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Hop Kitchen - RyePA - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

148 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 30
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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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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.

LambicPentameter, Jun 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

beerbrains, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

bmwats, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

qchic, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.86/5  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).

wethorseblanket, Jun 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Snow81, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

TBRich, Jun 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

LightnerLiquorKS, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

arizcards, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Coopersbeer, Jun 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

thatoneguymike, Jun 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

mikerieder, May 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

MN_Beerticker, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Westuh, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mpenske, May 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

dozier77, May 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Damian74Shensky, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Modernrickk, May 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

ariceclemson, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Drew26, May 19, 2014
Photo of Celtics17
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Celtics17, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Steamer, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Aggro, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

AndrewMichael, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ssimpson89, May 12, 2014
Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.