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Hop Kitchen - RyePA | New Belgium Brewing

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Hop Kitchen - RyePAHop Kitchen - RyePA
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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 286
Photo of slugman
4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I missed this wonderful, "grassy" IPA when it was originally released, but am happy I tried it today in a new sampler from New Belgium. RyePA is an intense, hoppy experience with citrus notes but more of a "grassy" flavor. Very complex and very satisfying. Thanks for bringing this to those of use that missed it in the past. Anyone who likes Ranger but wants more of a flavor kick, definitely should try this while it is available.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.64/5  rDev +16.9%
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 crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-red Amber, like maple syrup straight into your glass. Sticky lacing down the sides from the off white head. Aromas and flavors are a beguiling mix of spicy rye bread, earthy tobacco leaf, pine needles, toffee, grapefruit pith, and just a squeeze of orange citrus. Bitter finish. Overall I have to say this beer impressed me.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the best New Belgium beer I've had and this is not a back-handed complement. It is terrific. it packs a lot of flavor and frankly reminds me of a high quality west coast IPA. I'd compare it to a Green Flash. The rye is not as prevalent as in others of this style, though I want to try more to check this out.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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 +10.8%
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 +10.1%
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 Fear4Beer
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge IPA fan, but this was pleasant. Very hoppy but also balanced with malt. It isn't overly bitter but it does have bitters. I liked it. It was a great blend of hops and malt. New Belgium is doing big things!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of akolb
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: chocolate, pepper, rye bread, grapefruit, pine. Very savory. Love it.
Appearance: red-brown, great head
Taste: rye bread, spice, grapefruit, orange, quite bitter, earthy, sweet malt, toffee. Delicious and multi-layered.
Feel: thick and rich
Overall: A wonderfully complex beer that showcases both malts and hops. Hands down NB's best IPA.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
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 drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice. Aroma is a bit muted, but flavor really shines. Taste has plenty of fresh hop with just right fruity, sweet malt plus good carbonic tang to match. Great drinking beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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 HotDogBikeRide
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sticky laced, light copper beer. Nondiscernable barley and grain smell, with a variety of hops to taste. Pretty medium bodied ale. Light bitterness with fresh ingredients. I notice a clean feel - a wash if you may - so it has little to no lingering bitterness. Good IPA and would drink again, no question.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber color with a decent white head. Nice hoppy taste with a small maltiness in the background. Smells pretty dank. Good carbonation. Give this beer a try it is pretty solid

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The RyePA is ridiculously refreshing, with hints of pepper and almost enough carbonation. It is a bit different, but simultaneously traditional. I haven't tried many rye-based IPAs, but after drinking RyePA, I want to!

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Photo of Celtics17
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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 vikinggary28
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to glass mug. Colour is a nice dark amber with virtually no head at all, just a slight off white one with slight lacing. I loved the smell of bready rye that crept through in the taste as well. Goes down smooth. Great beer. Prost!

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of carolinahophead
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Got this out of a variety pack .
12 oz bottle .

Good color .. Burnt orange .. nice light head... pretty lacing
Aroma of nice roasted malt ... good citrus ... and the rye
Fresh hop .... grape fruit and toasted rye are present
Medium mouth feel and nice carbonation ....easy drinker
Overall ... .well done by New Belgium ... this is a keeper ..

Keep it simple and and somewhat different from an ordinary IPA

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the best IPAs I have had in quite a while, if not ever. It was in some regards similar to others, such as the distinctive smell of hops and the notes of citrus. But in all other regards, it was as unique as the name implies. Out of the bottle it pours this nice amber color with a white head, good staying power and very nice lacing down the glass. Pouring it into the pint glass I used it almost looked syrupy, if not thick. What I saw translated to what I experienced - a velvety texture, distantly astringent (but not too much). The brew started out almost sweet and had a nice sharp, bitter end. I'm not a big fan of IPAs (I mostly like stouts) but this IPA might make me a convert.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.