Kind Ryed IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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689 Ratings
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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 31
Gots: 110 | 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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Ratings: 689 | Reviews: 105
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Missed out on this and double dose the first time around, at least I got a shot at this one. Bottled on 11/18/13, about a month old, so not bad for a bottled beer from Vermont, and gotta love when the date the bottles. "Just chill, bro" is what he tells me, well OK then.

Pours a nice creamy foamy 1+ finger head that just sits there almost mocking me as it never leaves, I keep waiting for it to fade a bit to see how the lacing is and to get my aroma, but it teases me and never leaves. I give it some coaxing to fade and the lacing just sticks all over the glass continuing to mock me. The beer ends up a hazy darker carrot orange color.

Nose is quite nice too, that great fresh hop aroma, little floral, but into the resin and some citrus, a nice fluffy fruity hop aroma that beckons for more, a hint of candied orange peel, and a touch of juicy tangerine blend nicely with a little sweet candy like malt base.

Taste brings more of the nice hops, good hoppy hoppy hoppy, nice boy. Fresh hop flavors continue, with juicy fruit and plenty of it, again citrus but more on the mild side with a hint of tangerine and grapefruit pith, little candied orange peel but barely, touch of cammomile tea like floral hop. Then it turns bitter, fairly bitter, but not bitter cold bro, nice resin to stick the bitterness to the tongue, which also hints at a mild passion fruit interestingly, and more of that grapefruit rind character. Bitterness turns up the heat just as a mild sweet candy like malt comes through, but the malt doesn't get sweet or candy like, or at least I can't tell since the hops just keep kicking it down the more it tries to show it's head and attempt to balance it, although it does do somewhat decent job of a balance, nice fluffy malt base. Finish is pretty dry but slightly sticky, quite bitter too with more grapefruit pith, orange rind, little resin and floral hop character, and just a touch of that candy fluffy malt.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy popping carb that helps the tongue from getting too much of a bitter smash or sticky from the malts and resin.

overall pretty nice, great hop profile without going overboard, nice balance, malts are there nicely enough to give you a nice base without even getting remotely in the way of the hops, quite tasty and still drinkable. One of their best beers yet!

Photo of BrewUSA
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek Kind Ryed

Look 10/10
Smell 15/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 87/100

Nice over all RyePA... Sticks out more as a smooth session brew than a mind boggling taste buster. The rye was less predominant. Still was a great session brew~

Photo of Mongrel
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-gold with a finger of white head that dissipates to a sudsy film and then lingers.

Real clean grassy smell, with a touch of citrus and berry.

Taste follows nose - grass, lemon, tangerine, pine. Light caramel center. Orange/tangerine coats the tongue and plays nice with the caramel malt. Touch of pepper from the rye.

Mouthfeel is medium with a little added body from the rye. A bit of that rustic wheat mouthfeel, but actually pretty sophisticated. Long, dry finish.

Overall, really well executed rye and citrus elements. Some strawberry and watermelon starts to emerge too. Crisp and refreshing. Would definitely enjoy again.

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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Kind Ryed pours a very hazy amber brown with some sediment and a 1/2 inch of very sticky head that fourms a decent lace ring.
S - smell is hoppy rather citrus with not too much rye spicing. I sip
T - Well I do like it. I actually hate most rye IPA's since they bittering hops and dry rye make for a very un enjoyable experience but this one is very balanced. Mostly citrus hops, cracker malts, and a touch of dry rye.
M - Smooth medium bodied at most. Very drinkable.

Overall it's a pretty stellar IPA more importantly very drinkable and less than 10 bucks a six pack. May grab it again if I get the chance.

Photo of mattbk
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber - super junky. Mild carbonation, some potential for some good lacing though.
S: Nice blend of rye spice and hops. The hops are generating that smoky sort of hop aroma I like (is this columbus?) Slightly grapefruit, maybe faintly tropical as well. Not overpowering, but solid, I dig it.
T: Fairly high in bitterness, very crisp, some good flavor there though. Some faint maltiness. Definitely an IPA, but there is some balance here between a number of layered flavors. The hop flavor is subtle grapefruit, some slight pine, not much tropic or other citrus. The rye is present, spicy and nice. This is enjoyable.
M: Medium-light, but has a nice creaminess presumably from the rye. Very good actually.
O: Very solid beer! Recommended. Nothing particularly standing out, just generally enjoyable. The rye is nice in this beer, and works well with the choice of hops.

