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O'Ryely IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

87 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 326
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
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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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 326
Photo of GilGarp
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/19/12.

12oz bottle served cold into a chalice.

O'Ryely is a beautiful amber red color with perfect clarity. The head is thick and slow to settle leaving great lacing behind.

Aroma is hoppy with some good citrus and plenty of big pine.

Flavor is spicy like a good rye beer should be but also has a night of hop bitterness. There even seems to be an underlying smoke quality to it which works well with the spicy black pepper character.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well carbonated. It's fairly well balanced but leans towards the bitter.

Overall a solid rye IPA. Not as good as my current favorite from Renegade but still good. (652 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice two fingers of head, good lacing; clear, copper colored body.
The aroma is mostly grapefruit with a touch of spice and lemon.
The taste is medium bitterness: moving from grapefruit to lemon with a little sweet note at the end. Smooth and flowing flavors.
A softer textured IPA with moderate carbonation and medium body.
A great IPA with more flavor and aroma than most. (384 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 Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck with clear freshness dating. Poured in to my SA perfect pint, the beer is dark bronze with a thick beige head. It has decent lacing.

Nice aroma of pine, some spice from the rye and caramel malts.

The taste is a nice combination of resin, rye, caramel and toasted malts. The flavors are balanced and well integrated. I like rye beers and this one hits the mark for me.

The mouth has some heft, but I would like to see the carbonation turned down 1/2 a notch.

Easy drinking beer, maybe at 6.4% a touch to much to session but I sure enjoy them. (569 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (280 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 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 yamar68
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (522 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 Thickfreakness
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep amber with some reddish/brown highlights into my DFH signature glass. Two fingers of tinted fluffy foam float atop this beautiful brew and leaves rings of sticky lacing dripping all over the glass.

S- A really nice blend of citrus punch and pop and malty sweetness and rye bread heartiness. Grapefruit, tangerine zest, nectarines and subtle hints of pineapple, black pepper, caraway, basil, whole grain toast and wet hay.

T- I really love the interplay of sweet, spicy and citrus fruit that this IPA displays. It's refreshing yet hearty and filling. Nice chewy rye grain with a wonderful sweet, citrus zing.

M- Nice prickly carbonation, spicy, hearty rye malts and a really nice bitter citrus finish. I'd describe this as a thick mouthfull for an IPA. Really nice chewiness.

O- This is a very nicely balanced IPA. I love what the spicy rye adds to this style. Really glad other brewers are hoping on this bandwagon. (939 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is golden copper, with a big fluffy off-white head which lends to great lacing.

Smell is big orange citrus, a hint of the rye-malt comes through, but the citrus rides the driver seat.

Taste? How did this happen? It has a bit of the rye, but not much hops, or pretty much anything else. Even the rye isn't memorable, though it does come back for a second try in the aftertaste.

Texture is smooth, light, and easy to drink. No punch or sting to mention, and not much personality either.

What a disappointment this flavor is. Compared to the aroma, it's night and day. Never again.

DOA (596 characters)

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

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Clear coppery amber in color with a two finger cream-colored head that has decent lacing in concentric rings all around the glass.

S,T. Spicy both in the rye sense and in the cracked white pepper sense. Some toffee malt persists, more in the flavor than in the aroma. Excellent presence of citric peel and pine resin qualities throughout, earthy and herbal finish is nice and lengthy.

M. Heavier side of medium thickness, smooth and creamy texture. Medium carbonation. Finishes up semi-dry.

Pretty much just another well-made IPA only with a bit more spiciness and body heft from the addition of rye. Not that there is anything in particular wrong with it, but neither is anything in particular standing out for me. If only the rye was...well... raunchier or heavier in concentration it would have been a real head-turner of a beer. (868 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear, golden straw with a slight orange hue. The white head is a little over a finger width, dissipates fairly quick, and leaves behind a decent, semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Hops galore - pine with a bit of citrus, backed by a faint peppery rye character. Malts come through subtly as sweet caramel and bread.

Taste - Piney hops. Stale bread. Faint rye peppery spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Decent carbonation.

Overall - Better than the last time I had it, but I'm still not a fan. (532 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (418 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 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 vkv822
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle intp tulip pint.
bottled in November. . .

Pours a clear orange-brown with a thin, foamy off white head.

Despite the age it still possesses a pleasant fruity, citric and piney hop character.

Less hops in the taste, and more of a balance with caramel malts and a light rye spiciness.

A medium to full body, with average carbonatin.

A nice IPA, enjoyable hop character with a pleasant caramel malt balance. Also glad the rye is able to come through a bit. (470 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 Bfarr
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber, light red highlights, and a tan foamy/frothy head with good retention. Light citrus and earthy spice aroma. Sweet caramel and spice and grapefruit citrus resin. Moderate low hop finish and linger. Full bodied and smooth with a tacky dry sensation.

A sweet IPA with subtle rye spice and light hops. The rye is lost in the other malt sugars and hop bitterness so there’s really no standout in any category. An easy drinking beer that offers a slight departure for an IPA but not what I look for in a rye IPA. (522 characters)

Photo of rms61moparman
4.73/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark golden amber with a fine white head that gently laces the glass as the beer is consumed.
Not overly fruity but with a BRILLIANT bold hop character.
One of the nicest IPA's I've experienced.
This is definitely a buy again beer.
Goes down very well as an after work beer. (292 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, dated 9/27/11. Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is tropical fruits and rye with some bready malt.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits and some cardboard notes with some slightly spicy rye and a medium grassy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA. The flavors didn't mesh well to me and it seemed slightly off. (498 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a solid 2 finger cream head that lingers, leaving lots of lacing as it eventually dissipates.

Floral hop, grapefruit, and dank marijuana resin comprise the initial aroma, followed by onion. A supporting caramel malt character is somewhat hidden.

Caramel malt sweetness opens the flavor profile, with lemon and grapefruit pith lingering far beyond mid palate. A pine resin character surfaces late, rounded out by a peppery rye flavor and a fairly bitter herbal hop/rye finish.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, the aroma was phenomenal, but the malt was a bit overbearing in the flavor. Would definitely try again. (681 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 gkunkle
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a two finger cream head. Small traces of carbonation are visible rising in the body. Head recedes to a thick film across the surface, slight lacing. Smell is of floral hops, rye malts, and toast. Edit: drinking another warmer bottle and i am getting some chocolatey scents. Taste starts with spicy rye malts, then I get a touch of floral hops and a bit of pine. The taste is sort of dry. Mouthfeel is just under average, with pleasant carbonation. Overall the rye makes this is a fun and different IPA. As usual the Rotator series gives us another enjoyable IPA. (588 characters)

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