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Hop Kitchen - RyePA - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 183
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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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 183
Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Samuel906
3.97/5  rDev +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 StonedTrippin
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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 sholland119
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S-Spicy rye notes dominate, complemented by grainy malt. Earthy hop notes are present at a low medium level. Orangey hop notes noted as the beer warms. No esters, no alcohol, no DMS.

A-Pour is a crystal clear honey amber. Huge foamy slightly off white head has huge retention and lots of lacing.

T-Very alt forward with a strong rye presence. Grainy malt notes as well. Hop bitterness is medium high. Floral hop flavors are very nice in the mid palate, working in nice harmony with the rye. Finish is smooth and moderately bitter, with nice lingering hoppiness. A light hint of alcohol warming in the finish as well, but at a medium low level.

M-Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. slightly creamy. No astringency.

O-A very tasty rye beer. Strong rye character is well balanced by floral hops. Smooth finish is very pleasant.

HV

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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 MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by June 8th, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A spicy and juicy hop froward aroma with good hints of citrus, pine, and rye spice. Upfront mix of earthy, floral, citrus, and herbal hops with some hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, tangerine, and kiwi. Toasted malt with hints of sweet caramel, grains, biscuit, rye spice, yeast, and cracker. Also some hints of pepper. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely juicy and spicy hop forward taste with good notes of citrus, pine, and rye. Earthy notes of grassy hops and some herbal and floral notes. Spicy pine resin. Citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, kiwi, and tangerine. Light notes of pepper spice. Solid sweet malt presence with notes of caramel, rye spice, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely juicy, oily, and somewhat sticky. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a IPA. Good mix of citrusy and piney hops with a nice kick of rye.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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 biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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 DenverHopHead
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of beergoot
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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 ArrogantB
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.