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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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jaydoc, May 11, 2014
Photo of aklude
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

aklude, May 08, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
Photo of rawfish
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

rawfish, May 07, 2014
Photo of mattknueven
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

mattknueven, May 05, 2014
Photo of Hanselpb
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Hanselpb, May 05, 2014
Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

secondtooth, May 05, 2014
Photo of vidguy17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

vidguy17, May 04, 2014
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

JuicesFlowing, May 04, 2014
Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DRBiser, May 04, 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
Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +3.6%

buckyp, May 02, 2014
Photo of jsh420
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jsh420, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of ParkbrauFan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

ParkbrauFan, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of BrownAleMale
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

BrownAleMale, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of GinDC
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

GinDC, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of p-wagz
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

p-wagz, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of rickcrip76
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

rickcrip76, Apr 26, 2014
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 KomodoDragon
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

KomodoDragon, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Whiskeydeez, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Bytor31
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Bytor31, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of jharris0624
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

jharris0624, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of delta490
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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

delta490, Apr 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

DarthGuitarHero, Apr 21, 2014
Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.