange. Tight streaks of lacing, good head retention.

Smell: Not very in your face. Mainly a soft greenhouse pungency. Smells like you're in an Olympic sized swimming pool, and someone is smoking some legitimate weed across the large room. Also has a slight wet dog thing happening that I'm not on board with.

Taste: Nice and dank. I'd heard there would be some tropical fruit flavor (maybe from the Centennial? Or the Apollo, a hop about which I know nothing). The earthy weed-like flavor from the Chinook and Simcoe is in full force, just as I like it. Undercurrents of pine and lime (edit: Google tells me that Apollo has a strong citrus profile; maybe that's where the lime is coming from?). Malt backbone has a cracker character to it, and while at first I was going to say "rye 'spiciness' is either indistinguishable from dryness, or not present at all," it becomes increasingly noticeable deeper in the glass, and works.

Like the nose, the volume is not turned up particularly high, but the Chinook/Simcoe earthiness cuts deep, which is very enjoyable. Refreshing beer, and drinks like 4%, not 6.5%. Strangely seasonal... maybe the lack of sweetness or outright fruit flavors gives it a nice Winter feel. Would have again, especially fresh, but even at almost 2 months out it's *very* solid.

Mouthfeel: Soft, medium bodied. Low/medium dryness, but sort of an airiness throughout. Moderate carbonation, and a good perceived bitterness. Very nice.

Overall: Exceptional beer, greater than the sum of its parts (though the dank Chinook/Simcoe assault is the emphatic leader of said parts). Drinkability = 5, could kill a 6 pack of this in the right situation, no problem.

I don't know if Otter Creek was holding back on us or if they learned a lot from Sean Lawson while making Double Dose. Don't care; if they keep making beers like this (and at this price!) I will buy the shit out them. (1,960 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with a two finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention, taking a while to settle and leaving sporadic soapy lacing on the way down.

Slightly earthy floral hop aroma that's bursting with juicy citrus and tropical fruit notes. Some resinous oil, fresh cut grassy and sticky pine needle but the sweeter fruit notes really stand out. Prominent grapefruit and citrus rind along with some mango, papaya, pineapple and blood orange. The hop presence is balanced by a faint pale malt presence with hints of bread, faint caramel and grainy graham cracker. Smells very good but could use a stronger earthy/resinous character.

Medium body with dry, earthy bitterness lingering over sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes and a faint pale malt backbone into a sweet, slightly dry finish. Some grassy pine needle, spruce tip and sticky resinous oils countered by prominent fruit sweetness and pale biscuit malt. The juicy tropical and citrus fruit notes really stand out with hints of juicy grapefruit, mango, pineapple, curaçao and blood orange. The sweet clementine, naval orange and tangerine notes are strongest providing the hop profile with delicious flavor. Perfectly balanced by a pale malt backbone with hints of biscuit, cracker, a touch of spicy rye and subtle caramel sweetness. This beer could use a little more earthy bitterness but is otherwise an excellently balanced, flavorful beer that is dangerously drinkable. (1,517 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. No bottled on date but it cant be more that 3 or so months old...
Nice golden color with a good white head - sticky lacing throughout the drink. Superb aromas of fruity peach and pear hops with some nice spicy rye notes. Taste is huuuge fruity peach hops but a nice bitter dank hop finishes. You really taste the rye, which works well with the fruity hop flavor. A bit of caramel malt but mainly peachy hop goodness. A little alcohol heat off the tongue which is a nice touch. Its a great session brew - like celebration, but better. Its really dry for an IPA, which I like. Nice balance and just a treat to drink.
This is an awesome IPA! I really hope this makes it to year-round rotation. If not... it is officially my favorite "winter IPA" release. IMO - better than Sucks and Celebration. Really a nice brew here. (848 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 Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Bottleneck says 112713.

A- Pours a medium semi-hazy amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half patch of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Hoppy aroma is just as earthy as it is citrusy and quite bright. Fruit notes like apricot and peach.

T- Zesty bitterness spreads out into citrus notes of grapefruit, pine and melon. So flavorful as the rye lends a spiciness to the hops that just adds to the lovely zing. Mild malt flavor.

M- Sharp and tingly but in the best way. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This is an excellent rye IPA. Way to go Mike! (735 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Sav-Mor Liquors, Medford, MA
112113
Served in a pint glass

The hazy, orangey-amber beer was topped by a creamy, frothy, light tan, two-plus finger tall crown that slowly faded to a lasting, foamy cap. A sheet of patchy lacing coated the entire glass and lasted long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was exceptional. Super hoppy, fruity and bright with amazingly fragrant peach, nectarine and dried apricot notes. Lots of generic tropical fruitiness, which reminded me of Juicy Fruit gum. Somewhat dank and weed-like. All in all, amazingly smooth.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was fantastically hoppy and fruity. Peach and apricot notes dominated. Orange and tangerine flavors came through strong. Hints of tropical fruit notes were also apparent. The hops were balanced by a crystal malt backbone that was just stiff enough to keep the hops in check. A touch of pineyness and some grapefruit notes appeared on the semi-bitter finish. Hints of mango were noticeable as the beer warmed.

For a 6.5% ABV beer I was surprised by how light this felt on the palate. The liquid was frothy and fluffy and contained a lively, large bubbled effervescence. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled down a bit and the beer turned somewhat smoother and creamier.

