Krypton Rye PA | Phillips Brewing Company

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Krypton Rye PAKrypton Rye PA

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Better tasting than a speeding bullet, Krypton will be hard not to drink in a single gulp. Spicy rye malt and big citrus hop flavours make Krypton the perfect refreshment in your fortress of solitude.

Added by canucklehead on 02-11-2011

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Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my books, one of the best Rye PA's available. The hops are muted enough to allow the Rye character to shine through. This is an extremely enjoyable brew - one that I would seek out again and again.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice yellow with a thin head that dissipates fairly quickly. The nose, holy Hops Superman!! Big hoppy notes with a citrus flower smell that lingers. On the tongue the hops jumps out at you with a spicy rye coming through in the middle and a grape-fruity flavour in the end. Not as bitter as I was expecting but a fairly balanced beer.

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Photo of BigBry
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341 ml bottle, as pictured.
Hazy, golden yellow color, with off white and dense head, which leaves a nice looking trail of lacing.
It smells of hops, pine and herbal, some rye-like spice is also apparent.
The taste has lots of strong hop bitterness, earthy, pine, citrus and then the rye comes through.
Low level of carbonation, the body is medium and smooth, finishes dry. Rye adds another level of spice.
A fine example of a Rye IPA, very drinkable, heartily enjoyed.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky yellow-orange with ample white foam that breaks fairly quickly but leaves a nice band of lace on the glass. A nice sweet aroma, almost mead-like, with tropical and floral notes tingling the nose. Palate is a fairly unique combination of rustic spicy rye malt, orange marmalade, lemon drop, oregano, and pineapple and melon C-hop contributions against a rock candy backdrop. Some pine in the smooth bitter finish that is not punishing. There are no clear dark malt or nutty flavors. Rye and then hops lead a classy and fairly subdued offering (compared to other hoppy IPAs). Highly carbonated. A sweet and uplifting treat well worth seeking out if you are a rye buff or into fringe IPAs. Fairly thin body and could perhaps benefit from more malt balance.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

341 ml brown bottle with a twist off cap poured in a pint glass. From a mixer 12 pack bought from Willow Park in Regina.

Cloudy yellow with a 1/2 inch white head that recedes to a thin cap of islands and some lacing.

Big hop notes in the nose. Floral, citrus and grass. A bit of some spicy rye notes that are pretty muted.

Big hops right off the start with little malt to balance. Some rye spiciness in the middle, but mainly just floral, citrus and herbal hops throughout.

A little thin in body for an ale with medium carbonation. The hops do give a harshness to the mouthfeel.

This is ok,but not my favourite rye ale.

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Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biboergosum for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Very light gold body, huge head, excellent retention and layers of rings of foam.

Smell: Good rye, bit bitter mixed with spices, green hops, pungent orange pulp.

Taste: Spicy rye kicks in midway through the finish and preceded by fruit pulp and orange skin plus a light honey kiss.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation, low bitterness.

Overall: A decent enough IPA. Worth a shot.

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Photo of LongRoad
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a Phillips mixed 12-pack, bought in Alberta, poured into a standard pint.

A - I popped it and left the bottle for a second to do something else, when I came back it had topped over. Gave it a very gentle pour as a result and it still had two fingers of head. Colour was a nice, golden orange. Lots of lacing left as it goes down.

S - Lots of piney and citrus, mainly orange, hops on the nose.

T - Definitely get hit with the rye up front with a bit of hops coming on after a second. Not overly hoppy though, at least not in the traditional Phillips mould, clearly more to the American style. Bitterness lives up to its IBUs. The alcohol is there in the tiniest amount after it warms up.

M - Quite carbonated, but not to the point its overwhelming. Adds very nicely to the beer.

O - The rye flavour doesn't totally do it for me, but that's nothing against the beer itself, more of a personal preference. That said, I'll still gladly be drinking the other three left in the box.

