O'Ryely IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

O'Ryely IPAO'Ryely IPA
BA SCORE
57.9%
Liked This Beer
3.72 w/ 328 ratings
O'Ryely IPAO'Ryely IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,949
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
328
Liked:
190
Avg:
3.72/5
pDev:
12.9%
Alströms:
3.93
 
 
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4
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a plethora of beers utilizing the often disregarded rye grain, many of the best complement of its use is with highly hopped beers. Widmer Bros. puts hops on display but also with the sweet and spicy support to give a uniqueness to their roggen-influenced ale.

Pouring a very bright, yet deep amber color- the beer shows great clarity and an almost bronze hue. Carbonation is pulled from the bottom of the glass to build a creamy off white head of moderate structure, formidable staying power, and sticky lace upon the glass. A classy look throughout.

Sweet molasses, brown sugar, and savory bread crust flavor and aroma from malt share the stage and work toward providing a firm base to support hops and earthy rye spice. Sweetness is balanced by citursy American hops that provide flavors of white grapefruit, orange peel, and mild pine resin especially as the beer develops it's spicy bitterness heading into finish. The sweetness is also accompanied by the flavor of rye that carries a mild tobacco-like flavor. But as the beer's sweetness evades and the bitterness sets in, the earthiness turns spicy in a mild peppery, grassy, and earthy taste similar to English hops.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer starts with a creamy sweetness of carbonation and unresolved sweetness. As the beer develops, any transition to dryness and fleeting maltiness is hindered by the barley sweetness and milder hopping rates. Still a mildly dry finish is provided by the supple warmth of alcohol.

O'Ryely IPA is a more balanced IPA, in a style where hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness should dominate, and accented by rye earthy spice. The one-dimensional and lingering sweetness along with the timid hopping rates restrict the base beer and prevent the earthy rye spice to add the complexities that are intended. Still, a tasty beer that's sure to appease many a beer lover.

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Photo of vkv822
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle intp tulip pint.
bottled in November. . .

Pours a clear orange-brown with a thin, foamy off white head.

Despite the age it still possesses a pleasant fruity, citric and piney hop character.

Less hops in the taste, and more of a balance with caramel malts and a light rye spiciness.

A medium to full body, with average carbonatin.

A nice IPA, enjoyable hop character with a pleasant caramel malt balance. Also glad the rye is able to come through a bit.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this seasonal and poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep golden/light orange with a firm pour and offers a one finger slightly off white cap. Moderate retention and lacing.

Citric hops on the nose are dominant and decent. Touch of pine as well. Rye notes are absent.

Pleasant flavor and with a touch of spice and bittermess vs. the X114 which this seems to be a slight derivative of. Bit more bready and with a whole grain spicy depth to it, but otherwise exhibiting similar citric malt notes and with a bit more of a lightly harsh bitter character. particularly with a bit of warming.

Still a bit sweet on the tongue and with a viscous feel. Pleasant though a bit too candied in sweetness, and with a rather unilateral approach of hops. Bitterness is present though light. A seqeue IPA. Or more accurately, a citrusy APA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate orange and darker orange color bordering on light brown, pretty dark for an ipa, nice small 1/2" head on top, mostly white. Aroma was mostly bitter, for being a nelson sauvin hopped beer, this one is either old, or just not as impressive as their other nelson beers, like 'nelson' or drifter.

Malt bill also heavier than expected, seems to be rye, but just really disappointed that all the hops seem to impart is just bitterness, that is not usually how Widmer does things. Its decent and all, but with Sierra Nevada making a (better, cheaper) rye ipa, this one will have a hard time finding its niche, which I guess is maltier, bitter, less hop mouthfeel rye ipa. . . which I don't know how popular that would be.

Probably better named a rye ale. Hops just aren't there to be a west coast ipa. Not going to bump FiftyFifty, Sierra Nevada or Bear Republic's rye offerings from the top tier anytime soon, but its also good enough that I would repeat another purchase if I saw it fresh and for $8 a 6er.

EDIT: Geez, these things are so all over the place, bought another 6 pack, was less than 30 days old, something we rarely see in my neck of the woods, why not take another chance. 4 were good, 1 was bad, 1 was just off, but not bad, not good. I'm telling you, its not me, I have no idea what the deal is. My score is an average of about 12 bottles of this.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This selection is in the Widmer Brothers Rotator Series. The beer pours a nice, hazy orange/amber into a pint. The head is small and off-white. Low carbonation.

