O'Ryely IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

87 Reviews
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88
very good

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 325
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 5.29%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin dense head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of passionfruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the passionfruit flavors from the Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin hops are much stronger and there are also some hints of gooseberries. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is very flavorful and quite easy to drink. I really enjoyed the taste of the New Zealand hops. (746 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i think the beer community got this one wrong, this is (pardon my french) fucking sensational! pours a sturdy medium amber color with an expansive foamy cream colored head over an inch tall. smells luscious! earthy hop aroma with some english malt types. flavor is a shocker, much more fruity/citrus hops than the smell indicated to me. only very late in the palate does the excited rye complex enter the picture. a bit of cracked pepper and warmth comes through there, only to be tempered by a round grassy hop bouquet in the finish. this is one of the most complex and best balanced india pale ales i have tasted, and it ranks in the rye beers. this is easily the best widmer brew ive come across. mouthfeel is great, creamy rich feel over a medium plus body and perfect carbonation. this one goes down easy and is fairly strong, a lovely session if you want to tie one on. i could see this going well with food from the grill and plenty of herbs. really nice beer, solid, refreshing, addicting. ahhh (1,002 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a plethora of beers utilizing the often disregarded rye grain, many of the best complement of its use is with highly hopped beers. Widmer Bros. puts hops on display but also with the sweet and spicy support to give a uniqueness to their roggen-influenced ale.

Pouring a very bright, yet deep amber color- the beer shows great clarity and an almost bronze hue. Carbonation is pulled from the bottom of the glass to build a creamy off white head of moderate structure, formidable staying power, and sticky lace upon the glass. A classy look throughout.

Sweet molasses, brown sugar, and savory bread crust flavor and aroma from malt share the stage and work toward providing a firm base to support hops and earthy rye spice. Sweetness is balanced by citursy American hops that provide flavors of white grapefruit, orange peel, and mild pine resin especially as the beer develops it's spicy bitterness heading into finish. The sweetness is also accompanied by the flavor of rye that carries a mild tobacco-like flavor. But as the beer's sweetness evades and the bitterness sets in, the earthiness turns spicy in a mild peppery, grassy, and earthy taste similar to English hops.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer starts with a creamy sweetness of carbonation and unresolved sweetness. As the beer develops, any transition to dryness and fleeting maltiness is hindered by the barley sweetness and milder hopping rates. Still a mildly dry finish is provided by the supple warmth of alcohol.

O'Ryely IPA is a more balanced IPA, in a style where hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness should dominate, and accented by rye earthy spice. The one-dimensional and lingering sweetness along with the timid hopping rates restrict the base beer and prevent the earthy rye spice to add the complexities that are intended. Still, a tasty beer that's sure to appease many a beer lover. (1,871 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really nice clear looking copper color. The head was fluffy and white. The lacing on the glass wasn't too bad and neither was the retention. The smell of the beer gives of a really nice balanced aroma of rye and hops. The taste of the beer does the same, it's hoppy upfront then fades into a really nice rye finish. The mouthfeel has a good medium body to it with a pleasant carbonation. Overall this beer was really enjoyable, I would drink this one again for sure. (492 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on Dec.19 2012.Pours a copper brass color with a lacey half finger white head atop.Floral and tropical fruit hop aromas over top of sweet biscuit malts.Flavors are quite fruity with the Selson Sauvin hops shining through,the rye imparts a decent sharpness with the malt profile being pretty dry gining off some grainy notes.A solid beer,it won't knock your socks off but it's flavorful enough. (401 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at wegman's in the mixed sixpack cooler -enjoyed chilled from a willybecker.

The color is deep copper bordering on bronze with good clarity and white cap of thick cream with lace sticking well. The bead is tiny and carbonation is visible and rapidly moving. The smell is good with a lot of floral hop and citrus esters with a slight rye fruitiness mixed with light juicy yeast ester which adds to the spice tinges and mild citrus rind - a nice hint of tropical fruit from the hops is detected.

The feel is very good with a nice spice and slight hint of tangy citrus with mild bitterness and sweetness in balance with the light fruity tinged tart elements. There is a semi-dry quality to the finish with enough juicy tang to let you know what you are drinking.

The taste of this rye is pleasant with a nice citrus and slight tangy combo of flavors from the hops and yeast which are in synergy, no clashing-just a good fruity and slightly citrusy flavor which has accents of spice but a subtle grapefruit like taste emerges mid taste and herbal grassy elements are noted as it gradually warms. The hop flavors meld well with the rye which gives a slight impression of pepper combined with the hops. The taste has a slight caramel accent which doesn't get too sweet just nice addition to the grapefruit-like bitterness and slight dank herbal elements at play. The flavor has a lasting acidity as it finishes sem-dry.

Overall a decent rye IPA, I was pleasantly surprised with how the tropical elements tend to come forward with slight mango and hint of grapefruit which actually works with the rye malt well. I recommend this as the blend of flavors is quaffable and there is nothing sharp or harsh even though there is plenty of hop flavor. (1,765 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bit above the glass give this beer a big off white to light tan head above a clear honey amber colored beer that settles into a bisquity small mound in the middle of the glass with an average sized lacing lining the edges of the glass.

A light mixed aroma of toasted caramel malts, sour fruits, grains, light hops, and maybe even a little sugar added.

A dry rye grain taste is blended well with a slight bitterness from the hops and the citrus notes from those. The citrus hops and the rye taste seem to be tied together my a slight caramel malt taste.

