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Hop Kitchen - RyePA - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: schnarr84 on 02-25-2014)
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

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.

HV

03-22-2014 23:26:01 | More by sholland119
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Faroveryonder

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

08-24-2014 05:49:19 | More by Faroveryonder
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vheissu15

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-23-2014 05:41:10 | More by vheissu15
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-21-2014 03:40:25 | More by JMUbrewz
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mt2mtl

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

08-14-2014 00:09:25 | More by mt2mtl
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Hagbert

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-11-2014 07:38:15 | More by Hagbert
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-10-2014 21:47:33 | More by Mantooth
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thereal_adam

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.3%

08-07-2014 14:44:50 | More by thereal_adam
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ConradKenney

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-06-2014 00:04:09 | More by ConradKenney
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-27-2014 22:48:31 | More by Derek
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chinchill

South Carolina

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
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Tyecko

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-25-2014 19:25:18 | More by Tyecko
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -22.3%

07-24-2014 17:08:56 | More by AlaskanYoung
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Shafaegalo

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-22-2014 23:31:55 | More by Shafaegalo
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Gerred

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-20-2014 23:02:35 | More by Gerred
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BSuter

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-14-2014 15:02:15 | More by BSuter
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Slipperyphoton

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-13-2014 15:44:33 | More by Slipperyphoton
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-04-2014 03:57:23 | More by DrunkinYogi
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-28-2014 02:48:01 | More by bumchilly25
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-25-2014 01:30:19 | More by Boone757
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seanchai

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-24-2014 19:47:07 | More by seanchai
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

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
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beerbrains

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-18-2014 07:14:27 | More by beerbrains
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-16-2014 21:09:17 | More by bmwats
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qchic

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-14-2014 00:35:57 | More by qchic
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Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.