Kind Ryed IPA | Otter Creek Brewing

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Kind Ryed IPAKind Ryed IPA

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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A big, unfiltered American IPA built to accompany the big Eastern Winter. Just like an epic bluebird day follows a snow storm, a peppery build from the Rye-malt accompanies glorious hop notes of pine, citrus and fresh grass.

Added by Frost-Mountain-Brew on 10-07-2013

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Photo of SamGold
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The only thing wrong with this baby is it's only available during the winter time. Sad because while consuming it, I had pleasant thoughts of sitting on a back deck in the summer drinking a cold one of these. One of the most refreshing adult drinks I've ever had.

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Photo of Damian
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Sav-Mor Liquors, Medford, MA
Served in a pint glass

The hazy, orangey-amber beer was topped by a creamy, frothy, light tan, two-plus finger tall crown that slowly faded to a lasting, foamy cap. A sheet of patchy lacing coated the entire glass and lasted long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was exceptional. Super hoppy, fruity and bright with amazingly fragrant peach, nectarine and dried apricot notes. Lots of generic tropical fruitiness, which reminded me of Juicy Fruit gum. Somewhat dank and weed-like. All in all, amazingly smooth.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was fantastically hoppy and fruity. Peach and apricot notes dominated. Orange and tangerine flavors came through strong. Hints of tropical fruit notes were also apparent. The hops were balanced by a crystal malt backbone that was just stiff enough to keep the hops in check. A touch of pineyness and some grapefruit notes appeared on the semi-bitter finish. Hints of mango were noticeable as the beer warmed.

For a 6.5% ABV beer I was surprised by how light this felt on the palate. The liquid was frothy and fluffy and contained a lively, large bubbled effervescence. As the beer sat, the carbonation settled down a bit and the beer turned somewhat smoother and creamier.

Otter Creek/Wolaver's collaboration beer Double Dose was intensely hoppy and quite enjoyable but, in my opinion, this offering was light years better. Kind Ryed IPA is incredibly tasty, remarkably well balanced and dangerously quaffable. I would love to see this became available year-round.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%

hazy gold in appearance. couple fingers of soapy head. sticky lacing all the way down. big citrusy rye aroma. this is so incredibly smooth. creamy medium bodied ale. big floral rye spiced taste. cirtrusy hops linger...almost a little piney. this is a solid IPA. love the addition of rye in pale ales.
Update: second thought...raising rating from 4.4 to 4.6

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Photo of SawDog505
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a bright orange, with a 1 inch fluffy white head that coats the sides lace. Smell I'd tropical, tangerine, papaya, rye(I have finally drank enough to know the smell, a slight breadyness, grapefruit, and pine. The taste starts very tropical, a little breadyness/toffee, and papaya and grapefruit finish. Body is medium large, nice carbonation, not really dry, and very drinkable. This is really well done, I feel they learned a lot from brewing with Lawson's and am excited about Otter Creek again.

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Photo of topofthehops
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this right now for the first time on draught at a bar in Baltimore. This is absolutely delicious. As a self-described hop head I'd begun to wonder whether anything under 8% would satisfy my admittedly overwrought taste buds. But at "only" 6.5% this delivers loads of flavor. I'd love to regale you with all the flavor nuances but I'll leave that to the folks who can actually wax poetic about that stuff. All I know is that this is an exceptional IPA that delivers loads of wonderful hop flavor. Love it!

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Photo of Wakefinder
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- After pouring into a normal pint glass the color was cloudy and color is a light amber.

S - Wow! Great nose, almost too good because that was the best part.

T - Very nice rye IPA with a lot of upfront floral hops but not very balanced. Very easy to drink and the finish is crisp leaving almost no aftertaste.

M- Light to Medium body. Just the right amount of carbonation.

O - IPAs are my favorite and this is one is no joke. Otter Creek came out of nowhere with this beer and I hope they keep up the good work!

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Photo of Guess2814
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The sticker on the bottle is cool beans.. This IPA is great! You can smell and taste the hops right out the bottle.. This beer should definitely be rated higher.. I think Otter Creek nail it with this one..The hops linger in your mouth.. I'm bios when it comes to IPAs but this is just a good beer to have.. Cheers!!!!

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly darker than golden with good foam but not too much. Hoppy aroma on the fruity side. Some particulate but not to the feel in the mouth. Just enough effervescence in the mouth. Great rye-IPA flavor somewhat less evergreen and more fruit taste than the regular IPA's I'm accustomed to. Really nice flavor. Can't go wrong with the dog driving the Westy on the label either! This is an IPA that might be more amenable to a friend that finds regular IPA's too bitter.

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Photo of Brad007
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber with a blonde hue along the sides. Plenty of head and plenty of lacing as well.

Spicy with buttery malt and a pine/citrus hop bite. I adore rye beers and this is no exception.

Citrus, pine and spicy rye flavors coat my tongue. Tasty and goes well with my meal.

Finishes spicy with a good dose of hops at the back of the throat. Clean and crisp. What more could you possibly ask for?

