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Hop Kitchen - RyePA - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 185
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Rye Beer | 6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 Libeertarian
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 barczar
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 arizcards
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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!

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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 rawfish
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A semi-murky tan-brown body that has a large off white head that foams up tempting to overtake the lip of the glass. Despite that the head retention is quite bad leaving a solid coating of lace, sadly it doesn't deposit much more after that.

Solid caramel malts, clean whole wheat bread and a spicy rye edge. Rye is earthy with a bit of leather and wood. Red fruit complexities with strong piney hops and a bit of citrus.

Hefty malt is bready and spicy and lacks sweetness to push back the hops. Piney at the forefront but then vegetative and earthy. The bitterness is medium but enhances the boiled vegetables and a flat medicinal finish, gets a bit better as the beer warms with more of a vinous fruit and resiny kick.

Medium body and well enough carbonation to keep the flavors afloat. Decent drying following the bitterness and well hidden alcohol.

This one is maybe past its prime, the rye spice and bready malts are well integrated and complex, it dances well with the pine aspect of the hops. However the finish of this beer is a dismal earthy vegetative and medicinal evil for the most part.

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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 JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Even a gentile pour produced a voluminous head on the golden amber colored ale. Active brew. Lots of bubbles going up the edges of the glass, mostly clear with a small scatter of particles.

S - Grassy, light fruit smell.

T - Light upfront, picking up only a trace of rye on the backend. A tacky finish with plenty of bitterness, but mixed with almost a sour feel. Not what I was expecting - or really seeking- On further sips, I pick up some raisin, some bready qualities.

M - heavy handed - too much so in my book - with carbonation, in part contributing to a light feel.

Neither refreshing nor interesting. A bit disappointing from a quality brewery.

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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 BarryMFBurton
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.