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Hop Kitchen - RyePA | New Belgium Brewing

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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.

Added by schnarr84 on 02-25-2014

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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 273
Photo of rapayn01
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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 DJChaseTheBase
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice presentation for a Rye pale ale by New Belgium. Has a nice drinkable pine w/ minimal citrus notes taste w/ a particular dank like scent to it. Very nice beer although I don't feel a wow factor, but I feel the tip back and kill it factor when drinking this beer. Smooth and subtle.

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Photo of akolb
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
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 jjamadorphd
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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 OldSwampy
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light copper color with a cream head, not too thick but with a little durability. Floral hoppy aroma. Taste starts edgy but not too strong, then opens into malts with the rye note. Hops emerging lightly at first, then stronger and more diverse, standing up over some bready flavor. Creamy, almost sudsy, mouthfeel. Slightly slick bitter hoppy aftertaste (not unpleasant). Not as smoothly integrated as another rye IPA I had recently, but good.

Bottle poured into glass, enjoy by date "22MAY16"

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/26....pours medium bronze, thick heavy white foam. Strong rye bitter nose. Outdoorsy. Peppery rye opening taste with a fast clean finish. Bitter hangs out in the background. Nice twist on the classic IPA. Very tasty.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

clear copper color, off-w hite colored head. good lacing. earthy hop aroma. nice hop bite, crisp. good malt flavor to balance, with a herbal spicy aftertaste. medium bodied.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure what the hop creature on the label is supposed to be, with the old school pilot's helmet and handlebar mustache... A frog, perhaps, or maybe a turtle. Not sure.

I like the color, with a deep copper and bright orange highlights. Nose is grassy with faint citrus and pine. Nothing spectacular.

Probably served a little cold, but I am definitely getting more flavor as it warms. Tight, oily, piney hops through to the aftertaste. The rye is providing a definite zestiness that also carries through to the finish.

Overall, a heavy hop assault, but with enough complexity to still be interesting. Definitely a keeper for me.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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 golf_sierra
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber, clear, minimal head.
Nice herbal and floral aroma.
Some peppery flavor, definately hoppy with some nice complexity, a bit of malt sweetness but bitter dominates.
Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness
Quality IPA, in the more resinous bitter style.

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Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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 moofthedog
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly darker. Pretty lacing. Exceptionally clear.
Aroma: Cascade hops stick out considerably with dank aroma. Slight fruitiness from the galaxy. I think I can smell the rye..
Taste: Bitter. Midly boozy (at 6.6 ABV). The hop flavor, rye and light maltiness all kind of form together. Nice.
Mouth: Really carbonated. Hop oils jump out even more on the way down.
Overall: Great beer, love the frog on the cover. Classic dank american IPA. Would drink again.

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Photo of slugman
4.74/5  rDev +19.7%
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 stephenjmoore
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a deep Amber, almost copper-color, with a sticky, soapy off-white head. Aroma is primarily piney hops and a noticeable rye spice. Flavor follows, with big piney hops up front, followed by earthy rye spice that lingers through the finish. Feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation. A nice example of how well rye can work in a hoppy beer.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a light copper with a finger of beige head. There remained some trace of a head throughout the class, though it did thin. Just enough fizz to the carbonation, with a little creaminess to the fine bubbles. The taste was maltier than an IPA, and the hops seemed lesser as a result, though the aroma kept a nice hoppiness to it. Its a good beer, though I'm a fan of Otter Creek's Kind Ryed just a bit more.

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Photo of Moose90
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle poured into tulip

A — Pours a clear dark amber color into the glass, a hint of Rye right of the bat with the bit darker hue. A khaki colored head forms and leaves some respectable lacing behind itself.

S — Smell is very pungent and hop focused, with notes of citrus and tropical fruits, balanced upon a steadily imposing rye malt base with a hint of spice.

T — A nice dry hop bouquet of flavors, some pine, citrus, and light tropicality, a hint of spicy rye is present upon the finish as well, overall nicely balanced.

M — Medium bodied, a lingering satisfying finish.

O — Quite nice overall, a restrained rye presence balanced with a nice hop presence.

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Photo of hman43
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours a light amber with orange tinges and a slightly off white head.

Smell: It has a pine aroma with some floral and spice aromas.

Taste: It has flavors of floral and rye with spices and hints of grapefruit.

Feel: It has a medium feel with a moderate bitter finish that is long lasting.

Overall: It is a piney, citrus combination which is favorable with a long lasting bitter finish.

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Photo of carolinahophead
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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 PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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 vikinggary28
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Libeertarian
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured aggressively but so smooth that head didn't even come up to top of pint glass, like it might with most other 12 ounce IPAs. Clear cuprescent amber with pinkish tones and well-retaining, creamy tan head of thicker foam. Sheet upon sheet of lace. Not too strong, but smell is spicy, brothy, vegetal, harshly grainy, and almost rubbery. Hops and rye are responsible for these, although parsing out which is which in each case is beyond my abilities. Spice is along the lines of peppercorn, anise, even caraway (which of course always goes well with rye). Minimal toasty and caramel aromas from presumably both malt and rye. After it has warmed up a bit, some very light citrus notes. Taste is less complex, and quite similar to New Belgium's Ranger IPA, a little more robust, a little more dank. Crackery to biscuity backbone present throughout, a little tart at first, sweetens in the middle, then piney, rindy and only mildly spicy towards the back. Spiciness stronger and other flavors bow out in the finish: peppercorn most prominent. Not even as dry or rindy of a finish as New Belgium's Citradelic, which can be found in the same variety pack as this RyePA and which I reviewed just a few hours prior. Medium-bodied it seems, though hard to tell what with its finer bubbles and smoothness almost to the point of feeling nitrous.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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 ZBowden
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Mitchster
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.