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Photo of Voonder
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass. my first Rye PA

A - golden yellow with white one finger head which stayed on for quite a while. good retention. looks on a lighter side, expected it to be darker / deeper.

S - citrusy and grapefruity upfront, some bready and earthy notes. some floral aromas as well. furity and hoppy - nice nose, not very aggressive but pleasant. rye isn't that apparent yet.

T - pretty hoppy, rye is there now. bitter - grapefruit and pine. a bit spicy, nice combination, rye makes this beer to stand out.

M - lacking carbonation, a bit off balance, but still pretty smooth, almost creamy. finishes pretty dry.

O - very interesting beer, willing to have more (and i will - i have two more left in the Hop Box). rye makes it pretty unique, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 341 ml brown bottle, as part of the Hop Box variety pack. Pours out a hazed deep straw hue, tall foamy, rocky white head that retains.

Musty earthy notes are juxtaposed with bright leafy and citrus hops in the aroma. Bready, toasty notes appear after a while.

Big leafy herbal hops up front in the flavour, some spicyness and some citrus pith, with earthy malt on the finish that has its own spice and dryness, while the spicy herbal hops make a comeback in the aftertaste.

Light-bodied mouthfeel that gains a bit of heft from a creamy smooth texture and some moderate carbonation.

Great rye ale to start with, the hops seal the deal, creating harmony and enough contrast to keep things interesting. Worth seeking out, that's for sure.

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Photo of Converge
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - A nice frothy head billows up off the pour, slightly off-white in color. Rather cloudy for a Phillips brew, with a hazy golden-orange hue to it. Fantastic head retention and lacing, as with any Phillips brew. Soapy white suds abound as this one goes down, leaving a sticky wall of lace. Full marks for packaging, presentation, and label-art as well; something Phillips do really well.

S - Lots of citrusy 'C' hops upfront, with floral and light spicy notes as well in the hop profile. Super pronounced notes of mango and pineapple, really nice. Dank pine forest floor, with some mild floral spice. The malt backbone is less crystal malt and more earth than the usual IPA. Fresh peach, mandarins, and pink grapefruit rind. Really fantastic aroma on this one.

T - Opens up as planned, with piles of tropical hop notes upfront, but quickly gets blown away with resinous, spicy rye malt. Big fruity, citrusy hops, with pineapple and mango dominating upfront, and citrus rind, grapefruit, tangerine, and peach in the background. Finishes with a delicious mixture of tropical fruit, floral spice, earthy rye malt, toasty caramel malt and even a light evergreen minty character. The big spicy, earthy flavors from the rye help neutralize and balance the hop profile in the finish incredibly well, resulting in one of the most drinkable IPAs I've ever had while still delivering big hop flavor. I can't get over the delicious candied-fruit explosion this packs, while still keeping the bittering character in check with rye malt spice and a nice resinous earthiness to the malt.

M - A fine carbonation drifts over the palate, giving the medium bodied feel of this brew a sublimely smooth texture. Not too wet, and not too dry. Fantastic mouthfeel for an IPA. Finishes with a lingering mixture of sweet, bitter, and spicy. Slight stickiness.

D - Coming into this review I wasn't sure what to expected. I've never had a beer of any style that used copious amounts of rye malt, but I'm happy to say they were used incredibly well here. I just can't picture this brew being much better overall. From the appearance and presentation, to the well-hopped aromatics, to the delicious and balanced profile. The bright tropical and floral notes are just done to perfection. This is just really my kind of IPA, huge hop flavor with just the right bitterness; not overly abrasive, but still highly hopped. Hats off to Phillips for this awesome brew.

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Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6.5% on the label.

Golden bronze with a light haze (from the rye?), great retention and lace.

New school hop aroma is somewhat catty & dank (in a good way), light citrus, mango, pine and a hint of spice.

