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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

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Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich amber, with nice head. Thick, detailed lace.

Nose is crisp citrus and floral hops. Very appealing.

Taste is nicely hopped, but with enough malts to prevent any acidic or bitter followthrough. The rye shines through with a sharpness, but it's subtle.

Overall, a drinkable and enjoyable IPA -- not overly memorable, but certainly solid.

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Photo of patpbr
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- copper color with about an inch head

S- Rye

T- hops and rye a nice combination going on here.

M- not to heavy, crisp for an ipa, clean finish

O- This is my first rye IPA and first bottle by widmer brothers. I like the rotator ipa series idea. try one.

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a solid 2 finger cream head that lingers, leaving lots of lacing as it eventually dissipates.

Floral hop, grapefruit, and dank marijuana resin comprise the initial aroma, followed by onion. A supporting caramel malt character is somewhat hidden.

Caramel malt sweetness opens the flavor profile, with lemon and grapefruit pith lingering far beyond mid palate. A pine resin character surfaces late, rounded out by a peppery rye flavor and a fairly bitter herbal hop/rye finish.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, the aroma was phenomenal, but the malt was a bit overbearing in the flavor. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Rotator IPA from Widmer? Hell yes. Poured from bottle to pint glass. The beer pours a slightly hazy amber orange color with a finger's width off-white head. Some retention and nice lacing. The aroma is a pleasant blend of rye spiciness and citrusy lemon character together with a floral essence at the end. The taste is very similar with an initial rush of rye with a more subdued floral citrus hops with a medium bitterness. Very dry. Little malt character. Finishes with a lingering rye and a hint of lemon. Somewhat watered down in a sense. Makes for a drinkable beer, but not my favorite for the style.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princeton's Liquors. Poured a clear orange with a short white head. The aroma opens with a clean rye bread with hint of citrus rind and floral hops. The hops pick up in the flavor, matching the spicy grains with biting grapefruit. There should be a little more hops in the aroma, but this is a tasty, fairly drinkable rye beer. It's a little big for a pale ale, but I'm not too concerned. A beer doesn't need a style to be delicious.

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Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored ale with a small tan colored head. This being a rye beer it is a darker shade than a regular IPA.

Smell sour and spicy rye with Strong hit of C type hops.Strong grapefruit and orange scents. Other strong scents of wood, tea and ash.

Starts out bittersweet and a little astringent with an oak aftertaste. Flavor doesn't change much this on the higher hopped end of rye beers. Right on the edge of over hopped but it doesn't quite go there.

Mouthfeel is good and full.

Overall a tasty beer. On problem is Sierra Nevada also released a Rye IPA at the same time as this beer. Problem is the Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA is the better beer.

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Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another rye IPA, a new trend?

Pours a dark amber color with a pretty nice white head, good lacing too.

Aromas are spicy, with some earthiness, nectarines, and resin hops. This smells pretty nice.

Taste is pretty rye forward, grainy and spicy up front. Light creaminess, some subtle sweetness, and an earthy and citrus hoppiness on the finish,

Mouthfeel is smooth, a touch light though.

Overall this is another nice offering from Widmer, in general they seem to be putting out some above average offerings lately.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a nice mildly hazy coppery orange. A few bubbles rise to the dense, off-white, two finger head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind several large splotches of lacing.

S - A fair amount of pine and grapefruit notes.

T - Grape fruit upfront. The body has an array of pine and grapefruit hop flavors with plenty of peppy bitterness. Caramel and rye malt struggle to keep up and end up being a foot note in the flavor profile. Flash of hop bitterness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a bitter grapefruit with a hint of rye spices.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has the requisite chewyness I expect from a solid IPA.

I don't really notice the rye until the finish on this one. The idea of rye-PA's always me excited because I love both rye and IPAs, but none to date have met my admittedly high expectations. Nonetheless O'Reilly IPA is a solid beer that I probably wouldn't seek out alone, but would welcome in a Widmer brothers variety pack.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Widmer Bros O'Reilly IPA

Reviewed from notes from the Spring. Standard pint/12oz

A: Clear amber color with a light white head. Head dissipates and then laces the glass. 3.5/5

S: Lot of grassy hops, little bit of citrus. 4/5

T: Surprising malt character with a fair amount of citrus and a little zest. Not bad. 3.75/5

MF: Slightly creamy medium bodied IPA with moderate carbonation. Good. 4.25/5

This is a nice little IPA and something I'd gladly go back to. 4/5

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Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Faint hazed, orange amber. Thick layer of lace.

SMELL: Spicy, citric rind, faintly catty, toasted bread, grassy, mild tropical fruit

TASTE: Ultra smooth, bready, spicy rye, orangey hops, ripe persimmons, warming alcohol, dried hay, biscuity, drying finish

A solid IPA with a few twists, the hops right away I could tell that it was an unusual blend and the obvious use of rye ... both of which make this beer very interested and more drinkable.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice two fingers of head, good lacing; clear, copper colored body.
The aroma is mostly grapefruit with a touch of spice and lemon.
The taste is medium bitterness: moving from grapefruit to lemon with a little sweet note at the end. Smooth and flowing flavors.
A softer textured IPA with moderate carbonation and medium body.
A great IPA with more flavor and aroma than most.

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Photo of arizcards
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at the Kapaa Foodland for $8.99. Bottled on 12-9-12.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a decent white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is of pine and citrus, quite nice!

Taste is of toasted malts, rye, tropical fruit, and pine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated nicely.

Overall this is a pretty solid brew, right up there with SNBC Ruthless Rye!

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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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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the newest selection in the Widmer Brothers Rotator Series. Looks like they had a double version with more rye once.

The beer pours a nice, hazy orange/amber into a pint. The head is small and off-white, nice lacing and head retention.

Rye and lemon rind lead off the smell, a nice floral prefume at the finish. A hint of caramel is almost missed.

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.

They should keep this one. I love rye beer, and orgasm over ryepa's and am happy to find a lighter version.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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O'Ryely IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 328 ratings.
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