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.

Photo of BigCheese
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A; Hazy orange hue. Unfiltered. Thin off white head. Not a ton of lacing.

S: Some fresh grapefruit and pine-y hops, northwest americano. Some peppery earthy spiceyness too, maybe from chinook or rye.

T: Some Juicy hops right off the bat. Grapefruit, pineapple, kiwi, some floral and dank notes too. Finishes much more dank with some peppery rye notes. Great hop flavors though, they must have dry hopped the shit out of this. Lot of malt backbone as its very sweet as well. Although it says 60IBUs its got more flavor. A lot of oily/resin hop flavors

M: Slick and oily. Rather thick. Low carbonation. Not too overwhelming that I can have a couple.

O: This is a really great beer. Its a blast of hops and flavor, I'm still not exactly sure what Rye tastes like but I like it. Reminds of Harpoons IPA and Stone IPA, for whatever thats worth. Highly recommended especially fresh.

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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint the beer is a hazy, muddled, orange-brown coloring that is opaque, with a clingy, filmy, off-white head. Aromas of citrus forward, with orange and tangerine, and a solid caramel backbone, with a rich and bitter toasted grain highlight throughout. Smells great. Flavors of tangy sweet and bitter forward, well blended, with a spicy profile or pepper, oregano, and cedar notes. Good citrus blend, providing tart notes throughout. The body is light, and slightly effervesced at the end. The aftertaste is rich sweet undertones with spicy hops overlay. Frothy, effervesced finish, with a bitter and slightly dry linger. Solid and very drinkable.

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.

Photo of Guess2814
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The sticker on the bottle is cool beans.. This IPA is great! You can smell and taste the hops right out the bottle.. This beer should definitely be rated higher.. I think Otter Creek nail it with this one..The hops linger in your mouth.. I'm bios when it comes to IPAs but this is just a good beer to have.. Cheers!!!!

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!!!

Photo of Wakefinder
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- After pouring into a normal pint glass the color was cloudy and color is a light amber.

S - Wow! Great nose, almost too good because that was the best part.

T - Very nice rye IPA with a lot of upfront floral hops but not very balanced. Very easy to drink and the finish is crisp leaving almost no aftertaste.

M- Light to Medium body. Just the right amount of carbonation.

O - IPAs are my favorite and this is one is no joke. Otter Creek came out of nowhere with this beer and I hope they keep up the good work!

Photo of justintcoons
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Slightly hazy golden amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Has good retention with low-moderate carbonation.

Nose
Pineapple, papaya, candied orange, florals and honey. Smells fantastic!

Taste
Loads of hop juiciness. Pineapple, papaya, candied orange and lemon pith. Notes of dank weed and hints of peach. Firm honey backbone with notes of rye and hints of toffee. Finishes with some grassy florals and piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, lightly bitter and semi-dry.

Overall
Solid! As good as a Rye IPA can get. Otter Creek seems to be stepping their game up.

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.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy medium amber body with a few fingers of ivory head that left ample lacing down the glass

S: spicy rye and hoppy pith and pine; dark citric aromas and hearty malt grain

T: pine resin and dark grapefruit with a chewy, spicy rye grain flavor; some wood notes and hints of herbs and spice

M: medium body, fuzzy carbonation, slightly coating, hint of rye spice tingle

O: I am not a big drinker of rye ales, but this was a nice beer, obviously a rye IPA, which may or may not work for some - there is a rustic feel to the ale as well as a hoppy IPA character; I found it easy to drink, and very tasty, but for my tastes, not a style I hanker for often.

Photo of thecheapies
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Kind Ryed pours a dirty yeasty amber color with an impressively fluffy three fingers of sepia-white head. Lots of streaming carbonation to support the head, and they seem to be coming from the sides of the glass--fine little bubbles. Motherlode lacing.

Soft, yet spicy, rye malt with refreshing floral citrus hop notes. Toasty and cereal, but earthy and leafy. Really has a great balance.

Deliberate rye spiciness with floral hops and dry grapefruity citrus. Toasty, but soft, as this works better than most red ales with similar characteristics. Almost perfectly sudsy, an impeccable feel from a medium swish body, and the texture of gulping retained head foam on big sips. Tastes great, with a keen hoppiness and solid rye showing. Slightly tea-like. Very easy to quaff. What a superb rye beer!

Kind Ryed IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
91 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.