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Hop Kitchen - RyePA - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

145 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

OregonGrown7, Mar 17, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

DemoniChris, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

mre4b, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Falcone, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Beaver13, Mar 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

gspeer711, Mar 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

AngusOg, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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
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4.21/5  rDev +9.1%

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!

DenverHopHead, Mar 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Jason, Mar 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Braz, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

Immortale25, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

kj8525, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

MacQ32, Mar 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

baklo, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

beergoot, Mar 01, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

joemcgrath27, Feb 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

schnarr84, Feb 25, 2014
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Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.