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O'Ryely IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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O'Ryely IPAO'Ryely IPA

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by OBeerMeGreatOne on 12-15-2011

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Photo of LordChesterfield
4.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It seems like every year somebody releases a Rye IPA that I just fall in love with and can't stop drinking. Last year it was Sierra Nevad's Ruthless. This year it's Widmer's O'ryely. The hop aroma is intoxicatingly spicy. The taste is spicy, somewhat fruity and refreshing. The hop flavor is tropical tasting that's the only way I can describe it. I know that the hops are from New Zealand and considered tropical. Maybe knowing that results in a placebo effect, but the end result is the same. This beer is absurdly drinkable. This is a unique beer and it has become the only one that I want to drink as of late. It is also reasonably priced at Fred Meyer and Safeway. I was surprised that such a fine beer came from Widmer. They usually have solid beers, not transcendent ones such as this. I think this speaks to the competition among breweries in the Portland area. 'Nuff said hands down 'nuff said (Requisite moronic internet catch phrases)

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Photo of rms61moparman
4.73/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

These Rotator IPA's kick serious ass. This is another dandy. I'm a sucker for Rye PA's and IPA's and this is a standout. The aroma is big and spicy with the rye...the rye definitely leads the way but there is a fresh floral hop aroma that mixes in.

The taste is a little more balanced...bright citrus hops...oranges...tangerines...and then the spicy rye is also well evident.

Body are spot on....

Awesome beer! Dang close to giving this all 5's....have a few more to drink and may upgrade it in the future....rye IPA's don't get much better than this. My first impression is this is a better beer than Red's Rye (pale ale I think but in the same area)..

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Photo of BierStein711
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


So smooth

Draught, two finger off-white head, moderate carbonation.

Smells of rye whiskey, hop, and rope

Tastes: Rye, floral hops, citrus, and bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Perfect

Overall, this is as good as Ruthless Rye, bring on the Rye IPAs! I would commit to a six pack.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The O'Ryely poured a clear amber color with a good 1-2 finger head. Lacing crept down the glass throughout the beer. The smell was a citrus bomb with grapefruit and a slight spicy note. The rye came through with a tiny kick but was complemented by the sweet malt taste. A lot of tropical fruit and citrus came with the taste. The hop profile balanced and left a mark on the top plate of the mouth. Overall this is one of my favorite of the Rye beers as brewers have been rushing to get this category to market.

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Photo of tuckermen
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer. Really needed to pour hard to get about an inch of head, which disappeared rather quickly, leaving a nice lacing on the glass.
Smell was fantastic, very strong grapefruit.
Taste was similar, strong citrus notes, especially grapefruit which lasted all the way thru.
Slight malty, sticky finish. Somewhat similar to Drifter.

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Photo of morimech
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bronze color with two fingers of head that settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Nice combination of aromas. Grapefruit aroma from the hops that compliments the spice from the rye.

Happy to see that Widmer Brothers did not pussyfoot around the rye. If you are going to use rye, then bring it and this beer definately brought it. The citrus hops really compliments the rye. Slightly sweet malt base underlines the flavors. Bitterness comes off as being moderate.

A little bit of a lighter bodied IPA. Nice lively carbonation that is not harsh.

A really nice rye beer. It is better than Sierra Nevada's Ruthless. I would put it in the top 5 for rye IPAs.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at wegman's in the mixed sixpack cooler -enjoyed chilled from a willybecker.

The color is deep copper bordering on bronze with good clarity and white cap of thick cream with lace sticking well. The bead is tiny and carbonation is visible and rapidly moving. The smell is good with a lot of floral hop and citrus esters with a slight rye fruitiness mixed with light juicy yeast ester which adds to the spice tinges and mild citrus rind - a nice hint of tropical fruit from the hops is detected.

The feel is very good with a nice spice and slight hint of tangy citrus with mild bitterness and sweetness in balance with the light fruity tinged tart elements. There is a semi-dry quality to the finish with enough juicy tang to let you know what you are drinking.

