Hop Kitchen - RyePA - New Belgium Brewing

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87
very good

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: schnarr84 on 02-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of sholland119
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into an impy nonic a full rich bronze with a tightly formed creamy-like one finger head,great color and a great head.Some sharp rye and pine resin in the nose although it doesn't really hit hard,still quite nice.The head gives off a creaminess in the mouth and the beer has a nice slick feel.Some nuttiness hits upfront on the palate along with mild sharpness from the rye with some lactic notes that linger in the aftertaste,the hops are not in your face but give some resiny and grapefruit-like notes.A solid rye IPA,a little more punch on the palate and this would be off the charts,love the look and feel.

Photo of Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, best by 6/8/14. Pours clear ruby amber with a monstrous creamy white head (nitro-like) that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is spicy rye malts and piney hops with some tropical fruits coming out.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some spicy rye and some tropical fruit and a big floral piney bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall, nice hop and rye, just really thin and watery.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by June 8th, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A spicy and juicy hop froward aroma with good hints of citrus, pine, and rye spice. Upfront mix of earthy, floral, citrus, and herbal hops with some hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, tangerine, and kiwi. Toasted malt with hints of sweet caramel, grains, biscuit, rye spice, yeast, and cracker. Also some hints of pepper. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely juicy and spicy hop forward taste with good notes of citrus, pine, and rye. Earthy notes of grassy hops and some herbal and floral notes. Spicy pine resin. Citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, kiwi, and tangerine. Light notes of pepper spice. Solid sweet malt presence with notes of caramel, rye spice, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely juicy, oily, and somewhat sticky. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a IPA. Good mix of citrusy and piney hops with a nice kick of rye.

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass, at Craft Beer Market in Calgary, during the New Belgium Alberta release party, from notes.

This beer appears a clear, bright bronzed amber hue, with pervasive red highlights, and one finger of weakly foamy, and mostly soapy ecru head, which leaves some random paint splotch lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of generic citrus peel, musty, somewhat dank pine resin, spicy and grainy rye malt, a soft dark breadiness, and further earthy, leafy hops. The taste is meaty caramel malt, gritty, grainy, and spicy rye malt, bipartisan toffee, more vegetal dank, and earthy, leafy, and piney hops.

The carbonation is soft, mostly just a tame frothiness, the body medium weight, and rather fruity in its softly approachable smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with the spicy grain, citrus fruit, and musty, leafy forest floor pine notes still keepin' on keepin' on.

A pleasant enough rye-based IPA, the expected metrics all there in spades - spicy malt meets West Coast hops. Not something that I would normally say "hey, what a splendid idea!" about, but this seems strangely agreeable, in its off-set and subtly off-putting nature.

Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean amber, with a huge head of bone-white carbonation. Thick wall of lace, too.

Nose is crispy rye malts and fresh citrus hops. Quite appealing!

Taste is sharp (no doubt from the rye), with a bitter hops finish. There's a complex combination of hop flavors (citrus, pine, and some acidic notes) here, playing alongside the spice-edged rye malts.

Overall, a solid and very strong showing from New Belgium's Hop Kitchen series. I liked this one.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
7.5% ABV, Enjoy by 08JUN14

A - The iconic glass' nucleation point keeps carbonation steadily streaming through the beautiful copper, clear beer, which feeds the tall and lasting off-white head.

S - Hops and rye collaborate on a sharp nose that starts with freshly squeezed citrus juice before making the switch to earthy pine notes that compliment the spicy rye nicely.

T - Aromatically, the beer is potent but, in flavor even the sharper notes of both hops and rye mellow out with some clean smoothness. Caramel sweetness washes over the earthy, spicy rye that, like the aroma, is a wonderful compliment to the complex hop profile of earth and citrus characteristics.

M - New Belgium's RyePA begins with a smooth feel and soft, almost creamy carbonation tickle that accelerates to a firm rye sharpness and hop bitterness on the tongue that lingers well after the finish.

O - The aggressive aromatic intro tricks the brain into expecting a pretty hoppy and sharp rye flavor but the taste, in combination with the creamy-ish smooth mouthfeel, is considerably more mellow with caramel sweetness offsetting the citrusy, earthy hops and spicy rye. A drinkable, tasty beer all around!

Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says 08JUN14

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch beige head that retains well before falling to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of billowy surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- I read a review where someone was comparing this to Rampant and I agree it does have a very similar earthy, musty hop aroma but with a spicy kick of rye.

T- Tastes like Rampant too but there's, once again, that sharp, spicy rye flavor that accentuates the hops very well. I will say it's not as bitter as Rampant, which is fine and, in exchange, there's a bit more of a malt presence.

