O'Ryely IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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O'Ryely IPAO'Ryely IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

325 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 12-15-2011

Availability: October - January
Bitterness: 50.0 IBU
Alcohol by Volume: 6.4%

Original Gravity: 15 Plato
Malts : Pale, Carapils, Caramel 10, Rye, Caramel Rye
Hops: Alchemy, Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy
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Ratings: 325 | Reviews: 87
Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale burnt caramel color with an off-white head leaving nice lace.

Smell is lots of sweet malt, some rye spice, and some citrus hops. Earthier as it warms.

Taste is similar, a malt focus with a prominent rye spice, the hop flavor is pretty big and fruity, with modest bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the drier side, medium light bodied, slick.

Drinkability is pretty good. A great showcase for rye, well complimented by the west coast hop profile.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pour amber red with a medium white head, some soapy spotty type lace.

S: Grass and citrus with a hint of rye spice. Smells a bit like a few of the other Widmer IPAs I've had in the past.

T: Rye and heavy grain balanced well with notes of dandelion greens, melon rind, lemon/assorted citrus.

M: Crisp carbonation, nice medium-bodied mouthfeel, creamy with a nice hoppy aftertaste.

O: A good solid IPA. Nothing too special, but IPA fans would certainly enjoy a pint of this.

Photo of hopwave
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle poured into my large Duvel goblet... pours a bright amber/orange colour with a thin white head.

Smell is straight up blood orange... Very nice.

Taste follows the nose again, blood orange... No rye... A little strange... Reminds me a bit of V8 Fusion.

Overall a nice IPA worth picing up a Sixer if you see it around.

Photo of CHickman
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold orange color with lively bubbles racing up the brew to a foamy 2 finger off while head that didn’t move, fading very slowly and then leaving very good foamy lacing.

Smells of piney hops, herbs, rye, citrus, biscuit and some fruit which resembles citrus like lemon zest and orange peel; the rye jumps out up front but then gets mixed in with the herbals notes. A soft aroma for an IPA and it almost seems like the rye tames the hops a bit.

Tastes of spicy rye and piney hops up front, followed by herbs, citrus hops, biscuit, lemon, orange peel , grains, dry grass, floral hops or flowers and some spices like pepper and coriander; the aftertaste has more malt presence mixed with rye, and the hops fade after the initial blast of flavor. Not very hoppy for an IPA, but flavorful enough that it keeps your interest, especially if you dig the rye influence.

Mouthfeel is light and zesty with high, fizzy carbonation, a light to medium body, and a semi-dry aftertaste that is a combo of grains, herbs and rye. After swallowing the beer it feels like everything evaporated in your mouth.

Overall it was a good beer, not one that stimulated my taste-buds, but definitely a beer that I’d have again. It’s light enough that people could session it, as it hides the 6.4% ABV completely. This lacks the hop punch that most West Coast IPA’s carry, so I consider this a light IPA and closer to an APA. I’d order it in a bar but doubt I’d bring a 6-pack home.

Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather dark for an IPA; a dark shade of amber with an off-white head. Spicy hops and rye with some citrus notes. Grapefruit and orange peel with a hint of pine. Sweet caramel malt in there as well. The flavor is a bit sweeter/maltier than I'd like. Quite a bit of rye character to it. Spicy hops and rye with bitter pine and a bit of orange peel and grapefruit on the finish.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was caramel amber. Had about ½ inch of head. Some circular lacing on the top. Healthy amount of sporadic film on the sides.

Lots of citrus hops up front on the smell. Grapefruit, tangerine and orange seemed to be the main notes.

Grapefruits just dominated the initial taste. Nothing but citrus in the taste. Tangerine and oranges still hanging on, but it was so much like a more potent grapefruit juice.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-lively (moderate) carbonation. Bitter, fruity finish.

A decent beer, but just a bit too grapefruitish for me. Nice to try, though.

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled date of 4 Oct 11

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & average head retention

S: Peppery & lemony hops

T: Orange peel, piney & woody hops, a touch of peppery rye & a touch of grainyness up front. More peppery rye notes as this warms, a touch of green apple & caramel too. Finishes dry, crisp with a hint of caramel, grassy hops & apple skin, almost pulled a 4.0, a little boozeyness at the end didn't help the cause

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation, pretty nice balance

Drinks pretty easy, not bad at all despite this being over 5 months old. The rye is fairly dominant, would like to try fresher just to see how the hops presented when younger, the perils of waiting for beers to move to the mixer sixer aisle..