A well done rye IPA that is well worth picking up. Mike Gerhart makes his mark once again.

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Photo of jfmorey
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle poured into a pint glass

A cloudy Amber with a good head

Aroma is floral and spice

Taste is well balanced with the rye sour and mainly floral and citrus hops, some bitter I the aftertaste

Overall a good rye ale

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Photo of kcjones
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love RIPAs. Hebrew's St Lenny's RIPA is my all time favorite beer. I was excited to try this beer from OCB, and I was not disappointed in the least. The peppery flavor balances deliciously with the rye taste. The bitterness (60ibus) could be cranked up a little more in my opinion, but overall a solid, very drinkable beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. No bottled on date but it cant be more that 3 or so months old...
Nice golden color with a good white head - sticky lacing throughout the drink. Superb aromas of fruity peach and pear hops with some nice spicy rye notes. Taste is huuuge fruity peach hops but a nice bitter dank hop finishes. You really taste the rye, which works well with the fruity hop flavor. A bit of caramel malt but mainly peachy hop goodness. A little alcohol heat off the tongue which is a nice touch. Its a great session brew - like celebration, but better. Its really dry for an IPA, which I like. Nice balance and just a treat to drink.
This is an awesome IPA! I really hope this makes it to year-round rotation. If not... it is officially my favorite "winter IPA" release. IMO - better than Sucks and Celebration. Really a nice brew here.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Bottleneck says 112713.

A- Pours a medium semi-hazy amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half patch of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Hoppy aroma is just as earthy as it is citrusy and quite bright. Fruit notes like apricot and peach.

T- Zesty bitterness spreads out into citrus notes of grapefruit, pine and melon. So flavorful as the rye lends a spiciness to the hops that just adds to the lovely zing. Mild malt flavor.

M- Sharp and tingly but in the best way. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This is an excellent rye IPA. Way to go Mike!

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Photo of ClePaul
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek Kind Ryed

Look 10/10
Smell 15/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 87/100

Nice over all RyePA... Sticks out more as a smooth session brew than a mind boggling taste buster. The rye was less predominant. Still was a great session brew~

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Photo of justintcoons
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Slightly hazy golden amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Has good retention with low-moderate carbonation.

Pineapple, papaya, candied orange, florals and honey. Smells fantastic!

Loads of hop juiciness. Pineapple, papaya, candied orange and lemon pith. Notes of dank weed and hints of peach. Firm honey backbone with notes of rye and hints of toffee. Finishes with some grassy florals and piney bitterness.

Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, lightly bitter and semi-dry.

Solid! As good as a Rye IPA can get. Otter Creek seems to be stepping their game up.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint the beer is a hazy, muddled, orange-brown coloring that is opaque, with a clingy, filmy, off-white head. Aromas of citrus forward, with orange and tangerine, and a solid caramel backbone, with a rich and bitter toasted grain highlight throughout. Smells great. Flavors of tangy sweet and bitter forward, well blended, with a spicy profile or pepper, oregano, and cedar notes. Good citrus blend, providing tart notes throughout. The body is light, and slightly effervesced at the end. The aftertaste is rich sweet undertones with spicy hops overlay. Frothy, effervesced finish, with a bitter and slightly dry linger. Solid and very drinkable.

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Photo of dar482
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a rich orange color with a fluffy one finger head.

The aroma has tons of hoppiness of sweet tangerine, orange, red grapefruit, with a bit of tropical in there with a hint of garlic in the back.

The flavor has leafy pine on the front with a light bready malt character. The finish is dry of pine and grapefruit peel. At first, there's a strange grainy note that hits quite off putting, but that must be the rye. A good lingering bitterness.

As I drink on, the grainy note fades away and no longer becomes offensive. Tons of green leafiness and pine in this IPA with an almost watery body and a strong bitterness. A very well made beer.

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Photo of bsm789
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely my favorite Otter Creek beer (besides Double Dose). Kind of like a stronger Red's Rye, but with that distinct northeast IPA finish.

A: Slightly hazy, light orange, not as hazy or bright as some other northeast IPA's I've had, but a nice looking beer.

S: Rye and citrus, with a pine smell that gets stronger as it warms. Not overpowering.

T: Tons of pine and rye, with some grapefruit in there. Bitter finish with lots of rye that fades quickly to more pine and bitterness.

M: Light, but with the amount of rye in here anything heavier might be a little much.

O: A really nice rye IPA, not quite as good as the big 3 of VT brewers, but I'm nitpicking. Definitely pick this up if you can (I think it'll be distributed farther than Double Dose was, and at 9 bucks a six pack you can't go wrong)

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Photo of wiggum21
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came from Otter Creek's most recent variety pack. The label on the bottle reminded me of a Ben and Jerry's ice cream pint. A very floral aroma, with hints of grapefruit. All in all, a very drinkable Rye IPA for a guy who is slowly coming around on the seemingly new fascination for all things IPA.

