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Kind Ryed IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Kind Ryed IPAKind Ryed IPA

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 719
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 22.52%
Wants: 34
Gots: 127 | 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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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 719
Photo of inlimbo77
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, Fall 2013

A: Pretty hazed bright orange color. Slightly muted white frothy head. Leaves some lacing trails. Nice looking IPA.

S: Dank floral notes. Astringency. Rye spice underneath. Orange marmalade. Fruity notes.

T: Very hoppy. Nice punch of bitterness up front. Getting that dank fruit and pine. In the mid palate that rye spice emerges. Dry finish with lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of ksimons
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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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 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 PicoPapa
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz with 093013 on the neck. Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma has some spicy hops and tropical fruits. Slightly bready. The taste is bitter orange peel and tangerine. Spicy hop notes as well. Some bread and sweet malts. Floral hop notes. Bitter orange peel at the end. Very dry mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Quite drinkable. Overall, very good Rye that's worth seeking out. I'm hoping this isn't just a one time brew.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With Ruthless Rye gone by the wayside, I am happy to say that I have found my new go-to Rye IPA. Dark amber out of the bottle with a creamy, pillowy head. Spicy rye and pine notes on the nose. Rye, pine, and citrus jostle for dominance on the palate, and blend together on the back end. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of KGilmour
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not normally a fan of IPAs, but this one was refreshing and not too hoppy.

L: Golden amber. Not sure on head, since drank from bottle.

S: Citrus and Rye aroma.

T: Rye flavor for sure. Crisp and citrus. No manky aftertaste.

F: Medium carbonation. Not a strong alcoholic flavor, despite the ABV of 6.5%

O: Giving it a 4 out of five, where a 5 for me is a perfect Stout. Because I don't drink IPAs regularly, and have actively disliked some in the past, a 4 is high praise from me.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this from a six pack purchased at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski.
Poured some and enjoyed the medium amber haze and decent head.
Smell is some mild fruit hoppiness, some breadiness, good grain.
Taste is delicious. Mild, easy drinking, some sweet pineapple in there, and tangy grain. The rye malt stands out.
Mouthfeel is as consistent as every other aspect from this Mike Gerhart brewed gem.
Overall, this is a sessionable and enjoyable beer that's perfectly balanced.

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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 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 WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & Eatery in the cooler enjoyed chilled from the 12 oz in a pub glass.

The color is apricot with moderate haze and light cream cap with fine bead lace clings in rings. The aroma has a mix of tropical fruit and herbal hop aromatics with a light sweet malt essence. The feel is very good a nice tangy yeast with medium bitterness and subtle alcohol with a light sweetness and moderately carbonated with dry bitter finish.

The taste is on the dank herbal side with some leafy grassy hop flavors with almost piney sharp aspect but nice mild caramel undertone gives a nice cushion for the hop forward flavor which is not astringent or off putting, but definitely aggressively bitter. This IPA is a good rye IPA to me because it seems to keep both the hops and malt flavor in mind even though it is not what I would call malty, just not out of balance or harsh I consider this to be tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of mattbk
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 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 JayQue
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange into a pint glass. Full white head with very good retention and thick bands of lacing on the glass. I served this one up ice cold and initially the rye was not that apparent in either the aroma or taste. First up it appeared to be a good robust balanced IPA with the citrus hops up front and caramel malts to back it up.

As the beer warmed the tangerine and grapefruit flavors held their own but the slightly sweet caramel malt slowly gave way to some bready, more sour rye. I enjoyed the flavor both ways. Pronounced and very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich...especially for a beer that is not that potent. The level of bitterness is just right.

A good Rye beer.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz to a pint glass

A- golden straw, hazy, 1 finger frothy head

S- Citrus hops, baked rye bread, slight pine. just a nice subtle hop presence all over.

T- Grapefruit up front, orange juice, tasty rye/pumpernickle middle of the mouth, bready, finishes with a tart and bitter citrus fruit rind

M- Medium bodied, very filling, smooth, tart and bitter

O- Well balanced rye/hop mix, the hop slightly over powers and that is A-OK with me, a really good drink and a solid offering from otter creek

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Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Boomblaze
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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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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Kind Ryed IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.