M- This is where the beer definitely differs from Rampant. It's a bit more viscous and tingly from the rye. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Though there are striking similarities to Rampant, this definitely qualifies as its own unique beer and not just "Rampant done with rye." I will say I don't prefer this to Rampant, especially due to it costing more per ounce (not to mention it's also not as strong) but I would definitely revisit it if I saw it on-tap somewhere.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours from a capped bomber a slightly hazed amberish orange with a solid 1-finger thick white head with good retention which yields rings and splotches of lace.

N: Oranges, tangerines, grapefruit citrus, mango and passion fruit tropicals, some pine, faint bready malts.

T: Spicy rye malts with some citrusy and piney hops. Bready and slightly dank.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry, bitter, malty and rye spicy.

O: Fairly inexpensive at $4.99, but just meh with a nice nose. Consumed 4 days past the enjoy by date (6/8/14).

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautifully clear copper body with a short head of creamy froth. Sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Just like every other New Belgium Hop Kitchen beer I've ever had, there's that distinct, weirdly leafy hop scent. Even though this beer has four of my favorite hops - Simcoe, Galaxy, Cascade, and Mosaic - all I'm getting is an overtly green, raw aroma from them. Giving the glass an aggressive twirl provides some subtle pineapple and citrus rind, but overall, this just smells like Hop Kitchen to me. Solid rye spice beneath all that, though.

T: A good pairing of the subtle bready tastes of rye with a marked bitterness: molasses, pumpernickel, caramel corn, grass, sharp grapefruit rind, oily pine sap. There's not much spice to the palate from the rye - more of a dense earthiness. Lots of residual sugars, but they end up filling out the body like unfermentables (instead of sweetening the drink). Finishes with a smack of sticky sugar, a touch of peppery dryness, and a lingering vegetal hop character that I'm all too familiar with when it comes to New Belgium IPAs.

M: More still than I anticipated, but that's not a bad thing. It actually helps with the rye and hop blend to not have such an aggressive pop to the carbonation; plus, the body's moderately chewy, rounding this out to a nice full character.

O: Every time I drink a Hop Kitchen beer it smells and tastes very similar to the ones I've had before: lots of raw hops in the nose, lots of oil on the tongue. And just like before, I can't finish the bottle. Still, a $4.99 bomber doesn't sting too bad - hell, I'll probably buy them all as they come out. I have a lot of respect for New Belgium, even if these didn't turn out as good as they could have.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: A ruby copper body sits under a frothy, foamy cream colored head. Lots of foamy lines of lacing.

Aroma: Grainy, dry rye in the opening, then some spicy wood notes with citrus and piny hops.

Taste: Spicy and dry at first. Subtle malts. Pine and citrus rinds in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Overall: The rye added a nice element. It's definitely a good hoppy beer though.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep, clear bronze color with two fingers of wet off-white head. Good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of floral hops, pine, rye, earth, and caramel malts.

The taste was slightly bitter with pine and grapefruit hops along with spicy rye notes and caramel malts. Finished clean.

Medium bodied and clean with a moderate carbonation.

A nice take on the Rye IPA from New Belgium. Will have again.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Samuel906
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great beer here from New Belgium, picked up at the same time as La Folie, which is also seriously amazing. Huge malty rye presence here in all areas with lots of great IPA qualities too. Pours a perfectly transparent reddish amber with a clingy and thick, off-white head with great retention. Nose is primarily dank hops, but bready rye can be noted too. Taste is smooth and hits the right notes but falls a little short towards the end. Starts with a mildly sweet, full hop hit: very resinous. Looses some character immediately after, but hints of rye and pepper are left on the palate and nose. The rye and hops give it a nice dry bitterness. Feel is medium bodied, a bit soapy from the thick head, but with relatively mild carbonation. Overall, great rye qualities with decent IPA qualities. Definitely will try again in the future.

Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good Rye Beer. Pours into a pint glass with a fairly clear bright copper color with a big white head. Excellent retention and thick lacing on the glass. Smell is pretty good as well. Hoppy with some rye sourness.

Solid flavor. Moderate bitterness with some citrus and piney aspects. There is some balance with slightly sweet malt too. The Rye flavor is quite noticeable with some sourness. THis is not a big hop bomb but there is enough bitterness to satisfy most.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. The bitterness is prominent but nicely balanced. I shared a bottle with a steak dinner and it was the perfect complement.

Overall very good.

Photo of Celtics17
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A big pine character with some nice spice notes with the rye. The rye comes through on the finish, as the pine hits up front. Very low citrus or fruit notes. Bready in the smell and taste. A bigger version of Ranger from New Belgium.

