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Hop Kitchen - RyePA - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

146 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: schnarr84 on 02-25-2014)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Texasfan549, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kjkinsey, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jaydoc, May 11, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

oberon, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

biboergosum, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +3.6%

zeff80, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

StonedTrippin, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Jason, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of mactrail
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

mactrail, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

tdm168, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

chinchill, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Derek, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Bitterbill, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

BeerFMAndy, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Boone757, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -22.3%

kscaldef, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +3.6%

aasher, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

ArrogantB, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of maximum12
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

maximum12, May 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

AngusOg, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

thatoneguymike, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Whiskeydeez, Apr 23, 2014
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Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
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