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Hop Kitchen - RyePA | New Belgium Brewing

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Hop Kitchen - RyePAHop Kitchen - RyePA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Beejay
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A lovely medium brown in color, clear, with a tan head.

S: Grapefruit peel, and orange, perhaps a little lemon grass. A lot of citrus apparently.

T: Lots of nice hops, some pine resin and citrus with a nice spice flavor in the finish. The finish also has a little bit of that New Belgium biscuit flavor that shows up in fat tire.

M: Medium light body, with fairly high carbonation.

O: Lots of hop flavor, and a pretty interesting brew.

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Photo of IsaiahHoogendyk
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love Rye IPAs, and this one does not disappoint. In fact, out of the IPAs I've had from New Belgium, this one is the best (the others being Rampant and Ranger). I don't if it is the use of rye, or the strategic blend of some of the best hops, namely Mosaic and Simcoe. But this delivers in both fruity hop taste and aroma, the right amount of bitter bite, and the subtle amber backbone.

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Photo of obrike
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Part of a mix twelve pack picked up at Round Rock HEB.

Very pretty looking beer. Great pour...almost looked like a nitro. Big head that left great lacing. Bright copper colored clear pour.

Fresh scent of flowery hops, rye, and some caramel. Smells delicious. Hop forward with some caramel malt and spicy rye on the back
end.

I think this might be one of NB's best. Just a clean, tasty, easy drinking brew. Flavorful but not overwhelming. Good job guys.

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Photo of KD0G
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice copper color with very good lacing.
Smell of the fruity Mosaic hops with slight dank of the Galaxy hops.
Taste is balanced with slight malt spicy sweetness with the fruity dank hops flavor and bitterness.
Mouthfeel is smooth.
Overall very good IPA with good balance.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle as part of the Spring Folly Revival 12-pack... Pours clear copper/golden... nice white head that leaves great lacing.. Rye crisp dry toastiness is very abundant and so are CCC hops... Definitely compliment each other and are not out of whack... Nice dry finish with a great rye element.. Bitter hops help dry things out... very tasty and begs for another sip.

4/4/4/3.75/3.75

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

RyePA brewed by New Belgium Brewing, with a 6.60% ABV. This brew pours out a deep amber color with a small white head. The smell of RyePA is rich with hops. Then you pick up on the grains and malts. This brew has the look and smell of most IPA's brews on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up on the boldness and bitterness of hops. Then you pick up on the smoothness of grins and malts. There is a lot going on in this IPA. RyePA has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of RyePA, is rich, bold, clean, and refreshing. You really can't pick up on the 6.60% ABV of this brew, it is just that smooth. This was better than what I was expecting . Overall I'm giving RyePA a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. New Belgium Brewing, did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hop Kitchen - RyePA - New Belgium Brewing, as part of the seasonal "Folly" variety pack. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and off-white, with web-like lacing, and a clear oak brown body.

Smells like a nicely executed blend of juicier hops and rye malts. This oughtta be good...

I taste a sweeter, cleaner version of what I've described in the aroma. Wow, what a balanced taste here of juicy hops with rye tartness. This is just...hang on a sec *takes another quaff*.

Mouthfeel here is clean and surprisingly quenching. Mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose rate my first B.A. brew of the year with a very solid 4.75. I mean, if we're "reviewing to the style", this will be tough to dethrone IMO. I implore thee, PLEASE get the new Folly pack& go for this ASAP!

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%

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 chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
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 LambicPentameter
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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 wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
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 arizcards
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Celtics17
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
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 secondtooth
4/5  rDev +1%
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 JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
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 maximum12
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
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 delta490
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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 BarryMFBurton
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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 JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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 +7.1%
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!

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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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Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
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