Overall a solid rye IPA. Very fresh and clean taste.

Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This seems to have been brewed in the newer Asheville brewery with the malt from Riverbend Malthouse. You can do a search on "Matty-Smooth-on-RyePA" and read a great story about all this.

Clear, classic amber color with a handsome swirling foam in the New Belgium snifter. Sudsy and tangy in the mouth. Intoxicating aroma of flowery hops, gardenias, and roasty malt.

Warm malt with some scratchy rye flavors. An appealing touch of sweet malt with the deep fragrance of several hops. Another tasty Rye Beer, and I call it my favorite of the year. This one has that balance of just enough grainy resiny taste to go with just enough aromatic hops and bitterness. This just takes over the tongue with that deep sticky graininess.

It's a great example of plentiful hop flavor while maintaining excellent drinkability. I almost passed this up for not being exotic enough, given the exuberance of new beers in Colorado. One of the best New Belgium beers in their long wigged-out existence. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 6/8/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with rye and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a rye presence that comes through better in the smell in my opinion.

Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep clear amber with a big thick creamy white head. The head has great retention and leaves thick lacing. Aroma is peppery, with strong citrus hops and a hint of caramel malt backing it all up. The taste follows along splendidly. There is a great weight to the body and a great silky feel. This is a delicious and balanced IPA with rye in the malt bill

Photo of beergoot
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark honey-colored body; crystal clear; fine bubbled, soft and creamy white head. Upfront pine and citrus hop aroma; pineapple and mandarin orange. Warm and slightly spicy flavors with a strong hop bitterness that lingers at the finish. Medium bodied; crisp, clean, and dry finish.

Beneath the foamy sheets and globs of foam lingers a zesty rye beer with a strong hop bitterness. Well-balanced overall with just the right amount of rye spiciness, malt sweetness and body; and a crisp, bold hop bitterness. Sure to delight west coast IPA hop aficionados.

Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I'm a rye whore. I passed on this one at least twice before picking it up - bring on the ryes! No, really, bring them! All of them! 22 oz. bomber split with my wife as an opener; enjoy by date is missing on the label.

The pour is plenty fizzy, big carbonation,, golden orange. Nice kick of spicy rye, with the hops minor stick figures (pine sticks) in the background. Demure.

Hop Kitchen - RyePA tears the veil off & flings it into the St. Croix. Spicy rye caroms off the roof of my mouth & leaves a pretty good dent. Raging hops fill in behind, leaving a scattershot of bitterness, biting pine, slight tropical notes, mango. Caramel adds flavor but doesn't water down the mouth-searing aggressiveness. Sticky & thick. Surprised at the ABV, this drinks like a session lemonade. Gulpable.

Hot marriage of rye & hops that's searingly in your face. One of the best low-cost bombers I've ever had, & an excellent beer to boot. Wooo!

Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -1%

Resiny, rye and grassy aroma, with nutty, toasted malt and pine. Flavor is rye, peppery dominant, with a bitter, dry finish. There's an underpinning of citrus, enhancing a toasted malt backbone. A little more bitter than I'd prefer, but the citrus balanced the rye well.

Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo on Memorial Day for $4.99. Enjoy by 06/08/2014.

Beer poured a less than clear orange with a decent white head.

Nose is malt based with light hints of citrus.

Taste is pretty well balanced. Malt backbone with the rye spiciness is very nice. Hops are not huge but lend a touch of lemon zest and pine.

Mouthfeel drinks like a double ipa. Carbonation is lower, malt bill is bigger, finish is smooth.

Overall this is a tasty brew. I find myself drawn to the rye spice style of ipa...very enjoyable at a decent price!

Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by June 8, 2014.

It pours a clear copper colour with a massive head of foam that is shrinking slowly, leaving some pretty lacing behind.

The nose is also massive. Massive with spicy hop aromas of grapefruit, pine, rye, pepper,...the 4 hop use sure is adding some greatness to the smell of this beer.

The taste isn't bad either though not up to the smell for me. Spicy hops kick things off but it turns kind of earthy after a few sips and just before the finish I get brief moments of super sweet caramel malt. That's not a bad thing really and the more I sip, the more I appreciate it. Also the more I sip, I get s a fruity character that I'm having trouble describing as in which fruits I'm sensing. Oh well, this is tasty pretty darned good and I think it's one of the better Hop Kitchen brews I've had.

Fairly light bodied with lightish carbonation, the lighter body, I think, helps with the beer's drinkability.

This just might be a beer from the series that I'll drink again. I haven't said THAT in a while.

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Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
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