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Hop Kitchen - RyePAHop Kitchen - RyePA

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
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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Photo of rawfish
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
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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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 6/8/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with rye and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild 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 rye presence that comes through better in the smell in my opinion.

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Photo of hman43
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours a light amber with orange tinges and a slightly off white head.

Smell: It has a pine aroma with some floral and spice aromas.

Taste: It has flavors of floral and rye with spices and hints of grapefruit.

Feel: It has a medium feel with a moderate bitter finish that is long lasting.

Overall: It is a piney, citrus combination which is favorable with a long lasting bitter finish.

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Photo of Moose90
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle poured into tulip

A — Pours a clear dark amber color into the glass, a hint of Rye right of the bat with the bit darker hue. A khaki colored head forms and leaves some respectable lacing behind itself.

S — Smell is very pungent and hop focused, with notes of citrus and tropical fruits, balanced upon a steadily imposing rye malt base with a hint of spice.

T — A nice dry hop bouquet of flavors, some pine, citrus, and light tropicality, a hint of spicy rye is present upon the finish as well, overall nicely balanced.

M — Medium bodied, a lingering satisfying finish.

O — Quite nice overall, a restrained rye presence balanced with a nice hop presence.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Even a gentile pour produced a voluminous head on the golden amber colored ale. Active brew. Lots of bubbles going up the edges of the glass, mostly clear with a small scatter of particles.

S - Grassy, light fruit smell.

T - Light upfront, picking up only a trace of rye on the backend. A tacky finish with plenty of bitterness, but mixed with almost a sour feel. Not what I was expecting - or really seeking- On further sips, I pick up some raisin, some bready qualities.

M - heavy handed - too much so in my book - with carbonation, in part contributing to a light feel.

Neither refreshing nor interesting. A bit disappointing from a quality brewery.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured aggressively but so smooth that head didn't even come up to top of pint glass, like it might with most other 12 ounce IPAs. Clear cuprescent amber with pinkish tones and well-retaining, creamy tan head of thicker foam. Sheet upon sheet of lace. Not too strong, but smell is spicy, brothy, vegetal, harshly grainy, and almost rubbery. Hops and rye are responsible for these, although parsing out which is which in each case is beyond my abilities. Spice is along the lines of peppercorn, anise, even caraway (which of course always goes well with rye). Minimal toasty and caramel aromas from presumably both malt and rye. After it has warmed up a bit, some very light citrus notes. Taste is less complex, and quite similar to New Belgium's Ranger IPA, a little more robust, a little more dank. Crackery to biscuity backbone present throughout, a little tart at first, sweetens in the middle, then piney, rindy and only mildly spicy towards the back. Spiciness stronger and other flavors bow out in the finish: peppercorn most prominent. Not even as dry or rindy of a finish as New Belgium's Citradelic, which can be found in the same variety pack as this RyePA and which I reviewed just a few hours prior. Medium-bodied it seems, though hard to tell what with its finer bubbles and smoothness almost to the point of feeling nitrous.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, best by 6/8/14. Pours clear ruby amber with a monstrous creamy white head (nitro-like) that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is spicy rye malts and piney hops with some tropical fruits coming out.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some spicy rye and some tropical fruit and a big floral piney bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall, nice hop and rye, just really thin and watery.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle $4.29, nice price for a hoppy IPA. Clear orange color, great head that settles into a sticky lacing a a foamy ring stop the beer. Aroma has a slight spiciness to it like pepper and then some sticky hops. Flavor is a nice hoppy melange, bits of fruit, alcohol (which isn't really offensive) and then a good malt flavor. Solid IPA.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice presentation for a Rye pale ale by New Belgium. Has a nice drinkable pine w/ minimal citrus notes taste w/ a particular dank like scent to it. Very nice beer although I don't feel a wow factor, but I feel the tip back and kill it factor when drinking this beer. Smooth and subtle.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass, at Craft Beer Market in Calgary, during the New Belgium Alberta release party, from notes.

This beer appears a clear, bright bronzed amber hue, with pervasive red highlights, and one finger of weakly foamy, and mostly soapy ecru head, which leaves some random paint splotch lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of generic citrus peel, musty, somewhat dank pine resin, spicy and grainy rye malt, a soft dark breadiness, and further earthy, leafy hops. The taste is meaty caramel malt, gritty, grainy, and spicy rye malt, bipartisan toffee, more vegetal dank, and earthy, leafy, and piney hops.