Rye and lemon rind lead off the smell, a nice floral prefume at the finish. Floral hops, fresh cut grass and lemon start the taste. The rye spice shows up around the middle, not as noticable as the smell.

Very dry, balanced, but the malt profile is slight and in the background. Very smooth going down, a little watery.

A better offering than their Drifter IPA.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for indulging my curiosity with this one. Served in a Cigar City snifter. Dated October 31st, 2011.

A - A quarter-finger of white foam settles to a thin skim cap, some big-bubbled patches, medium collar, and spotty lacing. Transparent golden body with a few streams of tiny bubbles.

S - Yep, it's a RyePA. Plenty of rye malt mingles with sugar cookie, and perhaps a light touch of earthy and fruity hops. It has been nearly 3 months since this was bottled so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that it's mostly malt at this stage.

T - Taste is again rye-forward, with some light tropical fruit sweetness, as well as a shot of sugary and bready malts. But yeah, mostly rye flavor and some mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, chewy and very dry. No alcohol presence is detectable.

D - Perhaps this was better back in November when it was fresh, but it's currently a fairly middling rye beer with a mild hop presence. I woudn't bother with this again unless it was right off the truck.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Clear copper body with decent rushing bubbles and no head at all. 

S:  Good rye bread aroma with sweet toasted malts.  Biscuity, grapefruit, timid citrus notes, floral and fruity. 

T/M:  Grains, slightly spicy with a rye bread background. Carbonation is nice and the body is medium.  Finish is dry with floral bitterness and a touch of grapefruit.  

O:  A decent IPA that has a good rue flavor but not overly impressive. A easy drinking beer that is good but not a favorite. Wider delivered a solid offering.

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Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark golden. Pours a 1 finger, tight foamy, head. Settles fairly slowly. Some nice beer ring lacing.

S: Earthy, some indistinct savory Italian spice, and a slight hop.

T: Crisp hops, pungent, peaty, and bitter.

M: Bitter with a very dry finish.

D: Sip and savor. The character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and some decent lacing. Earthy and spicy nose with a strong hop. Hop flavor is crisp and pungent. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance –Pours a deep amber color with a thick and persistent just off white head. The head lingers on for quite some time fading slowly to leave a great level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is very light. It consists of a bit of bready smells mixed with some caramel and a lighter hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins of rye bread with notes of caramel sweetness. Some citrus grapefruit hop is present up front, which ends up getting stronger as the taste moves on further. An earthy bitter flavor also comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. These hops remains till the end where a smooth rye and citrus/earthy bitter flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little on the thicker and more syrupy side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are pretty nice for the bready flavors of the brew as well as for giving all the hoppy flavors a chance to be sensed well by the tongue.

Overall – A pretty easy to drink IPA. A nice blend of rye and hop (although a slightly more hopped taste up front and at the end may have been slightly more appeasing to the rye flavor).

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Photo of Brad007
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love IPAs infused with rye.

Pours a dark gold with a huge frothy head into my glass. Great way to start things off!

Spicy rye and freshly-cut grass stand out in the nose. Hoppiness is balanced and not off the charts.

Ditto for the taste. Spicy rye and grassy hops work well upfront. Chewy. Flavorful.

Lingering spicy rye notes and grassy hop notes make up the mouthfeel. It meshes well with the spicy dish I'm enjoying.

Hop aroma could have been stronger but otherwise, this is an excellent beer for the spring.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Adkins1203
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of danfix99
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mobrockman
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a bottled date of Oct 04 11. Pours a crystal clear copper color with a large, fluffy off-white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is juicy, citric and tropical hops with a bready, biscuity grain aroma. Rye is not really all that noticeable, as the malt base smells very similar to most of the other Rotator offerings.

Theres the rye...zesty and bready on the flavor. Plenty of hops are there, from flavoring through to the bitterness. Not sweet at all and the lighter body shows it. Rye gives this one a little more balance than the other IPAs in this series, guess it depends on your preference whether that is a good thing or bad. For me, I think Id like to see a little touch of honey-sweetness and more flavoring hops. But overall this is another nice addition to the lineup, and showcases the rye pretty well. I think the Falconer's is still my favorite though.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

O'Ryely IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 57.9% out of 100 with 328 ratings
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