Quite dry is the aftertaste with some of the rye taste staying around for more scrutiny.

A beer I think I could drink a few of, would lie to try this with quite of few different kinds of food. Umm, Mahi Mahi and O'ryely IPA? (795 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Faint hazed, orange amber. Thick layer of lace.

SMELL: Spicy, citric rind, faintly catty, toasted bread, grassy, mild tropical fruit

TASTE: Ultra smooth, bready, spicy rye, orangey hops, ripe persimmons, warming alcohol, dried hay, biscuity, drying finish

A solid IPA with a few twists, the hops right away I could tell that it was an unusual blend and the obvious use of rye ... both of which make this beer very interested and more drinkable. (495 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -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.. (779 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light amber color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the rye with some biscuit and pine notes thrown in. The flavor is very similar. The rye notes are matched nicely with some orange and grass from the hops. I also get a medium amount of bitterness and the beer is quite drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (350 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room 12/17/11

Pours a dark copper/amber with a thin lacing of white head. The nose features spicy rye and a nice, balanced floral aroma. The flavor is spicy rye up front with earthy, floral, spicy hop notes. The rye is potent, but the hop character blends so well with it. The flavors mesh to make a phenomenal flavor. It's medium bodied and well carbonated.

I'm very impressed with this beer. Most rye beers don't offer enough rye to really get the spicy, intense rye flavors. This one does. The hop character was also impressive. I'll definitely be getting more of this! (598 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princeton's Liquors. Poured a clear orange with a short white head. The aroma opens with a clean rye bread with hint of citrus rind and floral hops. The hops pick up in the flavor, matching the spicy grains with biting grapefruit. There should be a little more hops in the aroma, but this is a tasty, fairly drinkable rye beer. It's a little big for a pale ale, but I'm not too concerned. A beer doesn't need a style to be delicious. (457 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored ale with a small tan colored head. This being a rye beer it is a darker shade than a regular IPA.

Smell sour and spicy rye with Strong hit of C type hops.Strong grapefruit and orange scents. Other strong scents of wood, tea and ash.

Starts out bittersweet and a little astringent with an oak aftertaste. Flavor doesn't change much this on the higher hopped end of rye beers. Right on the edge of over hopped but it doesn't quite go there.

Mouthfeel is good and full.

Overall a tasty beer. On problem is Sierra Nevada also released a Rye IPA at the same time as this beer. Problem is the Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA is the better beer. (662 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a copper amber color wiht good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get a considerable amount of rye, with some sweet malt and light dry citrus. Given the aroma profile, it's difficutl to know what to expect on the nose (other than I know there will be some serious rye in it). In fact, there is a LOT of rye in this beer, and as much as I like rye in my IPA's, this is really too much of a good thing. There is a considerable amount of sweet malt as well, and the beer has some decent hoppy bitterness (which really dries this beer out on the finish), the rye flavor really dominates in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and it's impressive how much flavor this beer delivers for the abv., but the rye flavor is just too much for me.

A good beer, no doubt, but I really think they need to tone down the rye flavor a bit in this beer. I found myelf looking around for the pastrami and hot mustard mid way through my glass. (974 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 (400 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a lightly hazy light amber color with over a half-inch of just off-white head that dissipated quickly at first, but then then held onto the last 1/8 inch for a surprisingly long time before settling into a ring that left good lacing.

All the expected IPA aspects were present, but in a very soft and subdued form. Even the crisp Rye was very low-key. The flavors were the same, about what I expected, just in a toned down form. The most notable feature was the Rye bite at the back of the tongue, but even that was just a nibble from a puppy.

The body was that of an average IPA, on the light side of medium, clean, and relatively smooth. Drinkability was OK, but the lack of outstanding flavors means you could better spend your calorie and alcohol budget on other beers. Overall, a decent, but not notable, brew. Worth a shot if you can buy a single before investing in a sixer. (921 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate orange and darker orange color bordering on light brown, pretty dark for an ipa, nice small 1/2" head on top, mostly white. Aroma was mostly bitter, for being a nelson sauvin hopped beer, this one is either old, or just not as impressive as their other nelson beers, like 'nelson' or drifter.

Malt bill also heavier than expected, seems to be rye, but just really disappointed that all the hops seem to impart is just bitterness, that is not usually how Widmer does things. Its decent and all, but with Sierra Nevada making a (better, cheaper) rye ipa, this one will have a hard time finding its niche, which I guess is maltier, bitter, less hop mouthfeel rye ipa. . . which I don't know how popular that would be.

Probably better named a rye ale. Hops just aren't there to be a west coast ipa. Not going to bump FiftyFifty, Sierra Nevada or Bear Republic's rye offerings from the top tier anytime soon, but its also good enough that I would repeat another purchase if I saw it fresh and for $8 a 6er.

EDIT: Geez, these things are so all over the place, bought another 6 pack, was less than 30 days old, something we rarely see in my neck of the woods, why not take another chance. 4 were good, 1 was bad, 1 was just off, but not bad, not good. I'm telling you, its not me, I have no idea what the deal is. My score is an average of about 12 bottles of this. (1,372 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Las vegas NV for 1.69

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size frothy light beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also a bit grapefruit, apricot, and pineapple. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste and some mild hop bitterness.

Overall - Pretty good stuff that I would like to try fresh or on tap. On of the better Widmer beers I've had. Worth a try if you like west coast tasting IPA's. (694 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (448 characters)

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O'Ryely IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.