The carbonation is soft, mostly just a tame frothiness, the body medium weight, and rather fruity in its softly approachable smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with the spicy grain, citrus fruit, and musty, leafy forest floor pine notes still keepin' on keepin' on.

A pleasant enough rye-based IPA, the expected metrics all there in spades - spicy malt meets West Coast hops. Not something that I would normally say "hey, what a splendid idea!" about, but this seems strangely agreeable, in its off-set and subtly off-putting nature.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: A ruby copper body sits under a frothy, foamy cream colored head. Lots of foamy lines of lacing.

Aroma: Grainy, dry rye in the opening, then some spicy wood notes with citrus and piny hops.

Taste: Spicy and dry at first. Subtle malts. Pine and citrus rinds in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Overall: The rye added a nice element. It's definitely a good hoppy beer though.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

i like this series, despite what some say about new belgium having gone a more mainstream route, i think this is a series of beers for the original crowd, and i dig that. this one attempts tp put rye malt into a cool soup of primarily southern hemisphere varietals. its got a bright clear copper color with a bone white head, pale and about an inch high, but not lasting real long. the nose is a touch of rye spice, but i would have liked a bit more of that in both smell and taste, its too subtle, too reserved, and instead i get other grains in front of it, including sweet caramel malt, filling there and just a touch out of proportion. the hops are most robustly represented by mosaic, a little mellow compared to some mosaic beers, but i pick that strain out the best, especially in the taste, where its downright ripe in the finish. the rye compliments this well, but more hops, more freshness, more galaxy, and for the love of god something else other than this ale yeast that now drags down so many otherwise awesome new belgium beers. its too familiar now guys, to generic, too run of the mill, not interesting enough, and no longer pleasing to the palate, or no longer invisible to me, it bothers me now, like ive always said about lagunitas, its a problem here. not incompatible, but boring and it interferes with my hop experience in this one. feel rules though, creamy and soft like a nitro beer honestly, definitely the most surprising element of this beer, and a very enjoyable twist to a beer that may have otherwise been forgettable (yet still yummy). the feel makes it stick in my brain, i just dig how delicate it all comes and goes. more ipas need to incorporate this. cool series that is affordable, and i will keep supporting it. more rye and new yeast next time and this is a hit.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light copper color with a cream head, not too thick but with a little durability. Floral hoppy aroma. Taste starts edgy but not too strong, then opens into malts with the rye note. Hops emerging lightly at first, then stronger and more diverse, standing up over some bready flavor. Creamy, almost sudsy, mouthfeel. Slightly slick bitter hoppy aftertaste (not unpleasant). Not as smoothly integrated as another rye IPA I had recently, but good.

Bottle poured into glass, enjoy by date "22MAY16"

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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good Rye Beer. Pours into a pint glass with a fairly clear bright copper color with a big white head. Excellent retention and thick lacing on the glass. Smell is pretty good as well. Hoppy with some rye sourness.

Solid flavor. Moderate bitterness with some citrus and piney aspects. There is some balance with slightly sweet malt too. The Rye flavor is quite noticeable with some sourness. THis is not a big hop bomb but there is enough bitterness to satisfy most.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. The bitterness is prominent but nicely balanced. I shared a bottle with a steak dinner and it was the perfect complement.

Overall very good.

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%

Resiny, rye and grassy aroma, with nutty, toasted malt and pine. Flavor is rye, peppery dominant, with a bitter, dry finish. There's an underpinning of citrus, enhancing a toasted malt backbone. A little more bitter than I'd prefer, but the citrus balanced the rye well.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/26....pours medium bronze, thick heavy white foam. Strong rye bitter nose. Outdoorsy. Peppery rye opening taste with a fast clean finish. Bitter hangs out in the background. Nice twist on the classic IPA. Very tasty.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by June 8, 2014.

It pours a clear copper colour with a massive head of foam that is shrinking slowly, leaving some pretty lacing behind.

The nose is also massive. Massive with spicy hop aromas of grapefruit, pine, rye, pepper,...the 4 hop use sure is adding some greatness to the smell of this beer.