Hops are up front: Gooseberry, mango, marmalade and a bit of piny resin. Good bitterness, but not at all abrasive, rye crackers and sponge toffee round out the flavour. Alcohol is subtle.

Moderate mouthfeel is extremely smooth.

Very well-crafted. Not over-the-top. This is just an all around great brew.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This will be my second review from the "Hop Box" (I just love the name)! I've had a few Rye-IPAs before, and they've been a bit of a mixed bag. I'm curious how this one turns out.

It pours a fairly pale light-honey kind of colour. There is lots of visible carbonation, and the head is fluffy and substantial. It's a bit paler than I would have expected, but the head is exceptional!

The aroma is very hoppy, with some bright citrus coming though off the bat. Underneath the fruitiness is a hint of a distinctively rye kind of malt. It's a bit rougher and earthier than a normal IPA, but smooth is a different sense.

The taste is somewhat lighter than I'd expected. The malt profile is a bit less intense than is typical, but it's also very smooth and they rye isn't overpowering. the hops come down hard right in the middle and have a light citrusy, yet tart-bitter aspect.

Overall, this is a very drinkable IPA with a bit of a different kind of flavour. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary yet hoppy, I'd recommend this one.

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Photo of McBastard
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow, with a nice head that lingers throughout, leaving good lacing. Smells of leafy hops, resin, and pepper. The initial flavor is Cascade hops, which give way to earthiness, with notes of pepper and tobacco(?!). It has a spicy, lingeringly bitter finish. Medium bodied, with aggressive carbonation. I couldn't drink these all day, but it's a nice addition to the Hopbox, which is a great concept in itself.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another score from my western BA pal jormcgrath27, cheers!

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with an orange hue, solid finger of soapy off-white head with decent retention and some spotty lacing.

S - The sweet citrus hop notes dominate, some spicy caramel and a hint of oak and peat.

T - Unique flavours, the lemon citrus hops dominate again, but are more bitter than sweet, a different spiced up resin flavour, and earthy oak notes linger.

M - A thinner bodied ale that could use a carbonation lift, finishes with a hint of dryness and a lip puckering bitterness.

O - A tasty IPA loaded with hops, though I was hoping for more influence from the Rye Malts. Certainly flavourful, easy drinking and enjoyable. Would be a tasty ale at a pub on tap.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. Nice chemistry class imagery on the label, tying the periodic table, nuclear-grade hops, and the superhero of the eponymous homeworld all together in one neat little package.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, dense pillow-like off-white head, which leaves a pocked wall of painted lace around the glass in its rather lazy wake.

It smells of moderately bitter pine needles, bready, spicy rye grain, a soft yeastiness, and further herbal hops. Nice. The taste is strong, earthy pine resin, mild sweet citrus rind, slowly rising rye malt, one zingy and peppery by its nature, and soft floral hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, the body a skinny medium weight, and smooth enough. It finishes off-dry, barely, the rye malt not proffering much sweetness, the citrusy, piney hops having the run of the asylum.

A damned fine rye IPA, fruity, hoppy, drinkable, yet still intrinsically a rye drink - those who know it, really know it. I usually prefer to stand on the periphery, but this time I am readily sucked in. Good stuff.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A nearly clear pale golden color with an inch of white head that fades away rather quickly. Another one from Phillips where the initial lacing is subpar but gets better as you drink.

S- Strong aromas of peach as soon as I put my nose up to it. More citrus upon further review, orange and tangerine. Hops are dominating this, faint maltiness in here somewhere.

T- Nice citrus flavors upfront, and then WOW, the rye flavor really comes in midmouth and imparts an almost dirty feel and taste, it's thankfully washed away with an earthy/spicy hop kick.

M- Light mouthfeel and aggressive carbonation.

