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Hop Kitchen - RyePA - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 155
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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 rawfish
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
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 BarryMFBurton
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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 -5.9%
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 Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle $4.29, nice price for a hoppy IPA. Clear orange color, great head that settles into a sticky lacing a a foamy ring stop the beer. Aroma has a slight spiciness to it like pepper and then some sticky hops. Flavor is a nice hoppy melange, bits of fruit, alcohol (which isn't really offensive) and then a good malt flavor. Solid IPA.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

i like this series, despite what some say about new belgium having gone a more mainstream route, i think this is a series of beers for the original crowd, and i dig that. this one attempts tp put rye malt into a cool soup of primarily southern hemisphere varietals. its got a bright clear copper color with a bone white head, pale and about an inch high, but not lasting real long. the nose is a touch of rye spice, but i would have liked a bit more of that in both smell and taste, its too subtle, too reserved, and instead i get other grains in front of it, including sweet caramel malt, filling there and just a touch out of proportion. the hops are most robustly represented by mosaic, a little mellow compared to some mosaic beers, but i pick that strain out the best, especially in the taste, where its downright ripe in the finish. the rye compliments this well, but more hops, more freshness, more galaxy, and for the love of god something else other than this ale yeast that now drags down so many otherwise awesome new belgium beers. its too familiar now guys, to generic, too run of the mill, not interesting enough, and no longer pleasing to the palate, or no longer invisible to me, it bothers me now, like ive always said about lagunitas, its a problem here. not incompatible, but boring and it interferes with my hop experience in this one. feel rules though, creamy and soft like a nitro beer honestly, definitely the most surprising element of this beer, and a very enjoyable twist to a beer that may have otherwise been forgettable (yet still yummy). the feel makes it stick in my brain, i just dig how delicate it all comes and goes. more ipas need to incorporate this. cool series that is affordable, and i will keep supporting it. more rye and new yeast next time and this is a hit.

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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%

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 Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 arizcards
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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 wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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 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 Samuel906
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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 secondtooth
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 beergoot
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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 delta490
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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 mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Celtics17
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.