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Kind Ryed IPA | Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Kind Ryed IPAKind Ryed IPA

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States | website

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Frost-Mountain-Brew on 10-07-2013

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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 791
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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Photo of beddie23
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First try of a rye beer. I've had better IPA's from OC in the past. Taste wasnt bad, the rye goes quick into a dry ipa aftertaste so you don't get the full flavor of some of the best out there

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Photo of buzzarooski
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Poured a Clear Golden Color with a 3/4 inch Foamy White Head that started off the pour....but it didn't last very long, Initially the Lacing was above average but it dissipated quickly.....in a Nut-Shell...It looked GREAT at first but within little to no time it looked like it could have been a Flat Keg Beer :(

SMELL: Full of Barley Malt Aromas and Crisp Fresh Quality Hops. Citrus Scents are also very evident.

TASTE: Enjoyed Fresh Hoppy Taste but I would have enjoyed a bit more of the mild bitterness that disappeared soon after the swallow.

FEEL: Crisp and Refreshing Mouth-Feel with Excellent Carbonation Balance.....I was expecting more of a lingering dryness after swallow then what it ultimately delivered.

OVERALL: Good, Solid IPA that in my opinion could have been GREAT if the "LOOK" lasted longer AND the dry after-taste had been a bit more Prominent....All-In-All a QUALITY IPA that I WOULD Recommend and Purchase Again.

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Photo of Reillybrews
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Nice rye IPA here, really nice tropical fruit flavors followed with a spicy rye finish. It has a good body, but not much head retention. Good quality beer.

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Photo of MikeRusso
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

This is a solid rye ipa. There is a distinct rye flavor right on the first sip with a hoppy finish. Not too over the top hoppy but a good flavor for the ipa enthusiast. Definitely a good beer!

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Photo of JAFoley
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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)

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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

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

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Kind Ryed IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.