Photo of kjritt
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from a bottle into a glass.

a. darker than a lot of ipas i have had. red almost to brown and clear. two fingers of head with an aggressive pour and damn good lacing. a very attractive, but unusually dark, ipa.

s. the weakest part of this beer. not the same hop aroma of many ipas but maltier than others. a somewhat reflection of the taste as well.

t. a real doosey. bitter on the tip of the tongue and finishes very smooth with some bitter aftertaste. the dark malt is very interesting and one which is usually lacking in others. an ipa unlike most others. very enjoyable.

m. spritely on the tongue and stimulates all areas of the mouth.

o. another strong brew from widmer brothers. the only reason i do not have it rated above 3.5 overall is because of the superior brews of racer 5 and lagunitas ipa. ipas are tough competetion.

Photo of silverking
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy light amber. One finger of white, rocky head. Head retention is good, as is the lacing.

S- Spicy grain, light caramel, spicy/piney hop notes.

T- light grains up front. There are touches of butterscotch mid-palate. The finish is long and filled with spice and astringent bitterness.

M- Light bodied, dry, mildly astringent. Moderate amounts of prickly carbonation.

O- It's a rye IPA. It's aggressive and spicy.

Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Light amber pour, maybe a finger of white head.

Aroma, Avery green piney aroma. This is 5 months old and still not bad. Don't get much of the rye.

Taste, A little more malt and toffee here. Also the rye spice is here. Finishes with herbal pine and pretty dry. Also some citrus zest.

To the right of light bodied, a nice carbonation tickles. Has a bit if that rye imparted creaminess as well. Drinks just fine.

Photo of yamar68
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pumpkin gold with a finger or two off starch white head. Pretty good lacing and minimal beading.

Subtle earthy bits, rye... some wholesome, subdued citrus. Already this is far more appealing than the spiced IPA.

Some soft grapefruit pulls ahead on the tongue. Pretty tame, but still agreeable. Malts make a comfortable appearance that doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer.

The feel is relatively thin, which boosts drinkability - perhaps the forte of this beer.

Not great, but good.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a amberish color with a small white head. Smells of dark rye and floral hops. Tastes very bitter, but with a nice darker malt taste. Goes down nicely with a great finish for a light/medium bodied beer. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/19/12.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, citrus fruit, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with spicy rye and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 spicy presence from the interaction of the rye and hops used.

Photo of I3eck
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish/orange amber, slightly hazy, off-white head that hangs around, short lacing.
S: White chocolate, caramel, yeast/dough, malty whoppers candy
T: The front tastes a lot like it smells, the a nice peppery and bitter lingering hops. A lot of malty and sourdough bread flavors.
M: Medium-bodied, decent CO2, a mouth-coating effect.
O: Not a bad brew but something isn't doing it for me here. I dislike very few foods - one of them being Swiss cheese. For some reason I have the same ambivalence towards this beer (awkward, I know). I've had 3 other Widmer Bros. brews and have thoroughly enjoyed if not loved all of them but unfortunately this is the first one I've officially reviewed. My expectations were high.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle ... tannish head ... good lacing ... the brew is crystal clear amber.

Nose shows plenty of fruity hoppiness ... something that I associate with pink bubblegum ...

Flavor has nice bitter bite up front ... quickly a toasty bready quality emerges ... fruity hop flavor, melon, citrus, pineapple?

Good body and carbonation for the style.

I will pick this one up again.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Widmer Brothers Rotator IPA Series, Profile: "O'Ryely IPA". "A wry take on IPA. Rye spiciness, distinctly hopped."

Clear, dark amber coloring, off-white cloud of foam. Looks nice.

Aroma: spicy, bready malt notes, herbal/mineral, tropical fruits. Fruit salad on rye bread, heavy on the rye. Hops are kind of hidden, but they're there.

Taste: Hop bitterness starts it off, warm, even hot, matched well with spicy malt. A friendly tug of war. Here's a little bitter, here's a bit of spicy/ sweet (small on the sweet). Toasty. Certainly unlike anything you'd expect from an IPA. In fact, I wouldn't call this an IPA, if they hadn't already established it as one. I'd be hard pressed to categorize it, and since I don't have to, I won't. But they did.

However, to really call it an IPA, I've got to be able to feel the hops more than the malt. For an IPA, the hop presence is rather mild.

Other than that, I like it. Drinks down nice and easy, provides plenty of pleasure. Decent sessioner. Good for that. And that is all.

Photo of LittleDon
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Dec 05 12 bottling date. Clear copper with a decent head and good lacing. Malty aroma, fruit. Caramel, earthy, a bit of alcohol. Rye shows up in the finish. Medium body and low-medium carbonation. Would have expected more hops, but could be age related.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a bottled date of Oct 04 11. Pours a crystal clear copper color with a large, fluffy off-white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is juicy, citric and tropical hops with a bready, biscuity grain aroma. Rye is not really all that noticeable, as the malt base smells very similar to most of the other Rotator offerings.