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Photo of Omnium
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Mostly clear orange gold one finger off white head, mild lacing.
S - Very complex aroma, Dark very earthy pine dankness and a good helping of rye and pepper, some nice papaya, pineapple, pear notes, biscuit malt.
T - This is incredibly balanced, some of the spice gets you up front, rye, light touch of black pepper, lots of bread and biscuity malt after that then you get a really juicy pear and pineapple fruit flavor, even a little crisp apple in the end. Hangs on to your palate for a good while.
M - Very clean, not overly spiced, just the right amount of rye to pair with the malts and the nice fruit flavors keeps it quite drinkable, not too try or sweet.
O - Im surprised at how much I like this beer, this might be one of my favorite Rye IPA's Ever, its really impressive how drinkable this is too.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Missed out on this and double dose the first time around, at least I got a shot at this one. Bottled on 11/18/13, about a month old, so not bad for a bottled beer from Vermont, and gotta love when the date the bottles. "Just chill, bro" is what he tells me, well OK then.

Pours a nice creamy foamy 1+ finger head that just sits there almost mocking me as it never leaves, I keep waiting for it to fade a bit to see how the lacing is and to get my aroma, but it teases me and never leaves. I give it some coaxing to fade and the lacing just sticks all over the glass continuing to mock me. The beer ends up a hazy darker carrot orange color.

Nose is quite nice too, that great fresh hop aroma, little floral, but into the resin and some citrus, a nice fluffy fruity hop aroma that beckons for more, a hint of candied orange peel, and a touch of juicy tangerine blend nicely with a little sweet candy like malt base.

Taste brings more of the nice hops, good hoppy hoppy hoppy, nice boy. Fresh hop flavors continue, with juicy fruit and plenty of it, again citrus but more on the mild side with a hint of tangerine and grapefruit pith, little candied orange peel but barely, touch of cammomile tea like floral hop. Then it turns bitter, fairly bitter, but not bitter cold bro, nice resin to stick the bitterness to the tongue, which also hints at a mild passion fruit interestingly, and more of that grapefruit rind character. Bitterness turns up the heat just as a mild sweet candy like malt comes through, but the malt doesn't get sweet or candy like, or at least I can't tell since the hops just keep kicking it down the more it tries to show it's head and attempt to balance it, although it does do somewhat decent job of a balance, nice fluffy malt base. Finish is pretty dry but slightly sticky, quite bitter too with more grapefruit pith, orange rind, little resin and floral hop character, and just a touch of that candy fluffy malt.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy popping carb that helps the tongue from getting too much of a bitter smash or sticky from the malts and resin.

overall pretty nice, great hop profile without going overboard, nice balance, malts are there nicely enough to give you a nice base without even getting remotely in the way of the hops, quite tasty and still drinkable. One of their best beers yet!

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Photo of Rclem2010
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My love affair with all things rye continues... A solid IPA top to bottom with an unmistakable rye flavor giving a solid undertow of delicious...big fan

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's - Kind Ryed IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours hazy dark copper amber with an inch sized soapy head that dissipates quickly and leaves an abundance of lacing.

Smell - Rye and citrus hops, very pungent, bready, and spicy.

Taste - Rich rye blast with hops on top, fades back to rye.

Mouthfeel - Dry, crisp, and clean as hell. Almost heavy body. Heavy carbonation. Great drinkability. Not boozy at all.

Overall - This is a solid brew for sure. I'm a sucker for rye. Liking rye in beer is a definite prerequisite for trying this brew or you aren't going to like it.

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Photo of iliotib
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Cloudy, almost opaque orange-beige. Thick, yeasty 2-finger head. OK lacing in glass.

Smell: Floral upfront. Citrusy with a sort of sawdust odor. Is that the rye?

Taste: Still developing my palate... slightly smokey taste. Big hops first with a little malt sweetness following. Huge hops following, lots of grapefruit (YUM!). Woody. The hopsmack continues for quite a while after a swallow.

Feel: Awesome mouthfeel. Thought it might be awesome when I first saw the pour. Loved it when the liquid broke through the head. Hearty and slightly thick. Loved it.

Overall: Thought this was a fantastic brew. My wife picked it out... She's my beer muse. Psyched to finally try a rye-beer. Respectable ABV (6.5) and IBUs (60). Great for this time of year.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 10/28/13.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with an average white head. Too opaque to see any visible carbonation. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Real nice hop aroma on this one backed up by ample rye malt. Lots of the spiciness I enjoy in a rye IPA. Bit of a sweetness to it, and a touch of booze.

T: Delicious flavor on this one. Hits you with a dose of hop bitterness that is soon overpowered by rye goodness. Hops pop back in for the aftertaste and remind you its an IPA. Nice roastiness to the malts which rarely make it through the hop of an IPA.

M: Medium body with slightly low carbonation. Nice nectar like quality I look for in IPA's. Finish is dry and mostly crisp with a touch of hop stickiness.

Overall I'm really impressed and will be headed back for more than a single bottle. Definitely worth a try by any rye fan or hophead.

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