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Hop Kitchen - RyePA - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 180
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Rye Beer | 6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: schnarr84 on 02-25-2014

Artisan maltster River Bend Malt House of Asheville, North Carolina, kiln a perfect rye. And when you pair gobs of their spicy rye with heaps of spicy hops you get a great Hop Kitchen Beer. This unique, and collaborative, Rye IPA boasts a bold blend of Simcoe, Galaxy, Cascade, and Mosaic hops to bring a thunderous 75 IBU. Have a sip and feel the bang.
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Photo of Caveworm
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hop Kitchen - RyePA - New Belgium Brewing, as part of the seasonal "Folly" variety pack. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and off-white, with web-like lacing, and a clear oak brown body.

Smells like a nicely executed blend of juicier hops and rye malts. This oughtta be good...

I taste a sweeter, cleaner version of what I've described in the aroma. Wow, what a balanced taste here of juicy hops with rye tartness. This is just...hang on a sec *takes another quaff*.

Mouthfeel here is clean and surprisingly quenching. Mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose rate my first B.A. brew of the year with a very solid 4.75. I mean, if we're "reviewing to the style", this will be tough to dethrone IMO. I implore thee, PLEASE get the new Folly pack& go for this ASAP!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

RyePA brewed by New Belgium Brewing, with a 6.60% ABV. This brew pours out a deep amber color with a small white head. The smell of RyePA is rich with hops. Then you pick up on the grains and malts. This brew has the look and smell of most IPA's brews on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up on the boldness and bitterness of hops. Then you pick up on the smoothness of grins and malts. There is a lot going on in this IPA. RyePA has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of RyePA, is rich, bold, clean, and refreshing. You really can't pick up on the 6.60% ABV of this brew, it is just that smooth. This was better than what I was expecting . Overall I'm giving RyePA a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. New Belgium Brewing, did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of KD0G
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice copper color with very good lacing.
Smell of the fruity Mosaic hops with slight dank of the Galaxy hops.
Taste is balanced with slight malt spicy sweetness with the fruity dank hops flavor and bitterness.
Mouthfeel is smooth.
Overall very good IPA with good balance.

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Photo of sholland119
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 6/8/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - orange with some bubbly carbonation; thick, frothy white head that sticks around and leaves excellent lace!
Smell - bright citrus hops, mixed with some floral and pine hops as well. Better than I expected!
Taste - a very flavorful balance of citrus, floral and pine hops!
Feel -definitely hop forward, finishes a bit one-sided, but very nice for a hop head!
Overall - much better than I expected! This reminds me of Rampant, with a MUCH better nose! This is categorized as a rye beer, but it is an IPA all the way! I'd like to see this replace Rampant or Ranger, if possible!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed with Pale, Rye, C-120, Roasted barley. Hopped with Nugget, Simcoe, Cascade, Mosaic. Dry hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy, Simcoe and Cascade.
7.5% ABV, 75 IBUs. House ale yeast.

A quick review from the bottle. Part of the mixed seasonal 12 pack. I just drank the tangerineIPA, so it may be a little tough to pick up subtle notes. Comparatively, the malt base has an earthy rustic quality, but it's subtle when compared to the large dose of hop flavor and aroma. Lots of tropical fruit, juicy, a little piney, some mild pungency. Nice balance. Subtle mild peppery note in the finish.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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Photo of Celtics17
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear deep honey amber small foamy white head, smells of sharp citrusy pine and cool rye malts, tastes of citrus and pine slight cooling biscuity malts, mouthfeel is thick, finish is lasting and bitter, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of obrike
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Part of a mix twelve pack picked up at Round Rock HEB.

Very pretty looking beer. Great pour...almost looked like a nitro. Big head that left great lacing. Bright copper colored clear pour.

Fresh scent of flowery hops, rye, and some caramel. Smells delicious. Hop forward with some caramel malt and spicy rye on the back
end.

I think this might be one of NB's best. Just a clean, tasty, easy drinking brew. Flavorful but not overwhelming. Good job guys.

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Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of IsaiahHoogendyk
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love Rye IPAs, and this one does not disappoint. In fact, out of the IPAs I've had from New Belgium, this one is the best (the others being Rampant and Ranger). I don't if it is the use of rye, or the strategic blend of some of the best hops, namely Mosaic and Simcoe. But this delivers in both fruity hop taste and aroma, the right amount of bitter bite, and the subtle amber backbone.

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Photo of beergoot
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice clear amber color with a huge billowy and thick head of off white foam. The head has an amazing level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a pine hop smell mixed with a nice rye bread aroma. Along with these smells comes some coriander and a bit of a citrus and earthy hop, giving a very nice and slightly dank aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a ton of a rye bread flavor with just a hint of a caramel sweetness. Along with the strong rye is a good showing of a pine hop taste as well as a decent showing of coriander spice. The rye and the pine grow stronger and stronger as the taste moves on further to the end. All the while the caramel fades while some earth and a bit of a cracker taste move onto the tongue. With the big increase in the rye bread and pine and the other flavor transitions that occur, one is left with a slightly drier and nice dank rye bready taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the rye and the dank hop the feel is fantastic and makes for a great medium for accentuating all the nice taste of the brew.

Overall – This was a rather nice and tasty rye beer overall. I rather enjoyed this one and hope NB will make it a regular in their line up.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle as part of the Spring Folly Revival 12-pack... Pours clear copper/golden... nice white head that leaves great lacing.. Rye crisp dry toastiness is very abundant and so are CCC hops... Definitely compliment each other and are not out of whack... Nice dry finish with a great rye element.. Bitter hops help dry things out... very tasty and begs for another sip.

4/4/4/3.75/3.75

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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).

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A lovely medium brown in color, clear, with a tan head.

S: Grapefruit peel, and orange, perhaps a little lemon grass. A lot of citrus apparently.

T: Lots of nice hops, some pine resin and citrus with a nice spice flavor in the finish. The finish also has a little bit of that New Belgium biscuit flavor that shows up in fat tire.

M: Medium light body, with fairly high carbonation.

O: Lots of hop flavor, and a pretty interesting brew.

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Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
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