Theres the rye...zesty and bready on the flavor. Plenty of hops are there, from flavoring through to the bitterness. Not sweet at all and the lighter body shows it. Rye gives this one a little more balance than the other IPAs in this series, guess it depends on your preference whether that is a good thing or bad. For me, I think Id like to see a little touch of honey-sweetness and more flavoring hops. But overall this is another nice addition to the lineup, and showcases the rye pretty well. I think the Falconer's is still my favorite though.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into half glass. Pours translucent copper with a moderate, frothy tan head along with decent lacing that lasts throughout. Aroma is spicy rye notes, spicy hops, earthy hops and light floral notes. Taste is caramel and sweet malt blurred between spicy hops, rye notes, floral hops and pine. Medium bodied with a creamy carbonation, lingering bitterness and slight oily feel. Ends with more spicy hops, earthy notes, floral hops, rye, caramel, chewy malt and pine. I wouldn't go for this one again.

Photo of Brad007
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love IPAs infused with rye.

Pours a dark gold with a huge frothy head into my glass. Great way to start things off!

Spicy rye and freshly-cut grass stand out in the nose. Hoppiness is balanced and not off the charts.

Ditto for the taste. Spicy rye and grassy hops work well upfront. Chewy. Flavorful.

Lingering spicy rye notes and grassy hop notes make up the mouthfeel. It meshes well with the spicy dish I'm enjoying.

Hop aroma could have been stronger but otherwise, this is an excellent beer for the spring.

Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark golden. Pours a 1 finger, tight foamy, head. Settles fairly slowly. Some nice beer ring lacing.

S: Earthy, some indistinct savory Italian spice, and a slight hop.

T: Crisp hops, pungent, peaty, and bitter.

M: Bitter with a very dry finish.

D: Sip and savor. The character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and some decent lacing. Earthy and spicy nose with a strong hop. Hop flavor is crisp and pungent. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance –Pours a deep amber color with a thick and persistent just off white head. The head lingers on for quite some time fading slowly to leave a great level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is very light. It consists of a bit of bready smells mixed with some caramel and a lighter hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins of rye bread with notes of caramel sweetness. Some citrus grapefruit hop is present up front, which ends up getting stronger as the taste moves on further. An earthy bitter flavor also comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. These hops remains till the end where a smooth rye and citrus/earthy bitter flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little on the thicker and more syrupy side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are pretty nice for the bready flavors of the brew as well as for giving all the hoppy flavors a chance to be sensed well by the tongue.

Overall – A pretty easy to drink IPA. A nice blend of rye and hop (although a slightly more hopped taste up front and at the end may have been slightly more appeasing to the rye flavor).

Photo of Hopswagger
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Clear copper body with decent rushing bubbles and no head at all. 

S:  Good rye bread aroma with sweet toasted malts.  Biscuity, grapefruit, timid citrus notes, floral and fruity. 

T/M:  Grains, slightly spicy with a rye bread background. Carbonation is nice and the body is medium.  Finish is dry with floral bitterness and a touch of grapefruit.  

O:  A decent IPA that has a good rue flavor but not overly impressive. A easy drinking beer that is good but not a favorite. Wider delivered a solid offering.

Photo of MasterSki
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for indulging my curiosity with this one. Served in a Cigar City snifter. Dated October 31st, 2011.

A - A quarter-finger of white foam settles to a thin skim cap, some big-bubbled patches, medium collar, and spotty lacing. Transparent golden body with a few streams of tiny bubbles.

S - Yep, it's a RyePA. Plenty of rye malt mingles with sugar cookie, and perhaps a light touch of earthy and fruity hops. It has been nearly 3 months since this was bottled so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that it's mostly malt at this stage.

T - Taste is again rye-forward, with some light tropical fruit sweetness, as well as a shot of sugary and bready malts. But yeah, mostly rye flavor and some mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, chewy and very dry. No alcohol presence is detectable.

D - Perhaps this was better back in November when it was fresh, but it's currently a fairly middling rye beer with a mild hop presence. I woudn't bother with this again unless it was right off the truck.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This selection is in the Widmer Brothers Rotator Series. The beer pours a nice, hazy orange/amber into a pint. The head is small and off-white. Low carbonation.

Rye and lemon rind lead off the smell, a nice floral prefume at the finish. Floral hops, fresh cut grass and lemon start the taste. The rye spice shows up around the middle, not as noticable as the smell.

Very dry, balanced, but the malt profile is slight and in the background. Very smooth going down, a little watery.

A better offering than their Drifter IPA.

O'Ryely IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.