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Kind Ryed IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 696
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 2.46%
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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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 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! (2,334 characters)

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~ (265 characters)

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. (653 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 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. (612 characters)

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. (872 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 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. (880 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 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. (681 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 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!!!! (318 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 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! (519 characters)

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.

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

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

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.

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

Solid! As good as a Rye IPA can get. Otter Creek seems to be stepping their game up. (637 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 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. (658 characters)

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! (798 characters)

Photo of Boomblaze
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Newcastle Brown Ale glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a thin head that leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

The smell is awesome, a piney grapefruit with a hint of citrus. The smell has me thinking this beer is gonna be amazing.

The taste is pretty good but a little bit of a let down from the awesome nose. I mainly get pine and citrus with a hint of rye. From the nose I thought it would have been a hop bomb but its more mellow, also it's a little hot. Not getting much in the way of malts just some light breadiness to it.

The mouthfeel is nice,light smooth and easy drinking.

Overall the beer is pretty good, I'd get it in a bar or restaurant if it was one the ipa's on draft but probably won't be purchasing a sixer again. There's just so many other better options out there, although the price point is great. (852 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Kind Ryed pours a hazy orange/amber color with a small, creamy off white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind some spots and lines of lace.

The aroma has notes of tropical fruit, bready rye, flowers, and orange citrus. I thought it would be more hoppy and stronger, but it's still pleasant.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, silky with mild carbonation. The flavor is a nice balance of bready malt, caramel, tropical fruit, citrus, a little pine and floral hops. There's a touch of peppery spice at the end. It finishes lightly bitter with lingering rye notes and a little citrus.

A tasty, easy drinking beer. I think I was looking for a little more hop flavor and aroma. Overall though I like it. (732 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

* 12 oz. Bottle* Well, it looks like I get Otter Creek beers in my neck of the woods. I actually like the label on this beer. It has the bottled on date clearly displayed. I like the snow covered hop cones in the background. Plus the do is driving and it looks like he/she is having fun. Well back to what really matters, the beer inside. When I poured this I was taken back. An unfiltered IPA? I love an unfiltered ale. It might look awful, but to me that is true beauty. This poured a nice murky orange body with 1 finger soapy head. Sediment is floating all around. The aroma on this very seductive. Soft grapefruit that flows evenly. That gives way to a rush of lemon grass and a hint of passion fruit. Herbal tea comes to the front and gives a refreshing quality to the smell. Of course there is a bold bread grains that help to bring everything together. After the grains give way, there is a cedar aroma to help make this clean. Also some fruity yeast is in there as well. Now it's time for me to devour! The flavor is a melding pot of goodness. Tea, sweet and spicy bread hits the palate first. Little grapefruit citrus makes you beg for more. Passion fruit and a hint of papaya. There is a nice clean earthiness to this beer. The bitterness is well rounded as well. The aftertaste is impressive. Grapefruit and passion fruit lingers for a while, like its a friend that doesn't want to leave. The feel on this is medium-light and above par carbonation.

Overall: This is on the upper level of IPAs. The flavor is impressive for the ABV. This makes good for any situation. For winter enjoyment it's a nice starter beer. Then you can lean on the heavier ales. I have no problem killing the sixer I just received. This brew is recommended. (1,745 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a bright orange, with a 1 inch fluffy white head that coats the sides lace. Smell I'd tropical, tangerine, papaya, rye(I have finally drank enough to know the smell, a slight breadyness, grapefruit, and pine. The taste starts very tropical, a little breadyness/toffee, and papaya and grapefruit finish. Body is medium large, nice carbonation, not really dry, and very drinkable. This is really well done, I feel they learned a lot from brewing with Lawson's and am excited about Otter Creek again. (530 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a poco grande glass. Code dated 102213.

A-Bright orange, slightly hazy. Thick 1 finger head, tons of tiny tight bubbles. Great lacing along the inside of the glass.

S-Grapefruit, pine, citrus, tropical fruit, maybe a little onion, I usually don't us that descriptor, but that's kind of what I am getting.

T-Bitterness on the tip of the tongue, followed by some spiciness from the rye. Aftertaste is lingering hoppiness of pine and citrus. A small amount of sweetness on the finish.

M-A little too much carbonation for me, but doesn't detract from the taste.

O-A great smelling and tasting rye IPA. Very good beer from Otter Creek / Wolaver's. If you're a hop head this is definitely one you need to try. (742 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Mostly clear orange gold one finger off white head, mild lacing.
S - Very complex aroma, Dark very earthy pine dankness and a good helping of rye and pepper, some nice papaya, pineapple, pear notes, biscuit malt.
T - This is incredibly balanced, some of the spice gets you up front, rye, light touch of black pepper, lots of bread and biscuity malt after that then you get a really juicy pear and pineapple fruit flavor, even a little crisp apple in the end. Hangs on to your palate for a good while.
M - Very clean, not overly spiced, just the right amount of rye to pair with the malts and the nice fruit flavors keeps it quite drinkable, not too try or sweet.
O - Im surprised at how much I like this beer, this might be one of my favorite Rye IPA's Ever, its really impressive how drinkable this is too. (843 characters)

Kind Ryed IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.