Hop Kitchen - RyePA | New Belgium Brewing

Hop Kitchen - RyePAHop Kitchen - RyePA
BA SCORE
76.7%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 301 ratings
Hop Kitchen - RyePAHop Kitchen - RyePA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Artisan maltster River Bend Malt House of Asheville, North Carolina, kiln a perfect rye. And when you pair gobs of their spicy rye with heaps of spicy hops you get a great Hop Kitchen Beer. This unique, and collaborative, Rye IPA boasts a bold blend of Simcoe, Galaxy, Cascade, and Mosaic hops to bring a thunderous 75 IBU. Have a sip and feel the bang.

Added by schnarr84 on 02-25-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,497
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
301
Liked:
231
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
8.21%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
67
Trade:
0
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3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

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3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Cork & Tap (SC).

Clear medium amber with a decent head that leaves little lacing.

Feel: Medium-light body with near medium carbonation; seems too thin.

Aroma: herbal/floral hops with faint malts.

Flavor: hops, floral and herbal, with well proportioned spicy notes from the rye.

O: a good version of style, but not quite up to New Belgium's standard.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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.

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A: Beautifully clear copper body with a short head of creamy froth. Sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Just like every other New Belgium Hop Kitchen beer I've ever had, there's that distinct, weirdly leafy hop scent. Even though this beer has four of my favorite hops - Simcoe, Galaxy, Cascade, and Mosaic - all I'm getting is an overtly green, raw aroma from them. Giving the glass an aggressive twirl provides some subtle pineapple and citrus rind, but overall, this just smells like Hop Kitchen to me. Solid rye spice beneath all that, though.

T: A good pairing of the subtle bready tastes of rye with a marked bitterness: molasses, pumpernickel, caramel corn, grass, sharp grapefruit rind, oily pine sap. There's not much spice to the palate from the rye - more of a dense earthiness. Lots of residual sugars, but they end up filling out the body like unfermentables (instead of sweetening the drink). Finishes with a smack of sticky sugar, a touch of peppery dryness, and a lingering vegetal hop character that I'm all too familiar with when it comes to New Belgium IPAs.

M: More still than I anticipated, but that's not a bad thing. It actually helps with the rye and hop blend to not have such an aggressive pop to the carbonation; plus, the body's moderately chewy, rounding this out to a nice full character.

O: Every time I drink a Hop Kitchen beer it smells and tastes very similar to the ones I've had before: lots of raw hops in the nose, lots of oil on the tongue. And just like before, I can't finish the bottle. Still, a $4.99 bomber doesn't sting too bad - hell, I'll probably buy them all as they come out. I have a lot of respect for New Belgium, even if these didn't turn out as good as they could have.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Hop Kitchen - RyePA from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 76.7% out of 100 with 301 ratings
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