Otter Creek/Wolaver's collaboration beer Double Dose was intensely hoppy and quite enjoyable but, in my opinion, this offering was light years better. Kind Ryed IPA is incredibly tasty, remarkably well balanced and dangerously quaffable. I would love to see this became available year-round. (1,600 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into a large, tall chalice. The glass receives a somewhat hazy, golden-apricot beer and a small frothy white head forms atop that. Head retention is somewhat poor as the foam drops to a thick ring quickly. Lacing starts strong with thick webs and

S- Fresh, strong dose of hops with a tropical, stone fruit focus followed by citrus and floral. A slight bit of American Ale yeast and light cracked grains but almost all hops.

T- Pine hops open up but mostly follows what you get in the aroma with notes of grapefruit, tangerines, slight peach/mango, orange zest and a nice floral, herbal finish. Slight whole grain yeast bread presence and rye spice that compounds with the hop bitterness.

MF- Light overall body but with a superbly creamy texture when the beer is moved around on the palate. Carbonation at a high level matched by a sharp bitter finish.

The rye malts compliment the juicy tropical and pine hop flavor nicely. Another above average IPA coming out of Vermont and the North East. Soon it seems like the IPA market will reach saturation. (1,084 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A bit of murky deep orange to brown amber body, with a thick off white head. Head grows only about two fingers deep but has some good retention. Lots of rising carbonation but very fine in appearance.

Big juicy hop forward nose. Lots of juicy orange and citrus notes. Mild sweet spicy malt with a hint of berried red fruit. Quite nice.

Definitely rye forward, but the hop punch really helps. Citrus hop and very dry malt bill combine to make a very dry earthy sensation, but the fruit hop angle has a bit of juicy quality and orange tropical juice flavor and feel. Good quenching palate, and nice lingering aftertaste. Hints barely at a bit of dough dry cracker sensations as well.

Easily one of the better if more enjoyable rye hop heavy beers I've had. (812 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drawn to this because of the similarity of the label to Double Dose. Same VW bus, same bearded dude (OC brewmaster Mike I'm assuming) but a dog is driving instead of Mike, and no Sean Lawson. Wondering if the collab between the two had meant Mike & Co. were on track to try their own version of Double Sunshine. Also well worth taking a shot at it since it's much better priced than Double Dose, the first two bottles of which alone set me back $10.

Bought a single bottle to try before risking more on a twelvepack.

Bottled 11/18/13. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Translucent amber with tons of carbonation bubbles ascending to form a two inch tall white head which receded slowly to heavy rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate strength citrus.

t: Resiny hops and light citrus forward over a medium malt base. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue with near DIPA intensity. 60 IBUs tastes more like 70 or 80. Clean aftertaste gradually becomes more bitter.

m: Medium with good body. Smooth and easy drinking.

o: I was hoping it would be this good. Seems even hoppier if a bit less tasty than SN Celebration. If I see this by the twelvepack for under $15 I'll definitely be a buyer. Glad to see Otter Creek/Wolaver's with what may well be another hit on their hands, their best non-collab IPA yet. Quality all the way, I sure enjoyed this Kind of Ryed.

UPDATE 2/4/14: Did find a twelvepack for under $15, in fact, on sale for $10! First bottle out of that was dated 12/16/13. First taste was of white grape juice, which turned piney during consumption. Not nearly as hoppy as my test bottle, but still tasty enough.

UPDATE 1/30/15: Bought another twelvepack when it came out this month, and it's a hoppy treat. More than half of the twelver already gone and I've enjoyed them all. This will be an annual 12 pack buy for me for as long as it's made and I'm drinking. (1,931 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 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 AndyAvalanche
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Liquid comes out slightly darker than golden yellow with a slight straw haze to it. Has a nice glow to it when held up to the light. Lemon/vanilla colored head with medium and small bubbles making it look pretty frothy. Very nice lacing to it, makes the glass look nice an messy, just the way I like my empty IPA glasses to look.

Smells like an awesome IPA, and has a lot going on. Smells like (fresh) floral and citrus hops off the bat, then follows with some fruity tones and hints of tangerine, orange, and grapefruit peel. Malt presence too, buttered bready sweetness and some rye (hence the name). Everything meshes perfectly to give your nose that desired tickle.

The taste is perfectly on par with the smell. Good amount of sweetness of sweet toasted caramel malts and again some sweet buttery bread that helps disguise the rye so it's present but not too strong. Plenty hoppy, same to add with the floral and citrus (fruit/citrus profile a little juicier), but I'd add some pine as well, hints of a natural nectar sweetness too, touches all taste buds.

Mouthfeel is really good, great carbonation level. Medium bodied with a nice feel the whole way through. Not really smooth, but a nice natural sweet/juicy/fruity/earthy feel with a nice sharp dry bitter finish. Drinkability is ridiculous on this beer, this review was actually 2 12 oz. bottles because its so easy drinking, goes quicker than anticipated. I've had it on tap and in the bottle, it's great both ways. Otter Creek and Long Trail have been KILLING IT recently. (1,591 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 27, 2013.

It pours a murky looking amber-orange color with a full white head that sits on the top for most of the session and leaves clinging lace as it fades.

The aroma screams IPA more than rye grain with its wonderfully aromatic floral hop note intertwined with orange esters. Some sweetness.

The body is medium and smooth.

The orange citrus notes are also abundant in the flavor but the rye grains attack from the rear in cahoots with a sweet melted caramel army. The sweetness is remarkable for an IPA but not off-putting. I could drink this one often and regularly. (623 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 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)

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