O- I think the rye is overdone in this one, it really takes over the flavor and kind of ruined it for me. I've had other Rye PA's before that incorporated it better.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear straw golden, thumb of white head left some random lacing
S - fruity, piney, and woody with raw grain
T - strong peppery rye flavour balanced with citrus and earthy hop flavours, slightly woody finish, definitely unique
M - light body, spicy, puckeringly bitter and dry
O - the rye malt definitely brings a unique flavour twist to it, not my favourite IPA but still tasty and worth a purchase

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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip 26/10/11

A hazy golden orange with enough clarity to see little bubbles floating up to tight thumbs width of head that leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S peppery spice with lots of citric rind and some tangerine and faint toffee

T some faint piney flavor with lots of rind and spicy goodness, not far from the smell but somehow even more rind

M has a little bite to it and it leaves a little behind for sure, spicy finish is nice

O no sign of booze at any stage and pretty nice flavors and smells I can see myself drinking this again

I'm liking my Hopbox from Phillips yet another great addition to beer room shelves in Alberta, keep up the good work BC

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice bitterness, an IPA in former days. Not really a prototype American pale ale style as a bit grapefruit but not orangey citrus. Piney, minty. Nothing to look at,no lasting head. Strength is its very drinkable, medium mouthfeel. Earthy, but would like more rye edge.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice RIPA from Phillips. I don't normally don't seek out Rye IPAs as they don't tend to be anything out of the ordinary, but Phillips does a good job with this.

Orange with a foam, persistent head. Typical NW IPA scent with nice rye notes. Definite hop floral scents. Light malt creaminess.

Spciy hop flavour, nice rye smoothness to round it out. Lightly bitter aftertaste.

Zest carbonation, a bit much maybe. Smooths out after the first touch on the tongue. Nice, easy to drink beer but nothing amazing.

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Photo of brewymcgee
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear orange gold with a lingering foamy head.

Aroma: The nose is driven by the malts with a bit of citrus and hops.

Taste: Naturally, hop dominated. The malts poke through at the beginning with a bitter herbal finish. I can pick out the rye more at the end as well.

Mouthfeel: Initially light and creamy with a dry finish and a medium-soft carbonation feel.

Drinkability: Depends how much you like your hops! For me, it is a beer to linger over with its evolving and extreme flaouvrs. Might enjoy a couple in a row but no need for more. I might not mind a little bit more richness in the body. Hop box was a nice one to pick up, always willing to give a Phillips offering a go!

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Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a finger of bubbly white head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Yellow grapefruit, light toasted grains, grassy hops.

Taste. Nice grassy hops, toasted grains and a little citrus in the end.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice, easy drinking ipa. Good tasting and light enough to drink a few.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz from EskimoDave - thanks for sending a great box! Pours a light peachy golden, way lighter hue than expected and crystal clear, and a finger of head fed by small streams of bubbles, moderate retention.

Nose showcases the malt bill, caramel with a hint of juicy hops, light pine, don't really notice the rye. Taste is the opposite - all hops. Pine and citrus rind, hints of floral and juicy fruits. Malt is way in the back and body is too light for my liking. No hint of the rye which I'm a little disappointed by. Extraordinarily drinkable, love the hop profile which provides a nice moderate, lasting bitterness. Dry finish, light sweetness. Would have again and could easily be a go-to session IPA but nothing noteworthy aside from that.

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Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Krypton Rye PA pours bright gold with a decent head that fades fairly quickly. Fresh, citrusy, herbal and earthy hops dominate the nose with hints of dry malt. Bitter, damp, citrusy hops strike first in the flavor, with a bit of light malt, and a lingering herbal bitterness. The finish is dry, with moderate carbonation. Hard to pick out the rye, but a delicious hoppy beer regardless. I love the hop box mix pack this beer comes in.

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Photo of spree92
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just had the Centennial IPA and this is freakishly similar. The look of a lager, very clear, clean look. The rye aspect adds a wood character to the body. Really surprised that Phillips would put two beers so close in character in the same pack. Hasn't scared me off, I will keep trying new Phillips beers.

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