The taste isn't bad either though not up to the smell for me. Spicy hops kick things off but it turns kind of earthy after a few sips and just before the finish I get brief moments of super sweet caramel malt. That's not a bad thing really and the more I sip, the more I appreciate it. Also the more I sip, I get s a fruity character that I'm having trouble describing as in which fruits I'm sensing. Oh well, this is tasty pretty darned good and I think it's one of the better Hop Kitchen brews I've had.

Fairly light bodied with lightish carbonation, the lighter body, I think, helps with the beer's drinkability.

This just might be a beer from the series that I'll drink again. I haven't said THAT in a while.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear plum-orange with an off-white medium-thin head. Head retention is modest, but with great and tight lacing left behind. Spicy rye, floral, herbal, and pine hop notes compose a spicy, but dry aroma. The flavor profile is cut and dry. Rye opens it up, with pine, herbal, and floral hop notes coming in next. Mouth feel is medium-full, with a spicy, abrasive texture. Overall, it's a good rye brew. The rye really keeps the notes in the aroma and flavor short and spicy.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing from notes after having this one way back on March 24th, 2014. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with an 'enjoy by' date of 6/8/14. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass... or should I say "Rye-P-A" glass? [ba-dum ching] Anyway...

Appearance - Pours a caramel-tinted burnt ochre color with brassy amber highlights, pretty clear throughout, with little to no haze. Atop the body is a tan colored head that is composed of a mesh of superfine bubbles, almost like champagne head, but with far more staying power and far less evaporation as the bubbles expand. Retention is quite good, with the foam lingering for quite some time before fading away and leaving a moderate amount of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Not as powerful as I might have hoped, but notes of spicy rye grain waft to my olfactories alongside a healthy bit of herbal, dominated by pine, and a trailing bit of citrus zest to provide a little bit of pungency. This is one rye IPA that, based on the smell, could easily trend towards the "rye beer" end of the spectrum. The specialty grain leads the charge, with it's hoppy aroma companions flanking on the wings.

Taste - Much the same in the taste that was suggested by the smell. Pretty strong notes of rye, with spiciness and that rye kind of sourness--like a darker sourdough--being front and center. Orange zest and just a hint of grapefruit pith provides some bitterness. The pine resin that was part of the initial aroma is also present here, but it seems to bind to the rye characteristics, again contributing to more of a rye beer impression than an IPA. Maybe I'm just used to IPAs that blast you with an assault of tropical, citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a slightly bitter finish with hints of grain in the aftertaste.

Overall, a pretty good beer, but certainly far from my favorite of the Hop Kitchen series by New Belgium. A solid brew that I probably wouldn't purchase again, but well worth the amazing price they've been putting on this series. $4.50 for a bomber is pretty damn good. I completely agree with the style designation on this site, in spite of New Belgium's apparent belief that it's an IPA.

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Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo on Memorial Day for $4.99. Enjoy by 06/08/2014.

Beer poured a less than clear orange with a decent white head.

Nose is malt based with light hints of citrus.

Taste is pretty well balanced. Malt backbone with the rye spiciness is very nice. Hops are not huge but lend a touch of lemon zest and pine.

Mouthfeel drinks like a double ipa. Carbonation is lower, malt bill is bigger, finish is smooth.

Overall this is a tasty brew. I find myself drawn to the rye spice style of ipa...very enjoyable at a decent price!

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Photo of Beejay
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A lovely medium brown in color, clear, with a tan head.

S: Grapefruit peel, and orange, perhaps a little lemon grass. A lot of citrus apparently.

T: Lots of nice hops, some pine resin and citrus with a nice spice flavor in the finish. The finish also has a little bit of that New Belgium biscuit flavor that shows up in fat tire.

M: Medium light body, with fairly high carbonation.

O: Lots of hop flavor, and a pretty interesting brew.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a deep Amber, almost copper-color, with a sticky, soapy off-white head. Aroma is primarily piney hops and a noticeable rye spice. Flavor follows, with big piney hops up front, followed by earthy rye spice that lingers through the finish. Feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation. A nice example of how well rye can work in a hoppy beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep, clear bronze color with two fingers of wet off-white head. Good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of floral hops, pine, rye, earth, and caramel malts.

The taste was slightly bitter with pine and grapefruit hops along with spicy rye notes and caramel malts. Finished clean.

Medium bodied and clean with a moderate carbonation.

A nice take on the Rye IPA from New Belgium. Will have again.

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