Hop Kitchen - RyePA - New Belgium Brewing
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4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
S-Spicy rye notes dominate, complemented by grainy malt. Earthy hop notes are present at a low medium level. Orangey hop notes noted as the beer warms. No esters, no alcohol, no DMS.
A-Pour is a crystal clear honey amber. Huge foamy slightly off white head has huge retention and lots of lacing.
T-Very alt forward with a strong rye presence. Grainy malt notes as well. Hop bitterness is medium high. Floral hop flavors are very nice in the mid palate, working in nice harmony with the rye. Finish is smooth and moderately bitter, with nice lingering hoppiness. A light hint of alcohol warming in the finish as well, but at a medium low level.
M-Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. slightly creamy. No astringency.
O-A very tasty rye beer. Strong rye character is well balanced by floral hops. Smooth finish is very pleasant.
03-22-2014 23:26:01 | More by sholland119
3.25/5 rDev -15.8%
On tap at the Cork & Tap (SC).
Clear medium amber with a decent head that leaves little lacing.
Feel: Medium-light body with near medium carbonation; seems too thin.
Aroma: herbal/floral hops with faint malts.
Flavor: hops, floral and herbal, with well proportioned spicy notes from the rye.
O: a good version of style, but not quite up to New Belgium's standard.
07-26-2014 20:47:18 | More by chinchill
3.86/5 rDev 0%
Reviewing from notes after having this one way back on March 24th, 2014. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with an 'enjoy by' date of 6/8/14. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass... or should I say "Rye-P-A" glass? [ba-dum ching] Anyway...
Appearance - Pours a caramel-tinted burnt ochre color with brassy amber highlights, pretty clear throughout, with little to no haze. Atop the body is a tan colored head that is composed of a mesh of superfine bubbles, almost like champagne head, but with far more staying power and far less evaporation as the bubbles expand. Retention is quite good, with the foam lingering for quite some time before fading away and leaving a moderate amount of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - Not as powerful as I might have hoped, but notes of spicy rye grain waft to my olfactories alongside a healthy bit of herbal, dominated by pine, and a trailing bit of citrus zest to provide a little bit of pungency. This is one rye IPA that, based on the smell, could easily trend towards the "rye beer" end of the spectrum. The specialty grain leads the charge, with it's hoppy aroma companions flanking on the wings.
Taste - Much the same in the taste that was suggested by the smell. Pretty strong notes of rye, with spiciness and that rye kind of sourness--like a darker sourdough--being front and center. Orange zest and just a hint of grapefruit pith provides some bitterness. The pine resin that was part of the initial aroma is also present here, but it seems to bind to the rye characteristics, again contributing to more of a rye beer impression than an IPA. Maybe I'm just used to IPAs that blast you with an assault of tropical, citrus bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a slightly bitter finish with hints of grain in the aftertaste.
Overall, a pretty good beer, but certainly far from my favorite of the Hop Kitchen series by New Belgium. A solid brew that I probably wouldn't purchase again, but well worth the amazing price they've been putting on this series. $4.50 for a bomber is pretty damn good. I completely agree with the style designation on this site, in spite of New Belgium's apparent belief that it's an IPA.
06-23-2014 22:21:26 | More by LambicPentameter
Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
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