The taste of this rye is pleasant with a nice citrus and slight tangy combo of flavors from the hops and yeast which are in synergy, no clashing-just a good fruity and slightly citrusy flavor which has accents of spice but a subtle grapefruit like taste emerges mid taste and herbal grassy elements are noted as it gradually warms. The hop flavors meld well with the rye which gives a slight impression of pepper combined with the hops. The taste has a slight caramel accent which doesn't get too sweet just nice addition to the grapefruit-like bitterness and slight dank herbal elements at play. The flavor has a lasting acidity as it finishes sem-dry.

Overall a decent rye IPA, I was pleasantly surprised with how the tropical elements tend to come forward with slight mango and hint of grapefruit which actually works with the rye malt well. I recommend this as the blend of flavors is quaffable and there is nothing sharp or harsh even though there is plenty of hop flavor.

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two singles, one for me & one for my wife, always up for a new rye, especially one that shows up locally. Date of 10/31/11 on the 12 oz. bottle.

Poured into my favorite & only chalice, a very clear amber, readily evident carbonation. Nose bounces all over creation, from baked sugar bread to slight spiciness to earthy hops. Plenty going on in the olfactory department.

O'Ryely IPA is hard rye, just like I enjoy. The rye shows as a cinnamon spiced breadiness that arches up & over everything else in the beer: more rye beer than IPA, certainly. Surprising amount of citrus & earthy hops for its ancientness. Floral notes. Plenty of zing & zest on the end, more & different rye notes. Lovely to drink, this one glides down like raw egg (except it tastes better).

This is one damn fine example of a rye beer. The hops are still purty after three plus months, & the rye is flexed like that guy who grunts at Bally's Fitness. I hope this one Rotates back around. I'd love to try it fresher. Again & again. This one might be a staple if it were available frequently.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i think the beer community got this one wrong, this is (pardon my french) fucking sensational! pours a sturdy medium amber color with an expansive foamy cream colored head over an inch tall. smells luscious! earthy hop aroma with some english malt types. flavor is a shocker, much more fruity/citrus hops than the smell indicated to me. only very late in the palate does the excited rye complex enter the picture. a bit of cracked pepper and warmth comes through there, only to be tempered by a round grassy hop bouquet in the finish. this is one of the most complex and best balanced india pale ales i have tasted, and it ranks in the rye beers. this is easily the best widmer brew ive come across. mouthfeel is great, creamy rich feel over a medium plus body and perfect carbonation. this one goes down easy and is fairly strong, a lovely session if you want to tie one on. i could see this going well with food from the grill and plenty of herbs. really nice beer, solid, refreshing, addicting. ahhh

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Photo of djbreezy
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass

appearance - pours amber, clear, white head, not much lacing

smell - floral hop profile

taste - floral and citrus hops up front with some rye and malt to round things out, but hop forward

mouthfeel - medium body and average/good carbonation

overall - nice work by Widmer, with this and the X-114 IPA i've been enjoying the series, worth a try

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear, decent head, and great lacing

S - Awesome dank-citrus-pine aroma with a little spice and bready malt grain

T - Clean and crisp spice from the rye, mild-balanced citrus bitterness, all balanced by the malt

M - medium-light body, good smooth carbonation, clean and crisp

Overall - A very nice rye ipa...each rye IPA I've had is a little bit different and therefore difficult to compare...and that's what I love about them...every brewery has its own take. I would definitely love to have this on draft...maybe even on cask. I'm a big fan of Widmer Bros beer...but so far they have always tasted best from the tap. Give this one a try.


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Photo of constantine_272
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden reddish brown. Dark copper. Clear and extremely epravescant. Off white sticky foam that coats the glass.

S: Citrus and roasted grain. Slight floral notes of tulip and green grass.

T: Bready flavors to start. Lemon and orange rind rounds out the taste, but the sweet malty oaky finish persists and finishes longer.

M: Light and refreshing. A woody finish lingers in the back of the mouth a bit long.

O: Great hot weather ipa. This one is smooth and refreshing. A very well rounded ipa with a nice hop and grain balance.

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Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room 12/17/11

Pours a dark copper/amber with a thin lacing of white head. The nose features spicy rye and a nice, balanced floral aroma. The flavor is spicy rye up front with earthy, floral, spicy hop notes. The rye is potent, but the hop character blends so well with it. The flavors mesh to make a phenomenal flavor. It's medium bodied and well carbonated.

I'm very impressed with this beer. Most rye beers don't offer enough rye to really get the spicy, intense rye flavors. This one does. The hop character was also impressive. I'll definitely be getting more of this!

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is awesome but it has its flaws.

It looks above average. Its a caramel / burnt orange color with a sticky white head. Its filtered and not bottle conditioned. Its not see through but as see though as a darker orange looking IPA can get. It has a sweet caramel note in the smell with the hops. Not able to tell what hops they are but I am thinking Nelson and Alchemy...that seems to be the hops of choice at Widmer at the moment. The taste is amazingly good. the best of the rotator. The rye is not strong but its there. The hops are well blended with the malt, which gives off a sweet caramel flavor. Very nice beer. The hops are citrus and no pine or bitterness. A very citrusy fruity IPA...awesome taste. Its got a flavor like no other IPA I have had. I have had rye IPAs but this is different in a very good way. Its got a decent mouthfeel that is medium. Its sticky but does not coat the mouth like others. Overall I would give it this a 4. Is a great beer but this is not bottle conditioned, its filtered and with the ingredients, it could be at least 7% or more. I looked into it. It has the alchemy, Nelson and Galaxy hops and like 5 different malts...so this could be more robust but in its final stage, the way they produced it this is great and I am glad I grabbed one at my local shop. I gotta find this on draft.

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Photo of GoldHorde
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one caught my newly developed RYE EYE right away at the craft beer store when I saw the name O'RYEly. I've yet to have a labeled RYE beer that I have disliked - so, if it says RYE...it's a BUY! And if you haven't yet had a rye - make it a TRY!

OK, I'll shut up - probably the rye talkin' anyhow...

POUR = Very clean amber - a delight to look at!
AROMA = Herbal bouquet says IPA, spice and evergreen.
HEAD = One finger, full and stubborn all the way to the bottom with lasting heavy lace
MOUTHFEEL = exactly on target
FLAVOR = That beautiful lasting rye bread aftertaste with the hop kick

This is the first time that I've had a Widmer Brothers Brewing Company (Portland, OR) offerring and I can absolutely sat that - won't be the last!

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Photo of LXIXME
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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?

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Photo of GilGarp
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really nice clear looking copper color. The head was fluffy and white. The lacing on the glass wasn't too bad and neither was the retention. The smell of the beer gives of a really nice balanced aroma of rye and hops. The taste of the beer does the same, it's hoppy upfront then fades into a really nice rye finish. The mouthfeel has a good medium body to it with a pleasant carbonation. Overall this beer was really enjoyable, I would drink this one again for sure.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper-amber color with a large off-white/beige head that hangs around for a bit. Scent is immediately strong hop resin with some nice floral notes. I also get a hint of cat piss and rye. Taste is spicy at first from the rye...nice spice blended with hoppy citrus and floral notes. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp in the finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with this tasty IPA from Widmer.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet and clear, ok head formation but it settles out; does leaves some lacing.

Smell is really nice. Big floral and fruity aroma that makes me think either Amarillo or Centennial hops.

No hint of rye in the nose but it's there from the start in flavor. That rye adds another layer to an otherwise solid IPA. Big hop character and a strong bitter finish. This beer packs in a lot of malt as well, as evidenced by the full body and rich, velvety texture. As it warms, I'm getting just a bit of chocolate in the finish as well.

As expected, the rye adds a characteristic spice and it makes for a rich and complex IPA. Widmer did a nice job with this one.

*Learned from their website this beer is hopped with Galaxy, Alchemy, and Nelson Sauvin hops.

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Photo of coldriver
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a deep amber. Head dissapates rather quickly but good lacing. Aroma is fruity hops with biscuity malt. I like the hops, rye, and malt blend here, a bit on the sweet side, but interesting and flavorful profile. Mouthfeel has medium carbonation with fairly dry finish. Widmer Bros has a ways to go to get up to the best of the West Coast level, but it's great to see them experimenting with the rotator series.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin dense head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of passionfruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the passionfruit flavors from the Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin hops are much stronger and there are also some hints of gooseberries. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is very flavorful and quite easy to drink. I really enjoyed the taste of the New Zealand hops.

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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